I am very excited to kick off my first restaurant shoot featuring a "hidden gem" in Chicago called Untitled. This place holds true to its name, located at 111 West Kinzie with two large, unmarked doors. When Mike and I walked down the stairs, we were blown away by the 18-foot tall ceilings and the dimly lit rooms that all seemed to have their own unique concept. There's even a whiskey library bar that has a wall completely dedicated to individual member lockers so that each can store their own bottles. There's a champagne & scotch room if you're feeling a little more fancy for the night. Oh, and if you're looking for live music, they have a room for that too. From the artwork and furniture to the carefully crafted menu, it's obvious that a lot of creativity was put into building a space that could feel open, yet intimate. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable and try to make sure that everyone has what they need.
As amazing as the space is, the food truly steals the show. Chef Joe Heppe & Sous Chef Bryan Collante are the duo behind a menu that features a variety of seasonal delicacies. Ranging from a daily oyster selection to a dry aged new york strip to whiskey ginger carrots, there is a little something for everyone. The chefs selected four items from their current tasting menu for me to shoot and each one completely blew me away. I really enjoyed using their space to capture their obvious love for food. I think I'll be dreaming about the salmon belly tartare for a while…
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