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.
Tavern on Rush will host a special brunch with Santa holiday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photos with Santa will be complimentary. Diners can enjoy Tavern on Rush brunch favorites such as crab cake Benedict or breakfast pizza. 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 24-February 6
Chicago Restaurant Week 2014 arrives January 24-February 6 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 www.choosechicago.com.
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
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.
Eating at Sixteen technically doesn't have to cost your life savings---if you're smart (and flexible on when you dine). The showstopping restaurant is offering a $32, three-course lunch menu that comes with a non-alcoholic drink and dishes like spring pea risotto with Parmigiano-Reggiano and micro basil. Sixteen, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-588-8030.
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.