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Chicago foodie darling and first female Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard wed Chicago craft beer consultant Gary Valentine on Sunday in the Windy City. Since both Izard and Valentine are members of the Chi-town food scene, it only makes sense that the couple would invest in some excellent food for their big celebration. We have all the details.
Izard and Valentine had some of the best of the best put together dishes for the big event. The Bristol and Balena chef Chris Pandel created a pasta course involving either cavatelli, smoked eggplant and heirloom tomatoes or a rigatoni with pork ragu. That pasta dish sounds good enough to meal on, but according to People, there was more to come. GT Fish & Oyster executive chef Giuseppe Tentori made the main course, which was served family style and included braised short ribs and black cod, and side dishes including rosemary potato gratin, grilled broccoli, golden beets, toasted hazelnuts and more.
That’s a lot of food to process, but Izard and Valentine went to some lengths to make sure the cake they served at the wedding was memorable. Izard asked her pastry chef at her Chicago restaurant, Girl & the Goat, to put together an awesome wedding cake for the event, and pastry guru Mathew Rice was all too happy to oblige. He made a layered cake featuring strawberry Nesquick and chocolate marble cake (oh and bacon frosting) and Cheez-It cake with chocolate ganache, peanut butter and chocolate covered Cheez-Its in the other layer. It’s a wild sounding cake, but the sort of thing I feel most people would just have to try should the opportunity arise.
The fan favorite Top Chef winner certainly deemed the big event a success, thanking everyone who was involved with the Chicago wedding on her Twitter page.
"Thank you to all of our talented friends that helped make last night perfect!"
Food is an important part of any wedding, but it is super cool to see a food and drink-oriented couple go above and beyond to create a menu that is quirky, somewhat whimsical, and above all, sounds like it tastes damn good. Congrats to the happy couple and best of luck as they settle into married life.