Monday, September 01, 2014
A special brunch menu is served including: Eggs Sardou, Green Chile Chilaquiles, and Tomato-Braised Brisket Hash. In lieu of the regular Monday drink specials, Southport & Irving offers a $6 roasted poblano michelada, a $7 blueberry mimosa and a $9 roasted red pepper and corn bloody mary.
The Ale House opens early on Labor Day and offers brunch service from 11am-3pm. In lieu of the regular Monday specials, the Division Ale House offers $4 select drafts, $3 mimosas and $6 bloody marys on Labor Day. Brunch highlights include stuffed French toast, waffle fried chicken, build-your-own omelets and house-brined corned beef hash.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Graziano’s Brick Oven Pizza is celebrating 20 years with a new look, a new menu and a lot of heart. To mark their anniversary, Graziano’s has partnered with Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, in Chicago in a goal to raise $50,000 over the next year. Graziano’s new menu was inspired by customer feedback from a variety of online sources and customer surveys. The new menu features half size portions and an expanded selection of low carb, vegan and gluten-free offerings.
Check it out here!
Publican Quality Meats' Burger Night will feature BOKA taking over the PQM kitchen and serving up the BOKA Veggie Burger. The BOKA Veggie Burger will come topped with date aioli, pickled cauliflower, harissa and arugula, as well as a small side of roasted carrots with spiced yogurt.
More info here!
Explore the world of sake at Arami's "Sake 101" class. A certified sake specialist, will lead participants through a tasting of four different sakes: ginjo; honjozo; junmai; and daiginjo. Guests will sip, sample and learn the basics of how to order sake in restaurants.
$30 per person. Email Carol@aramichicago.com to reserve your place.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Nacional 27 is celebrating the cocktails and cuisine of Cuba with four days of Cuban-inspired specials and live performances. From September 3 to September 6, dining guests will enjoy countless specials. On Wednesday and Thursday enjoy $5 glasses of sangria, half-priced tapas and ceviche. Friday's events include half-priced tapas and ceviche in the lounge with a DJ spinning lively Latin beats.
Table reservations here.
The September Stimulus Social Club event will be held at the upstairs lounge at Reverie. The charitable beneficiary is ICE (Inner City Education) Program, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship and academic scholarships Chicago area youth who participate in organized hockey.
$10 donation. More info here!
Winemaker Jane Ferrari hosts a multi-course paired wine dinner from Yalumba Estate, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. In the intimate setting of City Winery's barrel room, Jane will bring to life the Yalumba story and their philosophies on winemaking and the environment.
Tickets $85. Attend here.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Chicago q celebrates their golden anniversary with 4 items priced at $4, through September 7th. Menu offerings include: Summer Corn and Squash Fritters, Pork Skewers, Braised Pork Belly Salad and Alligator Tacos. A portion of the proceeds go toward The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Near North Side. More information here.
Chef Tony Quartaro is partnering with The Garage to give the West Loop a sneak peek of his lunch offerings. He will be serving the Formento's Meatball Sandwich with a side of house made giardiniera, as well as an antipasti salad. Yum.
More info here!
Chef Andy Motto of Quince at the Homestead serves up a special menu inspired by Kathleen Flinn's latest book "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good" -- a tribute to her love of growing up in the Midwest. The evening begins with appetizeres and specialty cocktails, followed by a 4-course dinner paired with select wines. Kathleen graces the evening with readings and personalized book signings.
More information and tickets here.
$77 per Chicago Gourmet member. $87 per non-member.
The Trotter Project and Grant Park Conservancy present this opening night fundraiser of the Windy City Wine Festival.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Geneva restaurants create a variety of specialties under an outdoor tent at the "Flavor Fare" partnered with wine and live musical entertainment. Festival of the Vine also features an arts and crafts show, flower market, horse-drawn carriage rides, and wine tasting and dinner events around Historic Downtown Geneva. Event occurs September 5-7.
Admission is free; Cost for food & wine (ticket based). More information here.
Come out and meet Tommy Vasilakis, Brickstone’s Brewmaster and sample BrickStone’s entries into the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, to be held in Denver, CO this October. We’ll tap BrickStone American Pale Ale; Belgo APA; Dark Secret; Hazy After 5; and HopSkipNImDrunk, and you’ll keep your signature BrickStone beer glass.
More info here.
Catholic Charities presents an evening of culture, culinary delights and the arts to fund emergency services for those in need. Guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, raffle prizes and an Art Show and Sale featuring local and nationally recognized artists. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the critical Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program.
$250 per person. More info and tickets here.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
A tasting by Formento's at The Bristol will focus on a classic Italian-American fare grounded in tradition. Featuring tomato & mozzarella salad, Cavatelli alla Norma, Rabbit Cacciatori and carrot cake.
Call (773) 862-5555 for reservations!
This Chicago Gourmets event celebrates Monet's birthday. Hosted at Cyrano's Cafe & Wine Bar, Chef/Owner Didier Durand creates dishes taken from recipes in the book Monet's Table. Collins Caviar founder Carolyn Collins will also be present.
More info here.
Near N. Lake Shore Dr.
Timothy O’Toole's offers ticket holders a bus ride, that includes $10 for beverages, to avoid stadium parking. Non-ticket holders can dine, drink and watch the game on over 70 large screen televisions at the bar.
$10 fee. Bus available for 21+. More information here.
Near Magnificent Mile.
A Sunday shared meal at Le Colonial with a menu hand-selected by Matt Kirouac, along with signature cocktails and a wine pairing.
$50 per person. Make reservations in advance (312) 255-0088.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Geja's hosts a 4-course meal featuring beef tenderloin and flaming chocolate fondue. Each course is paired with wines from the Piedmont region of Italy.
$55 per person. For tickets, call (773) 281-9101.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Bob Cannon, brewer at the Boston Beer Company, will walk beer lovers through four of Sam Adams best beers paired to a four-course seasonal menu prepared by chef Kevin Ives. Dunlays is transforming its patio into a boisterous beer garden, with food and beer stations, music and more... Tickets $20. To reserve, call (773)227-2400.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Chef Alia Dalal and Micro-farmer Todd Jones teach attendees how to start their own indoor herb garden and use those herbs to create 3 craft cocktails. Guests will learn how to make an Old Fashioned with homemade bitters, a Masala Gimlet and a Lychee Basil Fizz.
$40 per person. RSVP here.
Friday, September 12, 2014
The Mediterranean-themed dinner will feature four courses by Fresco 21 chefs and one course by Lynfred Chef Celeste Pasag; with courses such as, Cocoa braised ox tail, seared gnocchi, roasted peppers, bordelaise sauce and more.
$80 per person. More information here.
“Cure What Ales Ya!” Festiv-Ale features handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest's finest brewers. Guests enjoy unlimited beer tastings, appetizers, a silent auction, Tower of Beers raffles and live music.
$65 per person for regular entry and $100 per person for the VIP reception. Tickets available here.
Near West Side.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
There's no limit to what can be cooked in a waffle iron according to author of "Will it Waffle?", Dan Shumski. This journalist, teacher, and obsessive food lover will demonstrate the versatility of the waffle iron. He will make, and you will sample: Fawaffle (Waffled Falafel) and Hummus; Zucchini-Parmesan Flattened Fritters; Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies. Includes a signed copy of "Will it Waffle?".
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Nacional 27 will say “Olé” to Mexican Independence Day (September 16). In celebration of this holiday, Chef Chico Vilchez will offer a three course Mexican-inspired menu, complete with wine pairings from September 15 to September 18.
More details here!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A Japanese food, sake, & tea tasting event for Food Industry Professionals. Learn how Chef Yoshi Katsumura of Yoshi's Cafe is inspired by Japanese ingredients. Event is limited to Food & Beverage Industry Professionals.
Complimentary Admission (21+). Register here.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Chicago's top chefs team up for the 6th annual Cooking Up A Cure 2014, to support the Greater Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation. The event features over 20 Chicago restaurants and beverage companies including: Bittersweet, Carol’s Cookies,FIG Catering, Two Brothers and much more. The night includes a live auction, raffle, music and sampling of food and drinks.
General Admission $125. VIP Admission $185. More information here.
Near Logan Square.
Devon Seafood + Steak is hosting an exclusive five-course meal showcasing fine pairings from Banfi Wines. Savor the Beef Belly Ragu with Tortellacci, Shaved Black Truffles and Parmigiano Reggiano. End your meal on a sweet note with a duo of Limoncello Crème Brulee and Pistachio Tuile with Black Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
$85 per person. RSVP here!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Celebrity Chef Jose Garces invites up to 65 of Chicago’s finest foodies to dine with him and preview the fall menu for the tapas restaurant. The meal will showcase four courses, each inspired by ingredients of fall’s harvest bounty. Seasonal cocktails will also accompany each course. Throughout the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to converse with Chef Garces about the dishes and the inspiration behind them.
Tickets are $85 per person. For more visit here.
The 11th Annual Uncork the Cure Chicago is a evening of incredible selections of wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Guests also enjoy a Great Silent Åuction and Live Auction and Bid for the Cure.
VIP Admission $150 ($85 is tax-deductible). General Admission $80 ($39 is tax-deductible). For more information, click here.
Create a German Onion Tart - a delicious specialty served as the months turn cooler and especially popular when the new wine, or "Moscht" comes out in the fall, a few weeks after crush. Zwiebelkuchen contains onions, as well ascaraway and bacon or ham. In comparison to quiche, it is
usually baked on yeast dough, like pizza. $16 per person. Join here!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Glenview "Haus" hosts their 3rd Annual Tent Party for Oktoberfest. The festival features food such as Bavarian food specialties from brats ($5), giant pretzels ($7), German Plate ($8) and more. Guests also enjoy beer, music, face painting for kids, and raffle prizes.
Free admission. More information here.
The 7th annual Rib-a-Que Smoke Out contest, where chefs compete for the coveted Gilded Grill trophy and cash prizes. In addition to the public, a panel of celebrity judges will sample from all the contestants and decide on the best recipes. Organizers anticipate over two tons of ribs, and up to 16 competitors. Tickets are $35 at the door, or $25 here.
Chicagoland restaurants including D.S. Tequila, Cafe El Tapatio, Mystic Celt, Si Fu Chinese-Latin Kitchen, Deleece, Flaco's Tacos, The Taco Joint, Crosby's Kitchen and New England Seafood will be among the 15 establishments selling both traditional and exotically-stuffed tacos at this second annual weekend event sponsored by Sam Adams in the Southport Corridor.
$5 gate donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.
Check it out here!
The Andersonville Development Corporation presents the 2nd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, an all-local street festival highlighting Chicago-made beer, music and products in the Andersonville neighborhood.
$5 suggested donation. More information here.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Labor Day is almost here, and with that the September grape harvest in Napa Valley is just around the corner. As the leaves begin to change next month, the excitement builds for the Crush, a special time of year when wineries host barrel tastings and tours. D.O.C. Wine Bar invites wine lovers to skip the trip west and join them for a week’s worth of oenophile education and complimentary wine tastings.
More info and reservations here!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
CH Distillery serves the Oxycotin cocktail, in celebration of its one year anniversary. The cocktail consists of CH London Dry Gin steeped in Lapsang Suchong tea, mixed with fresh housemade ginger syrup, honey, and lemon. Guests enjoy the cocktail for $11 and can purchase pitchers for $45.
More information here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Real Urban Barbecue is serving up family favorites for carry-out during the Jewish High Holiday celebrations: Wednesday, September 24 through Friday, September 26 for Rosh Hashanah; and Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 for Yom Kippur. Available for small gatherings or large family dinners, build your dish from tasty selections.
See the menu here!
To celebrate the Top Chef Duels episode featuring Stephanie Izard, a viewing party is being hosted at Little Goat Kitchen. At the five course dinner, guests will sample dishes that Stephanie makes on the show, while watching the episode - pausing to enjoy the food and hear Stephanie give inside scoops.
Tickets $115. Purchase here.
This special event features an exclusive dining opportunity at the Dancing Marlin Kitchen Table for a limited number of guests. Dancing Marlin’s culinary leaders will be right alongside patrons to provide an interactive course-by-course description of featured menu items for an exclusive, edible experience.
$65 per person. $90 per person for wine pairing option. RSVP here.
Friday, September 26, 2014
It's that time of year again! It's time to get excited about all of the delicious beer that comes along with fall. Join Feast and Revolution Brewing for a celebration of all things Oktoberfest! Ticket price includes a full German buffet featuring locally made Big Fork Sausage, two drink tickets and entertainment by Bolzen Beer Band. Attendees will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to Revolution's annual Oktoberfest event at their brewery which is a party not to be missed.
Get tickets here!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
In benefit of Career Place, Mike Ditka's Arlington Heights restaurant hosts a fundraiser featuring a ‘tailgate’ style luncheon, two glasses of beer or wine, live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia provide by the “Coach” and an opportunity to meet former Bears players.
$100 per person. More information and tickets available here.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
This 2-Day fesitval includes grape stomping, cork tossing, German sing-a-longs, and more. Roasted pig is served either as a sandwich or as a full meal with potato salad, as well as grilled bratwurst, chili, roasted corn, apple strudel, and German chocolate cake to pair with Lynfred wines. The festival takes place Saturday, October 4th from 3pm-9pm and Sunday, October 5th from 12pm-7pm.
More information here.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Join the best of Chicago's suburbs for the 2nd Annual Taste Tour. Guests explore tastings from local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Guest also partake in premium auctions, raffle, music and more.
$100 per ticket ($49 is tax-deductible). For more information, click here.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation invites Sally Field as the guest speaker at their Annual Fall Benefit. Lunch is provided. All proceeds from the event support innovative contributions to breast cancer research and educational programs.
$275 per person. Sponsorships from $500 - $25,000 are available. Tickets here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Guests enjoy a one-time-only walkaround tasting event pairing 100 of Italy’s most important wines from 30 of the country’s most acclaimed wineries with bites utilizing Italian products at La Scuola—Eataly Chicago’s cooking school.
$30 per person. Tickets available here.
Near North Side.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
2 head-to-head chef demonstrations are offered, each concentrating on a key ingredient. In each seminar, the chefs will be tasked to create their best dish, the first demonstration using truffles and the second using rice. Demonstrations are held from 12-1pm and 6-7pm.
$95 per person. Tickets available here.
Near North Side.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
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.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for their 7th annual Naperville Wine Opener. Guests enjoy a selection of international wines and a collection of craft beers from local breweries, as well as hors d'oeuvres and delicious deserts.
$100 per ticket ($18 is tax deductible). For more information, click here.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
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.