CHICAGO, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- tesori trattoria & bar, part of the newly announced Round The Table Hospitality family of companies, is pleased to announce Carlos Ysaguirre as its new executive chef.
Ysaguirre comes to the Chicago Loop restaurant from Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile in Austin, Texas where he championed his simple and rustic culinary point-of-view of using seasonal, high-quality ingredients while continuing his passion for working with local purveyors. While in Austin he flexed his "celebrity chef" bone, appearing at the celebrated Austin Food & Wine Festival and earning accolades for "People's Favorite Dish" in the Do512 Karbach Chili Cook-off as well as "Best in Show" for the American Lamb Board's premier Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour.
Before Jacoby's, Ysaguirre helmed the kitchen at Chicago's rustic Italian spot -- Anteprima -- where for six years he brought acclaim to the Andersonville restaurant with his philosophy of seasonally and locally-driven cuisine. During his tenure, he also helped open neighboring farm-to-table Acre and regional-focused Italian Bar Ombra of the same ownership to high praise, exhibiting his ability for larger leadership over a family of restaurants.
Says Ysaguirre, "I'm very excited to join the tesori team and once again share my love of the kitchen and Italian food with Chicago. I was taught that great cooking is about showcasing good, quality ingredients in an interesting way and letting the ingredients speak for themselves. tesori's philosophy of seasonally-driven, rustic fare aligns perfectly with that point-of-view."
At tesori, Ysaguirre will focus on seasonal-driven menus featuring simple and rustic flavors inspired by regional Italian ingredients. The menu will include a combination of antipasti, house-made pastas, piatti (entrees) and contorni (sides). Highlights from the upcoming fall menu include: eggplant caponata (sweet & sour Sicilian relish, capers, pine nuts), duck breast saltimbocca (butternut squash, apples, Brussels sprouts, saba), grilled marinated leg of lamb (Borlotti beans, fennel, radish, pickled peppers, feta) and more. Ysaguirre will continue tesori's tradition of signature, hand-crafted pizza with the main pizza bar featuring both red and white Neapolitan-style pizzas. Further details on Ysaguirre's full menu will be available mid-October.
Says owner Jim Horan, "Ysaguirre's strong background in rustic and seasonally-driven Italian fare and passion for forging relationships with local purveyors was a perfect fit for tesori. We are excited to welcome him to our family of companies and back to Chicago."
The public is invited to come meet Ysaguirre this Sunday, September 25th at the upcoming Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park at US Tasting Pavilion 8 where he will be showcasing his take on fagioli e polpettine, a traditional Italian dish.
tesori trattoria & bar is open daily at 11:30 am and offers both lunch and dinner service as well as daily happy hour specials. More information can be found at tesorichicago.com.
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About tesori trattoria and bar
tesori trattoria & bar is Chicago Loop's premier Italian-inspired restaurant and bar located at 65 East Adams in the historic Symphony Center off of Chicago's Cultural Mile. Its uniquely modern take on rustic, Italian food and drink borrows from Italy's various regional influences and traditions to create an authentic Italian experience while the lively bar features handcrafted cocktails, a curated menu of craft beer and an extensive Italian-driven wine list that highlights many of Italy's regional varieties as well as old and new world wines. The architecturally-driven space designed by Knauer Inc. offers casual ambience and a bright and spacious setting including a private event room perfect for special events.
About Round The Table Hospitality
Round The Table Hospitality (RTTH) is a family of companies based in Chicago's West Loop, founded by Blue Plate Catering CEO Jim Horan in 2016. The RTTH roster includes the state-of-the-art facility Larkin Hall, an intrapreneurial incubator program Wild Blue, Blue Plate Catering, and restaurants tesori trattoria & bar and Park Grill.
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