Fall Feasts Around Chicago

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From tasting menus to one-off events, autumn flavors are taking the stage
Tavernita Pappardelle

Tavernita

Menus are changing over with the season and bring out some warm, fall flavors. Tavernita's pappardelle with mushroom ragu will help bulk up runners for the Chicago Marathon.

The fall season brings with it new flavors and inspirations for chefs to play around with. Notes of apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon begin to show up in dishes and drinks. Harvests, hayrides, and marathons provide a foundation for autumnal menus. All around Chicago, restaurants are celebrating the chill in the air and embracing the best that fall has to offer.

Sixteen Restaurant in Trump Tower has transformed their menu into a poetic exploration of the autumn harvest. Diners can choose from three multicourse tasting menus: Offerings from the Harvest at $110 per person, The Bountiful Table at $150, and A Feast for Autumn at $210. Stages of the meal include such descriptive titles as Fruits of the Seasonal Labor and the Fatted Slaughter Before Winter. Optional wine pairings and an à la carte menu are also available.

Roka Akor keeps fall fresh with new dishes that incorporate autumn flavors with its Japanese-influenced style. The Roasted Beet and Tako Salad is a colorful and vibrant addition. A Wagyu flat-iron offers a tasteful and filling option for the chilly evenings to come.

Evanston’s Found will be hosting an event called Cider House Rules on the River as part of their Moveable Feast series on Oct. 8. Chef Nicole Pederson will pair her dishes with Michigan-based Virtue Cider for crafty feats. Tickets are $80 per person with proceeds going to support the canine rescue charity Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center.

Tavernita is getting into the season with a Paella of the Day, including seasonal vegetables and spices. With the Chicago Marathon coming up on Oct. 13, they will also feature a menu tailored specifically towards athletes. Their Marathon Menu, available on Oct. 12, offers a veritable carb-fest for $18 per person. Three specialty pastas will be offered in team-sized portions, making sure everyone is bulked up for the big day.

Winter descends quickly on the Windy City, so enjoy these fall menus and events while you can!

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