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Kentucky Derby Edition: Weekend Planner

Kentucky Derby Edition: Weekend Planner

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Kentucky Derby Edition @ Lotties

Kentucky Derby Edition @ Lotties

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Kentucky Derby Happy Hour at Lottie’s Pub

The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and Chicago is filled with events and specials to celebrate. One such example is the Kentucky Derby happy hour taking place at Lottie’s Pub on May 7. The Bucktown staple will feature $4 Kentucky bourbons and $5 mint juleps from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come clad in their best Derby hat for the chance to win a Woodford Reserve Limited Edition Derby bottle.

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Derby Day at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

The Derby Day celebrations at III Forks head to the rooftop for a special soiree from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on May 7. Before the race begins, attendees will have the opportunity to place guesses on who they think will win, place, and show, with prizes awarded to those who guess the first, second, and third place horses. Drink specials for the evening include $5 Maker’s Mark Juleps, $5 Effen Cucumber Collins, $6 Knob Creek Old Fashioneds, and $6 Maker’s Mark 46 Sazeracs. When the race kicks off at 5:24 p.m., coverage will be aired on multiple television screens.

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Kentucky Derby Happy Hour at Lottie’s Pub

The Kentucky Derby races into action this weekend, and Chicago is filled with events and specials to celebrate. One such example is the Kentucky Derby happy hour taking place at Lottie’s Pub on May 7. The Bucktown staple will feature $4 Kentucky bourbons and $5 mint juleps from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and guests are encouraged to come clad in their best Derby hat for the chance to win a Woodford Reserve Limited Edition Derby bottle.

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Derby Day at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

The Derby Day celebrations at III Forks head to the rooftop for a special soiree from 4:00 p.m. until midnight on May 7. Before the race begins, attendees will have the opportunity to place guesses on who they think will win, place, and show, with prizes awarded to those who guess the first, second, and third place horses. Drink specials for the evening include $5 Maker’s Mark Juleps, $5 Effen Cucumber Collins, $6 Knob Creek Old Fashioneds, and $6 Maker’s Mark 46 Sazeracs. When the race kicks off at 5:24 p.m., coverage will be aired on multiple television screens.

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One of the hottest Derby Day shindigs, year after year, takes place at Tavern on Rush. And this year is no exception. The fifth annual event takes place May 7 all day long, wherein guests are encouraged to get dressed up in Southern style. Along with food specials and $5 Mint Juleps, a Derby Day hat contest will award a $500 gift card to the first place winner and a bottle of Dom Perignon to second.

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Bourbon & Oysters Celebration at Pearl Tavern

Bourbon and oysters share the stage for a special Derby Day party at Pearl Tavern this weekend. From 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., the event features bourbon tastings, Mint Juleps, and small bites. The event benefits the #CraveCCC campaign for the Chicago Children’s Choir and Derby attire is required. Tickets to attend are $45 per person.

 

Shaya avec Nico Osteria, Bar Menu at Gene Georgetti

Shaya avec Nico Osteria

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Shaya avec Nico Osteria

Shaya avec Nico Osteria

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On the heels of the James Beard Foundation Awards, yet another collaborative event is set to take place the day after the gala. With acclaimed New Orleans chef Alon Shaya in town for the event, he’ll take up residence at Nico Osteria for a Southern Mediterranean dinner on May 3. The chef is teaming up with Nico’s own chef Erling Wu-Bower and pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky, along with avec’s Perry Hendrix, while acclaimed award-winning chefs Paul Kahan and John Besh will be behind the bar serving up Creole-inspired cocktails. The menu for the dinner features a variety of crudos, followed by shareable starter plates like roasted cabbage with hazelnut muhammara, Persian rice with saffron and sunflower seeds, Burrata with stewed artichoke, and squid with avocado, peas, and toasted sesame-mint vinaigrette. Next are main courses like Romanian kebabs, lamb shank, black cod, squid ink chitarra, rabbit leg tagine, and chicken thigh paella. For dessert, there’s coffee affogato, beignets, chocolate babka, and coconut rotolo. SEE FULL STORY

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Lunch at Imperial Lamian

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There’s a new lunch option downtown, thanks to recently implemented daytime service at River North’s new Asian hotspot, Imperial Lamian. Available weekdays beginning at 11:00 a.m., the lunch menu focuses on soups, salads, barbecue items, fried rice, dim sum, wok dishes, and of course lamian noodle dishes. There’s also a special “lunch set” option, which includes dim sum, miso soup or salad, and options like fried vegetable lamian, salmon, kung pao chicken, black pepper beef, and sweet and sour pork.

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Prime Time Bar Menu at Gene & Georgetti

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One of Chicago’s most iconic steakhouses is joining the happy hour fray, with Gene & Georgetti’s new prime time bar menu available weekdays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Special menu items for the occasion include crab cake sandwiches, pizza bread margherita, pigs in a blanket, chicken diavolo wings, and filet bearnaise with steamed asparagus and bearnaise sauce.

 

James Beard Week: Weekend Planner

James Beard Week

James Beard Week at avec

James Beard Week at avec

 

Momofuku Brunch at avec

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In honor of the James Beard Foundation Awards taking place in Chicago May 2, there’s a whole bunch of events taking place the weekend prior. This includes a super special brunch at avec on May 1. The daytime event is a one-day-only Momofuku brunch takeover, featuring the acclaimed stylings of New York City’s beloved and insanely popular restaurant from David Chang. In collaboration with Momofuku’s Ssäm Bar and Má Pêche, avec will serve an a la carte menu with items like kimchi deviled eggs, sirloin tartare with yuzu kosho, smoked seven spice brisket with pea slaw, and shrimp and grits with xo, egg, and kale. Additionally, avec will offer a limited number of Bo Ssäm reservations for parties of seven to 10 guests at the following times: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Priced at $250 per party, this includes a slow cooked pork shoulder, one dozen oysters, and two bowls each of white rice, bibb lettuce, Korean-style barbecue sauce, kimchi, and ginger-scallion sauce. Reservations for the Bo Ssäm package can be made by emailing info@avecrestaurant.com and general brunch seating is first come, first served.

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Cure Takes Over The Violet Hour

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In other James Beard Award news, acclaimed New Orleans cocktail bar Cure is taking over The Violet Hour on May 1. The special collaborative effort is dubbed “Cure What Ails You: Cure Takes Over The Violet Hour,” and it begins at 10:00 p.m. The special union was born from deep rooted industry connections and friendships, which makes this all the more special. Cure’s partner Kirk Estopinal was an opening bartender at The Violet Hour, which makes this a bit of a homecoming for him. For his return, he worked closely with The Violet Hour’s Eden Laurin to craft a special menu of cocktails, while Analogue’s chef, New Orleans native Alfredo Nogueira, is accenting the drink list with a variety of Cajun-inspired dishes. The chef met Estopinal in New Orleans in their 20’s and they even started a band together at one point.

The cocktail menu for the evening features items like the Gunshop Fizz Punch made with Peychaud’s, fresh citrus and berries; the Once Over with aperol, tequila cabeza, lime, orgeat, and mint; the Seadog with Sercial Madeira, chocolate and vanilla bitters, orange, and lemon zest; and the Yerba Agave with El Tesoro Anejo, raw dark agave nectar, Brizard white creme de menthe, Benedictine, and angostura. For food, expect dishes like boudin-stuffed beignets, buttermilk biscuits with Steen’s butter and pepper, pickled deviled eggs, filé gumbo, and Creole buttermilk doughnuts.

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Shake Shack and Boka Partner for Backyard Barbecue 

Another cool collaboration taking place this weekend is between Boka and Shake Shack, an unlikely surprise duo joining forces for a backyard barbecue on May 1. From 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Boka will play host to the al fresco soiree, wherein the two restaurants will collaborate on a special Shake Shack burger inspired by Boka’s menu. The outdoor terrace will be transformed into a casual barbecue setting, where guests can enjoy the special burger, plus canapes from Boka, and pie bites from Bang Bang Pie. There will also be Shackmeister Ale, wine, and whiskey smash cocktails to drink. Tickets are $40 per person.

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Three Dots and a Dash Alley Tiki Party

With the tiki bar’s new beverage director, Julian Cox, running the ship, Chicago’s premiere tiki bar is poised to host an alley luau to remember. Along with several other top-tier mixologists, Three Dots and a Dash is set to fire up a pig roast and shake up tropical cocktails in the alley on May 1 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will also be a fire performance by DJ Walshy, in true luau style.

Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring With These 8 Patios

Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring:

At long last, the fickle April weather has leveled off and warm weather is here to stay. Until next winter at least. Unsurprisingly, Chicagoans are eager to get outside and make the most of the sunshine by dining and drinking on lush patios all over town. With so many al fresco options to choose from across the city, we’ve helped whittle down the list to a few standout selections. From zen patios to neighborhood terraces, here are a few new options to savor this season.
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Dining Celebrates Spring at IIIForks

Dining Celebrates Spring at IIIForks

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Dining Chicago Celebrates Spring:

Sumi Robata Bar: This River North eatery is beloved for its sensational robata dishes and the masterful cocktails from subterranean Charcoal Bar, but you’ll discover even more to fawn over when you stroll outside. The acclaimed robata restaurant does al fresco in style with a soothing urban oasis as relaxing as sunshine therapy. The patio is a serious operation, constructed to a tee like a restaurant in and of itself. As guests enter the serene setting, they’re surrounded by Japanese siding known as “kura,” meant to resemble a storefront, and a wall of evergreens. The space is intimate and calm, with seating for 20. The wooden deck features a number of two-tops as well as a posh lounge area festooned with drapes.

Gather: On the other end of the spectrum and the other side of the city, humble neighborhood haunt Gather has a cozy outdoor nook all its own. The covered outdoor terrace contains seating for 40 and is set to remain open for nine months out of the year, great for diners who like to fool themselves into thinking they live someplace tropical. The al fresco space feels like an urban Secret Garden, bedecked by a large mural designed by a local artist, granite tables, benches, and mod chairs. Dining on this transportive terrace, especially after the sun sets, one almost expects to hear crickets chirp and fireflies illuminate.

Elle on the River: What Big Star is to Wicker Park (they’ve got a killer and sceney patio, by the way), Elle on the River is to River North. Except Elle is entirely seasonal and only operates during the warmer months. The casual sister spot to Travelle in The Langham, Chicago, Elle focuses on Mediterranean-inspired tacos and punch cocktails, all on an enormous concrete patio in front of the hotel overlooking the river. It’s a transportive and illustrious experience for any downtown denizen or worker on their lunch break.

Tavern on Rush: One of the most iconic patios in Chicago, the al fresco scene at Tavern on Rush is serious business, and a legit pastime for outdoor diners in the Gold Coast. The restaurant features a massive outdoor area that winds around its entire exterior. Between the steaks, the pizzas, the Manhattans, and the ambience, Tavern on Rush can’t be beat, especially during these prized warmer months.

Perennial Virant: Smack dab at the nexus of Old Town and Lincoln Park, Perennial Virant is conveniently poised to provide some of the best al fresco views in Chicago. Open now for the season, the patio in front of the Hotel Lincoln overlooks Lincoln Park proper, directly across from Green City Market. There’s space for 70 on the large patio, presided over by acclaimed chef Paul Virant.

RM Champagne Salon: The alleyway off Green Street in the West Loop may best be known for RM Champagne Salon and its Parisian-inspired cobblestone patio. But the barbecue restaurant that shares the alleyway entrance offers a raucous and summery al fresco alternative that’s just as fun. Green Street Smoked Meats unveils its massive patio on warmer days, lending the feel of a barnyard cookout party filled with picnic tables, pulled meats, and booze.

– Matt Kirouac

Chicago’s Most Iconic Patios

Chicago’s Most Iconic Patios: Signs of Spring in Chicago Restaurants  FULL STORY

 

Chicago's Most Iconic Patios: Tavern On Rush

Chicago’s Most Iconic Patios: Tavern On Rush

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Chicago’s Most Iconic Patios

6 Surefire Signs of Spring in Chicago Restaurants FULL STORY

Everybody in Chicago knows that spring doesn’t start when the calendar hits March 20. With typically wonky (and unwelcome) wintry weather, warm weather is often delayed a few weeks until that precise moment everybody realizes we’ve endured another chill and light jacket weather is here to stay. Unlike that unreliable and wildly inconsistent groundhog, restaurants in Chicago are solid indicators for spring weather, based on their hours, patios and menus. From gelato shops opening up for the year to seasonal lunch service and rooftop bars, these are the surest signs of spring in Chicago restaurants.

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Spring in Chicago Restaurants (Black Dog Gelato)

Spring in Chicago Restaurants (Black Dog Gelato).

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It’s probably because Chicagoans have so much pent up energy accumulated during winter, but we really love patios. To the point that we’ll happily sit underneath a roaring El track if it means we can dine al fresco. There are patios all over the city come spring, but few are as iconic as the ones at Tavern on Rush, Big Star and Parson’s Chicken & Fish. They’re all so different, all in different neighborhoods, but in their own ways they capture the essence of spring. In the Gold Coast, diners starving for Vitamin D flock to the massive patio anchoring the Viagra Triangle. Customers do likewise in Wicker Park at Big Star, and in Logan Square for Parson’s.

Lunch at NAHA:

When lunch service returns to this iconic, enduring River North restaurant, you know it’s time to stow the winter coats. Fusing seasonal, contemporary American cuisine with flavors of the Mediterranean, NAHA makes for one of the best full-service lunch experiences downtown; diners can always count on masterpieces from chef Carrie Nahabedian. The new lunch menu features plenty to savor for the season, including a warm puffed French Alpine-inspired savory torte with Tomme de Crayeuse cheese, slab bacon, ramps and chives; risotto with green garlic and nettles; and a ricotta cake with olive oil ice cream, poached apricots, sweet polenta, limoncello and salted Marcona almonds.

Rooftop at J. Parker:

The nifty thing about the J. Parker, the bar perched atop the Hotel Lincoln, is that the terrace space is open year round thanks to a glass covering that maintains the stunning Lincoln Park views while shielding customers from sub-zero temperatures. But really, there’s nothing that can really compare to an open air rooftop bar, and that day when the J. Parker reels in its retractable facade is a day to celebrate. Now patrons can lounge around the massive sunny space while sipping cocktails like the Suffragette City made with Ketel One, Chareau aloe liqueur, strawberry shrub, mint and lime.

Green City Market:

After months of infrequent indoor events, it’s time once again for farmers’ markets to return to their rightful posts outdoors. The season starts again for Chicago’s biggest and most popular farmers’ market, Green City, on May 7 in its Lincoln Park home. Hope you’re not claustrophobic, because opening day is always a jam-packed event filled with produce-shoppers, strollers, leashed dogs, chefs and vendors. As crowded as things can get, especially on Saturday markets, there’s something so excitingly vigorous about shopping outside for strawberries directly from farmers again.

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Katherine Anne Confections

Katherine Anne Confections

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Drinking Chocolate at Katherine Anne Confections:

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What swimsuit season? Just because the weather has warmed doesn’t mean you have to part with your hot chocolate cravings for the year. At Katherine Anne Confections, aka the closest thing to Willy Wonka you’ll find in Chicago, the chocolatiers beckon spring by swapping out their thick-as-fudge hot chocolate for an equally indulgent drinking chocolate. The cool, milkshake-like beverage is made with chocolate ganache (no cocoa powder here!), cream, salt, vanilla and milk, all blended together with various truffles.

Pretzel Week at Public House: Weekday Planner

Pretzel Week at Public House, Chez Moi Partners With Read It & Eat, and Draft Viewing Party at Sweetwater

Pretzel Week at Public House

Pretzel Week at Public House

 

Pretzel Week at Public House

The last week in April is not just any week. It’s Pretzel Week. Public House is giving the doughy delicacy its due diligence with a week-long spree of pretzel and beer specials as part of an incentive called Twist + Stout. Cute. From April 25 through April 30, the River North bar and eatery is featuring specialty housemade pretzels paired with stout beers for $15. Options include the traditional housemade pretzel with cheddar-beer fondue paired with Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout; the pepperoni pizza pretzel matches nicely with the Casper White Stout; the jalapeño cheddar pretzel pairs with the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout; and for dessert, there’s a cinnamon sugar pretzel with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

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A Unique Dining Experience with Chez Moi and Read It & Eat

Chez Moi and Read It & Eat culinary bookstore are teaming up for a cool two-part event on April 28. It all begins with a class at Read It & Eat, where chef Dominique from Chez Moi will show attendees how to make two appetizers: cream of asparagus martini with caviar ice cube, and crunchy shrimp with basil and chlorophyll mayo. These are paired with a glass of sparkling rosé. At 7:30 p.m., guests will be whisked down the street to Chez Moi for a Julia Child-inspired entree of duck au peche and a dessert course. The cost for the two-part event is $70 per person and tickets can be acquired here: http://unique-dining-experience.eventbrite.com

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Draft Viewing Party at Sweetwater

Football fans, take note. In honor of the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago for the second year in a row, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is hosting a special Draft Party on April 28. The day features food and drink specials all day long, including a “Monster of the Midway” burger with two beef patties, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, onion strings, aged cheddar, smoked mozzarella, shredded lettuce, beefsteak tomato, and roasted jalapeño aïoli. At 7:00 p.m., the restaurant will air the Draft, with a live video DJ on hand during commercial breaks.

Dining Chicago: Game of Thrones Dinner, Earth Day

Dining Chicago: Game of Thrones Dinner, Earth Day

If ever there was a restaurant to host a Game of Thrones-themed dinner, Frontier would be it. The restaurant, after all, is renowned for its game cookery. Aptly, they’re hosting a Game of Thrones viewing party and dinner on April 24, wherein chef Brian Jupiter will cook up a whole-smoked wild boar with sides like Caesar salad with polenta croutons, five-cheese mac & cheese, succotash, and cornbread. The event will also include the tapping of the Ommegang Game of Thrones Beers, like Three Eyes Raven and Iron Throne. The final three episodes of Game of Thrones from season five will air for attendees. Tickets are $30 per person.

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Dining Chicago: Game of Thrones Dinner

Dining Chicago: Game of Thrones Dinner

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Stephanie Izard Strikes Again With Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard Strikes Again With Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard Strikes Again With Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard Strikes Again With Duck Duck Goat

When Stephanie Izard opens a restaurant, people go crazy; the dining world stands still. It’s the culinary equivalent of Adele releasing a new tear-jerker. Except in Izard’s case, the only tears you’ll be shedding are tears of spice-induced joy. Get ready to weep, because her hotly anticipated new Chinese restaurant, Duck Duck Goat, is officially open for business.

Duck Duck Goat

Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard Strikes Again With Duck Duck Goat

In line with her previous crowd-pleasers Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat is a powerhouse partnership with Boka Restaurant Group, this time positioned along Fulton Market a few blocks from her previous restaurants. Inspired by travels throughout China and American Chinatowns, Izard fuses the regional and the traditional with the guilty pleasure comforts of crab rangoon and scallion pancakes.

From her earliest childhood food memories of recreating Chinese restaurant staples at home with her mom to her travels and experiences as an adult, Duck Duck Goat serves as a thorough representation of an award-winning chef’s take on one of the most beloved—and most diverse—cuisines on the planet. The menu reads like a choose-your-own-adventure of provincial delights, dotting around China for noodles, buns, dumplings, pancakes, chicken, duck and of course goat galore.

The menu at Duck Duck Goat contains seven sections: dim sum, hot soups, cold dishes, noodles, fried rice, mains and large dishes, ensuring there’s something for pretty much everyone, regardless of whether or not your notions of Chinese food are hinged on food courts or journeys through Shanghai. Start with Izard’s take on crab rangoon, a notable step up from typical delivery fare thanks to handmade dough (actually, all doughs at Duck Duck Goat are made from scratch every morning) and a cream cheese-crab filling that leans less on the former and more on the high-quality latter. Rice dumplings stuffed with ground goat is another savorous starter.  The goat theme carries over into the noodles, from the hand-pulled “slap noodles” with shrimp, goat sausage and eggplant, to the goat belly lo mein. In terms of heftier portions, shareable options include crispy frog legs and potato with housemade oyster sauce, which is interestingly made with Dark Matter coffee.

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Stephanie Izard, Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard, Duck Duck Goat

Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2016

Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2016

Mother's Day Dining Guide 2016

Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2016

 

Mother’s Day is a serious matter. Not only for the obvious fact that it’s important to show your mom how much you care for her and appreciate her, but it’s pretty much the Super Bowl of brunch. As the biggest brunch holiday of the year, it’s pivotal you get Mother’s Day right. Fortunately, you can’t walk one block without hitting a Mother’s Day brunch menu in Chicago

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When it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day, what better place to do so than Nana, a restaurant run by a family and named for the matriarch? On May 8, the Bridgeport staple will feature seasonal specials and holiday fare like the “Mom’s Benedict” made with griddled cornbread, beef brisket, poached egg, and chipotle hollandaise; lemon poppyseed pancakes with rhubarb jam; and dulce de leche stuffed French toast made with coffee cake in lieu of bread.

 

In other matriarchal, heartwarming news, chef Luca Corazzina will be joined in the kitchen by his own mom on Mother’s Day at 312 Chicago. From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., they’ll work together to create their generations-old family recipe for lasagna vegetariana con pesto. All moms who dine at the restaurant during brunch will receive a free slice of the scratch-made pasta, which also features basil pesto, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and tomato basil sauce.

Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2016 FULL STORY

This Mother’s Day, eschew the traditional brunch buffet spread for something a little more lavish. Mom deserves it, right? III Forks Prime Steakhouse is serving a special three-course menu all day long, from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in honor of mothers everywhere. Courtesy of chef Cedric Harden, the menu begins with first course choices of the III Forks house salad or a steakhouse wedge salad. For entrees, choose from pan-seared red snapper, coffee- and coriander-rubbed tenderloin, and fire-roasted red pepper chicken. Last, there’s Texas pecan cake and chocolate mousse for dessert selections. The cost for the prix fixe is $48 per person, and III Forks also has a special kids’ version for $18.

 

There are two ways to toast to mom at Devon Seafood Grill, where May 8 starts with a special Mother’s Day brunch and ends with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu after 4:00 p.m. The brunch buffet includes made-to-order omelettes, prime rib carving station, a chilled seafood display, sweet potato corn hash, seasonal fruit, salmon, chicken wings, lobster mac & cheese, and much more. Don’t forget the sweets selections like panna cotta, chocolate truffle cake, key lime tarts, cookies, mini carrot cakes, and others. Come dinnertime, the restaurant shifts to a special prix fixe format. First course options are baby greens salad, Caesar salad, Maine lobster bisque, and strawberry-pistachio salad, followed by entrees like a center-cut filet, seared scallops, maple-roasted salmon, crab cakes, or a surf & turf combo of 6 oz. filet and lobster tail. For dessert, there’s vanilla bean crème brûlée, lava cake, berries and cream, or apple croustade. The cost for the buffet is $38 for adults, $17 for children four to 12, and free for those younger than four. Dinner is $45 per person.

 

If your mom likes doughnuts, she’ll love free doughnuts even more. On Mother’s Day, all Kanela Breakfast Club locations will be doling out complimentary loukamades (Greek doughnuts) to moms. They’re made with lemon honey syrup and toasted walnuts and they’re incredible.

 

 

Perfect for families, River Roast is offering a special brunch package for four on Mother’s Day. Wrangle the brood and make a day of it, because sharing is caring. And it’s especially meaningful when the shared plates include dishes like whole roasted chicken, biscuits and gravy, peas, and hot apple crisp. The cost for the four-person brunch package is $140.

 

Everyone knows Geja’s Cafe is a longstanding hot spot for Valentine’s Day, engagements, and general romantic dining. But the Lincoln Park stalwart is equally cozy and appropriate for a family outing. On Mother’s Day, the fondue-focused establishment will be treating moms to complimentary five-minute massages and a glass of bubbly.

 

Tortoise Club makes for a perfectly opulent, Americana-style experience for Mother’s Day brunch. The River North gem is featuring a special brunch on May 8, and the beautiful mid-century club-inspired space is a wonderful backdrop for optimal holiday enjoyment and relaxation. The menu includes a tower of shrimp and oysters, a carving station with bone-in ham and prime rib, a waffle bar, and desserts. Brunch is $65 per adult and $25 for kids. It’s available from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day and Siblings Day.

The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] Despite this, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.[5]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Brunch at MAD Social, Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground, French Tasting Menu at Enolo Wine Cafe

Weekend Planner: Brunch at MAD Social, Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground

 

Brunch at MAD Social

Brunch at MAD Social

 

Brunch at MAD Social

Another week, another new restaurant has rolled out brunch. In line with its exciting dinnertime food menu, the West Loop’s new MAD Social colors well outside the lines during its weekend brunch program, available Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Drawing comfort food inspiration from across the globe, the menu is the handiwork of chef Mariela Bolaños. Her weekend creations include a killer monte cristo made with mortadella, smoked bacon, Chihuahua cheese, and brioche, all deep-fried and served with hashbrowns and mixed greens. There’s also a short rib Benedict with braised Korean-style short ribs, toasted pretzel buns, Brussels sprouts kimchi, and togarashi aioli; chicken and waffles with milanese-style chicken breast and a churro waffle; and the MAD shakshouka, featuring oven-baked eggs in sun-dried tomato sauce with roasted pistachios, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh herbs. To drink, try the Whiskey for Breakfast made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and egg white; or the Night Vision with gin, bilberry basil syrup, fresh pressed carrot juice, Amaro Lucano, lavender bitters, cucumber, and basil.

 

Pinot Days at Uncommon Ground

Pinot Noir takes the spotlight at Uncommon Ground in Edgewater for a special dinner event on April 16. An apt way to cap off the weekend in style, the wine-paired dinner features four esteemed Pinot producers on hand to speak about their wineries and discuss their wines. Chef Alex LaBounty curates a four-course dinner menu to match with the wines, of which their will be eight to sip throughout the evening. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the dinner features a reception course with three appetizers: asparagus bisque, smoked salmon with homegrown chive, goat cheese, and Belgian endive, and spicy Catalpa Grove pork sausage and mozzarella arancini. These are followed by smoked black peppercorn and thyme crusted pork tenderloin, crispy skin duck breast, spring lamb kabouli, and organic Tcho dark chocolate and Oregon hazelnut truffle. The cost to attend the dinner is $80.

French Tasting Menu at Enolo Wine Cafe

Travel to France this weekend via an affordable tasting menu at Enolo Wine Cafe. The River North restaurant just debuted a new three-course degustation option for $35 per person (additional $15 for wine pairings, which is still a crazy bargain). Classic French-inspired dishes are the focal point, featuring options like salad Nicoise, pork belly cassoulet, and fromage with brillat savarin, pickled pears, honey nuts, and fennel-raisin bread.