ALTIRO LATIN FUSION ARRIVES CHICAGO

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Altiro Latin Fusion is the latest addition to Chicago’s explosive dining scene. Since opening 2013 in suburban Geneva’s popular downtown dining district, the sleek, minimalist 50-seat Altiro quickly gained buzz and attention among savvy diners. Through combined efforts with Chicago restaurateur Marc Wuenschel, of Hutch America Bistro, Altiro’s Chicago location is now open at 2116 West Roscoe, Chicago.  Altiro’s menu features an innovative selection of Latin-fusion small plates, designed to be shared, passed around the table. The menu is divided into two primary categories: on the left, “Al Bocado,” Spanish for “bite size,” smaller, shareable entrees…similar to tapas. The collection includes Al Raviole Basque jumbo shrimp atop house-made ravioli, creamy Serrano pesto, $9.99; Al Calambre — local farm skirt steak, roasted peppers-pineapple, guacamole, melted chihuahua cheese, avocado-tomatillo salsa. $9.99.   On the right, “Al Taco,“ gourmet Latin-fusion mini tacos, served four to an order, ideal for sharing. Options range from from Al Carnitasslow roasted pork belly, escabeche onions, cilantro, roasted Chile de arbol salsa, $8.99, to Al Salmonjillo — grilled King salmon, grilled pineapple, tomatoes, chipotle aioli, $11.99.

Altiro Latin Fusion, 2116 West Roscoe, Chicago.

Local Root Puts Farm-to-Table Twist on Afternoon Tea

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Put stuffy notions of dainty watercress sandwiches and extended pinky fingers to rest, as Local Root unleashes a distinctly American, farm-to-table twist on this stately British tradition, launching their own interpretation of Afternoon Tea  complete with potato blini crowned with California sturgeon caviar, tea cakes made with locally-sourced, handcrafted Limoncello…and tea-infused cocktails.

Since opening last fall, Local Root has become a farm-to-table, locally-sourced hot spot in the center of Chicago’s high-rise-heavy Streeterville area, offering complete lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. Now, Chef/Owner Isaac Weilver and Baker/Owner Yale Cohen team-up to present Afternoon Tea, offered 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Watch for tiered platters of tea-time bites like Smoked Atlantic Salmon with Lemon Cheese, Fried Caper on Cucumber Chip. Potato Blini with Crème Fraîche and California Sturgen Caviar. Wisconsin Artisanal Bleu Cheese over all-natural Beeler’s Bacon from Iowa. Champagne Chicken with Chipotle Tomato Jam. House-made, hand rolled Croissants, drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce, and teacakes made with locally-crafted Limoncello.

Tea choices include Green: Moroccan Mint, China Jasmin, Enchanted Green. Herbal: Roasted Almond, Floral, African Sage Brush, or Black: Apricot, Bergamont, English Traditional. For non-teetotalers looking to Mad Hatter it up a notch, consider Tea-infused cocktails like the Earl of Ginington: Leatherbee Gin with Earl Grey Syrup and Ministry of Love: Old Forester Whiskey, Love Tea Syrup and Orange Blossom Water.

Afternoon Tea is served 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, $24 per-person ($3 additional for a tea-infused cocktail in place of tea). Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago.

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Local Root Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

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Get ready for the big “one” as Local Root, an oasis of locally-sourced, organic freshness — tucked in the heart of Chicago’s high-rise-heavy Streeterville neighborhood, marks its one-year anniversary with a free day-long celebration Wednesday, Oct 2.

Since opening last-fall, this casual-by-day, dinner and wine bar by night, has attracted a loyal following, with a lunch-time line-up of fresh salads, soups, flat-breads, burgers and sandwiches featuring seasonal,  farm-to-table ingredients, alongside home baked breads, muffins, cookies and Local Root’s own signature brand of house-made sodas.

By night, watch for rotating favorites like free-range chicken and barbecue pork ribs, grass-fed steak frites, and fresh seafood specials, teamed with organic cheese and charcuterie  boards, dozens of local craft beers and small batch liquors, along with an impressive regional wine list.

On Wednesday, October 2, the Local Root gang fires-up their outdoor patio grill, hosting a FREE BARBECUE to celebrate their 1-year milestone. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, Local Root will offer absolutely free grass-fed beef burgers, jumbo hotdogs, and free-range barbecue pork ribs.

Local Root, 601 North McClurg Court, Chicago, Illinois. Open Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 a.m. – 10p.m. , Sun 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

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