Kelly the Culinarian: Yelp's Spring Awakening at Fresco 21

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Yelp's Spring Awakening at Fresco 21

I am so lucky to be part of the Yelp Elite Chicago 'Burbs community. What this means is that about once a month, I get invited to "insider" events at local businesses (see my past Yelp Elite events). This month's event was a bit different because I wasn't allowed to bring a guest. I had to be social with strangers!

It all turned out OK, though. This was one of the fancier events I've been to, and it started with the valet parking at the Intercontinental in Rosemont, which houses Fresco 21. We were greeted with a folk guitarist, a chef hand-making pasta and an assortment of Yelp Elite gear. This year's new swag includes knee socks!

There was, of course, wine and beer.

And a cornucopia of food! We tried: Moroccan harissa-rubbed hanger steak with goat cheese, farro tabouleh salad (in the white spoon), chorizo puff pastry bites, English pea & cumin puree, manchego empanada  with romesco sauce and curried chicken, artichoke, yogurt, feta, & cilantro pizza. My favorite item was a fried goat cheese appetizer in tomato sauce. We were also served a hazelnut cake dessert and freshly made pasta and ravioli.
Everything was delicious, but I was still a bit hungry. Good thing I left with a goody bag that included chocolates and nuts crafted by the chef.

Another awesome Yelp event!

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