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Boka Chicago hosted Michael Tusk of 3-star Michelin restaurant Quince for a collaboration dinner highlighting black and white truffles. My friend and I were the first to arrive so it was nice to be able to relax at the bar. We recognized almost everybody entering the restaurant. The other guests were other Boka Group employees, friends from other dining or wine group circles, chefs and restauranteurs which resulted in an overall warm, fun vibe. The event was smoothly run and there were black or white truffles served with each course. The dishes were creative and ambitious and they even served a special dish from Quince. For a limited time, Boka can add white truffles to any dish for a reasonable cost.

My appetite for more truffles has kicked in. I am excited to be meeting with Rare Tea Cellars next week to buy a truffle or two.

When I got home I realized my vest was inside out the entire night.


Boka Bar

Sean making a Number Seventy-Nine and me in the reflection in the mirror
Sean making a Number Seventy-Nine and me in the reflection in the mirror
Cocktail menu at Boka
Cocktail menu at Boka
Number Seventy-Nine, Ford's Gin, suze, osmanthus, gold
Number Seventy-Nine, Ford’s Gin, suze, osmanthus, gold

The truffles

Black and white truffles
Black and white truffles
Lee Wolen of Boka and Michael Tusk of Quince
Lee Wolen of Boka and Michael Tusk of Quince and the happiest photo bomb ever.
Lee Wolen of Boka and Michael Tusk of Quince
Lee Wolen of Boka and Michael Tusk of Quince
Michael Tusk with BOKA Chicago
Michael Tusk with BOKA Chicago

Dinner

Dinner: Tasting Menu
Price: $165

Michael brought iPads and cases to display appetizers. A video plays while you eat the first course.

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Opening course. iPad displaying a video. “A Dog in Search of Gold.” Chicken Liver Mousse Tart, quince, cinnamon, black truffle
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Roll made with teff. Teff is a gluten-free grain about the size of a poppy seed. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is also high in calcium, iron and protein.
Diver Scallop Crudo, turnip, finger lime, apple, black truffle
Diver Scallop Crudo, turnip, finger lime, apple, black truffle
My vest is inside out and I still had a great night!
My vest is inside out and I still had a great night!
Grilled King Crab, celery root, brown butter, black truffle
Grilled King Crab, celery root, brown butter, black truffle

Guess who came to the table to shave truffles on our next course? This is one of the dishes served at Quince.

Fagottini, fonduta, white truffle
Fagottini, fonduta, white truffle
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Poached John Dory, matsutake, sunchoke, white truffle
Lasagne of Marcho Farm Sweetbreads, spinach, black truffle
Lasagne of Marcho Farm Sweetbreads, spinach, black truffle
2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
2011 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
Vitello Tris, fresh run farm Brussels sprouts, salsify, black truffle
Vitello Tris, Fresh Run Farms Brussels sprouts, salsify, black truffle
Tiny black truffle croissants
Tiny black truffle croissants. The quarter is for scale.
Pecora Nocciola, honey, quince
Pecora Nocciola, honey, quince
Smoked Chocolate, hazelnut, Tahitian vanilla, black truflle
Smoked Chocolate, hazelnut, Tahitian vanilla, black truflle
Cappuccino at Boka
Cappuccino at Boka
Lasagne of Marcho Farm Sweetbreads, spinach, black truffle
Lasagne of Marcho Farm Sweetbreads, spinach, black truffle
I snuck a few extras to give my foodies-in-training back home.
Mint-filled chocolate bars by Meg Galus

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