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Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Imperial Lamian, Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules for a Good Cause Puppies and cocktails seem like a pretty win-win combination, and The Bristol combines the two for an evening of cuteness, altruism and of socialization. Moscow Mules & Mutts is the apt name for the shindig, taking place March 21 on the second floor of the restaurant from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 […]

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Mar 13, 2018 01:59 AM
Best Restaurants for Boozy Brunch in Chicago

What is brunch without a little booze? And this being winter (albeit a warmer than usual one), a little booze is always a welcome distraction from the season. When it comes to imbibing at brunch, you could stick with the coffee and orange juice route, but the weekend repast is just so much more satisfying […]

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Feb 22, 2018 10:24 PM
National Margarita Day, Arami Omakase, Mr. Brown’s Lounge

National Margarita Day at Tuco & Blondie Now here’s a food holiday we can get on board with. National Margarita Day takes place February 22, and in honor of the sacred occasion, Tuco & Blondie is celebrating with a special margarita flight. The flight contains three 4-oz. margaritas including the smoky Mezcal Margarita, the Black Cherry Margarita, […]

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Feb 16, 2018 05:58 AM

Weekly Planner: Travelle's Chef Collab, South American Wine Tasting, Sunday Fried Chicken and More

Travelle’s Chef Collab With Bouefhaus

Some of Chicago’s most talented chefs come together for a collaboration dinner on July 27, as Ricardo Jarquin of Travelle Kitchen + Bar welcomes Boeufhaus’ Brian Ahern and Jamie Finnegan for the next round of the restaurant’s “Chef Collab” dinner series. Altogether, the chefs are joining forces for a family-style dinner that begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and meet-and-greet, where attendees get to mingle with the chefs. This will be followed by a five-course shareable dinner at communal tables in Travell’s wine cellar. Borrowing inspiration from both France and Germany, the menu features two dishes from each chef, finished with dessert by Travelle’s pastry chef Scott Green. The cost for the meal is $65 per person. Space is  limited, and reservations can be made by calling Travelle or visiting the restaurant’s website. 


South American Wine Tasting at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

Next up in the ongoing themed wine tasting sessions at III Forks Prime Steakhouse, the restaurant transports guests to South America for the evening on August 2. From 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., attendees get to participate in the steakhouse’s “Sommelier for a Day” event, wherein sommelier Anton Licko will guide patrons through a sampling of six South American wines, paired with hors d’oeuvres. Guests can vote on their favorite wine, to be featured for the rest of the month at III Forks. The cost to attend is $20 per person and reservations can be made by calling III Forks.  



Brunch at Ronero

In other weekend dining news, Ronero became the latest restaurant to start brunch service. Now available on Saturdays and Sundays, brunch here is far from typical, designed to conjure images and vibes of a Latin American party. They do so by filling the restaurant with three different brunch buffet stations, live music and entertainment. Between the three stations, which focus on breakfast items, crepes and waffles, and ceviches and tiraditos, guests can expect items like egg custard tarts, queso fresco biscuits with chorizo gravy and smashed purple potatoes with cumin and oregano. Made-to-order crepes and waffles are also available, with optional toppings like dulce de leche, sweet plantains and salsa criolla, while the ceviche station contains various rotating citrus-marinated fish and seafood, such as shrimp and coconut ceviche or tuna tiradito with aji amarillo pineapple jus. To drink, there’s a bar cart brimming with mimosa and Bloody Mary fixings, along with Rum Spritzers. The live music comes courtesy of Johnny Martinez, a local Latin American guitarist. Ronero is now open for brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and the cost is $35 per person, plus beverages. 

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South American, Central American and Caribbean influences are drawn upon at the rum-focused Ronero in the West Loop. The multi-level venue, from Chicago nightlife vet Nils Westlind, features a main...

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Situated in a landmark Mies van der Rohe tower, Travelle's concept is inspired by ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. Guests may indulge in the "Chef's Table" or "Cellar Table"...

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