Over the weekend we were invited to a birthday dinner for my brother-in-law, Dan.

We enjoyed a delicious, farm-to-table, beautiful dinner at Vie.  Although my parents live just a few blocks away, I had never even been inside Vie.  I quickly fell in love with the decor, friendly staff, and amazing food.  If you live in the Chicago area, check out Vie.  It’s no wonder why it has been ranked one of the best Chicago area restaurants and one of the top 40 restaurants in the country!

Warm Apple Bread Salad with shaved brussels sprouts.  Best salad ever!

Paul Virant, Vie’s head chef, has a degrees in Nutrition and Culinary Sciences, experience at some of Chicago’s top restaurants, and recently completed a cookbook, The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-doux.  He is a big believer in supporting local farmers, and we were excited to see one of their menu items includes greens from Growing Power!

Fried risotto, black lentils, grilled greens and golden beets. 

There were so many little details about our dining experience that made it fantastic.  We were offered a complementary taste of gourmet cheese and pickled asparagus before our meal, a tiny scoop of cucumber watermelon sorbet after dinner, and a bite-size caramel brownie after dessert.  The meal would have been memorable without these personal touches, but it felt like the servers and chefs went out of their way to make our experience perfect.

zingerman’s creamery gooey buttercake, pecan cookie crust honey roasted figs, toasted pecans, klug farm grape sorbet

Grape sorbet might sound odd, but it was the perfect pairing with this rich buttercake!

Our dinner was amazing, and the company was even better.  Happy Birthday, Booney!!!





2 thoughts on “Vie

  1. I love this restaurant – been there once so far. There is another good restaurant in Chicago we went to a couple times that supports local farmers and is not as expensive as Vie. It’s called West End Tavern.

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