Henry IV, Part 1 from Chef Tom Van Lente at White Oak Tavern and Inn
Chef Tom Van Lente
Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 1 : The Cuisine
Inspired by the hearty fare of the Boar’s Head Tavern immortalized in Henry IV Part 1 by Falstaff and Prince Hal, Chef Tom Van Lente presents a smoked tomato and porter beef chili.

Chef Tom Van LenteChef Tom Van Lente
After gaining national recognition at the Bib Gourmand-honored TWO and the renowned taco mecca, Big Star, Tom Van Lente is back to the imaginative, ingredient-driven culinary style that earned him a Jean Banchet Rising Chef of the Year nomination in 2013.
Van Lente pursued his love of cooking after graduating from Chicago’s DePaul University with a B.A. in public communications. He went on to attain his culinary arts degree Kendall College in Chicago. His rise up the culinary ladder in the Windy City began at Landmark, a Boka Restaurant Group institution at which he started as prep cook before becoming Sous Chef. Van Lente also worked as Chef de Cuisine at Flatwater, followed by Executive Chef at Westend Bar and Grill, at which he worked for two memorable years before opening TWO, then signing on at Big Star a few years thereafter. Van Lente lives in Chicago with his wife, Shannon, and their son, Benson.