Hats off to Chef Charles Webb…
When C Louise Public Relations invited me to shoot at the Secret Garden Tasting in the Goldcoast neighborhood of Chicago, I was thrilled. Chef Charles is a private chef from Chicago and is well known for his worldly travels that compliment his wide range of culinary flavors and expertise. The tasting was inspired by his most recent trip to Brazil and each bite had a unique sweet, spicy and savory element to it. I hadn’t tasted flavors quite like this before. His food is not only delicious, the presentation is carefully thought through and absolutely beautiful.
The event was held in the garden of a private home at 1442 North Astor street. It’s not everyday that I get to hang out in a home that’s selling for six million dollars… the details were inviting and gorgeous. It’s safe to say that it’s a hidden gem right in the heart of Chicago.
One of my favorite aspects of the night was that we were free to explore or hang out in the large open kitchen and watch the magic happen. I’m a sucker for an open kitchen. Nathaniel Glossen and Amber James were the sous chefs helping Chef Charles throughout the evening, and they were so welcoming and sweet when we had questions. They were also incredibly patient if we wanted to get “one more photo” of the plated dish before it was served. DJ Madrid kept us all energized with his music and overall, it was a really fun gathering of old and new friends.
The list of food included:
Grilled Palmito, Catalan Romesco, micro thyme
Catupiry, goiabada, black truffle honey
Linguiça de frango, pimienta bequinho
Frango, pequi crema, sal de salvia
Cachaça braised oxtail, garbanzo puree
Grilled swordfish, fava vovò, cupaçu gel
Filet Mignon, faroffa de oro, chimichurri
Amazonian carnitas, purple potatoes, malagueta aioli
Flourless chocoalte, doce de leite com morango
Cocado quemado com caju bolinhos
Thank you so much, Chef Charles! I hope we meet again someday soon! And, thank you for inviting me, Caitlin and India! It was a beautiful and delicious evening – you all did an amazing job! xo
All images © Regan Baroni 2015.