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Foie de Vivre

August 03, 2015
The Blanchard
Cordon Bleu a little too faffy for your sensibilities? Well, for French fare befitting the modern discerning diner, there is a far simpler recipe to follow. Start with a base of elegant interiors, a soupcon of centuries-old saucery, a pinch of bad boy chef-done-good ‘tude and a sprinkling of fine fresh produce, allow to bubble away blithely for a few months... And voila! The result? Handsome new Chi-town eatelier, The Blanchard.
Recently opened in a leafy corner idyll of Old Town, this dishy desti marks a decided break from the slew of casj kitchens that have been popping up of late. Helmed by chef Jason Paskewitz (previously of Rustic House and Gemini Bistro), who takes the tiller alone for the first time, the menu is devoted to long-loved but fancified Gallic classics.
Think rustic rabbit moutarde and cod au Provençal revamped for a contempo cognisance and crafted using specially sourced ingredients. There’s also an entire section of ‘la carte’ dedicated to foie gras, for anyone who can’t get enough of the rich stuff.
And one final word on the decor, which is muted and mature in varying green and pleasant hues with gold accents to elevate and a touch of ‘tique to mellow. Final flourishes come courtesy of colourful canvasses, whose abstract swirls evoke the pic-perfect landscapes of the lovely L'hexagone. Ah, bonheur!
1935 N Lincoln Park W / Lincoln Park / +1 872 829 3971 / dinner Tue-Sun