Partying at Nellcote Before Nellcote Was Cool: Chicago


833 West Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 432-0500

Did you watch the video? No? Go ahead. It’s only 3 minutes and 19 seconds of your life that you’ll be wishing you were partying at Nellcote like I was. I know you’ll be drooling at the house milled, crispy flour crust of the Mortadella pizza, topped with pistachios, shaved red onions and ricotta cheese. Or…how about the earthy deliciousness of white asparagus soup dotted with brown butter and black truffles? Maybe the fois gras ‘torchon’ is more your style – stacked on a housemade brioche with marasca cherries and pickled pistachios. All of this and more was offered at the “Evening in Exile” preview party at the newly opened Nellcote Restaurant.

Please go watch the video now. I hate repeating things and the video coverage sums it all up so nicely. *cheesy grin*

Nellcote is the epitome of sexy-dirty rock and roll meets luxurious lifestyle. Upon entering, you are greeted by a wall of dried lavender but simultaneously enveloped in lavish black wrought iron. The wooden floor opposes the extravagant chandeliers – the orange back-lit bar surrounded by old theatre style balconies – everywhere you turn rough meets smooth is staring you in the face. On one hand it’s almost confusing, but at the same time it all makes you feel so right. Rockstar. Yeah. It kinda makes you feel like a rockstar.


Being a pre-opening party, I had hopes but was saddened to not meet Chef Jared Van Camp, master of charcuterie, miller of flour and creator of the $15 and under grand menu. Although, I did get the opportunity to talk with Chris Freeman, co-partner of Nellcote. He radiated with optimism and excitement about Nellcote’s official grand opening. Hearing him talk about the design and creation of the restaurant, mixing some of the old Chicago architecture of the building with the new glamor, reassured the sexy bohemian feeling the atmosphere brought about.

Chris also discussed Nellcote’s fantastic menu, in which no item costs more than $15. With it’s focus on mainly local and in season ingredients, the menu will change several times a year in order to bring items with the freshest ingredients. With the basement flour mill, local grain is ground to a 00, which makes it talcum powder soft and perfect for their pizzas and bread products. Chris also mentioned that Nellcote will be supporting the city farmer’s markets as more and more ingredients come into season.

Although the “Evening in Exile” party was fabulous, I’m ready to head back to experience an actual dinner service. So…which one of you dirty sexy bohemian rock and roll heads want to come along with me?

*Aren’t you glad you watched the video*

Ohh…I can’t end this post without thanking the lovely Miss Paige Worthy for the opportunity to attend this fab event. Thanks girlie!

Photos from Nellcote Facebook

6 Responses to Partying at Nellcote Before Nellcote Was Cool: Chicago
  1. Paige Worthy
    March 28, 2012 | 12:41 PM

    Yummy, yummy! Still super sad to have missed this — but happy you were one of the foodie rock stars I picked in my little giveaway!

    • Toni
      March 28, 2012 | 12:49 PM

      Me too! Very happy!! Thanks again…I say we need a re-do so you can come this time :) Chant with me, “re-DO! re-DO!” You can stomp along if you’d like.

  2. Lisa
    March 30, 2012 | 7:23 AM

    I’ve not heard of this place but it looks and sounds awesome!

    • Toni
      March 30, 2012 | 7:25 AM

      It’s about a block from Girl and the Goat…right there in that restaurant row. Check it out if you ever get the chance – it’s really gorgeous.

  3. Melisa
    March 30, 2012 | 7:40 AM

    You looked so beautiful in the VIDEO! That I WATCHED!!!!

    P.S. I will go with you!!

    • Toni
      April 2, 2012 | 6:42 AM

      Awww…you’re too kind…and…thanks for watching the video! LOL Once again, I marveled at how they put together footage for the tv production…it’s quite an art. :)

      Yes…let’s go…you were just the dirty sexy bohemian rock and roll head I was thinking of! <3

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