Homaru Cantu, chef de postmodern cuisine at Chicago's Moto restaurant and star of Planet Green's exciting new hit, Future Food, was so pleased with the MomImpact Future Food/Flavor Tripping Twitter Party, that he invited me a guest to his restaurant as a thank-you.
A wrestling match ensued after I announced this to my family. Our 12 year-old son pinned DH, but ultimately grandma (my mom) won the coveted spot as my dinner guest. Once nearly afraid to leave her house, she is now a world traveler who has enjoyed many fine meals, but none so fascinating as our ten course meal at Moto.
"Don't worry, the courses are small," I assured her. But nearly 2.5 hours, 10 tiny magical courses and many glasses of wine (plus a smoked beer) later, we rolled ourselves away from the table.
Moto offers 10s and 20s (a 20 course meal, which I'm thinking comes with a pillow and cot, so you can sleep the meal and drinks off and then hit the pavement the next morning in your rumpled clothes in a foodie version of a walk of shame).
The 10s runs $135 per person plus pairings, which may sound outrageous at first, but Moto is no corner diner. They provide fine and fantastical dining. Think about what you might spend on a special night out for dinner and along with theater tickets, because a dinner at Moto is a type of dinner theater and it's more uplifting and inspiring than, say, a Beckett play.
Read more about our meal (meal? that hardly describes it, it was an event!) over at Scrambled CAKE.
Here's a teaser. No, that ain't my mama's smoke, it's a might tasty Cuban Sandwich, artfully prepared and served.