Chicago Culinary Events
Hungry? 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.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse will host a special Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet will feature a seafood station with chilled King crab, oysters and cocktail shrimp, as well as a carving station with prime rib and Nueske's smoked ham. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-329-1800. The cost is $55 per person, $20 for children 13 and under. Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-329-1800.
It's never too soon to start planning for the annual Pinot Days at Navy Pier, when more than 60 producers from California, Oregon and New Zealand. This year's event takes place April 26 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The regular tasting costs $75, while the grand festival with VIP seminar and early entry sets you back $110. For more information, visit www.pinotdays.com
Tavern on Rush will celebrate Cinco de Mayo starting at 11 a.m. with festive food and drink specials in the bar and lounge. Featured dishes include homemade tamales (filled with pork, served with salsa and sour cream; $2 each) and steak tacos (topped with cheese, lettuce and salsa, $1 each). Guests will enjoy $3 bottles of Corona all day. Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-664-9600.
At the Windy City Ribfest, rib experts from all over the country will compete for the Best Ribs award. The barbecue will be for sale along with sides like coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, corn on the cob and more. There will also be live music and a family stage with local entertainment, plus a Kids Zone. For more information, visit sponsorchicago.com
Las Palmas is courting families with serious deals. Children under the age of 10 won't pay to dine Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and all day on Sunday when accompanied by two paying adults. Las Palmas, 1835 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-289-4991.
On weekdays, Blackbird offers a $22 three-course prix fixe lunch menu. Options might include butternut squash bisque with tuna, apples and candied cashews; slow-roasted lamb loin with smoked quinoa, Melrose peppers, heirloom tomatoes and dandelion greens; and warm spice bread with candied carrots, pickled golden raisins and saffron ice cream. Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-715-0708.