Food Events Friday

I hate coming up with Friday post headlines. I know they look lazy and trite but I’m at a loss how to make them more exciting! Maybe FREE STUFF FRIDAY but then people will be annoyed at the lack of free stuff.


So we’re approaching the 25th weekend of the year. Weird to be nearly half way doesn’t feel like the year is almost over! Had a great dinner at Perennial Virant last night just not sure I’ll ever be able to sneak in to a Boka group restaurant again in my life. Also we have a Father’s Day ideas at the end of the post – I’ll add more as they come in

Dose Market
Monthly market that looks very cool! The Dosettes have joined together to bring you the best of the best for your shopping, slurping & socializing pleasure at Dose Market, taking place Sunday, June 5 at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St.,  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eat well, shop cool, be happy. Buy discounted tickets or $10 at the door! And get 2 hour parking in the underground Parkview Garage (entry on Illinois) for $6 with a Dose Market validation (ask at check in!)


World Ocean Day
Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton in Chicago; 312-382-8300) is honoring World Ocean Day in cooperation with the John G. Shedd Aquarium 6 p.m. June 8. The event features presentations by Shedd Aquarium staff-Melanie Napoleon, Senior Director of Great Lakes Conservation and Brooke Havlik, Sustainable Seafood Educator-and an educational, all-inclusive four-course dinner with pairings for $100 per person. In honor of the special occasion, Prairie Fire will be making a donation to the Marine Conservation Alliance in Alaska. To make a reservation, call Prairie Fire at (312) 382-8300

Suburban Fun
Nick’s Pizza & Pub
is hosting Family Fun, a special kid-friendly evening benefit to support the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kane County on Thursday, June 16, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. Family Fun will take place in the Nick’s Pizza & Pub banquet room and patio area. The event is open to the public and will feature pizza, beverages, live music, and a gift-basket raffle.

This is the inaugural year that Nick’s Pizza & Pub is hosting the CASA Kane County benefit. Kid-friendly activities will be taking place at the restaurant throughout the day, including face painting, balloon animals, bingo, a fun photo opportunity to get a picture taken with the Nick’s Pizza & Pub moose-and much more! Family Fun is a public event open to everyone. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for guests under 21 and will be available at the door. To make a general donation please visit For any questions please call Jen Seppi at (630) 444-3107 or e-mail at

Guests are also invited to support CASA Kane County by dining in or carrying out at Nick’s anytime on June 16 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All of the proceeds from the day will be donated to the charity.

More Suburban Fun for Onephiles
Orin Swift Wine Dinner at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 960 Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire, IL., presents Orin Swift to the Lincolnshire area. The evening will pair five extraordinary Orin Swift wines with a five-course menu. Wine Spectator named Orin Swift’s flagship wine, “The Prisoner,” number 17 on “The Top 100 of 2007”. GQ featured The Prisoner as “The Ones to Serve” in 2008.

$125 per person (not including tax and gratuity). To make a reservation, call Fleming’s at 847/793-0333.

Wine Dinner

Lockwood Restaurant will turn into a wine-lovers nirvana on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, when the culinary team joins forces with leading Napa Valley winery Napa Station for a contemporary farm-to-table tasting experience in the heart of Chicago. Showcasing premium, sustainably-farmed wines produced in California, flavor profiles of the highlighted vintages will complement the fresh menu prepared by Lockwood Executive Chef Gregory Elliott.
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling Lockwood at 312.917.3404 or online at Ticket prices are $75 per person.

Bottle Service Brunch
Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.) is shaking up the typical weekend brunch experience with Brunch Bottles every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the “party brunch” scene is a typical occurrence in New York, Mercadito is setting the summer brunch standard in Chicago with live DJ performances, and handcrafted, tableside bottle service of Bloody Marys (“El Bloody”) and mimosas (“Mas Mimosa”) created by the Tippling Bros served alongside a modern Mexican brunch menu from Chef Patricio Sandoval. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.329.9555.

Cajun fun at Café de Architects
On Tuesday, June 21, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower will celebrate Fête de la Musique, a global day of music that coincides with the summer solstice. In honor of this spirited event, Café des Architectes will offer a special New Orleans-style menu by Executive Chef Greg Biggers. From 6-10 p.m., guests will also be able to enjoy live jazz music, specially curated by notable Chicago jazz promoter John Moultrie. The special prix fixe menu features some Cajun favorites, where guests have a choice between two items for each course, for the cost of $58 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).

Architecture Fans!
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, invites food and architecture enthusiasts alike to an intimate dinner that will marry elegant design and decadent dining. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, the evening will take place inside Sixteen, the downtown Chicago hotel’s signature modern American restaurant, and celebrate the venue’s timeless, contemporary construction.
The “Appetite for Design” dinner costs $100 for CAF members and $105 for non-members, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

BURGER Special
As Memorial Day kicks off summer, what better way to celebrate than with an American classic with a twist! Beginning June 6 through June 11, Executive Chef Scott Walton of Markethouse (611 N. Fairbanks Ct.), a farm-to-table restaurant that celebrates the flavors of America’s heartland, will offer his limited-time only Grassland Butter Bacon Burger for only $6.
Offered for lunch and dinner, the new 5 oz burger, made with a bacon-filled Angus beef patty and organic Grassland Butter, is topped with a Slagel Farm fried egg, Big Ed’s Gouda cheese and Markethouse pickles. The burger will be served on a Red Hen bun with Markethouse’s delicious steak fries. Guests can also choose to make it a double for just $12.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19 and C-House, Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, located in the Affinia Chicago hotel is offering a three course pre-fixe lunch or dinner with a beer pairing for $45 per person. For reservations, please call (312) 523-0923.

Brunch at Sixteen
Located on the 16the Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, Sixteen showcases the Michelin star-rated modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci, along with breathtaking architectural views of the Wrigley Clock Tower, the Tribune building, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River.

This Father’s Day, Chef Brunacci will offer an elaborate buffet fit for a king. Whether craving prime rib cooked to perfection, barbecue ribs, or a decadent spin on the home style favorite “pork and beans,” guests can choose from a selection of stations showcasing dishes with an emphasis on meat, along with breakfast items, hearty salads, and desserts.

Dads – and all guests of legal age – will also enjoy a complimentary beer flight, showcasing three seasonal microbrews from the Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Company
Father’s Day Brunch at Sixteen is $115 per person ($25 for children under eleven years of age), exclusive of alcohol, tax, and gratuity, and will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

The Spa at Trump®
Located on the 14th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the 23,000 square-foot Spa at Trump® includes 11 luxurious spa treatment rooms offering an array of massages, facials, relaxation programs, and signature treatments, as well as a private membership Health Club.

For fathers who simply have it all, a gift certificate to the The Spa at Trump is the perfect choice. With every $150 gift card purchase, the spa will offer a $25 spa credit, to be put toward a treatment enhancement for Dad or a relaxing Spa at Trump experience for the purchaser. Gift certificates can be purchased in person, online at or by calling (312) 588-8020.

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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  • It's Katalin a fellow blogger- we exchanged a few emails a while back. I did something new with my brussel sprouts this weekend and write about it. Do you have any variations on this - bc I loved it.

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