March 2015

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

6:00 pm

Edna Lewis Benefit Dinner at Big Jones

Eight chefs prepare a six-course Southern-inspired dinner to benefit the Edna Lewis Foundation.
Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception followed by dinner.
$125/person.
Reservations can be made here.
Andersonville.

6:30 pm

Winemaker Event with Ashleigh Seymour

Bella Bacinos hosts an intimate evening of wine tasting and conversation with key individuals from the Avignonesi winery. A fare of selected food will accompany the tasting.
The upcoming event features Avignonesi Winemaker, Ashleigh Seymour who will be joined by the proprietor Virginie Saverys. 
$55 per person.  Reserve with Dan at 708.420.9600 or bacinos@comcast.net.
More info here.
LaGrange.

8:00 pm

Food Book Club - Carnivore's Manifesto

Beermiscuous hosts the kickoff of the Food Book Club series for 2015, in partnership with Graze Magazine. The first book will be "The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat" by Patrick Martins, Founder of Slow Food. 
This is a Free event.
RSVP here
Lakeview. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

4:00 pm

Bell's Le Contrebassiste Tap Takeover at Tuman's

Bell's Brewery tap takeover features Le Contrebassiste, a rustic brown ale. Also includes 2015 releases of Hopslam Ale and Smitten Golden Rye.  Free raffles and giveaways during the event. 
More info here.
West Town.

5:00 pm

Coronado Brewing Launch Event at Tribes

Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company is welcoming Coronado Brewing Company to Illinois. Tribes launch event will take place at the Mokena location. Core beers being served include Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit, Mermaid’s Red and more. 
Most beers will be available for $4.
More info here
Mokena.

6:00 pm

Wine Tasting at Fork

Walk-around tasting event features 60+ wines and snacks.
$36/person. For tickes, call 773-751-1500. More info here.
Lincoln Square.

6:30 pm

Shaw's Crab House 30th Anniversary Wine Dinner

Shaw's Crab House is throwing a 4-course wine dinner with special guest, Rodney Strong Vineyards of Sonoma County, California. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-527-2722. 
$80 per person. 
More info here.  
Near North Side. 

8:00 pm

The Taste of the Gold Coast

A tasting event of Gold Coast restaurants including Cape Cod, Connie's Pizza, Davanti Enoteca, Francesca's on Chestnut, FREDS at Barneys New York, Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine, Glazed and Infused, mEAT, Morton's the Steakhouse, Pranzi, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, Roy's Restaurant, The Signature Room at the 95th and more.
$60 per person.
Gold Coast.

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8:00 pm

A Year in Champagne Film Screening

Samuel Goldwyn Films welcome guests to a pre-release screening of “A Year In Champagne.”  The hotel's restaurant, Sixteen, offers a special 3-course tasting menu paired with Champagnes.
The evening's menu cost $125.
Tickets to the film screening cost $50.
More info here.
Near North Side. 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

11:00 am

Gino's East Beer Dinner

Led by Brewmaster Kevin McMahon, guests experience a 4-course prix fixe menu highlighting Gino's East's new in-house beers paired with complementary menu items.
$35 per person, seating is limited and reservations are required.
Visit here for reservations and more info.
River North.

5:00 pm

Dine Out for Purple Asparagus

Dine at one of six restaurants supporting the nonprofit organization, Purple Asparagus. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of dinner proceeds to support the organization's Delicious Nutritious Adventures program.
Click here to see participating restaurants.

6:00 pm

TWO Hosts Five Breweries Dinner

Dinner collaboration features a 5-course prix-fixe menu from five breweries. Menu focuses on seasonal ingredients which are paired with a beer from each distiller.
Participating breweries include Solemn Oath Brewing, Off Color Brewing, Penrose Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, and Brewery Vivant.
$70/person. 
For reservations, call 312-634-8363. More info here.
Near West Side.

6:30 pm

Terzo Piano Second Annual Sardinian Lamb Jam

Second annual lamb cook-off event. Guests enjoy different Sardinian-inspired lamb dishes and vote on their favorite while enjoying Sardinian wines and additional Sardinian specialties.
Participating chefs from Cafe Spiaggia, The Purple Pig, River Roast, and more.
$85/person. More info and tickets here.
The Loop.

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7:00 pm

Spain in Seven Sips

At this wine tasting event, vendors will provide tasting notes and vineyard history. Iron Chef Jose Garces pairs plates that highlight Spain’s unique cuisine including oysters, paella croquettas and more. Chef Garces will also carve Mercat’s famous roasted suckling pig.
Tickets are available for $65, by calling the restaurant at 312-542-6300
More info here.
South Loop. 
 

7:00 pm

The Prisoner Wine Dinner at Il Poggiolo

Il Poggiolo Ristorante will hosts a wine dinner featuring a four course meal paired with selections from The Prisoner Wine Company. Chef Saul Maya's menu includes halibut crudo, herb marinated seared duck breast and more. 
$80 per person.
More info here
Hinsdale.

7:00 pm

Barbakoa Tequila Dinner Series

4-course dinner and tequila tasting features contemporary Latin American dishes with handcrafted cocktail tastings. 
$75/person includes food, cocktails, prize drawings, and gratuity.
For reservations, call 630-852-2333. More info here
Downers Grove.

7:30 pm

"Beat the Brewer" Event

WhirlyBall is hosting 3 Sheeps Brewing Company for a night of beer tastings. Bring your friends or come solo and join a team to take on the 3 Sheeps brewers in complimentary games of WhirlyBall.
Guests will be the first to try the 3 Sheeps beer brewed exclusively for this event, which includes Really Cool Waterslides, Hello My Name is Joe, Rebel Kent and Bourbon Barrel Baaad Boy.
More info here.
Bucktown.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

10:00 am

Will it Waffle? with Dan Shumski

Dan Shumski, author of "Will it Waffle?" will demonstrate the versatility of the waffle iron in a special class. Guest can sample dishes like Fawaffle (Waffled Falafel) and Hummus, Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies and more. $30 per person includes a signed copy of "Will it Waffle?"
More info here.
River North. 

1:00 pm

Windy City BREWHAHA

This year Lacuna Artist Lofts hosts BREWHAHA, a celebration of beer and an opportunity to taste and sample brewers from all over the Chicagoland are including Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Berghoff and more. 
More info here.
Pilsen. 
 
 

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3:30 pm

"Bickell Dog" Kickoff Event

Meatheads offers a special hot dog on its menu this spring, "The Bickell Dog," created in honor of Chicago Blackhawls Bryan Bickell and his wife Amanda and their charity. 
The footlong Vienna Beef hot dog is topped with chili and Fritos and served on a cheddar cheese New England-style bun. Meatheads will donate 10 percent of the hot dog sale price to The Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation.
More info here.
Roscoe Village.

6:00 pm

Dinner & Theatre

Guests will enjoy the imaginary journey on the Silver Palm Railroad, while dining on comfort food like Fried chicken and potatoes or Rainbow Trout with roasted asparagus.
The theater presentation will feature the story of Five American Muslim women who meet for the first time in Mecca during the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj.
$77 per member and $87 non-member.
More info here.
River West.

7:00 pm

Escape the Winter with the Chicago Blackhawks

The Godfrey Hotel hosts a dining and drinking event with the Chicago Blackhawks. Event features craft cocktails and food pairings presented by the players. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Blackhawks Charities.
Attire: summer chic cocktail. More info here.
$250/person.
The Loop.

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

11:00 am

Amy Schumer Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Enjoy a themed brunch event celebrating stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and actress Amy Schumer. Three guests will win a pair of tickets to see the star perform live at the Chicago Theatre.
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Chilaquiles and more, while sipping build-your-own bloody marys and mimosas for $14.95.
Table reservations may be made by calling Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

5:00 pm

Barking for Brews Beer-tasting Benefit

Revolution Brewery hosts a beer tasting event to support Pit Bulls and the Midwest Rescue of Illinois. Features five microbrews, appetizers, and raffle prizes.
$45/person. More info here.
Logan Square. 
 

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6:00 pm

Culinary Futures Chicago Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction

The 6th annual event to support Careers Through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP).  The event brings together industry professionals to help support this non-proft organization that works with public schools to prepare at-risk students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Guests enjoy dishes prepared and server by C-CAP students from nine Chicago High Schools, a section of fine wines and locally crafted beers, a silent auction, and music by Chicago's premier DJ Sean Alvarez. 

6:30 pm

Toast To Dr. John Paton at Nia Restaurant

Nia Resturant hosts a toast in honor of the late Chicago Gourmets member Dr. John Paton. Prepaid reservations must be received by 3/5/15 and inculde a prefixed menu and wine complemets of Audry Paton. 
$84 per person.
More info here.
West town. 
 

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Monday, March 09, 2015

11:30 am

National Meatball Day at Davanti Enoteca

Celebrate National Meatball Day with $10 meatball-centric specials. Options include prosciutto veal meatballs with braised greens and shaved pecorino, spaghetti with prosciutto veal meatballs, red chili flake, and parmesan, and more.
Specials run March 9th - 12th. 
Valid at both University Village and River North locations.
 

2:30 pm

The Kitchen Ecosystem

Eugenia Bone, author of "The Kitchen Ecosystem: Building a Perennial Pantry" will host a special cooking demonstration where she will prepare recipes from her book, including Spaghettini with Homemade Stock, Ricotta and Toasted Breadcrumbs and more.
$35 per person.
More info here.
River North.     

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7:00 pm

Irish Whiskey Cocktails + Cuisine Dinner at Hubbard Inn

4-course Irish Whiskey-inspired dinner and drink pairings. Features traditional Irish dishes such as pickled vegetables and soda bread, mussels, prime rib, Guinness floats, and more.
$42.50/person. For reservations, call 312-560-9211. 
Near North.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

6:00 pm

"Silver Lining Playdate" Singles Mixer

Mix and mingle with singles age 50 and over at The Happ Inn's event.  The party features DJ-spun music, dancing, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Chef Freddu Sanchez.
A cash bar will be offered. The entrance fee is $10.
More info here.
Northfield.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

7:00 am

St. Patrick's Day at Labriola Ristorante & Café

Offers specials to help get you in the mood to celebrate. stop by and sample a Labriola Irish Coffee from Beverage Manager Daniel Casteel (Irish whiskey and coffee with crème de menthe whipped cream) before heading to the parade.
Also Available, Irish-leaning dishes from Chef John Caputo: Corn Beef Sandwich on Rye with Cabbage Slaw and Melted Irish Cheddar w/ fries. Neapolitan-style Pizza with Braised Lamb Shank, Fingerling Potatoes, Mozzarella and Salsa Verde.
More info here.
Streeterville.

8:00 am

St Pats Trolley Bar Crawl Chicago

Dawn your green or orange as you wet your beaks and break through this winter cold. The crawl begins at 8am with trolley service going from 9am-1230pm & includes over 15 bars, a gift cards, specials, Photo Hunt for prizes, St Pats medallion & more!
More info here.

9:00 am

St. Patrick's Day Brunch at Birchwood Kitchen

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Irish-inspired specials. During brunch on March 14th and 15th, options include Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage hash, ricotta pancakes with Guinness creme anglaise, and more.
Weekday lunch special features a corned beef sandwich with braised cabbage on rye.
More info here.
Wicker Park.
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

12:00 pm

Bluegrass Crawfish Boil

Chef's Brian Bishop and Diane Sandler boil up some live Crawfish at Bluegrass. Ryan Gavrick of Ballast Point will also be on hand to talk about the Brewery and the 5 special Beers they have selected to enjoy.
More info here.
Highland Park. 

1:00 pm

Food, Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances

Chicago Foodways Roundtable hosts an author-appearance presentation by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro, author of Food, Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances, followed by samples and an opportunity for a signed copy and interaction with the author. 

Cost: $3 with optional lunch available for a separate fee.

More info here

Skokie. 

2:00 pm

Chicago Food Swap

Food swaps bring together passionate home cooks, bakers, canners, and gardeners to trade their homemade and homegrown edible goods. All the participants are individuals trading goods that they made or grew themselves.
You do not have to be a gourmet cook to come, as long as you can one one item worth swapping, you are welcome to join us.
You must pre-register and pay a $5 fee in order to participate.
More info here.
Near North Side.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11:00 am

Tourney and Tacos

Catch all of the collegiate basketball madness at Tallboy Taco. Sit back, relax and watch the NCAA games on multiple screens while enjoying the new, three point daily lunch special: (1) chips and salsa; (2) guacamole; and (3) the choice any four tacos for $18 per person.
The lunch bundle is available Monday-Friday, dine in only.
More info here.
Near North Side.
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

11:00 am

St. Joe’s Day at Labriola Ristorante & Café

Lent-friendly specials to feast upon in honor of the Italian holiday from Chef John Caputo.  Available during lunch and dinner, specials include: Housemade Paccheri Pasta with Braised Octopus, Olives, Fennel and Bread Crumbs. St. Joseph Zeppole, Marsala Zabaglione, Pistachio Gelato and Brittle.
More info here.
Streeterville.

Friday, March 20, 2015

6:30 pm

Hofbrauhaus Chicago Brewers Dinner

Guests enjoy a 4-course dinner accompanied by beer pairings selected by Hofbrauhaus Chicago's brewmaster Rob Hunter. All Proceeds benefit Oak-Leyden Developmental Service's children's program.
Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase call 847.671.2739.
More info here.
Rosemount.

7:00 pm

Localicious

An annual tasting event featuring food from restaurants like Big Jones, Farmhouse, and Vera is paired with some of the region's finest craft beers, spirits, hard cider, and wine. Sunnyside Up performs bluegrass and swing music.
$80/person online.  $95 at the door.
Tickets and list of restaurants, beverage partners, and desserts here.
University Village.

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7:30 pm

Sausage Making Class

Austrian Chef Martin of Alpine Brand Sausages will guide you through the art of Wurst. Students will make 3-4 sausages from bratwurst to chorizo to sweet Italian and kielbasa.
Attendees will take part in butchering, spicing and stuffing of two sausages and a side dish while enjoying a drink and tasting.
$22 per person, tickets and info here.
Lincoln Square.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

10:00 am

Good Food Festival

A family-friendly festival with more than 150 farmers, artisans, and other exhibitors offering samples.  Also featured are chef demos and sessions such as Charcuterie-making with Rob Levitt of The Butcher & Larder and "Milling Local and Heirloom Grains at Home" with Dave and Megan Miller of Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse.  They can also cruise the Good Food Commons for micro-workshops on everything from backyard chickens to composting tips.  Lunch available in the Good Food Court, beverages available at the Craft Drink Corner.

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12:00 pm

Pinot Days Chicago

Enjoy samplings from 65 wineries as they paint the town pinot with Winemaker Dinners, "Meet the Winemaker" food pairings at local wine bars and finally the Grand Festival at Navy Pier.
Tickets are $75 per person for the Grand Festival.  $125 per person for the VIP Tasting and Seminar.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

1:00 pm

2015 Spring Wine & Food Gala

Over 250 wines will be showcased including area restaurants and catering companies. The event will focus on warm weather wines to celebrate spring. Gift certificates will be raffled.  
$35 VIP for Wine Club Members
$20 General Admission Members;
$40 General Admission Non-Members
More info here

Monday, March 23, 2015

6:00 am

Don't Fret Quality Meats

Join artist Don’t Fret and Publican Quality Meats as we unveil the Don’t Fret Quality Meats sausage. The Jitrnice sausage is a tribute to the artist’s Czech heritage and Chicago’s legacy as “hog butcher for the world.”
Enjoy the collaboration with a charcuterie bar featuring an array of ham, sausage, cheese and cured meat, as well as the Don’t Fret Quality Meats sausage.
More info here
Near West Side.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5:30 pm

“Tastes Like Teen Spirit” dinner series at EL Ideas

Chef Phillip Foss is hosting the series in collaboration with top Chicago chefs where each menu will feature news and culinary trends from the 90's.  Guests are encourages to come attired in their sartorial interpretation of the decade, but it's not mandatory.
Multi-course prix fixe dinners are $145.
To make a reservation email reservations@elideas.com, or by calling 312.226.8144.
More info here.
Douglas Park.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

7:00 pm

New Holland Beer Dinner at Fork

4-course prix fixe dinner with beer pairings. Dishes include a brioche crusted cod, pumpkin soup and grilled cheese, grilled citrus shortribs, and a dragon's milk cake with bacon fat ice cream. Beer pairings from New Holland with each dish.
$50/person. More info here.
Lincoln Square.

April 2015

Sunday, April 05, 2015

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at Meson Sabika

Meson Sabika offers an assortment of the taste of Spain including their most popular tapas and a carving station of prime rib and leg of lamb. Adults cost $44.95, children 7-12 cost $18.95 and children 6 and under are complimentary. A weather permitting Easter egg hunt will take place throughout the day. 
More info here.
Naperville. 

10:30 am

Easter Brunch at Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia offers an assortment of the taste of Spain including their most popular tapas and a carving station of prime rib and leg of lamb. Adults cost $36.95, children 7-12 cost $16.95 and children 6 and under are complimentary. 
More info here
Near South Side.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

6:30 pm

James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour

The James Beard Foundation hosts a celebrity chef dinner with host Chef Anthony Zamora and these Chicago chefs: Chris Pandel, Paul Virant, Giuseppe Tentori, Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman, Travelle's Tim Graham and Scott Green. Guests have the opportunity to interact with the participating chefs. 
$190 per person.
More info here
Near North Side. 
 

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

4:00 pm

7th Annual Food Fight for Scleroderma

Three of Chicago's top Chef's will compete against each other at the James Hotel. During the Food Fight, each chef will present a dish to the audience of food-lovers as well as the panel of judges.  Guests vote for their favorite dish of the night and judges score on taste.
Guests have the opportunity to win great prizes in a food-focused raffle, silent auction, and each guest leaves with a take home goodie bag.
General admission $95 per person, VIP $145. All proceeds will benefit Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

6:30 pm

Taste Takes Fight

This event includes a chef’s reception featuring cocktails and appetizers. Immediately following the reception is an eight course seated dinner, prepared by premier chefs from throughout the Chicago area. All proceeds go to support the women and children victims of domestic violence.
$125 per person or $1250 for a table of ten.
More info here
Rosemont.    

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May 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:00 pm

A Taste for the Arts Gala

The Chicago Academy for the Arts hosts its annual benefit performance and Taste for the Arts Gala. Featured chefs include Curtis Duffy (Grace), Matthew Kerney (Longman & Eagle), and Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due).
Performances by artists of the The Academy begin at 6:00 pm. Silent and live auctions, tastings from 10 chefs, signature cocktails, and music follow at 7:30 pm.
$350/person. $5,000/reserved tables.
Gala Performance-only tickets: $30-$75 each.
Tickets and more information here.
The Loop.

July 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

5:00 pm

Square Roots - Craft Brew & Music Experience

The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 4th Annual Square Roots Craft Beer and Music Experience.
Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of  entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide.
Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families.
More info here.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

5:00 pm

Ribfest Chicago 2015

Ribfest Chicago 2015 features a weekend of food, entertainment, games and more. The 6th Annual rib eating contest, RibMania, will be held on friday night. Proceeds benefit Northcenter philanthropy and community programs.  
More info here.
Northcenter. 

September 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

10:00 am

sangria

Festival of the Vine

Festival of the Vine features restaurants of Geneva and The Fall Harvest Market, which includes food and floral demos, an arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides and several wine tasting and dinner events.
Cost for food & wine tickets range between $1 - $5 each.
More info here.