Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

It’s the first weekend of 2013! We all survived the Mayan Apolocypse and the holiday onslaught. The Chicago winter seems to be setting in with the cold and potential snow. A bunch of fun events coming up…

On Thursday, January 10 (6pm-8pm) – Chef David Burke and Ariane Daguin, Founder of  D’Artagnan – the leading purveyor of meats, charcuterie and mushrooms in the nation – will be hosting a DUCK & FRENCH SOUL FOOD DEMO AND DINNER at Primehouse, located within The James Hotel Chicago at 616 North Rush.

A highlight of the dinner will be their demonstration of the duck press – revealing how Ariane and Chef Burke create all those rich, duck flavors! The pair will prepare an all-duck menu, complete with Rohan duck done two ways- Rare breast with duck press juices - and Hachis Parmentier with braised duck leg, with wine pairings from Southern France.  The dinner will end on a sweet note, with Tomme des Pyrenees cheese and pastis Gascon with prunes and apples.

 Thanks to Chef Burke and Ariane Daguin, we are giving away a Rohan Duck and a pair of tickets to one lucky reader.  Email (subject DUCK PRESS) to enter to win. A winner will be chosen, at random, and will be added to the RSVP list (along with their guest) for entry the day of the event.  For those who do not win, tickets are $95 per person and attendees will receive 20% off their next meal at David Burke's Primehouse. Additional purchase information can be found here.

25 Degrees is launching a new Sunday night dinner program called "Southern Fried Sundays," featuring, you guessed it…Southern Fried Chicken! The special kicks off early next year on January 13th, 2013. Every Sunday guests can feast on Chef Tim Goodell's Southern cooking with the eatery's new Fried Chicken special for $12 (includes two side dishes, choose from mashed potatoes, gravy, mac & cheese, collard greens, coleslaw and cornbread, additional sides are $4 each).

Rockit Ranch Productions is pushing the “Country” genre envelope with a new Saturday night party called “The ACE Country Club” at its much talked about American-Asian culinary mash-up Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ. At the center of it all, as the clash of “Country” & (Night)”Club” might suggest, Rockit Ranch will be “mashing up” Dragon Ranch Country music favorites, with the best in Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, EDM – currently raging at its other award winning venues, Rockit and The Underground.

The ACE Country Club will take place from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Saturday nights starting January 5, 2013.  For more information or to reserve a table, visit or PR Manager Deanna Dugo at 312.765.9370 or

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.

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, 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

Valentine's Day

The Signature Room® has been a favorite destination for sweethearts, whether they’re setting the stage for an important first date, celebrating honeymoons and anniversaries, or seeking the perfect place to pop the question.  For the most romantic holiday of the year, The Signature Room at the 95th® offers couples an exclusive Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe menu served only Thurs., Feb. 14 and Sat., Feb. 16. Lunchtime on Valentine’s Day and other mealtimes surrounding the holiday weekend will offer the classic a la carte menu for guests.

The Valentine’s Day menu includes gourmet appetizers, a choice of homemade soup or fresh salad, an exceptional entrée, one glass of champagne per person for a bubbly toast, and a sweet ending with housemade dessert, plus soft drinks, tea and coffee all for $95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Credit card payment is required for both Thursday and Saturday seatings with this special menu. Restaurant reservations are highly recommended.  Call 312-787-9596 or visit

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 has also contributed to Chicago and

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