Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Mussels Wednesdays, Pizza Night, and Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Dining Chicago Weekday Planner: Mussels Wednesdays at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar

The name may scream "oysters!" but Bow & Stern Oyster Bar shares the bivalve love with Mussels Wednesday, a new weekday promo kicking off May 7. For a bargain price, guests can select from three varieties of mussels preparations, including one made with mezcal, smoked tomato, basil, cilantro, and chiles; one with pancetta, herbsaint, fennel, marjoram, and kumquats; and one with coconut curry, basil, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaf. 

Bow & Stern Oyster Bar
(Mussels at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar)

Pizza Teamwork at Eataly

It's nice to see a little pizza camaraderie taking place this week. Eataly and Spacca Napoli join forces for an evening of pizza supremacy, serving both exceptional pies side-by-side for dinner on May 5. An homage to Neapolitan pizza, the event dubbed "Pizza a Quattro Mani" features both styles of pizza alongside one another on the special menu. Both pizzas are available from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 

Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Another kind of combo taking place this week is wine and chocolate, conjoined for an evening of luscious merriment on May 9 at 2 Sparrows. Kicking off Mother's Day weekend, the event is a guided tasting of four wines and four chocolate truffles sure to whet any mom's appetite for Mother's Day confections. Hosted in conjunction with KC Chocolatier, the tasting runs from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and costs $25 per person or $45 per couple prior to the event or $30 per person and $50 per couple day of. Tickets can be purchased by calling 773-234-2320. 

- Matt Kirouac