“When is M.S.I.’s Periodic Table Dinner?” by S.M. O’Connor

      To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements, Chicago’s Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.)[1] will host the Periodic Table Dinner at The Promontory[2] on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

      The M.S.I. stated, “For one night only, Executive Chef Carlos Cruz and his team will offer a curated menu for guests to discover why chemistry and cooking are the perfect pairing.”

During the three-course, interactive dinner, guests will discover little-known facts about the periodic table as they are served dishes inspired by elements including carbon, potassium, nitrogen, and calcium.  You’ll explore how these elements work as ingredients to impact your taste buds.  MSI curators will also be on hand to showcase rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s collection that tell the story of the periodic table’s history.

      One must make reservations online and one must do so in advance.  Reservations are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Click here to make reservations via RESY.

      The three-course prix fixe menu costs $50 per person.  [A vegetarian entrée will be an option.]  Additional drink packages will be offered.  Tax and tip are not included.

      The Promontory is on the west side of Lake Park Avenue, south of 53rd Street, and north of 54th Street in the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5311 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615.


[1] As I wrote about Friday, the M.S.I. announced on Thursday, October 3, 2019 that the Board of Trustees had voted to accept a $125,000,000 gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.  M.S.I. executives and board members felt it would be appropriate to change the M.S.I.’s name to the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry.  A multi-billionaire, Mr. Griffin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) of Citadel, Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund.  His gift is the largest in the history of the science and technology museum, and one of the largest gifts to any cultural institution in Chicago.

[2] Located on Lake Park Avenue, which is the main street in Hyde Park, The Promontory’s name is an allusion to Promontory Point.  This is a manmade peninsula at the southeastern-most tip of the Chicago Park District’s 653.63-acre Burnham Park, which lies along the lakeshore from a point to the east of Grant Park downtown until it connects with Jackson Park at 57th Street in Hyde Park.  Alfred Caldwell (1903-1998), who is best remembered for the design of what is now called the Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool in Lincoln Park, designed the landscape of Promontory Point.  The Promontory Point Field House strongly resembles a lighthouse and is a popular venue for private events.

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