Food Fun Friday for Chicago

Food Fun Friday for Chicago



TGIF! I hope everyone has had a great week and is enjoying this beautiful Friday so far. Some fun upcoming events and at the bottom some ideas for Air and Water Show if you're around next weekend.

Stay Safe and have a fun weekend.

Beyond Gourmet Dinner

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet’s Beyond Gourmet Dinner Series

announces Summer Grill Night at The Chop Shop on Tuesday, August 12, the second event in the new quarterly series created to celebrate Chicago’s exceptional culinary and beverage industry throughout the year. Providing unique opportunities to interact with the city’s talented chefs, mixologists, sommeliers and tastemakers through an evening of food, wine and cocktails, Beyond Gourmet whets the appetite of those planning to attend Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet this fall.

Tickets are $65 (including tax and gratuity) and available at

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.

Wine Dinner

The Boarding House, 720 N Wells, is excited to present an evening with Oregon winemaking legend, David Adelsheim on Thursday, August 14, 2014.  Adelsheim will lead a tasting and discussion of his wines, including winery exclusives, paired with a five-course dinner created by The Boarding House’s Executive Chef Tanya Baker.

Adelsheim is President of Adelsheim Vineyard, which he founded with Ginny Adelsheim in 1971.  As one of the founders of the Oregon wine industry, he helped set standards of excellence for the region. For his significant impact on the establishment and growth of the Oregon wine industry, he has been named the 2006 Oregon Vintner of the Year at the Classic Wines Auction, a 2010 Oregon History Maker by the Oregon Historical Society, as well as been honored with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board.

Tickets are $90 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and are available on  For more information, visit or email regarding any dietary restrictions or allergies

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.

Every Thursday July 10 – August 21 (qualifying rounds)

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 Grilling – August 9th at 12pm

·         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:

Air and Water Show

THE dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

The Chicago Air & Water Show is a classic summer event here in the Windy City, so it is important to find the perfect place to enjoy the view. There is no better way to celebrate this special occasion than at THE dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, located at 160 E Pearson. On Saturday August 16th and Sunday, August 17th, pay a visit to THE dec for a quintessential Chicago summer experience.

With stellar views of the city and Lake Michigan, delectable bites and an extensive cocktail list, THE dec has all the makings for a perfect summer day.  The BratWurst Sliders served with Wisconsin aged cheddar, angry mustard and cucumber kimchi or the Popcorn Shrimp are sure to satisfy anyone’s hunger. These dishes (as well as many others) paired with the right cocktail will make this memorable event even more enjoyable.

The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.) announces details for the hotly anticipated Chicago Air & Water Show viewing party.  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, guests can enjoy premium seating, a gourmet buffet, and an extensive bar package, all in the luxurious comfort of the private dining rooms. Guests can take in the stunning air performance from eye level while sipping Head Lounge Manager Patrick Gibellina’s seasonal craft cocktails.

Tickets are available for Saturday, August 16 or Sunday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $130 per person. Tax and gratuity are included. Tickets are available now, and can be purchased by calling 312.280.0465.


Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter or instagram @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at

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