E-mail this story
Eating strategically for health
Restaurant Michael in Winnetka feels a bit like stepping back into the famed Le Francais dining room in Wheeling, except it's cozier, a touch more casual, with brighter lighting and upbeat jazz gently playing on the speakers. It all makes sense because chef Michael Lachowicz cut his culinary teeth at Le Francais and in Lyon, France, but he is also a dedicated Harley rider who started working in his grandfather's family restaurant in Chicago at a very young age. His love of French cooking, the kind that is hearty, full-bodied and artistically satisfying, saturates the menu with such items as confit cabbage, pommes Anna, salade Lyonnaise and pork galantine. Just back from some R and R and a successful marriage proposal in Florida, Lachowicz and I talked over a plate of pates in his newest addition to the restaurant, a charming side dining room, complete with a fireplace. This is an edited version of that conversation.
By Christopher Koetke, Special to the Tribune
May 9, 2013