Weekday Planner: Charitable Culinary Extravaganzas and Vie's 10-year Anniversary Greatest Hits


Northwestern Mutual Presents Lemon: Chicago

On August 11, a myriad of culinary powerhouses are teaming up for Lemon: Chicago, an event taking place at the Art Institute of Chicago to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Paul Kahan (Blackbird) and Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) serve as host chefs, joined by more than 20 revered chefs such as Jose Garces (Mercat a la Planxa) and Cleveland's Jonathon Sawyer. Each chef is assigned a designated table, where they'll prepare special meals for guests at said table. Additionally, eight of the chefs in attendance will host a cocktail reception prior to the seated dinner. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Art Institute of Chicago's South Garden. Sponsorship levels start at a crisp $10,000, while individual tickets go for $750. All proceeds benefit the fight against childhood cancer. More info and tickets here

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation

In other altruistic foodie news, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation takes place at the Navy Pier Ballroom on August 13. Routinely one of the hottest culinary tickets of the season, Taste of the Nation brings together hundreds of die-hard foodies, charity-minded clientele, chefs, and mixologists for a nice of dining, drinking, and do-gooding, all for the sake of ending childhood hunger. Restaurants participating this year include Perennial Virant, TETE Charcuterie, moto, L20, Cicchetti, RPM Italian, Siena Tavern, Kinmont, Tru, and Girl & the Goat, along with mixologists from the likes of The Aviary, Bangers & Lace, North Shore Distillery, and Southern Wine & Spirits. There will also be live entertainment, a silent auction, and Bill Rancic serving as the evening's emcee. Tickets for the event are $125 for general admission or $200 for VIP admission, with all proceeds going towards ending childhood hunger. VIP admission opens at 6:00 p.m., followed by general admission at 7:00 p.m. Snag your tickets here.

(10 years of Vie rocking it in Western Springs)

Greatest Hits at Vie

Another big milestone to celebrate this week is the fact that Vie has been pioneering local and seasonal cookery in Chicagoland for 10 years. Under the tutelage of chef/owner Paul Virant, the Western Springs restaurant has been at the forefront of the Midwestern movement towards sustainable, locally sourced cookery, not to mention his peerless gamut of preserves and pickles. To celebrate this occasion, Vie is offering a weeklong "Greatest Hits" tasting menu from August 11 through August 16, showcasing top dishes served at the restaurant over the past decade. The five-course degustation includes custome favorites, staff picks, and dishes off of Vie's opening menu. All of this for $80 per person. Guests get options for each course, with dishes such as wood-grilled Indiana shrimp with chickpea panisse, crispy Parisienne gnocchi, the Vie salad, and blueberry financier with lemon coriander sauce. More details here

- Matt Kirouac