February 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

10:00 am

The Bread Revolution Book Signing

Culinary Historians of Chicago host Peter Reinhart, author of "Bread Revolution." Peter will discuss his book and provide samples of sprouted flour bread.
$5/adults; $3/students; free for CHC members
More info here.
River West.

12:00 pm

Naperville Winter Ale Fest

Tickets to the Naperville Winter Ale Fest include 18 3oz samples of stouts, porters, barelywines and IPAs. The fest also features food trucks offering items like gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hand-held pies and more.
Tickets are $45 per person and $15 for Designated Drivers. 
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2:00 pm

Wines of Piedmont

Mainstreet Wines hosts this event featuring the wines of Piedmont including Barolo and Barbaresco. Travel through Piedmont with Paolo from Wine D.O.C. importer, who will be pouring behind the table.
More info here

7:00 pm

For the Love of Chocolate Gala 2015

Union League Club of Chicago hosts this fundraiser featuring 100 of Chicago's entertainers, chefs, and innovators.  Guests can enjoy decadent desserts, ice creams, chocolates, and more.  Multiple live bands and DJs are set to perform. This event provides scholarships for qualified students in the specialized training of the pastry arts.
This year's theme is Peace, Love and Chocolate. All are encouraged to dress up. 
$150 per person.

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7:00 pm

Casamigos Tequila Dinner

Cantina Laredo hosts a cocktail reception at 7 followed by a multi course meal at 7:30.  Guests can learn the history of Casamigos tequila, sip a variety of neat pours while enjoying Mexican dishes prepared by Chef Kennon Reed.
$49.99 per person.  For a free Uber ride and $10 discount on dinner, use the code "canuber" on the Uber app.
Call 312.955.0014. to make reservations.
More info here.
River North.

March 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015

6:00 pm

Farm to Table Dinner

LouisJohn Slagel and Chef Asbaty co-host at the White Oak Tavern & Inn.  The dinner exemplifies the commitment to connect food with the farms and people behind them.
LouisJohn will head to Lincoln Park with his freshest stock of farm-raised, hormone free meats.  Chef John will plan the multi course menu, which will be served family style that same evening.
$90 per person an additional $30 for wine and beer pairings. Call 773.248.0200 for reservations.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

Monday, March 02, 2015

6:30 pm

Geja's Café presents the Buena Vista Winemaker Dinner

A 4-course dinner featuring Geja's house salad, Cheese Fondue, Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Breast & Jumbo Shrimp Entree, and Flaming Chocolate Fondue for dessert. Each course will be paired with wines from Buena Vista Winery.
$55 per person.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

9:00 pm

The Lodge Tavern’s 58th Anniversary

Celebrate The Lodge Tavern's 58th from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. with a $5.80 Shot-and-a-Beer special –a house shot with a domestic beer draft back. The Lodge Tavern branded items will be given away throughout the night.
More info here
Near North Side.

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.
Reservations can be made here.

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

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

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

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. 

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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Thursday, March 05, 2015

11:00 am

Gino's East Beer Dinner

Led by Brewmaster Kevin McHahon, 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.
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

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.

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. 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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.

Monday, March 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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Friday, March 20, 2015

7:30 pm

Localicious Tasting Event at UIC Forum

Meet chefs and sample dishes from area restaurants and craft beverage makers.
More information here.
University Village.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

10:00 am

Good Food Festival at UIC Forum

The Good Food Festival & Conference celebrates the local food community. The event features food and drink from local farmers and artisans. 
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Additional workshop and trade days range from $45-$220 in advance.
More info here.
University Village.

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

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

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.

September 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

10:00 am


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.