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Weekend Planner: Rum Cocktails, Celebrity Chef Ball, and an Apple Pie Smackdown

http://dmkburgerbar.com/This weekend, make it all about the rum cocktails, the charitable food galas, and the apple pie contests.
 

Cozy Up to DMK's New Rum Cocktails

It's getting cold out there. Batten down the hatches and warm/numb your soul with rum. The cozy liquor is at the forefront of a new cocktail menu at DMK Burger Bar, bolstering the beverage program with flavors of the tropics to distract from the fact that it's coat season. Only available this season, the new rum drinks provide just the right amount of spice and toasty warmth to prepare you for winter. Try the Not-So-Daiquiri Daiquiri, made with Angostura Reserva Rum, honey, and lime; the Autumn Delight with Angostura 7 Year Old Rum, Luxardo Apricot, pineapple, and lemon; the Apple-Cinnamon Mojito with apple-infused rum, fresh mint, lime, and cinnamon syrup; and more.



(Sampling of what to expect at the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball)
 

Nourish Yourself at Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball

One of the grandest culinary events of the year takes place October 26 at Bridgeport's Zhou B Art Center. That's right, Nourish, the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball, is back for more, and it's bigger and tastier than ever, with over 70 chefs from near and far, more than a dozen mixologists, and all the food and drink you can desire. The best part is it's all for a good cause, with proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels, which provides home meal delivery to senior citizens and those with disabilities. The 25th anniversary of the event, this year's gala features a VIP Chef's Table that starts at 6:30 p.m. and offers a six-course dinner plus dessert. Guests will also have the opportunity to sip on specialty cocktails and mingle with more than 40 chefs. Starting at 8:30 p.m., doors open to the Chef's Tasting Party, a reception-style affair with dishes from dozens of chefs as well as open bars and specialty drink stations. The VIP ticket costs $350 per person, while the tasting party goes for $150. Purchase here!
 

Bake Pies and Get Judged

Following a weekend of harvest activities, Bang Bang Pie Shop is set to host an apple pie contest on October 27. Full disclosure: I am one of the guest judges and I will be wielding my hammer of judgement. It's the perfect fall activity, celebrating the quintessential fall dessert, and turning it into an American Idol-like pie-off. The event is open to anyone, but those who would like to bake a pie can purchase a $5 entrance fee. FYI only apples are to be used, no other fruits, though you can get crafty with flavorings, etc. Two apple pies are required per entrant, wherein one pie is judged by the audience and the other by the critcs. Submissions are taken from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and judging takes place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here. Oh and also, a family-style harvest dinner is to follow the pie contest, featuring the likes of whole-roasted ducks, black-eyed peas, collard greens, grits, roasted squash, apple butter biscuits, and pie duh. Tickets for that goodness can be purchased here.

Neighborhoods: LakeviewLogan Square

Michael Kornick and David Morton's eco-friendly eatery features a number of chef-driven burgers made with grass-fed beef, naturally raised turkey and veggie patties promising to actually taste good.

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