henry IV dish

Shakespeare 400 Chicago serves up lots of drama and intrigue but it's important to remember that the action isn't confined to the stage. Check out this month's theater offerings, including Othello:The Remix and Richard III and then dive into a whole other level of creativity with culinary offerings that interpret Henry VI Part I and Antony and Cleopatra.

Head to Hyde Park's A10 restaurant (now closed) to experience chef Matthias Merges' evocative take on Henry VI Part I. Focusing on the play's clash between the British and French, the chef blends a fusion of French flavors with traditional British techniques and whips up braised beef cheek Yorkshire pudding with Burgundy wine and tarragon sauce. The gastropub is noted for its French and Italian influenced dishes so the Shakespeare offering promises to be full of flair.

Antony & Cleo

For more tasty theatrics, visit the West Side's Two Restaurant for chef Kevin Cudihee's vision for Antony and Cleopatra. Using the play's quote, "Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast and but twelve persons there. Is this true?" as inspiration, the chef crafts homemade boar sausage with potato hash and a fried quail egg. The farm-to-table restaurant received Michelin's 2014 Bib Gourmand Award so the Shakespeare interpretation is not to be missed.

These Shakespeare 400 Chicago Culinary Complete Works will be available through April. Featuring 38 plays and 38 chefs, taste the Bard's canon across ethnic cuisines of all varieties and explore the sweet and savory at every price point. See what's coming up next in the year-long series at shakespeare400chicago.com.

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