September 2015

Saturday, September 05, 2015

7:30 am

International Bacon Day at Hash House a Go Go

Hash House a Go Go celebrates International Bacon Day. The restaurant features large portion, bacon-centric dishes including the Hardwood Smoked Bacon Farm Scramble and the Bacon Waffle, a massive Belgian waffle with two stripes of bacon layered inside.
More info here.
Gold Coast. 

10:00 am

Weekend Wellness Retreat

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Recharge with a natural food and farm immersion at Angelic Organics Farm. Guests can harvest organic produce, practice yoga and meditation, and take relaxing hikes through the beautiful countryside. Guests also receive an experiential introduction to the farm ecosystem, prepare healthy meals using fresh produce and other local ingredients, and learn about topics such as superfoods and eating for energy.
$200/person.
More info here
Caledonia. 

11:00 am

Labor Day Weekend Brunch at High Noon Saloon

The Tex-Mex saloon offers an optional brunch meal package, which includes choice of entrée with signature sangria and mimosas until 2PM for the entire holiday weekend.
$25/person.
More info here.
Wicker Park. 

11:00 am

National Cheese Pizza Day at Connie's

Connie’s Pizza celebrates National Cheese Pizza Day with “The Cheesiest”, a specialty pizza topped with one whole pound of cheese (a blend of provolone, mozzarella, parmesan, and gorgonzola). In addition, Connie's offers 25% off any cheese pizza.
More info here.
Near North. 
 

6:00 pm

Chicago's Best Summer WingFest

For the past sixteen years, Chicago’s Best WingFest, has been held annually indoors every February. Chicago’s Best Summer WingFest features double the wing-slinging restaurants, live music, carnival games, a vendor market, craft beer and a full bar, all the for the same price as the original winter WingFest.
$40-100/person.
More info here.
West Town.

Monday, September 07, 2015

11:00 am

Labor Day at the Division Ale House

The Division Ale House celbrates Labor Day with all day-deals such as $5 hand-breaded chicken tenders with fries and drink specials.  
More info here
Wicker Park. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

6:00 pm

Wine Ed: The Nose Knows

Lynfred sommelier Gregory Hayes gives tips on the art of smelling wine in this educational seminar. The class includes a selection of aromatic wines paired with cheese.
$40/person.
More info here.
Roselle. 
 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

5:00 pm

Second Annual "Masters of Mac" Cook Off

Guests are invited to try a sample platter of 4 servings of Mac and Cheese, from Old Town Pour House, Fat Pour, Old Town Social, and Old Crow, and vote for the official Mac Master at the end. Each portion will be paired with the chef’s choice of craft beer from the 90 available drafts at the restaurant. After savoring comfort food and paired sips, guests vote for their favorite.
$16/Person (Mac flight only).
$32/Person (Mac flight w/beer pairings).
More info here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

6:00 pm

Dinner & Demo with The Bristol's Sean Pharr

Chef Sean Pharr prepares 4 courses consisting of Butefarra with white beans & wilted greens; Marinated heirloom tomatoes and ricotta; mushy zucchini; and Porchetta di testa with stone fruits and rocket.  The event incorporates multiple demonstrations throughout the meal.
$55/person including wine.
More information here.
Lincoln Park.

6:00 pm

Ice Cream (and Beer) Social

The Charleston hosts an ice cream social with premium craft beer floats, classic root beer floats, and boozed-up sundaes. All proceeds benefit SitStayRead, a nonprofit that brings dogs into low-income Chicago Public Schools to help struggling young readers develop critical early literacy skills.
$10-25/person.
More info here.
Bucktown. 

6:30 pm

Cooking Up a Cure for Scleroderma

 Cooking Up a Cure is a fundraising event combining Chicago chefs, breweries, wineries and distilleries to raise money for the Scleroderma Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter, which provides support, education and research to scleroderma patients and their families. This event has a DJ, silent auction, and in addition to the normal chef stations, chefs are serving BBQ out in the courtyard.
$105- $185/ Person.
More info here.
River West.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

11:00 am

BBQ Platter at Mr. B's

Mr. B's BBQ will offer its special "Competition Platter" for just $19.99. This platter includes 1/4 slab ribs, pulled chicken, brisket, pulled pork, coleslaw, plus choice of any 2 Mr. B's homemade sides.
More info here.
North Center.

11:00 am

Hofbrauhaus Celebrates Oktoberfest

This 51-day celebration includes authentic Bavarian entertainment, celebrity keg tapping ceremonies, freshly brewed "Oktoberfestbier" and more. Hofbrauhaus Chicago is teaming up with the famous brothers of Walter E. Smithe Furniture and Design to kick off the bash. The brothers are filming a special Oktoberfest-themed TV commercial at the "haus," with special surprises planned throughout the evening.
More info here.

3:00 pm

Shaw's Oyster Fest

Shaw's Crab House presents the 27th Annual Oyster Fest. This year’s Oyster Fest menu is curated by Shaw’s Crab House and the team behind Windy City Smokeout. This event also features ice cold beer, wine, and live music. Restaurants also participating include: The Publican (Chicago, IL), Harbor House (Milwaukee, WI), Luke’s Lobster (New York, NY), Hog Island (San Francisco, CA), and more!
$30/person.
More info here.
Near North Side.

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3:00 pm

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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.
Geneva.

4:00 pm

Bubbles & Brine at Oyster Fest

Oyster Fest, presented by Shaw's Crab House, is partnering with SAVEUR Magazine and Moet & Chandon Champagne to host Bubbles & Brine, a VIP experience showcasing all-you-can-eat boutique oysters and champagne. The event is co-hosted by SAVEUR editor-in-chief, Adam Sachs and Chef/ Partner Doug Psaltis.
$25/person.
More info here.
Near North.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

9:00 am

Mod Mex & Mod Mix: The New Face of Mexican Food in Chicago

Chef Rick Bayless hosts four special guest chefs to explore contemporary Mexican cuisine. At this friendly face-off, each chef defends their vision of Mexican cooking while guests have food, beverages, cooking demonstrations, tastings of tequila, wines and more.
$95/ Person.
More info here.
Goose Island.
 
 

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11:00 am

Hands-On Cooking Class: Modern Southern

  It’s not all fried food and overcooked vegetables! Guests can enjoy some updates on Southern classics in this hands-on class: Vegetarian Artichoke Hearts & Succotash over Smoked Cheddar Grits, Pan Seared Pecan Trout, Heirloom Tomato Pie finished with Mint Julep Crème Brulee.
$80/ Person.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.
 

 

 

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12:00 pm

BBQ Beer Fest Chicago

The Sydney Marovitz Golf Course hosts a BBQ Beer Fest. Guests can enjoy over 60 beers, crafts & ciders and several BBQ pairings from local Chicago Restaurants.
General Admission: $13.50/ Person (Plus $2.20 Fee).
VIP Admission: $18/ Person (Plus $2.58 Fee).
More info here.
Lakeview.

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5:00 pm

Andersonville City Made Fest 2015

 The Andersonville Development Corporation presents the 3rd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, the only all-local street festival that highlights Chicago-made beer, music and products in the historic Andersonville neighborhood. Guests can enjoy craft beer from local breweries, live entertainment from local talent, artwork, a local marketplace, and a variety of food from Chicago restaurants. 
$5/ Suggested Donation.
More info here.
Andersonville.

5:30 pm

Farm to Table Dinner at Erin's Farm

Erin's Farm hosts their first "Farm to Table Dinner" with Chef Ronak Patel. This event is BYOB, but guests can find wine & mead available for purchase. Guests can also enjoy tours of the animal barns, a hay rack ride, and a bonfire under the stars. 
Make reservations here or call 773.575.4990.
$85/ Person.
More info here.
Monee.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

11:00 am

Honey Butter Fried Chicken Turns Two

Honey Butter Fried Chicken celebrates their second birthday with $2 pimento mac and cheese and $2 draft beers.
More info here.
Avondale.

11:30 am

Cantina Laredo Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Cantina Laredo celebrates four successful years in Chicago's River North neighborhood. In honor, the restaurant will feature $4 Casarita cocktails. 
More info here.
River North.  

2:00 pm

Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast

Slow Food Chicago's Farm Roast brings together the region's best chefs, farmers, brewers, and bartenders for an afternoon of incredible food, drink, and education. Chefs from Nico Osteria, Butcher & Larder, Vie, Bang Bang Pie Shop, and more cook up duck, rabbit, lamb, and pork with ingredients from the Slow Food Ark of Taste — a living catalog of 1000+ distinctive foods facing extinction worldwide.
$63-115/person.
More info here.
Noble Square. 

5:30 pm

Pierogi Love

This Chicago Gourmets fine dining event starts out with infused vodka tasting, followed by fine dine at LOKal, and guests top the evening off by meeting author of book "Pierogi Love" Casey Barber.
$69/ Person.
More info here.

Lincoln Park.

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6:00 pm

Mod Mex & Mod Mix: The Meal

The Mod Mex & Mod Mix series continues with a seated dinner at Topolobampo. This evening features a five-course dinner hosted by Chef Bayless along with dishes from chefs Javier Plascencia, José Ramón Castillo, Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, and cocktail pairings by Mixologists Eryn Reece, Erick Rodríguez and Jay Schroeder.
$195/person.
More info here.
Near North.

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7:00 pm

Taste Tour

The best of Chicago's suburbs is hosting the 3nd Annual Taste Tour. Guests explore tastings from local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Events include premium auctions, raffle, music and more.
More info here.
Riverwoods.

Monday, September 14, 2015

5:30 pm

The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano

Host of The Dinner Party, Elysabeth Alfano invites three celebrities and a known chef to dinner. Chef Michael Taus cooks for Co-Founder of Kickstarter, Charles Adler, Rolling Stones Photographer Carinthia West and pop artist Hebru Brantley. Special Performance by Barrel of Monkeys and Typhanie Monique.
$65/Person (Pre-dinner tasting).
More info here.
$55/Person (Show).

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

11:00 am

National Guacamole Day at Tallboy Taco and Nacional 27

Tallboy Taco and Nacional 27 offer dining guests a complimentary order of guacamole and chips with $25 purchase at Tallboy Taco (one per person) or $50 purchase at Nacional 27 (one per table). Guests are welcome to enjoy $5 glasses of wine from 5-7 p.m. at Tallboy Taco and $5 glasses of wine from 5:30-7 p.m. at Nacional 27, followed by complimentary salsa dancing lessons starting at 7:30pm.
Minimum purchase $25 (Tallboy Taco)
Minimum purchase $50 (Nacional 27)
More info here.
River North.

7:00 pm

Harvest Dinner at Fountainhead

 Fountainhead hosts a Harvest Dinner, a four-course dinner celebrating fall harvest, on the rooftop garden paired with some of Chef Cleetus's collaborative libations.
$87.50/ Person.
More info here.
Ravenswood.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

4:00 pm

Oyster Fest at Tribes

Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company hosts its 3rd Annual Oyster Fest on the patio of its Tinley Park location. Throughout this three day event, a raw bar is set up at the front of the restaurant and guests can choose their oysters and have their order zip-lined to be shucked on the spot by the Tribes crew. In addition to oysters, raw clams, stone crab and gigantic shrimp, Seafood chowder, baked oyster bruschetta and drunken black mussels are also on the Tribes menu for this event.
More info here.
Tinley Park.

6:00 pm

Culinary Fight Club - Bougie Burger

 Whirly Ball hosts the September Culinary Fight Club where 3 chefs compete to make the best dish. This months event is called Bougie Burger. The chefs have 30 seconds to get their pantry items from a table in the middle of the room before they can start cooking for the audience. The audience gets to watch this exciting culinary event while enjoying beer & wine with passed appetizers. Proceeds go to the Fight2Feed Charity.     
$30-$40/ Person.
More info here.
Bucktown.

 

6:30 pm

Winemaker Dinner: Fall In Love With Lynfred

Lynfred winery chefs prepare a 5-course, autumn-inspired menu and winemakers Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez hand-pick some of their favorite wines for the evening. 
$125/person.
More info here
Roselle. 

6:30 pm

Taste of Lettuce Schaumburg

Wildfire, Big Bowl, Shaw's, and Tokio Pub present the Taste of Lettuce Schaumburg! Dine on a four-course menu, each paired with a refreshing cocktail or wine pairing to complement.
$65/Person (plus tax + tip)
More information here.
Schaumburg.

 

Friday, September 18, 2015

11:00 am

Cheeseburger Day at M Burger

M Burger celebrates the almighty cheeseburger on National Cheeseburger Day by sharing the spotlight with its classic companion, french fries. All M Burger locations offer one free order of sea salt tossed french fries with the purchase of a cheeseburger.
More info here.
Streeterville.

6:00 pm

9th Annual Festiv-Ale

Festiv-Ale brings together beer enthusiasts to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from the Midwest's finest brewers. The event also features a silent auction, bucket raffle., the Tower of Beer raffle, and music.
$65/person.
More info here
The Loop.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

9:00 am

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.
 

10:00 am

Kicking Ash BBQ 106: It's All About the Smoke

Real Urban Barbecue’s Kicking Ash Summer Grilling Series teaches guests the art of preparing, grilling and serving a variety of products using techniques that they can implement at home. Each Kicking Ash participant is provided with their own grill, knife, cutting board and seasonings to prepare a variety of dishes featuring beef, poultry, seafood, seasonal vegetables, and more based on their selected course.
$65/ Person.
More info here.
Highland Park.

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11:00 am

Glenview Haus’ 4th Annual Oktoberfest Party

Glenview House hosts an authentic all-day Oktoberfest celebration inspired by the world’s most popular German event. The 4th annual festival will feature authentic grub, grog, and live German music.
More info here.
Glenview.

12:00 pm

Lakeview Taco Fest

Fourteen local restaurants serve up both traditional and exotically stuffed tortillas at this 3rd annual food and music happening in the Southport Corridor.
More info here.
Lake View. 

12:00 pm

Cary Main Street Fest

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce announces the 2nd annual Cary Main Street Fest. The outdoor fall festival features craft beer selections, local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, dynamic live entertainment and a children’s area to celebrate all that Cary has to offer. Cary Main Street Fest proceeds benefit local school groups an nonprofits, in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.
 
$5/ Person (Suggested Donation).
 

4:00 pm

Independence Park BEER Fest

Independence Park hosts a Beer Fest where guests can enjoy over 15 local craft beers, unique food trucks, and live music. Proceeds help to support the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association. 
$40/ Person (Advance Tickets).
$50/ Person (At Door).
More info here.
Irving Park.

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7:00 pm

Tequila Dinner at Cantina Laredo

 Cantina Laredo hosts a Casa Noble tequila dinner. This event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a four course meal. Chef Hector Rivera's menu features Chicharrón de Queso Chalupa to start, followed by Watermelon Salad, choice of entree (Filet Tampiqueño with crimini mushroom sauce; Halibut with artichokes and grape tomatoes) and Coconut Pecan ice cream to finish.
$50/ Person (Plus Tax + Tip).
More info here.
For reservations call 312-955-0014.
River North.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

6:00 pm

El Che Bar Preview Dinner

Chef John Manion, owner at Latin-local restaurant La Sirena Clandestina and the forthcoming El Che Bar announces a special El Che Bar Preview Dinner. This event features a four-course dinner where personal memories and experiences in travel are put in the framework of food.
$100/ Person.
More info here.
West Loop.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

6:00 pm

Farmers Market Dinner at Summer House

Executive Chef Ben Goodnick serves up a family-style feast including a mixed grill of house made sausages with Cameron Farms pork, NorthStar Wisconsin bison, and Catalpa Grove lamb. Guests can enjoy fresh salads and sides utilizing the season's best produce from local farms, along with an assortment of Midwest cheeses on the back patio at Stella Barra. Select beer and wine included. 
$65/ Person (Plus Tax + Tip).
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

4:00 pm

Drink Local with Illinois Brews

Tribes Alehouse & Beer Company hosts a tap takeover. The evening will focus on only Illinois breweries, featuring brews from Tribes Beer Company, Solemn Oath, Revolution, Goose Island, Hailstorm, BuckleDown, Destihl,  Pollyanna, Pipeworks, Small Town, Lagunitas, and more.
More info here.
Mokena.

Friday, September 25, 2015

1:00 pm

Lunch with Emeril

Emeril Lagasse previews his new cookbook, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen dedicated to his dear friend, Charlie Trotter, at a special intimate lunch in Chicago with honorary Co-Chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The event includes a 4-course lunch featuring recipes from the new book, and Emeril entertains guests withstories of Charlie and how the two grew up together in the culinary world. Proceeds go to Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation.
$175/ Person (General).
$250/ Person (VIP).

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6:00 pm

Hamburger Hop

Bon Appetit Magazine and Chicago Gourmet present the Hamburger Hop. This 21 and older event features 15 of the area's top chefs in the ultimate burger showdown.  Guests can enjoy tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city's Best Burger award, while guests crown the People's Choice. 
$125/ Person (Plus Tax+Fee).
More info here.
Millennium Park. 
 

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6:00 pm

Annual "Uncorked" Series at Oak Park Conservatory

The Oak Park Conservatory kicks off of its annual “Uncorked” event series featuring local artists, musicians, small bites and beer & wine from Oak Park restaurants and sponsors. Uncorked events take place the fourth Friday of the month from June through September at the Oak Park Conservatory.
$15/ Person.
More info here.
Oak Park.

9:00 pm

Late Night Gourmet

Bon Appetit Magazine and Chicago Gourmet presents the Late Night Gourmet, the official Hamburger Hop after-party. This 21 and older event features cocktails, late-night bites, music and dancing. 
$50/ Person (Plus Tax+Fee).
More info here.
River North.

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10:00 pm

Late Night Asian Speakeasy hosted by Abe Conlon of Fat Rice

Fat Rice's Abe Conlon teams up with Cochon 555 to host a late night Asian speakeasy complete with dinner, drinks, fun and libations. 
$130.55/Person
More info and tickets here.
Logan Square.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

10:00 am

Hot Dog! It's Hot Doug!

Doug Sohn, proprietor of the late Hot Doug's, talks about how he ended up in the hot dog business, the curious and unforeseen events that occurred in his 14 years of owning Hot Doug's, and what went through his mind when he decided to close a wildly successful restaurant.
More Info here.
$5/person.
$3/student.
Kendall College.

12:00 pm

Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is a two day event that celebrates food and wine. Activities include celebrity chef demos, wine and cocktail seminars, and tastings food, wine, spirits, and beer. This event features more than 150 of the finest restaurants and chefs, hundreds of wineries, spirit makers and breweries. 
$170- $200/ Person.
More info here.
Millennium Park.

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6:00 pm

Guest Chef Dinner Series at Mexique

Mexique Chef Carlos Gaytan hosts special guest Chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City for a two-day culinary event with multi-­course meals showcasing modern Mexican cuisine. 
$100/ Person.
For reservations call 312.850.0288.
More info here.
Noble Square.
 

8:00 pm

Surge's 6th Annual Fall Event: MOMENTUM

MOMENTUM is an evening of entertainment set among dazzling luxury cars at Chicago's Bentley Gold Coast Gallery. Proceeds from this event benefit Surge. This event features wine, craft beers, cocktails, hor d’oeurves, a silent auction, glam station, photo booth, and more.
VIP - $85*/ $95/ Person.
Regular - $65*/ $85/ Person.
More info here.
Gold Coast.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

8:00 am

Rise and Shine Gourmet

For the first time in its eight-year history, Chicago Gourmet introduces a morning of wellness, family, and food with the addition of Rise & Shine Gourmet. Attendees participate in a sunrise yoga class, enjoy a guided family fun run/walk, and sample tastings from Chicago’s famed brunch locales.
$55/adults; $15/children 12 and under.
More info here.
 

Monday, September 28, 2015

5:00 pm

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.

6:30 pm

Taste of Lettuce Oak Brook

Wildfire, Antico Posto, Mon Ami Gabi, and Reel Club present the 3rd Annual Taste of Lettuce Oak Brook! Dine on a four-course menu, each paired with a refreshing cocktail or wine pairing to complement.
$65/Person (plus tax + tip)
More information here.
Oak Brook.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

6:30 pm

Taste of Lettuce River North

 
Wildfire, Big Bowl, Shaw's, and Beatrix present the 2nd Annual Taste of Lettuce River North! Dine on a four-course menu, each paired with a refreshing cocktail or wine pairing.
$65/Person (plus tax + tip)
More information here.
River North.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

6:30 pm

Taste of Lettuce Lincolnshire

Wildfire, Big Bowl and Saranello’s present the 3rd Annual Taste of Lettuce Lincolnshire!  Dine on a four-course menu, each paired with a refreshing cocktail or wine pairing to complement. 
$65/Person (plus tax + tip)
More information here.
Lincolnshire.

October 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015

7:00 pm

Chicago Wine Opener

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Greater Illinois Chapter hosts the 12th annual Chicago Wine Opener. The event will include an incredible selection of wines from across the country and around the world, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, and an incredible wine raffle with a chance to win a bottle of wine valued at $150 or more.
$85-175/person.
More info here.
West Loop Gate.

7:00 pm

A (Mostly) Veggie Affair

Green City Market hosts an event featuring local chefs' all-vegetable dishes made with Green City Market vendor produce. Complementing the array of delicious vegetarian fare, Green City Market Board Junior Board member chefs, Jared Batson (The Nomad Food Company), Scott Manley (Table, Donkey & Stick), and David Ochs (Maple & Ash) will prepare dishes made from three whole animals so guests can “Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast!”
$55-75/person.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

10:00 am

Kicking Ash BBQ 107: Tailgate Time

 Real Urban Barbecue’s Kicking Ash Summer Grilling Series teaches guests the art of preparing, grilling and serving a variety of products using techniques that they can implement at home. Each Kicking Ash participant is provided with their own grill, knife, cutting board and seasonings to prepare a variety of dishes featuring beef, poultry, seafood, seasonal vegetables, and more based on their selected course.
$65/ Person.
More info here.
Highland Park.

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12:00 pm

Family Cooking:Clafouti aux fruits rouges

Alliance Francaise Chicago celebrates Fall by offering a cooking class on how to make two traditional French Tarts. This is a family friendly event where children (7-10) and their parents can learn how tasty, simple, and pleasant French cooking can be. Guests can bring home samples and recreate them in their own kitchen at home.
$35 For 1 parent and 1 child.
$50 For Family Pass (Max. 4).
More info here
Near North.

Monday, October 05, 2015

6:30 pm

Milbrandt Vineyards Winemaker Dinner

 
Geja’s Café hosts the Milbrandt Vineyards Winemaker Dinner with a special representative from the famous vineyards. The Dinner features four-courses, with each course paired with the appropriate wines. Some of the courses include cheese fondue, chicken breast & jumbo shrimp entree, and flaming chocolate fondue for dessert.
$55/Person
For reservations call (773) 281-9101
More information here
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

12:00 pm

Identitá Golose Master Class

Identitá Chicago offers two head-to-head chef master classes featuring award-winning chefs from Italy and the U.S. Each seminar, the chefs are tasked to create a dish that best represents an “Homage to Italy” and guests sample each of the chefs’ dishes paired with an Italian wine.  The educational and interactive seminars feature discussions about today’s global culinary trends and techniques.
12:00 p.m. Master Class:
Heinz Beck (La Pergola – Roma)
Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia—Chicago)
4:00 p.m. Master Class:
Cristina Bowerman (Glass Hostaria – Roma)

5:00 pm

OctoberFeast

River North Business Association hosts the 7th annual OctoberFeast. Guests choose a restaurant route led by a tour guide. Each route offers a culinary tasting adventure to at least five restaurants where guests will enjoy tasting portions and specialty drinks. 
$75/person.
More info here.
River North. 

6:00 pm

West Town PUP Crawl

Mahoney's Pub & Grille partners with three other West Town bars including Aberdeen Tap, G & O Tavern, The Matchbox to host the weekly yappy-hour called "West Town Pup Crawl." All participating bars will feature a food and drink special and plenty of fresh water for the pups, including an alcohol-free beer made just for dogs called Bowser Beer, at Mahoney’s.  From 6pm to 8pm, 15% of Mahoney’s Pub & Grille bar sales proceeds will benefit the featured animal rescue group of the week.

7:00 pm

Identitá Golose Gala Dinner

Identitá Chicago hosts a four-course dinner at Baffo at Eataly, bringing together two acclaimed Italian chefs, Heinz Beck and Cristina Bowerman, and two award-winning American chefs, Giuseppe Tentori and Alex Pilas. Chef Lidia Bastianich leads the team of culinary luminaries, presenting guests with a communal dining experience showcasing progressive Italian dishes and wine pairings.
$150/Person.
More info here.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

6:00 pm

Identitá Golose Wine Tasting

Identitá Golose and the Merano Wine Festival host a one-time-only 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.
$40/Person.
More info here.
River North.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

10:00 am

Basic Skills Hands-On Class: Cooking with Cast Iron

This hands-on cooking class puts the time-honored pan to the test with a handful of recipes that show off the many things it can do. Madelaine Bullwinkel uses Dominique DeVito's The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook to make Roasted Trout with Fennel and Onion, Corn Fritters and Chocolate Cake.
$80/Person.
More information here.
Lincoln Park.

12:00 pm

Family Cooking: Macarons aux amandes

The recipes are easy and fun to make. In the class, children (7-10) learn how tasty, simple, and pleasant French cooking can be, bring homecsamples, recreate them in your kitchen at home and enjoy the family fun.
$35/1 parent and 1 child, $50/family pass (max. 4).
More info here
Near North.

Monday, October 12, 2015

5:00 pm

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

9:30 am

Wine Boot Camp

Lynfred Winemakers Andres Basso and Rodrigo Gonzalez host a wine boot camp. Activities include: fermentation tank maintenance, grape crushing, a chemistry panel, and blending session. Lunch with the winemakers follows the morning session, including the blended wines created during morning mission. Menu prepared by Lynfred Chef Celeste Pasag.  
$225/person.
More info here.
Roselle.

10:00 am

Being a Chef: Mastering Julia's Crêpes

Alliance Française de Chicago teaches a class on making crêpes. The class will teach how to make Julia Child's Gâteau de crêpes à la florentine (spinach and mushroom), Crêpes farcies et roulées (ham and cheese), and Crêpes flambées à la Normande (apples).
$70/members  $80/non-members  $15/materials fee.
More info here.
Near North. 
 

6:00 pm

Inaugural Corporate Cook-Off

Culinary Care hosts the interactive fundraising event, the Inaugural Corporate Cook-Off. This 'Chopped' style cooking challenge pairs up company sponsored teams with Chicago's top chefs to prepare a menu item that fits the common dietary needs of cancer patients. Each team then presents their dish to a Tasting Panel of notable personalities and industry experts including Sam Toia, President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Jacqui Wedewer, Producer of Check, Please!, and others.
More info here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

5:30 pm

Night of Culinary Stars

The James Beard Foundation's Third Annual Taste America comes to Chicago for a Night of Culinary Stars. The evening begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Chicago’s finest chefs, including Host Chef Devon Quinn, Tanya Baker, Paul Virant, Ryan McCaskey, and Paul Fehribach. Then, guests can enjoy a unique four-course seated dinner designed by All-Star Chef Mark Ladner and Local Stars Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim, with Pastry Chefs Dave and Megan Miller and Guest Emcees Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

9:00 am

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

6:00 pm

Mediterranean Magic

Greek Islands hosts a reception and dinner. The reception will feature a discussion on the new fall and winter exhibits at the Hellenic Museum from a Museum representative. Dinner follows with entrees including Mediterranean Salmon, Vegetarian Moussaka, and Spanakoorizo.
$59/person.
More info here.
Greektown. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

11:45 am

Being a Chef: Everything But the Quack

Alliance Française de Chicago teaches a class on preparing duck. Preparations include: duck legs simmered in fat (confit), breast meat seared and roasted until it's rosy, and  an entire duck stews until tender enough to spoon over papardelle noodles.
$70/members  $80/non-members  $15/materials fee.
More info here.
Near North. 

November 2015

Monday, November 02, 2015

5:00 pm

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

10:00 am

Hands-On Cooking Class: Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

This hands-on class at Read It & Eat puts a refreshing spin on Thanksgiving with a holiday meal that’s quicker, easier and lighter than the standard fare. Recipes include Spiced Peanut Soup, Roast Cornish Hens, Three Bean Gratin and Apple Cranberry Crumble.
$80/Person.
More information here.
Lincoln Park.

Friday, November 13, 2015

6:00 pm

Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball

Meals on Wheels Chicago hosts 60 of Chicago’s finest chefs and over a dozen mixologists at its 27th annual Celebrity Chef Ball featuring an interactive dining experience with Chicago’s top culinary talent, indulgent dishes and desserts, custom cocktails, silent auction, and entertainment by DJ Lani Love. Guests enjoy a 6-course dinner, an array of pastry specialties, and the live auction.
$350/Person (VIP)
$150/Person (Ball and General Tasting)
More info here.
West Loop.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

9:00 am

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here. 
The Loop.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

10:00 am

Being a Chef: Kitchen Basics - Cooking in Cast Iron for Thanksgiving

Alliance Française de Chicago teaches a class on cooking with cast iron. In the class both uncoated and enameled cast iron pots are put to the test with recipes for holiday entertaining: Braised Turkey Thighs with Peanuts, Skillet Cornbread, Roasted Root Vegetables, and Cranberry Apple Crumble.  
$70/members  $80/non-members  $15/materials fee.
More info here.
Near North. 

December 2015

Saturday, December 05, 2015

9:00 am

French Pastry Experience

The French Pastry School hosts an educational event that teaches guests how to make an assortment of classic French sweets and desserts. Guests get to sample everything as it comes straight from the oven.
$50/ Person.
More info here.
The Loop.