Food Fun Friday - Holidays!

Food Fun Friday - Holidays!



The Candy has been given and now it’s time for the Holiday roundups to being. Lots of fun events coming up and best to make those reservations early even if Thanksgiving is as late as it possibly could be!


On Tuesday, November 5, Roka Akor Chicago invites guests to taste and discover Pinot Noir and Chardonnay straight from its native home in Burgundy, France with award-winning winemaker, William Fevre & Bouchard. Each wine will be expertly paired with a mouthwatering dish from Executive Chef Brett Vibber in an exciting seven-course dinner.

Tuesday, November 5, Champagne reception starts at 6:30pm, dinner to follow at 7pm. $99 per ticket includes, reception, six-course wine paired dinner. Tax and gratuity are not included. Tickets can be purchased here.

Next Food Network Star Casting

We are currently casting for season 10 and would like to inform you and your network that we are holding an open casting call in Chicago on November 16th! We are looking for those with a captivating personality who believe they’re at the top of the culinary game and want to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking!

Chicago Open Casting Call November 16th, 2013 from 10am-2pm at Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Please visit us at to apply online and for more information on our casting events!


Forget the frantic frenzy that comes with preparing your own Thanksgiving meal and let Fulton’s on the River prepare your holiday feast on Thursday, November 28 from 11am-6pm. Executive Chef Kevin Schulz has a fall menu for the whole family to enjoy—42.95 for adults, 15.95 for children (excluding tax and gratuity).

For more information, visit or call 312.822.0100. Fulton’s on the River is open Monday-Thursday from 11 A.M-9 P.M., Friday from 11 A.M.-10 P.M. and Saturday from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Fulton’s is located at 315 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago.

Gibsons in Oak Brook will offer a special three-course menu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Menu options include Roasted Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey served family style with house-made cranberry sauce, candied yams, roasted green beans with almonds, mashed potatoes, seasonal stuffing, apple cobbler with streusel topping, pumpkin pie and banana cream pie.

A limited menu will be available in addition to the Thanksgiving menu. Reservations highly recommended (630) 954-0000.

Adults: $40; Children 12 and under: $20

GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE  - 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL  60523 - (630) 954-0000

Blackfinn Ameripub 65 E. Kinzie, (312) 836-0290

Since opening this fall, Blackfinn Ameripub has brought a relaxed and casual vibe to River North's dining scene. Guests dining on Thanksgiving can select from their full, expansive menu, which ranges from flatbreads and burgers, to steaks and pastas. Blackfinn Ameripub will be open from 5pm to 2am on Thanksgiving Day and reservations can be made by calling (312) 836-0290 or visiting

The Boarding House 720 N. Wells, (312) 280-0720 

The Boarding House,  the River North wine-driven destination from Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, will give thanks to Dionysus with a four course $55 per person prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving. Guests will have two choices from each course to choose from, ranging from traditional holiday dishes to vegetarian, as well as the option to add Alpana's wine pairings. Thanksgiving dinner reservations will be available in the dining room only from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 28.  Reservations are available by calling (312) 280-0720 or through Open Table.

ENO Wine Bar on Michigan Avenue 505 North Michigan Avenue, (312) 321-8738

A perfect spot to grab a flight of wine, cheese or chocolate pre- or post-Thanksgiving feast, ENO Wine Bar will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 4pm until midnight. For more information, please visit ENO Wine Bar's website or call (312) 321-8738.

The Florentine 151 W. Adams, (312) 660-8866

For those looking for the classic holiday experience with an Italian twist, Executive Chef Chris Macchia will be offering a special four-course menu on Thanksgiving (a la carte menu available as well). $65 per person wine pairings are an additional $25. The Florentine will be open 6:30am to 10pm on Thanksgiving Day and reservations can be made by calling (312) 660-8866 or by visiting the restaurant's website.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile 505 North Michigan Ave., (312) 944-4100

Start off Thanksgiving day with brunch at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile! From 12 noon to 3 p.m., Executive Chef Randy Reed will be serving a delicious spread of items including made-to-order omelets, an array of fresh seafood dishes, seasonal hot dishes including Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin Gnocchi with bacon lardon and sage cream sauce, as well as a kids buffet and delectable desserts. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Corn Bread Stuffing and Slow Roasted Honey Glazed Ham with Mustard Crust and Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Olive Jus will also be available.

Guests can remember the special day with a complimentary family portrait by Rick Aguilar Studio photography. The cost of brunch is $58 per adult, which includes unlimited mimosas or bloody marys and $25 for children (ages 5-12).  Reservations can be made by calling (312) 321-8844.

Michael Jordan's Steak House 505 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 321-8823

Michael Jordan's Steak House will be serving their full menu on Thanksgiving Day as well as seasonal specials. Diners can enjoy signature dishes such as the Prime Delmonico ($48) or the decadent garlic bread with blue cheese fondue ($8) from one of their cozy booths while watching passersby through the second floor windows overlooking Michigan Avenue. The restaurant will be open during their regular hours from 5pm to 10pm and the first floor bar area is open from 11am to 2am. Please call the restaurant to make reservations, (312) 321-8823.

Sixteen 401 N. Wabash Ave., (312) 588-8030

This year's Thanksgiving offerings at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago include brunch and dinner service, and for the at-home entertainer, a delicious Thanksgiving at Home menu to-go:

Brunch at Sixteen

On Thanksgiving Day, Sixteen brings the year's bountiful harvest to life by presenting a festive brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the stunning dining room that affords breathtaking views of Chicago's architectural landscape, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Guests can indulge in traditional Thanksgiving favorites and other specialty items during the festive brunch buffet.

Thanksgiving brunch at Sixteen costs $148 per person and $35 for children 8 years and younger, exclusive of tax, alcohol and gratuity. Seating times are 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

Dinner at Sixteen

Sixteen will be open for dinner beginning at 6 p.m., offering a warm and inviting setting for those looking to enjoy a celebratory evening meal. Executive Chef Thomas Lents will offer innovative items from fall menu, along with dessert creations presented by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy.

Thanksgiving at Home

For those who love to entertain at home, but would rather leave the cooking to the pros, Trump Chicago provides the perfect solution: Thanksgiving at Home, a delectable dinner designed to serve two to four people at $275 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) or six to eight people at $385 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) prepared by the award-winning culinary team at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day.

The Organic Farm-Raised Maple-Roasted Turkey feast arrives with numerous seasonal accouterments, including Date and Almond Cornbread Stuffing; Giblet Gravy; Cranberry Chutney; Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes; Candied Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Medley; Seasonal Green Salad; Holiday Breads and Parker House Buns and for dessert, a choice of Homemade Apple, Pumpkin or Pecan Pie.

For those seeking an alternative or addition to turkey, a Slow-Roasted, Salt-Crusted Prime Rib of Beef with Au Jus and Creamy Horseradish will also be available. It arrives with the same delicious accouterments (stuffing excluded) serving six to eight people at $445, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Orders must be placed by Friday, November 22, and may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. To place orders or for more information, please call Private Events Sales Manager Ariel Lickton at (312) 588-8114.


Celebrate Christmas Day at Bistronomic - Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro will offer a festive three-course Christmas Day prix fixe menu on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013. The Christmas Day menu incorporates Noguier's signature seasonal and local flavors with classic holiday favorites and will available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The warm, inviting atmosphere at Bistronomic is the perfect backdrop for a holiday celebration. The price is $65 per adult and $20 per child exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Bistronomic continues the tradition of being open on all holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. On Christmas Day, only the prix fixe holiday menu will be available.

Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended.  For more information about Bistronomic, please call (312) 944-8400, visit or view the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

New Year’s Eve

Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast Bistronomic will offer an indulgent multi-course New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner menu on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013. The New Year's Eve menu incorporates Noguier's signature seasonal and local flavors with rare and decadent ingredients to ring in the New Year. The menu will available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with two seatings. Guests are invited to mark the close of 2013 and celebrate the beginning of 2014 with a modern twist on French cuisine at Bistronomic.

First Seating (5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.)

Four-Course Chef's Tasting Menu - $65 or $90 with wine pairings

Second Seating (7:45 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.)

Five-Course Chef's Tasting Menu including a "Surprise" Amuse Bouche from Chef Martial Noguier

$85 or $110 with wine pairings

A two-course New Year's Day Brunch will be offered for $25 per person. A bottomless mimosa in addition to the two-course brunch is $35 on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Tax and gratuity are excluded.

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

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