Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

How was everyone’s week? I apologize for being a bit MIA on posting but the “real job” was super busy and kept me going it got hired to find time to put something good up but I promise next week will be back to the usual!

Lots of fun events coming up this week – Dose Market, BOKA dinner and much more…

Scottish Game Dinner with The Famous Grouse Scotch.
October 18 – With only 16 seats left, you’ll have a chance to enjoy some great food and get to meet the Chef, the Farmer and a rep from Famous Grouse!

The menu will feature Pheasant, Scottish Langostine, Partridge, Hare and of course Grouse! Each course will paired with a unique scotch. To make reservations, call BOKA at 312-337-6070 and reserve your seat while they last!

The best Dose yet, October 16th
Hello, October! With the leaves turning, the pumpkins blossoming and the weather treating us to an extra-special Indian summer, get ready to rock it at the best Dose yet, this Sunday, October 16th.

Gentleman’s Boombox will be pumping tunes through the River East Art Center, Half Acre will be pouring beer, and Buckshot Sonny’s, Sir & Madame, Oak Street Bootmakers and others will be catering to our fine contingent of manly Dose shoppers.
Read on for more about what’s going down on 10/16 at the River East Art Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

BIG Charity Events!
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The charity is beginning its fall run of event dinners at various Chicago restaurants. For more info and tickets go to – tickets are $150 each and all proceeds go to benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The restaurants and dates are:
October 24, 2011- Boka
October 31, 2011 – NAHA

Meals on Wheels Chicago
Meals on Wheels Chicago announced the chef line-up for the 23rd Annual Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball to be held at the historic Macy’s on State Street (111 N State) on October 14, 2011. Host Chefs Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Paul Virant of VIE and Perennial Virant will join Host Mixologists Charles Joly of The Drawing Room and Lynn House of Blackbird to welcome 80 of Chicago’s finest chefs and eight of the Windy City’s top mixologists to the singular chef event of the year and one of Chicago’s longest-running culinary fundraisers.

Known as The Chef’s Table, the first event of the evening is a seated dining experience with live cooking and cocktail pairings by celebrated chefs and mixologists that takes place from 6 to 8 pm. Priced at $325 per ticket, The Chef’s Table provides guests with a more intimate dinner option.

Priced at $125, the Chef’s Tasting Party takes place from 8 pm to 12:30 am as a reception-style ball. Attendees can savor countless chef tastings, premium cocktails, wine and beer, silent auction, casino gaming, an interactive photo station, a live band – Rock Candy, and Chef-DJ David Ochs from Girl and the Goat.

Bibi Graetz Winery & Piccolo Sogno bring Italy Closer to Home
You are invited to spend an evening in Italy. Join us and experience the top crus of Italian winemaker Bibi Graetz’s acclaimed Testamatta wine paired with Picolo Sogno’s own Chef Tony Priolo’s fresh, Italian cuisine. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to taste the most elegant and authentic Italian wine and fare this side of Tuscany.  Bibi Graetz, the man behind Testamatta, will join us in addition to Ciro Longobardo, Picoolo Sogno’s wine expert. The 95 point Wine Spectator rated Testamatta 2007 will be served in addition to 3 additional wines. We hope you can join us – Salute!

Where: Piccolo Sogno Restaurant, 464 North Halsted, Chicago
When: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Time: Reception at 6:15pm; Dinner at 7:15pm
Cost: $90.00 per person + tax and gratuity
RSPV: call (312) 421-0077

Feast Restaurant
Feast Restaurant is launching its fall wine tasting series on Wednesday, October 19 at the Bucktown location (1616 N. Damen Ave.). From 7-9pm, Sommelier Bret Heiar will lead guests through a comprehensive tasting of a variety of wines from two of his favorite regions: the Languedoc of Southern France and Southern Italy. The cost is $20 per person, which includes the price of all wine tastings and a selection of light bites.

Le Bar at Sofitel Goes Chic Every Wednesday
Le Bar at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut St.) invites guests to experience Champagne Chic, a new Wednesday night destination at the fashionable Gold Coast lounge, launching October 19. The night, which celebrates women, offers the very best in sparkling cocktails and delicious bites from Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy. The mood is further set by a series of famous fashion flicks, both old and new, showing throughout the evening.

Once a month, Champagne Chic will also feature a fashionable guest from the community. On Wednesday, October 19, local handbag designer Diego Rocha will be present with his current collection. From 5-8 p.m., a special menu will be available featuring a number of bubbly cocktails, all for a price-friendly cost of $10. The bites, perfect for sharing, also ring in at $10 each. And for those who want a little indulgence, assorted macarons and lollipops are available for the sweet price of $7.

Events at Sixteen at the Trump
Beer vs. Wine: On Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm, Sixteen’s Beverage Director Rachael Lowe, in partnership with Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Company and Robert Sinskey Vineyards, will present an interactive “Beer vs. Wine” dinner. Each course of a five-course tasting menu will be paired simultaneously with beers from Goose Island and organic and biodynamic vintages from Robert Sinskey. A Goose Island brewer and Maria Helm Sinskey will be on-hand to guide diners through the selections, and, after each course, guests will cast a vote to declare which pairing they liked best. At the end of the evening, a winner will be crowned based on the final tally of votes. Sixteen’s “Beer vs. Wine” dinner costs $150 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

“Feasting at Sixteen” Game Week: On Wednesday, October 26, Sixteen will kick-off the final installment of its “Feasting at Sixteen” week-long dining series that will place a focus on unique game proteins. Starting at 5pm that evening, guests will be able to enjoy a five-course tasting menu that will showcase the various flavor profiles of game proteins, including Terrine of Wild Boar and Foie Gras; Ballantine of Rabbit; Roasted Loin of Venison; and Petit Sapin. The “Feasting at Sixteen” menu costs $155 per person (or $245 per person with wine pairings), and will be available from October 26 through November 2. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

Custom House October Fun
This October, Custom House Tavern is pleased to introduce a number of new offerings: $4 valet parking, a new, spooky Custom Cocktail program and a campaign benefiting the Lynn Sage Foundation’s “In Good Taste” program. The popular downtown Chicago restaurant also celebrates its sixth anniversary at the end of the month with a special celebration open to all.

Celebrating Six Years on Thursday, October 27 — OnThursday, October 27, Custom House Tavern celebrates its sixth anniversary with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The open house will feature hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Perry Hendrix and newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Zach Millican and Pastry Chef Erin Mooney, as well as a selection of wine, beer and Custom cocktails. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation. For reservations, please call (312) 523-0200.

Breast Cancer Specials
Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy of Café des Architectes will offer Raspberry Lychee Macaron with Rose Sorbet ($10). The proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Diners can also participate in the Lynn Sage Foundation’s In Good Taste promotion, where guests can donate to the cause by adding on an additional dollar amount to their check at Café des Architectes.

Beer Going’s On!
Chef Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions has two exciting beer events coming up in October featuring two different Chicago breweries. City Provisions will start with Chef Cleetus’s collaboration with Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co., the Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer that is brewed with a little smoked malt and 30 pounds of raw honey from Chef Cleetus’s own bee hive. This beer will be debuted at the release party on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-9 p.m.

The second October beer release will be a special weekend event with Cleetus’s collaboration with Metropolitan Brewing Company. The single keg of Carburetor Rye Bock #58, a double dark rye that was aged in a Templeton Rye barrel for eight months, will be available starting on Friday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. and on tap exclusively at City Provisions for the whole weekend or until it runs out.
There is no cover charge for either event. There will be snacks available, plus beer to taste and for sale.

Mercat 8 Day’s of Tapas!
Beginning on Saturday, October 8, Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave), the restaurant inspired by Spain’s Catalan region, will unveil its new fall menu over the course of eight days. Developed by Executive Chef Jose Garces and Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris, a new menu item will be unveiled each day until Saturday, October 15. The entire menu will then be available throughout the season.
The new menu focuses on seasonal items and features new twists on Spanish classics like the Hickory Smoked Quail, Roasted Vegetable Gratin and Truffled Turnip Soup. Mercat patrons will be able to view the new menu item each day via Twitter: @MercatChicago.

Football Specials and Fun
Lillie’s Q, where chef/owner Charlie McKenna serves award-winning competition BBQ along with Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown (1856 W North Ave), will give away one free order of boiled peanuts (regularly $4) to every paying patron wearing Florida State gear while the Seminoles are playing on Saturdays starting September 3.

Lillie’s Q will also sell the boiled peanuts for only $1 to every paying patron wearing any SEC (Southeastern Conference) team gear while their teams are playing during college football Saturdays. Lillie’s Q will show Florida State and SEC (Southeastern Conference) games on its three flat screens. McKenna is a proud Florida State graduate and a longtime SEC football fan.

Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave) has added a new and unique Bloody Mary to its beverage program that’s perfect to drink while watching football at the West Town restaurant and bar. The Roots Bloody Mary is comprised of Roots’ housemade Bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The rim of the pint glass is dipped in a mixture of freshly-squeezed lime juice and buffalo wing sauce, and it is rimmed with housemade BBQ spice rub. The Roots Bloody Mary is served with a skewer featuring a cube of hand-pulled mozzarella coated in crispy prosciutto and crispy pepperoni, a salami wedge, and a pepperoncini. The Roots Bloody Mary costs $8.

Roots is showing all the Big Ten football games on Saturdays, all Bears games with sound, and every Monday Night Football game with sound on its 12 flatscreens.

DMK Pigskin Burger! The Pigskin Burger contains root beer braised, naturally raised pork, an all grass-fed beef patty, aged organic Wisconsin cheddar, bread & butter pickles, onions & love. It’s $10 and available every home and away Bears game.

Frontier, on Milwaukee in West Town, has a $15 buffet from 12-3pm every NFL Sunday with $5 Bloody Marys or Mimosas, $15 Miller/Coors Buckets, $20 Craft Sampler Bucket, or $20 Hurricane & Colada Pitchers!

Fun Classes
SushiSamba Announces Fall/Winter Lineup for Sushi & Saki 101
With summer coming to an end in the coming weeks, Chicago diners can look forward to bringing the party indoors at River North hot spot SUSHISAMBA rio (504 N. Wells Street). The restaurant, with its worldly cuisine continues the Sushi & Sake 101 series; the signature sushi and sake classes led by Sake Sommelier Hayes Swope. Guests can sample SUSHISAMBA’s 60 plus sake offerings paired with delectable bites while learning the art of sushi and how to make it at home, led by Sushi Chef Shigeru Kitano.

Sushi & Sake 101 classes are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are $75 per person and limited seating is available. Classes will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 8
Tuesday, December 13

Reservations for Sushi & Sake 101 are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.595.2300. Gift cards to classes are available for purchase at SUSHISAMBA rio.

Lockwood Wine Classes
This fall and winter, step into the beauty that is the historic Palmer House Hilton and experience a wine journey like no other! The Bar at Lockwood, located in the Lobby of the property, will continue with The Regional Wine Journey – an exploration of the world’s most thriving wine destinations. This series of bi-weekly classes will be held every other Tuesday from September through December 2011.

Hosted by Lockwood Wine Director Sasa Sinanagic, each class will feature a different region while focusing on the history and individual fermenting process native to that region. The classes run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and are $25/per attending oenophile. The price includes wine pairings along with a selection of charcuterie, cheese and other various accompaniments.

The following schedule will be explored this season:
October 18, 2011: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
November 1, 2011: Malbec
November 15, 2011: Wines ofCroatia
November 29, 2011: RedBordeaux varietals
December 13, 2011: Syrah/Shiraz
December 27, 2011: Madeira
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (312) 917-3404 or 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 and also contributes to Eater Chicago.


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