Food Fun Friday - Chicago

Food Fun Friday - Chicago

One more weekend till college football! I hope everyone has a great first or last weekend with the kids not in school.

Stay Safe and have a fun weekend.

Tequila Dinner

Wednesday, August 27 at the Signature Room. Chef Cardel Reid and Mixologist Patrick Gibellina are pairing up for a special tequila dinner. Guests will enjoy passed appetizers, followed by four seated courses. Reid and Gibellina worked closely to create the pairings, creating special off-menu dishes and cocktails to highlight the tequilas. The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner is offered at $85, all inclusive. Guests can make reservations by calling the restaurant at 312.280.0465.

Support the Trotter Project

The Grant Park Conservancy's opening night fundraiser, Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, in collaboration with The Trotter Project, of the Windy City Wine Festival. Alumni of Charlie Trotter’s restaurant and culinary supporters of the Conservancy showcase inspired cuisine, artisanal wines and craft beers at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. For a complete list of participants click here and scroll down to Event Details.

To Buy tickets for this great event - follow this link here.

Beer Dinner

SideDoor (100 E. Ontario St.) invites local foodies and beer connoisseurs to enjoy the American-style gastropub’s first ever ‘Best of Midwest’ Beer Dinner on Wednesday, August 27. The five course menu, a collaborative creation by Executive Chef Victor Newgren and Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk, boasts Midwestern inspired fare, complemented by six beers from some the region’s most notable brewers.

The exclusive event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., invites guests to mix and mingle with Chef Newgren and Jeff Van Der Tuuk as they enjoy an appetizer and five-course meal, paired with a tasting portion of beer. Throughout the meal, Van Der Tuuk will also provide guests with an education and insights behind each of the carefully selected brews. Featured brewers include: Off Color Brewing; Perennial Artisan Ales; Against the Grain Brewery; Boulevard Brewing Company; Three Floyds Brewing Company; and Great Divide Brewing Company.

The event begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Jeff Van Der Tuuk at Tickets are limited.

Free Dessert for a Cause

Kimpton Restaurants of Chicago are pitching in to support “Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day” on September 12, 2014. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel have deemed September 12, 2014 as National Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Day. This year Bear Necessities will be collecting lightly used gym shoes to publicly display on the 14th as a symbol of the thousands touched by pediatric cancer. After the event, the shoes will be donated the non-profit, Share Your Soles.

Now through September 1, each of the Kimpton Restaurants of Chicago – Sable Kitchen & Bar, Atwood Restaurant, 312 Chicago and South Water Kitchen – will be collecting gym shoe donations. For each pair of shoes collected, guests will be given a voucher for a free dessert at any restaurant, for their sweet efforts in helping support Bear Necessities.

Taco Eating Contest

Newport Bar and Grill, located in Lakeview’s Southport corridor, launched a Taco eating contest. Customers have a chance to qualify for the championship round every Thursday by eating as many $1 Cajun steak tacos as possible in 30 minutes. *Contestants must notify the manager when they arrive and be supervised and timed in order to qualify.

The top six male and top six female qualifiers will face off in the championship round, Friday, August 22, where they will have 30 minutes to eat as many complimentary tacos as possible. In February, the winning contestant ate a record 50 tacos in the first 20 minutes of the championship round.

The winner from each bracket will receive $100, a “Taco Trophy” and immeasurable notoriety. Supporters are welcome to cheer on contestants and enjoy $1 Cajun steak tacos, $1.50 PBR, Rolling Rock, and Busch Light cans, $3 sweet tea lemonades and $4 SOCO lime shots. Complimentary tacos only provided for top 12 contestants during the Championship round.

Finals - Friday, August 22 8 p.m. Top six qualifiers from each bracket (male and female)

Sucking up to your Boss!

Cocktails with coworkers are now carefree! Beginning Monday, August 11, I|O Urban Roofscape, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago – 127 W Huron, invites guests and their colleagues to enjoy summer cocktails al fresco with sweeping views of the Chicago skyline, and without the usual repercussions of a hangover at work. Groups of six or more that make a reservation under their company name and mention the “Sorry, Boss” promotion on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. through the month of September will receive a voucher for their boss to return for free lunch. The head honcho is able to return to I|O Urban Roofscape during lunch (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) to enjoy a complimentary sandwich or salad and soft drink within two days.

One drink per guest earns one voucher for a free sandwich or salad and soft drink

Cooking Class

Class is back in session! Well cooking class that is. Executive Chef Luca Corazzina will be teaching “Scoula 312” at 312 Chicago on the first or second Saturday of every month, August through December. Guests will have the opportunity to learn authentic Italian recipes from Chef Luca, a Padova native, who grew up learning to cook by his mother’s side. A variety of techniques and recipes will be taught, including:

·         The Art of Fish – September 6th at 12pm

·         The Art of Risotto – October 11th at 12pm

·         The Art of Meat – November 8th at 12pm

·         The Art of Holiday Recipes – December 6 at 12pm

Classes are $45/person and include recipe cards, a bottle of 312 Aged Balsamic and light bites. For more information visit or directly purchase tickets here:

Anniversary Celebrations

A quarter of a century ago, the first Weber Grill restaurant opened its doors in Wheeling, Ill. to bring the North Shore a delicious taste of its fire-inspired ribs, steaks, burgers and seafood prepared on the now iconic, world-famous charcoal kettles. Today, the company owns and operates four locations in Lombard (opened 1999), Chicago (opened 2002) and Schaumburg (opened 2005), IL and Indianapolis (opened 2007), IN. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, Weber Grill restaurants and restaurant partners invite their most loyal guests and newcomers to join in the festivities with six days of all things ‘25’

$25 Three-Course Anniversary Celebration Menu -This coursed menu features dishes most similar to ones served at the restaurant 25 years ago. In honor of the Anniversary, Weber Grill has “rolled back” the prices so guests can feast on this menu for only $25 per person.

Monday, August 25 through Sunday, August 31

Weber Grill Chicago 539 North State Street,  Chicago, IL 60654 312-467-9696

Weber Grill Lombard 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, IL 60148 630-953-8880

Weber Grill Schaumburg 1010 North Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 847-413-0800


On Thursday, September 4, Chicago q celebrates their golden anniversary and is sharing their presents with their loyal guests. Beginning on September 4, Chicago q will offer 4 $4 menu items available through Sunday, September 7. All of these menu items feature seasonal ingredients alongside Chicago q favorites.

The four specials will include:

  • Summer Corn and Squash Fritters 
Smoked corn, yellow squash, zucchini and roasted jalapeno peppers fried and served with an avocado dill crème sauce.
  • Pork Skewers 
Pork loin, bell pepper and onion grilled and served atop bourbon peach bbq sauce and garnished with smoked sesame seeds.
  • Braised Pork Belly Salad
Pork Belly on top of frisee with a warm bacon vinaigrette and house smoked almonds.
  • Alligator Tacos
Chili seasoned alligator with pico de gallo.

In addition, Guests can feel good about enjoying Chef Whippen’s award winning dishes while supporting a great cause. On the actual anniversary, September 4, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Specials Available Thursday, September 4 through Sunday, September 7.

10% of proceeds on Thursday, September 4 will be donated to LLS.

Chicago q 
1160 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610


It's time to celebrate bellyQ's 2nd birthday with a Happy Hour for Your Belly!  bellyQ will celebrate its 2nd anniversary on August 22nd and to honor two fantastic years, Chef Bill Kim and his team welcome diners in for a Rush Hour special.  Through the rest of August, guests can receive 50% off food only, Monday-Friday from 5-6pm. Guests can feast on all the bellyQ favorites they have come to know and love over the past two years.

Rosh Hashanah Dining

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Chef Martial at Bistronomic

Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro will offer a celebratory three-course Rosh Hashanah Menu from Wednesday, September 24 through Friday, September 26th, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. each evening. The menu honoring the Jewish New Year incorporates Chef Martial's signature seasonal and local flavors combined with classic holiday favorites, such as apples and honey. Menu highlights include the Organic Barley Duck Confit Risotto, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and the Fig and Honey Financier. Vegetarian options are offered for each course.

The price for the three-course option is $40, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Or, guests may order dishes on an à la carte basis (individual prices are noted). Guests are invited to select one dish from each course for the prix fixe option. Reservations are recommended and are available at (312) 944-8400.

Meals on Wheels Chicago (MOWC) is pleased to announce the date and line-up for Chicago’s premier culinary event, the Celebrity Chef Ball. It will be held on Friday, November 7 and will feature a select, interactive dining experience with some of Chicago’s best chefs; custom cocktails; silent auction; and entertainment.  The Celebrity Chef Ball will be held in one of Chicago’s newest event spaces, Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St.).  Proceeds from the event support MOWC’s mission to promote independence for Chicago seniors and individuals with disabilities through meal delivery and home modifications.

·         VIP Chef’s Table -- The VIP Chef’s Table, available for $350 per person, is a seated, interactive dining experience featuring 36 chefs and 12 mixologists from throughout the city.  Guests will enjoy a six-course meal with cocktail pairings plus an assortment of pastry delights.  This unique dining experience features tableside cooking, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship of some of Chicago’s finest chefs.  A VIP Chef’s Table ticket also includes entry to the Chef’s Tasting Party.

·         Chef’s Tasting Party—At the Chef’s Tasting Party, guests indulge in over 40 chef stations throughout the venue, sampling small portions of signature dishes and specialty cocktails.  There will also be opportunities to interact with chefs, a silent auction, music, and dancing.   Party tickets are available for $150 per person.

Chefs will be participating from many popular Chicago restaurants including The Boarding House, Girl & the Goat, Blackbird, TWO, Vie, Sunday Dinner Club, Tesori, Ruxbin, Sepia, Travelle, Sunda New Asian, EL Ideas, and Urban Belly.  Tickets for the Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball are available online at

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