Events / Dinner

Modern French Elegance

Thu, April 26, 2012

7:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $130 Public Price: $170 Phone: 212.627.1111
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Greg Biggers

Café des Architectes at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Plush and stylish environs are only part of the draw at this chic new French brasserie in downtown Chicago; the restaurant also boasts an eclectic, modern French menu that’s prepared by two chefs whose combined experience includes stints at Tru, McCrady’s, and the French Laundry.

​Event photos by Tom Kirkman.


  • Hors d’Oeuvre
    • Truffle Gougères
    • Sesame Sweetbreads 
    • Foie Gras Macarons
    • Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV
  • Dinner
    • Fluke Sashimi with Yuzu–Piment d’Espelette Aïoli, Nichols Farm Radishes, and Smoked Arctic Char Roe 
    • Housemade Goat Cheese with La Quercia Prosciutto, Tomato Chicharrónes, and Green Garlic 
    • Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2010
    • Foie Gras Terrine with Rhubarb, Puffed Rice, Yogurt Powder, and Icewine Vinegar 
    • Château D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2011 
    • Swan Creek Farm Rabbit with Mustard Sabayon, Midwest Morel Ragoût, and Golden Cauliflower 
    • Château Les Trois Croix Fronsac 2008
    • Milk-Braised Slagel Family Farm Pork Belly with Maine Lobster, Mick Klug Farm Asparagus, Smoked Blueberries, and Pistachio Powder 
    • Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005 
    • Strawberry Sorbet with Green Strawberries, Verjus, and Puffed Quinoa 
    • Criollo Chocolate with Tonka Bean Ice Cream, Cupuaçu, and Milk Meringue 
    • Champagne Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec NV
    • Mignardises > Salted Caramel Chocolates; Ribbon Candy; and Macarons
    • Take-Home Gift > Caramelized Brioche Loaf with Jasmine–Vanilla Custard Filling 

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