Weekday Planner: Butcher and the Burger's Four-year Anniversary, D'Artagnan Celebrates 30 Years at Intro, Vegan Dinner at Izakaya Mita, Wine-fueled Monday Night Farm Dinner

Butcher and the Burger's Four-year Anniversary

Four years ago, Lincoln Park welcomed one of its most ambitious, inventive, and satisfying quick service burger spots, the Butcher and the Burger. Nowadays, the restaurant is still going strong, and it's celebrating its anniversary with a special promo on Monday, October 26. Aptly, the promo entails a $4 burger special between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., wherein customers can feast on the cheap on the all-American burger made with natural and local house blend beef, the spice blend of your choosing, lettuce, tomato, and onion. 

D'Artagnan Celebrates 30 Years at Intro

Another company is celebrating a milestone this month as well. For 30 years, D'Artagnan has been a quintessential purveyor of organic, antibiotic-free meat, poultry, game, and truffles, suppling top-tier ingredients to chefs and restaurants throughout Chicago. To celebrate its 30th year in business, Intro is hosting a special dinner benefitting the Chicago Food Depository on October 26. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the five-course dinner features a miscellany of dishes using D'Artagnan products, prepared by Intro chefs Aaron Martinez and Stephen Gillanders, along with Doug Psaltis of RPM Steak and RPM Italian, Mike Sheerin of Embeya, and David Posey, formerly of Blackbird. Wine pairings will also be included. Tickets for dinner are $135 per person and can be acquired by visiting Intro's website. ‚Äč


Butcher and the Burger
Butcher and the Burger turns four

Vegan Dinner at Izakaya Mita

If vegan Japanese fare is more in line with your cravings this week, head to Izakaya Mita for their vegan prix fixe dinner on October 26. Uniquely celebrating the fall harvest by putting the focus squarely on produce, the dinner kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with a spree of eight savorous courses. Dishes include pumpkin gomae, fried zucchini with mustard tonkatsu sauce, sukui tofu with warm konnyaku dengaku sauce, yam cake skewer with sweet miso sauce, eggplant slider with ginger teriyaki, and oshiruko sweet bean with vanilla mochi. Attendees will also be treated to pours of sakes like Izumi Judan, Ichii No Torii, Akitabare, and Dewasansan. The cost for dinner is $45 per person. 

Wine-fueled Monday Night Farm Dinner at Lula Cafe

Evidently, October 26 is a popular night for special dinner events, because Lula Cafe is also getting in on the action with a wine-focused rendition of their weekly Monday Night Farm Dinners. Each week, the restaurant's Monday dinners beget three new dishes, with this week's offerings inspired by the wines of Domaine Turner-Pageot. One half of the husband-wife team behind the winery, Emmanuel Pageot will be in attendance for the dinner, showing up for a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. He'll then be sitting down to dine with 10 lucky guests at 7:30 p.m., which will include a four-course  tasting menu with reserve selections for $85 per person. The regular three-course dinner menu will be available starting at 6:00 p.m., with wine pairings, for $63 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Diana Hawkins at diana@lulacafe.com. 


- Matt Kirouac