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.
R.J. Grunt’s is hosting an employee-carved pumpkin-carving contest October 23-31. Diners who vote on their fave have a chance to win dinner for two. R.J. Grunt's, 2050 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614, 773-929-5363.
Chicago will host the second annual Halal Food Festival from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Register before July 31 for free entry; it’s $7 per person after that. For more information, visit www.halalfestivals.com. Chicago Halal Food Festival, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
Bring the kiddos to Shaw’s Crab House’s first-ever Princesses and Pirates-themed brunch at the Schaumburg location of Shaw’s Crab House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults; kids 12 and younger eat for free (limit 2 children per adult). The seafood-centric spread is loaded with shellfish and other fresh-plucked fare. Shaw’s Crab House, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-517-2722.
October 27 & November 17
Ready for dinner and a show? Mark your calendar for October 27, when Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! hosts a flamenco dinner, starting at 6 p.m., followed by troupe ‘Cuadro “El Payo”’ at 7 p.m. The regular menu will be served, reservations are required and the cover charge is $15 per person. Another one will take place November 17. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
Wildfire will host a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring Louis M. Martini. Proceeds will benefit Culinary Care, a non-profit organization that delivers meals to caregivers and those managing the stress of cancer. Wildfire, 159 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-787-9000.
The 30th Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend will feature several events, including winery luncheons, a beer-pairing dinner, wine and cheese receptions, and a horse-drawn wagon parade. For more information, visit www.nouveauweekend.com
January 30-February 12
Chicago Restaurant Week returns January 30-February 12, 2015, 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
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. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! , 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
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.
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.