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avec, a Mediterranean and Midwestern influenced shared plates restaurant, opened in October 2003 out of a partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, restaurateur Donnie Madia and wine steward Eduard Seitan. Chef Perry Hendrix’s rustic menu, featuring Midwest ingredients from valued local purveyors, takes its cue from the sun-drenched wine regions of Southwestern Europe. Originally conceived as a wine bar, the kitchen’s offerings quickly steered the space in another direction. Thirty wines are offered by the glass, encouraging guests to experiment with avec’s selection of European boutique wines.

Cochon Volant Brasserie is a French bakery, brasserie and bar, owned and operated by Well Done Hospitality. Opening in April 2015, Cochon Volant Brasserie helped lead the culinary resurgence of the Chicago Loop. Cochon Volant Brasserie blends traditional French influences and execution with American bistro staples, offering weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. A full-service bakery is also attached to the restaurant, serving pastries and coffee to-go. Menu by James Beard Award winning Chef Roland Liccioni and Zagat’s 30 under 30 winner, Chef Matt Ayala. Group dining capacities of up to 200 guests.

Taureaux Tavern is an elevated yet inviting French-inspired restaurant and bar in the heart of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood. Designed as an all encompassing dining experience, Taureaux Tavern offers multiple areas of service and a year-round patio alongside Executive Chef Mike Sheerin’s artfully crafted menu. Group dining capacities of up to 350 guests.

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