Memorial Day Weekend Food Fun

This is a big weekend for BBQs and fun. Not a whole lot of events came through this week but there is some fun stuff coming still in the early weeks of June and even this weekend if you need ideas for something to do.

But first, a bit of a sappy note on how to help those closer to home. Yesterday, I posted about remembering the military men and women in our lives and neighborhoods. Another good way to provide service to the community is through supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They get a lot of in-kind donations from Baconfest, the recently held National Restaurant Association and their own event CANstruction. This recently held event had participation from 35 local companies and raised over $20,000. More importantly they received more than 90,000 cans will be collected by June 1, 2011 = nearly 84,000 lbs = 64,155 meals!

To learn more, you can go to their website or keep an eye out here for more future events! Pictures of the sculptures are provided by ThinkLeigh Photography.


Cajun fun at Café de Architects
On Tuesday, June 21, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower will celebrate Fête de la Musique, a global day of music that coincides with the summer solstice. In honor of this spirited event, Café des Architectes will offer a special New Orleans-style menu by Executive Chef Greg Biggers. From 6-10 p.m., guests will also be able to enjoy live jazz music, specially curated by notable Chicago jazz promoter John Moultrie. The special prix fixe menu features some Cajun favorites, where guests have a choice between two items for each course, for the cost of $58 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).

Architecture Fans!
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, invites food and architecture enthusiasts alike to an intimate dinner that will marry elegant design and decadent dining. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, the evening will take place inside Sixteen, the downtown Chicago hotel's signature modern American restaurant, and celebrate the venue's timeless, contemporary construction.
The "Appetite for Design" dinner costs $100 for CAF members and $105 for non-members, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

BURGER Special
As Memorial Day kicks off summer, what better way to celebrate than with an American classic with a twist! Beginning June 6 through June 11, Executive Chef Scott Walton of Markethouse (611 N. Fairbanks Ct.), a farm-to-table restaurant that celebrates the flavors of America's heartland, will offer his limited-time only Grassland Butter Bacon Burger for only $6.
Offered for lunch and dinner, the new 5 oz burger, made with a bacon-filled Angus beef patty and organic Grassland Butter, is topped with a Slagel Farm fried egg, Big Ed's Gouda cheese and Markethouse pickles. The burger will be served on a Red Hen bun with Markethouse's delicious steak fries. Guests can also choose to make it a double for just $12.

BBQ at Mercadito
Memorial Day marks the kickoff to summer and barbeque season, and Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito(108 W. Kinzie St) will show how to spice up the grill at this month's Gulf of Mexico Cooking Demonstration. With beachside barbeque recipes for delicious seafood and grilled dishes, the five-course cooking demonstration will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 from 6 to 9 pm at Double A, located beneath Mercadito. The cost is $55 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.329.9555.

Italian Street Festival
Terzo Piano's first ever Terrace Fest event will celebrate the start of the summer season and outdoor dining on the Bluhm Family Sculpture Terrace. To celebrate Chef Tony Mantuano and Chef di Cucina Meg Colleran Sahs will host an after work event resembling an Italian street festival, Thursday, June 2nd 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Entrance into the fest is $10 and includes two complimentary tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each, and tickets are redeemable for one food or beverage item. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended; walk-in purchases will be allowed if space is available. Call (312) 443-8650 to purchase tickets.

World Ocean Day
Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton in Chicago; 312-382-8300) is honoring World Ocean Day in cooperation with the John G. Shedd Aquarium 6 p.m. June 8. The event features presentations by Shedd Aquarium staff-Melanie Napoleon, Senior Director of Great Lakes Conservation and Brooke Havlik, Sustainable Seafood Educator-and an educational, all-inclusive four-course dinner with pairings for $100 per person. In honor of the special occasion, Prairie Fire will be making a donation to the Marine Conservation Alliance in Alaska. To make a reservation, call Prairie Fire at (312) 382-8300

Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at Joe is retained as a compensated blogger by Pei Wei Asian Diner.


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