Blackberry Goat Cheese Parfait at Lockwood {Chicago}

Pastry Chef Fabrice Bouet at Lockwood is kind of amazing. He is a perfect four for four of the desserts I tried after a decadent dinner. A poached peach and mixed berry compote dessert is light and fun, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and miniature lemon meringues. It’s so colorful, like something I imagine the fairies from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” might enjoy. Mango mousse and moist olive oil cake are paired with frozen yogurt and Blue Moon infused jelly for a sophisticated and unique sweet. And a chocolate symphony showcases white, milk and dark chocolate, pairing bittersweet cake topped with milk chocolate mousse with white chocolate amaretto gelato and black cherries.

Blackberry goat cheese parfait with goat cheese panna cotta, meringue, blackberry mousse, black currant jus and lemon verbena

Blackberry goat cheese parfait with goat cheese panna cotta, meringue, blackberry mousse, black currant jus and lemon verbena

 

The dessert that really steals the show, however, is a blackberry goat cheese parfait that is deceptively simple but mind-blowing. Goat cheese is light and creamy,  while the blackberry mousse adds acidity and a thin meringue base provides a sweet crunch. Each spoonful incorporates all three flavors, along with an intense black currant tang.

The magic of Chef Bouet’s desserts is that he doesn’t overwhelm with sugar. Instead, he layers flavors so that they enhance one another. And combinations like beer, olive oil and mango are one-of-a-kind. Please offer a dessert tasting menu? I’d be all over that so quick.

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Amber Gibson is a freelance food and travel writer and model. Her writing has appeared in Hemispheres, American Way, Delta Sky, Rhapsody, Plate, Tasting Table, Time Out Chicago and Chicago Magazine. When she's not eating and drinking her way through Chicago, Amber gobbles up sweets in Turkey, Taiwan, Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and China and she hopes to visit many more countries in the near future. Amber dreams of hosting her own show on the Travel Channel or Food Network. and she has appeared on NPR, Check, Please! and e.tv in South Africa. Follow Amber on Twitter or Instagram to see what tasty desserts she’s eating!

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