Lately, I’ve been having this recurring dream that I’m on Top Chef. Unfortunately, something must be off, because I keep losing. “Allana, please, pack your knives and go.”
Suddenly, I wake up in a furious daze, sweat dripping down my face, heart beating super fast. I find myself confused. I swerve around my room, grabbing for an invisible knife kit that I am convinced is somewhere in my bed, among a throng of sheets and blankets. Then, reality hits.
I am not on Top Chef. Oh wait, I did watch an episode before bed. Hey, subconscious, whatcha trying to do with me?
The best part of this season, Top Chef Texas, are all the Chicago chefs representing their beautiful city. 6 to be exact. Richie Farina and Chris Jones from Moto, Beverly Kim from Aria, Sarah Grueneberg from Spiaggia, Chuy Valencia from Chilam Balam, and finally, Heather Terhune from Sable Kitchen.
Recently, I had the opportunity to have lunch at Sable Kitchen before work. My mom had been texting me, telling me how “lush,” the menu looked online – and lush is simply an understatement. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Chef Heather, I don’t know if you win Top Chef, and I do apologize for harassing the waitstaff about you – but since I couldn’t tell you in person how fabulous your cooking is, I’ll have to let allanabytes do the talking.
Started off with a champagne cocktail. (la marca prosecco, sugar cube, angostura bitters + lemon peel)
(PS, a big thanks to my roommate and her i-phone. That camera is bomb. Just another reason I need that phone. Hint, Santa – you listening?)
Sable Kitchen is located inside the Palomar Hotel @ 505 N. State St, Chicago.
So, if you like good food and small, shared, social plates – hit up Sable. And if you meet Chef Heather, tell her the bytes says hello. Ooh, and don’t forget to ask her about Top Chef spoilers. I’m dying to know!