Weekly Planner: Hopewell's First Taproom Dinner, Little Goat's Omakase, Christmas in Alsace and More
Hopewell’s First Taproom Dinner
Logan Square’s coolest new taproom, Hopewell Brewing Company, is gearing up to host its first ever dinner event, and they’ve tapped Abra Berens of Stock Cafe/Local Foods for the occasion. Taking place December 11 and December 12, the double event features one at Local Foods the first night and the same dinner at Hopewell the next night. The dinners are three-course family-style affairs, each course paired with a beer. The events start with a welcome beer of Kind of Blue, a saison with blueberry, vanilla, juniper, lemon peel and coriander. Housemade Cheez Its with whitefish salad are the appetizer, paired with Farm & Family Saison, followed by a first course of duck rillette with shaved vegetable salad on rye and an Endgrain Lager. Braised pork with burnt honey and celery root is the main course, along with a biere de miele called Aces. Then for dessert it’s chocolate pot de creme with orange mascarpone and Thick and Thin stout. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased here.
Christmas in Alsace at Everest
Here’s a cool holiday series unlike anything else in town. Inspired by memories of Christmas in Alsace, chef Jean Joho is bringing a festive taste of France to Everest with a special multi-course menu available December 13 through December 29. Dishes include sauteed New York state foie gras with heritage apple and wild huckleberry; matelote of pike and Riesling with egg noodles; roasted goose breast with braised red cabbage and chestnut; gelee au Kirsch; and New Wave spice cake souffle with marinated fruits and vieille prune ice cream Barawecka-style. The cost for the menu is $135 per person and wine pairings are an additional $98 per person. To make reservations, call Everest or visit the restaurant’s website.
Omakase Dinner at Little Goat
Here’s a fun one. Stephanie Izard and her chef de cuisine Aaron Thebault are hosting a 12-course omakase-style dinner at Little Goat on December 11, putting their heads (and chef knives) together for a Japanese-inspired tasting. Hosted in the diner’s upstairs private dining room, the menu features beverage pairings and a variety of dishes that the two chefs are preparing on a whim. In other words, it’s sure to be a wholly unique dining experience. The cost is $250 per person, inclusive of drink pairings, tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased here.
Trivia Night at Presidio
A fun night of trivia and cocktails is just the ticket for getting through the holiday hoopla. On December 12, Presidio is hosting its industry night trivia, starting at 6:00 p.m., in collaboration with Don Julio, Bulleit whiskey and the Dogma Group. During trivia, guests can sip $8 Don Julio and Bulleit cocktails, along with food specials. Come prepared to be smart, because the grand prize is $300. Walk-ins are welcome, but feel free to call Presidio to reserve a table.
Flutes & Frites at Chez Moi
’Tis the season for sparkling wine, and no better way to enjoy bubbly than with a side of frites. Chez Moi has just the answer, with their convenient weekly promo dubbed Flutes & Frites. Every Wednesday, the Lincoln Park gem serves glasses of Pol Roget Brut Reserve with crab puffs and frites for just $20.
- Matt Kirouac