Friday Food Fun

The big news this week seems to be that Pinkberry is FINALLY opening in Chicago. Founded 5 years ago it does feel longer. Last night, they offered free Fro-yo and the line was around the block throughout the night! I got a taste of salted caramel and the regular with fruit. I’m not one to think healthy for my frozen treats but it was good. Look for more locations to open up soon from what I heard!

This weekend lots going  on…do you have your Next reservation yet?

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

Roots Handmade Pizza now offering Delivery & Carryout

West Town restaurant and bar Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave) is now doing delivery and carryout for its food menu including its Quad Cities-style hand-tosses pizzas. Roots is delivering every day of the week from 11am until midnight, and patrons can order online at or by calling the restaurant at 773.645.4949.

The Roots delivery zone is Fullerton Avenue to the north, Clybourn Avenue to the northeast, Halsted Street to the east, Lake Street to the south, and California Avenue to the west.

Bastille Day Fun!
Bastille Day activities at Chicago French Market. (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL). Celebrating Bastille Day - France's Independence Day - Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14. The free celebration is featuring delicious treats, wine and live entertainment.
Celebrate Bastille Day with 2 full days of vendor specials and live entertainment!

Wednesday, July 13th:
1am-2pm: Lunch Hour Music by French Chanteuse Jacqueline Sylvie
5-7pm: Grand Soiree presented by Chicago French Market
         - Complimentary French wine tasting from H2Vino and Fine Vines
         - Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres
         - Performance by Acclaimed Cabaret Singer Greta Pope
         - Honored Guest Graham Paul, Consulate General of France in
5-7pm, Pastoral Artisan Wine & Cheese
Pastoral will have on hand some of the finest cheeses, wines and accompaniments from our friends across the pond. Andrew from H2Vino & Freddy from Fine Vines will be pouring Reds, Whites and Sparkling's from France to celebrate the storming of the Bastille! Stop by to taste what the wine world has been trying to duplicate for years and participate in the festive atmosphere that freedom can provide.

Thursday, July 14th:
11 am-2 pm: Trio Copacabana featuring Brazilian and International flavors
5 pm-7 pm: Jazz Trio Prince Saleem and Company
Vendor Specials
July 13 & 14: Sweet Miss Giving's Bleu, Blanc and Rouge (velvet) cupcakes ($3)
July 14 & 15: Saigon Sisters' Frenchman Banh Mi, chips and drink special ($10)
July 14 & 15: Abbey Brown Soap Artisan limited edition "French Market Soap" special ($4)
July 14 & 15: Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer offers French beer; Castelain Blonde Biere de Garde, Jenlain Amber, Jenlain Blonde and Saint Druon de Sebourg - French Abbey Ale ($5)
July 14 - 16: Vanille Patisserie: New item, crème brulee ($2.75)
Throughout July:
Lavazza Espression's Blendissimo® line and Raspberry Coco Espessone™ ($3.55-$4.55)
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine's Picnic for Two including cheese, bread accompaniments and cookies (price varies).

Wine Dinner
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Presents Silverado Wine Dinner
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (25 E. Ohio St., Chicago; (312) 329-9463) is hosting Silverado Vineyards at a wine dinner 6:30 p.m . Friday, July 29-showcasing five exceptional wines with winemaker and spokesperson Jon Emmerich.
The dinner is $99 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes Silverado wine selections paired with the special five-course meal created by Fleming's Chef Jerl Griffin. Reservations for the Silverado Wine Dinner with Jon Emmerich at Fleming's are required and may be made by calling (312) 329-9463. Please note that space is limited.

Mercadito Chicago Heats up Late Night with Taco Tuesdays and Agave Wednesdays
Sizzling Summer Fiesta Starts after 9 P.M. with New Late Night Specials - When the sun sets on Chicago, the party at Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.) is just getting started. For partygoers looking to take advantage of summer nights, Mercadito introduces new late night specials of $2.75 Taco Tuesdays and Agave Wednesdays available after 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 312.929.9555.

Taco Tuesdays: Choose from 11 tempting taco varieties such as pescado, veracruzana, hongos, rajas, chorizo, pastor, camarón, carne, estilo baja, carnitas, and pollo for only $2.75 per taco after 9 p.m. (minimum order of 2; in restaurant only).

Agave Wednesdays: With approximately 125 tequilas on the menu ranging from Blancos, Reposados, Añejo, Extra Añejo and Mezcales, the knowledgeable Mercadito staff knows the different distinctions and taste tequila has to offer. Experts say that tequila offers more than 600 different flavors and aromas, and after 9 p.m. every Wednesday, guests will be guided through the tasting process by the educated staff with a complimentary small tasting of tequila. The tequila will change every week so guests can come back again and again for late night noshes and a 'spirited' education. 

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

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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