April 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6:00 am

The Goddess and Grocers Opening in Bucktown

The Goddess and Grocer opens their newest store in Bucktown.  The new location features 2 floors with a self-serve salad bar, fresh meats section, a large selection of local beers and small-batch wines, and an outdoor patio.
Bucktown.

12:00 pm

Forging a Sustainable Global Ecosystem

Tel Aviv University Professor, Yossi Rosenwaks, discusses his research on energy conversion technologies, and how everyone can get involved in changing the face of energy on our planet.  Lunch is provided.
Email Rick Kruger at rkruger@aftau.org to RSVP.
The Loop

5:00 pm

Dining Out for Life at Cucina Paradiso

Cucina Paradiso participates in 'Dining Out for Life'.  The evening is an HIV/AIDS fundraiser to benefit EdgeAlliance, an organization that assists its members in developing and operating quality housing and provides life enriching services to vulnerable individuals and families.
Call 708.848.3434 to make a reservation. Visit here for more information on EdgeAlliance.
Oak Park.

6:00 pm

Balvenie Whisky Dinner

South Branch Tavern Grill hosts a whisky dinner featuring whiskies from Balvenie Distillery.  Balvenie Ambassador, Jonathan Wingo shares his knowledge of whisky history and production while guests sample 4 whiskies alongside a 4-course dinner.
$50 per person. Call 312.546.6177 for reservations.
The Loop.

6:00 pm

Non-Traditional Beer Dinner at The Dawson

The Dawson hosts a beer dinner showcasing Brooklyn's Evil Twin Brewery.  Five food-pairing stations are arranged around the space including a cheese table, carving station, and raw bar.  Guests enjoy live music by DJ Genghiswon.
$60 per person, tax and gratuity included. Buy Tickets.
River West.

6:30 pm

Boulevard Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

Devon Seafood + Steak hosts a 4-course beer dinner featuring Boulevard Brewing Company.  The evening begins with a Pork Belly amuse-bouche with sweet potato espuma and cherry glaze accompanied by Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
$55 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 630.516.0180.
Oakbrook Terrace.

6:30 pm

Spring Mountain Wine Dinner

D.O.C. Wine Bar hosts a wine dinner featuring Spring Mountain Vineyard.  Guests enjoy a 5-course Napa-inspired menu created to pair with 5 Spring Mountain wines.
$75 per person. Seating is limited, call 630.627.6666 for reservations.
Lombard. 

8:00 pm

'American Whiskey Affair' at Untitled

Guests sample from more than 70 American whiskeys including Angel's Envy, Wild Turkey, Templeton Rye, Woodford Reserve and more at Untitled.  Many well known distillers are present to autograph purchased bottled and discuss history, production, and flavor profiles.  Guests are welcomed to stay for Unbridled, Untitled's weekly live show that begins at 11pm.
$100 per person.  50% discount with promo code: whiskeylove. Tickets here
Near North Side.

Friday, April 25, 2014

11:30 am

Luncheon with Author Marisa McClellan

Marisa McClellan, author of Preserving by the Pint and Food in Jars blog joins guests at Highwood Bocce Courts for a luncheon.  Guests taste Highwood's Italian fare, and have the opportunity to meet Marisa and get their copy of her book personally signed. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Ferrer Foundation.
$36 per person, includes book and lunch.  Tickets here
Highwood.

6:00 pm

Dogfish Head "A-Hop-Eclipse Now" Tap Takeover

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery serves 25 different beers on tap, including year-round styles, seasonals, and limited release beers. 
More information here
Evanston.

6:00 pm

A Charitable Confection

GrandBaby Cakes presents a trend-forward food event and charity fundraiser. It's a bake sale where guests enjoy live music, hors d'oeuvres, fine liquor, and desserts by Chicago's top bakeries and industry experts. A silent auction will take place and event proceeds benefit Project Oasis of The Lupe Fiasco Foundation's Project Orange Tree, which allows for the purchase of land in Chicago's most urban areas to transform them into community gardens in food deserts.

6:00 pm

Pinot Days are Back

Mainstreet Wines & Spirits invites 8 winemakers to discuss their passion while guests enjoy jazz music and light bites.
$10 for Barrel Club Members, $20 for Non-Barrel Club Members.  No reservations required. 
Countryside. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

12:00 pm

Sushi School with Chef Naoki at Shaw's Chicago

Shaw's Sushi Chef Naoki Nakashima leads an interactive Japanese sushi demonstration at Shaw's Chicago.  Students learn how to make an Acapulco Roll and Tuna Tartare.  Ticket price includes the demonstration, lunch, libations, and a take-away gift.  Another sushi class is offered on May 31, click here for more information.
$65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Shaw's at 312.527.2722.
Near North Side. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

1:00 pm

23rd Annual Blossoms of Hope Brunch

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago host the 23rd Annual Blossoms of Hope Brunch to support the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program (LOSS). Monica Pedersen of NBC'S American Dream Builders hosts the event.
Tickets are $60 per adult, $15 per child, or $600 for a table of ten. For more details visit here.
Oakbrook Terrace.

5:00 pm

Food Fight for Scleroderma

Three Chicago chefs, Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster, Boka), Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar, Top Chef Texas), and Tom Van Lente (TWO Restaurant) face-off in a friendly cooking competition to help raise money for the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.  Guests sip on beer and wine and taste the 3 chef creations.
General Admission $95, VIP $145. Tickets and information here.
Near North Side. 

5:30 pm

MacPhail Wine Dinner at Shaw's Crab House

Shaw's Crab House in Chicago presents a 4-course dinner paired with the California wines of MacPhail Winery.  Vineyard owner James MacPhail is on hand to discuss the evening's wines.
$90 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.527.2722.
 

7:00 pm

Salute to Women in Wine & Cheese

Guests and their mothers enjoy an array of wine and cheese at Provenance Food and Wine for Mother's Day. 
$35 per person. Pre-Registration is required. More information here.
Lincoln Square.

Monday, April 28, 2014

6:15 pm

Cocktail Class at Trellis

Head Mixologist at Trellis, Miranda Breedlove, instructs a class about the tools and spirits used to craft the perfect Mint Julep and 2 other cocktails.  Pairing charcuterie plates are provided during the class.
Classes at 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. $35 per person. Buy tickets here.
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

6:00 pm

Spring Give for Girls

Girls on the Run - Chicago, an organization that teaches young girls in the Chicagoland area about self-respect and healthy living, hosts an evening to celebrate their program, its supporters, and all the girls that participate at the Drake Hotel.  A 4-course dinner is served followed by a screening of the film Girls on the Run - Chicago: The Finish Line is Just the Beginning, a keynote speaker and an awards ceremony.
Tickets and more information here
Near North Side.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

5:00 pm

New Belgium Tap Takeover

T.G.I.Friday's serves 4 New Belgium beers on tap including the new Snapshot Wheat Ale and Lips of Faith Collection: Wild Dubbel.
Glenview.

6:00 pm

Lagunitas Beer Dinner at Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood highlights the California-based brewer Lagunitas during a beer dinner. Guests enjoy 4 American-inspired courses from Executive Chef Scott Walton paired with a selection from Lagunitas.
$49 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Call 312.262.5310 for reservations. 
Near North Side. 

6:30 pm

Koval Whiskey Dinner

Coppervine hosts a 4-course cocktail pairing dinner hosted by Dr. Sonat Birnecker of Koval Distillery.  Koval is the first distillery in Chicago since Prohibition; they make handcrafted organic and kosher whiskey, liqueurs, and brandy. 
$75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 
Lincoln Park. 

7:00 pm

Revolution Beer Dinner

Feast Restaurant hosts a private beer dinner with Revolution Brewery and guest Chef Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q.  An on-hand brewer discusses the pairing of southwest-inspired BBQ dishes with Revolution's brews.
$40 includes 5 beer samples and 4 courses. Tickets here
Wicker Park.

8:00 pm

Frontier's "So You Think You're a Foodie Dinner"

Frontier hosts their monthly "So You Think You're a Foodie" chef's table dinner.  Guests enjoy a mystery 5-course tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Brian Jupiter featuring Oysters and Wagyu Beef.  Specific menu items and course pairings remain secret until the evening begins. 
$65 per person, not including tax. Optional course pairings are available for an additional $25.  Buy tickets here
Noble Square.

May 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014

11:00 am

TL's "Cinco de Sushi" Mexican-Inspired Roll

TL's Four Seasons Chef/Owner, Shawn Li, creates a Cinco de Sushi roll that is available throughout the month of May.  The Cinco de Sushi roll is made with cilantro, avocado and cucumber topped with spicy yellowtail and thinly sliced jalapenos and served with spicy mayo.
Bartlett.

4:30 pm

Cinco de Mayo Tequila Tasting at Cactus Bar and Grill

Representatives from Tequila Don Julio offer tasting samples of Don Julio Anejo and the Paloma Suprema at Cactus Bar and Grill.  Featured cocktails for the day include: Paloma Suprema, Anejo Spicy margarita, and El Diablo.
$6 featured cocktails.
The Loop.

5:00 pm

Summer Kickoff Patio Party and BBQ

Guests enjoy live music, grilled barbeque fare and craft beer tastings from Revolution Brewing, Leinenkugel, and Corona at Rack House Kitchen and Tavern.  Guests purchase BBQ rib tips, Rackburgers, brats, and beer can chicken off the grill and enjoy the many drink specials including $7 CoronaRitas.  Rack House's full menu is also available. 
Full menu here
Arlington Heights. 

6:30 pm

Clos Du Val Wine Dinner at The Happ Inn

The Happ Inn hosts a Clos du Val wine dinner.  The event begins with a reception, followed by a seated dinner from Executive Chef Freddy Sanchez.  The menu features features lobster and hearts of palm salad, bacon wrapped scallops, herb marinated pork loin, filet mignon with porcini truffle potato cake, and more.
$75 per person, includes tax and gratuity. Email here or call 847.784.9200 for reservations.
Northfield.

7:00 pm

Eat, Drink, and be Maray - A Chilean Dining Experience

The Peasantry offers a 5-course wine dinner led by Felipe Olavarria, a Global Wine Ambassador from Maray Winery.  Attendees have the opportunity to purchase bottles of wine for half price after dinner. 
$39.95 per person.  Call 773.868.4888 and ask for Alexander to make a reservation.  
Lincoln Park.

Friday, May 02, 2014

10:00 am

Long Grove Chocolate Fest

Guests enjoy this weekend-long family-friendly event featuring chocolatey treats, live music, children's activities, food, and adult beverages including chocolate beers, wines and martinis.  Adults enjoy shopping and dining at local restaurants and shops, and children enjoy rock climbing, obstacle courses, pony rides and more. 
$5 per adult, kids 12 and under are free. Tickets and more information here
Long Grove.

11:00 am

Dos de Mayo

Sidebar hosts a Dos De Mayo Party featuring $3 Coronas and $15 Corona buckets along with other food specials.
The Loop.

7:00 pm

Pioneer Tavern Group Free Dos de Mayo Bar Crawl

Pioneer Tavern Group hosts a Dos de Mayo Dos Equis Trolley Crawl between Frontier, Lottie's Pub, and The Pony.  The trolly is free and pick-up begins at 7p.m.  Three trollys, stocked with Dos Equis beer, rotate between the bars every 30 minutes until 1 a.m. 
Each location features $5 tequila, Dos Equis specials and more. 
West Town.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

10:00 am

Kentucky Derby Brunch at Hutch

Hutch serves a Kentucky Derby Brunch menu,  featuring Fried Chicken and Waflles, Bone-in Ham and Eggs, Shrimp and Grits, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, and more.  Guests are encouraged to wear their Derby hats, with prizes for the best chapeaus.
$9-$12 for menu items listed above. 
Lakeview. 

11:00 am

Derby Day Crawfish Boil

Brownstone hosts a Derby Day Crawfish Boil featuring All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish along with drink specials including $5 KY Derby cocktails. 
More information here
Lincoln Square. 

11:00 am

Trellis Derby Watch Party

Trellis features Mint Julep and Derby cocktails as well as the Hot Brown Sandwich on Derby Day.  Guests can participate in the best and biggest hat competitions for prizes. 
E-Mail Susan to make a reservation.
Lincoln Park.

11:00 am

Brownstone's Derby Day Crawfish Boil

Brownstone hosts their 10th Annual Derby Day Crawfish Boil.  Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat crawfish, cornbread, gumbo, red beans, and rice.  Featured Derby drinks include: Mint Julep, Fresh & Fancy, Mionetto Prosecco Split, and Abita Turbo Dog. 
More information here
Lincoln Square. 

11:00 am

Cinco de Mayo Specials at Takito

Taktio Kitchen serves 2 speciality dishes created by Chef/Partner David Dworshak for Cinco de Mayo weekend.  The dishes, available May 3-5, include Lamb Barbacoa Cemita (Sesame roll, pickled asparagus, Oaxacan cheese, morita chiles, Urban Till cilantro) and Coctel de Mariscos (King Crab, shrimp, oysters and octopus, chile de Arbol sauce, avocado, lime cilantro with corn and masa crackers). 
Wicker Park.

11:00 am

Annual Kentucky Derby Pig Roast at The Pony

The Pony hosts its annual Derby Party, including a pig roast at 2 p.m., best dressed and best hat contest, country band, drink specials, and more.  The Kentucky Derby is broadcasted live on the many TVs at The Pony.
$12 for pig roast, $6 Woodford Reserve mint juleps, $5 Lexingotn Bourbon.  More information here
Lakeview. 

1:00 pm

Ranalli's Derby Day Pig Roast

Ranalli's hosts their first Derby Day Pig Roast.  Guests enjoy a pig roast buffet with pulled pork, cornbread muffins, coleslaw, baked beans and baked mac & cheese.  Derby themed drinks including Mint Julep, Bourbon Smash, and Half Acre Pony Pilsner are on special for $6.
Meal tickets are purchased at the door for $15. 
Lincoln Park.

2:00 pm

"Derby Jubilee" at Untitled

Guests dress in Derby attire to cheer on their favorite thoroughbred at Untitled.  Mint julep cocktails amde with Woodfire Reserve are served, along with complimentary appetizers including pork belly lollipops, grit cakes and fried chicken bites.  A Kentucky bluegrass band, Moonshine & Honeysuckle, performs an acoustic show. 
Complimentary.  RSVP here.
Near North Side. 

3:00 pm

Derby Day Soiree at III Forks

III Forks hosts a Derby Day party on their rooftop lounge.  Chef Billy Caruso features Kentucky Derby-themed specials such as: Rolled Oysters with Smoked Remoulade; Mini Hot Browns, Slow Roasted Whole Pig and more.  Drink specials include $4 Maker's Mark Mint Juleps and $4 Maker's Mark Derby's.  Guests can compete in the women's "Best Derby Hat" or men's "Best Shoes" contest for the chance to win a $100 III Forks gift card.
Call 312.938.4309 for group reservations. 
The Loop.

6:00 pm

Centennial Celebration

The College of Nursing at Resurrection University is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Weekend events include special appearances by NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, and Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman. The public is invited to attend the special celebration dinner.
Tickets are $90 per person. For more information click here.
Rosemont.

7:00 pm

Kosta Brownie Wine Dinner

Chicago Cut Executive Chef, Steve Coppolillo, serves a 5-course dinner paired with 5 wines from Kosta Brownie Winery. 
$350 per person.  RSVP to Teri here.  Space is limited. 
Near North Side.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

7:00 pm

Cocktails, Spirits... and Cheese!

Guests enjoy cheeses and hard liquour paired together by Provenance cheesemonger Nicole Benhamin and Jesse Bolt of Legacy Spirits.
$35 per person.  Participants receive 15% off any purchases made that evening. Buy Tickets. 
Logan Square. 

Monday, May 05, 2014

11:00 am

Cinco de Mayo at Taco Nano

Taco Nana offers their signature margaritas, made with Partida tequila, agave nectar, and fresh squeezed lime juice for $5 on Cinco de Mayo.  Chef Freddy Sanchez's full menu is available.
Full menu here.
Northfield.

11:00 am

Cinco de Mayo at O'Donovan's Pub and Restaurant

Guests celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican-themed food and drink specials at O'Donovan's Pub. Food and drink specials are available May 1-5 and include Pozole soup, Taco Salad, Carne Asada, Mexican Flan, Milagro shots, margaritas and more.  
North Center.

11:30 am

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring live music from the band Orquesta Suave, and dance performances from the Dance Academy of Salsa.  Two Cinco de Mayo-inspired cocktails, the "Cinco Mas 'Rita" and "Pop-a-Rita", are served for $11.50 and $12.50 respectively. 
River North.

4:00 pm

Cinco de Mayo at Taco Joint Urban Taqueria

Taco Joint celebrates Cinco de Mayo with drink specials, live music, and regional Mexican street fare at both locations from Friday, May 2 to Monday, May 5.  Herradura tequila cocktails, along with cans of Modelo Especial paired with a shot of Herradura tequila blanco are on special.
$5 drink specials. 
River North and Lincoln Park.

7:00 pm

Cocktails and Canvas at Trellis

With instruction from artist Meg Frazier, guests create canvas paintings while sipping wine and spirits, and enjoy a pairing charcuterie plate at Trellis.
$35 per person. Tickets here
Lincoln Park.

7:00 pm

"Con Amigos at the Bar" Tequila Dinner

The Drawing Room hosts a "Con Amigos at the Bar" tequila dinner.  Executive Chef Tommy Sheean creates a 4-course menu to pair with 4 customized cocktails made with El Tesoro Aniversario.
$85 per person.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.266.2694. Space is limited.
Near North Side.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

5:00 pm

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers receive buy 1 get 1 appetizers and $5 glasses of wine all night at Crossing.  From Monday, May 5th to Friday, May 9th teachers present their teacher's ID to receive 20% off their final tab.
More information here
Lincoln Park. 

7:00 pm

Cocktails + Cuisine Dinner at Hubbard Inn

Guests enjoy a 4-course dinner created by Executive Chef Bob Zrenner paired with Italian wines and beer.   The menu includes a course of Peroni Italian Beer and Rigatoni Amatriciana and Linguine with White Clam Sauce.
$42.50 per person, including tax.  E-Mail or Call Patricia at 312.560.9211 to secure a spot before May 5th.
River North.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

6:00 pm

Tequila and Spirits Festival

Attendees sample over 45 different local and national beverage brands and their new summer recipies at La Luce's outdoor event also featuring local fare, live music, and a fashion show.
$15-$20 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.
Near West Side. 

7:00 pm

Revolution Beer Dinner

Benchmark Tavern and Revolution Brewery team up for a 4-course beer dinner including a course of Bluefin Tuna paired with Anti Hero Beer.  A portion of each ticket sold goes to the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research.
$45 per person.  Tickets here
Near North Side.

7:00 pm

Legaris Wine Maker's Dinner

Nightwood teams up with Legaris' head winemaker, Jorge Bombin, for a 4-course dinner featuring his wines from the Spanish regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda.
$85 per person. Tickets here.
Lower West Side. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

11:00 am

Mother's Day Truffle-Making Party

Katherine Anne Confections hosts a Mother's Day truffle-making party.  Katherine Duncan, founder and confectionista, teaches the art of making truffles.  Mimosas, scones, and tea sandwiches are provided.
$65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made here
Logan Square.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

9:30 am

Mother's Day Brunch at The Chicago Firehouse

The Chicago Firehouse holds an all-day affair on Mother's Day.  A brunch buffet is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menus include an omelet station, pasta station, carving table, salads, seafood platters, sweets and more. Mothers are treated to a complimentary flute of champagne.
$49 for adults, $17 for children ages 5-12, kids 4 and under are free.  Tax and gratuity are not included. Call 312.786.1401 for reservations.
Near Southside. 

10:00 am

Mother's Day at The Happ Inn

A Mother's Day brunch buffet is served at The Happ Inn.  The buffet features appetizers, salads, and desserts, along with a choice of entree (eggs benedict, steak and eggs, omelettes, french toast, burgers, fried chicken, or whitefish picatta).   A la carte brunch cocktails are offered, including $5 mimosas and $5 bloody marys.
$32.95 per adult, $14.95 for kids ages 6-12, and $8.95 for kids age 5 and under.  Call 847.784.9200 for reservations. 
Northfield. 

10:00 am

Mother's Day Brunch at Park Grill

For Mother's Day, Park Grill offers an array of brunch specials in addition to their regular menu, including made-to-order omelettes, strawberry cheesecake pancakes, and chocolate chip almond waffles.  A cocktail menu is also available.  All mom's are entered to win a "Staycation" package. 
Call 312.521.7275 for reservations.
The Loop.

10:00 am

Mother's Day Dining at Quince

Quince hosts a family-friendly brunch on Mother's Day.  Executive Chef Andy Motto creates a 3-course menu for adults, and a 2-course menu for children 12 and under. 
$40 for adults, $15 for children.  Call 847.570.8419 for reservations.
Evanston.

11:00 am

Mother's Day at Devon Seafood + Steak

Devon Seafood + Steak serves a 3-course prix fixe menu on Mother's Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Menu options include Seared Georges Bank Sea Scallops, 14 oz. Compart Family Farms Bone-In Duroc Pork Chop, Center Cut 6 oz. Filet Mignon, Joyce Farms Mesquite Grilled Chicken and more. Devon's regular dinner menu is also available.
$39 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call 630.516.0180 for reservations. 
Oakbrook Terrace. 

11:00 am

Mother's Day Dining at III Forks

III Forks Prime Steakhouse offers a 3-course prix fixe menu including a choice of salad, entree and dessert for Mother's Day.
$46.95 per adult, $16.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by calling 312.938.4303. 
The Loop.

11:00 am

Mother's Day Big Band Brunch at Untitled

Untitled Supper Club hosts a brunch event for Mother's Day.   Families enjoy the "Farm to Table" sharing menu by Executive Chef Joseph Heppe that highlights meats and fresh fruits and vegetables from Slagel and Genesis Farms.  A 1940s Chicago-based swing band, John Burnett Orchestra, plays live.
$40 per adult and $20 per child 12 and younger (not including tax and gratuity).  Reservations are required by calling 312.880.1511.
Near North Side. 

11:00 am

Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Kit Kat hosts their annual Momma Mia! themed brunch featuring performances to ABBA by Diva Madam X and a 4-course menu.  Five lucky guests win a pair of tickets to see Mammia Mia! at Chicago's Cadillc Palace Theater.
$34.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Lakeview.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

6:00 pm

A Taste for the Arts

Guests enjoy a performance by the young artists of the Chicago Academy for the Arts at the Harris Theater, followed by a gala evening on the Millennium Terrace with a tasting menu created by 10 of Chicago's top chefs.  Funds raised support the Academy's Emerging Artists Scholarship Fund.
$30 - $75 per person. Visit here or E-Mail for more information.
The Loop.

6:30 pm

Trellis Kuleto Wine Dinner

Trellis partners with Kuleto and Foley Family Wines for a 4-course dinner paired with select wines.  The menu includes an open faced duck slider with strawberry balsamic chutney, and beet chips, paired with the Kuleto Estate Syrah 2009.
$70 per person. Tickets here.
Lincoln Park.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

6:00 pm

Sangria Wine Dinner with Lynfred Winery at the Melting Pot

Lynfred Winery hosts a Sangria-themed wine dinner at the Melting Pot Schaumburg.  A prix fixe pairing menu is served featuring Cranberry Walnut Cheddar fondue, Kiwi Lime Shrimp and more. 
$39.99 per person.  Call 847.843.8970 for reservations.
Schaumburg.

7:00 pm

2nd Annual Chef's Playground to Benefit the Academy for Global Citizenship

Chef Tony Mantuano and Bon Appetit Management Company bring together some of Chicago's top chefs to participate in the 2nd Annual Chefs Playground at Terzo Piano.  Guests enjoy tastings of school-time/childhood favorite dishes from the participating chefs.  The event benefits The Academy for Global Citizenship.
General Admission, $225. VIP, $350. Buy Tickets.
 

7:30 pm

Kulturkueche - Rahmschnitzel

Students learn to make Rahmschnitzel at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center.  Chef Carol Himmel of Himmel's leads the class.
$16 per person includes demonstration, recipe, one drink and tasting. Tickets here.
Lincoln Square.

Friday, May 16, 2014

5:30 pm

Passport to Chicago

The inaugural Passport to Chicago at Kendall College highlights the culture and cuisine's of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.  Guests enjoy tasting representing different Chicago neighborhoods prepared by Kendall College Competition Club members.  Local beers, regional wines and hometown spirits are available for purchase.
$90 per person through May 2, $100 per person thereafter.  Tickets here
Goose Island.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am

Pig Fest Saturday at Smoke Daddy

The Smoke Daddy celebrates 20 years in business by hosting a 3-day long birthday party May 15-17.  The final celebration is a Pig Fest all-day on Saturday.  The inside and outside event features live bands, raffles & contests, drink specials, and pork sandwiches right off the spit.
More information here
Wicker Park.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

10:30 am

'Restaurants Rock' Hosted by Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is the hosts of the 2014 National Restaurant Association Resaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at McCormick Place.  Zimmern displays his culinary talents at the NRA Show during a demonstration in the World Culinary Showcase stage and signs copies of his books afterwards 
$50 per person. Tickets and more information here.  NRA Show May 17-20.  IWSB  May 18-19.
The Loop.

3:00 pm

Chicago Food Swap

Home cooks and gardeners trade their homemade and homegrown edible goods at Green Home Experts.  Popular food swap items include jams, pickles, salsa, baked goods, granola, spice mixes, homegrown vegetables, or herbs.  The theme of this month's swap is vegan; swappers are encouraged (but not required) to bring vegan items to swap.
$5 per person. Register here
Oak Park. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

7:00 pm

Chef's Collaborative Trash Fish Dinner

Chef/Owner of Big Jones, Paul Fehribach, teams up with 5 chefs to present the 2nd Annual Trash Fish Dinner to support Chefs Collaborative.  The family-style dinner features 7-courses with an assortment of fish species that are often discarded by fisherman such as dogfish, smelt, bluefish, triple tail and triggerfish.
$125 per person. Call 617.236.5200 or click here to purchase tickets.
Andersonville.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

11:30 am

Lunch and Learn with Gale Gand

Gale Gand, Chicago-based pastry chef, restautateur, and television personality, releases her new book Gale Gand's Lunch! at The Standard Club.  The reception and book signing begins at 11 a.m., with a luncheon program directly following at noon.
$35 per person. Tickets here
The Loop.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

5:00 pm

Roscoe Village Wine Stroll

Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce hosts a Wine Stroll through 20 boutiques and shops in the area.   A free trolly transports guests to the locations, where they taste a variety of red and white wines paired with hors d'oeuvres.  Check-in begins at 5PM, wine crawl begins at 6PM.
$45 per person in advance, $60 at the door.  Tickets and more information here.
Roscoe Village.

June 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

6:00 pm

Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams

Guests enjoy 2 glasses of champagne, a Collins caviar tasting, and appetizers from Angelina's Ristorante at Board Room Chicago. 
$20-$25 in advance, or $35 at the door. Tickets here
River North.

Friday, June 06, 2014

2:30 pm

Ribfest Chicago XVI

Ribfest Chicago is back for its sixteenth year.  Highlights of the weekend-long event include: a celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award, amateur rib-eating competition and “RibMania,” a professional rib-eating competition featuring several Top Ten ranked eaters.  
$5 Donation requested. Friday, 6/6, 5 pm to 10 pm.  Saturday, 6/7, Noon to 10 pm. Sunday, 6/8, Noon to 10 pm. More information here.
North Center. 

Monday, June 09, 2014

6:00 pm

Great Chefs Tasting Party

More than 40 of Chicago's chefs gather at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers to create sample portions of their signature dishes.  Guests enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffle and live musical entertainment.  All proceeds benefit the children and adults served by UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago.
$125 general admission, $175 reserved seating.  Register here.
Near North Side.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

6:00 pm

Big Jones and Julian Van Winkle at the Piggy Bank Dinner

Chef/Owner of Big Jones, Paul Fehribach hosts a Piggy Bank dinner benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.  The evening begins with a reception, followed by a 5-course dinner showcasing recipes and inspiration from Lettice Bryan's The Kentucky Housewife and The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, and paired with 5 whiskeys from Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace distilleries.
$150 per person, includes whiskey pairings, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 773.275.5725.
Andersonville.

Friday, June 13, 2014

12:00 pm

Taste of Randolph Street

This year's Taste of Randolph Street features live music from Kaiser Chiefs, Minus the Bear, Delta Spirit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more.  Local restaurants and artisan art and craft vendors line the streets.  The 3-day event benefits the West Loop Community Organization.
June 13-15.  More information here.
West Loop.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

12:00 pm

6 Corners BBQ Fest 2014

6 Corners BBQ fest features a weekend of local restaurants serving ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and more.  Events include professional wrestling, a pop-up street theater, an amateur cook-off and inflatables for kids. 
$5 suggested donation. Open Saturday, 6/14, from 12 - 10 p.m. Sunday, 6/15, from 12 - 8 p.m.
Portage Park.