Italian Cheese Dinner

In-PersonEast Lakeview, Chicago


Large (15-20 Guests)
Vegan, Vegetarian
We opened the cafe, and are excited to host some private dinners here! The cold weather is really making me crave warming Italian dishes with gooey housemade vegan cheese, and I'm guessing I'm not alone in feeling this! I'm very excited to have our pastry chef Tif Lowder make a tiramisu using our Dark Matter espresso as well. Come join us for a fun evening of food!

Menu detail

Cashew Burrata & Housemade Country Bread
Just recently we were able to make vegan burrata! I'd always considered burrata to be the ultimate soft cheese, as it is a mozzarella that has a creamy, rich, not-quite-set filling, encased in a stretchy, more formed mozzarella shell. It is solid on the outside, and soft on the inside making it eminently spreadable, and totally addictive. We'll drizzle nice green olive oil over it, salt, pepper, and serve it with our house baked bread.
Arancini di Riso
We fill the arancinis with our housemade mozzarella, fry it in bread crumbs, serve it over a rich tomato sauce, and top it with fresh basil.
Beet, Fennel, and Pecan Salad with Almond Parmesan
Small Plate
We'll roast beets, and marinate them with fresh squeezed orange, and serve it with shaved fennel, radicchio, toasted pecans, and a generous grating of our housemade almond parmesan.
Manicotti with Spinach, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas
I remember baked manicotti from my childhood, and I'm happy to make a grown up (and vegan) version to combat this cold weather! We'll fill them with a rich spinach, onion, and chickpea mixture, with our housemade cashew cheese, and serve it with a rich tomato sauce.
Tif's Dark Matter Tiramisu
If you've had any of our pastry chef Tif Lowders creations, you know that everything she makes is fantastic. She'll be using Dark Matter espresso pulled from our Rancilio machine to make you a delicious vegan tiramisu.

Italian Cheese Dinner

In-PersonEast Lakeview, Chicago
(Exact Address will be shared upon purchase.)