Zealous has been a Chicago mainstay for the past two decades and will celebrate its 19th anniversary starting this month and running through September 29. The two month-long celebration will showcase some of the most popular and acclaimed dishes in the restaurant’s history with a special $85 five-course menu and an optional $50 for wine pairings. Chef and owner Michael Taus, one of Charlie Trotter’s first protégés, is bringing back some of the “best of the best” dishes with a menu that will change weekly throughout August and September. An additional “blast from the past” a la carte selection will also be available, incorporating diner requests for those who want to pick and choose from their favorites.
The initial menu will include courses featuring bigeye sashimi tuna, grilled Hudson Valley foie gras, New Zealand lamb chops and much more. Taus says his proudest achievement over the years has been going directly from farm-to-table, a practice that started with buying from Nichols’ Farm and continues to this day. His classic French techniques and use of fresh ingredients has built Zealous a loyal following and Taus hopes fans and newcomers alike will help him ring in 19 years of culinary tradition over the next several weeks.
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