Father's Day & Food Events

Father's Day weekend is always a fun time for BBQ and giving Dad his day. Last weekend it felt like fest season started. Does anyone else get annoyed at the suggested donation for an event company? Lots of fun events coming in the next week and before the kickoff to the 4th of July.


Pei Wei
Monday, June 20th you can meet me and eat some Pei Wei. Their best selling dish Carmel Chicken is back and really good. There will be a chance to win gift cards and get a discount but you gotta check me or Pei Wei out on Twitter for the code.

50/50 National Keeper Cup Weekend
Wicker Park upscale sports bar The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St) will host its 1st annual National Keeper Cup Weekend from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19. The Fifty/50 is known for serving its four draft beers and six specialty summer cocktails (all listed below) in its signature Fifty/50 branded red 24oz plastic keeper cups every summer. Every time a patron buys a 24oz keeper cup specialty cocktail or beer during National Keeper Cup Weekend, they will receive a raffle ticket.  The Fifty/50 will then give away prizes for winning raffle tickets often throughout the weekend that will include multiple sets of 100-level Cubs tickets (Cubs v White Sox, Cubs v Cardinals, Cubs v Reds, others) Fifty/50 private parties, Fifty/50 gift certificates, Roots Handmade Pizza gift certificates, Bleeding Heart Bakery gift certificates, and more.

Custom House Events
Summer is in full swing at Custom House Tavern, and Co-Owner/Wine Director Sue Kim Drohomyrecky and Executive Chef Perry Hendrix offer three delicious opportunities to enjoy seasonal food, wine and fun - inside or outside of the restaurant.

Vibrant Rioja Dinner - Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. $45 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited. Rioja is like its own little kingdom, where modernity and tradition coexist peaceably. It is a cutting-edge region with deep respect for a patrimony that dates back more than 2,000 years.Rioja wines offer diversity and quality guaranteed by strict DOC regulations.

Family-Style Summer Picnic Menu. $25 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, from July 1-August 31. Available for in-house dining or carryout.
With its south loop location near some of Chicago's most beautiful parks - where music, movies and picnics await - Chef Hendrix is getting into the spirit of the season by offering a weekly-changing summer picnic menu, available to-go or in-house during dinner service (5-10 p.m., 7 days). For $25 per person, guests can enjoy an entrée (such as fried chicken, BBQ pork or grilled steak), two sides and a dessert, all served family-style. For those wanting to take their summer feast on the road, Chef Hendrix will happily fill to-go baskets, as well as offer 10% off to those who bring their own coolers.

ZiNG!. Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. $35 per person, all-inclusive. Showcasing "fearless food and wine together," ZiNG! is the brainchild of Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky and the Oregon-based Patricia Rogers Ridgeway (whose background in chemistry, restaurant management, wine sales and winemaking inspired the company's beginnings). The two wine-savvy women teamed up to create an interactive program that helps enthusiasts of all levels demystify pairings. This spirited class relies on the basic principles of chemistry and tasting, tasting and more tasting to illustrate why certain flavor profiles are meant for each other.

El Coto de Rioja's Paella ParadeTM Brings the Fiesta back to Chicago
For the second year, the El Coto de Rioja Paella ParadeTM, a celebration of Spanish food and culture, brings the Fiesta back to Chicago. Following last year's successful Paella celebration, seven local chefs and restaurateurs will come together again to compete and showcase Chicago's top Paella-making skills, vying for the titles of Best Use of Ingredients, Most Creative, Prettiest and the top prize: Paella Parade Pleaser.  Guests will indulge in each chef's unique version of Spain's most beloved signature dish during the competition while sipping on delicious wines from El Coto de Rioja.

Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace
205 Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60606 Thursday, June 23
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tickets
$35 / $60 for two

Mercadito Cooking Class
Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito(108 W. Kinzie St) will share his recipes for how to impress Independence Day party-goers at the barbeque pit with his authentic Mexican BBQ Cooking Demonstration. Elevating barbeque beyond burgers and hot dogs, Chef Patricio will demonstrate five-courses of perfect summer grilling on Monday, June 27 from 6 to 9 pm at Double A, located beneath Mercadito. Priced at $55 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity, each dish also comes paired with perfect summertime cocktails. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.329.9555.

More Suburban Fun for Onephiles
Orin Swift Wine Dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Friday, June 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 960 Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire, IL., presents Orin Swift to the Lincolnshire area. The evening will pair five extraordinary Orin Swift wines with a five-course menu. Wine Spectator named Orin Swift's flagship wine, "The Prisoner," number 17 on "The Top 100 of 2007". GQ featured The Prisoner as "The Ones to Serve" in 2008. $125 per person (not including tax and gratuity). To make a reservation, call Fleming's at 847/793-0333.

Affinia and Greater Chicago Food Depository
Affinia Chicago and C-House are hosting Cooking for a Cause at C-View, the hotel's rooftop lounge, to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  The event, which takes place on Saturday, June 25 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., will feature several of Chicago's top female chefs and their favorite culinary creations from their hometowns around the country.
Tickets are $75 and include all food and beverages plus a meet and greet with the chefs. A portion of each ticket will go to Greater Chicago Food Depository, and each chef will auction a gourmet picnic basket of unique goodies to benefit the charity. In addition, C-House and C-View are offering a free appetizer June 17 - June 25 to guests who donate (food or monetary) to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

For more information on the event please call (312) 787-3510. To order tickets to Cooking for a Cause please email Bridget Machalinski at bmachalinski@affinia.com.

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.

Father's Day

e.leaven Food Company
Just in Time for Father's Day an Exclusive Menu for Chicagoland Dads, All Under $10 Each! e.leaven Food Company, one of Chicago's most delicious restaurants and bakery invites Chicago Dads to experience the international and fresh flavors, exclusively prepared for Father's Day! Purchase any of the weekend, June 17 - June 19, 2011, meal specials and get an e.leaven Mojito for only $4!
e.leaven Food Company, 54 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Prairie Fire
(215 N. Clinton St., Chicago; 312-382-8300) Brunch on Father's Day 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prairie Fire is offering their a la carte Prairie Fire Sunday Brunch Menu beginning with warm Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake and featuring a special Father's Day Omelet Station, Dad's Supreme Bloody Mary topped with a jumbo shrimp and blue cheese olives and Peekytoe Crab Benedict-two poached eggs over crab cakes, asparagus and citrus hollandaise.
Prairie Fire is also offering the regular menu at 5 p.m. along with some great Father's Day specials including BBQ Ribs, Signature Twice-baked Potatoes and Crunchy Slaw.
To make a reservation, please call Prairie Fire at (312) 382-8300.

The Bistro One West
(1 W. Illinois St., St. Charles, Ill.; 630-444-0600) The deck features a grill at which patrons can watch the proceedings and interact with the Chef Doug D'Avico! With seating for 70-75 guests, the deck is located directly on the scenic Fox River and will be open this Father's Day between 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

In addition to the dining room menu, the Bistro One West deck menu is available on the deck or in the bar until 7 p.m. to include a Wagyu Beef Hotdog with onions, jalapeno and yellow mustard; Smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and maple-orange aioli; Meyer's Farm Burger -choose burger sides: bacon, mushrooms, onions and cheese-cheddar, blue or Swiss; Skirt Steak with cucumber and mixed greens salad; Shrimp with Avocado Butter; and Lemon and Rosemary Chicken. Treat Dad to something special and make your Bistro One West reservation by calling (630) 444-0600.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 19 and C-House, Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant, located in the Affinia Chicago hotel is offering a three course pre-fixe lunch or dinner with a beer pairing for $45 per person. For reservations, please call (312) 523-0923.

Brunch at Sixteen
Located on the 16the Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Sixteen showcases the Michelin star-rated modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci, along with breathtaking architectural views of the Wrigley Clock Tower, the Tribune building, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River.

This Father's Day, Chef Brunacci will offer an elaborate buffet fit for a king. Whether craving prime rib cooked to perfection, barbecue ribs, or a decadent spin on the home style favorite "pork and beans," guests can choose from a selection of stations showcasing dishes with an emphasis on meat, along with breakfast items, hearty salads, and desserts.

Dads - and all guests of legal age - will also enjoy a complimentary beer flight, showcasing three seasonal microbrews from the Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Company
Father's Day Brunch at Sixteen is $115 per person ($25 for children under eleven years of age), exclusive of alcohol, tax, and gratuity, and will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
25 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, Illinois; 312/329-9463
960 Milwaukee Ave.
Lincolnshire, Illinois; 847/793-0333
To give Dad another reason to celebrate, Fleming's is offering him a complimentary $25 dining card* to use for a future memorable evening at Fleming's. 3-Course Brunch Prix Fixe Menu is available for $32.95 per person; Children's Brunch Prix Fixe Menu available for $15.95 *does not include tax or gratuity

The Spa at Trump®
Located on the 14th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the 23,000 square-foot Spa at Trump® includes 11 luxurious spa treatment rooms offering an array of massages, facials, relaxation programs, and signature treatments, as well as a private membership Health Club.

For fathers who simply have it all, a gift certificate to the The Spa at Trump is the perfect choice. With every $150 gift card purchase, the spa will offer a $25 spa credit, to be put toward a treatment enhancement for Dad or a relaxing Spa at Trump experience for the purchaser. Gift certificates can be purchased in person, online at www.trumpchicagohotel.com or by calling (312) 588-8020.

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 chicagofoodsnob@hotmail.com. Joe is retained as a compensated blogger by Pei Wei Asian Diner.


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