Mother's Day is coming!

Mother's Day is coming!

The last 16 hours may actually be the perfect recipe for married couples. The ladies were up EARLY for the Royal Wedding and the men went to bed late because of the NFL Draft. No fighting for the remote!

I will say this spring is a total teaser, who doesn’t want to eat outside and BBQ? But the cold and wet have kept us all in doors. I’ll be braving the cold to BBQ with friends on Sunday but other than that no big plans. I did get a chance to see Fast 5 which was as expected and good. VERY manly considering the ladies are going to see the muscles and airbrushed abs.

Charity Event for Greater Chicago Food Depository
5th Annual CANstruction – 19 teams are competing (36 companies)
An estimated 90,000 lbs of food being donated to the Food Depository post DeCANstruction
ACANemy Awards Gala and Cocktail Party – Thursday May 12, 2011 6-830p @ The Merchandise Mart 1st Floor Lobby. For more info check out their website. Staycation
JW Marriot – Beautiful new hotel in an old space.
When it comes to planning a summer vacation, the new luxury JW Marriott Chicago offers a roster of experiential packages available through the summer months beginning Sunday, May 1 through Monday, September 5. Whether it’s a romantic city escape or a girlfriends’ shopping trip, guests can book their Chicago stay today by calling 312 660 8200.

One of THE best outside spots
The Terrace at Trump, the downtown hotel’s sophisticated outdoor dining venue, will open Wednesday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. The chic, 16th floor outdoor oasis – which has become one of the city’s most sought-after destinations since opening in 2009 – showcases a dramatic vista of the Chicago skyline as well a picturesque view of Lake Michigan, along with the Chicago River and its famous bridges.

This season, The Terrace at Trump will grow significantly to encompass the entirety of the property’s 16th floor outdoor space. Accommodating up to 164 seated guests (60 more than in 2010), the venue will also feature a summer 2011 theme embracing a worldwide trend that has yet to make its mark on the Midwest: Polynesian chic.

Cinco De Mayo!
Chef Patricio Sandoval shares the spotlight for this month’s Cinco de Mayo Cooking Demonstration with special guest chef Michael Fiorello on Monday, April 25 from 6 to 9 pm at Double A, located beneath Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St). Cost is $55 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.329.9555.

In addition to experiencing a five-course meal with paired cocktails, guests will be given an insider’s preview tasting and demonstration of Chef Fiorello’s Pavo Ahumando en Chili Verdetaco, available beginning Sunday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 31 for dinner (four per order) for $16 or for lunch (three per order) for $12 as part of the Mercadito’s Tacos for Strength campaign.

Wine Dinner at Sixteen
On Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m., diners at Sixteen will taste several vintages created by the renowned Duval-Leroy Champagne house in Vertus, France. After an intimate welcome reception when guests will toast to the evening with Duval-Leroy’s Brut NV, North American Sales Executive Arthur Silvente will lead guests through a four-course tasting experience, featuring the vineyard’s Clos des Bouveries 2004, Femme de Champagne 1996, Rosé Brut NV, and Rosé Sec vintages, poured alongside an expertly crafted menu from Chef Brunacci.

The dinner costs $145 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 30 guests. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.588.8030.

Mother’s Day – Don’t forget the flowers!

This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a decadent brunch at Michelin star-rated Sepia  (123 N. Jefferson St.). On Sunday, May 8, guests can celebrate their favorite ladies with a special holiday prix-fixe brunch featuring the colorful spring cuisine of Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The cost per person is $39 for adults and $20 for children age 12 and under, exclusive of beverage, tax, and gratuity. Reservations for brunch are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.441.1920, or via

Lockwood at the Palmer House
Times: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
Adults:  $60.00
Seniors:  $50.00
Children (6-12):  $25.00 (children under 6 are complimentary)
(Prices do not include tax and gratuity)
Reservations:  Highly recommended.
Call Lockwood at (312)917-3404
Gratuity:  There will be an automatic 18% gratuity charge for parties of 6 or more
Beverage:  Includes Non alcoholic beverages – coffee/tea, soda, juice and unlimited sparkling wine. Parking: (55 East Monroe/Valet)  Valet parking and self park are available.

Treat mom like a Queen at Trump
This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to an unforgettable experience at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago. The award-winning downtown Chicago property – which provides the ultimate luxury experience and boasts spectacular lake, river, and city views – will feature a decadent Mother’s Day line-up on Sunday, May 8, 2011, that includes a stylish brunch at Sixteen, the property’s chic, modern American restaurant, as well as exciting offers at The Spa at Trump®.

Spoil Mom with the royal treatment she deserves! Options include:
• Mother’s Day Brunch at Sixteen – Sunday, May 8  10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$115 per person, $25 for children under eight years of age (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Reservations for brunch and dinner on Mother’s Day are highly recommended and may be made by calling 312.588.8030.

Show mom how great she is by celebrating her special day with a luxurious Mother’s Day brunch at the historic InterContinental Chicago. Executive Chef Kurt Mittelberger has created a festive menu featuring traditional brunch favorites, including fresh-baked desserts and pastries, as well as entrees and seafood stations with international influences. Mother’s Day brunch will be available on Sunday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and will be heldin The Continental, located on the second floor of the hotel.

Jimmy Kim, founder of Tokyo Lunch Boxes & Catering, will also be on hand preparing sushi and sashimi to order for guests. Brunch for adults is $55 per person with a complimentary mimosa and $23 per child with orange juice. Reservations are recommended; please call the InterContinental at (312) 321-8790.

Big Jones
Big Jones will offer a condensed version of its regular brunch menu with several à la carte specials and complimentary Champagne for mom.   During its regular Sunday brunch service, Big Jones will round out its menu with specials like Carolina golden eggs with gold rice grits, fried oysters, artichokes, poached farm eggs and lemon hollandaise ($18);oyster-stuffed quail with voodoo greens, poached farm eggs and file gumbo gravy ($20); spring mushrooms and ramps with roasted morels and trumpet mushrooms, fava beans, ramp greens, poached farm eggs and creamy grits($20); and Antebellum rice waffle with duck confit, pecans, roasted ramp bulbs, poached heirloom duck eggs and duck jus ($19).

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 773-275-5725.

Elate is poised to celebrate with prix fixe brunch menus fit for the whole family. Additionally, the restaurant will offer bottomless mimosas for $20. Mother’s Day brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Elate is set to offer a three-course brunch menu for $33 per person, along with a three-course kids’ brunch menu for $20 per child 11 and under. The adult menu begins with a buffet featuring assorted muffins, fruits, pastries and cheeses. Second course is a choice of three entrees, including a special Mother’s Day Benedict. Third course is a choice of two desserts. For the kids, the first course is a trip to the buffet, followed by condensed portions of some regular menu items, like French toast and egg dishes. Ice cream is on hand for dessert.

Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 312-202-9900.

Pensiero Ristorante
Pensiero Ristorante will celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, with an expertly prepared 3-course brunch by Chef Joe which will be served 11am-3pm.
The cost is $39 per person  for adults and $12 for children 12 and under (plus tax and gratuity).  We will begin serving Sunday Dinner at 5pm.

Call 847-475-7779 for reservations or more information. You can visit us online at

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 is retained as a compensated blogger by Pei Wei Asian Diner.


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