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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.


December 13
Tavern on Rush will host a special brunch with Santa holiday event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Diners can enjoy Tavern on Rush brunch favorites. A special children’s menu will also be available and selections will include silver dollar pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs and more. Reservations are highly recommended. Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-664-9600.
January 22-February 4
Chicago Restaurant Week returns January 22-February 4, 2016, with prix-fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit Chicago Restaurant Week's website
January 31
D’Vine Affair, a fundraiser for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is being held on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Over 90 vintners will be pouring more than 250 wines. There will also be seminars, a silent auction and raffle drawing. Ticket prices begin at $125. For more information, visit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago's website


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.
Saturdays & Sundays
State & Lake Chicago Tavern at theWIT Hotel offers its popular fried chicken every Saturday and Sunday with live country music starting at 1 p.m. on Sundays. “Fried Chicken Frenzy” features buckets of crispy fried chicken, house-made biscuits and select growlers. State & Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-239-9400.

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