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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Guest Bartender Series at Arbella and RM Champagne Salon

One of the greatest facets of Chicago’s dynamic bar and hospitality scene is the camaraderie inherent in the industry. This is best exemplified in friendly guest bartender series’, which are now taking place at two of Chicago’s hottest bars. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at Arbella and RM Champagne Salon



Recently opened Arbella is wasting no time ingratiating itself into Chicago’s cocktail community. From the same folks as critically adored Tanta down the block, Arbella takes guests on a journey across the globe via booze, featuring an eclectic menu of drinks inspired by different regions and destinations, from Asia to the Caribbean and everywhere in between. With a new guest bartender series kicking off August 30, Arbella is extending the journey to bartenders from across the city. The first installation of the quarterly series features GreenRiver with four unique cocktails, including two made specifically for the event. For the occasion, Arbella’s head bartender Eric Trousdale is working with GreenRiver’s Rachel Miller, serving up an a la carte menu of special drinks between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The cocktails to be served are two from Arbella and two from GreenRiver. 

Arbella’s cocktails are the Fool’s Gold, exclusive for the event, made with pineapple-infused mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Amaro Lucano, lemon, and honey syrup. The second is The Gentleman’s Agreement, with bourbon, Amaro L’eborista, Gran Clasico, and Tempus Fugit Torino Rosso. 

GreenRiver’s offerings are the Coal Miner’s Daughter, which has Plantation 5-year Noilly Ambre, Giffard Banane, Tempus Fugit Creme Noyeaux, Amaro Nonino, absinthe, Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters, and grapefruit twist. The second is the Roadside Assistance, featuring blanco tequila, mezcal, lemon juice, ginger syrup, cane syrup, grapefruit bitters, and angostura bitters. 
Another guest bartender series is newly underway at RM Champagne Salon, which has kicked off a weekly program featuring local bartenders serving up exclusive creations. Every Monday through the end of September, the West Loop lounge is inviting different bartenders to hone in on a specific spirit and round out RM’s cocktail program with their own flavors. On August 29, it’s Alex Renshaw, Brian Sturgulewski and Clint Rogers of Dogma Group, featuring cocktails made with Fernet Dogma and other digestifs and aperitifs. On September 12, the focus turns to agave spirits, courtesy of Jay Schroeder of Mezcaleria Las Flores. Then it’s brandy’s turn, thanks to Lynn House on September 19. Finally, the last in the series is a bar takeover by Broken Shaker on September 26, with a DJ set by Champagne Machine Gun. All events start at 8:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: West Loop

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