Mother's Day & Kentucky Derby: Updated

Last week Kate became Princess Katherine and this weekend Mom should also get the Royal treatment as well. Many brunch options to make mom happy, from lavish hotel spreads to restaurant buffets and set menus. You'll find an option for all budgets as well.

I haven't heard if any are sold out but I'm guessing you may have to be flexible with some when it comes to timing.

Look for a video tomorrow and Friday my post about my dinner tonight at Next's Kitchen Table. I'm going to need a few days to focus after 16 courses!

I'm adding a last minute addition for the Kentucky Derby!

Chicagoland's Biggest Kentucky Derby Party - May 7
The "Run for the Roses" is in full swing at Arlington Park with the biggest Kentucky Derby celebration in the Chicago area. Levy Restaurants is also the official caterer at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., which means Arlington Park Executive Chef Ricky DeLeon is able to bring the authentic Louisville experience to Arlington. For reservations call 847.385.7410 between 8:30am and 5pm daily.

Mother's Day - Don't forget the flowers!

This Mother's Day, treat Mom to a decadent brunch at Michelin star-rated Sepia  (123 N. Jefferson St.). On Sunday, May 8, guests can celebrate their favorite ladies with a special holiday prix-fixe brunch featuring the colorful spring cuisine of Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The cost per person is $39 for adults and $20 for children age 12 and under, exclusive of beverage, tax, and gratuity. Reservations for brunch are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.441.1920, or via

Arlington Park

Mother's Day takes place on Sunday, May 8, and Arlington Park is celebrating all moms. The first 5,000 mothers in attendance will receive a free rose presented by one of Arlington's jockeys, $6 Mimosas and $8 Bloody Mary's will be served throughout the grounds, and a decadent brunch menu created by Chef DeLeon sure to make it a special day for mom. For reservations call 847.385.7410 between 8:30am and 5pm daily.

Lockwood at the Palmer House
Times: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Adults:  $60.00
Seniors:  $50.00
Children (6-12):  $25.00 (children under 6 are complimentary)
(Prices do not include tax and gratuity)
Reservations:  Highly recommended.
Call Lockwood at (312)917-3404
Gratuity:  There will be an automatic 18% gratuity charge for parties of 6 or more
Beverage:  Includes Non alcoholic beverages - coffee/tea, soda, juice and unlimited sparkling wine. Parking: (55 East Monroe/Valet)  Valet parking and self park are available.

Mother's Day is a time to gather, dine and celebrate with the special women in our lives. This year, Executive Chef Scott Walton of Markethouse (611 N. Fairbanks) offers a classic, farm fresh Mother's Day buffet brunch on Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $39.95 for adults and $18.95 for child under the age of 10. Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling 312.224.2200.

Benny's Chop House
If you're looking for sophistication, superior service and savory cuisine, look no further Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 312.626.2444) for your Mother's Day celebrations. All moms will be treated to a glass of rosé Champagne. For more information or to make a reservation, call 312.626.2444 or visit

Mercat a la Planxa
This Mother's Day, Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.), a modern Catalan tapas restaurant located adjacent to the historic Blackstone Hotel, celebrates the special women in our lives by offering a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring seven different tapas, along with unlimited tastings at bountiful carving and pancake stations on Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This special Mother's Day menu is $35 per person and $16.95 for children under the age of 12 (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.765.0524.

Treat mom like a Queen at Trump
This Mother's Day, treat Mom to an unforgettable experience at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. The award-winning downtown Chicago property - which provides the ultimate luxury experience and boasts spectacular lake, river, and city views - will feature a decadent Mother's Day line-up on Sunday, May 8, 2011, that includes a stylish brunch at Sixteen, the property's chic, modern American restaurant, as well as exciting offers at The Spa at

Spoil Mom with the royal treatment she deserves! Options include:
• Mother's Day Brunch at Sixteen - Sunday, May 8  10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$115 per person, $25 for children under eight years of age (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
Reservations for brunch and dinner on Mother's Day are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.588.8030.

Show mom how great she is by celebrating her special day with a luxurious Mother's Day brunch at the historic InterContinental Chicago. Executive Chef Kurt Mittelberger has created a festive menu featuring traditional brunch favorites, including fresh-baked desserts and pastries, as well as entrees and seafood stations with international influences. Mother's Day brunch will be available on Sunday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and will be heldin The Continental, located on the second floor of the hotel.

Jimmy Kim, founder of Tokyo Lunch Boxes & Catering, will also be on hand preparing sushi and sashimi to order for guests. Brunch for adults is $55 per person with a complimentary mimosa and $23 per child with orange juice. Reservations are recommended; please call the InterContinental at (312) 321-8790.

Big Jones
Big Jones will offer a condensed version of its regular brunch menu with several à la carte specials and complimentary Champagne for mom.   During its regular Sunday brunch service, Big Jones will round out its menu with specials like Carolina golden eggs with gold rice grits, fried oysters, artichokes, poached farm eggs and lemon hollandaise ($18);oyster-stuffed quail with voodoo greens, poached farm eggs and file gumbo gravy ($20); spring mushrooms and ramps with roasted morels and trumpet mushrooms, fava beans, ramp greens, poached farm eggs and creamy grits($20); and Antebellum rice waffle with duck confit, pecans, roasted ramp bulbs, poached heirloom duck eggs and duck jus ($19).
Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 773-275-5725.

Elate is poised to celebrate with prix fixe brunch menus fit for the whole family. Additionally, the restaurant will offer bottomless mimosas for $20. Mother's Day brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Elate is set to offer a three-course brunch menu for $33 per person, along with a three-course kids' brunch menu for $20 per child 11 and under. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312-202-9900.

Pensiero Ristorante
Pensiero Ristorante will celebrate Mother's Day, Sunday May 8, with an expertly prepared 3-course brunch by Chef Joe which will be served 11am-3pm.
The cost is $39 per person  for adults and $12 for children 12 and under (plus tax and gratuity).  We will begin serving Sunday Dinner at 5pm.
Call 847-475-7779 for reservations or more information. You can visit us online at

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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