salad of endives, a most creative presentation

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

salad of endives with crispy potatoes, basil, dijon, pancetta and poached egg
@ blackbird, chicago

chablis premier cru mont de milieu
Domaine Billaud Simon
Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu 2006
“A Chablis that is as colorful as a basket of fruit.”

Chablis from Billaud Simon is brisk, balanced, and mineral-driven. It is one of the great domaines of Chablis which dates back to 1815. This particular wine offers a nice combination of fruit and stony minerality. With its creamy texture, purity, and freshness – it paired very well with the salad of endives and our second course at Blackbird.

salad of endives, a most creative presentation

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

With knife and fork, our server deftly chops the salad, blending the perfectly poached egg with the endives and pancetta, creating a silky dressing and reducing the charming potato basket to crisp crouton-like chards.

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

salad of endives, blackbird restaurant, potato basket

Voilà!

UPDATE: The entire extraordinary experience at Blackbird is now posted here  What is hip? Chicago’s Blackbird, please stop by!

17 thoughts on “salad of endives, a most creative presentation”

  1. I have to laugh at the last photo 🙂
    Quite a bit of fuss for such a final plate..
    I do have problems with food that requires how-to-eat instructions.
    Still very pretty to begin with even so…

  2. Gorgeous. It’s a photo like this one (and the white asparagus from your other post) that are REALLY getting my creative juices flowing this morning. All of a sudden, I’m inspired to go do something “different” at home!

    I actually like how “fussy” this plate it. It’s making me think about how I’d tear into it. And I kinda like that. 🙂

    [K]

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