Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

TGIF and welcome to March! Has the Madness begun yet? The cold seems to be lingering and that could cause some mental shakes. I survived judging Poutinefest – an AWESOME time! Eaten at Next and have one more great meal this week at Elizabeth. Curious to see how it ranks…

On to the fun food events and experiences going on around town.

Have a safe and warm weekend. Go Hawks!

In partnership with Bloodshot Records, Third Shift Amber Lager is hosting a SXSW Send-off event, featuring Chicago-based artists JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and Jon Langford & Skull Orchard. Guests can enjoy Third Shift and ManBQue specials all night and give the bands a proper goodbye before they head down to Austin.

Fans who are 21 or older can RSVP at:, entrance will be on a first come, first serve basis. Sunday, March 3 - Doors 7 p.m., Performance begins 7:30 p.m.

Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave. (312) 226-6300 To celebrate the February 2013 national debut of Third Shift Amber Lager, Third Shift is inviting Chicago residents to enjoy an evening with Chicago-based bands JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and Jon Langford & Skull Orchard before they ship out to SXSW.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Sepia executive chef Andrew Zimmerman welcomes executive chef and owner Gerard Craft from St. Louis (Niche, Pastaria, Taste by Niche, and Brasserie by Niche) into his kitchen for a collaborative dinner at Private Dining by Sepia (135 N. Jefferson St.). The two nationally-acclaimed chefs have both recently been named as semifinalists for the 2013 James Beard Award Foundation Awards, a fifth nomination for Craft and second nomination for Zimmerman. Best known for their work with Midwestern farmers and purveyors, the five course “Modern Midwest” dinner, including wine pairings and a welcome cocktail reception, will celebrate the best, seasonal product of the region. The one-night guest chef dinner, beginning at 6 p.m., is priced at $115 per person, and reservations, along with a credit card number, are required and can be made by calling 312.441.1920.

FEW Spirits and Atwood Café have teamed up to create “FEW Kids on the Block,” a special dinner of unforgettable food, cocktails and shenanigans. Envisioned to showcase the young talent in the kitchens and behind the bars of Chicago’s renowned restaurant scene, each course will be prepared by a local chef, who is under 30 years old, and paired with a cocktail using FEW spirits created by a local bartender, also under 30. Tickets are $75 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Food Depository.

Chefs: Atwood Café,Derek Simcik, Filini Bar & Restaurant, William Johnson, Farmhouse Chicago, Eric Mansavage, Billy Sunday,John Vermiglio

Bartenders: Carriage House, Sterling Field, Billy Sunday, Alex Bachman, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Alex Renshaw, Atwood Café,Ray Anguiano, Tortoise Club, Patrick Hunter

March 18, 2013 - 6:00pm, welcome cocktails - 6:30pm, seated dinner. Atwood Café, adjacent to Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham (1 W Washington St) RSVP: Call 312.368.1900

EdgeAlliance’s Dining Out for Life (DOL) celebrates 20 years of helping men, women and children impacted by HIV/AIDS by partnering with local restaurants!  On Thursday, April 25th, 2013, participating restaurants around the city will donate a portion of their proceeds to EdgeAlliance, allowing its residents to sustain healthy lives. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country!

For more information on Dining Out for Life, or on how to become a participating restaurant or a Volunteer Ambassador, please contact Eric Pomajzl, Manager of Community & Special Events, at 773.359.0122 or Visit the official Dining Out for Life website at for full details!

Promotions and Specials

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).

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.

Dinner/Drinks Series

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

• March 7: Normandy region


This Passover, gather your family and friends around a table at Glenview House and feast on traditional Seder favorites. Chef Grant Slauterbeck will feature a 3-course unleavened Passover Tasting Menu including his twist on celebratory dishes eaten during the week-long holiday. The special menu will be available for both lunch and dinner. Monday, March 25 through Tuesday, April 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended. Passover is menu available for dine-in only.

Glenview House - 1843 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025 847-724-0692

St Patrick’s Day

This St. Patrick's Day, Chicagoans looking for authentic revelry are invited to The Gage (24 S. Michigan Ave.), where Owner Billy Lawless welcomes Chicago's Irish community - and those who are just "Irish for the Day" - to celebrate one of the city's favorite holidays. Two generations of the Lawless family are behind the festive Irish fare and atmosphere at The Gage, and the team invites all to rejoice in this cheerful day by enjoying a line-up of menu specials, live music, and good craic. Diners can savor authentic Irish fare, washed down with a selection of traditional Irish beers and whiskeys. Live Irish music, featuring Fiddling Finnegans will entertain diners all day, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Available during lunch and dinner service, The Gage's St. Patrick's Day menu will be offered from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17. Available during lunch and dinner service, The Gage's St. Patrick's Day menu will be offered from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17.

Hash House A Go Go located at 1212 North State Parkway, is putting the gold in Gold Coast with the luck of the Irish feast on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend featuring holiday specials like classic corned beef dishes and green beer, on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

Like everything at the “twisted farm food” joint, the St. Patrick’s Day offerings will be big, bold, and packed with flavor. To kick off the festivities, Hash House A Go Go will open bright and early on Saturday, March 16 in preparation for the official parade. Early risers will enjoy the Corned Beef and Eggs Breakfast Buffet ($5.99), offered on Saturday between 7 and 10 a.m. in the restaurant’s private dining area, or they can opt for the full breakfast menu including specials, like the Hash House a Go Go Famous Signature Corned Beef Hash ($7.77), in the main dining room and bar. Revelers will need sustenance at lunchtime, and The Pub Crawl Sandwich ($9.99) fits the bill, along with the restaurant’s massive stuffed burgers. For those that can make it till the sun sets, Hash House A Go Go will feature an Original Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with all the fixings ($12.99), along with its full dinner menu. For every special ordered, the patron will receive a complimentary green beer.

All day long, Hash House A Go Go will offer Irish Nachos, a decadent dish of fried thick cut potatoes topped with melted cheese bacon and sour cream and drink specials including Green Draft Beer ($3), Guinness Draft ($6), and Irish Car Bombs ($8). For St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Hash House will be open on Saturday, March 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Guests are in for a ‘lucky’ weekend filled with some St. Patrick’s Day food and drink specials when Suite 25 celebrates the time-honored holiday. After a day of dying the river green, Irish parades and the sound of bag pipes filling the streets, head on over to Logan Square’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration destination and take back $4 Jameson shots and $8 Irish Bomb specials at Suite 25. Open for lunch and dinner both Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend, guests are sure to enjoy a festive treat from the kitchen – Corned Beef Sandwich $8 served with a bag of chips. Guests can also continue to celebrate well into the night and enjoy menu favorites including Incan Tater-Tots, Suite 25 Burger, or Chicken Cesar Wrap.

Friday, March 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m Reservations are not required.

Suite 25 - 2529 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 - 773-360-7478 @suite25

On Saturday, March 16th, Bridge Bar (315 North LaSalle), located along the Chicago River, invites guests to the fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day bash, “Dye One On.” Celebrate the Chicago tradition of dying the river green with friends and refreshments on Bridge Bar’s open-air riverfront veranda.

Come out of winter hibernation and enjoy Chicago’s 52-year tradition of river dying. From 9-11am, Bridge Bar will feature a ticketed breakfast buffet overlooking the Chicago River for $30/person. Executive Chef Kevin Schulz is whipping up gourmet scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, corned beef hash, Potatoes O'Brien, baked beans and buttermilk biscuits. The package includes two complimentary drinks to kick-off the day’s libations. Guests are invited to choose from Green Beer ($4), Guinness ($6), Bloody Mary ($7), Magners Cider ($6) and Jameson Jello Shots (2 for $5). To make reservations, call 312.822.0100.

The scene is all too familiar – the green Chicago River, the sound of bag pipers filling the streets of Chicago and parade attendees dressed alike in shamrock hats and glasses. No matter how you honor St. Patrick’s Day, Poag Mahone’s is your destination for an all-day festive celebration just minutes from the river, six blocks from the parade and a hop away from Union Station and the Quincy brown line stop.

Roll out of bed, throw on your green attire and stop in for Chef Gretchen Hollen’s breakfast buffet including all of the traditional Irish favorites from scrambled eggs to corned beef hash, sausage and hash browns for just $4.95 per person. Thirsty? Poag Mahone’s will be serving up ice, cold brews perfect for toasting the day with your fellow mates. After 11:00 a.m., Poag’s will be offering a special St. Patrick’s Day menu with favorites like corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches and juicy Grass Fed burgers to soak up the day’s worth of stout and lagers. Leprechauns of all ages are invited to enjoy the lively sounds of The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and dance an Irish jig at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Breakfast Buffet is served from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Special dining menu will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Poag Mahone’s - 333 South Wells Chicago, IL - 312-566-9100

Come celebrate the luck of the Irish at Sweetwater Tavern and Grille’s 4th annual St. Pat’s  Bash on Saturday, March 16th, beginning bright and early at 9 a.m. Located just steps away from the Chicago River at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Sweetwater’s beer garden is the perfect place to kick off the holiday!

Guests will enjoy live music and $4 green Miller Lite drafts, $6 Guinness, $7 Jameson shots, and $10 Car Bombs under the tents on Sweetwater’s patio. St. Patty’s Day swag will be provided, including beads, hats and other goodies to all partygoers. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., guests will enjoy a 15-minute traditional bag pipe performance beginning at the top of each hour.

For those looking for some Irish flavors, Sweetwater will offer Hot Corned Beef with swiss on rye, served with fries ($9.95) or the Big Baby burger with Guinness-infused cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles and chipotle aioli, topped with housemade onion rings ($12.99).

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On Saturday, March 16, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites Chicagoans to mark St. Patrick's Day - one of the city's most spirited holidays - with unique celebrations throughout the property, including Skyboxes available for corporate events to view the festivities and specialty cocktails at Rebar.

St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes. The AAA Five Diamond  downtown Chicago luxury hotel, renowned for its panoramic views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the city's historic architecture, will re-introduce its signature St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes, located on the hotel's 17th floor, in conjunction with the dyeing of the Chicago River green (which takes place at 10:00 a.m.) and the Columbus Drive parade (which steps off at noon).

Plan a unique corporate event or client appreciation outing by reserving one of the hotel's St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes. Attendees will enjoy an unparalleled perspective of Chicago's most beloved tradition while feasting on traditional, gourmet Irish fare. Located in the hotel's four spacious salons, the St. Patrick's Day Skyboxes can accommodate up to 40 people and are ideal for businesses or even groups of friends seeking a unique, cheerful outing. Hosts who reserve a St. Patrick's Day Skybox may choose from either a breakfast or lunch package created especially for this festive occasion:

Two, all-inclusive beverage packages including Deluxe and Premium Brands, as well as a la carte specialty cocktails like Irish Coffee ($10), Irish Stout,($9) Irish Cream ($12) and Irish Whiskey ($12) are also available. (*Note: Liquor cannot be served before 10:30 a.m.).

St. Patrick's Day Skybox celebrations at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago can be reserved by contacting Catering Coordinator Cece Kosiba at 312.588.8059 or Please visit for additional details.

  • Shamrocks for Kids. In addition, Trump Chicago associates will reach out to the local community on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 in support of the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls's "Shamrocks for Kids" initiative, by distributing special shamrocks in return for gracious donations.
  • Rebar Revelry. Downstairs at Rebar, the hotel's chic mezzanine-level lobby that overlooks the Chicago River, guests can take advantage of the recently expanded space and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chicago River. Guests are invited to enjoy two signature cocktails ($17 each), designed to fill St. Patrick's Day revelers with the "Luck o' the Irish": the Shamrockatini, crafted with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Godiva White, and Crème de Menthe, and the Leprechaun Elixir, a classic Irish coffee with a kick. 

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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