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10 ways to fete Bastille Day in Chicago

Liberte, egalite, fraternite! The storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, marked the start of the French Revolution and, ultimately, the freedom of the French people to form a democratic government. Chicago’s Bastille Day events include: Bistronomic on the Gold Coast celebrates Friday through Sunday, July 13–15, with Chef Martial Noguier’s $39 Bastille […]

Five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

In Mexico, the Fifth of May is a relatively laidback holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. But in Chicago, it’s a great excuse for a fiesta. Here are a few ways to celebrate: Chicago Sones de Mexico Ensemble. At 6 p.m. Saturday, […]

Taste Peru’s national drink free in Bucktown

Saturday, Feb. 4, is Pisco Sour Day, and from 9:30 to 11 p.m., Rio’s D’Sudamerica in Bucktown will be pouring samples of Peru’s frothy national drink, made from its native grape brandy, along with several piscos from different producers. Along with the traditional pisco sour, Rio’s will offer its new passionfruit pisco sour, mixed with […]

Happy anniversary, Coco Pazzo!

It’s been 20 years since Jack Weiss brought the Tuscan-focused Coco Pazzo to River North. Anniversary celebrations include a Italian Wine Week, Jan. 23–27, featuring free samples of six different Italian wines with lunch and 20 percent off all bottles anytime. On Feb. 2, Coco Pazzo’s 20th-anniversary gala benefit salutes Italian opera, food and wine. […]

Raise a can to Chicago beer, past and present

Tokio Pub in Schaumburg salutes Chicago’s beery history at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, with a four-course dinner devoted to canned beer.

Artisans’ cheese sale now monthly

Great American Cheese’s Warehouse Cheese Market shifts to a less-frequent schedule in 2012, offering its small-batch cheeses from artisanal producers around the country only on the first Saturday of each month. The sale takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proprietor Giles Schnierle on hand to offer tastings, tips and information about the […]

Sparkling holiday events in Chicago

Celebrate the holiday season with a bit of the bubbly. These Chicago restaurants are pouring out the frothy stuff: At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Niche in Geneva offers a dinner focusing on Duval-Leroy champagnes, including tastings of 1980 vintages. Sommelier Vince Balistreri and guest speaker Arthur Silvente of Duval-Leroy will discuss the taste and terroir […]

Octo-beer events in Chicagoland

Four fabulous fall beer tastings: City Provisions in Ravenswood, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. No cover. On Oct. 18, City Provisions hosts a release party for Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Co.’s Slackjawed Dunkel, a beer brewed with smoked malt and raw honey from Chef Cleetus Friedman’s […]

Alpana Singh leads Mag Mile tasting for new wine program

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises launches its new online wine sales program.

Al Capone’s favorite rye is back in Chicago

At 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, Blue 13 in River North fetes the all-American spirits with a Templeton Rye dinner.