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Cena Con Amici ("Dinner with friends"): Springtime in Italy wine-pairing dinner
Brix Catering and Events
Chicago, IL
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Cena Con Amici ("Dinner with friends"): Springtime in Italy wine-pairing dinner
In partnership with sommelier Zachary Greatting, Chef Dawn Wilson of A NEW DAWN personal chef service presents "Cena con Amici" (Dinner with friends), an evening of rustic hand-crafted Italian food paired with Italian wines and lively conversation with soon-to-be great friends.  Join us for this pop-up preview dinner offering a sneak peak into Caffè Villaggio, Chef Dawn's authentic Italian caffè, coming soon to Roscoe Village. Gather around our communal table inside Brix Catering's charming event space and take a trip though Italy's diverse culinary regions with this made-from-scratch, seafood-focused, authentic Italian springtime feast paired with exceptional Italian wines and prepared with a combination of seasonal, local and imported Italian artisanal ingredients.

Regional Springtime in Italy Menu:
$70/person, 4-course family-style meal
Wine pairings additional $30/person

Antipasto della casa (Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont)
Bountiful spread of assorted local (West Loop Salumi) and  imported Italian cured meats and cheeses, crostini, and "fantasia della chef" (market-driven small bites from the chef's imagination)

Culurgiones di primavera con bottarga (Sardinia)
Hand-made traditional Sardinian stuffed pasta with spring vegetables, torn burrata, and shaved Bottarga di Muggine, the prized Sardinian delicacy of cured, dried mullet caviar.

Calamari ripieni e tonno alla Messinese (Sicily)
Stuffed squid and seared Ahi tuna
over an intensely flavorful sauce of tomato, olives, and capers.
Contorni :Two seasonal side dishes

Frittelle di Ricotta con gelato all'olio d'oliva (Puglia)
Ricotta fritters, olive oil gelato, Meyer lemon curd

Chef Dawn Wilson
As the owner and driving force behind A NEW DAWN personal chef service since 2006, Executive Chef Dawn Wilson has provided catering, personal chef services, and cooking instruction to clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to rave reviews.  Formerly a Research Scientist with Biology and Molecular Genetics degrees from Loyola University and University of Chicago, Dawn's passion for cooking and entertaining led her away from the lab and into the kitchen. She developed her culinary style while working at Bin 36, Cafe Las Bellas Artes, and several catering companies in Chicagoland.  As the Culinary Director for Whole Foods Market-Northbrook, she taught cooking classes and launched the private event program.  Chef Dawn helped introduce and execute the fresh hand-made pasta program for the opening of Balena, the italian-inspired concept from Boka Restaurant Group and B. Hospitality Co.

In 2011, Dawn moved to the small Tuscan town of Colle Val d'Elsa where she worked at the rustic Slowfood restaurant, Officina della Cucina Popolare, learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Following her stage at Officina, she traveled and tasted her way throughout Italy with stops in many regions including Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Veneto, Piedmont, and Lazio.

Chef Dawn is looking forward to her next adventure as she opens a small authentic Italian neighborhood caffe and market in Roscoe Village, Chicago's charming "Village within the City".  The casual, inviting caffe will feature an espresso bar, breakfast and lunch daily, and family-style communal dinners a few times per week.  The authentic Italian menu will focus on hand-made pastas, artisan salumi and cheeses, panini, and piadine using a combination of seasonal, local and imported Italian ingredients lovingly hand-crafted with the upmost care and rustic simplicity characteristic of Italian cuisine.  For a sneak peek into the forthcoming caffe, check out Chef Dawn's preview pop-up dinners, "popping" up at unique locations around Chicago this spring!

Brix Catering and Events
A boutique catering and events company.
Brix Catering & Events is a dynamic team combining the skills of a classically trained chef and sommelier with corporate catering and management expertise. Hire Brix for traditional catering, an elegantly-coursed meal, wine pairings, chef demonstrations, or full scale event coordination.

Chef and Owner Zachary Greatting started Brix Catering & Events in 2012 as a passion project, to bring food and wine pairing to people's homes.  After completing culinary school at Kendall College, and the Wine Intensive at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Zachary worked as Assistant Sommelier at the two Michelin starred restaurant Ria.  It was during this time that the original idea for Brix came to fruition.  After Ria closed, Zach took a position in wine sales, which allowed him the time on nights and weekends to start catering.  One wine dinner led to another, and referrals grew the business from a hobby to the full service catering and events company that Brix is today.


Brix Catering and Events (View)
1463 W Leland
Chicago, IL 60640
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Dog Friendly: No



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May 05, 2015 8:11 PM
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Arlington Heights, IL United States
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Arlington Heights, IL United States
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