In a departure from the clichés of obligatory occasions like Valentine’s Day, we pondered what could truly elevate the day. Our conclusion? Dining out and savoring a meal expertly crafted by talented chefs, complemented by a spectacular cocktail. And for those who prefer the intimacy of home, bringing that experience to their own kitchen. Fortunately, we’ve gathered insights from Chicago’s culinary elite, who shared their visions for celebrating love and indulgence on this special day. It’s the perfect recipe for a Valentine’s Day brunch to remember.
Raised in Latin America and Europe, Chef David Schoen is known as a culinary explorer. Schoen describes his life as a kid as constantly moving with his family to new places before landing in Chicago, where his father is originally from. These experiences have all influenced his culinary journey, though he would say that he is “more Panamanian than anything.” Schoen’s first real connection with food was during this time in Chicago. He tells us about his father’s interest in grilling and close relationship to a local butcher; this led to Schoen’s interest in food and grilling. Later, when Schoen was in high school, he began watching shows on the Food Network and loved the personalities shown on the channel. This is where he started to have the idea that he could apply himself to an area that was interesting to him, unlike many subjects he endured in school.
If you’re an avid Tik Tok user, then Davis Burleson is someone you’ve encountered while viewing all of the unique personalities on the platform. Burleson recently turned 20 and had a grand celebration at the iconic Goldbar, where SoHo meets the Lower East Side. At this special celebration, not only did he welcome his 20s, but announced a special collaboration he is currently doing with eclectic vegan eatery, Beatnic.
Bemelmans is located right inside The Carlyle hotel and is a quintessential cocktail bar in Manhattan and such an iconic establishment that even Carrie Bradshaw, known to attend all the hotspots, took her assistant for cocktails in the first Sex and the City movie to Bemelmans Bar.
Dowling’s at The Carlyle Dowling is on the map as a fashionable destination for celebrities, politicians, royalty and tastemakers.
Bloomfield’s Blue Steel Pizza Co., Brian Costello and Lou Narvaez’s hotspot, is bringing its state of the art menu to Fort Lauderdale with a twist.