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Weekday Planner: Surly Tap Takeover, Lioco Wine Dinner, D'Noche Tequila Dinner

This week's planner is all about the booze, from a Surly beer tap takeover to a wine dinner at III Forks Prime Steakhouse and a tequila event at D'Noche. Cheers!

Surly Tap Takeover at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Surly Brewing Company takes the spotlight for a special evening at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap on July 16. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the popular River North watering hole taps into the "Surly 7," an event featuring exclusive tastes of Surly's 1349 Pale Ale, along with other Surly brews like 1349 Black Ale, Bitter Brewer, Cacao Bender, Pentagram, Furious and Overrated. For beer aficionados, this is the first chance to taste 1349 Pale Ale before it hits other bars in a couple weeks. 


Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Taps turn to Surly at Jake Melnick's on July 16

Lioco Wine Dinner at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

If wine is more your style, head to dinner at III Forks Prime Steakhouse on July 15 for a special Lioco wine dinner. The evening consists of a six-course meal curated by executive chef Billy Caruso, along with various California wine varietals. Dishes include diver scallop crudo with yuzu jam, Belgium ossetra caviar, and a glass of Lioco Chardonnay; Santa Barbara spot prawn with cauliflower puree, saffron oil, wild porcini mushrooms, and Lioco "La Marisma" Chardonnay; rabbit rillette with black pepper-strawberry relish, pickled rhubarb, and an accompanying pour of Lioco "Michaud Vineyard" Pinot Noir; cured pork belly with roasted figs, candied kumquats, pea shoots, and Lioco "Klindt Vineyard" Pinot Noir; dry-aged Strauss lamb porterhouse with creamed wild morel mushrooms, huckleberry foam, shaved black truffles, and Lioco "Hirsch Vineyard" Pinot Noir; and finally, foie gras royal with cheese, heirloom snow white peaches, Meyer lemon, and Gorgonzola dolce, paired with Lioco "Heintz Vineyard" late harvest Chardonnay. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $125 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 

Tequila Dinner at D'Noche

Lastly, D'Noche focuses on tequila for its Night on the Patio event on July 14. From 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., the Logan Square standby is teaming up with Don Julio tequila and Ballast Point beer for a special five-course dinner matched with tequila and beer cocktails. Reps from Don Julio and Ballast Point will be in attendance for the evening, while guests enjoy food prepared by chef Antonio Del Real. Dishes include tomato gazpacho, seared sea scallops, quail tamale, pulled pork tacos, and drunken horchata gelato. The cost to attend is $50 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. Tickets can be purchased on D'Noche's website. 

- Matt Kirouac


Neighborhoods: River NorthLogan SquareChicago Loop

Cuban, Mexican and South American, fare including Latin-inspired sandwiches (jibarito, bistec, pollo), ropa vieja platillo, braised pulled pork steak, chuletas al pastor, marinated pork chops with caramelized onions and grilled...

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