Chef's Table

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February 3, 2010

When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe invites himself over to sample the fruits of their labor.

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  Foil-wrapped grilled whitefish seasoned with piment d’Espelette makes for an attractive main dish  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Foil-wrapped grilled whitefish seasoned with piment d’Espelette makes for an attractive main dish

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Chelsea and Arthur Jackson renovated their fourth-floor condominium to include a custom Bulthaup kitchen.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. He hand-stenciled the pattern on the wall in the background.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    At breakfast, Arthur multitasks while seated at the dining table. He hand-stenciled the pattern on the wall in the background.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Arthur created the fresh pumpkin salad based on farmers’ market finds.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Arthur created the fresh pumpkin salad based on farmers’ market finds.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Reflected in the Bulthaup System 20’s gleaming stainless steel surface, Chelsea uses a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow kisses onto her s’mores tart.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Arthur carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Arthur carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Pork Chop, the dog, has plenty of comfortable places to nap between meals.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Pork Chop, the dog, has plenty of comfortable places to nap between meals.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  With SOM’s Willis Tower looming in the background, a double-decker Metra train passes by the University Station building, a former produce storage facility in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    With SOM’s Willis Tower looming in the background, a double-decker Metra train passes by the University Station building, a former produce storage facility in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Arthur slices the goat ribs before applying a fresh pesto made with herbs from the balcony.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Arthur slices the goat ribs before applying a fresh pesto made with herbs from the balcony.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    In the adjacent bedroom, decorative touches like the silver wallpaper and mirrored regency-style side table juxtapose with the exposed concrete and duct work.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  The combination living, kitchen, and dining area hosts a Modernica Case Study day bed, an Eames Aluminum Group chair and ottoman from Chicago vintage retailer Pegboard Modern, Artemide’s Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, and a Big Sur Small dining table from Crate and Barrel. The Duetto sideboard and cocktail table were hand-built by designer Sandra Capasso for her thesis project.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    The combination living, kitchen, and dining area hosts a Modernica Case Study day bed, an Eames Aluminum Group chair and ottoman from Chicago vintage retailer Pegboard Modern, Artemide’s Tolomeo Mega floor lamp, and a Big Sur Small dining table from Crate and Barrel. The Duetto sideboard and cocktail table were hand-built by designer Sandra Capasso for her thesis project.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Among other things, the couple’s refrigerator contains garlic scapes, Meyer lemon preserves, Araucana chicken eggs from Chelsea’s grandfather’s farm, juneberry jam, fresh El Popo tortillas, a ginger beer starter, pickled sour cherries (used in the salad), Tortuga hot sauce, Sriracha, homemade chili relish, and a kombucha mushroom.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Among other things, the couple’s refrigerator contains garlic scapes, Meyer lemon preserves, Araucana chicken eggs from Chelsea’s grandfather’s farm, juneberry jam, fresh El Popo tortillas, a ginger beer starter, pickled sour cherries (used in the salad), Tortuga hot sauce, Sriracha, homemade chili relish, and a kombucha mushroom.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  Arthur installed shelving from Ikea and poured a cast-in-place concrete shelf to create a small media nook.  Photo by: Matthew Williams
    Arthur installed shelving from Ikea and poured a cast-in-place concrete shelf to create a small media nook.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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