Davidson Hotels Appoints Tim Graham as Executive Chef for Thompson Chicago

/Davidson Hotels Appoints Tim Graham as Executive Chef for Thompson Chicago

Davidson Hotels Appoints Tim Graham as Executive Chef for Thompson Chicago

|2019-08-19T13:29:06-05:00August 15th, 2019|

CHICAGO, IL (August 15, 2019) – The Thompson Chicago is pleased to welcome Chef Tim Graham as the hotel’s new Executive Chef. In this role, Chef Graham will oversee all culinary operations of the hotel including private events, in-room dining, and the hotel’s renowned restaurant, Nico Osteria. Chef Graham joins the Thompson Chicago having served as Executive Chef at several acclaimed Chicago restaurants including Michelin-starred Tru, Paris Club (where Chef Graham was an instrumental member of the team that developed and opened the restaurant) and Travelle at the Langham hotel. Most recently Graham was the executive chef and owner of his own concept, Twain, which paid homage to midwestern cuisine.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the culinary team at Nico Osteria and Thompson Chicago,” said Chef Graham. “We will be experimenting with new flavors, integrating exciting new seafood sourced from all over the globe and expanding key areas of the menu including the pastas and crudos.”

Under Graham’s direction, the menu will evolve to showcase not only dishes inspired by the coastal region of Italy but extend to integrate authentic cuisine from the entire Italian peninsula. Seafood sourced for the crudos will include additions like scorpion fish from Spain and live spot prawns from Santa Barbara. Chef Graham will incorporate local flavor by featuring produce from nearby farms such as Genesis Growers, Nichols Farm & Orchard, Werp Farms and The Roof Crop. The resulting new menu will include dishes such as Madai Snapper with chef’s own rose vinegar, seasonal green strawberries, elderberry flower and almond, and Smoked Shrimp Stella dei Ravioli with seafood broth, n’duja, fennel and herbed breadcrumbs.

“The Thompson and Davidson teams are honored to have Chef Graham join us,” said Greg Griffie, Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage of Davidson Hotels. “His outstanding resume and passion for the culinary arts makes him a tremendous addition to the staff, and we look forward to his influence at the Thompson Chicago.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Graham to Thompson Chicago and look forward to sharing his style of cooking with our guests,” said Paul Cardona, General Manager. “His passion and culinary inspiration will bring a new level of cuisine to the restaurant.”

About Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria at the Thompson Chicago hotel brings Italian seafood to Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Led by Executive Chef Tim Graham, the restaurant’s culinary program highlights fresh, sustainable seafood and shellfish through house-made pastas and crudos, as well as satisfying larger plates such as the whole grilled branzino. Pastry Chef Stephen Huang complements these dishes with made-from-scratch desserts, gelati and pastries. With seasonally-changing cocktails crafted by Lead Bartender Douglas Cruz Jr, the bar program is balanced out by Wine Director Bret Heiar, who has created an unorthodox yet surprisingly approachable list of Old World, European-focused varietals and natural wines collected through world travels and estate sales, sure to please both casual wine drinkers as well as seasoned connoisseurs.


Nico Osteria’s 108-seat main dining room delivers a warm and inviting dining experience for hotel guests and local diners alike, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alongside Nico Osteria is Salone Nico, a casual yet refined 60-seat meeting place, ideal for grabbing a light bite or libation. For more information, please visit www.nicoosteria.com, 1015 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 or call 312.994.7100. Connect with Nico Osteria on social media by following the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram (@NicoOsteria).

Contact: Julia Coats

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About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an award-winning boutique lifestyle hospitality brand with a collection of stunning, dynamic properties. Each of Thompson Hotels’ urban and resort locations offers a carefully layered environment that molds into its surrounding community. Evoking thought through in-the-know perspectives, Thompson hotels provide tailored stays with connections to world-class culinary offerings, arts and entertainment, and groundbreaking design. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes The Beekman and Gild Hall in New York City; Thompson Nashville; Thompson Seattle; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico and Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico; and its newest property, Thompson Zihuatanejo, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Properties currently under development include Thompson D.C. in The Yards, Thompson Hollywood in California, Thompson South Beach, Thompson Dallas and Thompson San Antonio. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit www.thompsonhotels.com.

About Davidson Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, full-service hotel management company providing management, development/renovation, acquisition, consulting and accounting expertise for the hospitality industry. Amassing one of the purest full-service hotel portfolios in the industry, Davidson, along with its lifestyle and luxury operating division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, specializes in independent and branded assets in the upper-upscale to near-luxury segments including 45 hotels, over 13,000 rooms and over 1.5 million square feet of meeting space across the United States. A trusted partner and preferred operator of Margaritaville, Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt, Davidson delivers hospitality and creates value for owners with every single hotel. More information can be found at www.davidsonhotels.com.

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