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.
Chef Paul Virant and chef Amy Thielen are preparing a meal featuring dishes from Thielen's cookbook, “The New Midwestern Table,” at Perennial Virant at 6:30 p.m. ($90). It’ll kick off with cocktails and canapés, followed by a four-course dinner. Perennial Virant, Hotel Lincoln, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 312-981-7070.
Partake in an exclusive afternoon with chef Ferran Adria of elBulli who will celebrate the release of the final volume of elBulli 2005-2011 at Balena. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a VIP reception to meet chef Adria, taste Catalan cuisine and Spanish wines and recieve a copy of elBulli 2005-2011. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $695 and can be purchased at thebristol.createsend1.com. Following the reception at 12:30 p.m., chef Adria will give a lecture where guests can enjoy Spanish hors d'oevres and wines and will leave with a copy of A Day at elBulli. Purchase tickets for $95 at ferranadria.brownpapertickets.com. Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 312-867-3888 .
Join Macy's Culinary Council chef Marc Forgione as he whips up recipes using Nespresso Grands Crus coffee at noon at Macy’s. Guests get a $50 Nespresso Club credit, and free Nespresso drinks will be poured at the coffee bar. Attendance is free. Macy’s, 111 N. State St., Lower Level, Culinary Kitchen, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-781-1000.
Through March 23
Roy's is offering a winter prix-fixe menu that will be available through March 23, 2014. Start with lobster bisque followed by pork osso buco. Butterscotch and miso budino provides a sweet ending. The cost is $36.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Roy's, One Superior Place, 720 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-787-7599.
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.