Weekly Planner: Summer Seafood Festival, Mimosa Kits, National Oyster Day and More
Summer Seafood Festival at Big Jones
For its second year, Big Jones is bringing back its successful Summer Seafood Festival. Running now through Labor Day, the Andersonville restaurant is filling out its menu with a roster of nautical specials to celebrate the season. Paired with seasonal local produce, this month’s offerings include dishes like shrimp burgers, oyster po’ boys, seafood salads, pastas, fried seafood, crawfish pies and lots more.
Mimosa Kits at Bar Takito
After recently rolling out Sunday brunch, Bar Takito is amping things up with a brand new mimosa kit. Ideal for larger parties or those who just like to get more interactive with their cocktails, the kits consist of a 750ml bottle of Cielo Prosecco and freshly made strawberry, guava and orange purees for optimal customization. Altogether, it’s just $15 per kit. This is in addition to other brunch cocktail options like the Takito’s Maria made with house Bloody Mary mix, aji peanut sauce, lemongrass, lemon juice, spicy citric salt rim, sesame seeds and a cilantro sprig. Brunch is served Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
National Oyster Day at Frontier
August 5 marks National Oyster Day, as all you bivalve-lovers surely already know. To celebrate in true summer style, Frontier is hosting an oyster and rosé patio soiree all weekend long, from Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6. On Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., guests can enjoy $1 oysters, $2 char-grilled oysters, $12 bacon-wrapped oysters, $5 glasses of rosé and $5 glasses of frosé (aka frozen rosé).
And III Forks Prime Steakhouse
In other National Oyster Day news, III Forks Prime Steakhouse is celebrating the holiday with dollar oysters, a shucking demo and discounted drinks on August 5 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The demo takes place at 5:30 p.m., while guests can pair their raw oysters with glasses of Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire sparkling rosé for $5, or Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc, also for $5.
Pink Party on the Patio at Formento’s
There’s more rosé to be had this week, this time at a patio patio at Formento’s. The pink-themed event, taking place August 3, encourages attendees to come clad in their best pink attire and revel in an al fresco evening of rosé Champagne and Smoke Tree Rosé wine. There will also be bites and themed cocktails with Belvedere vodka, with proceeds from the event going towards the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with limited tickets and VIP packages available here.