Oceanique Restaurant in Evanston, Illinois (505 Main Street; 847-864-3435) will host its annual Champagne Extravaganza at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 19. This annual event is an opportunity for Oceanique’s lovers of Champagne to enjoy an exceptional six-course meal, paired with some of the restaurant’s favorite Champagnes. The price of the event is $225 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Oceanique is an acknowledged favorite of wine aficionados, being the winner of the Wine Spectator "Best of" Award of Excellence, which designates it as having one of the top 750 wine lists in the world.
"The holiday season at Oceanique is especially convivial, and this year’s Champagne Extravaganza promises to be one of our finest ever," said Chef de Cuisine and owner Mark Grosz. "It will be the first time we’ve hosted our annual Champagne Extravaganza in our newly redesigned restaurant. Not only will the food and Champagne be outstanding, but our guests also will find our dining room to be more lavish and contemporary, a perfect place to enjoy great food and friends."
The menu features a six-course menu prepared by Chef Grosz. The meal begins with Tarte Flambé, paired with N.V. Mandois. The second course features Wild Maine Day Boat Sea Scallops with pea tips, sake and ginger, paired with N.V. Henriot "Souverain" Brut. The third course presents Organic Icelandic Arctic Char with fennel, leeks and Porto, paired with N.V. Laurent-Perrier Brut "Cuvée Rose." Following an intermezzo of Michigan Mutsu Apple Sorbet, the dinner continues with Hudson Valley Duck Confit, red cabbage, spaetzle and foie gras, paired with 1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin "La Grande Dame" (photo above left). The sixth course finale is Chef Grosz’ luscious Marjolaine, paired with N.V. Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec.
About Oceanique Oceanique, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 (February 5, 2014), is one of the Chicago area’s finest and most acclaimed restaurants, serving contemporary French-American cuisine in a beautiful, new dining room. The restaurant is owned by Chef Mark Grosz and his wife, Renée André. The Pastry Chef is Abel Garcia and the Wine Director is Philippe André. The bar area has been expanded and features a new small plates menu to accompany the fine selection of wines, craft beers and artisan cocktails. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a casual meal in the bar area or enjoy the full à la carte and dégustation menus in the dining room. The bar even includes a communal table to encourage single dining or groups.
Oceanique serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday and from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. Valet parking is available and all major cards are accepted. A private room is available for group events. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Oceanique at 847-864-3435 or visit the website at www.oceanique.com.