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The Dawson and Formento’s: Brunch Bites

The Dawson and Formento’s: Brunch Bites

The Dawson and Formento's: Brunch Bites

The Dawson and Formento’s: Brunch Bites

 

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, The Dawson continues its monthly Market Mary series and Formento’s adds to the West Loop’s red-hot brunch scene.

 

In May, The Dawson raised the bar on Bloody Mary’s with its monthly Market Mary series, which featured a different Green City Market vendor each month paired with Reyka Vodka. As July comes to a close and summer reaches its produce-packed apex, there’s no better time to partake in The Dawson’s seasonal, locally infused Bloody Marys at brunch. This weekend marks the launch of the new August Market Mary, a peach-habanero version infused with cucumber, featuring peaches from Paul Friday in Coloma, Michigan. Up next to round out the Market Mary series is the September edition, a mole-spiced squash version with apples from

Hot Dog Cookoff, Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge: Weekend Planner

Hot Dog Cookoff

Hot Dog Cookoff,  Weekend Planner

Hot Dog Cookoff, Weekend Planner

Hot Dog Cookoff For Charity

Hot dogs are even more delicious when they’re cooked for a good cause. The all-American staple takes the spotlight on August 1 for the third annual Hot Dog Cookoff for charity, hosted by Gapers Block and Reach Out and Read (ROR) at Schubas in Lakeview. Taking place from noon until 5:00 p.m., the summertime shindig features novel takes on classic Vienna Beef hot dogs by chefs from Schubas’ Harmony Grill, Wiener and Still Champaion, Monti’s, ThePizzle.net and ManBQue. Entries will be judged by a panel of hot dog aficionados, including Dining Chicago’s very own “The Food Dude”  David Lissner, hot dog historian Bruce Kraig, chef Alan Lake, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s fame, and Lisa White from Chicagoist. Attendees will also get to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12, which includes tasting portions of all hot dogs. There will also be a cash bar, prizes, cornhole, and a DJ. Tickets are available here or at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit ROR of Illinois, a non-profit that strives to incorporate early literacy into primary pediatric care…….……CONTINUE:

 

 

Lollapalooza Chicago Restaurants Get In On The Action

Lollapalooza Chicago Restaurants Get In On The Action

Lollapalooza Chicago Restaurants Get In On The Action

Lollapalooza Chicago Restaurants Get In On The Action

 

The biggest, sweatiest, loudest music festival of the season takes place in Chicago this week, and you need to make sure you’re not going in hungry. Lollapalooza’s multi-day spree in Grant Park takes place July 31 through August 2, featuring a laundry list of musicians from across the planet entertaining tens of thousands of attendees. There’s a lot going on there. And the biggest music festival of the year merits ample celebration from local restaurants and bars, which are getting in on the Lolla action this week with specials and events all their own.

 

LYFE Kitchen: This health-minded fast-casual eatery hops on the Lolla bandwagon this week with a live music event at its River North location ……….stars like Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

Municipal Bar + Dining Co: Attending Lollapalooza is hella expensive, so you’re gonna want to partake in as many bargains………..For $8, it features a Goose Island 312 and a Jameson shot, just the refreshment you need after a day spent in the musical melee.

Mott St: Spiked ice pops and live music set the stage for “Mottapalooza” at Mott St. The two-day event, ………with live music from artists Dan Jones and Simon Dufour, plus spiked “Motter Pops,” which are boozy versions of childhood Otter Pops

Celeste: This chic, multi-leveled River North drinking den looks to be the “it” after-party destination for Lolla-goers this year. The bar will feature live sets……….including Cold War Kids, Plastic Plates, Nancy Whang, Sam Hagshenas, and Adam Savin

Pinstripes: It’s “Pinstripes Palooza” at the Streeterville gaming wonderland………..one complimentary game of bowling or bocce to guests who show up with their Lollapalooza wristband. The deal is available……………..…….……CONTINUE:

Danny Meyer Making Moves in Chicago

Danny Meyer Making Moves in Chicago:

Danny Meyer Making Moves in Chicago

Danny Meyer Making Moves in Chicago

 

One of New York City’s most revered restaurateurs has been steadily increasing his presence in Chicago.

 

 

In New York City, Danny Meyer is a demigod. One of the city’s — and the country’s — most esteemed and successful restaurateurs commands a kingdom of prominent restaurants, which span a wide spectrum of concepts, dining styles, and neighborhoods. Not to mention, Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group are the brand behind Shake Shack, a burger and fry joint that started small in New York before expanding across the globe. While Meyer made his name in New York, the hospitality maven has been steadily increasing his presence in Chicago. While we boast plenty of stellar restaurant groups and restaurateurs of our own here, it certainly bodes well that we’ve become such a draw for Meyer and co. Here’s how……  SEE NYC

 

 

 

 

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Limoncello at Dolce Italian: Sweet of the Week

Limoncello at Dolce Italian: Sweet of the Week

 

Limoncello at Dolce Italian: Sweet of the Week

Limoncello at Dolce Italian

 

France gave us creme brulee. Now Dolce Italian gives us the Italian equivalent with their new burnt limoncello dessert. A true stroke of genius, the limoncello creation on Dolce Italian’s dessert menu is a novel way of reinventing a storied dessert that has managed to transcend cuisines. The slick new River North haunt, displaying a true penchant for refreshing Italian fare, takes two familiar items in their own right, limoncello and creme brulee, and manages to make them each unique and exciting again…….……CONTINUE:

National Tequila Day, Rosé on the Roof, Gold Medal Concretes: Weekend Planner

National Tequila Day, Rosé on the Roof, Gold Medal Concretes: Weekend Planner

 National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day, aka the agave equivalent of Christmas, is this Friday, July 24. Maximize your imbibing with some tequila specials around town to commemorate the day.
más is offering a special tequila flight for $20, featuring Tromba Blanco, Tromba Resposado, and Tromba Añejo. The flight also comes with a sangrita chaser.
In Portage Park, Community Tavern is serving up a special cocktail called “Passion Me By,” made in collaboration with Jacyara de Oliveira of Sportsman’s Club. It contains Tequila Ocho, Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur, passion fruit, tangy lime, freshly brewed green tea, and angostura bitters.

At Adamus, another special cocktail for the holiday will be on offer. This one is the Margarita de Pepino for $7. It’s made with fresh cucumbers, Orangine, Casa Noble Crystal, and fresh lime.

If shots are more your tequila style, Cactus Bar and Grill is the spot for you, offering $5 shots of Don Julio for the holiday. Patrons visiting after 5:00 p.m. may also enjoy $5 select appetizers, such as guacamole, fried pickle chips, and tater tots…….……CONTINUE:

 

 

Scotch Tasting, Gold Coast Grub Crawl, Peruvian Independence Day, Ramen-san Omakase: Weekday Planner

Scotch Tasting, Gold Coast Grub Crawl, Peruvian Independence Day, Ramen-san Omakase: Weekday Planner

Scotch Tasting, Gold Coast Grub Crawl

Scotch Tasting, Gold Coast Grub Crawl

Scotch Tasting at Devon Seafood Grill

Scotch-lovers, take heed. Devon Seafood Grill is paying homage to Scotland’s signature tipple with a special tasting event on Monday, July 27. Starting at 6:00 p.m., guests will sample four Scotch selections matched with a variety of apps. Scotches to be sampled include Glenmorangie Rare 18, Ardbeg 10 year, Glenfiddich 15 year, and Balvenie 14 year:

 

Gold Coast Grub Crawl

Think of the Gold Coast Grub Crawl, taking place July 29, as a higher end Taste of Chicago. With more meat. Between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., attendees will mosey around a handful of the neighborhood’s finest restaurants, spending time at each stop to sample signature dishes and drinks.  100% of proceeds from the event benefit the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute  Cancer Center of Northwestern…….……CONTINUE:

Division Street Dining Renaissance

Division Street Dining Renaissance

 

The Division Street Dining Renaissance  (Scone City)

The Division Street Dining Renaissance
(Scone City)

Wicker Park’s Division Street hub has come a long way from sports bar cess pool to become a full-fledged dining and drinking destination.

 

Like the trajectory of Britney Spears’ career, the Division Street corridor in Wicker Park has seen its fair share of ups and downs. From its hyper-popular heyday as a restaurant Mecca home to unique chef-driven concepts to the crash that flooded the area with more sports bars than need ever exist, the area has been treading water in restaurant purgatory for a while. Now, much like Ms. Spears, the stretch of street is poised for a comeback. It’s been a long time coming, as more and more solid concepts have sprouted up in recent years, from inspired Southern homage that is Carriage House to eclectic vegetarian haven MANA food bar, but with the recent influx of new and exciting spots popping up, Division is looking better and …….……CONTINUE:

Pork Shoppe and Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits: Brunch Bites

Pork Shoppe and Autre Monde:

Pork Shoppe and Autre Monde:

Pork Shoppe and Autre Monde:

 

Brunch is a booming business in Chicago, and it can be hard to navigate the ins and outs, especially when so many strollers are blocking the way. Each week we highlight some of the most notable brunch news and dining happenings around town. Here are your latest brunch bites.

 

In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Pork Shoppe’s new location adds brunch to their repertoire and Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits gives brunch the tiki treatment.

Avondale’s popular barbecue haunt, Pork Shoppe, is growing fast. On the heels of opening a new, larger location in Andersonville, the restaurant has amped up their menu offerings with a new weekend brunch program. True to form, it’s a meaty affair filled with pork, Tex-Mex, and hash. Try the burly breakfast burrito brimming with eggs, potatoes, refried beans, onions, jalapeno, and spicy sausage…….……CONTINUE:

National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop

National Ice Cream Month Get The Scoop

National Ice Cream Month, Get The Scoop

National Ice Cream Month, Get The Scoop

 

There’s valid reasons why people scream for ice cream. And it’s not only because that alliteration sounds smooth. In the heat of summer, there is nothing more sweetly satisfying than a cooling scoop of ice cream. And with July being National Ice Cream Month, there’s no better time to start screaming for summer’s signature dessert. Here’s where to do so:

 

Ruth & Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream: A popular local ice cream purveyor for years has finally set up shop with an ice cream parlor all its own. Ruth & Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream has been selling their seasonally inspired, offbeat ice cream wares to local artisan markets for a while now, but their new Ukrainian Village scoop shop marks their first foray into brick and mortar territory, providing a solid and consistent outlet for some gourmet, uncommon flavors. These include caramelized ginger, sour cream cinnamon, and Chicago coffee, along with sorbets and sundaes topped off with the likes of passion fruit caramel sauce and strawberry rhubarb sauce…….……CONTINUE: