Following his sold-out Crux charity pop-up last month, Brandon Baltzley is now teaming with Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth to hold a second dinner, this time at Evanston's Pensiero Ristorante. The 10-course meal will take place on Oct. 17 and will be inspired by the 10 books of Apicius, a collection of ancient Roman recipe books said to have been compiled sometime around the late 4th century or early 5th century A.D.
To keep things more mysterious, Baltzley and Wentworth, who attended Baltzley's last pop-up meal, aren't revealing the actual menu in hopes guests can somewhat guess what they'll be eating. However, Baltzley did say they'll be roasting a whole boar to be eaten by hand off the carcass as a post-dinner snack. "People that are squeamish might not want to attend," Baltzley said.
The dinner will have two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. A total of 60 tickets are available for the night priced at $140 each; guests can add $60 for optional wine pairings created by Pensiero wine director Marcello Cancelli, who will select wines popular with Romans during the time the book of Apicius was written. Tickets can be reserved on a first-come basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Pensiero is housed within Evanston's Margarita Inn and rooms are available for guests. For more information, check out Baltzley's blog.
And while the menu will be a surprise, if you want to try to figure out what may appear on your plate, the 10 books of Apicius translate to the following:
· Epimeles = The Careful Housekeeper
· Sarcoptes = The Meat Mincer
· Cepuros = The Gardener
· Pandecter = Many Ingredients
· Osperon = Pulse
· Aeropetes = Birds
· Polyteles = The Gourmet
· Tetrapus = The Quadruped
· Thalassa = The Sea
· Halieus = The Fisherman