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Leena T. | Dec 19, 200501:25 PM

I think my fellow chowhound may appreciate this story:
This past Friday, my boyfriend of five years proposed to me at Tru Restaurant, and I just wanted to commend them on a spectacular job.
They worked with him for a few weeks setting it up, and went so far as to pretend like we were meeting up with people from his work (they even set the table for six instead of two to keep the ploy going). We were in the kitchen table, which was a small but nice private room stuck right between the kitchen and the pastry shop. They told us our party would be late and to start without them. Then they brought in four stacked bento boxes and a white covered platter. They slowly unstacked the bento boxes in front of me, and each one contained a white chocolate disk with a word written in dark chocolate that spelled out "Will You Marry Me?"(This was the restaurant's idea) Then they lifted the white platter to reveal the ring. We then moved on the meal, which was "The collection", a random sampling of the menu. I believe there were close to ten courses including the amuse bouche and the mingardises, and all were spectacular. Maybe I was just on a high from being proposed to, but I really liked the meal, especially the Waygu beef tartare with truffle sauce, poached quail egg, Consume gelee, country toast, garlic foam, and caperberry. Add on wine pairings, and we could barely move by the end. At the end, we were presented with a copy of the menu we were served (complete with our wine pairings), at the top was a picture of us taken right after the proposal, and the menu was signed by chefs Rick Tramanto and Gale Gand. they even had their own taxi service that took us to the hotel for a small fee, and it was nice not to have to flag a cab down in the artic Chicago weather. From start to finish, it was a great evening that wouldn't have been possible without the nice folks from Tru.

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