Dessert Tasting with Thomas Raquel

On January 20, 2014, in General, by steelite

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.

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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).

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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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