By Elizabeth SanFilippo
Get some inspiration in the kitchen during the holidays. These chefs from three Chicago-area restaurants are talking about what they make for the holidays with family and friends and how you can make these dishes too.
814 North Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60301
Butternut Squash Risotto
During the holidays, Anthony Gambino, owner and operator of Cucina Paradiso and Burger Boss, loves to serve complex dishes. He says, “I live to create dishes like this because most people don’t have the time or culinary experience and when they eat them, there is a greater sense of appreciation because it’s known that they are difficult dishes to make.”
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David Burke’s Primehouse
616 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Caramelized Carrots tossed with Goat Cheese and Aged Sherry Vinegar
Chef Rick Gresh of David Burke’s Primehouse believes the holidays are about spending time with family, not in the kitchen, and his holiday recipes reflect that attitude. “Anything that can be prepped and baked or roasted is the way to go instead of standing over the stove,” he says.
When Executive Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard of David Burke’s Primehouse thinks about the holidays, he thinks of holiday cookies and everyone making their favorites and trading them. One of his favorite cookie recipes is shortbread.
Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar
1747 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Heirloom Apple Confit Pie with Pork Fat Pie Dough
Chef Mindy Segal’s popular HotChocolate restaurant may feature a full menu, but she’s best known for her pastries, which is one reason she loves to serve her heirloom apple confit pie with pork fat pie dough as a savory holiday dessert.