March 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

4:00 pm

Yusho Ramen Battle XI

This monthly battle pits two of Chicago's top Chefs in a head to head challenge. Each guest receives a tasting portion of both Chefs' dishes and is asked to vote for their favorite and help to decide the winner.
Seats are $35 per person.
More info here.
Logan Square.

Monday, March 30, 2015

10:30 am

Grand Opening of Meatheads Oak Lawn Location

Members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce and The Oak Lawn Village Board help celebrate the opening of Meatheads in Oak Lawn with a ribbon cutting. Proceeds from the pre-opening weekend will support the Oak Lawn Park District, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and Oak Lawn Baseball. 
More info here
Oak Lawn. 

5:00 pm

Noodle Night Chef Collaboration at Arami

Arami hosts its monthly dinner, "noodle night".  This month, the dinner features three special ramen and noodle dishes in addition to Arami's regular menu. Guests can pair their dinner with Asahi Japanese beer ($5) and Arami/Ani's custom-brewed sake, Ichi No Tori ($7 a glass/$15 carafe). Complimentary table side sake tastings are also offered.
More info here.
West Town.

8:00 pm

Bartenders with Benefits

Barrelhouse Flat's monthly guest bartender series welcomes Alex Renshaw of The Dogma Group (formerly DrumBar), who will be donating a portion of the event's proceeds to Un86'd.  Alex will create 3 specialty cocktails, with $2 from each drink being donated to the organization, which focuses on providing aid and monetary relief for restaurant professionals in need.  Guests that donate $100 or more will receive pours from Alex's personal liquor collection.
No cover.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

6:00 pm

A Toast to Danny

Gale Street Inn hosts a special toast to Danny Stanton featuring dinner, drinks, & trivia games.  All proceeds will be donated to the Danny Did Foundation to help families with Epilepsy.
$50/person online.  $60/person at the door.  
Jefferson Park.

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6:30 pm

Travelle’s Inaugural Wine Dinner

Executive Chef Tim Graham of Travelle partners with Galerie Wines to host the restaurant’s first-ever wine dinner. Chef Graham presents a four-course menu paired with distinctive wines from the regions of Napa Valley and Knights Valley in California.
$79/person.
More info here.
River North. 

7:00 pm

Carriage House Hosts Old Forester Bourbon Dinner

To honor its Southern-inspired roots, Carriage House hosts a 4-course dinner. Several of the dishes developed by executive chef Michael Galen will incorporate the Kentucky-aged spirit in a creative way and he’s paired every course with a bourbon or bourbon-based specialty cocktail.
$50 per person. For reservations call 773.384.9700.
More info here.
Wicker Park.

10:00 pm

Baconfest's Bacon Month Kickoff Party

Baconfest Chicago and the ACME Hotel Company kick off Bacon Month right with a party at the Berkshire Room. Four all-star Chicago mixologists serve ingenious original bacon-cocktails. The ACME Hotel Company supplys bacon swag bags filled with treats. Labatt Blue provides cans of Canadian beer. Party tickets are $30/ person plus ticketing fees and include food, four cocktails and a beer.
More info here.
River North. 

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April 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

7:00 pm

Culinary Brewed

Executive Chef Brian Kwak of SideDoor collaborates with chef and brewer, Jared Rouben of Moody Tounge, to present locals with the restaurant’s inaugural guest chef dinner presenting a six-course menu paired with select brews.
$75 per person.
Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 312.787.6768 or by emailing  JVanDerTuuk@lawrysonline.com.
River North. 

Thursday, April 02, 2015

5:00 pm

Arte D'Noche with Monsivais

Guests can enjoy a meet and greet with Jesus Monsivais, and other local artists while enjoying Latin appetizers, and complimentary wine and beer.  Monsivais' artwork will be featured at D'Noche from April-June. 
More info here.
Logan Square.

6:30 pm

Celebrating a Visit From Renee Erickson

Shaw’s Crab House hosts an exclusive evening with chef Renee Erickson. Chicago chefs, Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish and Oyster) and Cosmo Goss (The Publican) join the Shaw's chef team and Erickson to cook dishes inspired by Erickson’s new cookbook, A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus. The price for the evening is $125 per guest and includes a custom-signed cookbook.
More info here
River North. 
 

Friday, April 03, 2015

9:30 am

Egg-stravagant Easter Weekend

Pheasant Run Resort hosts its Egg-stravagant Easter Sunday Brunch plus an overnight package for those who want to make a weekend getaway. Executive Chef Tiffany Tooker and her culinary team offer Easter Brunch including savory dishes, fresh sides and spring favorites. The overnight package includes activities like an Easter egg hunt, complimentary movie with popcorn and more.
More info here.
St. Charles. 
 

5:00 pm

Bistronomic Passover Menu

Offers a prix fixe 3-course menu with a French accent. Executive chef and owner Martial Noguier composes a special menu to celebrate with delicious holiday-inspired cuisine. Featuring Asparagus Salad, Seared Scottish Salmon, Glazed Prime Short Ribs, Poached Apricots and more.
The Passover Menu is available April 3-11.  $40 per person.
More info here.
Gold Coast.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

9:00 am

Easter Brunch at Connie's Pizza

Connie's Pizza hosts brunch on Easter Sunday. Brunch includes a carving station and breakfast pizza along with $3 Mimosas & Bloody Mary's. Adults are $17.99 and children are $6.99.
More info here.
Gold Coast.
 

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at High Noon Saloon

The Tex-Mex eatery offers the regular a la carte brunch menu with choices such as huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and French toast, and adds additional Easter entrees such as buttermilk biscuits with white wine sausage gravy and rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce.
Drink specials also available.
More info here.
Wicker Park.

10:00 am

Easter Sunday at Chicago q

This Easter Sunday, Chicago q invites families to a Southern-style brunch. Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen will also prepare two specials: Smoked Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp to start and an Apple-Smoked Rabbit Confit with Roasted Baby Carrots. Kids can enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting and an Easter egg hunt while parents can visit the Bloody Mary Bar or indulge in Build-Your-Own Mimosas.
More info here.
Near North Side. 

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at the Division Ale House

The bar opens an hour early and offers an a la carte holiday brunch with selections such as Corned Beef Hash, Crab Cakes Benedict and Waffle Fried Chicken, and features an optional $20 brunch package. The package includes an Authentic Irish Baked Ham and Eggs Breakfast with with three Wycliff Brut mimosas or domestic draft beers.
More info here.
Wicker Park.

10:00 am

Easter Brunch at Meson Sabika

Meson Sabika offers an assortment of the taste of Spain including their most popular tapas and a carving station of prime rib and leg of lamb. Adults cost $44.95, children 7-12 cost $18.95 and children 6 and under are complimentary. A weather permitting Easter egg hunt will take place throughout the day. 
More info here.
Naperville. 

10:00 am

GT Fish & Oyster Easter Brunch

Offers a family style menu for the holiday. Dishes available include Bagel and Cured Gravlax, Crab Benedict, Chilaquiles and more.
$45 per person, $25 per child 12 and under, and free for children under 3.
Reservations and more info here.
River North.
 

10:00 am

Easter Round-Ups: Chez Moi Brunch/Dinner

Chez Moi offers and Easter brunch consisting of a three-Course prix fixe for $29 along with bottomless Mimosa for $15. Starting at 5pm dinner specials such as Braised lamb, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables are offered. 
More info here.
Lincoln Park. 
 
  

10:00 am

Easter Sunday Brunch at Il Poggiolo

Il Poggiolo offers a special a la carte brunch menu. Chef Saul Maya’s menu includes an array of egg dishes, sweet selections, salads, paninis and more. All brunch guests (21+) will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco to toast the holiday. A children's menu will be available for kids 12 and under for $7.
More info here.
Hinsdale. 

10:30 am

Easter Brunch at Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia offers an assortment of the taste of Spain including their most popular tapas and a carving station of prime rib and leg of lamb. Adults cost $36.95, children 7-12 cost $16.95 and children 6 and under are complimentary. 
More info here
Near South Side.

10:30 am

Easter Brunch Buffet at Rack House Tavern

The buffet features classic BBQ dishes, a carving station, omelet station, cheese table, sweets table, and more. Brunch goers can also indulge in the restaurants well-stocked Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.
More info here.
Arlington Heights.

11:00 am

Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Kit Kat Lounge offers a four course prix fixe brunch menu including mimosas, sangria or bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X entertains brunch guests with live performances all day.
More info here.
Lakeview.

11:00 am

Devon Seafood Grill Easter Sunday Prix Fixe Menu

Offers a menu carefully prepared by Executive Chef John Cosnotti.  Guests will enjoy a first course with selections from Baby Greens Salad to Maine Lobster Bisque.  With main course options including Center Cut Filet, Seared George's Bank Scallops, Jumbo Lump Cab Cakes and more. Featured desserts will top off the meal. 
$40 per person.  Reservations are recommended by calling 312.440.8660.
Also offered at Oakbrook Terrace location.
More info here.
Near North Side.
 

11:00 am

Easter Sunday at III Forks

III Forks Prime Steakhouse's Executive Chef Billy Caruso's offers a prix fixe Easter brunch menu featuring a choice of salad, entree and dessert for $50 per person. A three course children's prix-fixe is available for kids 12 and under ($17). Guests may also choose to dine from the a la carte Easter menu. 
More info here.
Lakeshore East.   

11:00 am

Italian Easter Brunch

Labriola Ristorante & Café offers an Italian spin on the traditional Easter Brunch.  The menu includes Sausage, Pepper, & Egg Lasagna; Brioche French Toast with cherries and Prosecco zabaglione; and Breakfast Pizza with prosciutto, garlic confit purée, arugula and poached egg.  Brunch is served from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Call 312.955.3100 or  visit www.labriolacafe.com for reservations.
Near North Side.

11:00 am

Bar Pastoral Easter Brunch

A special Easter menu featuring a cheese course with Zingerman's Manchester cheese, lemon scones, and a blueberry rosemary jam; an entree of country ham, Widmer's aged brick potatoes, mustard greens, and poached egg; and banana pudding, caramel peanut butter, vanilla wafers, candied bacon bits, and miso.
More info here.
Lakeview.

11:30 am

Easter Sunday at Kama Bistro

Karma Bistro offers an array of contemporary Indian cuisine for Easter brunch. Chef/owner Vikram Singh's menu includes a selection of appetizers served family-style, unlimited entree buffet, choice of dessert, tea and coffee.
$30 per adult and $15 for children 10 and under. 
More info here.
La Grange.

Monday, April 06, 2015

6:30 pm

The Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano invites three celebs and a critically acclaimed chef to dinner.  This month, Chef Ryan McCaskey of Acadia cooks for Chaz Ebert, SANDRO, pianist George Lepauw, and the audience.  Over food, drinks and a few impromptu performances the unscripted conversation will flow.  In addition to the live show, audience members enjoy large tastings of Chef's appetizer and entree, beer from Lagunitas, bread from Nellcote, cheese from Emmi Roth and more.
$45 per person.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

8:00 pm

Half Acre Gives Bucktown Pub The Bird

In celebration of National Beer Day, Bucktown Pub hosts Half Acre Beer Co. for a night of speciality brews and karaoke. Half Acre introduces Lead Feather, their newest year round black ale. Ginger Twin India-style red ale and Vallejo IPA are also served. 
More info here.
Bucktown. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

4:00 pm

Fountainhead Singles Night: A Celebration of Single Cask/Barrel Whisk(e)y

Fountainhead celebrates some of their favorite things: Single Cask/Barrel Whisk(e)y. Fountainhead offers up single cask and single barrel whiskeys with over 40 available in various serving sizes. Nips and Pints also available, as well as flight options. $40 per person.
More info here.
Ravenswood.  

7:00 pm

Taus Authentic's First-Ever Wine Dinner

Chef Michael Taus creates a 5-course dinner to accompany and enhance each wine at Taus Authentic Food and Drink.  The dinner is also hosted by Cliff Creek owner Ruth Garvin. 
$125 per person. For tickets call 312.561.4500.
More info here.
West Town.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

6:45 pm

Sparkling Wine Dinner with Contessa Enrica Rocca

The Venetian cooking school founder and author Contessa Enrica Rocca hosts a four-course dinner with wine pairings including Enrica Rocca Prosecco.
$75 per person. 
More info here.
Near West Side.
 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:00 am

2015 preSERVE Garden Kickoff

Spring is here and it's time to kick off the 2015 growing season at preSERVE. Guests will prep the garden, plant potatoes, and talk about plans and goals for the year at the garden. Join them to get your hands dirty, meet new neighbors, and eat some good food.
More info here.
West Garfield Park.
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

1:00 pm

Cheese Fondue Cooking Class

Geja's teaches guests the secrets of making their famous Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue.  Guests can also enjoy wine selected by Geja's wine professionals to complement the cheese fondue.  Guests will also take the cheese fondue with bread and grapes home to enjoy.
$30/person.  More info here.
 Lincoln Park.

5:00 pm

Greek Easter Lamb Roast

Taxim celebrates Greek Easter by charcoal roasting whole lambs to prepare a 5-course meal, utilizing every part including the traditional magireitsa soup and grilled kokoretsi.
$80/person.  More info here.
Call 773.252.1558 for reservations.
Wicker Park.

Monday, April 13, 2015

6:30 pm

Fess Parker Winemaker Dinner

Geja’s Café hosts the Fess Parker Winemaker Dinner, a four-course dinner paired with world-class wines from the Fess Parker Winery. The evening begins with a reception featuring the 2012 Parker Family White followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. 
$55/person. 
More info here.
Lincoln Park. 
 

7:00 pm

Flamenco Dinner Show

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba hosts an evening of dinner, drinks, and dance.  Chicago-based Flamenco ensemble El Payo showcases the traditional music and dancing of Spain while guests enjoy the full dinner menu and sip on half-priced cocktails.  Dinner seating begins at 6:00 pm; performance starts at 7:00 pm.
Cover charge is $15/guest.  Call for reservations 773.935.5000.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

7:00 pm

Taste of Sardinia Dinner

Labriola Ristorante & Cafe's Executive ChefJohn Caputo specially prepares a 4-course dinner featuring wines and cuisine from the island of Sardinia, Italy. Through dinner a discussion on Sardinian Cuisine will be had with Fabio Pibiri, an importer from Buon Gusto.
$75 per person.
More info here.
Near North Side.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

6:30 pm

James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour

The James Beard Foundation hosts a celebrity chef dinner with host Chef Anthony Zamora and these Chicago chefs: Chris Pandel, Paul Virant, Giuseppe Tentori, Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman, Travelle's Tim Graham and Scott Green. Guests have the opportunity to interact with the participating chefs. 
$190 per person.
More info here
Near North Side. 
 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

7:00 pm

Baconfest Chicago

Chicago chefs, creative mixologists and local brewers gather to celebrate the wonders of pork. The all-inclusive tickets allow guests to try everything from bacon pho with black garlic noodles to Pastrami cured pork belly Reubens and bacon & foie gras moon pies.
GA $100/person, VIP $200/person.
More info here. 
University Village.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

1:00 pm

French Classics Cooking Class

Mon Ami Gabi hosts a 3-course how-to of signature seasonal dishes. Executive Chef Andrew Shedden guides the class through 3 recipes: Spring Pea Soup with Asparagus & Minted Crème Fraîche, Branzino with Parisienne Gnocchi & a Fennel Velouté, and Almond Meringue Cookies with Rhubarb Compote & Vanilla Ice Cream.  Each course is paired with French wines.  Also, guests receive a complimentary recipe booklet to recreate menu items.
$55/person (gratuity not included).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

6:00 pm

Spring Wine Dinner: Regions of Italy

Stella Barra Pizzeria hosts a 6-course wine pairing dinner led by Divisional Wine Director and Sommelier Ryan Arnold and Executive Chef Ben Goodnick.  Each course explores a different region of Italy, with a food specialty paired with a wine from that region.  The Italian dishes include Gorgonzola Pizza, Grilled Octopus, Tagliata ai Porcini, and more.
$50/person + tax & tip.
Call 773.634.4101 for reservations.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

11:00 am

5th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival

Presented by The Specialty Food Association. Greg O’Neill & Ken Miller, co-owners/co-founders of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, created the APF to showcase the talents of local, national and international producers of high quality artisan foods and beverages.  The APF is now one of the largest free events of its kind in the Midwest and honors almost 100 artisan producers.
More info here.
Near West Side.
 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

4:00 pm

7th Annual Food Fight for Scleroderma

Three of Chicago's top chefs compete against each other at the James Hotel. During the Food Fight, each chef presents a dish to the audience as well as the panel of judges.  Guests vote for their favorite dish of the night and judges score on taste. Guests have the opportunity to win great prizes in a food-focused raffle, silent auction, and each guest leaves with a take home goodie bag.
General admission $95 per person, VIP $145. All proceeds will benefit Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

6:00 pm

Spring in Spain Wine Tasting

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! hosts a bodega wine tasting featuring a lineup of 30 wines and signature pintxos and tapas from Executive Chef Matt Holmes.  Connoisseurs from local distributors will be available to answer guests' wine questions while pouring tastes from the vintages. Guests who find a to-die-for new favorite can put in a bottle order to enjoy at home.
$35/guest + tax.  Call 773.935.5000 for reservations.  Space is limited.
More info here.
Lincoln Park.

6:00 pm

The Art of Japanese Whisky

Yusho hosts a curated tasting of rare and hard to find Japanese Whisky led by Alex Bachman with food prepared by Chef Harold Jurado.
Limited to 10 seats. $150 per person.
More info here.
Logan Square.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

6:30 pm

Taste Takes Fight

This event includes a chef’s reception featuring cocktails and appetizers. Immediately following the reception is an eight course seated dinner, prepared by premier chefs from throughout the Chicago area. All proceeds go to support the women and children victims of domestic violence.
$125 per person or $1250 for a table of ten.
More info here
Rosemont.    

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May 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

6:00 pm

A Taste for the Arts Gala

The Chicago Academy for the Arts hosts its annual benefit performance and Taste for the Arts Gala. Featured chefs include Curtis Duffy (Grace), Matthew Kerney (Longman & Eagle), and Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due).
Performances by artists of the The Academy begin at 6:00 pm. Silent and live auctions, tastings from 10 chefs, signature cocktails, and music follow at 7:30 pm.
$350/person. $5,000/reserved tables.
Gala Performance-only tickets: $30-$75 each.
Tickets and more information here.
The Loop.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2:00 pm

World Culinary Showcase

Celebrity chefs dish out their culinary expertise at the 2015 National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel Show and BAR at the NRA Show.
Attendees learn from acclaimed chefs at the new Lakeside Center stage such as: Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, Chopped judges Marc Murphy and Maneet Chauhan, as well as Rick Bayless, Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine, and more.
To register visit here.
More info here.
Near South Side.  

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June 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5:30 pm

The Chicago Help Initiative's 2015

This not-for-profit organization the provides meals and services to the homeless and underprivileged hosts its annual Helping Hands Fundraiser and silent auction.
The event Features culinary presentations by some of Chicago’s finest restaurants including Benny’s Chop House, Gibson’s Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar, Lux Bar and more.  Sweets from Eli’s Cheesecake Company and Candyality and liquid libations from Lagunitas Beer, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Binny’s will be complemented by musical entertainment provided by piano stylist, Harriet Wilson Ellis.

July 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

5:00 pm

Square Roots - Craft Brew & Music Experience

The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 4th Annual Square Roots Craft Beer and Music Experience.
Over 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to enjoy more than 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), great food and the diverse genres of  entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can provide.
Suggested donation $10 for Adults, $5 Seniors/kids, $20 for Families.
More info here.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

5:00 pm

Ribfest Chicago 2015

Ribfest Chicago 2015 features a weekend of food, entertainment, games and more. The 6th Annual rib eating contest, RibMania, will be held on friday night. Proceeds benefit Northcenter philanthropy and community programs.  
More info here.
Northcenter. 

September 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

10:00 am

sangria

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.