April 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at Ed Debevic's

Head over to Ed Debevic's on Saturday to celebrate Easter. All-you-can-eat brunch buffet is offered for guests. Kids are invited to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and decorate cookies for dessert.
$20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5-12, kids 4 and under eat for free. Tax and gratuity not included. 
To make a reservations call (312) 266-5421 and for more information visit here.
Near North Side.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

7:00 am

Easter Sunday at State & Lake Chicago Tavern

Enjoy Fried Chicken Sunday for families on Easter at State and Lake Chicago Tavern. Half buckets include five pieces and two biscuits for $16, and full buckets are $30. Guests also enjoy the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars.
For more information click here.
The Loop.

9:30 am

Easter Sunday Buffet at The Chicago Firehouse

The Chicago Firehouse hosts a brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu includes an omelet station, breakfast dishes, pasta station, carving table and more.
$49 per adult, $17 for children ages 5-12, kids under 5 are free. Call 312.786.1401 for reservations.
 

9:30 am

Hoppin' Good Time at Pinstripes

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Pinstripes with the whole family. Kids take part in an egg hunt in search of eggs filled with candy. Enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet featuring holiday favorites. The Easter Bunny makes a special appearance from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
$30 per adult: $15 for children 6-12 years old; and children under 5 get in for free. Reservations are recommended.
For more information click here.
Multiple Locations.

10:00 am

Easter Menu at The Bristol

The Briostol's Pastry Chef, Sarah Koechling, prepares Raspberry Rose Croissants, Lemon Earl Grey Pound Cake, Gibassier, Ham & Cheese Croissants and more.  Guests then choose a dish from 9 options on Chef Chris Pandel's Easter menu.
$29 per person.  Call 773.862.5555 for reservations.
Bucktown.

10:00 am

Easter Brunch Buffet at Devon Seafood Grill

The buffet includes Biscuits & Gravy, Mini Waffles, an Omelet Station, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Crab Legs, Salads, Chocolate Truffle Cake, and more. 
$45 for adults, $16 for children ages 4-12, plus tax and gratuity.
Call 312.440.8660 for reservations.
Near North Side.

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at Quince

Enjoy a family-friendly Easter brunch at Quince.  Chef Andy Motto creates a 3-course menu for adults and a 2-course menu for children under 12.  The menu includes options of smoked salmon crepe, steak benedict, French toast bread pudding and more.
$40 per adult, $15 per child. Call Quince for reservations at 847.570.8400
Evanston.

10:00 am

Easter Sunday Brunch at BIN 36

BIN 36 offers an unlimited brunch on Easter Sunday.  Guests enjoy the make-your-own-omelet bar, crab legs benedict, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, and more. Bloody Mary and Mimosa flights are available, as well as kid-friendly options.
Adult $45, Children Under 12 are $24; Children under 4 are free.
Near North Side. 

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at Park Grill

Celebrate the Easter holiday and the arrival of Spring under "The Bean," at Park Grill. Restaurant offers a special a la carte menu including Cinnamon-Orange Pancakes, Steak and Eggs, Chorizo Hash, and spring inspired cocktails.
For more information and reservations, please call (312) 521-7275 or visit ParkGrillChicago.com. 
The Loop.

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at The Signature Room at the 95th

The Signature Room at the 95th creates a Hybrid Easter Brunch for Easter Sunday.  The meal is offered with a choice of starters and desserts in addition to the buffet.  Guests enjoy the live piano entertainment and children meet with the Easter Bunny.
$70 per adult. $25 per child, ages 4-12, children under 3 are free.  Call 312.787.9596 for reservations.
Near North Side. 

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at GT Fish & Osyter

Guests enjoy a prix fixe brunch menu from GT Fish & Oyster.  The menu starts with a first course choice of monkey bread, brioche French toast, or churros.
$45 per person.  Kids menu $20. Call 312.929.3501 for reservations.
Near North Side.

10:00 am

Easter Sunday at The Happ Inn

The Happ Inn hosts a family-friendly Easter brunch buffet featuring many appetizers, salads and desserts, along with choice of entree.  The Easter Bunny makes an appearance to take pictures with kids.
$33.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids.  Call 847.784.9200 for reservations.
Northfield.

10:30 am

Easter Brunch at The Lobby at The Peninsula

Executive Chef Mike Wehrle offers a Easter Brunch in The Lobby.  Guests enjoy an array of offerings including a seafood station, sushi, carving station, cheeses, salads, classic breakfast options and more.  There are 3 available seatings beginning at 10:30, 2:00, and 5:30.
$155 per person, $50 for children under 12, children under 3 are free.  Call 312.573.6695 for reservations.  
Near North Side.

11:00 am

Weber Grill Sizzles on Easter Sunday

Gather the family on Easter Sunday at Weber Grill and feast on a wide array of Easter inspired dishes for brunch and dinner. Adults indulge in traditional holiday favorites and children enjoy a special brunch plate and Easter eggs filled with candy and other treats.
Reservations are recommended. For more information click here.
Multiple Locations.

11:00 am

Easter at Tortoise Club

Tortiose Club's ala-carte dinner menu is served all day, along with Easter brunch specials and a Iced Seafood Bar.  A Caricature artist is on hand to make complimentary caricatures of kids and families.  Easter Eggs are on each table with a surprise gift inside.
More information here
Near North Side. 

11:00 am

Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club serves a 4-course prix fixe brunch menu for Easter.  The menu includes chicken and waffles, Crab Cake, pink champagne, build-your-own mimosas, and more.  Diva Madam X entertains brunch guests with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$34.95 per person.  Martini's are half-priced at $6.75.  Call 773.525.1111 for reservations.
Lakeview.

5:00 pm

Easter Dinner at III Forks

III Forks Prime Steakhouse offers a prix fixe Easter dinner menu featuring a choice of salad, entree and dessert.  An Easter a la carte menu is also offered.
Prix fixe menu is $49.95 for adults, and $16.95 children 12 and under. Call III Forks at 312.938.4303 for reservations (encouraged). 
The Loop.
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

5:00 pm

Mustard Week Celebration

Mustard week celebration at D.O.C. Wine Bar Lincoln Park and Lombard locations. All week celebrate the advent of the mustard season in Napa. Enjoy free wine tastings between 6:00pm to 7:30pm and on April 24 a special multi-course wine dinner led by Tony Burger of D.O.C. Wine Bar.
Tickets are $75 per person. Call (630) 627-6666 to reserve your spot.
For more information click here.
Lincoln Park & Lombard.

5:00 pm

Bacon Week

Benchmark, Brownstone, Crossing, Kirkwood, Schoolyard, Sidebar and WestEnd offer bacon infused menus for Bacon Week from Monday, April 21st through Friday, April 25th.  
More information here
Multiple Locations

7:00 pm

Wine Bash

Chef John Coletta of Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar and Iron Chef Judge, Mario Rizzotti welcome Casale Del Giglio winemakers from Italy to share their wines with guests.  Cheeses, artisan Neapolitan pizzas, and antipasti are served to compliment.
$25 at the door. 
Near North Side. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

5:00 pm

Craft Boilermaker Night

Headframe, FEW Spirits, New Holland, Journeyman, Clyde May's and Corsair team up with Begyle, Off Color and Solemn Oath breweries to provide whisky and beer samples to guests at Fountainhead. 
Free Admission. More information here.
Ravenswood.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5:00 pm

Taste of Vietnam

Banh Mi & Co. restaurant continues its Taste of Vietnam series, this time featuring Vietnamese soups.  Guests taste their way through a menu of soups, libations, and small bites.
$15 per person. RSVP recommended to johnfrombanhmi@gmail.com
Lakeview.

7:00 pm

The Glenlivet Scotch Dinner

Guests enjoy an evening of food from Ruth's Chris Steak House paired with scotch from The Glenlivet.  Menu items include bacon crusted goat cheese, smoked salmon carpaccio and Ruth's Signature Bread Pudding.
E-Mail here to make a reservation.  Space is limited.
Near North Side. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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

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.

6:00 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.

6:30 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. 

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.

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

Marissa 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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

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. 

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2:00 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. 

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.

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.

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.