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Dining Chicago Makes The Most of Christkindlmarket

In the thick of the holidays, it’s that time of year for shopping, gifting, family and perhaps most importantly: mulled wine. The latter is where Christkindlmarket comes in. Chicago’s iconic German market/festival is back in action for the season, serving up holiday eats through Christmas Eve in the heart of the Loop. Here’s everything you […]

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Dec 12, 2017 11:36 PM
Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes

Weekly Planner: Mezcal Dinner, Feast of the Seven Fishes Mezcal Dinner at Mi Tocaya Antojeria Wine dinners and beer dinners are a commonplace occurrence around these parts, but mezcal dinners? That’s something pretty new and enticing. At the buzzy Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square, chef Diana Davila is hosting a series of mezcal dinners this winter, […]

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Dec 12, 2017 02:35 AM
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

Weekday Planner: St. Feuillien at Trenchermen, DryHop's Barrel-aged Premiere, Rum Pop-up, and Lagunitas Dinner

St. Feuillien Beer Dinner at Trenchermen
 
On November 11, the fourth generation owner of Belgium's Brasserie St. Feuillien journeys to Trenchermen to host a four-course beer dinner. Dominique Friart is the guest of honor for the boozy degustation, on hand to showcase her family's brewery and discuss its lore, all while executive chef Pat Sheerin cooks up dishes to harmonize. Collectively, Friart's beers have won more awards and accolades than Meryl Streep, so this is legit. The meal begins with an amuse of pickle tots, red onion yogurt, and caviar, matched with St. Feuillien's Grand Cru, followed by a first course of chicken fat-roasted carrots with apricot, smoked fried chicken, and a rich and heady Saison to match. Oilive oil-poached shrimp in lobster curry broth with quinoa and herbs is second course, accompanied by a malty Tripel, while Duroc pork with grains, malt roasted vegetables, and a glass of Belgian Coast IPA serve as the final savory pairing. Dessert consists of "Biere-a-misu" with golden raisins and chicory, matched with St. Feuillien's Speciale. The cost for this can't-miss beer dinner is just $75 per person, available here


DryHop Releases Inaugural Barrel-aged Beer
 
In other beer news, DryHop Brewers releases its first barrel-aged beer on November 11, which officially makes this coming Tuesday the best beer day of the week. At 6:00 p.m. on the dot, the brewpub taps Screaming for Vengeance, a barrel-aged oatmeal stout that sounds like a Quentin Tarantino flick. In honor of the Festival of Barrel Aged Beer next week, DryHop wanted to do a little barrel-aged drinking of its own, serving up a beer that has been aged in a Tailwinds Distilling Company rum barrel for three months, garnering notes of toffee, vanilla, and coffee.


Trenchermen
(Drink this and lots more at Trenchermen's St. Feuillien beer dinner)
 

A Taste of Havana at Club Lucky
 
The perfect remedy for those chilly weather woes? A pop-up booze event inspired by Havana, Cuba, and all the liquor riches therein. On November 10, Caña Brava Rum takes over Club Lucky to revive the Floridita Bar of Cuban lore, depicting the classic bar that Hemingway used to patronize. From 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the bar will take on a Cuban motif, outfitted with classic rum cocktails crafted by mixologist Mike Ryan and Simon Ford.  Expect to sip daiquiris of all kinds, and more. 


Lagunitas Beer Dinner at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush
 
In case you aren't yet drunk enough, head to Phil Stefani's 437 Rush for a Lagunitas beer dinner on November 12. From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the restaurant will serve up multiple courses of beer-paired dishes along with raffle prizes and souvenir pint glasses. The menu features items such as crispy calamari in Calabrese pepper emulsion with jumbo lump crab salad with Lagunitas DayTime to drink; grilled baby octopus with stewed butter beans, mint dressing, and Lagunitas Pilsner; large tube pasta in wild boar ragout with Taleggio fondue and Lagunitas Censored; blackberry panna cotta with blueberry compote, vanilla sauce, beer foam, and Lagunitas Lil Sumpin' Wild Ale; and more. The cost is $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-222-0101. 


- Matt Kirouac
 

 

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A kitschy Rat Pack aura pervades this Bucktown Italian, with a 1950s-style cocktail lounge and a dining area that offers large portions served family style and "Killer Martinis" with hand-stuffed...


This location will be closing soon. Housed in the Rush and Hubbard space that was once home to the legendary Riccardo's, 437 Rush has a casual upstairs bar with salads...

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Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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DryHop Brewers is a brewery and eatery in Lakeview East with a special knack for hop-centric brews and beer-friendly American cuisine.

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