168. Barrington EATS: Sub-Rosa – A Secret Worth Sharing

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Are you looking for something different to do for your next night out? Perhaps to view modern art while eating waffle sandwiches at the Gap, or fried eggplant and live music alongside iPads at the Apple store? That would be different all right! And it’s possibly what you will be doing if you join Deer Park Town Center’s new underground “Sub-Rosa” dining club and attend their first top secret event on Friday, June 22, a 8 p.m.  I can’t say for sure where on Deer Park’s premises this provocative dining event will take place because they’re calling it a delicious secret and a confidential culinary adventure. Sign me up!

Tickets are currently on sale for this veiled event, but the location and other details remain under wraps. All ticketholders will be sent an e-mail 24 hours prior to the event with clues for how to find the location (somewhere within Deer Park Town Center, but not at a restaurant or a location that has anything to do with food).  Once they arrive, guests will enjoy dinner, wine, entertainment and culture.

Sub-Rosa is a term that originated in Ancient Greece and means “Under the Rose.” It was understood that, when a rose was hung over the table during a closed-door meeting, whatever was discussed did not leave that room. Today, Sub-Rosa implies anything done in secret.  This type of dining event has become popular in New York and London, and thanks to our versatile Deer Park Town Center, now it’s an option in the Barrington area.

Marketing Director at Deer Park Town Center, Regina Verdico, decided to plan a Sub-Rosa event in our town after attending one herself. “The entire evening was such an adventure.  From finding the exact location of the event to the surprise element of the food being served, it was an experience that I will remember forever.”

Part of the fun comes from speculating what people will be eating off of and next to at this fun and funky event. I also am curious as to what they will eat, as the Sub-Rosa environment is one in which chefs are typically given free reign to showcase their styles and provide eclectic fare within their specialties.

Chefs from the six participating restaurants aren’t talking, but they promise to provide an exciting mix of tapas-style dishes which showcase their culinary points of view.  I’ve already tasted some adventurous combinations on a waffle from The Waffle Gourmet and on a pizza from California Pizza Kitchen and can’t wait to see what they come up with for the night’s treats. And the other restaurants, who in their entirety do everything well, will surely round out a sensational and filling dining experience. The restaurants participating with tapas-style small portion dining are Stoney River, Tokio Sake, Red Robin, The Waffle Gourmet, California Pizza Kitchen and Biaggi’s. Art will be provided by members of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center and will be on display for the evening.  But they’re keeping all details about the art and live entertainment under wraps.

The cost to attend is $50 per person and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd.

Click HERE to reserve tickets online.

Or visit ShopDeerParkTownCenter.com for more details and to sign up. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Barrington Cultural Arts Center, whose vision is both to promote a community of artists, but also to create fun cultural events for the enjoyment of the community. Deer Park Town Center hopes to continue the Sub Rosa series in the future, so keep your eye out for more upcoming secret events.  That last part, we now know, is no secret!

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About the Author

Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at 365Barrington.com.

Please join us as we discover local culinary treasures and new kitchen classics in our new, local and regular food feature here at 365Barrington.com called “Barrington Eats” with Kelly Donlea!

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