Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Interesting Holiday Promotions at Custom House

It's becoming an inside joke over here at Sloopin that we're always are intrigued by Custom House Tavern's promotions but we never actually go take advantage of them (to this day we've still never been).

According to Chicago Eater it looks like they're having another interesting promotional twist in honor of Valentine's day:

Sure, everyone thinks Valentine's Day is just about love. But it turns out that St. Valentine is also the patron saint of bee keepers who often had roosters hanging around him (at least that's how it's shown in iconographic images). On top of that, Feb. 14 is also the ancient pagan holiday of Lupercalia, a celebration of fertility where people would often sacrifice a goat.

From this, Custom House Tavern chef Perry Hendrix is crafting a four-course meal ($44 a person) that pays homage to Valentinus and Lupercalia, where each course will somehow tie in either honey, rooster (sort of) or goat. The menu, which will be
served Feb. 11-14 alongside the restaurant's regular menu, will feature items like soft-boiled egg, coq au vin, braised goat shoulder and hay honey parfait for dessert.

(Image from Chicago Eater)

1 comment:

Tyler said...

They received a nice review in the most recent Chicago magazine: "Perry Hendrix, the chef who came onboard last fall, has pulled off an impressive turnaround here. Recent meals have dazzled us with imagination, sure-handed execution, and a sense of fun, as well as deeply satisfying taste. We totally dug starters of silky sweet-potato soup, roasted stuffed quail, and seared sea scallops atop braised pork belly. Buttermilk gnocchi? Two words: Hoo boy. Entrées were equally terrific: beef short ribs with tomato jam, freshwater trout with arugula-fennel slaw, and luscious grilled pork loin chops with celery-root purée. Bryce Caron, the pastry chef, sees things through to a strong finish with an amusing popcorn mousse, go-for-broke bittersweet chocolate ganache, and other artful treats. Fine wine choices; specialty cocktails. Rating: 3 stars"