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Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau 2012



Beaujolais Nouveau arrives just after midnight the morning of Thursday, Nov. 15. The young red wine made from thin-skinned Gamay grapes, produced in the Beaujolais region of France, is released with great hoopla every autumn . Local restaurants are celebrating:

  1. Chez Moi in Lincoln Park celebrates with Chef Dominique Tougne’s prix fixe, including salade Lyonnaise or onion soup; braised beef cheeks Bourguignon, and apple tart with whipped cream or warm chocolate terrine, $35, including a glass of Beaujolais.

  2. Paris Club in River North hosts a free release party with tastings and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

  3. Brasserie by LM in the South Loop, Troquet in Ravenswood, LM Bistro in River North and Brasserie 54 by LM in Andersonville all will be serving the new wine for $6 per glass.

  4. Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook serves a prix fixe of celery root remoulade with Pommery mustard; cream of garlic soup with savoy cabbage, flageolet beans and duck confit; endive and Roquefort salad with roast pear; a choice of pan-seared whitefish with red potatoes, Brussels sprout leaves, caramelized garlic and Beaujolais and bacon sauce, or classic steak frites with Beaujolais butter; plus blackcurrant sorbet with red wine syrup; and a glass of the new Beaujolais, $45.

  5. The Chicago French Market in the West Loop hosts a free tasting with live music from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

  6. Bistronomic on the Gold Coast offers a Thursday prix fixe featuring Chef Martial Noguier’s country pate, beef bourguignon over tagliatelle, banana brioche pudding with Nutella and roasted hazelnuts and a glass of the new wine, $39.

  7. Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen in River North throws a Beaujolais party from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with singer Claudia Hommel and accordionist Patricia Spaeth plus Chef Didier Durand’s menu of salads and soups, cassoulet, and mousse au chocolat, $49 for the dinner and show with a glass of wine. A four-course menu in the dining room, including a glass of Beaujolais, is $39.

  8. French American Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual “Passport to France” Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Participating chefs include Martial Noguier of Bistronomic, Dominique Tougne of Chez Moi, Thai Dang of Embeyaand Jose Castillo of l’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie. Tickets are $70 at the door.