Pic & Fils
15, 7:00 P.M.
Members $95, guests $120
East, meet West.
"Few merge [the Asian and French] cooking idioms as seamlessly
as [Kevin] Shikami does," Phil Vettel wrote in his Chicago
Tribune review of Shikami's eponymous restaurant, Kevin. For
this very special dinner, Shikami's innovative fusion cuisine will
be paired with wines from the de Ladoucette group, which has vineyards
in the Loire Valley and Burgundy.
writers Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman sampled the sautéed
sea scallop layered with foie gras and served with watercress and
foie gras chawan mushi, as well as the duck breast with a
duck-pear spring roll in star anise sauce, then pronounced Shikami's
cooking "fluent fusion." They included Kevin on their
list of Best New Restaurants for 2001-2002 and called his tuna tartare
with wasabi, pickled cucumber, seaweed, and hamachi salad "the
city's finest new dish."
Shikami, a Chicago
native, has been known to food lovers in the Windy City for more
than 20 years, beginning with his stint at Ron of Japan. Since then,
he has worked at Chi-Town hotspots Jimmy's Place, Ciel Bleu, Yoshi's
Café, con fusion, and the Outpost, with time in Paris at
Le Domarais and in San Francisco at Pierre at the Meridian. In 1991,
he was named to Food & Wine's annual roundup of 10 Best
Shikami's cooking as a mixture of "Finesse, Flair, Flavor,
and Talent," but she could just as well have been talking about
the wines of one of the Loire Valley's premier vintners, the de
Ladoucette family. In 1787, Comte Lafond stopped in the small town
of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where he found out that the Château
du Nozet, one of the region's biggest wine producers, was for sale.
He snapped it up. Under Lafond's guidance, the reputation of the
Pouilly Fumé wines grew in renown, with Napoleon naming it
his favorite white wine. In 1972, Baron Patrick de Ladoucette took
over the family business, and his standards of excellence have brought
the wines to a national stage. In the mid-1980s, de Ladoucette wines
expanded their portfolio to include the prestigious Regnard and
Albert Pic & Fils vineyards in Chablis.