Tonight at Everest there will be a $500 dinner benefiting Share Our Strength with chef Jean Joho and guest chef Jacques Torres, legendary chocolatier who helped create our modern world of artisanal chocolate makers when he left his position as executive pastry chef at Le Cirque in New York to go out on his own in 2000. This isn’t actually a promo for that event, since it’s sold out, guaranteeing over $50,000 for Share Our Strength even before it gets to the auction items and so on. But last night Joho invited a small group for dinner with Torres, which at Torres’ request wasn’t a formal Everest meal but one of the most humble and traditional things served at Joho’s now-closed Brasserie Jo— the classic Alsatian dish choucroute garni. Here’s what it’s like to eat peasant food with Jacques Torres, 40 floors above the financial district of Chicago.
Jacques Torres at Everest.