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Dining Chicago Christmas Drinking Guide 2017

Where to eat, drink, dance and be merry this Christmas. Petterino’s: Santa’s coming to town a little early this year, and he’s hungry for brunch. Pay a visit to Mr. Claus at Petterino’s, where he’ll be stationed December 16 and 17 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. both days. The perfect stopover before an afternoon […]

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Dec 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Chicago’s Weekly Planner: TWO’s Restaurant Royale

 TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale Get ready for a culinary smackdown for the ages, because TWO is gearing up to host its first annual Restaurant Royale on December 13 at The Ivy Room (12 E. Ohio St., #100). In conjunction with Terlato Distell Artisan Spirits, the competition is a bit of restaurant […]

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Dec 08, 2017 05:44 AM
Weekly Planner: Sip & Paint Party, White Truffle Season, Half Acre Tap

White Truffle Season at Spiaggia In addition to booze and merriment, this is also the season for white truffles, one of the most coveted and opulent ingredients of the year. No better place to celebrate the mighty truffle than at Spiaggia, where chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef Joe Flamm have upped the ante on […]

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Nov 30, 2017 06:09 AM

Weekday Planner: Monthly Lobster Rolls, Vegetarian Tasting Menus, Choucroute Series, and Guest Bartender Series

Monthly Lobster Rolls at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

Rising to the lobster-loving needs of the West Town neighborhood, Bow & Stern Oyster Bar is bringing back its cultishly adored lobster rolls for one night a month. The last Thursday of every month (that's this Thursday, folks), Bow & Stern is serving up shellfish sammies for $18 a pop. The crowd-pleaser is made with Maine lobster, lemon aioli, Calabrian chile, parsley, tarragon, and grilled red onion on a buttery New England-style roll. Naturally. 


Vegetarian Tasting Menus at The Winchester

Veggie-philes, listen up! The Winchester has your back with a new weekly three-course tasting menu of vegetarian fare every Tuesday. The rotating Harvest Menus cost $29 per person and change each week per market availability. Examples from recent menus include chilled English pea soup, green garlic and ricotta agnolotti, and macerated cherries with Greek yogurt sorbet.  


Monthly Lobster Rolls: Bow & Stern
(Get your lobster roll fix this week at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar)


Choucroute Series

After you've gotten your fill of vegetables, pig out at TÊTE Charcuterie on Thursday, July 31, wherein executive chefs Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski team up with Trenchermen's Pat Sheerin for the kickoff to their Choucroute Series. It all begins at 10:00 p.m., making it the perfect event for all you carnivorous night owls, as chefs from each restaurant will cook up dishes from half a pig. The chefs will sit down to enjoy the intimate meal with guests. The cost to attend is $70 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-733-1178 or emailing info@tetechicago.com. 


The Berkshire Room via The Local Chicago

The next leg in The Local Chicago's ongoing Guest Bartending series showcases The Berkshire Room's Scott LoBianco on Monday, July 28. From 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., he'll be shaking up the Expired Passport for charity, made with pineapple juice, fresh lime, Ancho Reyes, Green Chartreuse, cinnamon syrup, and cucumber slices. Proceeds from the drink benefit the 100 Club of Chicago and 25% is discounted off the check for industry folks after 10:00 p.m. 


- Matt Kirouac


Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski are behind this September 2013 launch specializing in house-made charcuterie.

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