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Weekday Planner, What To Do This Week In Chicago: Fire and Blood Ale, Bread & Wine Dinner, 312 Chicago Birthday, and Spring Truffle Preview

What To Do This Week In Chicago Restaurants: New dishes and drinks are constantly debuting in Chicago restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries, which means there are lots of new things to eat around town. Here are some ideas for what to eat this week. Happy 16th Birthday to 312 Chicago While most 16th birthdays are […]

Gumbo Get Yours On, Buffalo Wings, Wine Dinner at Vie, Anniversary, and Pasta Contest

Mardi Gras Specials From Bottleneck Management The fattest Tuesday of the year is this week, and there’s still time to plan your feasting. Bottleneck Management’s gamut of restaurants and taverns are doling out New Orleans-style specials all week long, from alligator gumbo atHowells & Hood, Old Town Pour House, The Boundary, Sweetwater, and South Branch to chicken jambalaya and shrimp […]

Boozy Happenings at Horseshoe Hammond Perfect Pairings

Go for the gambling, stay because you’re drunk and happy. Horseshoe Casino, you will be smitten to know, is one of the most popular casinos in the country, raking in more guests annually than any other casino save for Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Horseshoe Hammond Perfect Pairings Cha ching! Clearly Chicagoans and Midwesterners alike adore […]

Weekend Planner: California Wine Dinners, European Sausages, Gingerbread Houses, and Cookie Class

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. (Telergaph. Credit: Tom Harris / Hedrick Blessing) Celebrate California at Telegraph California wine takes the spotlight for Telegraph‘s latest series of wine dinners, available through the rest of December. The […]

Weekend Planner: Eat Pumpkin Cremeux and Foot-long Hot Dogs, Sip Gamay and Cocktails

No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in Chicago. Here are some of the hottest happenings this weekend. (White chocolate-pumpkin cremeux at Floriole Cafe & Bakery. This month only. Photo: Floriole) No matter the time of year, there is always lots to do, eat, and drink in […]

Save the Date for Boozy New Dinners

Several new wine dinners are on the horizon, providing ample opportunity for diners to wine and dine to their heart’s content at Chicago Restaurants   The wines of Montalcino are at the forefront of the Il Poggione wine dinner taking place October 23 at Piccolo Sogno. Co-hosted by wine master Alessandro Bindocci, the event will showcase […]

Drown Your Work Week Woes in Wine Wednesdays

Province and Nana are two restaurants offering their own versions of wine specials mid-week, helping ease the sting of the work week with potable bargains. Restaurants: Province, Nana Wine makes everything better, including Wednesdays. And droll work weeks. Restaurants know this and want to help you. Helping us all get over the mid-week hump, Province and Nana are two restaurants […]

Oktoberfest Beer and Wine Recommendations From the Pros

Oktoberfest is all about the boozing, but you have to know how to do it right. With the help of a couple beer and wine pros, here are several suggestions for apt Oktoberfest drinking. Oktoberfest is all about the booze and the merriment. What Christmas is to presents, gingerbread, and candy canes, Oktoberfest is to […]

Booze News: Sangria in the City

These days Spaniards drink more Gin & Tonics than sangria. But that wasn’t always the case, according toMark Sotelino, the general manager at Lincoln Park mainstay Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. More than 2,000 years ago, when the Romans ruled what is now Spain, everyone poured red wine in their drinking water because straight-up water wasn’t safe to consume. They […]

Quartet of Mexican cuisine’s top chefs to gather in Chicago

Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil) and New York City’s Alex Stupak (Empellon) join Chicagoans Carlos Gaytan (Mexique) and Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and others) for a two-day celebration of contemporary Mexican cuisine, “Mod Mex,” Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, at Frontera Grill in River North. Saturday’s event, “Mod Mex: The New Face […]