Day of the Dead Dining Guide
Day of the Dead Dining Guide
Dishes, drinks, and events to partake in for the Day of the Dead.
Halloween gets all the attention in October, but let’s not forget that other macabre delight: Day of the Dead. Appropriately, restaurants and bars in Chicago are breathing life into this quasi-morbid holiday with a slew of peppy specials, events, and more. Here’s where to eat and drink on the Day of the Dead, aka Dia de los Muertos.
Nana: Mercadito: Fountainhead: Takito Kitchen: Taco Joint…………CONTINUE:
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve,Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world. In Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.
The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.
The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern Catrina.
In most regions of Mexico November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) but also as Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”).
Thanksgiving To Go:
Thanksgiving To Go from Prairie Grass Cafe
Enjoy a fabulous traditional Menu
This Thanksgiving, Prairie Grass Cafe offers two great ways to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving Menu in the dining room, or if you prefer to eat at home, order the popular Thanksgiving To Go. Either way, your family will enjoy a fabulous home cooked Thanksgiving meal courtesy of award winning chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris. The special Thanksgiving menu in the dining room is priced at $49 per person for adults and $15 per person for children age 10 and under. Children age 3 and under are complimentary. Advance orders are now being accepted for Thanksgiving To Go and must be made by November 20 for pickup at Prairie Grass Cafe between noon and 3 p.m. on November 27. All items are priced a la carte, and orders must be received by Thursday, November 20. Food lovers will appreciate that Prairie Grass Cafe supports local farmers: pumpkins are provided by Three Sisters Garden’; pork for sausage by Maple Creek Farm, apples by Nichols Farm, and pecans by Three Sisters Garden. Also, share your most heartwarming or hilarious Thanksgiving remembrance on Prairie Grass Cafe’s Facebook page and touch someone’s heart. You’ll love the comments and the “likes” you get…………CONTINUE:
Lap of Luxury:
ice cream sundae at The Langham
Lap of Luxury:
Thanks to $260 chocolate and $1,000 ice cream sundaes, it has never been easier to snack like kings and queens.
You know those moments when your sweet tooth sets in but you also want to pretend like you’re a Hilton heiress? Well there are a couple new sweets in town sure to sate that expensive hankering. A far cry from your typical Hershey’s and ice cream fix, To’ak is making its Chicago debut with $260 bars of chocolate, while The Langham, Chicago’s Pavillion is slinging $1,000 ice cream sundaes.
Lap of Luxury:
First up, To’ak is not your average chocolate bar. Unless you also eat money by the $100’s and use diamonds as paper weights. Founded by Chicago native Jerry Toth and Carl Schweizer, the company boasts some of the world’s rarest and most divine chocolate. Because not only is each 50 gram bar cost $260 a pop, but they only made 574 bars for their first batch. So basically this is Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets on an elite scale…………CONTINUE:
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What Exactly IS White Chocolate?
from: The Huffington Post
It doesn’t look like chocolate or smell like chocolate, and it sure as hell doesn’t taste like chocolate. That’s because it’s not chocolate at all. So really, it’s no wonder white chocolate is a controversial impostor; people either love it or they hate it, and there’s nothing in between.
White chocolate doesn’t qualify as genuine chocolate because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids (a.k.a. cocoa powder). White chocolate is typically made from a blend of cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, milk fat and lecithin — a fatty emulsifier that holds it all together.
If you’re on team White Chocolate, you can make it at home in the microwave from cocoa butter, powdered sugar and powdered milk. If you’re not, you can make something delicious and authentically chocolate — like this absurdly tasty chocolate cake. Whatever you do, make sure to have dessert today.
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Dining in Chicago can be fruitful, rewarding, exciting, and dynamic. With world-class restaurants and bars scattered throughout our glorious city, it’s easy to have a good, delicious time at any time of day or night. But it can also be disorienting to navigate the spate of options, especially at the rate in which new spots open nowadays. Lately, it seems the city has been especially inundated with fresh options. Of course it’s a great thing, but in case you’re experiencing anxiety over your next dining purchase, here’s a handy guide to sifting through the food fray…………CONTINUE:
Michael Jordan Michigan Avenue
Michael Jordan’s Steak House (Table 23)
Michael Jordan Michigan Avenue
Steak is best enjoyed with a splash of fame. Diners can already acquire such feats at Michael Jordan’s Michigan Avenue Steak House
, the namesake restaurant from one of the most famous sports stars to ever live. But now they can take that glamor a little further by actually dining in Jordan’s go-to booth, Table 23, at the restaurant. Any closer to Jordan and you’ll actually be wearing his jersey.
Table 23 is the venerabel king’s throne at Michael Jordan’s Steak House, an enormous corner booth overlooking the dining room vista. As if dining at the slam dunk steakhouse wasn’t enough, now you can reserve a seat at Jordan’s favorite booth yourself. When you do so, you’ll be rewarded with a special menu filled with Jordan’s favorite dishes. And the chance to be escorted to a nearby table should Jordan actually stop by and want his table back. Score!
The special Table 23 menu includes shareable starters like colossal crab cakes with Meyer lemon aioli; garlic bread with Wisconsin Roth Kase blue cheese fondue; and double-smoked bacon. For salads, guests select from Caesar salad, little gem lettuce wedge, and roasted beet salad, before moving on to an entree to share. This includes the MJ’s Delmonico with ginger-balsamic vinegar jus; roasted bone marrow with horseradish salsa verde, and caramelized onion; creamed spinach with Boursin cheese and Parmesan crust; mashed potato trio; and roasted oyster mushrooms with garlic and white soy vinaigrette.
Seafood Towers Reach New Heights
Like a delicious, nautical stack of Jenga, elevated seafood towers are a fun and illustrious way to partake in the ocean’s finest. All over town, restaurants have been peddling some seriously mighty towers, especially as of late as we enter the throes of oyster season — and they’re not even pumpkin spiced! Here are some spots in Chicago that exceed the norm when it comes to elevated seafood towers. Steak may get top billing at Mastro’s Steakhouse, and rightfully so, but don’t overlook the oceanic components on this meat-centric menu either. The appetizer menu is swimming with pristine shellfish and seafood, from chilled shrimp and Dungeness crab cocktail to oysters on the half shell, snow crab claws, lobster cocktail, and more. All or any of this is available in the form of a customizable seafood tower, wherein guests create their own versions with desired selection of seafood. …………CONTINUE:
Halloween Edition: La Madia!
Preceding Halloween, Local Option is hosting a pop-up “Helloween” beer event on October 29, featuring a smattering of Michigan-based beers and their respective representatives on-site. Starting at 5:00 p.m., guests are invited to come clad in costume and sip beers such as Founders KBS, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, and Dark Horse Apollo.
Harvest Dinner Series at The Winchester
The only thing better than the seasonal, wholesome simplicities of The Winchester is three courses of it. The restaurant is now offering weekly three-course vegetarian tasting menus every Tuesday, featuring a designated menu each month to best showcase the seasonal bounty…………CONTINUE:
National Pumpkin Day:
National Pumpkin Day(Los Picarones at Tanta)
n case you aren’t already pumpkin’d out this season, take heed that October 26 is National Pumpkin Day apparently. Rather than phone it in with pumpkin pie or pumpkin lattes (egad!), head to Tanta to try something more unique. The Los Picarones dessert is South America’s answer to pumpkin doughnuts, made by frying pumpkin and sweet potatoes together into toothsome, finger-licking fritters with spiced chancaca syrup. It’s the perfect antidote to pumpkin fatigue
Frontier, Between Bites
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The latest edition of Between Bites, the quarterly storytelling series featuring themed tales by local food writers, chefs, and personalities, takes place October 20 at Frontier. This season’s theme is the Witching Hour, just in time for Halloween and actual witching hours. Expect short personal narratives from the likes of Chuck Sudo (Chicagoist), Ina Pinkney (nee Ina’s), Liz Grossman (Plate Magazine), Kevin Boehm (Boka Restaurant Group), Matt Lynch (Thrillist), and Lauren Viera (beverage writer). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes appetizers, wine, and cocktails…………CONTINUE:
(Honey pie at Bang Bang Pie Shop)
Chicago is a city with a sweet tooth, packed with unique pastries and desserts in every neighborhood restaurant and bakery for dining and snacking in Chicago. I’m a guy with a sweet tooth, so each week I’ll report on a different dessert you need to try. I mean, I’ll eat more than one dessert of course, but only one standout confection gets a shout out.
Without question, fall is pie season. But while apple and pumpkin pies get most of the spotlight, there’s lots more pie to be had, equally deserving of said spotlight. One such pie is the honey pie at Bang Bang Pie Shop, a dense cheesecake-y indulgence heaped with fruit compote and general feelings of quaint emotions and comfort…………CONTINUE: