Friday Food Fun Events

Happy Weekend! Almost...

Lots of fun events coming up and most seem to be inside which is good if you're avoiding the heat wave or deluge of rain! The first event is tonight so if you're looking for some last minute charitable fun you'll know where to feed that craving. Also, a cool event will be held at Old Town Social next week on the 14th.

Have a safe non-flash mob weekend!

Michelin-honored Chefs Mauro Mafrici of Pelago Restaurant and Jimmy Bannos of The Purple Pig and Heaven on Seven will be on hand for this year's incarnation of what promises to be the event of the summer season on Friday, June 10 at Zhou B. Art Center (1029 W. 35th St.).

The $1,000 per ticket benefactor reception kicks off at 6:30 in the gallery space - where the first exhibit of new work in five years by the Zhou Brothers will be on display - featuring an exclusive "talking and tasting" seven-course meal with the two renowned chefs. Guests will have the chance not only to indulge in abundant gourmet fare but get up close and personal with the chefs as they prepare their signature creations. Grammy-nominated saxophone player Nick Bisesi will greet guests upon arrival and the highly-regarded koto/cello duo Wichmann/McDermott will perform throughout the reception.

The $350 per ticket patron event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will offer an impressive five-course menu prepared by Chefs Mafrici and Bannos.

Also featured for both events is award-winning sommelier Chantelle Pabros, formerly of L20, who will lend her expertise pairing each course with a variety of Champagnes and wines sourced from boutique wineries around the world.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, please contact the IEF at 312.920.9604 or visit


In Chef's Hands, Food Therapy for the Soul
Award-winning chefs, Rodelio Aglibot, Todd Stein and charity co-founders Jeremy Dubin and Scott Crane have assembled a stellar collection of Chicago's foremost chefs for involvement in a new foodie-driven non-profit organization, In Chef's Hands, Food Therapy for the Soul. The mission of this organization is to pair renowned Chicago chefs with individuals with special needs for one-on-one culinary sessions that are both educational and exciting!
Join us for drinks, passed appetizers and charcuterie stations, as well as a presentation about Chicago's newest foodie-driven non-profit.

June 14, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Old Town Social (455 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610) *Purchase tickets online at $25 online and $30 at the door.

Suburban Fun
Nick's Pizza & Pub
is hosting Family Fun, a special kid-friendly evening benefit to support the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kane County on Thursday, June 16, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. Family Fun will take place in the Nick's Pizza & Pub banquet room and patio area. The event is open to the public and will feature pizza, beverages, live music, and a gift-basket raffle.

This is the inaugural year that Nick's Pizza & Pub is hosting the CASA Kane County benefit. Kid-friendly activities will be taking place at the restaurant throughout the day, including face painting, balloon animals, bingo, a fun photo opportunity to get a picture taken with the Nick's Pizza & Pub moose-and much more! Family Fun is a public event open to everyone. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for guests under 21 and will be available at the door. To make a general donation please visit For any questions please call Jen Seppi at (630) 444-3107 or e-mail at

Guests are also invited to support CASA Kane County by dining in or carrying out at Nick's anytime on June 16 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All of the proceeds from the day will be donated to the charity.

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.

Proceeds from every keeper cup sold during National Keeper Cup Weekend will benefit the Cubs' Ryan Dempster's "Dempster Family Foundation" ( and the New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson's "Grand Kids Foundation" ( Both Dempster and Granderson are friends of The Fifty/50's owners and managers. Granderson is also an investor in The Fifty/50.

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.

Head to Le Bar, Aprés-Work!
Aprés Work:
Receive one wine flight and one cheese flight for $18
Available Monday - Friday from 3-7 p.m.
Le Bar
20 E. Chestnut at Wabash, at the Sofitel

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

Wine Dinner
Lockwood Restaurant
will turn into a wine-lovers nirvana on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, when the culinary team joins forces with leading Napa Valley winery Napa Station for a contemporary farm-to-table tasting experience in the heart of Chicago. Showcasing premium, sustainably-farmed wines produced in California, flavor profiles of the highlighted vintages will complement the fresh menu prepared by Lockwood Executive Chef Gregory Elliott.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling Lockwood at 312.917.3404 or online at Ticket prices are $75 per person.

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 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 Joe is retained as a compensated blogger by Pei Wei Asian Diner.

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