Thursday, January 7, 2010

New year, new happenings at Winnetka's own Restaurant Michael

Restaurant Michael (64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, IL; 847-441-3100) starts 2010 with new events including the return of its French Silver Service menu, the first wine pairing dinner of the new year and new winter hours.

The Silver Service Menu Returns in January
Restaurant Michael, known for putting a modern twist on classic French cuisine, had a successful 2009 in part because of the value it provides to its patrons. In an effort to continue this, Restaurant Michael is bringing back its popular Silver Service Menu beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Silver Service menu is a way for guests to sample smaller portions of eight items from Restaurant Michael’s regular menu without paying full price. The entire table must participate in the Silver Service menu, which is $39 per guest.

Offered Sunday through Friday, the Silver Service menu features three appetizers, three entrĂ©es and two desserts in addition to a petite salad and Restaurant Michael’s signature warm cheese puffs. Appetizer selections include Slow Braised Lamb Osso Bucco Ravioli in garlic sauce, Potato Truffle Soup, Exotic Mushroom Custard with morel cream, Beet and Spinach Risotto with Roquefort cheese and Classic Escargot “En Cocette” with garlic and Pernod. The table selects from entrĂ©es like Lobster and Dover Sole Ravioli in saffron nage, Roast Tenderloin of Beef with sherry vinegar cream, Sliced Roast Saddle of Bacon Wrapped Rabbit, Sliced Roast Loin of Venison, sauce poivrade and Roast, Stuffed Breast of Guinea Hen. For the dessert course, guests select two from choices like White Chocolate Mousse Bombe, Caramel Apple Tarte Tartin, Raspberry Napolean with Chambord sauce or Grand Marnier Chocolate Truffles and toasted almond biscotti. Each course is served from sparking silver trays tableside by Restaurant Michael’s charming waitstaff. A three-course wine pairing is offered for an additional $14 per person.

Wine Pairing Dinner with DeLoach Vineyards

Chef/owner Michael Lachowicz teams up with De Loach Vineyards of the Russian River Valley in California to host its first wine pairing dinner of the new year at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. The guest speaker for the evening is Mr. John Wardzala, the Great Lakes Regional Manager for The Boisset Family of Wines of the Burgundy Region of France. The Boisset Family has taken De Loach to a whole new direction, being recognized as an authority on biodynamic, organic and sustainable wine making practices.

This reservation only dinner includes five courses paired with a variety of DeLoach wines including three Russian River Pinot Noirs and one Russian River Chardonnay, as well as Jean Louis French Sparkling Wine with hors d’oeurves. The cost of this wine pairing dinner is $79 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The regular dinner menu is not offered on this date. To make a reservation for the wine pairing dinner, contact Restaurant Michael at (847) 441-3100.

New Winter Hours at Restaurant Michael
During the winter season, Restaurant Michael is not open for dinner on Monday evenings and no longer serves lunch on Friday. Restaurant Michael is, however, available for private events on both Mondays and Fridays if interested.

About Restaurant Michael
Restaurant Michael, located at 64 Green Bay Rd in Winnetka, Ill. 60093, serves classic haute cuisine in a contemporary presentation with French country flair. There is no corkage fee on Tuesday evenings. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. -11:30 p.m.; and Sunday 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Complimentary parking is available. All major cards are accepted. For more information or to make a reservation, call (847) 441-3100 or visit

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