Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A TRU dining experience thanks to Foodbuzz.com

As a featured Foodbuzz publisher, every once in a while I get a little bonus. Usually I'm not available or my name doesn't get drawn out of the hat, but this time I hit the jackpot. Thanks to Foodbuzz and Visa Signature, I was one of 20 lucky bloggers to experience a lavish multi-course dinner at Tru in downtown Chicago. I photographed each course - but these photographs cannot begin to convey the aromas and essences of the entire experience. You'll just have to believe me when I say it was phenomenal. The pic to the left is just my water. :)

We were first served a Basil Collins - Rain vodka with basil infused sweet and sour mix and club soda. Oh so very yummy and refreshing. I drank most of it at this point. :)

A canape of Cauliflower Sphere with roe and lemon peel.

Beef Wellington
and Scallop Wonton

Two delightful, small pieces of bread - one brioche-like and the other a deep pumperknickel.

Nigella Sea Cured Salmon with lemon gelee and bachelor button flowers.

Peeky Toe Crab with Prosciutto,
pequillo, and cantaloupe-cava consomme

Frog Leg with roasted garlic, carrot and watercress

Olive-oil poached Scottish salmon with Granny Smith apple, coconut and thai long peppercorn.

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Unagi, Scallion pistou and miso emulsion. This was the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef I've ever tasted. And, yes, unagi is eel. Tastes like chicken. Just kidding.

Seedling Farms plum, sarsaparilla cream, milk chocolate, ginger-lime marinade.

(Petite Desserts)

I didn't even mention the wines - Alma de Blanco Godello Monterrei 2008 and Niepoort Twisted Douro 2006. And, on top of everything else, Executive Chef and Owner Rick Tramonto stopped by our dinner to say hello. Oh, plus we got a tour of the kitchen and a bonus dessert while we were there.

I promise to post more often now that summer is over!! I have a million tomatoes to be creative with!!


glamah16 said...

Your photos turned out great. It was so awesome meeting all of you. Last night we formed a Chicago Gastro Bloggers Meetup Group. Ypu should join!

Heather said...

hi kristin!

great writeup and pics - didn't get to talk to you from the other end of the table, but hopefully we'll meet up at another chicago event!!

MarathonVal said...

I loved your review! Don't you wish we could go back again tonight!??!? SO amazing but too short lived!

alice said...

yummm. i'm with you val, i'm ready to go back!

kristin, i'm sure we'll run into you again!

Heather said...

oh, and i finally posted my tru story and linked to your site from mine. hope to read more posts now that your summer is over :)

Jessie said...

looks like you had a fantastic time, I wish I could have been there :) so many wonderful dishes to try out

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