Weekly Planner: Lunch at Booth One, Mardi Gras, Nonnina's Wine Dinner
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Booth One Opens for Lunch
One of the ritziest newcomers to Chicago’s dining scenes just added lunch to its portfolio, in a move that’s sure to make Booth One the power lunch capital of the city. Now open weekdays from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Booth One has added a lineup of lighter dishes, zero-proof drinks and small plates like egg salad toast, vegetable tonnato and shrimp cocktail. Salads and sandwiches take the lead, with options such as a lobster Louie salad, the Beverly Hills Tennis Club salad with endive, Parmesan, pistachio and lemon, and the Green Sandwich with broccoli, spinach, bibb lettuce, Parmesan, pickles and green goddess dressing. There’s also a few items off the dinner menu, like the prime cheeseburger twins and the herb-marinated chicken.
Mardi Gras at Heaven on Seven
When it comes to Mardi Gras in Chicago, there’s really only one place to celebrate: Heaven on Seven. The original Cajun-inspired restaurant, in business for some 30-plus years, is renowned for its annual over-the-top celebrations for the holiday, and this year is no exception. Featuring a lineup of food and drink specials, live brand, lavish decorations and fun, there’s plenty of incentive to swing by Heaven for a good time. Specials and music will be offered February 9, 10 and again on the 13th. On all three days, the restaurant will open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Reservations are limited, so call in advance, because Mardi Gras here is always a big deal.
Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Katherine Anne Confections
From one February holiday to another, Katherine Anne Confections is sweetening things up for Valentine’s Day with a special chocolate and wine pairing event on February 11. At 6:30 p.m., the Logan Square sweets shop will light candles, pour our sparkling wine and guide guests through a series of 16 chocolate and wine pairings, with two sweets to sample per wine. Some confections on the docket this year include carrot cake truffles, salted peanut fleur de sel caramels, gingerbread marshmallows, goat cheese-walnut truffles and PB&J layered ganache truffles. For those hankering for some savory balance, Revival Food Hall’s meaty Danke will be in attendance with charcuterie and cheese plates. Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased here: https://www.katherine-anne.com/parties
Il Borro Wine Dinner at Nonnina
Now that Dry January is a thing of the past, it’s time for wine dinners, and Nonnina has the perfect multi-course option in the offing. On February 8, the River North restaurant welcomes Il Borro wines for a special tasting menu paired with wines from the Tuscan vineyard. It all starts at 6:30 p.m., featuring dishes like escarole salad with apples, radicchio and truffle honey; butternut squash ravioli; pappardelle duck ragu; braised beef with pine nuts and raisins over cauliflower puree; and aged pecorino cheese with grapes and cantaloupe. Tickets are $90 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.