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Limelight2000 N. Racine Ave.; 773-883-3080, limelightcatering.com
THE PITCH Offering a smaller, seasonally driven selection of hors d’oeuvres, Limelight (owned by Rita Gutekanst and Marguerite Lytle) positions itself as the edgier boutique choice for food that is creative but not bizarre. Its chef, Brian Shustrick, is a vegetarian.
COST $36.61 per person
MEAT (pictured) Braised BBQ short ribs on Taleggio cheese polenta Y Fork-tender shreds of beef over rich, creamy polenta napped with a deeply flavored demiglace
POULTRY Artichoke leaf tempura with duck confit and fig conserve N Tasty but too small, almost insubstantial
FISH Jalapeño soufflé bite with citrus tuna tartare Y The soufflé cake melts in the mouth. The bright-tasting tuna tartare knocks it out of the park.
SHELLFISH Jonah crab on corn chive brioche pudding Y Sweet and rich, times two
VEGETARIAN Butternut squash risotto cake with caramelized shallots N Flavorful but ultimately too staid. Great presentation atop lighted Lucite pillars
WILDCARD Bite-size BLT with Kalamata olive on a rosemary skewer Y The classic BLT flavors nestled within a perfectly tiny ricotta-rosemary roll