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Food for Thought7001 N. Ridgeway Ave., Lincolnwood; 847-982-2608, foodforthought-chicago.com
THE PITCH In business for 25 years, Lincolnwood-based Food For Thought, owned by Nancy Sharp, is one of the city’s major catering operations and strives to bring inventive, restaurant-quality food to private events. The vibe is classic elegance.
COST $63.18 per person
MEAT Smoked venison with port-poached figs and dark-chocolate shavings Y A surprising pairing of chocolate and venison. It works.
POULTRY Roasted quail with spiced quince and honey lavender Y The tiny bone-in quail breast is sweet, tangy, and tender.
FISH (pictured) Opah ceviche with avocado mousse on a cucumber slice N Cucumber waters down the delicate fish and ethereal mousse.
SHELLFISH Caramelized bay scallop and coconut velouté Y Coconut harmonizes with the silky scallop.
VEGETARIAN Miniature mugs of tomato soup with grilled-cheese-and-mushroom sandwich N The grilled cheese sandwich was too large to dip into the accompanying mug.
WILDCARD Spicy shrimp corn dog on a stick Y A great idea—shrimp mousse battered and fried, on a stick—well executed