Summer at Sixteen: Return to the Ingredient
July 27, 2016: This summer, Sixteen, the Michelin Two-Star, at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, is progressing its 2016 guiding theme: A Study in Ingredients.
Retaining a consistent format to previous 2016 menus, current ingredient studies include: The Family of Lobster, A Study of Legumes, The Season’s Thistles, Corn: The Arrival of Summer and The Field of Flowers and Herbs.
Sixteen is excited to work with ingredients grown in the rooftop garden located on The Terrace at Trump. What began as an experiment guided by a collaborative effort between the culinary team at Sixteen, The Terrace at Trump and urban landscapers have presented the kitchen with a range of hyper-locally grown herbs including Genovese, Thai and lemon basil, Mexican oregano, mint julep, peppermint, rosemary, papalo, lavender, pineapple sage, chives and several varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
The yield from the rooftop garden is incorporated in select dishes on Sixteen’s current menu, most notably the seasonal Summer Melons dish with Razor Clams and Espresso which uses cucumber flowers, cucumber vines and baby cucumbers, as well as the chocolate mint and a concentrated mint oil for garnish. As part of Sixteen’s “To Conclude” course, the garden’s Thai and global basil flowers along with fresh basil from the garden are added to the Sweet Corn, Blueberry and Basil dessert. Varieties of chives, thyme and flowers are incorporated throughout the menu including the Lavender-Poached Langoustine with Sea Buckthorn and a Petit Pastoral Salad.
The complete four-course tasting is priced at $175 per person, with a smaller three-selection menu (choosing one dish from “To Begin”, “To Follow” and “To Conclude” categories) available for $160. Elongated and abbreviated menus, as well as a la carte menu items, are available upon request. Wine pairings, curated by Sixteen’s Sommelier Parag Lalit, may be added for $125 for the Cru pairing, $250 for the premier pairing, and $750 for a reserve pairing.
Guests who reserve seating at Sixteen for a 5:30 p.m. reservation are invited to arrive 45 minutes prior to enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne at a private table at The Terrace at Trump. Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant online or call (312) 588-8030.