Dessert Tasting with Thomas Raquel

It’s no secret that we are big fans of Chicago-based pastry chef extraordinaire Thomas Raquel. Truth be told, calling ourselves “fans” feels like the understatement of the year – especially when reminiscing about our extravagant, multi-course dessert experience with Thomas at Acadia last fall. Some would call it a tasting – which was the term used on the menu – but, again, “tasting” is beyond an understatement. This was an evening of pure pampering through pastry.


Inspired by fall, Thomas’ menu showcased the warm, bright colors and flavors of the season.  The progression of each dessert presentation referenced the evolution of fall leaves – from vibrant red to earthy yellow to rich brown.  The menu touted three fantastic courses, each more impressive than the last.  Thomas even snuck in a few surprises (like the stunning Tête de Moine presentation pictured below).


We left Thomas’ table in awe – and feeling spoiled! We don’t want to brag (well, maybe a little…), but we captured a few photos of the fantastic desserts. Here’s a little taste of the experience.

IMG_0544Course 1: “Fragrant pear” Compressed pear; muscat ribbons; distilled spiced pear jus; Earl Grey ice cream; autumn olive ice; honey croquant; Earl Grey infused oil; borage flowers; bronze fennel

IMG_0560Course 2: “French Apple” Calvados roasted apple; caramelized arlette – spiced puff pastry; caramelized maple ceylon cinnamon custard; pecan powder

IMG_0562Course 3: “Fall Chocolate” Squash cremuex – roasted kuri squash with caramelized white chocolate; chocolate sorbet; flourless chocolate cake; cashew croquant; figs roasted with burnt honey, sherry and black pepper; huckleberry confit; Cocoa nib powder

Thank you for taking such great care of us, Thomas! It was truly unforgettable.

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