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Winter Cooking Class with Chef Tong Feb 27

SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES WITH CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF

AT THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET-LINCOLN PARK COOKING SCHOOL, CHICAGO

 

Are you ready for some interesting combinations of ingredients? Are you ready for some marvelous flavors? Then you are going to want to attend Chef Christopher Tong’s demonstration on making hearty winter soups. It’s a great way to beat the February chill.

Chef Christopher Tong, of the popular Chicago-based private dining service, My Private Chef, elevates your cooking skills by giving you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!


Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort:

Roasted Cauliflower soup with Cumin

Tunisian Tomato with Chickpeas and Lentils topped with Yogurt and Fresh Mint

Tangy Greek Avgolemono Chicken soup (Egg-Lemon)


The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom 
at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago. 
It will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The cost is $15.00 per person. This is SUCH A GREAT DEAL!  Grab a bottle of wine  from the wine department, come  learn  some new cooking  tips,  and  taste  awesome  food!  Bring a friend!

 

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class. To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.

Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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New Years Dinner and Brunch

 

2017 NEW YEARS   EVE   3 course DINNER?

The guys  at  Revolucion  and  El Mariachi, have you covered!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  NOW!~
Two of our favorite places we always recommend!

 

 

Maybe  Brunch?   Start off 2018  with NEW YEARS  DAY

FAMOUS  Hangover Brunch! (10am-2pm)

Whether you are recovering  –  or keeping the party going!

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Andersonville Dessert Crawl Oct 29th

Join My Private Chef
For a Gourmet Trick or Treat Experience
at the Andersonville Dessert Crawl

On Sunday, October 29, from 2pm-5pm Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through the neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

This neighborhood celebrates the festive spirit of fall. It’s a gourmet Trick or Treat experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, will be serving a mouthwatering Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Nutella Ganache.

Look for him on the PEPPERMINT FOREST ROUTE at one of his favorite wine shops, In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark Street.

This year, you can choose between TWO great routes.Tickets for one route are $25.00 prior to the event. (if available)

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095528

Participants can pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at The Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., starting at 1pm on Sunday, October 29, and and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for a tasting-sized portions at each location .

One dollar from each ticket sold goes to benefit Care for Real, Edgewater’s community Food Bank.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

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El Mariachi – Revolucion Owner Passes

Chicago lost a great business man recently, Antonio Estrada, founder of  El Mariachi and Revolucion restaurants.

1996. On a quiet section of North Broadway in Chicago, Antonio Estrada opened a cozy, 10-table Mexican restaurant he called El Mariachi. It was, he admits, a risk: the area, several blocks from Wrigley Field in East Lakeview, was then a not-so-nice section of the city.

“The neighborhood wasn’t yet gentrified…three years after I opened, they found dead bodies in a nearby hotel!” Estrada once told me.

Mexican food is a staple in most communities today. But back in 1996, the cuisine was in its infancy in the United States—even in a food-savvy town like Chicago. At first,  customers didn’t really comprehend what El Mariachi’s concept—fresh, authentic Mexican food that went beyond tacos and burritos—was all about.

Times have certainly changed—and so has the Estrada family’s business, now comprised of three restaurants under the Mariachi Hospitality Group banner.

Anchored by the flagship El Mariachi Restaurant, still in the original small storefront, the enterprise also includes El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill and Revolución Mexican Steakhouse—all within a five-block stretch of North Broadway populated by restaurants, bars, boutiques and upscale grocery stores.

 

A native of San Juan Jalisco, near Guadalajara, Antonio Estrada emigrated to the U.S. in 1969. Then just 15 years old, with no restaurant experience under his belt, he landed a part-time job as a bus boy, and then server, at Chicago’s M&M Club. He moved on to the Hilton Hotel, where he was a member of the dining room staff for 20 years. Then, he decided, it was time to venture out on his own with El Mariachi.

“I had to learn to cook—but that was pretty easy for me,” Antonio recalls. The formula was fairly simple: he made recipes; the ones he liked became part of the menu.

Antonio built a reputation for serving authentic Mexican dishes including but not limited to tacos—offerings like carne asada suiza and grilled chicken breast dressed in mole poblano—all presented in a warm, intimate setting where high-quality ingredients and friendly, personal service proved a formula for success.

That formula is at the heart of all  Mariachi Hospitality Group operates today.

His sons Jorge (Tony) and Adrian, who were raised in Lakeview and grew up in the business, are key figures in the family enterprise.  “How long have I worked in the restaurants? All my life,” Tony laughs. “I was 11 when I was officially added to the schedule.” – and the brothers have been working in the business ever since!

Antonio Estrada was a hard working  man and his businesses have made a great impact in Lakeview. He always made time to spend with his family.  He always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him! His  favorite quote was, “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life it’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.”

He will be greatly missed.

Thanks to writer Kathleen Furore. Her full article can be seen here.

* When El Maricahi Tequila Bar & Restaurant opened in 2004, the painters put an image of Antonio in the ceiling, by the bar, shining down thru the clouds. Next time you stop by, have a Margarita  and  Salute this awesome man!

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What to Do Sunday – Besides the Marathon!

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

As the  Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. –  I  HOWEVER  WILL NOT BE THERE!  I hate  big  crowds!

Instead,  I will be in East Lakeview  at  Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse  for  Brunch!

Join Us for a $24     Bottomless Mimosas Brunch   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Their superb Mimosa Brunch is enjoyed by both individuals and family groups.  Bottomless Mimosa Brunch includes unlimited Mimosas and an entree from their brunch menu. They have an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes and lots of Mexican favorites.  All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared.

 

Revolucion, also in the neighborhood,  is simply perfect for any occasion.

So bring over all  of the runners after an exhausting  run for mimosas & brunch.

 

Walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are appreciated.

773-661-9893

To Reserve Click Here 

 

***AFTER  BRUNCH –  head  over to the  West Town Food Truck  Social.  It’s  going to be a gorgeous afternoon  weather  wise.  What better way to eat and drink all day.

Noble & Chicago Avenue
Held in conjunction with the West Town Art Walk, this food fest brings together some of the city’s finest culinary vehicular traffic including 5411 Empanadas, Happy Lobster, Jerk, and Pierogi Wagon.
Cost: $20 for six-truck sampler ticket

***MORE  FOOD  AND  DEMOS –  Taste  Talks Chicago –  till  10pm.  Various locations

Chef talks and cooking demonstrations, plus a “fam-to-table” dinner at Fulton Market Kitchen, plus an outdoor cookout at Palmer Square, plus cool opening and closing parties equal your weekend done right.
Cost: $49-$299
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Benihana Brings Grills back to Chicago!

BENIHANA is back in downtown Chicago! Bigger and better than ever  inside  the John Hancock building, 875 North Michigan Avenue.

Benihana, the nation’s leading operator of Japanese-inspired Teppanyaki and Sushi Restaurants, is excited to announce the opening of its newest Benihana Restaurant August 23, on the Concourse level at the foot of the John Hancock Center at 875 North Michigan Avenue (across from the landmark Water Tower)

To celebrate this grand opening, Benihana will donate 10 percent of first-day revenues to nearby Lurie Children’s Hospital and will host patients and their families prior to the opening

“We are thrilled to return to historic downtown Chicago after 10 years,” said Benihana Chief Executive Officer and President Tom Baldwin. “At Benihana, we pride ourselves on ‘Creating Great Guest Memories’ and providing our guests with delicious food, warm and friendly service, and an atmosphere for every occasion and celebration. Our Benihana Restaurant will be a wonderful addition to Chicago, a city truly known for its incredible food scene. Downtown Chicago is the perfect spot for visitors and residents alike to enjoy the Benihana experience.”

Guests can enjoy the iconic Benihana dining experience at any one of 22 Teppanyaki tables. The restaurant also features a contemporary sushi bar, three private dining rooms, an inviting cocktail lounge and outdoor patio seating where guests can indulge in fresh sushi options and vibrant cocktails while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the Magnificent Mile. Additionally, guests can enjoy Benihana at home, the office or a special event with our To Go Menu.

Benihana is proud to welcome Chicago’s newest staff members to their family.

Starting August 23, the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Sunday 10 p.m.). Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Reservations are available online at Benihana.com or by calling (312) 780-3110.

Guests can enjoy the iconic Benihana dining experience at any one of 22 Teppanyaki tables. The restaurant also features a contemporary sushi bar, three private dining rooms, an inviting cocktail lounge and outdoor patio seating where guests can indulge in fresh sushi options and vibrant cocktails while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the Magnificent Mile. Additionally, guests can enjoy Benihana at home, the office or a special event with our To Go Menu.

Benihana is proud to welcome Chicago’s newest staff members to their family.

Starting August 23, the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Sunday 10 p.m.). Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Reservations are available online at Benihana.com or by calling (312) 780-3110.

Guests can enjoy the iconic Benihana dining experience at any one of 22 Teppanyaki tables. The restaurant also features a contemporary sushi bar, three private dining rooms, an inviting cocktail lounge and outdoor patio seating where guests can indulge in fresh sushi options and vibrant cocktails while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the Magnificent Mile. Additionally, guests can enjoy Benihana at home, the office or a special event with our To Go Menu.

 

Benihana is proud to welcome Chicago’s newest staff members to their family.

 

Starting August 23, the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Sunday 10 p.m.). Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Reservations are available online at Benihana.com or by calling (312) 780-3110.

About Benihana

Benihana Inc. is the nation’s leading operator of Japanese-inspired Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurants with more than 100 nationwide Benihana, Haru Sushi, RA Sushi and Samurai restaurants.

Additionally, 10 franchised Benihana restaurants are operating throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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Tequila Dinner September 27th

Join Us This Wednesday September 27th 

 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill & El Jimador Tequila Invite you for a three course custom menu paired with El Jimador’s finest Tequila. We will also feature 3 cocktails and a flight of Tequila which will include a tasting of their Silver, Reposado & Añejo Tequilas. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and is priced at $39.99 per person. We will also provide raffles and prizes so come join us amigos!

 

Established in 1996, a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the East Lakeview community and gradually grew over the years by following a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and the best margaritas in town.

 

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Fernando or Mike at 773-549-2932 or click the link below. We hope to see you soon amigos!

 

We hope to see you soon!

Click here to reserve!

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Tony n Tina’s Wedding Extended in Chicago!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is back and it’s a blast!… Everyone was having fun… go in a group!” – Chicago Tribune

Now in its second run in Chicago, the current production opened in the fall of 2016 to rave reviews. Every weekend, neighbors of the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Seminary Avenue watch the same couple getting married on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays – and walk in the company of revelers to the nearby Vinnie Black’s Coliseum for a reception. Click here to join them, and bring friends – the more the merrier!

A  perfect  evening  to take out of town guests to,  bachelorette  parties, or you and your mate/spouse/friends just want a good laugh!  Always  entertaining!

FAQ-

What is the menu, and can we buy drinks?

In Chicago, we serve Italian buffet dinner consisting of pasta, sausage, tossed salad, bread and wedding cake.

(But it is REALLY  about the show  and the entertainment!)  Gluten-free and vegetarian meals are available upon request: we recommend you inform us in advance so we are prepared. All other productions are usually similar though not necessarily the same. For further information on menus outside of Chicago (unless the information is found on the specific city page,)  you can email us at info@tonylovestina.com and we’ll be happy to help you. A full bar is available. Bar packages are also available upon request.

Pricing

All prices include the 2-part event, including the ceremony and reception, Italian Buffet dinner, including rigatoni, sausage, tossed salad, wedding cake, dancing and a cash bar.

 

For Chicago shows, please call 312-391-0414 or buy tickets online at www.tonylovestina.com. Just click the “buy tickets” button, choose “Chicago”, and select the desired showtime by scrolling down.

 

 

 

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Dine at Fogo and Help Childhood Hunger

  From   Internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão

 

DINE AT FOGO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

                                               HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

 

Receive a $25 Dining Card by Visiting any Fogo de Chão Restaurant through July 23 and Donating $5 to No Kid Hungry

        

 

            Fogo de Chão invites everyone to dine at any of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations this July 10 – 23 and receive a $25 dining card (which can be applied to the purchase of two dinners upon future visit) with every $5 donation made in-restaurant to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.

 

Every dollar counts, and each $5 donation can provide up to 50 meals to the children who need it most (each dollar connects a child with up to 10 healthy meals). Learn more at nokidhungry.org.  There’s much work to be done as one in six kids struggles with hunger every day in the United States.

The $25 dining card is only valid with the purchase of two dinners and can be redeemed from July 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017.

 

WHEN:                NOW  thru Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

WHERE:              All locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (click here for details)

               

               Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 48 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

 

Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests may also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit Fogo.comFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

 

 

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Taste Fest Chicago 2017

July 5-9, 2017 • Grant Park • FREE Admission

Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

 

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What is the city’s recipe for a fantastic food festival? Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites.

Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.

The quintessential summer event, Taste (as it’s known to the locals) appeals to all of your senses: Smell and Taste the best of Chicago’s booming restaurant scene; See culinary experts share their secrets at daily cooking demos; and Hear music artists as they take to the big stage of Petrillo Music Shell.

There are plenty of NEW additions for 2017 to enjoy. Walk through the Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring live painting by local artists. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will showcase performances by local dance companies. Watch a daily procession of The March of the Puppets. On July 6, Sabor de Chicago will celebrate the culture of Chicago’s Latino community throughout the day with dining, dancing, music performances at the Petrillo Music Shell and Bud Light Stage and much more.

Iconic Buckingham Fountain, dazzling Lake Michigan and the magnificent skyline form the backdrop to the five day event in Grant Park, July 5-9. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!

For the latest updates, visit tasteofchicago.us.

 

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Bites Bar Menu

FOGO DE CHÃO ROLLS OUT LARGEST U.S. BAR MENU INNOVATION TO-DATE

New Brazilian cocktails, bar bites and Happy Hour offers, plus eagerly anticipated seasonal menu additions offer guests three new reasons to experience Fogo nationwide

Fogo de Chão debuts three significant menu enhancements, taking guests on a captivating culinary adventure through Southern Brazil without leaving the comfort of their table or bar seats. As part of the Brazilian steakhouse’s largest bar innovation since it arrived stateside nearly 20 years ago, Bar Fogo – a casual alternative for guests looking to enjoy the Brazilian art of churrasco – now features an expanded menu that includes a refined array of new Brazilian Bites, Brazilian-inspired craft cocktails and South American wines. Coupled with an enriched Bar Fogo Happy Hour program at attractive price points, these two enhancements perfectly complement Fogo’s new spring menu additions that include seasonal salads and soup.

“Menu innovation is at the core of all that we do at Fogo, and with our new Bar Fogo menu, Happy Hour and seasonal spring offerings, we’re thrilled to be providing our guests with new ways to experience the authentic flavors and Southern Brazilian hospitality for which Fogo is known,” said Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão.

 

 

Bar Fogo’s new offerings were designed with everyday occasions in mind and offer uniquely craveable items found only at Fogo de Chão. A sample of the new small plates include:

 

  • Braised Beef Rib Sliders: Brazilian Xingu beer braised beef is topped with caramelized onions and smoked provolone, served on a brioche bun.
  • Brazilian Empanadas: Flaky pastry filled with seasoned picanha and onions served with Chimichurri aioli for dipping.
  • Garlic Shrimp: Four jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic butter with sweet peppers and onions, served with passion fruit dipping sauce.

The expanded Bar Fogo menu also features new hand-crafted Caipirinhas and Brazilian inspired cocktails including:

  • Strawberry Hibiscus Caipirinha: Silver cachaça is mixed with hibiscus-infused syrup, fresh strawberries, and lime for a tasty twist on Brazil’s national cocktail.
  • Mango Habanero Caipirinha: Limes, mangoes and habanero peppers are muddled with silver cachaça for a sizzling kick destined to jumpstart any Happy Hour.
  • Brazilian Gentleman: Knob Creek Rye Bourbon, passion fruit, tawny port, Amargo Chuncho bitters and honey blend together seamlessly in this premium cocktail.
  • Brazilian Nights: Belvedere Vodka joins forces with passion fruit, cinnamon honey, lemon ginger tincture and La Marca Prosecco for the ultimate evening drink.
  • Bar Fogo Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features new Happy Hour prices that everyone can appreciate – from $4 Brazilian Bites & Beers to $6 South American Wines and $8 Brazilian Inspired Cocktails.

Finally, Fogo’s spring seasonal menu items have been crafted for those ready to embrace warmer temperatures using the freshest ingredients of the season. Select menu items include:

 

  • Blackberry Arugula Salad: This flavorful arugula salad features fresh blackberries and spring onions and is topped with goat cheese, crispy prosciutto and served with a blackberry balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Lentil Quinoa Salad: This colorful salad features quinoa and green lentils, finely diced red onion and red bell pepper and is garnished with fresh chopped parsley and basil.
  • Carrot Ginger Soup: Sweet spring carrots are blended with coconut milk and ginger for a delicious vegan treat.
  • Mango Ginger Martini: Ketel One Citroen, fresh mango, South American ginger and honey lemon elixir is garnished with fresh basil.

For more information on the new Bar Fogo and spring menu offerings or to make dining reservations, please visit http://www.fogo.com.

 

661 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654. (312) 932-9330

(see the website for suburban locations)

About Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 47 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

 

Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family-style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests can also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit Fogo.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

For a visual representation of the story of Fogo de Chão, watch “The Gaucho Way,” a documentary-style video shot through the eyes of real Fogo de Chão Brazilian gauchos and explores the restaurant’s deep cultural roots in Southern Brazil.

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Valentines Top Picks for North Chicago

Start your Valentine’s day celebration at Revolucion Steakhouse! Chicago’s first Mexican Steakhouse. Steaks, Chops, Seafood with a Mexican flare.

We know trying to find the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day can be stressful, right? Allow us to make you a reservation and make it a perfect night for the both of you. Special Prix Fixe Menu available through Valentines – Regular Menu is avalable as well. 3443 N Broadway St. (Lakeview/Chicago).

Just click on this link and reserve today! http://ow.ly/3PTv308T6Ht

 

Treat your date to an intimate, candlelit dinner at El Mariachi Restaurant!

They only serve top quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. It has been family owned and operated for over 20 years. We offer a more genuine and unique experience than your typical Mexican restaurant with an extensive selection of over 100 tequilas (100% Blue Agave). Also, we are famous for tableside guacamole prepared fresh to order, and offer the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in all of Lakeview!

They will be offering a special $35 Prix Fixe Valentine’s menu which will be available from Friday 2/10 to Tuesday 2/14. – The regular menu will also be available. Space is limited – Reserve today! 773-549-2932. 3906 N. Broadway!

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Super Bowl Day BRUNCH at Kit Kat

Lady Gaga Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday at Kit Kat Lounge

Madam X Performs Live, Halftime Show Viewing Party

Sunday, February 5

Brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner and Lounge, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

​Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host a Lady Gaga themed brunch in celebration of her halftime performance ​at this year’s Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 5,

Diva Madam X will perform

​ as Lady Gaga intermittently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kit Kat’s mixologists will ​shake up Lady Gaga martinis ($7, all day) made with Stoli, Hpnotiq and pineapple juice, garnished with a glow stick.​
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person.

The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

​Following brunch service, Kit Kat will show the Super Bowl halftime performance concert live on seven, state-of-the-art jumbo screens.​ Sunday’s specials include $7 Stoli martinis and a 33-percent discount off small plates (shrimp tacos; chicken satay; crab cakes; calamari; bacon wrapped dates; Japanese meatballs; bacon mac and cheese; sriracha glazed tempura shrimp).

​For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.​


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

 

Chicago Restaurant Week 2017

returns on TODAY Friday 27th and continues through February 9th with two weeks of great Prix Fixe Menus all over the city!~

Two of our FAVORITE RESTAURANTS will be participating with a $33 prix fixe menu for Dinner. This is a great time to try out some amazing specialty dishes!

Revolucion Steakhouse!

3443 N. Broadway | Chicago | 773.661.9893

Revolucion Steakhouse will be offering a mouth watering 3 course prix fixe menu with many steakhouse favorites all done with a Mexican twist! We will be pairing each course with a perfect wine pairing or limited release beers such as Goose Islands Hombre Secreto or Bourbon County Stout for an additional $18 per person! MAKE A RESERVATION HERE

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill!

3906 N. Broadway | Chicago | 773.549.2932

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill will be taking you to a little tour of Mexico with their mouth watering 3 course prix fixe menu where each dish will be prepared from a different state of Mexico! You can also pair each course with a delicious handcrafted cocktails such as our prickly pear margarita or smoked pear mezcal mojito for an additional $18 per person! MAKE A RESERVATION HERE!

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Free Thanksgiving Meal

A Church 4 Me MCC will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24. located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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Finding Neverland Special Brunch Nov 20

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Finding Neverland Brunch at

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Enjoy Live Diva Performances, Theater Ticket Giveaway and More

Sunday, November 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sprinkle the pixie dust, it’s time for another fun, themed brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club! On Sunday, November 20, the Lakeview-located restaurant will host a Finding Neverland midday soiree in celebration of the newest Broadway in Chicago hit musical. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will perform live as Kit Kat’s mixologists shake up $7 Stoli vodka martinis (offered 11 a.m.-2 a.m.).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake Benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person. The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

 

Raffles will be held throughout the day, with five lucky participants winning a pair of tickets to see Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For table reservations, contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street

773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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Andersonville Dessert Crawl October 30

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On Sunday, October 30, from 2-5 p.m., Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

It’s a gourmet Trick or Treat experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait with Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream and roasted Peanuts.

Look for him on the Caramel Apple Route at one of his favorite wine shops,

In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

You can choose between TWO great routes. Tickets for one route are $25. in advance or $30.00 purchased after October 27. (if available)

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Great Lakes Clinical Trials – Andersonville, 5149 N. Ashland Ave and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

 

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2597793

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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Tony & Tina’s Wedding is BACK!

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IT’S BACK! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding returns to Chicago! Even Funnier than the first time!

 

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, returned to the Windy City last week and will run through December 30 only!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. Presenting a hilarious, full wedding experience from the I do’s to the buffet to the bouquet toss, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will take place, for the first time in Chicago, at a real church – another nod to the fully immersive nature of the original Off-Broadway smash hit.

Guests will begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., and afterwards, walk over with the cast for a meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave., right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.

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Considered one of the hottest tickets in town and an excellent theatre/dinner ticket value, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an all-inclusive night of entertainment presented with the 1980’s throwback feel of the original NYC production.

You laugh, you eat, you drink (cash bar) and you dance! While it’s certainly not required, guests are encouraged to attend in their finest 1980’s regalia as they speak now or forever hold their peace, toast to the happy couple at dinner and cut a rug to 80’s style hits.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

 

“We are so thrilled to be back in Chicago. Our unique show is a two part event in two different venues that pulls out all of the wedding stops,” said original New York Producer Joe Corcoran. “Familiar and new audiences are going to absolutely love the nostalgia in the awesome full experience that is our show, interacting with more than 20 fun and very familiar characters throughout the entire wedding celebration.”

 

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Hailed as “Audaciously imaginative!” by The New York Times, proclaimed “It’s a Hit!” by People Magazine, and said to be “Just like a real wedding … only funnier!” by the Chicago Tribune, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has won over the hearts of fans in more than 150 cities worldwide. Now, a new generation of theatre goers and fun lovers get to experience this national treasure.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding stars Mitchell Conti as “Anthony Angelo Nunzio Jr (Tony),” Hannah Aaron Brown as “Valentina Lynne Vitale (Tina),” Rob Johnson as “Barry Wheeler,” Luciana Bonifazi as “Connie Macogni,” Rory Jason Zacher as “Dominick Fabrizzi,” Robin M. Bousel as “Donna Marsala,” Nik Kmiecik as “Johnny Nunzio,” Jessica Rzucidlo as “Marina Gulino,” Ryan Milord as “Joey Vitale,” Alisha Fabbi as “Sister Albert Maria aka Terry Vitale,” Tommy Taylor as “Tony Nunzio, Sr.,” Jessica Scott as “Madeline Monroe,” Billy Minshall as “Father Mark,” Matt Bausone as “Michael Just,” Eustace Allen as “Sal Antonucci,” Brian Noonan as “Vinnie Black,” Dominic Rescigno as “Rick Demarco,” Micah Spayer as “Donny Dulce,” Mary McHale as “Josephina Vitale,” Susan Gaspar as “Aunt Rose,” Marssie Mencotti as “Grandma Nunzio,” Jan Godshaw as “Loretta Black,” Ben Schlotfet as “Mikey Black,” and Serena Pomerantz as “Nikki Black.”

Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85. Show times vary on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited so make your plans now. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

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LARK in Lakeview

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

We recently dined at the Lark and tried a sampling of foods. Everything was great! They offer an assortment of “Moscow Mule cocktails” in copper cups and Thursday’s you can enjoy them for half off!

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Not many places offer Grilled Calamari. It takes more effort to prepare (and prepare correctly) than fried Calamari. Here it was great! Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade marinara.

I had never had Arancini. It’s a risotto ball that is fried. Very good option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza we tried the Chicken Alfredo and the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza. Usually not a fan of smoked salmon myself, but this was unique and delicious!

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Our waiter raved about the burgers and I love a good Cubano sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger and the Cubano. (Needless to say, we had a lot of to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent. The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms and this amazing marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty much perfection!

All of the food was fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection. Lark proved itself to be a bar AND a restaurant, serving very good quality eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville, leads the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, curate’s drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

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The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

Lark is open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am. Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

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Cooking Italian With My Private Chef

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CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES A DELICIOUS ITALIAN MENU

AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine. He has been invited back to present anItalian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare:

Lemon Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower, Mint and Pecorino

Tiramisu Mousse

 

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 2-4 pm, at theBloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television,at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago,Taste of Chicago and the Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden

 

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit www.myprivatechef.net.

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