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Michelin-Starred Chef Christian Bau Comes to Chicago’s L20

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Michelin-Starred Chef Christian Bau Comes to Chicago’s L20
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Departures

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http://www.departures.com/blogs/luxury/2014/10/15/michelin-starred-chef-christian-bau-comes-to-l2o-chicago
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Shivani Vora

Forget pop-ups: The latest culinary trend among chefs is to lock the doors of their own top kitchens and temporarily take the helm of other noteworthy restaurants.

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Bewitching Barnacles

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Bewitching Barnacles
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Tasting Table

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http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/national/17982/Meet_Percebes_a_k_a_Goose_Barnacles_Chefs_New_Favorite_Moll.htm#ixzz3Ev3YFZkt
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It's a good thing percebes have a winning personality—the briny goose barnacles certainly aren't winning any beauty contests.

Colloquially known as dinosaur toes thanks to their rough, craggy exterior, percebes are considered a delicacy along the Iberian Peninsula, where they're prized for their soft flesh and salty finish. 

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Cloudburst Wine Dinner

L2O presents a spectacular dining opportunity for chardonnay and cabernet lovers, welcoming winemaker Will Berliner, owner of Cloudburst wines in southwest Australia, to the restaurant for a four-course menu prepared by Chef Matthew Kirkley. One of the newest wineries to the Margaret River region, Berliner is pushing the boundaries of traditional winemaking with his biodynamic wines, resulting in a powerful intensity of flavor and a refreshingly stony line to the palette. The cost of the dinner, featuring the 2010 and 2011 vintages, is $225 per person (excluding tax and gratuities).

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L2O Welcomes Chef Christian Bau

L2O welcomes Chef Christian Bau of Germany’s Schloss Berg restaurant, a recipient of three Michelin stars, for an evening of exceptional dining. The ten-course menu with wine pairings features five-courses from Chef Bau and five-courses from L2O's chef, Matthew Kirkley. This collaborative dinner offers the unique opportunity to taste the cooking of Chef Bau on his first visit to Chicago and his first time cooking on U.S. soil.

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Prix Fixe Menu Option at L2O

In 1970s France, nouvelle cuisine breathed new life into a tired dining scene with its emphasis on lightness, vibrancy, and visual appeal. Featuring our culinary team's contemporary takes on noted dishes from the period, our four-course prix-fixe menu ($140) is a nod toward this effervescent culinary moment. Using the Troisgros brothers’ legendary “salmon and sorrel” or Michel Guerard‘s famous “salade gourmande” as a starting point, Chef Matt Kirkley interprets these now classic dishes in a fresh new way, reflecting his own style and personality.

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5 Over-The-Top Experiences

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The 50 Finest
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CS Modern Luxury

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http://www.modernluxury.com/cs/story/the-50-finest
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Lisa Shames with Brian Dukerschein, David Hammond and Matt Lee

Chicago’s dining scene has always followed the beat of a different drummer, and this year is no exception. From sustainable seafood to the small plates of Venice to a nondescript 18-seater offering some of the most beautiful dishes we’ve seen, there really is something for everyone in the Windy City. Let the dining begin!

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100 Best Wine Restaurants

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100 Best Wine Restaurants
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America#central
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We hope you're thirsty—2014 is the year of the oenophile, and Wine Enthusiast's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants caters to those looking to drink up while dining out. The focus is firmly on wine (although delicious, creative cuisine is kind of a prerequisite), and our editors scoured the nation for unique wine programs. From an obsessive collection of Champagne in Chicago to an eatery in New York City where it's free to BYOB (as long as you're in a sharing mood), there's something to sate every wine lover.

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Meet the Chef Who Celebrates Seafood in Chicago

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Meet the Chef Who Celebrates Seafood in Chicago
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Forbestravelguide.com

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http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/meet-the-chef-who-celebrates-seafood-in-chicago
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Hayley Bosch

Matthew Kirkley As the executive chef of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star L2O in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Matthew Kirkley knows a thing or two about seafood. He grew up in Baltimore, fostering his relationship for seafood with the help of the Chesapeake Bay. Kirkley quickly found his passion for the culinary world when his father told him to get a job at the age of 15.

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Prix Fixe Menu Option at L2O

In 1970s France, nouvelle cuisine breathed new life into a tired dining scene with its emphasis on lightness, vibrancy, and visual appeal. Featuring our culinary team's contemporary takes on noted dishes from the period, our four-course prix-fixe menu ($140) is a nod toward this effervescent culinary moment. Using the Troisgros brothers’ legendary “salmon and sorrel” or Michel Guerard‘s famous “salade gourmande” as a starting point, Chef Matt Kirkley interprets these now classic dishes in a fresh new way, reflecting his own style and personality.

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