James Beard Eats Week

Eduardo’s is excited to be participating in the Choose Chicago James Beard Eats Week and Sneak Peek Soiree! For the event, we were tasked with creating a featured dish inspired by Beard, the author, chef, and all-around culinary inspiration for whom the award is named. As we researched, we were struck by a particular quote that captured the playfulness and dark sense of humor of the renowned chef:

“I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around.”

Thus, we got to work on our signature dish, ‘The Bone Cone:’ We infused our ice cream with bone marrow and tarragon, and included a spatter of blood orange to round it out. Passion for food and sense of humor are two traits that Beard and our chef share. From the dark mind of Beard to the imagination of our chef, this dish is quite a twisted interpretation of this famous Beard quote.

Bone Marrow Tarragon

In addition to serving the dish during Eats Week, we’re excited to be one of the restaurants featured at the Sneak Peek Soiree. Tickets are going fast, so get yours today for a chance to meet Chicago chefs, sample James Beard inspired dishes, and enjoy wine courtesy of Beringer Vineyards. Click here for tickets and more information.

Our New Catering Menu Has Arrived

Eduardo’s Enoteca is proud to announce the launch of our brand new catering menu! With a combination of customer favorites from our menu and an exciting new selection of classic Italian fare, we can make a custom menu to suit any event, from corporate lunches to formal dinners and more.

Looking for small, bite-sized items to be passed at an event? Choose from our selection of 5 delicious Crostini, like the Carciofo with artichoke, grilled zucchini, Havarti dill, pepperonata, and herb aioli; or the Smoked Rainbow Trout with whipped Ricotta, lemon, cucumber, and radicchio. Our Spiedini, or skewers, are also perfect for a small bite. Try the Dattero with date, applewood smoked bacon, marcona almond, pineapple, and citrus glaze; or the simple Caprese with cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Eduardo’s Piatti, or platters, serve 8-10 and are perfect for a group to nibble at throughout the course of an evening. Choose from our Formaggi with Piave Vecchio, honey goat cheese, spicy Gorgonzola, Burrata, and Havarti Dill; our Salumi with Cacciatore Salami, Prosciutto di Parma, Capicolla, Spicy Casalingo, and Bresaola; or our Frutta or Verdura platters with a selection of market fresh vegetables or fruits.

Catering Cheese Platter

If you need something more substantial, try an Insalate like the Chicory Caesar with chicory, romaine, radicchio, fennel, radish, crouton, and homemade Caesar dressing; one of our Paste dishes, like the Bucatini di Mare with spicy tomato sauce, zucchini, mussels, scallops, shrimp, tarragon, panko, and bottarga; or one of our Segundi dishes like the Ironed Italian Chicken with rosemary, thyme, lemon, crispy potato, and arugula.

Don’t forget dessert! We offer a range of individual-sized Dolci, including Opera Torte, Tiramisu, Lemon Tart, Passion Fruit Tart, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake Pop, and Biscotti.

Eduardo’s Enoteca also happily caters our entire wine and beer menu.

We’re happy to work with you to ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible. We offer a range of delivery and service options, from a simple drop-off to a full service meal. We can arrange to deliver in most of downtown Chicago, including the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Streeterville, River North, Old Town, The Loop, and we’re always willing to negotiate trips to farther neighborhoods.

If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to call our catering representatives at 312-266-5421 or email ginossales@bravorestaurants.com.

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Spices are the finishing touch to a dish, and add the extra flavor that helps bring unity to the ingredients. The powerful flavors provided by spices are an obvious benefit, but did you know they are packed with nutritional power? Stay tuned, because we are going to examine the factors that make spices the humble blessings of food, and how they add to a dish in both taste and nourishment. (more…)