Baconfest Chicago is pleased to kick off the first of our four 2012-13 Satellite Dinners with three year BFC vet Dan Smith and his team at Hearty Restaurant. Tuesday, November 27th, 2012.
3819 North Broadway Street, Chicago IL 60613
Cost: $65 per person, not including tax/gratuity (aperitif and cocktail included, additional beverages a la carte)
Two seatings – 6:00pm and 8:45pm
House Bacon Trio, Bacon Squared (Bacon Powder Crusted Bacon), Cherry Wood Smoked Bacon, Morel Crusted Bacon
Scotch Quail Egg, Bacon Sausage Crusted Quail Egg, bacon vodka pickled cornichons, candied bacon stuffed smoked gouda cheese stick
Bacon Fat Challah
pork belly and tomatillo marmalade, roasted pork bone marrow, petit salad of tangerine lace
Bacon Ravioli, bacon sausage and Dunbart blue cheddar filling, bacon pasta, caramelized onion puree, ham hock veloute, crispy Brussels sprout leaves
Smoked and Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop, bacon molasses, oyster, leek and lardons bread pudding, lemon and shallot green beans
Mason Jar Bacon Banana Pudding, chocolate ganache, bacon fat vanilla wafers, bacon sugar caramelized bananas, vanilla pudding, chocolate meringue, bacon cashew brittle garnish
Set in a storefront in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, “Hearty” boasts a menu and design evocative of the warmth and comfort of mid century America. A hand crafted mahogany bar is paired with seaglass subway tiles and exposed brick. Walls of burnt orange and lime set off a wallmounted fireplace and bespoke stained glass art.
The vision for “Hearty’’ is to honor the foods that have become a part of our American culture while contemporizing them for the modern palate. Dan hopes to fill not just the belly but the soul by offering twists on items aimed at provoking memories of meals past. Tuna Noodle Casserole is updated with Saffron Cream Egg Noodles and Seared Ahi while the Corn Dog meets Rabbit Sausage and a rich Ale Syrup. Desserts are exactly what you would hope for, thick slabs of moist Banana Cake with Caramelized Pecans, a Bread Pudding of Wonder Bread, Peanut Butter and housemade Jam.
Steve has long held cocktail culture in high regard and has crafted a classic American cocktail menu. Vintage favorites such as The Brown Derby and The Aviation are featured while the standard Bloody Mary is tweaked with the addition of Aquavit, muddled Grape Tomatoes and Dr Browns Celray Soda. Not to be outdone, the wine list has a singular focus as well. ‘Hearty’ is proud to offer a wine list comprised solely from domestic vineyards. With wines from states as varied as Georgia and Texas; a few of these can not be found outside of their home states and are poured exclusively here.
“Hearty” is that rare restaurant that appeals to both the gourmand and the kid in each of us. “Comfort…revisted”
About Dan & Steve:
The Hearty Boys, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, are nationally recognized television hosts, trend-setting caterers, and dynamic restaurateurs with little more than “accidental food expertise.” In 2005, they first gained recognition on The Food Network by winning the inaugural season of The Next Food Network Star. This led to their successful television series Party Line With The Hearty Boys and the subsequent opening of HB, one of Chicago’s leading restaurants. Their cookbook Talk With Your Mouth Full has also been well-received. Partners in life as well as business, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh reside in Chicago with their son Nate.