Studly chef Jason Cichonski of Ela is a firm believer in all things Mayan, so he's celebrating the imminent destruction of the world tonight with a truly extravagant dinner that everyone should attend. For $150, diners will get a 7-course meal featuring luxury ingredients and comfort foods like white truffles, foie gras, lobster, bacon, saffron, steak, and of course, chocolate.
Make sure to bring some very loose-fitting pants and an appetite, because they won't allow you to bring a doggy bag where you're going. The menu looks something like this:
· Bacon and Caviar: bacon panna cotta, green herbs and Paddlefish Caviar
· Scallop crudo: Champagne, safe and celery root
· Seared foie gras: Verjus, huckleberry, pumpernickel toast
· Hand rolled tagliatelle: shaved white truffle, pumpkin
· Lobster: crispy coconut rice, black garlic, saffron
· Dry-aged beef rib eye: black trumpet mushrooms, parsnip, cippolini onions
· Mayan chocolate with garnishes
And, if you really want to press your luck on the timing of Doomsday, an extra $20, diners will get passes to the Maya 2012: Lords of Time special exhibition at the Penn Museum, which includes a free audio tour and museum admission. Reservations for tonight's dinner can be made by calling the restaurant.
The most significant bonus of celebrating the end of the world at Ela, though, is being near that beautiful specimen of man candy, Jason Cichonski. There's a chance that while we await the fireball to engulf us all, some lucky lady might be his last passionate adventure before we all disappear into the abyss.
"That's not part of the dinner," Cichonski told Eater when we suggested that scenario. "Don't put that in the post." Good luck tonight, everyone.
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