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Meat Your Maker

June 19, 2014
Tête Charcuterie

Chicago’s locavore movement continues to gain traction – in the past few months alone we’ve seen openings like The Winchester, Cellar Door Provisions, and Leghorn championing the locally-sourced concern. But enter Tête Charcuterie, the city’s latest diner to attract headlines, and you’ve got a seeming move away from that trend with a worldly menu of exotic sausages, rillettes, terrines, and dried meats evoking the Mediterranean market vibe... Or at least, that’s what clever co-exec chefs Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski have made us think with their diverse flavouring, while in fact, most of it has been sourced from local farms including Swan Creek and Slagel Family Farm.

To ease in gently to this unabashed meat feast, start off with a charcuterie board of smoky, ribboned pancetta, salami, mortadella, and creamy pâtés blended from Duroc heritage pork, chicken liver and cognac, whose fattiness can be offset nicely with one of their local hoppy brews (try Finch’s Secret Stout and Two Brothers Domaine Dupage) or a strong tannin kick (they’re pouring French, Italian and US wines). Other figurative stop-offs around the world include a garlic-infused Filipino longanisa with shrimp fried rice, poached egg and chili marmalade; and a spicy Moroccan merguez with a fava bean hummus and picholine olive chutney. And if meat doesn’t float your boat... then you’re probably in the wrong place – or there’s a small selection of fish dishes like cured fluke or diver scallops with a nettle velouté. Me-a-ticulous!

1114 W Randolph St / +1 312 733 1178 / dinner only Mon-Sat /