Besides the few romantic events I've described in my regular weekend calendar article, where's what's happening Valentine's-wise through Monday at some of Chicago's beer oases:
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Valentine's Beer Pairing Menu at Fork (Chicago)
Fork (Chicago), 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 751-1500
A Three-course tasting menu with optional beer or wine pairings on Monday Feb 14th. We will also have a smaller three-course menu with beer or wine pairings all weekend Feb 11-13. See the website for full menu details or contact: email@example.com
Maple Tree Inn's Valentine's Day Weekend
Maple Tree Inn, 13301 S. Olde Western Ave. Blue Island, IL (708) 388-3461
Please join us this Friday & Saturday as we celebrate Valentine's Day! In addition to our regular menu, we will be featuring two fantastic dinner specials and tapping a special limited release from Dark Horse Brewery... "Dark Horse Rod is a refreshing, medium-bodied red ale brewed with aphrodisiac herbs (passion flower, epimedium, damiana, and gingko) to elevate levels of springtime friskiness." As usual, if beer's not your thing, the Prosecco will certainly be flowing, as well as our 20+ specialty martinis & great little selection of fine wines.
Valentine's Weekend Dinner Specials
Filet Oscar: An 8 oz. filet topped with jumbo lump crab meat & fresh sauteed asparagus, finished with Béarnaise Sauce.
Jumbo Shrimp & Lobster Bienville: A 6-8 oz. lobster tail & 3 jumbo shrimp topped with Maple Tree's Bienville Sauce and provolone cheese.
Both are served with Pommes Truffade (thinly sliced potatoes, molasses brined bacon, and gruyere & cheddar cheeses) for only $29.95 each
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Valentine's Weekend Dinner Package
America's Historic Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL 630-892-0034
Valentine's Weekend Dinner Package at Bar Absinthe. Seatings at 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. $100/couple includes tax & Gratuity. Full four-course dinner with several choices for each course. Reservations: (630) 264-2739.
Monday, February 14
Blokes & Birds Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac Dinner
Blokes & Birds, 3343 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 472-5252
$50, plus $25 Paired With Alcohol
ONE: Oysters on the half shell or Rockafeller or Seared Diver Scallop - Compart Bacon & Sweet Pea Coulis, paired with Young's Double Chocolate Stout or Pierre Delize Blanc de Blancs.
TWO: Muscovy Duck with Sweet Fruits-Seared Breast & Leg Confit with Foie Gras or Butter Poached Lobster-Chocolate Ganache, paired with Trentadue Merlot or Orval or Fleur Chardonnay.
THREE: Chocolate Sin Cake or Berries & Cream, paired with Timmerman's Framboise Lambic.
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Finnegan's Valentine's Dinner
Finnegan's Craft Beer & Food, 24102 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL (815) 733-5177
Celebrate Valentine's at Finnegan's with a three-course aphrodisiac dinner, each course paired with a craft beer. $45 per person. Call (815) 733-5177 for reservations.
1st Course: Chorizo wrapped, triple cream cheese stuffed Turkish figs and a arugula salad with balsamic cream.
2nd Course: Veal Porterhouse with a truffle risotto, roasted Chanterelles, and pan jus.
3rd Course: Fair Trade chocolate tart, strawberry preserve, and Meyer lemon cream.
6:30 - 11:30 p.m. Two Brothers Valentine's Day Beer Dinner
Two Brothers Tap House, 30W315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL (630) 393-BEER
Along with noteworthy beers from our cellar, Chef Tommy is pulling out all the stops for this 7 course dinner. Very limited tickets may still be available for $100 per person all inclusive of tax and tip. Get them quick! With questions contact Gabe at 630-393-2337 or Gabe@twobrosbrew.com
Here is a sneak peak at the menu:
Amuse- Applewood smoked Becker Lane pork, chestnut and leek ravioli over caramelized
brussels sprouts in a light tomato jus
Salad- Jerk seasoned pulled goat and frisee salad with bacon vinaigrette topped with poached egg.
Vegetable- Spanish goat cheese and olive stuffed Belgian endive over quinoa with a local honey vinaigrette.
Fish- Pan seared Halibut over a savory beer french toast covered with an Ebel Weiss and crawfish sauce
Main- American Bison seared tenderloin over sweet potato gnocchi with a Northwind gravy topped with zucchini chips with a black truffle salt
Dessert- To be announced
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Save Room for Dessert
Sheffield's Lakeview, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago (773) 281-4989
Save room for dessert and join Sheffield's after dinner as they pair three desserts with three big beers. A chocolate covered strawberry with Goose Island Sofie, Cherry Cheesecake with Lost Abbey's Serpent Stout and Rogue Mocha Porter with Rocky Road Brownie. Dessert and Beer are available to order 7:00-10:00 or while supplies last.
7:37pm Drinking and Writing Valentine's Show: Local 737 Beer Drinkers Union
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 638-0700
Local 737, a new monthly show at the Drinking & Writing Theater opening Valentine's Day, will feature a variety of artists from events currently happening in Chicago. The name is a reference to the mug club at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, "Local 737: Beer Drinkers Union" and also to the address at 737 W. Randolph and the time of the show...7:37 pm....get it?
Local 737 will open with a special Valentine's Day edition. The Valentine's Day show will feature artists discussing the full range of love from devotion to promiscuity.
Christopher Piatt, Dr. Chloe Johnston, Rachel Claff, Rawson Vint, Jamie Budzick, and Dina Walters The regular schedule for Local 737 beginning in March will be the first Wednesday night of each month at 7:37 p.m. Each month will feature new artists and the tapping of a new Haymarket beer. February's featured beer will be... Agitator Double IPA. Be the first on your block to join the Union! Sign up sheets will be available.
8:00 p.m. Piece Valentine's Day Swingin' Singles Party
Piece Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago (773) 772-4422
A room full of singles, tasty pizza, and pints of Piece drafts. DJ, "Dating Game," prizes and complimentary Piece condoms.