Category Archives: Dining

Cork Savvy: The Network Exchange

Cork Savvy: The Network Exchange

Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Superior Room (selections provided by C-House restaurant, a Marcus Samuelsson Restaurant)

Affinia Chicago Hotel
166 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611


Connect, collaborate and rub shoulders with Chicago’s Captains of Industry at Affinia Hotel Chicago, Superior Room. Delve into a succulent 3 course meal provided by C-House Restaurant, a Marcus Samuelsson Restaurant, paired with perfectly balanced wines from the Food Network’s own Entwine Wines.

All proceeds from this event will support the Sidney Givens  and Sherman Galbraith Memorial Scholarship Funds

Networking Cocktail Hour (passed hors d’oeuvres)            6:00PM-7:00PM                             
Dinner                                                                                7:00PM-9:00PM


Prices vary.  Please click here for details and to purchase advance tickets.

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Dining, Philanthropy


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Thanksgiving 2011: It’s Turkey Time

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, we wanted to make sure that everyone had somewhere to go and enjoy a delicious, traditional turkey meal.  Many of you are fortunate to have your family nearby and will be enjoying an enormous spread of home-cooked food but there are many others who have no place to go for the holidays.  NowYouKnow wanted to share a list of local area restaurants offering a free or reasonably priced Thanksgiving Day meal.  Here is our list.  Bon Apetit!

Enjoy a FREE Thanksgiving Day meal courtesy of the lovely folks at Tapas Valencia in the South Loop.  They stopped taking reservations last week but it’s always worth it to check in case someone cancelled.

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.529.1157 |

ItaliAsia Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday, November 24
$24.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under
Guests are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving in style this year at ItaliAsia Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.  From 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Italiasia will offer a unique Italian-Asian inspired Thanksgiving Buffet featuring an array of items.  Lunch and dinner service from the regular menu will also be available in addition to the buffet.  Buffet menu items will include: Chicken Won Ton Soup, Tuscan Puree White Bean Soup, Honey Glazed Country Ham, Roasted Fresh Amish Tom Turkey with Country Giblet Gravy, Country Stuffing, Fresh Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn, Pasta Bolognese, Mediterranean Salad, Fresh Mozzarella with Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Tortellini Salad, Mini Assorted Pastries, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Cream, Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie and much more.  Full menu available upon request.  Reservations are required.


Blackout Wednesday
Porkchop, the West Loop’s only late night BBQ and whiskey spot, presents “Blackout Wednesday” specials.  On Wednesday, November 23, Porkchop invites guests to celebrate Black Wednesday with exclusive drink specials including The Blackout (PBR & whiskey shot, $5) and Crazy Train Shots (three shots – vodka pineapple, vodka cranberry, vodka apple pucker, $3).  Guests will enjoy live music from local punk rock band, The Frantic, and from Rolling Stones Cover Band, Beggars Banquet.  No cover charge for guests 21 and over.

Thanksgiving Prix Fixe
Diners will enjoy Porkchop’s three-course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe on Thursday, November 24.  For only $22, guests can enjoy Thanksgiving favorites like Apple and Walnut Salad with a cranberry vinaigrette, Deep Fried Turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, Down South Style Green Beans with Ham, Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes and more.  Diners can finish off the meal with Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Pecan Pie.  Full prix fixe menu available below.  Regular Porkchop menu will also be available.  Reservations encouraged – (312) 733-9333.

WHEN: Blackout Wednesday: Wednesday, November 23, 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM
            Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 24, 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM

              941 W Randolph St.
              Chicago IL, 60607
              (312) 733-9333

November 24 : 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Kit Kat Lounge (3700 N. Halsted) – Donate a canned good and get a fifty percent discount on your food and drink bill. Chef Mark Kasper prepares a $30 dinner ($15 with donation) including a pumpkin martini, roasted Japanese pumpkin soup and roasted sage turkey with green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing and potato puree. Diva Kinley Preston performs (7:30 p.m.). – FYI: I am tempted to ditch my Thanksgiving plans for this steal of a deal!

For all of you vegetarians that don’t speak Turkey, The Chicago Diner has you covered.  They will be celebrating their 29th annual Vegan Thanksgiving with a menu full of delicious bites.  To dine-in you must make a reservation and a deposit or booth fee is required and seatings are at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, & 6:00.  Carry-Out will also be available starting at just $10.99.  Some options include: Veggie Turkey, Pumpkin Ravioli, Green Beans Amandine, Herb Stuffing, and more.  More details here.

Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner (b/w 1-8pm) for under $20 in addition to our regular dinner menu. Childrens portion available as well. $18.95 for adults, $12.95 for children.  Call (312) 664-5264 to make your reservation.

The Market Bistro at Fox & Obel is offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet for under $30.  Seating Reservations available at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. Thanksgiving Buffet Featuring Everyone’s Holiday Meal Favorites! $29.99 for Adults, 12 and under $16.99 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call 312.379.0132 for reservations.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Dining, Holiday


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Nacional 27 – The Cuban Rum Revolution Dinner Party

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 beginning at 7:00PM

Nacional 27 presents: The Cuban Rum Revolution! Enjoy a three-course Cuban menu and a 30-minute rum cocktail mixology session to start! Learn how to make classic Cuban cocktails such as the Mojito, Daquiri and El Presidente, which will then be paired to the cuisine of the evening, while the celebratory beats of Cuba keep the spirits running high all night. This not-to-be-missed party is $50 per person, including beverages, tax and gratuity. For more information or to make your reservation, call 312-664-2727.

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Dining


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Ai Black Friday Deal 50% Off Food

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Dining, Holiday


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Champagne Chic Bubbles & Bites at Le Bar

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Dining, Social


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DJ, Dancing, Comedy and Food for Only $20

 WHAT: Chicagoans are invited to bring their families, office or group of friends to Chevy Chase Country Club on Thursday, December 1 to celebrate the holidays.  The Majestic Grand Ballroom provides the perfect setting for holiday parties of all sizes.  Whether it’s a small group of office buddies or neighborhood friends, the Season’s First Holiday Party at Chevy Chase Country Club will provide all the bells and whistles of a private party without the cost and hassle of preparation.   The 5,000 square-foot ballroom features a hardwood dance floor, fully equipped sound and lighting, vaulted ceiling and classic vintage furnishings providing an extravagant setting for locals to celebrate the holidays for a very reasonable cost. For only $20 per person, partygoers will enjoy an array of food stations by Chef Walker, comedy by Chicago’s own Mike Toomey and opening act Mike Preston will present an original stand-up comedy performance, followed by a live DJ spinning tunes for guests to let loose to on the majestic ballroom dance floor followed by coffee and dessert.  Plus, all guests will have a chance to win big in a complimentary raffle with a variety of prizes, including hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, and rounds of golf at Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course. Complete menu is below.

WHEN:          Thursday, December 1 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
                        5:00 – 6:30 PM: Cash Bar & Food Stations
                        6:30 – 7:30 PM: Stand-Up Comedy by Mike Toomey
                        7:30 – 9:00 PM: Dancing and Desserts/Coffee

PRICE:          $20 per person in advance/$30 at the door

TICKETS:     Visit OR
                      Call (847) 465-2311 for advance tickets

WHERE:       Chevy Chase Country Club
                      1000 N. Milwaukee AvenueWheeling, IL 60090



Station 1: International Cheese & Fruit Tray with Assorted Crackers & French Baguettes, Vegetable Crudités with Dip, Bruschetta

Station 2: Chopped Salad Bar, Caesar Salad

Station 3: Featuring 4 Assorted Pastas, Shrimp Alfredo, Creamy Pesto, Marinara Sauce

Station 4: Baked Potato BarIdaho & Sweet with all your favorite toppings

Station 5: Salmon Encroute with Scallop Mousse served with Vermouth Butter Sauce

Station 6: Carver Sirloin of Beef, Mini Sandwiches

Station 7: Desserts & Coffee, Assorted Brownie Bar a la Mode, Assorted Sauces, Hot Fudge and Toppings

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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Dining, Holiday


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LUXEHOME Presents the 5th Annual CHILL: An International Wine & Culinary Event

 40 Top Chefs+150 Premium Wines+3 Great Charities=1 Fabulous Evening

Luxehome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for homebuilding and renovation, located inside the Merchandise Mart welcomed a full house this past Thursday night for their 5th annual CHILL event featuring cuisine from some of Chicago’s most distinguished chefs paired with superb wine from around the world.  CHILL was everything guests anticipated it to be and more.

The equation on the banner above is actually a miscalculation since CHILL decided to expand and do it even bigger and better this year adding to the list of top chefs.  There were actually 40 participating Chicago area restaurants this year.  Click HERE to see the full list of everyone who was involved.  With 40 restaurants and only 2.5 hours to try everything, there was no time to waste.  We made our way around the entire 1st floor of Merchandise Mart and hands down of all the delacacies our palates tasted Thursday night, Japonais by far impressed us the most offering up two dishes: a melt-in-your-mouth sushi rolled with fresh tuna and a braised short rib dish.  Both dishes were unbelievably delicious.  For someone who rarely eats meat, to say this dish was incredible speaks volumes.  It was INCREDIBLE!  Plus, Japonais paired their culinary masterpieces with some smooth sake.  Guests again had two drink options: a simple sake straight up or The Aviation – a specialty cocktail garnished with a “real” marachino cherry.  Heaven!

With some of the city’s most delectable bites from top Chicago restaurants and 30 plus wineries and spirit vendors on site, it’s no wonder CHILL sold-out!  Plus proceeds from the night benefited three local charities: The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and The Lynn Sage Foundation.  More funds were raised through a Silent Auction featuring wine and restaurant packages donated from participating wineries, distributors, restaurants and more.  And two dueling pianists entertained the crowd all night singing some of the most popular tunes but adding their own twist to each song.  It was a rockin’ good time!

There is no doubt CHILL will be on my calendar next year.  This is one event I am most definitely going to make an annual tradition for me.  Great food, great wine, and a great cause.  It’s a win-win-win situation all around.  My only suggestion would be to expand the time to at least 3 hours.  There is just no way possible to indulge in and enjoy ALL the deliciousness offered in such a short amount of time.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Dining, Social, Where We've Been!


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