October 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

11:30 am

Diamond in the Dark

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery's event includes a blindfolded, sense-engaging tasting using wines from the Diamond Collection. The testing is hosted by Jenry Wedler and each guest will have an individual cheese plate followed by a buffet luncheon.
RSVP to jenny.rentzel@42west.net by Oct. 15, space is limited.
River North.

3:00 pm

Learn to Make Pho

L'anne's offers a cooking instruction class to teach guests how to make traditional Vietnamese pho. A 2-course lunch will follow the cooking class.
$45/person. To reserve please call 630-260-1245.
Wheaton, IL.

6:00 pm

Sustainable Food Talks at Northwestern University

Northwestern University's Sustainable Food Talks is a program working to educate community members about issues in local and sustainable food. In their latest talk series, local restaurant panelists offer their input for a discussion on what it really means to be a "green restaurant." Panelists include Amy Morton, owner of Evanston's Found Kitchen and Eloise Karlatiras, President of Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition.

More information here.

Evanston.

6:30 pm

Sage Kitchen + Bar Wine Dinner

Sage Kitchen + Bar hosts their first wine dinner featuring a seasonal menu crafted by executive chef Camilla Elias-Boyer and paired with Don & Sons Wine. The dinner begins with a reception followed by a 4-course dinner featuring mussels and clams, a pumpkin crab bisque, filet mignon and a peanut butter and chocolate cheese cake.
$55/person. Call 630-914-5870 or email michael@sage-kitchen.com for reservations.
Bolingbrook, IL.

7:00 pm

Smokehouse Steakhouse Pitmaster Dinner

This 3-course dinner by chef and pitmaster Gary Wiviott focuses on smoke house specialties in every course. Each is paired with either Shiner Brewery or Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails.  
$60/person. Call 773-832-4000 to reserve a spot or email events@barnandcompany.com.
Lincoln Park.
 

7:00 pm

Fund-A-Farmer Party

This 4th annual fundraiser features locally-sourced bites, live bluegrass by The Lantern Kickers as well as a raffle and auction. The funds raised go directly to microgrants for livestock farmers and their animals. 
$25/person that includes two drinks and light appetizers.
Ticket info here.
Edgewater.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

4:00 pm

Charity Book Signing at Taco Nano

Taco Nano hosts a book signing for Amy Kite's childrens book " Cancer Cancer Go Away!", designed to help younger children deal with the news of cancer in a loved one. Kite has a meet-and-greet, where participants have the opportunity to purchase the book or donate a copy to a children's hospital or Ronald McDonald House. Guests that buy or donate two copies of the book will receive a complimentary order of Taco Nano's chips and salsa. 
Northfield.

5:00 pm

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Tasting

Franklin Tap welcomes representatives from Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery for an informal beer tasting event where reps from the brewery will distribute samples of Dogfish Head's seasonal brew, Punkin Ale. Franklin Tap's full dining will also be available.
The Loop.

5:00 pm

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Buena Beach Bar & Grill invites guests to bring their knife skills to the new gastropub and carve away. Pumpkins will be on display through Halloween. Judging will culminate at Buena Beach’s Halloween Costume Party 6 p.m. October 31.
$5 to receive a pumpkin. More info here.
Buena Park.

6:00 pm

Sofitel Wine Days Tasting Event

Featuring Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild with Cedric Villars, Portfolio Manager.
Enjoy an exclusive selection of Lafite wines with delicious pairings from Chef Greg Biggers at this walk-around tasting event.
$35 per person. More info here.
Near North Side.

6:30 pm

Peirson Meyer Wine Dinner

A wine dinner in partnership with California’s Peirson Meyer Wines. Alan Peirson will be joining for the evening. The event features a reception followed by a four course dinner paired with Peirson Meyer’s artisan wines from the Russian River and Nappa Valleys. Seating is limited, call 708.246.2082 for reservations.
$140 per person, all-inclusive.
Western Springs, IL.

6:30 pm

The Oyster Ball

The Oyster Ball opens with a social where guests can sample up to 12 different raw oyster varieties. Next, Heritage Wines offer sparkling wine pairings to the 4-course dinner.
More info here. $65/person. Reservation required, call 312-988-0644.
West Loop.

7:00 pm

Southern Tier Tap Takeover

High Noon Saloon welcomes brand ambassadors Mark Padilla and Joe Morrison of Lakewood, New York’s Southern Tier Brewing Company and offers hard-to-find brews, including the DeMunck's Hard Cider, a Belgian-style hard cider brewed by Southern Tier but under a different brand name and logo. Beers range from $6-$8.
More info here.
Wicker Park.

8:00 pm

Pumpkin Carving Party

The Division Ale House provides both the pumpkins and the carving tools for this free party and displays the carved creations through Halloween in the bar.  Pumpkins are first come, first served (early arrival recommended).  Newcastle reps will be on-hand to giveaway logoed gear from wearables to a dart board. The bar’s resident DJs spins from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge.
More info here.
Wicker Park.

Friday, October 24, 2014

6:00 pm

All About Apples Cooking Seminar

In celebration of National Apple Month, this cooking seminar led by one of Mariano's dietitians, features everything apple related from cooking tips and tricks to health benefits.
$5/person. Ticket information here.
West Loop.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

11:00 am

Chicago Halal Food Festival

A taste of halal foods from locally-owned halal restaurants to internationally-recognized halal food brands. The festival is a family-friendly event with live entertainment and will also feature halal products and services.
$7/person.  Children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the onsite registration booth at the festival.
University Village.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

11:00 am

Barker & Meowsky’s 12th Annual Tricks & Treats

A Halloween party featuring fun activites for the whole family including costume contests for both kids and dogs. Additionally, Gepperth's meat market and David's Tea offers food and drink at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Trio Animal Foundation.
Lincoln Park.
 

11:00 am

Fifth Annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club holds their fifth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 26. Diva Madam X will perform songs from the cult classic, and the film will be shown on seven large screens. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their best Dr.Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff or other campy costumed character for the chance to win a $100 cash prize.
Reservations are recommeded. Call Kit Kat Lounge at 773-525-1111.
Lakeview.

2:00 pm

Andersonville Dessert Crawl

Guests can choose between two routes, each with a dozen different Andersonville treats. The event benefits the non-profit Andersonville Development Corporation, which fosters sustainable community development in the Andersonville commercial district.
$20/person in advance, $25/person day of.
Tickets and more info here.
Andersonville.

7:00 pm

The Joy of Alpine Cheeses & Wines

Learn what makes an "alpine" cheese, and taste a varied line-up of cheeses and wines from the mountainous Alpine regions. $40 per person; pre-registration required. Tickets here.
Ravenswood.

7:00 pm

Sean Brock's Book Release Celebration

Sean Brock will join Chef Paul Kahan at Publican Quality Meats for a barbecue in honor of Brock's recent release of his book, Heritage. Brock is the James Beard Award winning chef of McCrady’s, Husk, and Minero in Charleston, South Carolina, and Husk in Nashville,Tennessee. The menu will feature Kahan and Brock’s favorite recipes from Heritage, spotlighting Brock’s passion for preserving the heritage foods of the South, while reinterpreting them for a modern palate.
Signed copies of Heritage will also be available for purchase.
$65/person.

Monday, October 27, 2014

11:30 am

Lunch and Learn with Chef Sean Brock

James Beard Award winning Chef Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's attends a book signing for his new cookbook, Heritage. Guests enjoy a reception, signing, and luncheon with the acclaimed chef.
$38 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. More information and tickets available here.
The Loop.

12:00 pm

A Seaside Luncheon

MFK's Owner Scott Worsham and Chef Nick Lacasse host the afternoon event talking about food and wine alongside a 3-course meal. The menu includes boquerones, suzuki ceviche, whole chicken ballotine and more.
$97/person. Prepaid reservation needed by Oct. 24. More info here
Lakeview East.

5:00 pm

Noodle Night at Arami

 Arami will hold a "noodle night" on the last Monday evening of he month at the West Town restaurant. The featured items will include Arami's current offerings, as well as three specialty dishes (will change monthly). Japanese beer will be on special (Asahi, $4), as will sake (Ichi No Tori, $9 glass or $15 hot carafe).
Reservations are recommended, but not required. 
More information here.
Ukrainian Village.

6:30 pm

Saugatuck Beer Dinner

Tokio Pub hosts their monthly beer dinner with a 4-course meal and brews from Saugatuck Beer Company. Each course also features a different version of bingo complete with prizes.
$45/person. Call 847-278-5181 for reservations. More info here.
Schaumburg.
 

7:00 pm

The Dinner Party at City Winery

The Dinner Party, hosted by Elysabeth Alfano, returns to City Winery with Chef Paul Virant of Perennial Virant where he will serve half-zie portions of chicken liver mousse, cranberry aigre-doux, vosges chocolate and more. Chef Virant will cook for Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashely Wheater, film director, Joe Swanberg, and all-star female quarterback and singer, Sami Grisafe, and the audience in this interactive event.
$45/person. Ticket info here.
West Loop.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6:30 pm

Mercadito Day of the Dead Cooking Demo

Mercadito hosts a Day of the Dead cooking demo with Chef Patricio Sandoval. Guests learn how to cook a five course dinner of classic Day of the Dead dishes.
$65/person.
More information here.
River North.

7:00 pm

The 4th Annual Great Punk'n Party

Get a pumpkin, a carving kit and a pumpkin poured beer with a $15 ticket price. Beers will be available for $6-12. Additionally, Chef Cleetus Friedman will feature delicious, pumpkin-inspired dishes to complement the beer including smoked pumpkin hummus, old bay roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie.
Tickets available here.
Ravenswood.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6:30 pm

Dancing Marlin's Autumn Harvest

Dancing Marlin’s Autumn Harvest features a 7-course fall feast where guests experience an interactive meal as Dancing Marlin’s culinary leaders take guests through a sensory dining experience.
$70/person. See the menu here.
Frankfort, IL.

7:30 pm

WhirlyBall Costume Party

Goblins, Ghouls, and WhirlyBall, oh my! WhirlyBall is hosting New Belgium Brewing for a WhirlyBall Challenge, costume party, and beer tasting. Enjoy free games of Whirlyball and a chance to meet and beat the brewers, the New Belgium Rangers. Food from the WhirlyBall kitchen will also be available for purchase throughout the night.
RSVP here.
Bucktown.
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

6:00 pm

Cooking Up Change Event

The Healthy Schools Campaign is hosting the Cooking up Change event where students whip up healthy and delicious meals judged by a panel of Chicago’s leading chefs. Guests can sample the food, toast with friends, enjoy skyline views and try their luck at the raffle and silent auction all while supporting Healthy Schools Campaign’s mission to improve student health in Chicago and across the country.
$100/person.
More information about the campaign here.
 

6:30 pm

Halloween Cocktail Class

A fall cocktail class at Nacional 27 featuring Halloween-themed drinks such as a "Blood Orange" cocktail, a "Morgue-a-rita" and "Witches' Brew." The event includes a demonstration, cocktail tasting, passed tapas and recipe cards to take home. Halloween costumes are encouraged.
$15 per person. Sign up here.
River North.

7:00 pm

Pumpkin Carving Party

High Noon Salon hosts a DIY pumpkin carving party with craft beer specials ranging from $6-$8 including Souther Tier Pumking and Great Lakes Nosferatu. Pumpkin and carving tools are provided.
Wicker Park.

7:00 pm

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Timothy O'Toole's Pub

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub hosts their eleventh annual pumpkin carving contest. O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers come with creative ideas. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three pumpkin artists.
Streeterville.
 

7:00 pm

Evil Twin Devil’s Night Evil Costume Bash

The Bar on Buena on hosts a night of frightening flicks, macabre music, spooky spirits and an Evil Costume Contest. Prizes for the most evil costumes include Bulls tickets, BOB Gift Certificates, beer swag and more. Beers will range from $6-$9 and including Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break, Evil Twin Molotov Coktail Imperial IPA and others.
Additional details here.
Uptown.

8:00 pm

Unbridled Halloween: The Voodoo Ball

Untitled Supper Club is hosting their second annual Voodoo Ball, which includes 30 performers and two DJs. There will be tarot card readers, aerial acrobatics, burlesque, and other spooky vaudeville entertainment.
Early bird tickets are $20/person.
More information here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

10:00 am

Halloween Ball at Pinstripes

Pinstripes invites holiday-goers to a one-night-only costume contest for a chance to win spooktacular prizes at all three Pinstripes locations. The event will include all-day trick-or-treating, a costume contest, live music, and guests will have the chance to try the new fall menu.

More information here.

Northbrook. Oakbrook. South Barrington. 

11:00 am

“BOOklava” at Falafill

Halloween-goers this year can add Falafill to their trick or treat route for complimentary BOOklava. Falafill’s baklava will be offered all day to Chicagoans of all ages looking for a Halloween treat. Falafill’s full menu and mezza bar will also be available on Halloween.

‘BOOklava’ is complimentary with any Falafill purchase for adults, and complimentary for children 12-years-old and under.

Lakeview.

    

12:00 pm

Halloween Party at Tuman's

Tuman's Halloween-themed night includes a constume contest at midnight with a $100 gift certificate for the top costume. Drink specials include $5 devil mule cocktails, $3 Labatt blue drafts and more.
Ukranian Village.
 

12:00 pm

Mac's American Pub Halloween Party

Mac's Halloween-themed night includes a costume contest at midnight with a $100 gift certificate for the top costume. Drink specials include $5 Devil Mule cocktails, $3 Labatt Blue drafts and more. 
Ukranian Village.

5:00 pm

Halloween at Bar Takito

A special $5 menu including $5 margaritas and $5 Chile-Rubbed Pork Sope. The bar will also feature their Sangre Del Toro (or “Blood of the Bull”) cocktail. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and features two full bars and live DJ’s.

More info here.
Near West Side.

5:00 pm

Hallow's Eve Dinner

A multi-course Hallows Eve Dinner features 1900s-costumed servers, tango dancers and open tango dancing. The meal includes Sopa de Cebolla, filet mignon with blackberry reduction, Spanish spice-rubbed lamb chops with mint jus and many other options.
$55/person. Reservation information here.
North Center.

7:00 pm

Little Bucharest Bistro Celebrates Halloween

Little Bucharest Bistro transforms into a haunted Transylvanian castle with festivities including a Halloween-themed buffet and activities for all ages.
$31/person.
Irving Park.

8:00 pm

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Taco Joint celebrates Day of the Dead with a weekend party including food and drink packages (including unlimited tacos, margaritas and Mexican brews). A DJ will spin Latin beats and a costume contest takes place both nights with a $250 cash prize for first place. To participate in the food and drink packages, call 312-337-8226.

9:00 pm

Halloween at Rockit Burger Bar

Pirates of the Burger Bar take over Wrigleyville this Halloween at Rockit Burger Bar. A $40 package includes cocktails, a buffet featuring Rockit burgers and fun from 9 pm to 12 am.
More information here.

9:00 pm

O'Donovan's Halloween Bash

O'Donovan's Pub & Restaurant hosts a Halloween bash complete with a DJ and constume contest. A Halloween cashbar will feature a pumpkin pie martini, fruit loopy shooter as well as Oktoberfest beers and wine. An optional party package is available from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $40/person. For more details, call 773-478-2100.
North Center.

9:00 pm

Fireside Costume Bash

A midnight costume contest with first, second and third place prizes. Enjoy music by DJ Elliven as well as $5 drink and food specials.
More info here.
Edgewater.

10:00 pm

Halloween Costume Party at Timothy O'Toole's Pub

Timothy O’Toole’s is hosting their annual Halloween costume party with a $250 cash prize for the best dressed guest. "Spooky" cocktails will be served, a DJ will playing until 10 p.m., and the costume judging will take place at midnight.
Streeterville.

November 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

5:00 pm

6th Annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook Off

Try a variety of chilies in two different categories: vegetarian and meat lovers, while also enjoying Half Acre Beer and gelato from Black Dog Gelato. All proceeds benefit The Arts of Life, an art studio for adults with and without disabilities.
$15/ticket. $20 at the door. Ticket info here.
West Town.

6:30 pm

1st Annual Little Goat Haunted House

The staff of Little Goat hosts their first annual haunted house. Guests can expect a few frights, laughs, and in true Little Goat fashion: drinks and light snacks. Groups of up to 6 will be admitted every 15 minutes.
Ticket info here. 21+
West Loop.
 

7:00 pm

Naperville Wine Opener

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts their 7th annual Naperville Wine Opener. It features a selection of international wines and a collection of craft beers from local breweries, as well as hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
$100 per ticket ($18 is tax deductible). For more information, click here. 
Naperville, IL
 
 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

10:45 am

Holiday Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chefs Brunch

Hosted by Andy Avalos of NBC Chicago, this event features a multi-course meal with unique dishes from suburban chefs and restaurants, live and silent auctions, and more at the Drury Lane Theatre.
$100 per person.  Call 630.293.5990 or E-Mail Kaitie to order tickets.
Oakbrook Terrance. 

11:30 am

Wine & Food Fall Gala

The event showcases more than 250 wines as well as local restaurants and catering companies. There will be a 15% discount on all wines purchased and gift certificates will be raffled. VIP from 11:30 am-1 pm and the event is sponsored by Mainstreet Wines & Spirits.
Ticket prices vary, click here for more details.
Countryside, IL.

12:00 pm

Day of the Dead at Fountainhead

Guests can sip on some Day of the Dead beers from 5 Rabbit, Stone, Founders and New Holland as well as taste some Dia de los Meurtos-inspired dishes created by executive chef Cleetus Friedman. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones to place on the shrine. Holiday-inspired costumers are encouraged and draft prices range from $6-$12.
Additional details here.
Ravenswood.

Monday, November 03, 2014

6:30 pm

Luna Vineyards Winemaker Dinner

Chicago’s first and oldest wine bar offers guests wines from Napa Valley paired with a 4-course meal featuring beef tenderloin and flaming fondue.
$55/person. 
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

6:00 pm

Modern Spin on Classic French Cuisine at Waterleaf

Experience fine dining at College of DuPage's student-run Waterleaf dining room. Guests enjoy a seasonal menu accompanied with selected wines. This is the first dinner of their fall series and includes seatings at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.
$60/person. Click here for a reservation, or call 630-942-2720.
Glen Ellyn, IL.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

5:30 pm

Stimulus Social Club November Event at John Barleycorn

In celebration of Veteran's Day the Stimulus Social Club will be hosting an event for their November beneficiary, Pets for Vets, a non-profit program dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter animals by rescuing, training and pairing these lovable pets with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.

A $10 cash donation at the door gets you appetizers from 6-7pm and 1 free drink ticket.

More information here.

River North.

7:00 pm

Hubbard Inn Cocktails and Dinner

Hubbard Inn is hosting a dinner and cocktail event featuring Don Julio Tequila inspired dishes and drinks. A four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Bob Zrenner, will be served along with foods to complement the four Don Julio Tequila inspired cocktails. A drawing will be held during the dinner and three attendees will each receive a $50 gift certificate for lunch, dinner, or brunch at Hubbard Inn. A representative from Don Julio will be present throughout the evening to educate and answer all questions regarding the tequila.
$42.50/person.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

6:00 pm

MK Hosts Dinner with Ken Wright

Michael Kornick and Executive Chef Erick Williams are hosting a tasting event at MK with Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars. The event will allow guests to learn about Oregon's pinots while sampling the cuisine of MK.
$125/person.
Interested attendees can make reservations by calling 312.482.9179.
River North.

Friday, November 07, 2014

5:00 pm

Bucktown Pub Chili-Cookoff

Bucktown Pub is hosting their second annual Chili Cookoff to benefit the Midtown Center Christmas Basket Project. Each year, Midtown Center provides a full Christmas meal and essential items for over 300 needy families in Chicago. Your participation and all donations for the Chili Cookoff will directly support parents and children in need, especially through the holidays. The event will feature bottomless bowls of chili, beer specials, and a raffle.
$10/person.
More information here.
Bucktown.
 

7:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Ball

Meals on Wheels Chicago presents an interactive dining experience with featured chefs, custom cocktails, and entertainment. The VIP Chef’s Table is $350 per person. Chef's Tasting Party tickets are $150 per person. Tickets available here.
West Town.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

10:30 am

INSPIRED: Help Raise Community Awareness with a Cookbook

Laura Bruzas, editor of "Inspired: Healthy Six-Ingredient Recipes for the Time-Pressed Cook" hosts an event detailing how you can use your passion for local and seasonal foods to raise awareness with a community cookbook. 
$3 for recipe samples from the book.
More information here.
Harwood Heights.
 
 

1:00 pm

Gourmet Food and Wine Crawl

The Gourmet Food and Wine Crawl takes paticipants to wine bars, wineries, and restaurants for food and wine pairings around the city. Restaurants on the tour include Websters, Tocco, and pop-up restaurant "Eating Vincent Price".
Early bird price $130/person.
More information here.
Near North Side.

6:30 pm

Roaring 20s Dinner

Chicago Gourmets hosts a Roaring 20s Dinner at America's oldest Czech restaurant and Al Capone's secret speakeasy. The dinner includes a 4-course meal along with Moravian red or white wines and Czech beers. 
$50/members, $69/non-members. More info here.
Cicero, IL.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

10:00 am

Culinary Tour of Devon Avenue

Chef Susan of Cardamom Kitchen gives a 2-hour tour of Devon Avenue designed for home cooks and food lovers. Participants receive copies of her favorite family recipes and a tip sheet for selecting, storing and using spieces.
$50/person. More details here.
West Rogers Park.

6:30 pm

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Provenance & Begyle

Provenance & Begyle teams up with Begyle Brewery for another seated tasting event. Owners guide you through their current favorite pairings, offer pointers on pairing and how to wow guests at holiday gatherings this season.
$40/person. North Center.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5:30 pm

Bar Tartine Takeover

Co-chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns team up with with The Publican’s Chef de Cuisine Cosmo Goss for the release of Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes. The à la carte menu showcases dishes from the cookbook including smoked potatoes with ramp mayonnaise, blood sausage in sauerkraut soup and more. To reserve a table call 312-733-9555. More info here.
West Loop.

6:30 pm

Lafite Around the World

Trellis is hosting a wine dinner featuring Lafite Rothchild's wines from France, Chile, and Argentina. Tickets include 6 courses paired with 7 wines and are $70 each.
Lincoln Park.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

7:00 pm

A (Mostly) Veggie Affair: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast

The Green City Market's Junior Board hosts their fall fundraiser where member chefs will prepare three whole pigs “Three Little Pigs-style,” incorporating straw, wood and bricks both in their cooking methods and for creative inspiration. Additionally, guests can enjoy a walk-around tasting with many local chefs.
$45 earlybird tickets before Oct. 21, $55 after. Ticket info here.
Wicker Park.

Friday, November 14, 2014

6:00 pm

FoBAB

The Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) and The National Wood Aged Beer Competition held on November 14th & 15th. FoBAB celebrates the brilliance of barrel-aging beer on wood, and is orchestrated by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. This festival highlights styles of beer that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. Guests can enjoy a sampling from the selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

8:00 pm

STEM Benefit: A Night in Monte Carlo

Premier3 Foundation hosts a fundraising and awareness event that benefits their mission to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) literacy for Chicago's Youth.
$70 per person. Tickets here.
Near North Side. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6:30 pm

Autumn Wine Dinner

An evening of food and wine hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards. Featuring a six-course dinner designed and prepared by our Executive Chef, Kyle Goebel. Each course is specifically created to complement one of Chateau Ste. Michelle's wines.
$75 per person. More info here.
Oak Brook, IL.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5:00 pm

Cassoulet Dinner at Publican Quality Meats

Native to the South of France, cassoulet is a soul-satisfying, slow-cooked stew of meat, pork skins and white beans. Chef David Campigotto of Chez David in France will be flying to Chicago, ingredients in tow, to join Chef Paul Kahan in the kitchen for a two night stint at Publican Quality Meats. The Cassoulet Dinner includes a first course, cassoulet, dessert and wine/beer pairings
$65/person.
For reservations, please contact Ashley at 312.496.0012 or Ashley@publicanqualitymeats.com.
West Loop.

5:00 pm

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau

The Beaujolais Nouveau three-course prix fixe menu will be available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. This menu stays truer to French roots in honor of the holiday. The freshest seasonal and local ingredients will be used for the menu items in each of the three courses that is priced at
$39 per person. See the menu here.

Near North Side.

6:00 pm

Wine pouring

Free Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Class & Tasting at Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica, a rustic northern Italian eatery is hosting “A Variety of Varietals—Choosing the Perfect Thanksgiving Wine." This free wine pairing class and wine tasting features several grape varietals with tips on how to choose the best bottle for the Thanksgiving table. Featured wines include Pinot Noir, Malbec, Zinfandel, Italian Red Blend and Riesling. Pizza Rustica’s wine representative will talk about which wines tend to please different types of wine drinkers and which wines pair best with certain Thanksgiving dishes.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

10:30 am

Devon Seafood + Steak's Thanksgiving Day Menu

Devon Seafood + Steak’s Thanksgiving Day pre-fixe menu includes three courses of holiday favorites priced at $35 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.
For more info and the full menu, click here.
Oakbrook.

11:00 am

Thanksgiving with Nico Osteria

Join Nico Osteria this Thanksgiving for a four-course Italian meal, with a decidedly American touch. The full dinner menu will also be available.
$75/adults.
$35/children ages 6-12.
Make reservations at 312-994-7100
Near North Side.

Friday, November 28, 2014

11:00 am

Christkindlmarket Oakbrook

The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market.
More details here.
Oakbrook, IL.

December 2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

6:30 pm

Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball

Catholic Charities will host the 25th Anniversary Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball to benefit the children served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Held at the Hilton Chicago, more than 1,300 guests will attend this black tie engagement’s Silver Anniversary featuring entertainment by the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
$500/person.
$6000/table.
South Loop.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

11:00 am

Tasting Table's Open Market

The Open Market returns to Chicago giving guests access to more than 40 of Chicago's notable chefs, pastry chefs and artisan producers selling small bites and gifts, as well as a complimentary drink from Tasting Table. 
Click here for a full list of the vendors.
West Loop.