As winter sets in, the images on the walls of The Gallery offer a glimpse into yet another artist’s bounty, this time the hauntingly straightforward stills and landscapes captured by Chicago photographer Casey Sills. At a table in the center of the room, between sips of wine and deliberately composed courses, friends offer musings on this or that piece, noting their favorites as the evening ripens. Things are going exactly as planned at The Gallery, where Lake Forest’s most intriguing restaurant serves up art and dinner with equal aplomb.
Partner Cecilia Lanyon first moved into the space with an idea called Re-invent—a showcase and gathering spot for local artists. Meanwhile, chef Dominic Zumpano was busy gathering multistarred reviews (Umami Moto, Charro’s, Graffito) and a James Beard Award nomination in Milwaukee before returning to his roots in Illinois with stints at Market House on the Square, PM Prime and other lauded restaurants. The chef met the art doyenne when she asked him to cater an opening—birthing a new business partnership and, more recently, a marriage proposal.
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