Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July Events and Specials from Chef Alex Cheswick at Chicago's May Street Market

MAY STREET MARKET
1132 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, Ill.
(312) 421-5547
http://www.maystreetmarket.com/

Summer Menu Starters from May Street Market

Enjoy fresh, new summer menu selections from chef Alex Cheswick at May Street Market. Try Grilled Watermelon Salad, yellow watermelon shooter, mixed baby greens, avocado jalapeño Key Lime vinaigrette, candied cashews and local aged cheddar ($6/$12); Pork Belly, Caramel Corn, 12-hour braised pork belly, corn polenta, caramel popcorn and cherry cola reduction ($8); and Stuffed Dates and Chorizo, wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon, smoked onion purée and roasted marinated peppers ($5/$10).

New summer entrées include May Street Market’s signature Duck Burger, local cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, port wine figs, truffle aioli and French fries or salad ($14; $19 with foie gras); Barbecue Smoked Pork Shoulder, 12-hour bourbon braised, ginger, coconut milk, Korean barbecue, artichoke heart purée and purple sticky rice ($16); Grilled Tilapia, Blue Corn Calamari, braised hearts of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, artichoke purée and olive spread ($16); Sous Vide Hanger Steak, 45-minute poached at 141 degrees F, with summer carrot salad, French fries and chipotle sauce ($19/$11); and Vegan Organic Silken Tofu, Eggplant Jacket, purple sticky rice, organic white miso hearts of palm purée, cilantro, salad, wasabi peas and tamarind candy glaze ($15).

Cool off with sweet summer desserts from May Street Market, including Dragon’s Milk Ale Ice Cream, New Holland Brewery and crumbled Terry’s Toffee ($5); Flight of Cupcakes, chocolate five spice with peanut icing, carrot with orange ginger icing and lavender with Earl Grey icing ($6); or Local Berry Short Cake, sweet English biscuit, strawberry salad, Chantilly cream, poached rhubarb and balsamic ice cream ($7).

Seedling Farms and May Street Market’s Very Berry Dinner in July
Peter Klein of Seedling Farms and May Street Market chef/owner Alex Cheswick host a Very Berry Dinner, a four-course prix fixe meal for just $29 per person, offered 6 p.m. Thursday, July 22, with an encore menu 6 p.m. Thursday, July 29.

The evening begins with a Cocktail Reception, sparkling wine with wild strawberry purée. For the first course, enjoy Glazed Seared Scallops, with smoked raspberry chipotle brown butter, water chestnut purée and wasabi pea. The next course is Summer Salad with Blackberry Ice Popsicle, Greek yogurt balsamic dressing, blackberry preserve and Grape Nut granola. Entrée choices include Sous Vide Hanger Steak, with risotto from blueberries and Tellagio cheese and berry basil pesto, or Grilled Tilapia with Black Olive Crust, gooseberry emulsion, braised summer squash and pistachio polenta. For dessert, enjoy Berry Gazpacho with rhubarb sorbet, organic steel oats crumble and wild honey ice cream.

Three Course Prix Fixe Menu at May Street Market Six Nights Each Week
Enjoy May Street Market’s affordable three-course, $25 prix fixe menu, offered Monday through Saturday evening, and with BYOB Monday through Wednesday. Chef/owner Alex Cheswick hand selects each ingredient for the meal.

For appetizer, choose between Summer Salad, mixed baby greens, local mesclun, avocado jalapeño lime vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes and candied cashews; Local Vegetable Gazpacho; Pork Belly, Caramel Corn, 12-hour braised pork belly, corn polenta, caramel pop corn, cherry cola reduction and pickled cabbage; or Blue Corn Calamari, cilantro vinaigrette and banana chipotle aioli.

Main course choices include Barbecue, Smoked Pork Shoulder, 12-hour bourbon braised, ginger, coconut milk, Korean barbecue, artichoke heart purée, purple sticky rice, scallion and cilantro salad; Grilled Tilapia, braised romaine lettuce, tomatoes, artichoke purée and olive spread; Grilled Half Chicken with Moroccan spices, cilantro buttered corn on the cob and couscous salad; or Vegan Organic Silken Tofu, Eggplant Jacket, purple sticky rice, red curry hearts of palm purée, carrot and chili salad.

End the meal with a choice of dessert, including Dragon’s Milk Ale Ice Cream, New Holland Brewery and crumbled Terry’s Toffee; Flight of Cupcakes, chocolate five spice with peanut icing, carrot with orange ginger icing and lavender with Earl Grey icing; or Strawberry Short Cake, sweet English biscuit, Strawberry Salad, Chantilly cream, poached rhubarb and balsamic ice cream.

Thursday Deals
Every Thursday evening, join May Street Market to kick-off the weekend early with Half Price Bottles on its complete wine list.

About May Street Market
May Street Market is a contemporary American restaurant, located at 1132 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago. Chef Alex Cheswick delivers fresh food, hand-selected from local farmers and markets in Chicago to serve in May Street Market’s warm and friendly atmosphere at affordable prices. The restaurant is open for dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed Sunday. May Street Market welcomes parties and banquets, and also offers its complete menu for carry out. For more information or to make a reservation, contact general manager Hamid Benna at (312) 421-5547 or visit http://www.maystreetmarket.com/.
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