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Chicago Culinary Events

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Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Chicago. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Chicago. We've also got the latest Chicago Restaurant News and Wine Events.


Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Brindille May 6
Fête mom in grand style with a sumptuous afternoon tea at Brindille, including an amuse soup, scones, crumpets, housemade jams, marmalade and a selection of French-inspired tea sandwiches followed by specialty French pastries, chocolates and tarts. Tea is supplied by Rare Tea Cellars and guests will leave with a box of Brindille's chocolates, macarons and gelées. Tea starts at 2 p.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m., priced at $60 per person. Brindille, 534 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-595-1616.
May 19
The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) and Bon Appetit Management Company (BAMCO) in partnership with chef Tony Mantuano, host the 4th Annual Chefs’ Playground bringing together some of the city’s top chefs and mixologists at Terzo Piano. From 7 p.m.-10 p.m., guests will enjoy tastings of childhood favorites from participating chefs and mixologists including Phillip Foss (EL Ideas), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill), Bill Kim (BellyQ), Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde) and Meg Galus (BOKA, Swift & Sons, Momotaro). General admission is $250 per person. VIP tickets are available at $375 per person, which includes an intimate pre-party from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. with exclusive chefs and mixologists. Tickets are available at the official website. Terzo Piano, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, 159 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603, 312-443-8650.
June 25
Inspired by her annual food and music bash Feedback at SXSW in Austin, Rachael Ray is bringing the festival to Chicago for the first time. The event takes place at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo with musical headliners Grace Potter and Lee Fields & The Expressions. In addition to the multiple artist lineup, festivities will include Rachael Ray's selections of food and drink. For more information, visit the official Feedback website. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614, no phone.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que offers happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $4 beers and select cocktails, plus $5 and $6 small plates like fried green tomatoes. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 923 W. Weed St., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-462-1053.
La Sirena Clandestina debuted its first-ever happy hour special. The team will offer a limited quantity (10 servings daily) of Brazilian fried chicken with malagueta hot sauce for $10, Monday through Friday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Additionally the Latin-local spot will have drink specials including the restaurant’s signature caipirinha for $8 and $3 cans of Tecate. La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-226-5300.
Bistronomic offers a Bistro Express lunch menu. For $20.11 (the year the restaurant opened), diners can order a starter, main course and a dessert of choice. The menu includes beet salad and country pâté, among other apps, as well as a brioche club, pasta, steak frites, a burger and mussels for the main course options. Chocolate hazelnut bars and other treats are on hand for dessert. Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-944-8400.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! offers $3 tapas and $1 pintxos Ongoing
On Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-midnight and nightly from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! attracts a crowd with $3 tapas (like spicy potatoes with tomato aïoli) and $1 pintxos (bite-size snacks). In addition, $3 Estrella Damm bottles are available all day. CafĂ© Ba-Ba-Reeba! , 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
ZED451 presents a happy hour menu Monday-Friday from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Highlights include flatbreads, Moroccan chicken, tacos and more. ZED451, 739 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-266-6691.
Four Farthings serves half-price appetizers Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7p.m. in the bar. Score items like wings, nachos and fried calamari for a song. Four Farthings, 2060 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-2060.
On Fridays, Le Bouchon in Bucktown offers $1 oysters in the bar area. Le Bouchon, 1958 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-862-6600.

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