Chef Michael Mina’s Margeaux Brasserie Opens In Chicago’s Gold Coast
The Classic French Restaurant Opened Inside The Waldorf Astoria Chicago On July 10
CHICAGO - Margeaux Brasserie, from James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina, has opened its doors in Chicago's historic Gold Coast neighborhood. Located on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago at 11 East Walton Place, the restaurant is meant to evoke the feeling of dining at a Parisian café. The menu features elevated French cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, alongside a robust French wine and cocktail list. Margeaux Brasserie joins Petit Margeaux, a classic French patisserie on the hotel's lobby level, which opened on June 22, 2017.
"I have always admired the hospitality and dining sensibilities of Chicago. When the Waldorf Astoria Chicago presented me with this opportunity, I was thrilled to collaborate with a venerable hotel partner," said Michael Mina, chef and founder of MINA Group. "We have wanted to be part of Chicago's stellar restaurant scene for quite some time and are excited to join this community in the most iconic of neighborhoods with the opening of Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago."
Executive Chef Brent Balika, formerly of The Dawson, is at the helm of the kitchens of Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux and Chef Ashley Torto leads the pastry team. Mina and Balika collaborated to create a menu that focuses on product and technique, while showcasing regional, Midwestern ingredients. Mina has long favored French cuisine for its bold, craveable flavors and exquisite technique along with its capacity to let exceptional ingredients shine. A roaming "Chariot du Fromage" will delight guests with selections of the best cheeses from France. Additionally, the menu will feature a robust selection of raw seafood, alongside time-honored French staples, such as:
- Heritage Chicken Roti: Maitake Mushroom, Braised Bacon, Sauce a la chasseur
- Les Steak Frites: Filet, Rib Eye, NY Strip, or Bavette, served with Pommes Frites and Béarnaise (with the option to add Steak "Foie Poivre" with green peppercorn, shallot confit, fourme d'ambert to any cut)
- Escargot A La Bordelaise: Parsley, Garlic, Porcini Mushrooms, Puff Pastry Crumble
- Dover Sole A La Meuniere: White Asparagus, Brown Butter, Lemon Confit
- Tomato Tatin: Caramelized Onion, Marinated Buratta
- Foie Gras Parfait: Preserved Cherry, Warm Brioche, Grilled Knob Onion
"I am honored to be representing MINA Group and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in my hometown of Chicago," said Balika. "Michael has been a wonderful guiding force in my career and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him and representing his vision at Waldorf Astoria Chicago."
The Margeaux Brasserie wine list, created by Beverage Director Daniel Grajewski, has a strong focus on France and will include rare gems like Domaine du Comte de Vogue Musigny from the early 1990s and 1996 Krug Clos d'Ambonnay. There is a beautiful Champagne cart available for tableside pours of unique bubbles from Margeaux's wine cellar, such as Egly-Ouriet, Jacques Selosse, or even Dom Perignon. While the list will have a Parisian flare, it will offer wines from all over the world.
Designed by Bishop Pass, Margeaux Brasserie is dark and sultry, flanked by dramatic black lacquer panels walls lined in gold, embossed bronze lettering on the floor and rich burgundy leather chairs. The restaurant offers three distinct dining areas - the heart of which is a captivating marble-topped bar with brass shelving perched high above the bar under a ceiling of tarnished gold. Extending from the bar, the lounge features a plush art-deco black and gold carpet, large lounge chairs upholstered in a diamond pattern and rich, hunter green leather booths. The side dining area features silver and gold drapes over windows that look out on the Gold Coast street below, with a series of four top tables scattered over an expansive oak plank floor.
Margeaux Brasserie will serve breakfast daily from 7:00am to 11:00am and dinner daily at 5:30pm upon opening, and will add weekend brunch shortly thereafter, at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Follow along @MargeauxChicago and @PetitMargeaux or visit www.margeauxbrasserie.com and www.petitmargeaux.com.
Waldorf Astoria has influenced the culinary landscape for more than 100 years, from innovations like room service to the creation of iconic dishes like eggs benedict, red velvet cake, and of course, the Waldorf salad. The Taste of Waldorf Astoria program honors the brand's culinary legacy each day in Waldorf Astoria's more than 140 world-class bars, lounges, and specialty restaurants worldwide. The debut of Margeaux Brasserie follows the tradition to lead and inspire through innovation and strategic collaboration. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit news.waldorfastoria.com or follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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About MINA Group
MINA Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA Group is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation "Who's Who of Food and Beverage" inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum's Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, Mina Group currently manages 30 concepts including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco (Esquire Magazine's Restaurant of the Year 2011); RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; PABU and THE RAMEN BAR at 101 California in San Francisco; CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK, BOURBON PUB and Michael Mina's Tailgate at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK Waikiki at the International Market Place; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; BARDOT BRASSERIE at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas; PABU at Millennium Tower in Boston; PIZZA & BURGER and STRIPSTEAK at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen at Sundial St. Petersburg in Florida; and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net.Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, Twitter at @ChefMichaelMina and Instagram at @ChefMichaelMina.
About the Waldorf Astoria Chicago
The AAA Five Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a 60-story hotel and residence designed by architect Lucien Lagrange emulating the grand hotels of Paris in the 1920s and is located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood adjacent to the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife, recreation/beach, and businesses. Through innovations in service and technology, the 215-room hotel creates an energetic and fashion forward luxury experience complete with an award-winning 14,000 square-foot spa & health club; Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux, along with 24-hour in-room dining; nearly 8,000 square feet of meeting, private dining, and event space inclusive of the cobblestone courtyard. To explore the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, please visit www.waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com or call (312) 646-1300. Follow on social media at www.facebook.com/WaldorfAstoriaChicago,twitter.com/Waldorf_Chicago, www.instagram.com/waldorfchicago, and www.pinterest.com/wachicago
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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of nearly 30 iconic properties that create a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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