Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

Lot of fun events with the Holidays nipping at our heels! I'll be judging on Monday at the Holiday Rock and Roll event so stop by and say hello and help benefit Share our Strength!

Holiday Rock and Roll – Pastry Competition at the Sofitel hotel on Monday Dec 17th between 6-8pm. Indulge in modern interpretations of the classic French holiday dessert, the Bûche de Noël. Enjoy tasting each pastry chef's creation and cast your vote for the best Yuletide dessert.  Come for the savory bites and delicious drinks. Enjoy live music from Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press who will be playing holiday jingles old and new! Stay for the award ceremony where the winning chef will receive the grand prize!

Hosted by Chef Greg Biggers & Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky with competing chefs: Thomas Raquel - Acadia ~ Nate Meads - RM Champagne Salon, Meg Galus - NoMI ~ Dana Cree – Blackbird, Amanda Rockman - Balena ~ Elissa Narow - Perennial Virant, Cindy Schuman - Sepia ~ Chris Curren - Stout Barrel House & Galley and more! Benefiting Share Our Strength Tickets can be purchased at http://holidayrockandroll.eventbrite.com/#

The Florentine (151 W. Adams) just started offering a new Happy Hour special. Any guests who dine at the bar Monday through Friday from 4-6pm will receive a complimentary pizza with purchase of an alcoholic beverage.

BEL 50 (738 N. Clark) is launching a new promotion on Sundays. Customers who order a breakfast waffle sandwich anytime on Sunday (8am to 8pm) will be offered a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa with their order. This will be offered for the months of December and January.
Leopold (1450 W Chicago) 12 Beers of Christmas – We have been collecting some of this season's hottest holiday beers – even some rare bottles that we have been aging for the past year! Attached is our menu, and once a selection is gone, it's gone for the year. We'll feature each beer at some point throughout the next several weeks and offer at a discount to our Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

Chef Gregory Ellis of 2 Sparrows will take diners on a culinary journey on December 14 at the Journeyman Distillery Dinner, where he has designed four courses to complement four hand crafted cocktails. Chef Gregory has taken a classic approach to the cocktails, and each course is paired with the flavors and ingredients in the drinks. Journeyman Distillery, from Three Oaks, MI, and producer of Bilberry Black Hearts Gin, the only spirit featured in Time Out Chicago's "100 best things we ate and drank in 2012" supports organic farmers in the Midwest that produce quality grains for their spirits. Each spirit chosen for the cocktails represents local flavor and a great Midwestern story, and Chef Gregory's menu will pay homage to this vision. This spirits-focused dinner begins at 7pm and is priced at $50 per person. Reservations are required by calling 773-234-2320 and seating is limited to 60 guests.

Sable Kitchen & Bar on Saturday, December 15 where Executive Chef Heather Terhune has teamed up with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne to host a special Four-Course Champagne & Dessert Pairing!
After being welcomed with a bubbly cocktail crafted by Head Bartender Mike Ryan, the Saturday afternoon will continue to sparkle with a pours of Cuvee Brut and Rose Sauvage Champagne. Each of the four flutes will be paired with a decadent dessert whipped up by Chef Heather. More details below…
When: Saturday, December 15, 2-4PM
Where: Sable Kitchen & Bar adjacent to Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar (505 N State)
Cost: $25 per person (plus tax and gratuity) – 100% of proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository
RSVP: Required- please call 312.985.0701 to make a reservation or visit www.sablechicago.com

Join Ada St. for Movie Nights, a celebration of our favorite films...Every Monday at 10:00pm
Here is the full line-up for the next several weeks...

  • December 17: Elf

To make a reservation for 11/19 beginning at 9pm, please email...eboyer@dmkrestaurants.com, The Ada Street Team - 1664 n. ada st. chicago, il

David Burke’s Primehouse Executive Chef Jove Hubbard’s upcoming Hot Chocolate Program. After a long cold day of shopping, guests and passersby can warm their chilly hands with a hot mug of chocolaty goodness. From November 23 – December 21, Cup o’ Jove, a temporary pop-up shop will offer a unique variety of hot chocolate flavors with new surprises every week. Cup o’ Jove will be located at the entrance of J Bar, the hotel’s bar and lounge, and will be open each Friday from 3pm – 5pm for five weeks. The innovative recipes are concocted by Jove Hubbard, executive pastry chef at The James’ renowned restaurant David Burke's Primehouse. Some of Jove’s delectable creations include Hot Milk Chocolate with pumpkin, spiced marshmallows and Ceylon cinnamon caramel, and Mocha Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Those interested can follow David Burke’s Primehouse on Twitter and Facebook to find out what the new flavors will be each week. www.facebook.com/DavidBurkesPrimehouse or www.twitter.com/DBPrimehouse

Johanna Brannan Lowe, the British ex-pat proprietress of West Town’s vintage kitchenware shop Martyn George, welcomes shoppers to a holiday party with an anglophile bent on Saturday, December 15, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Those seeking an extra-special gift for the cook on their list can browse the shop’s well-curated collection of culinary objects, all hand-selected by Johanna, a food and prop stylist, for their uniqueness and beauty. For the consummate host: painted china platters and crystal decanters. For the cocktail lover: 1960s-era etched glass barware. For the baker: milk glass mixing bowls and English glass cake stands.

While pondering their purchases, guests will enjoy merry holiday tunes, nosh on royal pies from Pleasant House Bakery and sip mulled wine. Traditional English Christmas crackers will be available for guests to pull at the event, each containing cards with dollar amount discounts on purchases. Terms and conditions apply, and the cards will be valid through January 31, 2013.

Martyn George will open as usual at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, and the holiday shopping event begins at 4 p.m. For more information, please call 312.340.4666.

The wonderful holiday festivities taking place at the historic Palmer House Hilton in the famous lobby which is now decorated for the holidays with trees, wreaths, and lights and celebrations are in full swing.

  • Holiday sweets - Pastry chefs in the making can warm up with hot chocolate and cupcake decorating with the hotel’s pastry team from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday through December. For adults with a sweet tooth, Lockwood restaurant will offer cake pop flights and cupcakes from 8pm until midnight each Friday and Saturday through December. For some tea with that dessert, an afternoon tea service will be held in the famous Palmer House lobby every Saturday and Sunday in November and December from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Prices for the tea service are $38 for adults and $18 for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Lockwood at 312.917.3404.
  • Tuba Christmas in the Grand Ballroom - On Saturday, December 22, 400 Tuba players will fill the historic Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Starting at 12 noon, tuba players of all ages will perform “Merry Tuba Christmas—A Concert of Christmas Music,” orchestrated in honor of music professor and creator Harvey Phillips.

The Atwood Café, located on the busiest retail cross-section in the Loop (Washington & State Street), welcomes back Holiday Tea Service this year, an act that has become a holiday staple for hungry shoppers and loyal families.

The historic bistro’s Holiday Tea Service includes a selection of eight Loose Leaf Tea options (black, green, white and herbal varieties) topped off with cumin or chamomile infused honey and a glass of bubbly (for an extra cost). Atwood Café (1 West Washington Street) - November 17 & 18; November 24 & 25; December (entire month, sans December 25), from 2-3:30PM - $35/adult and $20/child (12 and under); Prosecco is an additional cost of $10+ per flute) Reservations are required; please call 312-368-1900 to reserve your table. www.atwoodcafe.com

Le Bar at Sofitel is celebrating Solstice - a journey through northern France. One Thursday a month will feature a different region of northern France with inspired food, wine and cocktails and a live DJ

• • January 24: Alps region
• February 7: Brittany region
• March 7: Normandy region

In partnership with Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Henri’s Spirited Dinner Series is co-hosted by Beverage Development Manager Eric Hay, as well as Thomas Mooneyham, who oversees the bar program at The Gage. Each date is dedicated to one genre of spirit, chosen and provided by Wirtz Beverage. The beverage gurus and their teams must craft five cocktails featuring the chosen spirit and provide their cocktail menu to the Henri team to utilize in the development of the complementing dinner menu. Every dinner begins with a reception featuring a pair of punches – one each by Clint and Thomas – presented with passed hors d’oeuvres. At the seated dinner, each guest bartender creates his signature drinks, which are paired with Chef Dirk Flanigan ‘s French-inflected five-course meal.
Henri’s Spirited Dinner Series showcases top mixology talent from the following establishments. The lineup includes:

  • Gin Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Danny Shapiro & Team - Scofflaw

Each Spirited Dinner is priced at $100 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and begins at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 312.578.0763. Seating is limited

SUSHISAMBA rio is ringing in the fall with their hit Sushi & Sake 101 classes, teaching guests how to master the art of making maki and tasting sake! As you may know, the restaurant that continues to host the Sushi & Sake 101 series; the signature sushi and sake classes are led by Sake Sommelier Hayes Swope. Guests can sample SUSHISAMBA’s 60 plus sake offerings, gain insider tips from SUSHISAMBA’S chefs and enjoy Peruvian and Brazilian inspired dishes, all while learning the art of sushi and how to make it at home, led by MasterSushi Chef Shigeru Kitano.
Tuesday, December 11
Tuesday, January 8

Sushi & Sake 101 classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are $75 per person and limited seating is available

Gift Card Palooza
Chipotle Mexican Grill (multiple locations): Customers who purchase $30 in Chipotle gift cards between now and December 31, 2012 can redeem the receipt from their gift card purchase for a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad if they bring their original receipt back before January 31, 2013.

Epic Burger (multiple locations): Epic Burger is offering a $5 karma card for every $50 spent on a gift card(s).

Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 North Columbus Drive): Customers who buy $100 in gift cards will receive an additional bonus gift card of $20.

Hash House A Go Go (1212 North State Parkway): For every $100 in gift cards purchased, guests will receive an additional $25 gift certificate.

Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.): Customers will receive $25 in gift certificates for every $100 purchased. If fans join the La Prado loyalty program, you earn one point for every pre-tax dollar that you spend in Mercat. Each time that you accumulate a total of 250 points, you collect a $25 value to be used when dining at the restaurant.

Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.): Guests who purchase a gift card from Mercadito Hospitality for $100, receive one for free for $20. Another perk, the cards can be used at Mercadito, Double A, Tavernita or Barcito. By registering a gift card, guests will receive “piña points,” Mercadito Hospitality’s reward program. Guests can check their balance and order cards here: http://www.mercaditohospitality.com/gift_cards.phpp. For questions, email store@mercaditorestaurants.com.

Coco Pazzo and Coco Pazzo Cafe, have a great deal going on for the holidays. For every $100 spent on gift cards at the restaurants during the month of December, you'll receive a 375 ml bottle of Coco Pazzo Olive Oil in a beautiful gift bag for free .And, Coco Pazzo restaurant gift cards never expire which is great. Pass the olive oil along as a gift or keep it for yourself...what ever makes you happy. The olive oil is made specifically for Coco Pazzo in Tuscany and is created from the finest olives available. This offer is only available for gift card purchases made in one of the restaurants and is not available online.

Want to See Santa?
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, bring in the whole family to Pinstripes and enjoy a complete Sunday brunch spread and visit with Santa. The savory and sweet brunch buffet is complete with gourmet waffles, made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, smoked salmon, bagels, fresh shrimp, flatbreads, salad bar and even a ‘Kids Corner’. Nothing brings more holiday cheer than a full dessert bar fit with a chocolate fountain, homemade marshmallows, cheesecake, brownies and fresh fruit.

anta will be making his way around Pinstripes to mingle with families, snap photos and take requests for holiday wish lists! Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16 - Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m; Visit with Santa 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Brunch $20 per person for adults; $12 for kids 6-12; Free for kids 5 and under. $3 mimosas; $5 bloody Marys.

Reservations are recommended.
Pinstripes Northbrook - 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 - 847-480-2323
Pinstripes South Barrington - 100 West Higgins Road, South Barrington, IL 60010 - 847-844-9300
Pinstripes Oak Brook - 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, IL 60523 - 630-575-8700

Christmas Eve and Day Dining
Palmer House - Christmas with the Family - The hotel offers an elegant Christmas Eve dinner on Monday, December 24 with an a la carte menu. On Christmas Day, a holiday brunch buffet with dishes like roasted peppered prime aged rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream. The brunch buffet will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a la carte dinner service will take place at 5:00 p.m. The brunch is $65 for adults; $55 for seniors; $30 for children under 12; children under six are complimentary (prices do not include tax and gratuity).

Bistronomic, Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's charming bistro located just off the Magnificent Mile, will feature a French-inspired, three-course Christmas Eve prix fixe menu on Monday, December 24 from 5-10 p.m. With a cozy atmosphere, impeccable service and exquisite cuisine, Bistronomic lends the ideal setting for a memorable holiday celebration.

Composed from seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients, Bistronomic's menu options include traditional items, vegetarian varieties and Parisian specialties for $49 (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages). Diners are invited to select one dish from various options for each course:

Reservations for Christmas Eve at Bistronomic are required. Please call (312) 944-8400. The price for two courses for children is $20 and $10 for those under five years of age.

New Year’s Eve
Bistronomic, Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's charming bistro located just off the Magnificent Mile, will feature two seatings for guests to ring in 2013 with a French-inspired prix-fixe feast on New Year's Eve. On Monday, December 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bistronomic will offer a pre-revelry four-course chef tasting dinner. For the second seating, from 7:45 p.m. to 11 p.m., Bistronomic invites guests to indulge before the 2013 resolutions kick in, with a five-course gala menu and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Additionally, Chef Noguier has prepared a surprise menu for adventurous diners looking for extra excitement on the final evening of 2012!

The two seating options include:
• 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.- Four Course Chef Tasting Menu: $60 per person or $85 per person with wine pairing
• 7:45 p.m. -11 p.m.- Five Courses Gala Chef Tasting Menu: $80 per person or $105 per person with wine pairing
Reservations are required; please call (312) 944-8400. Bistronomic will also be open on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, for brunch service (10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.) inviting guests to enjoy bottomless mimosas or start the year off right with delicious salads and other healthful brunch favorites.

bellyQ (1400 W. Randolph), Bill Kim's Asian barbeque restaurant that opened this fall in partnership with Michael Jordan and Cornerstone Restaurant Group, invites all "belly"-enthusiasts, whether bellyQ, Urban Belly or belly shack, to toast to 2013 at bellyQ this New Year's Eve. For the first time, Chef Kim will be serving up flavorful fare from all three restaurants under one roof with several stations, including:

• Dumpling Domain: An imaginative take on dumplings
• belly shack: Korean/Puerto Rican fusion fare
• Urban Belly: Bites from the mouthwatering noodle & dumpling restaurant
• Asian Pizzeria: Pizza with Chef Kim's signature Asian flare
• Dessert Coma: A sampling of decadent desserts from all three restaurants
• Sake Station: Sip sakes from around the world

For revelers that snag a spot to this festive celebration, doors open at 8 p.m. and the DJ will kick off the party at 9 p.m. For $125, guests can dine and imbibe all night at the unique food and sake stations while also enjoying their choice of specialty cocktails, draft beers and well drinks. Prices listed are exclusive of tax and gratuity. A credit card is required to hold New Year's Eve reservations. For reservations or additional information, please call (312) 563-1010 or visit www.bellyqchicago.com.

Hash House A Go Go’s New Year’s Eve specials too!  The Gold Coast’s “twisted farm food” eatery will serve its brunch menu all day on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to allow revelers to either fuel up for a big night ahead, or recoup from a long party the night before. In addition to its brunch offerings, Hash House A Go Go will also stay open until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve to properly ring in the New Year. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne when they order an entrée such as the 14 oz. New York Strip Steak with grilled shrimp and wasabi mayo and grilled sweet corn mash, Roasted Prime Rib with griddled horseradish mash and asparagus and other special dinner selections. The restaurant’s full brunch menu and dinner menu will be available, along with holiday specials.

Brunch will be served New Year’s Eve from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. On New Year’s Day, brunch will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.202.0994.

Hotel 71’s in-house restaurant and bar, Hoyt’s, will ring in the New Year with a speakeasy style soiree. In celebration of the New Year, the restaurant will allow guests to step into the prohibition past where wait staff will dress the part and silent films will air in the background. No need for bootlegging this year as guests will enjoy a four hour top-shelf open bar complete with signature small bites and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight. Premium drink package tickets cost $95 and $79 for HIP card members with available bottle service in VIP section. Guests can call 312.346.9870 to reserve their spot. Music will be provided by DJ “As-Is” straight from LA.

Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave) will throw an all-inclusive New Year's Eve Party featuring a five-hour premium bar package, a food buffet, midnight champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ spinning all night long that will start at 8pm on Monday, December 31.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online for the Roots New Year's Eve Party at http://nyeroots.eventbrite.com. Early bird tickets are available for $50 each from now until December 25. Regular tickets are $60 each starting December 26, and ticket sales end at 5pm on Monday, December 31.

Wicker Park upscale sports bar The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St) will throw an all-inclusive New Year's Eve party starting at 8pm on Monday, December 31 featuring a five-hour premium bar package, a food buffet, midnight champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ spinning all night long.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online for The Fifty/50's New Years Eve Party at http://nyefifty50.eventbrite.com. Early bird tickets are available for $50 each from now until December 25. Regular tickets are $60 each starting December 26, and ticket sales end at 5pm on Monday, December 31.

Tickets to both include the following:
* Five-hour premium open bar (from 8pm until 1am) that includes all premium liquor, all draft and bottled beer (except bombers), all wines by the glass, Red Bull, and soda. Shots and bombs are not included in the package, and all shots and bombs are $5 each. Cash bar available from 1am until 2am.
* Two-hour buffet (9pm-11pm) of Roots food including pizza, appetizers, salads, and more.
* Midnight champagne toast.
* Party favors.
* DJ spinning all night long.

Leopold (1450 W Chicago) New Year's Eve – Chef Michael Dean Reynolds has created a deliciously elegant 3 course menu to ring in the new year. We will be doing a seating between 5-7pm and another from 9-11pm for $75 per person. Wine or beer pairings will be available for an additional charge

Slurping Turtle (116 W. Hubbard St.), a 2013 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand recipient, is pulling out all the stops this year to kickoff the start of 2013 with back-to-back New Year's celebrations. Guests can celebrate in style before and after the clock strikes midnight with the following festive events at Slurping Turtle.

Slurp Up Before the Count Down! Slurping Turtle will celebrate New Year's Eve in true Japanese fashion this year with the classic Japanese action films Godzilla and Ultraman playing on the concrete wall, a Japanese Big Drum sounding off throughout the night, tasting menus featuring Chef Takashi's signature Japanese comfort food and a sake toast for all at midnight. Caution not to be frightened by the Godzilla and Turtle characters roaming around the restaurant - it's all part of the fun.

For revelers looking to get in on the celebratory festivities, Slurping Turtle is taking reservations for the first time on New Year's Eve. The restaurant is offering two seating options at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and diners can fuel up with their choice of three family-style tasting menus before a night on the town, including:

  • Godzilla Dinner ($45/person)
  • Ultraman Dinner ($60/person)
  • Turtle Dinner ($80/person)

For reservations on New Year's Eve, please call (312) 464-0466.

This New Year's Eve, Sepia is pulling out all of the stops with a festive, multi-course menu to welcome 2013. Like his recent Iron Chef America battle, Chef Andrew Zimmerman proves his cuisine reigns supreme with dishes like Sea Scallops with celery root and black truffle dashi; Lobster and Shitake Raviolo with sauce American and fine herbs; and Rack of Lamb with lamb bisteeya, eggplant, Ras el Hanout and lamb jus. To go along with this celebratory feast, Wine Director Arthur Hon will pair each course with a toast-ready wine. And before New Year's resolutions kick in, guests can indulge in Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman's confectionary delights for dessert.

Guests can opt for the first seating from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. with a four-course prix-fixe menu, or the second seating from 8 to 9:30 p.m. featuring a five-course prix-fixe menu. The first seating (four courses) is priced at $85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity; optional wine pairings $65 per person. The second seating (five courses) costs $110 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity; optional wine pairings $90 per person, plus a welcome cocktail. To make reservations, guests are asked to call 312.441.1920.

Whether you’re looking to feast at Sunda, celebrate at Rockit Bar & Grill, count down at Rockit Burger Bar, party like a rockstar at The Underground or hoot and holler at Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ, Rockit Ranch Productions is offering a variety of New Year’s Eve bashes to suit every partygoer. , including:

FOR THOSE WHO WANT A NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE: ROCKIT BAR & GRILL - MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 8:00PM TO 1:30AM
ROCKIT BAR & GRILL, 22 W. HUBBARD The best way to end 2012 is with the best party in Chicago at Rockit Bar & Grill. New Year’s Eve packages include: premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres (cinnamon raisin grilled cheese, lemon herb chicken skewers, etc.), dinner buffet (white bean hummus, warm crab spinach and artichoke dip, etc.) and champagne toast at midnight and everyone’s favorite…party favors!
General admission and private table packages are available. General admission tickets start at $95 per person.
Click here for your New Year’s Eve reservation!

FOR THE MOVERS, SHAKERS AND TASTEMAKERS: SUNDA NEW ASIAN- MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 FROM 8:00PM TO 1:00AM
SUNDA NEW ASIAN, 110 W. ILLINOIS Ring in the New Year at River North’s “Best Restaurant,” where you can pick your party. Celebrate in our upstairs banquet space, which includes an all-inclusive buffet, open bar, champagne toast at midnight and a DJ ($125 per person), or opt for Sunda’s dining room package ($120 per person). This more intimate experience (available for parties of 2 – 12) includes: a five-course menu with premium open bar package, midnight champagne toast and seating at a main dining room table for you and your party.
For more information on other packages and purchasing, please click here.

FOR THE BURGER LOVER ON A BUDGET: ROCKIT BURGER BAR - MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 FROM 8:00PM TO 1:30AM
ROCKIT BURGER BAR, 3700 N CLARK End 2012 with an unforgettable night at Rockit Burger Bar. With perfectly priced New Year’s Eve packages (starting at $75 per person), enjoy open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres (like BBQ pork sliders, flatbread pizzas and Rockit poppers), dinner buffet (with Buffalo & BBQ jumbo chicken wings, assorted mini sandwiches, etc.), a champagne toast at midnight and party favors! To get more information on general admission and private table packages, click here.

FOR THE WHISKEY DRINKIN’, BBQ EATIN’ URBAN COWBOY (OR GIRL): DRAGON RANCH MOONSHINE & BBQ - MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 8:00PM TO 1:30AM
DRAGON RANCH MOONSHINE & BBQ, 441 N. CLARK Celebrate the New Year at Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ with a rip roarin’ hootenanny (starting at $75 per person)! Cozy up at the communal tables, and enjoy premium open bar, passed appetizers, dinner buffet, desserts, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors to keep the night going until 1:30 a.m.
Book your reservations here!

FOR THE DANCIN’ FOOL: THE UNDERGROUND - MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 8:00PM TO 1:30AM
THE UNDERGROUND, 56 W. ILLINOIS Dance the night (and year) away at The Underground, where the party will last well into New Year’s Day. Purchase general or VIP tickets and tables, which include 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. premium open bar & dinner package (chorizo empanadas, shrimp cocktail, truffle tater tots, etc.) and champagne toast at midnight! For more information, click here. General admission tickets start at $125 per person.

Geja’s Café, 340 West Armitage, will offer New Year’s Eve revelers a romantic repast featuring fondue and champagne in a festive, yet intimate, atmosphere complete with classical/flamenco guitar music. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Geja’s Café will offer three special reserved seating times on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, December 12th at 9 a.m. by calling 773.281.9101.

All three packages include a four-course fondue dinner complete with cheese fondue appetizer, salad, lobster, shrimp and beef entree and Geja’s famous flaming chocolate dessert fondue. The 5:00 p.m. seating is $75 per person and includes a glass of Lanson’s Black Label Brut Champagne. The 7:30 p.m. seating is $105 per person and includes a glass of Lanson’s Rose Label Brut Rose Champagne. The 10:00 p.m. seating is $125 per person and includes a bottle of Lanson’s Black Label Brut Champagne per couple and party favors galore as the countdown to midnight begins.

David Burke’s Primehouse is ringing in the New Year by offering guests a decadent four course prix fixe dinner for $82 per person.
The Full New Years Eve dinner menu is available at http://davidburkesprimehouse.com/menus/New-Years%20Eve-2012-2013.pdf.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling David Burke’s Primehouse (616 North Rush), located at The James Chicago hotel, at 312.660.6000 or by visiting http://davidburkesprimehouse.com.

New Year's Day Hangover Specials

It Pays to Wear Pajamas at Slurping Turtle! After a night of celebrating, what better way to brunch than in your pajamas? Guests are encouraged to dust off the old onesie for Slurping Turtle's first annual New Year's Day Pajama Party Brunch. Diners donning PJ's will enjoy complimentary cinnamon brioche donut holes from Pastry Chef Courtney Joseph. Additionally, all pajama-clad guests will be given gift certificates valued at 50% of their total bill for their next visit. Participating guests will not be alone - Slurping Turtle's managers will be sporting robes and the employees will be working the floor in PJ's.

Slurping Turtle's newly launched Brunch Menu, featuring their signature Bento Brunch, along with hot tapas, cold tapas, noodles and items from the bincho grill, will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Day. The restaurant will also offer Bloody Mary and Champagne specials throughout the day. Dinner service will begin at 5 p.m. and will be offered until 9 p.m.

Kimpton’s Hotel Allegro Chicago is giving guests one more reason to toast to 2013- a complimentary “Recovery Brunch” that awaits them in the Living Room Lobby on New Year’s Day! From 9am to 12pm, Hotel Allegro will invite guests to relax and rejuvenate in their Lobby Living Room after an evening of New Year’s Eve festivities. The hotel’s complimentary “Recovery Brunch” spread will include cold pizza, a Bloody Mary bar complete with all the fixings and bottled water… the ultimate hangover cure!

Guests can recover away on New Year’s Day for standard room rates starting at just $199 per night. AND if you’re still scrambling for New Year’s Eve plans, the hotel’s adjacent restaurants (312 Chicago and Encore Liquid Lounge) will be offering special menu surprises for the holiday celebration. Hotel Allegro is centrally located in the Loop at 171 West Randolph Street. Please visit www.hotelallegro.com for more information.

David Burke’s Primehouse (616 N. Rush) invites guests to leave the aspirin behind and opt for their New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch. Available from 10:00am until 2:30pm, this brunch is just the thing to kick-off the New Year right. Executive Chef Rick Gresh has prepared a menu of comfort food favorites, perfect to wake you up after a night of celebration. The buffet-style brunch will include breakfast classics with a twist, such as the Vanilla French Toast with spiced apple compote, thyme sausage gravy with shortcake biscuits, fried potatoes with fresh herb as well as scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and sausage. For those looking for lunch fare, indulge in Mac N Cheese with Benton Bacon, Chicken Wings with Chipotle and Honey or a Mixed Green Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and ginger mustard dressing. The New Year’s Day Hangover Bruch is $20 per person. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 312.660.6000 or visiting http://davidburkesprimehouse.com.
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 has also contributed to Eater.com Chicago and mydailyfindchicago.com.

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