In lieu of Valentine’s Day, Cookology members launched a romantic on-campus popup restaurant sponsored by Northwestern Dining. Student chefs and hosts alike spent months perfecting the dishes and setting the atmosphere for a warm dinner. After several grueling and exciting nights of preparation, we arrived at the kitchen ready to run our service!
The weather was blisteringly cold, but our guests trekked through the snow and down the stairs to Amoureux. The hosts greeted them at the entrance of the restaurant, taking their coats and politely bringing them to their seats in a transformed Willard Dining Hall.
With the room dimmed and tables laced with gorgeous red petals and flickering tea lights, Cookology served the first course: an amuse-bouche of french onion foam, goat cheese chive profiterole, and watermelon gazpacho.
Guests could witness the sense of urgency in the open kitchen as the chefs plated the upcoming appetizer: scallops with morel sauce and lemon verbena on a bed of pebbles (for that seaside nostalgic kick).
The savory scents of a beef Wellington was next to leave the kitchen. Charred carrots and red wine reduction surrounded the pink beef en croute atop a generous amount of buttery potato puree.
The Wellington was followed shortly by crisp, golden poached pears with strawberry ice cream and macerated blueberries.
…And what better way to end a dinner than with little bites of heaven? These Grand Marnier canelés went out to tables filled with conversation and laughter.
It was quite a sight to see couples, friends, and family all enjoying a cozy dinner together! On behalf of everyone in Cookology, we want to thank you for choosing to spend your special day in Restaurant Amoureux!