Sixteen’s Winter Menu Explores the Evolution of Fine Dining

Following a year-long series of menus exploring sources of inspiration, the culinary team at Sixteen welcomes 2015 with a new guiding-theme of Progress. Executive Chef Thomas Lents and the culinary team at Sixteen are pleased to debut the first in a quarterly series of menus at the Michelin Two-Star, Forbes’ Five-Star restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago.

This season’s menu, entitled Dining in Progress, tracks the evolution of fine dining by looking back at influential cuisines, significant chefs and traditional techniques. The menu also looks to the future of modern cuisine and the perpetual search for new trends and flavors.

Pivotal to the story of the multi-course menu is the need to reflect on and understand the past in order to move forward. This reference to building on the past is illustrated in the design of the physical menu, which presents guests with wooden blocks to construct their dining experience.

The Winter Menu at Sixteen features:


The menu begins with a series of snacks that represent the search for new cuisines, ingredients and techniques. Highlighting a timely source of inspiration for the culinary community, the four snacks include flavors and ingredients from Nordic cuisine.

  1. Buckwheat and rutabaga blini with peppered mackerel and radish
  2. Cuttlefish, beet, sea weed and trout roe
  3. Smoked oyster, potato broth and horseradish
  4. King crab with carrot sea buckthorn and dill



The menu advances with an amuse bouche that features iconic flavors from the Spanish technical movement with langoustine served in its shell with chorizo, pine nut and citrus.

Guests then have an choice of dishes for the following courses, including:

First Course

The Importance of Flora: Vegetables Reclaim A Central Part

Salad of Grecque style vegetables served in an artichoke with Comté and black garlic


Variations of onion cippollini petals and caramelized jus with jamon, sourdough and cultured butter

Second Course

Mining Traditions: What Is Old Is New Again

Grilled lobster on rice with uni and coffee


Veloute of lettuce with veal sweetbreads and razor clams

Main Course

A New Fusion: Forward Thinking With Respect for Tradition

Monkfish cooked on the bone with endive, truffle and blood orange

Monkfish cheek matelote


Fallow venison with fennel, red fruits, faro and buttermilk with a hibiscus and currant jus

Venison cheek with fourchette sweet potato and green curry coco blanc

Gift Courses

Diners will also enjoy two dishes that are a gift from the kitchen and served as part of the experience.

These courses include:

The Humility of Broth: A Pursuit of the Purity of Flavor

Scallop in its shell with salt roasted kohlrabi and a scallop truffle dashi


Foie gras with kumquat and bergamot in a navet consommé

Whole Animal Conservation: Nose to Tail Fine Dining

Bone marrow custard with corned veal and flavors of gribiche

Deviled kidneys with parsley root and foam

Veal tongue blanquette

Dessert Courses

Crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Aya Fukai, the dessert courses begin with a series of snacks that reflect on trends and influences in the pastry realm. The first two snacks of the series focus on the growing use of savory ingredients and coooking techniques to create pastry dishes, a trend that has been observed over the last two decades. The two following snacks reference the influential Spanish modernist movement, which promoted the use of modern techniques to obtain different esthetics and textures in desserts.

  1. Pineapple Celery Granite
  2. Mango Quark Gateaux
  3. Papaya Guava Spritzer
  4. White Chocolate Ginger Namelaka

After reflecting on these advancements and the influence of savory cooking, the main dessert presentation explores the movement of savory chefs creating desserts while restaurants eliminate the traditional pastry chef position. To exhibit the pastry chef craft, Chef Fukai shares two classic desserts presented in the traditional style alongside a modern spin on the dish. 

Main Dessert

A Blurred Line Between Savory and Sweet: In Defense of the Pastry Chef

Chocolate Cake with pecan, coconut, and kaffir lime


Lemon Tart with diplomat cream, fennel, and olive oil jam

The multi-course tasting menu costs $190 per person with a pre-fixe option available for $130. Wine pairings may be added for $125 and a reserve pairing may be selected for $750. A la carte options are also offered upon request. Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant online or call (312) 588-8030.

About Sixteen

Located on the 16th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Sixteen was designed by Ivanka Trump and Chicago-based architects Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. Featuring world-class, modern American cuisine from Executive Chef Thomas Lents, Sixteen has received four-star ratings from Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune, a two-star designation from the 2015 Michelin Guide, and a Five-Star designation from the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide 2014. Sixteen serves breakfast daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is available Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Bar at Sixteen, as well as the adjoining Bridges Room, open daily at 11 a.m. and serve a casual bistro menu from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, please call (312) 588-8030. You may also visit Sixteen on Facebook, Twitter and on its recently launched blog, On Sixteen.

About Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower developed by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, the two-star Michelin-rated restaurant featuring the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Thomas Lents; The Spa at Trump® with 53 specially appointed spa guest rooms; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge; The Terrace at Trump and more. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago’s distinguished skyline. The hotel and restaurant were each awarded five stars by the esteemed Forbes Travel Guide in 2014. The property has also been recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the top 5 hotels for business travelers in the “World’s Best Awards” 2012 and named one of the “World’s Best Hotels” for 2013. For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, call (312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867).  Connect with the hotel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Trump Hotel Collection™

Launched in October 2007, Trump Hotel Collection™ is the next generation of luxury hospitality – one that is raising the bar in the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled in the market today. Presided over by internationally renowned developer Donald J. Trump and his three grown children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – the prestigious portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, Trump SoHo® New York, Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower Panama, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, Trump National Doral® Miami, and Trump International Golf Links & Hotel™, Ireland.  Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku is slated to open in June 2015; Trump® Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Trump International® Hotel & Tower Vancouver and Trump® International Hotel, Washington, D.C., a redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office Building, are slated to open in 2016. Reservations can be made at www.TRUMPHOTELCOLLECTION.com or by calling (855) TRUMP-00 (878-6700). Trump Hotel Collection is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Connect with Trump Hotel Collection on its social media pages.

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