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On Kappys Plate

Off to a Great (s)Tart!

Half the fun of discovering a new restaurant is sharing it with people you know will enjoy it. As Rachael Ray’s resident restaurant guru, here’s an inside look at what I report back to Rach about some of my favorite restaurant finds and food experiences!

From: Kappy
To: Rachael
Sent: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:05am
Subject: Off to a Great (s)Tart!

Hi Rach – I know you’re no stranger to Chicago, and the Park Hyatt for that matter, but I’m not quite sure if we’ve ever chatted about the goings on at the Park Hyatt’s NoMI Kitchen. A little over a year ago they underwent a full renovation of their kitchen, lounge, garden and spa…aaaaand, it’s pretty sweet – or rather, pretty and sweet. The chef, Ryan LaRoche, is darn talented: expect fresh, clean flavors with his seasonal cuisine and don’t get me started on the out-of-this-world tarts by Pastry Chef Meg Galus – That’s a whole ‘nother conversation! Check out hashtag #100DaysOfTarts on Twitter and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (These are two of the too many tarts I’ve had; a pumpkin version and a tropical version.) As for Chef Ryan’s food, everything from his soups to his standout salads to his award-winning burger and even his cheese/fruit/bread board…everything incorporates the freshest ingredients available and they will all make you very, very happy. Check out some highlights in the picture at the top. They speak for themselves.

I can’t sign off without mentioning the cocktails and their homemade sodas (sans alcohol). And as for the setting, it’s what you make of it: have lunch, dinner or a cocktail in the garden or relax in the lounge. Sit in the dining room with the massive open kitchen, or even at the bar or chef’s table. The sky’s the limit. Okay, I need to stop, I’m getting hungry. Next time you’re here, though…

NoMI (at the Park Hyatt Chicago)
800 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60010


And that’s what’s on my plate!
~ Kappy

Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan loves food. A professionally trained chef, by day he runs Yum-o!, Rachael Ray’s charity focused on kids and cooking, and keeps special projects running smoothly for her. By night he hops course to course, place to place, all across the country. He’s Rach’s own personal dining guide! You can also follow Kappy on Twitter to see what’s On Kappy’s Plate in real-time!

2 Responses to “Off to a Great (s)Tart!”

  1. EJ says:

    Mr. Kappy:
    i love your recipes for kids and was wondering
    if u could post some “can’t beat” pumpkin little loaves
    And also a dynomite recipe for muffin tops.
    Also, suggestions for frosting for the muffin tops.
    I’m trying to bake for my 5 grandchildren and will b sure and send u pics of the
    finished products.

    Chicago, IL

  2. Dear Miss EJ- thank you for your inquiry. As I’m sure you know, Rachael and Yum-o! are not the best bakers in the bunch- we may have some great recipes from friends of Yum-o! that you will find though. If you do come across some great recipes for little pumpkin loaves or muffin tops, please send them along, along with pics of your grandchildren helping you make them- we’d love to show our readers what you’re up to. Thanks again!

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