Few regions of the world offer a culinary anthology like the Mediterranean. And there's no better place to celebrate culture and food than here, Chicago. Chef Tim Graham abides.
Contemporary preparations guide a tour down the fertile slopes of Northern Italy to the sea, and from the shores of Southern France to the exotic spice markets of Turkey. And you can witness every creation through the glass-encased show kitchen, in the dining room. Or reserve a front row seat with good friends, at the family table.
For a different kind of view, look south. You have a box seat just above the intersection of State Street and Wacker Drive and below, the Chicago River—a passage as vital to the city's soul today as to Fort Dearborn more than 200 years ago.
Welcome. You've arrived at Travelle. Indulge yourself with the food and drinks, and the views. Enjoy your stay.
Having earned four stars from the Chicago Tribune and a Michelin star while running Chicago's TRU restaurant, Tim Graham is an acknowledged rising star in America's culinary landscape. His long tenure with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) and refined culinary skill has given him the chance to work with some of the world's best chefs.
While studying biochemistry at the University of Missouri, Graham worked as a line cook at a local restaurant. The early culinary experience proved to be a turning point as he switched majors and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Food Science.
In early 2010, LEYE founder Rich Melman asked Graham to join forces with internationally-acclaimed French Chef Joho as executive chef of the bistro-style French restaurant Brasserie Jo. Later that year, when RJ and Jerrod Melman took over the Brasserie Jo space to make room for a new French concept, Graham was an instrumental member of the culinary team that was intent on reintroducing French cuisine to a whole new generation of diners—resulting in Paris Club. Since February 2011, Chicagoans and high profile celebrities alike raved about Graham's approachable French food offered in a casual, urban setting.
Chef Graham looks forward to sharing his contemporary interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine with the opening of Travelle, stating, "I've always been intrigued by the notion that Mediterranean cuisine can truly be inspired by the 21 distinct countries that border the sea. With Travelle, I want our diners to experience a culinary journey that offers exciting ports of call."
Award-winning Pastry Chef Scott Green joins Travelle from The French Pastry School, where he served as a Pastry Chef Instructor in both L'Art de la Pâtisserie and L'Art du Gâteau. His professional and educational experience includes a background in pastry and in fine art and design.
A seasoned pastry chef, Chef Green’s career spans several states. He was pastry cook at the Four Seasons Resort in Southern California and then ascended to Pastry Chef. While there, he competed in the Food Network Challenge series, Pastry Daredevils taking home a bronze medal. Following the Four Seasons, Green returned to his alma mater to teach, having completed L’Art de la Pâtisserie, The Professional Pastry and Baking Program, nearly ten years earlier.
Chef Green has won several awards, including the gold medal at the 2011 National Pastry Team Championship and the Best Dégustation award; the Best Dégustation and Silver Medal overall at the 2012 World Pastry Championship in Las Vegas. He was also the recipient of the President’s List of Highest Academic Achievement at the Art Institute of California.
In addition to his previous experience, Chef Green worked at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Cleveland, Ohio; The Mid-America Club in Chicago; and Rolf’s Pâtisserie outside of Chicago. Green competed in the 2002 US Pastry Championship in New York City, where he was a finalist. In 2003, Green attended the World Pastry Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he demonstrated sugar showpiece techniques and confectioneries, as well as mold-making skills, with Chef John Kraus, a national pastry champion and former instructor at The French Pastry School. Additionally, Green pursued advanced training seminars with several master chefs and Meilleurs Ouvriers de France including Pascal Caffet, M.O.F., Jean-Claude Canestrier, M.O.F., Stéphane Tréand, M.O.F., Olivier Bajard, M.O.F., and Albert Adria of elBulli.
Chef Green holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California in San Francisco.
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The perfect cocktail doesn't just come from fancy bottles, flawless ice cubes and precisely three-and-a-half stirs. The perfect cocktail arrives in a place of simple relaxation, in good company.
Take in a view of the city, second to none. Pull up a stool behind one of the more unique bars you'll find in Chicago, or anywhere else. And revel in some local entertainment. Make a toast to new friends or retell a story with an old friend who brought along his very interesting, totally unfamiliar coworkers. Uncomfortable silences do not live here.
Drinks with fruit juices are usually shaken, while those using mostly distilled spirits are traditionally stirred. All great cocktails are finely crafted. Allow us to demonstrate by bringing the bar to you, with table-side cocktail service.
Choose a classic favorite or venture outside the boundaries. Either way, relax and enjoy custom cocktails—made just for you and your friends, right at your table.
Every summer afternoon is a chance to savor the city at its best. This is what Elle was made for.
Situated between the Wabash and State Street bridges, under an iconic Mies van der Rohe masterpiece, Elle is a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience. Choose your own music in our corner lounges with pre-loaded playlists on personal jam boxes. Pick from a variety of Mediterranean-inspired tacos. Order another punch bowl. Savor life for a few more minutes.
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