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Edible Art

July 24, 2014
Fulton Market Kitchen

The idea of art permeating your eating experience may seem newfangled (foie gras with a side of Damien Hirst formaldehyde, anyone?), but the concept of combining is indeed an old one – take the famed Colombe d’Or in Provence, which has since the 1920s homed the works of impoverished Post-Impressionists from Picasso to Miró to Chagall, who paid for their meals with art. And now, just a few thousands punts over the Atlantic big blue, Chicago’s Fulton Market Kitchen is set to uphold this tradition by proudly emblazoning its own walls with artworks from emerging local talent.

Sprawled across a space with four vibrant dining rooms, hallways and seating areas, this Market Kitchen is dripping with pop art, street art, and oil paintings, while chef Kyle Petersen (Ceres' Table, Naha) has drawn up a creative, global menu of pretty-as-a-picture plates to compete with the awe-inducing set-up. Early standouts include dishes like bay scallops with sweetbreads, crisp lemon, spiced tobiko, and truffle aioli; pappardelle topped with confit of hen, English peas and mushrooms; and (the less pretty, but sinfully rich) suckling pig served with blistered beans, sweet potato allumettes, and a date relish and smoked bacon jus. Cocktails keep to the artistic theme with colourful pop-inspired creations like the ‘Beg. Borrow. Steal.’ made with Cazadores tequila, Thai chili-infused Green Chartreuse, pineapple, lime, and coriander. Edible art!

311 N Sangamon St / +1 312 733 6900 / 5pm-2am Mon-Fri, till 3am Sat /