Friday Food Fun

I’m so ready for the long WEEKEND! I’m curious what people think of the new ChicagoNow site. I hope to have it as mastered as the last system we used – our posting software changed – very, very soon. With the new camera I got, I would expect much better pictures in the future. If you haven’t check it out look at the post on Friday Night Chicken Redux…I think I did pretty good for being a neophyte!

I hope you all have a fun, safe Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy the fireworks and the freedom of living in an awesome country. Happy Birthday America being 235 is the new 150!

Returning with an impressive selection of fine brands to explore, Potter's Lounge will continue the 'Secret Spirits Society' series for guests throughout the summer and into the fall. Showcasing acclaimed and rare brands of champagne, wines and spirits, attendees will enjoy elite selections in the intimate ambiance where they will learn all about the history and individual distilling process of the visiting brand.

With the first installment set to begin on July 6, Champagne featuring Moet and Hennessey Brands, Potter's will host the series the first Wednesday of each month through October, led by Beverage Manager Patrick Coyne. Each class will last from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and costs $25 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes a variety of bar bites courtesy of Potter's Lounge Executive Chef Greg Elliott, created to complement each libation.

The Bedford
Rolling out two new weekly specials that are sure to cool cravings and start the summer off right!  Whether you are looking for a drinks and light bites or a full dinner, The Bedford, will be offering unique weekly specials that are sure to please return customers or first timers alike. 

  • Tuesday:  Oysters and Bubbles
    Looking for a romantic evening that won’t break the bank?   Now perfectly paired with sparkling champagne.  Expertly crafted by Executive Chef Mark Steuer, the oysters are made the “old-fashioned way” and are flavored with lemon and mignonette.  For $25, couples or singles alike can enjoy a night of gossip, glamour, and romance… with bottomless glasses of bubbles and endless shells of oysters.  
  • Wednesday:  Farm Fresh Pre-Fixe
    For the foodie fellow or dining darling, Wednesday’s at The Bedford are sure to please.  Each Wednesday morning, Chef Steuer heads out to the local farms and farmer’s market to find what he will be cooking that night for dinner!  Each pre-fixe menu will be offered for $25. The Bedford will announce via Twitter and Facebook what each Wednesday night menu will be…so, stay tuned to social media for those weekly updates on Twitter @thebedfordchi, or Facebook at

Lots of great stuff at the upcoming Dose Market on July 10!
NEW PERKS: Twenty-six new vendors join the Dose Market spread; Do Dose 2011 membership cards go on sale, providing shoppers with 6 months of Dose for $30; parking with Dose Market validation gets shoppers 4 hours for $6 in the REAC Parkview garage; out-of-towners can enjoy the Dose Package at the James Hotel; and recent Neocon award-winner Turnstone outfits the Dose Lounge with extra-special write-on tables.

What: Dose, a monthly food and fashion market (
When: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.; one Sunday per month thereafter
Where: River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. (312-321-1001;
Transportation: Nearest El stop at Grand Red Line. Parking in the REAC garage, 4 hours for $6.
Price: $10 admission at the door or $8 online; 6-month pass, $30, all at

Fish Bar
Fish Bar is now offering carry out for their salads, soups, sandwiches, fried goods and all things a la plancha! Don’t reach for the phone when placing an order for takeout. Instead guests must dock in Fish Bar to place their order. While they wait they will receive a complimentary beer tasting for dinner orders. For lunch orders, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! But if work must be done and beer isn’t an option, customers can also sip on pop or freshly brewed tea while the kitchen whips up their order!

Greta Pope to Perform at Benny's Chop House in July
International entertainer/singer Greta Pope is performing at Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 312.626.2444) every Friday in July beginning July 8. You may hear Greta from 7:30 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. in the North Lounge, Greta's performances span from lively Brazilian to beloved Broadway, classic Country to powerful Opera. She is accompanied by pianist Paul Coscino.

Oyster Wednesday Kicks off at Benny's Chop House
The ever-so-popular Oyster Wednesday returns to Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., 312-626-2444) 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bar and North Lounge. Every Wednesday, guests will enjoy $.25 Pocomoco oysters from Virginia and a selection of premium oysters by flights of six. "Benny's will feature five to six different east coast and five to six different west coast oysters each Wednesday," says director of operations Mitchell Schmieding. "We've also paired specialty cocktails, wines and craft beers to go along with the selections."

Benny's shucker, Luis Pedroza, is a site to behold. The award winning #2 oyster shucker in the nation knows his art and adds to the Benny's experience.

Family-Style Summer Picnic Menu at Custom House
$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.

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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  • If I had done this to my company's Web site, I would have been fired. All your old links are broken, and your images are gone too. WTF? Look at your Fried Chicken Post. You should not have lost that image gallery. At all. There's something called a QA process. Did Chicago Now not test this at all or show you a test version before it went live?

    Great photo of Chris Pandel: JK. Obviously it's gone. WTF??

    The Google love Chicago Now lost from all these changes is really painful. Bye bye advertising revenue. Seriously...was no one thinking about maintaining your SEO at all?

  • PS I still think the fact that you have to login via CN or via Facebook to leave a comment is counter-productive for a blog. Unless you're monetizing your mailing list. And I wouldn't let you sell my email address anyhow.

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