FEB. 18, 2014
Chorizo-Stuffed Dates With Piquillo Pepper Sauce
The Restaurant Takeaway column is devoted to restaurant dishes you can make in your own kitchen, tested and tweaked for home cooks.
I’ve eaten my share of bacon-wrapped dates at cocktail parties and the like. Sometimes they are plain; sometimes they are filled with almonds or cheese. They are always tasty and never filling.
And this was exactly what I thought stuffed dates should be — until I had dinner at Avec in Chicago. There, I ate bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with spicy chorizo, surrounded by a silky tomato and piquillo pepper sauce.
This dish was not dainty hors d’oeuvres to be nibbled out of hand. It was a brawny appetizer that demanded a fork to scoop up the sausage emerging from the sweet dates. The flavors made perfect sense together; piquant, sweet, meaty, smoky and tangy notes in every bite, zinging over your tongue in different combinations and intensities. This is a dish that will never get dull.
My adaptation keeps the compelling flavors, but it scales down the dates so they are more compact. You could make them as an appetizer over sauce, as they do at Avec. But now the dates also work as hearty finger food. Serve with the sauce for dipping.
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Starving Artist is Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s annual benefit that pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent. For this year’s event, Starving Artist will offer a high-energy and interactive evening where attendees will engage directly with the creative environment of unique art and food installations.
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A day in the life of Chef Paul Kahan by POPSUGAR Chicago.
Chef Anthony Bourdain shows some love to Paul Kahan’s restaurants in Chicago.
“Favorite Chicago spot for food? Any place run by Paul Kahan: Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star.”
The epi-log, epicurious.com’s blog raves about avec.
Food Network Magazine asked top chefs across the country for their best advice.
avec featured in Time Out Chicago April 2011 Eat Out With The Kids
Avec featured in CS Magazine, March 2011
Chef Paul Kahan featured in “11 Celeb Chefs Dish on Their Sexiest Meal Ever”
avec and chef Koren Grieveson elected for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes, 2010
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Avec featured in Time Out Chicago
avec and chef Koren Grieveson elected for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes
Avec featured in Travel & Leisure Magazine, May 2009
Avec featured in Food & Wine Magazine, July 2008
Avec featured in Wallpaper Magazine, Feb 2008
avec in Chicago Magazine April 2007 Restaurants
avec nominated for the Time Out Eat Out Awards March 2007
avec in North Shore March 2007
Maria Pinto on avec Chicago Social March 2007
avec’s chef Koren Grieveson in R&I March 2007
Today’s Chicago Woman Maria Pinto on avec, March 2007
Avec featured in GQ Magazine, March 2007
Avec featured in Frommers Budget Travel guide
avec mentioned in Chicago Sun-Times February 2007
Avec reviewed by the Zagat Survey, July 2006
Avec featured in Town & Country Travel
Avec is featured in Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Avec featured in Time Out Chicago in April, 2006
Avec featured in Time Out Chicago, The 100 Best Eats December 2005
Avec featured in book entitled Wood Design, Daab publishing.
avec elected for a James Beard Foundation Award for
Outstanding Restaurant Design, 2005
avec elected for a James Beard Foundation Award for
Outstanding Restaurant Graphics, 2005
Avec featured in Time Out Chicago in September, 2005
Koren Grieveson is featured in The Chicago Sun-Times.
Avec featured in Hospitality Design, May/June 2005
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Avec featured in CS Magazine
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Avec featured in Restaurants & Institutions December 2003