Wonderful food and exquisite wines are the hallmarks of Courtright’s Restaurant in Willow Springs, but really that’s just the beginning of the story. William and Rebecca Courtright are simply the loveliest, most gracious people with an extraordinary devotion to detail that elevates the experience of dining with them to something extraordinary.
Second-generation hospitality professionals, the couple has taken the lessons of William’s mother Sally Courtright, doyenne of the family’s four restaurants, including Ken’s on Western Avenue, and built on the legacy of making people feel soothed and pampered while dining. Prior to opening their dream restaurant in 1995, they took several extensive tours of Europe’s 3-star Michelin restaurants and attended Robert Mondavi’s The Great Chefs of France cooking school led by world-famous chef Paul Bocuse.
Whether you choose Courtright’s as the destination for your Saturday evening out or join in the fun of a carefully planned holiday or themed event, it is always a meal to remember.
February is a particularly vibrant month at the restaurant. The elegant setting, with its William Morris reproduction rug and hand- carved mantelpiece representing William and Rebecca’s four children, is ideal for a romantic Valentine’s Day interlude. Executive Chef Jerome Bacle has created a divine four-course menu with entrée choices including pan-seared grouper with watermelon radish and butternut squash bernoise, parsnips puree, shaved brussels sprouts, and truffle burre blanc and Australian lamb rack with turnips, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted chick peas, and shepherd’s pie chorizo sauce. Desserts include a chocolate and coconut mousse cake with amarena cherries and caramel sauce for two.
Sommelier Brian Egebrecht will offer guidance on complementing the food with choices from the 25,000-bottle wine cellar.
Exemplifying the Courtright’s devotion to the unexpectedly delightful, Rebecca has planned a first-ever dinner theater performance for President’s Day Eve, Sunday, February 17. Dr. Maria Boundas Bakalis, Director of the Curtain Up Classroom Acting Studio in Glen Ellyn, will be performing Mary Todd Lincoln: Reflections on a Life of Shattered Dreams.
Rebecca says, “I’ve researched what Abraham Lincoln and his wife dined on the night they attended the Ford Theater for the performance of American Cousin and President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Chef Bacle will be recreating the dinner for our guests as they enjoy the performance.” The menu includes mock turtle soup, roasted guinea fowl with chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes and cauliflower cheese sauce, and for desert, apple and blackberry pie with gingerbread ice cream. The experience begins with a reception at 1:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Bakalis’ performance at 2:30 p.m., dinner at 3:30 p.m., and dessert along with the opportunity to ask questions at 5.
If Valentine’s Day turns into engagement night for you this year or if the spring season will mark a graduation or other family celebration, Courtright’s is a wonderful spot at which to plan an event. With beautiful spots both indoors and outdoors for the ceremony, seating for up to 175 of your most foodie friends, and unrivaled in-house floral services, your day will be handled in the most refined manner possible, leaving you and your guests to sip fine wines and revel in good fortune—the good fortune that life has brought you and the good fortune that brought you to Courtright’s Restaurant.
Courtright’s Restaurant is located at 8989 Archer Avenue in Willow Springs. To learn more, visit courtrights.com or call 708-839-8000 to make a reservation.