Time to Plan Your March of Debauchery

Sorry for the late post - work has been crazy this week!

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, I have two questions. First, is your liver ready to partake and survive what seems to be a month long celebration? Second, uh, who's hooking me up with a stool or table on the 17th???

The Pei Wei trip - contest I lost, lol - is underway and some cool posts and videos are up. Check out Alice eating a live octopus in Korea! Tradition or not I'm glad we aren't that Fear Factor Fantastic at home!

There's also some FAT Tuesday fun to be had, uh next Tuesday! I'll being add a section forMarch Madness fun as I get stuff on that as well.

Farmer's Market on the South Side!!! Woo hoo
Winter Farmers Market and Café - Saturday March 5 from 10am to 2pm
Admission to the market is FREE and open to the public at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church 9147 S. Jeffery Blvd, Chicago, IL 60617. Come enjoy a market in Calumet Heights/Pill Hill at the end of winter with cheese, natural meat and poultry, soap, syrup, honey, wool, raw fibers, vinegars, milled flours, sauces and salsas, preserves, cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, greens and other fresh produce as available. This is a first-time winter market for the neighborhood, and will feature local urban agriculture farm Growing Power.

Taste of the Tap
Taste of Tap event, hosted by the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on March 26 at the Kenmore Live Studio. The event will showcase an all-star cast of executive chefs: Tru's Gale Gand, Zed 451's Patrick Justice and Nacional 27's Tim Hockett. Proceeds from the evening will benefit UNICEF's water and sanitation programs and the effort to bring clean, accessible water to the world's children.  Throughout the night, the chefs will feature key ingredients from all three beneficiary countries: Vietnam, Togo and Central African Republic.

Tickets are $50 for adv purchase or $75 at the door.

Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/155269

Tour of the Palmer House
Beginning March 1, 2011, the Palmer House Hilton will launch its latest endeavor, an interactive luncheon and tour series with Director of Public Relations Ken Price, a 28-year resident historian of the property. Open to the public, the two-hour long lunch and tour combination will be offered Tuesday through Saturday to individuals and groups seeking to mix historic art with modern dining.

Reservations are $50 per person and need to be made 24-hours in advance by calling Lockwood Restaurant at 312.917.3404 or online at www.lockwoodrestaurant.com.

Wine, Sushi and Saki Classes
March 7: ENO's ENO-Versity (Carnival in a Glass) at 7 p.m. to RSVP call 312.321.873
March 8: SUSHISAMBA rio's Sushi and Sake 101 at 6:30 p.m. to RSVP call 312.595.2300
March 16: Lockwood's Regional Wine Journey (Austria) at 5:30 p.m. to RSVP call 312.917.3404

Fat Tuesday - What will you do for some beads???

The Fifty/50, 2047 W Division St, will host its 3rd Annual Fat Tuesday Party on Tuesday, March 8 that will feature drink specials and a "Big Beads" contest for a big prize.

Celebrate the kickoff of Mardi Gras at The Fifty/50 during its 3rd Annual Fat Tuesday Party with the following drink specials:
* $3 Jameson shots
* $5 Malibu rum shots and mixed drinks
* $5 Absolut vodka shots and mixed drinks
* $9 24oz Rum Runners (Malibu Banana, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice) served in The Fifty/50's signature 24oz red "keeper" cups.

The Fifty/50 will have a "Big Beads" contest during its Fat Tuesday party. The patron that collects the most beads (provided for free by The Fifty/50) will win a private party for themselves and 10 friends at The Fifty/50 at a later date. The contest winner will be announced at midnight.

The Fifty/50 will open at 11am on Fat Tuesday and will close at 2am. There is no cover charge.

Faith and Whiskey
Faith & Whiskey, 1365 W Fullerton Ave, the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will host a Fat Tuesday party featuring drink specials on Tuesday, March 8.
Celebrate the kickoff of Mardi Gras at Faith & Whiskey during its Fat Tuesday party with the following drink specials:
* $2 domestic beer bottles
* $5 "Rock You Like A Hurricane" drinks. Named after the famous Scorpions song of the same name, the "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is a riff on a traditional Hurricane comprised of Jim Beam Red Stag cherry-flavored bourbon, light rum, and fruit juices.

Doors open at 5pm for the Faith & Whiskey Fat Tuesday party, and there is no cover charge.

St. Patrick's Day

Truffle Truffle
Truffle truffle, an artisanal chocolate and confections company, pays homage to the frothy brew and St. Patrick's way with its recently introduced confection, the green beer marshmallow. Truffle truffle's St. Patrick's Day Beer & Pretzel Marshmallows aren't only green in color, they are also green for the greater good. 20% of all proceeds will benefit Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago's expressways, gateways and neighborhoods. The green Beer & Pretzel Marshmallows are available now until Thursday, March 17 via www.truffletruffle.com.

Toast to the Irish and have a grand ol' time from Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th with DMK's Shamrock Shakes, Guinness Extra Stout & crankin' Irish rock.  DMK's Shamrock Shake is made with Peterson's vanilla malt ice cream, mint and garnished with Lucky Charms cereal.  Add a shot of alcohol to your shake to really get ya in the mood.    

Although DMK serves only American craft beers 361 days a year, they'll crack some draught cans and serve ya a nice frothy pint o' Guiness for a few days to wash down their exceptional grass-fed beef burgers. 

The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St) will host two St. Patrick's Day parties featuring drink and food specials on Saturday, March 12 (for the St. Patrick's Day parade) and Thursday, March 17 (for the actual St Patrick's Day).

The following food and drink specials will be in effect for The Fifty/50's St. Patrick's Day parties on both Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, March 17:
* $12 "Irish Threesomes" (a corned beef & cabbage slider, an Irish Car Bomb, and a Mickey's hand grenade)
* $8 Irish Car Bombs
* $6 Jameson shots
* $6 16oz Guinness cans
* $3 Mickey's hand grenades
* $3 corned beef and cabbage sliders

Markethouse St. Patrick's Day Demo
Markethouse Executive Chef Scott Walton will demo a unique St. Patrick's Day meal --inspired by Markethouse's farm-to-table philosophy celebrating the flavors of America's heartland--along with tips, recipes and a five course tasting menu paired with cocktails or beer on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Cost per person is only $35. This event is a delicious and unique way to celebrate and prepare for St. Patrick's Day! Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.224.2200

Trump International
On Saturday, March 12, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites Chicagoans to mark one of the city's most spirited holiday, St. Patrick's Day, with unparalleled celebrations. Rebar, the hotel's chic mezzanine-level lobby that overlooks the Chicago River, will offer a signature Shamrockatini ($17) cocktail, crafted to fill St. Patrick's Day revelers with the "Luck o' the Irish."

Guests who reserve the hotel's St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes will enjoy unparalleled perspective of Chicago's most beloved tradition, minus the cold and crowds, while feasting on traditional, gourmet Irish fare. Located in the hotel's four spacious salons, the St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes can accommodate up to 40 people and are ideal for businesses or groups of friend seeking a unique, cheerful outing. Hosts who reserve a St. Patrick's Day Skybox hosts may choose from either a breakfast or lunch package created by Executive Chef Frank Brunacci especially for this festive occasion.

To plan your St. Patrick's Day Skybox celebration at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, please contact Catering Coordinator Rachel Cleveland at 312-588-8059 or rcleveland@trumphotels.com. Please visit www.trumpchicagohotel.com for additional details.

This St. Patty's Day C-View, Affinia Chicago's bar which boasts spectacular views of the Windy City, is inviting the Irish at heart to try these specialty cocktails:
• The Emerald: Irish whiskey, Midori, ginger ale
• Irish Angel: Irish whiskey, raspberry liquer, sweet & sour, triple sec
• North of Kilkenny: Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva dark, Svedka vodka

The St. Patty's Day specialty cocktails are available on March 17 only and cost $10 each.


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