VOL2 2016

Gastronome is the official publication of the U.S. Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The magazine provides coverage of local, regional, national and international Chaîne events as well as feature stories about members and member establishments.

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Sense- Sational Show at Schwa BY TODD ARKEBAUER, Vice Chargé de Presse A RESERVATION AT the Michelin- starred Schwa restaurant is among the nation's most difficult to secure, but on three nights in mid-January, iconoclastic Owner/Chef Michael Carlson and his four culinary mavericks relinquished the entire eatery to the Chicago Bailliage. On each evening, twenty-four din- ers experienced quintessential Schwa: no barriers between chefs and guests; the walls rattling with rock music; and no pre-printed menu, so that each dish was a surprise enthusiastically described by the stylishly inked chefs who served them. After an interactive Bourbon olfac- tory "test" designed to sharpen the senses, dinner unfolded with eleven gor- geously plated, flavor-packed offerings that showed diners why GQ magazine called Schwa the "most revolutionary res- taurant in America." On the final day of the Schwa takeover, Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Mon Roldan thanked Chef Carlson and his superb squad for hosting this culi- nary concert and presented them with a Chaîne plaque. To get the full Schwa experience, one must let go of fine-dining conventions and become immersed in a piece of performance art that engages all of the senses. Chef Carlson possesses the uncompromising vision of a mad genius, and Chicago Bailliage mem- bers were thrilled to participate in his Schwa show. G CHICAGO PHOTOS BY LORENZO TASSONE PHOTOGRAPHY Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Mon Roldan, Owner/Chef Michael Carlson, Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Lainie Freer and Schwa staff. Professionnel du Vin Jeremy Adler, Chef Rôtisseur Emily Adler, Professionnel de la Table Dee Robinson and Vice Chancelier-Argentier Allen Kutchins. Vice Chargé de Presse Todd Arkebauer, Vice Chargé de Missions Hon. Elan Jacoby and Chevalier Charles Hetzel. Vice Chargée de Missions Beth Lang, Vice Conseiller Gastronomique Lainie Freer and Chambellan Provincial/Bailli Mon Roldan. BAILLIAGES 2 0 1 6 v 2 :: G A S T R O N O M E :: 47

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