4xForth: Elise Metzger of Filigree Suppers / by Julie Schumacher

Photo by City Love Photography

As is ritual on Fridays here on the Forth blog, we’re highlighting one of the inspiring women from our community in our 4xForth blog series. This week, we’re highlighting Elise Metzger of Filigree Suppers - a pop-up dinner series that alternates between Chicago, New York City and beyond. These enchanting family-style dinners bring together the industries top designers, craftsmen, artists and chefs for a truly memorable gathering of cuisine and good company.

Today, Elise is talking to us about her favorite Chicago bites, travel destinations, travel rituals (a fun, new twist to the blog) and what she's most looking forward to this fall and winter.

Best Bites in Chicago:

  1. The Winchester: I used to live down the street from the Winchester and ate there a few times a week. A classic rainy day dish has always been the Bucatini with Meatballs - and now that fall is here I'm sure you'll have plenty excuses to go!
  2. Dusek's: Now I live down the street from Dusek's. I started going for their Saturday brunches two years ago and I can honestly say I'm in there about once a week for one meal or another. While I do eat meat, I'm not always in the mood for it so I especially love their vegetarian dishes. Punch House in the basement is a great place to go for a snack and some tunes as well.
  3. Parachute: I know, I know, it's been everywhere lately. I just can not express how much I love this spot. Plus there are mushrooms in almost every dish, which is basically the way to my heart. Also: Please please please do not leave here without trying the Pat Bing Su for dessert.
  4. Le Bouchon: I fell in love with this place over dinner with my best Chicago gals. It was a cold winter night and perfect to settle in and tell stories. If I could go tonight I'd get the Escargot, Steak Tartare or the Bouillabaisse.

Places I'll go someday:

  1. Singapore. I primarily want to eat my way through Singapore. I claim to not be a picky eater, but I think this would really test my limits.
  2. Scandanavia... maybe Copenhagen? I just want to be surrounded with this aesthetic for a few days. The fish, the furniture - I want it all!
  3. Zion National Park. It looks like Mars and it's the desert. Both of those things really work for me. And maybe I can get a spa involved in that trip.
  4. Montana. I've been a few times so maybe this is cheating but I'm convinced it is the most beautiful state in the country. I'd actually like to go right back where I went the first time to Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake.

4 Travel Rituals that I am Articulating Just Now:

  1. I buy a new tube of overpriced Vaseline lotion from Hudson News every time I fly. I can't really explain it because it isn't even the best lotion on earth. But I really enjoy not stuffing it into a Ziploc bag before I go to the airport.
  2. I love Lipault luggage. It's very light as soft to the touch, which is somehow a nice feature for luggage. It's soft sided, which makes packing seem like not a big deal. That's a great feature for me because I strive to balance efficiency with not being too over analytical with my packing.
  3. A wear giant cotton purple scarf from Penelope's. It's the size of a picnic blanket, really cozy and serves many purposes. I've worn it more days than not in the past year and I'm not sick of it yet. Everyone else around me MIGHT be sick of it.
  4. I don't subscribe to magazines because it relaxes me to buy them at the airport. One magazine per hour on the flight. So for a trip to California I'll usually get 4 magazines. I do a skim and then a deep dive. Except for Us Weekly - I read that word for word starting from the moment I get in my seat.

4 things you're looking forward to this fall/winter:

  1. Not feeling guilty about lounging indoors. I love staying in and being cozy. I also do a lot of work on the weekend. This does not mix well with warm weather so I'm really excited to slip on my cozy clothes with a computer and some coffee - guilt free!
  2. Decorating. My boyfriend and I just moved in together and we're in a heavy decorating mode. Jayson Home and Garden is a favorite. I'm excited to try wallpaper! I live right on the edge.
  3. Turning 35. That's technically in the late winter. It's a little scary because I think that means I'm really, super, officially a grown up but I also anticipate "crushing it" during my late 30's.
  4. Most of all, I'm looking forward to my best friend having a baby. I can't wait to meet that little guy! He will no doubt be my favorite human on the planet. I tear up just thinking about it. Not even joking.

Thanks for sharing, Elise!

We're right there with you when it comes to cozying up with a good cup of coffee, computer and an entire afternoon of productive lounging. As for turning 35 and "crushing it," from what we can tell, you've been crushing it for years (!) so keep up the inspiring work! We can't wait to see where you take Filigree Suppers and if we don't see you before your special day, have a wonderful 35th birthday!

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