Michelin-starred Chef Matt Kerney has opened Brass Heart, a 20-seat, tasting-menu focused restaurant, along with partners Vincent Maiorano and Margaret Eisen in Chicago.
Kerney’s name is well-known for his work at Chicago’s Longman & Eagle where his culinary prowess helped the restaurant earn a Michelin star. His trademark nose-to-tail cuisine at Longman will carry over to Brass Heart but in a more refined, less rustic way. A prawn dish on the menu at Brass Heart makes use of the whole creature, poaching then sautéing the shellfish in an umami-packed butter made with its brains and seasoning the dish with a salt made from dehydrated prawn blood and vinegar made from its shells.
Wanting to be accommodating of vegetarian guests, Kerney crafts an entire vegan tasting menu, the first of its kind in Chicago. He aims to create vegan food that is still incredibly flavorful and just as appealing as the restaurant’s regular seasonal menu. This separate fifteen-course vegan menu includes a course with flavors of avocado toast -- but in the format of a small ice cream cone -- featuring avocado sorbet and finger limes served in a small sourdough cone filled with corn crème and freeze-dried corn vinegar.
Partner Margaret Eisen designed the décor that welcomes guests with brass and metallic notes throughout, the most notable being a namesake brass heart hanging from the restaurant’s entryway.
Brass Heart’s fifteen-course seasonal tasting menu is $185 per person, and the vegan tasting menu is $165. The restaurant will be open Tuesday – Saturday, and reservations can be made through Tock. For additional details, please visit Brass Heart’s website or call the restaurant at 773.564.9680. Guests can follow Brass Heart onInstagram or Facebook for more updates.