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Cena Con Amici ("Dinner with friends"): 1 year anniversary!
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Chicago, IL
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Cena Con Amici ("Dinner with friends"): 1 year anniversary!
Join us to celebrate the one year anniversary of our very first Cena con Amici pop-up dinner!  

One year to the date of our first pop-up dinner, Chef Dawn Wilson of A NEW DAWN personal chef service once again presents Cena con Amici ("Dinner with friends"), an evening of rustic hand-crafted Italian food and lively conversation with soon-to-be great friends.  Gather around our communal table inside a unique, secret location and enjoy a made-from-scratch, authentic Italian feast prepared with a combination of seasonal, local, and imported Italian artisanal ingredients.  For all of you that have been craving these dishes for the last year and asking us to bring them back or had to miss them the first time around, you're in luck as the menu for this special anniversary edition of Cena con Amici will be a throwback to our very first pop-up menu with a surprise dessert (chosen by diners; vote for your dessert pick from our past pop-ups when you register)

Cena Con Amici Throwback Menu:
$68/person; add a wine-pairing flight for $20/person (or byo for $15/bottle corkage)

Antipasto della casa
Bountiful spread of assorted local (West Loop Salumi)  and  imported Italian cured meats and cheeses, crostini, and "fantasia della chef" (market-driven small bites from the chef's imagination)

Pici cacio e pepe
Hand-rolled thick rope-shaped pasta with a simple sauce of pecorino Toscano , cracked black pepper, and toasted olive oil breadcrumbs.

Maiale al latte
Local pork shoulder braised in milk, lemon, and Tuscan herbs until tender and succulent and served over creamy polenta.
Uova in Purgatorio (Vegetarian main course option, MUST CHOOSE OPTION IN ADVANCE, NO SUBSTITUTIONS NIGHT OF THE EVENT)
Over-easy baked eggs with pomodoro sauce, Tuscan kale, and creamy polenta.

Contorni (sides):
Shaved fennel-blood orange salad
Pancetta-wrapped asparagus with salsa verde
Sauteed Tuscan kale

Dolce sorpresa
"Surprise" dessert (fan favorite voted on by diners)

Chef Dawn Wilson
As the owner and driving force behind A NEW DAWN personal chef service since 2006, Executive Chef Dawn Wilson has provided catering, personal chef services, and cooking instruction to many clients in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to rave reviews.  She developed her culinary style with stints at Bin 36, Cafe Las Bellas Artes, several catering companies throughout Chicagoland, as the Culinary Director for Whole Foods Market-Northbrook teaching cooking classes and running the private event program, and as the fresh pasta-maker at Balena.

In 2011, Dawn moved to the small Tuscan town of Colle Val d'Elsa where she worked at the rustic Slowfood restaurant, Officina della Cucina Popolare, learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Following her stage at Officina, she traveled and tasted her way around Italy with stops in many regions including Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Veneto, Piedmont, and Lazio.

Chef Dawn is looking forward to her next adventure as she launches a line of handmade pasta available soon at Lakeview Kitchen and Market.



Secret location (View)
in Chicago
Chicago, IL 60640
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Dog Friendly: No


Owner: Dawn Wilson
On BPT Since: Oct 08, 2014
Dawn Wilson


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Chicago, IL United States
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