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Day of the Dead (and Undead) Secret Dinner

We're staging an exquisite one night only pop up dinner on November 2, the Feast of All Souls aka Day of the Dead, prepared by celebrated chefs of YOSOY Chicago.

The dinner will take place in an undisclosed location: those who are invited to attend will be sent special instructions... a playful wink at the "code word" practices of secret societies.

The theme of the meal is life, death and undeath... These are the first four courses proposed in a five course meal (the dessert course will be a surprise).

'birth' quinoa + bean salad, pea sprouts + sorghum vinaigrette The thought here was to focus on the beginning of life ie: seeds, sprouts, legumes. Sorghum is a grain similar to rice or millet, though we use a sorghum molasses from indiana.

'life' vegetable terrine + blossoms + mole Here the 'terrine' would be a series of concentric rings or ellipses, representing time and specific moments in life, much as a trees rings are depicted. In addition we would be using vegetables at the peak of the freshness, in the prime of their life. These will be wrapped similar to a tamale, just slightly reimagined.

'death' carrot + ginger soup, poppy seed cream As root vegetables both the carrot and ginger's life halts when harvested. Soups are traditional in their warming values and restorative benefits, poppy seeds are a global symbol of death.

'preservation' (ashes to ashes) smoked ribs + charred poblano + pickled onion + new potato confit For preservation this may seem self evident, though we found it to be playful. Smoking as a preservative, ashes from the roast peppers, ending with two classic preservation methods, pickling and confit.

'reinvention/renewal' secret dessert course a special dessert will be presented in conclusion of the meal.

Our program for the evening is being designed by esteemed game designers from Waxwing Puzzle Co. and will included a talk on "Entertaining the Undead", courtesy of Diabolical Toy, noted producers of online fiction, animation and video.

You can pay for admission here at the Chicago White City Supper Meetup Page

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