We kick off this gloomy Monday by introducing a NoMI staff member with immense knowledge of wine and passion for music, Sommelier Kevin Caravelli. Kevin recently joined NoMI Kitchen after 3 years at acclaimed Chicago restaurant, Alinea.
Favorite Chicago Fall Activity:
The fall is a particularly special season for me because my birthday is on Halloween! It’s also a nice time that represents a change of pace; we eat heartier, belly-warming comfort foods and spend more time around the table with family and loved ones. My mother makes the best home-made pumpkin and pecan pies which I look forward to every year!
What’s your favorite item on the NoMI menu?
The Colorado Rack of Lamb is new on the NoMI menu for fall and it is a great dish which epitomizes the autumn season. I love the contrast between the spicy, crunchy textured chorizo chips and the subtlety of the lamb.
Something you might not know about him:
I am extremely passionate about writing and recording music. My style is reminiscent of the imagery the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, a time in our history which is drawn up as romantic, but in fact has deeply sombre undertones. Some of the artists that have influenced me are John Lee Hooker, Gram Parsons, and Television, a punk group from the 70’s. If my music had a scent, it would be tobacco.
If he could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
I would bring Alan Lomax, one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral historian, and film-maker, and has been another major influence on me. I would love to ask him to record with me, and we could drink some wine together in NoMI. I would select a wine with age for us to share, that reminds us of the history of wine as we discuss the history of music.
Come by NoMI Kitchen to experience our new fall menu and enjoy your favorite glass of red or white, delicately poured by yours truly.