Special Promotion: August 25, 2013

Strike a Pose, The September Issue Brunch at Nellcôte

Sunday, August 25, 2013, starting at 11am. 

The month of September marks more than just the impending autumn, it also signifies the start of another season: FASHION. Ushering in all things fashion with a vengeance, the September issue (you know which one) is universally revered as the fashion authority on upcoming styles and trends. As ornate and glamorous as the iconic magazine itself, Nellcôte provides the ideal backdrop to peruse the glossy pages of your own complimentary copy, indulge in equally lavish food, drink and brunch selections, and view the deliciously dramatic behind-the-scenes documentary “The September Issue.” While you nosh, you’ll have the chance to showcase your inner fashionista with the help of leading street style photographer Emma Arnold of ‘Très Awesome’ fame. 

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Wine News: September 23, 2013 - September 30, 2013

French Wine Week

From September 23-30, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower will embrace its art de vivre with French Wine Week. The week-long initiative stems from the new Sofitel Wine Program that promotes Coup de Coeur (favorite) wines selected by French wine authorities Bettane & Desseauve, implemented in 25 Sofitel hotels around the world. The following promotions are sure to please any palate:

Les Amis du Chef
In honor of this exciting initiative, Café des Architectes will continue its Les Amis du Chef dining series on Thursday, September 26. Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky will welcome Wine Specialist Steve Tauschman of Southern Wine & Spirits who will join them in presenting a multi-course dinner where French wines lead the way. This spirited, communal dinner features five courses and includes storytelling with guest interaction encouraged. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and then guests are seated for dinner amongst two communal tables at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 all inclusive. To purchase tickets, please click here.

French Wine Week Degustation
From September 23-30, Café des Architectes will offer its five ($75) and ten-course ($110) dinner degustation menus specially paired with Coup de Coeur wines (wine pairings are an additional $40 and $55 respectively). Diners will be greeted with a list of wines for each course, while the food pairings will be a surprise! Reservations are recommended.

Coup de Coeur Tasting at Le Bar
On Tuesday, September 24, Le Bar will welcome Wine Specialist Steve Tauschman from Southern Wine & Spirits who will be on hand from 5-8 p.m. to engage guests as they experience Coup de Coeur wines from Bettane & Desseauve. This special promotion will be available all evening and features three selected mini wine flights along with expertly paired cheeses. This provides guests with the opportunity to sample up to nine wines with paired cheeses for a special price of $35 (excludes tax and gratuity).

Coup de Coeur Wine Specials
Le Bar and Café des Architectes will feature Coup de Coeur wines by the glass and in flights throughout the week.

For more information, please visit For reservations at Café des Architectes, please call (312) 324-4063. All events are 21 and over.

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Special Dining Event: August 12, 2013

Bark-B-Que & Pawdicures to Raise Funds for Chicago’s Animals Most In Need

Join The Anti-Cruelty Society at Red Door for Man’s Best Friend’s Favorite Summer Event

CHICAGO—From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 18 dogs and their owners will be enjoying a late afternoon Bark-B-Que at Red Door located at 2118 N. Damen Ave. in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. This pet-friendly event will raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society and Chicago’s animals most in need. 

Dogs and their humans will enjoy heavy appetizers prepared by Chef Troy Graves, a Midwest native who has worked in Chicago restaurants for the better part of the last 15 years and continues to woo his diners with his refined, simple, yet powerful contemporary cuisine. Two drink tickets and a doggie massage & pawdicure from Paradise 4 Paws will also be included in the ticket price.
Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. Dogs are always free. Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets. 

About The Anti-Cruelty Society
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people, its comprehensive programs and services help over 50,000 animals and humans every year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education & community outreach, a free behavior hotline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit or call (312) 644-8338.

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Special Promotion: September 8, 2013

Football Kick-Off Party & 'TAILgate' featuring One Tail at a Time

For Fall Calendar Consideration:

Serious sports fans can also be serious foodies, and catching a game at your favorite neighborhood watering hole can still be fun, without the smelly pubs, loud, obnoxious sports fans, stale draft beer and deep-fried bar food.

Old Town Social, the 10,000 square-foot sporting parlor, prepares for the launch of the most important season of the season. Boasting 23 plasma flat screen TVs, OTS & Chef Jared Van Camp will kick off at kick off with a bash and gourmet pig roast on September 8th at noon--as the Chicago Bears take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. With game day specials, deejay, contests and prizes throughout the game, OTS also features an extensive beer list with 193 selections---including craft and European drafts.

In addition to opening day festivities, Old Town Social presents a season long TAILgate party for pooches benefiting One Tail At A Time. Every Saturday & Sunday from 3-6pm OTS invites fans to sip on specialty cocktails with their four-legged friends to benefit the local shelter.

With décor featuring hand-blown glass light fixtures, ebonized marble bar tops, a dedicated charcuterie bar, turn of the century sourced Toledo bar stools, and a vintage shoe shine stand, this venue is a Chicago sports bar favorite, but far from pretentious.

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Wine Event: August 21, 2013

August 21st Chappellet Wine Dinner

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Please join us in our semi-private room on August 21st for a Chappellet wine dinner! $150 per person for 5 wines, 4 courses, passed starters and Carissa Chappellet introducing the wines! Contact Lisa Smith to prepay and reserve your space: We hope to see you on the 21st!





Cannelloni of Spinach, Mascarpone Goats’ Milk Ricotta and Golden Chanterelles

2011 Chappellet Napa Chardonnay

Copper River Sockeye Salmon and Leek “Torchon”, Bay Laurel Crème Fraîche, Hamakua Farm Hearts of Palm, Romano Beans,
Purslane and Golden Whitefish Caviar

2011 Chappellet Pinot Noir

Organic Carnaroli Risotto, Vibrant Cauliflower, Roasted Garlic, Crisp Curly Kale and Pecorino Romano

2009 Chappellet Malbec

Fire Roasted Berkshire Pork Shank braised with Greek Mountain Herbs, Fava of Santorini, Melrose Peppers, Roasted Baby Artichokes and Summer Squash

2010 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

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General News: July 25, 2013

Summer Menu in Full Swing, "City Eats" Reservation Site Launches

Now that our farmers and purveyors are reaping their summer bounty, we are happy to feature even more seasonal compliments to our dishes. Our menu has recently updated to include wonderful, freshly harvested items including crispy French Breakfast radishes on our veal sweetbreads, Honey Royale nectarines on our Frisee Salad, white asparagus and meaty lobster mushrooms on our French Turbot, tart red currants and young carrots on our Tranche of Duck Breast, along with many others.

City Eats, an online reservation system developed by the Food Network, added Chicago to its growing stable of select American cities. The official launch date is 25th July, and features each restaurant's dishes beautifully photographed and documented by Food Network writers and photographers. Brindille is proud to participate in their vision for a modernized method to online reservations.

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Beverage News: July 18, 2013

Miller High Life Bottle Service & More: Stay Classy


Several new sophisticated initiatives from your favorite Chicago champagne salon below! 

MILLER HIGH LIFE BOTTLE SERVICE: Raise a glass and toast to the high life this summer. Prepare to hoist your pinkies in the air while sipping on the finest malt beverage that Chicago has to offer. With one of the most coveted wine & champagne lists in the country, we wanted to remind you that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Amidst our highly curated portfolio of small batch boutique wines, meticulously hand selected from the world's most notable regions, RM is pleased to offer you the perfect balance between the awesome and the approachable-- Miller High Life bottle service.

For those interested in experiencing the pinnacle of upscale bottle service culture and VIP treatment on our stunning outdoor patio, this is your chance. Feel poised and stylish as you order a 40oz bottle of this golden elixir, triple brewed by the gods themselves. Presented at your table in a perfectly chilled iced bucket with accompanying glassware and optional brown paper bags, we promise to treat our guests to only the highest standards. As you take your first sip of the “champagne of beers” we encourage you to indulge yourself with high expectations, high customer service and most importantly, the High Life. Priced at $10.

KEGGED COCKTAILS: If this treatment is a bit too over-the-top for your taste, RM is now offering a brand new list of "kegged" cocktail options on draft, featured throughout the evening or during RM's new expanded summer hours (see below). Sip on the 'Parisienne Lemonade", made with Grey Goose, Strawberry- Herbes de Provence, lemonade and thyme, as well as "The Rum, Two Punch" prepared with Atlantico Reserva Rum, earl grey tea, fresh lemon, peach nectar, and mint. If tequila is more your speed, the "Indian Summer" with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Combier liqueur, lime, fresh watermelon juice, cucumber and salt is sure to relieve the hot summer heat and please your palate. Priced at $11.

BOHO BRUNCH: We’d like to think that brunch is as much an occasion as after-dark cocktails. RM’s newly launched BOHO BRUNCH is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your pals, partners or entire posse. Our relaxing Parisian patio sets the tone for a fabulous brunch built for the friendly foodie. Catch up on your reading with a complimentary New York Times or magazine as you casually sip on a La Colombe coffee as you divulge in the Parisian décor. The brunch menu is buffet style, giving guests a full taste of all the acclaimed kitchen has to offer. Take a sneak peek of the action on this video:

ABOUT RM CHAMPAGNE SALON: Launched by the nightlife visionaries of Element Collective in August 2012, RM is a 1,500 square foot high style champagne salon and spacious outdoor patio, which is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley at 116 N. Green Street. RM, simply put, is Grower Champagne. Conceptually, the name RM embodies Element Collective’s core philosophy of a balance between the progressive and the approachable. “We thrive on juxtaposition—this urbane and incredibly romantic setting presents the perfect environment to showcase artisanal winemakers,” explains Element Partner, Chris Dexter. The accessibly elegant wine and champagne salon draws inspiration from the iconic figures like Elsa Maxwell, Grace Kelly and Salvador Dali through RM’s unique design aesthetic. A warm and romantic ambiance is nurtured by a touch of Parisian glamour, while stylish antique mirrors, tassels, frames and vintage Moroccan lamps can be found throughout the intimate candle lit venue. Tea lights dangle from above, hovering over the open-air cobblestone patio to create the ultimate urban setting for the warmer seasons. The meticulously selected and sourced Champagne, sparkling and wine menu can be paired with a full dinner menu created by Chef Jared Van Camp, alongside an ambitious cheese program, caviar service, petits fours, pastries and mignardises, which are made in-house daily by Pastry Chef, Nate Meads. For more information, please visit or call 312-243-1199.

New Extended Summer Hours: 

5pm-12a Sunday-Wednesday
5pm-2am Thurs/Fri
5pm-3am Sat
1pm - 4:45pm Sunday brunch

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Special Dining Event: July 28, 2013

Three Aces Presents: Bands, Beasts & Brews

What: A benefit for "Rock for Kids" featuring live blues, craft brews and a variety of food from some amazing chicago chefs!

When: July 28 

Who: John Manion(La Sirena Clandestina), Mark Steuer(Carriage House), Chris Curren(Homestead), Rob Levitt(Butcher&Larder), MIchael Dean Renyolds(Bread & Wine) Matt Troost (Three Aces) will all be utilizing different beasts to feed the masses.

Where: On the patio at Three Aces 1321 w. taylor st. chicago. 

how: Call and make a reservation (312)-243-1577. 


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Menu News: July 15, 2013

Summer Dessert Menu Premiers

We are pleased to announce our early suummer dessert menu is ready, featuring historical Southern receipts, heritage grains, and beautiful local produce. New items include a warm toasted oat flour cake with blueberry compote, honey roasted pecans, and Cherokee sweetmint ice cream. The oat cake is made from colonial-style peelcorn oat flour and has the incidental benefit of being gluten free. Also new is Snowball Custard, ca. 1840, an adaptation from Lettice Bryan's The Kentucky Housewife, and consists of aromatic laurel-aged Charleston gold rice cooked into a sweet pudding with coconut milk and sugar, accompanied by stewed cherries, cocoa biscotti, heirloom sea island benne, and homemade cherry ice cream. Buttermilk pie, ca. 1920, one of last summer's popular desserts, is back. The recipe is taken from S.R. Dull's Southern Cooking (1920) and is similar to a chess pie but with the delicious tang of fresh buttermilk. The pie is served with muddled raspberries, mint granita, and cracked pepper candy. Additionally, a tasting of homemade ice creams is available.

The menu also features a selection of elite bourbons from George T. Stagg to Parker's Reserve Heritage Collection, and Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeiras.

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Menu News: July 8, 2013

New Lunch and Cocktail Menus & our 3 Course Lunch for $22!

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We are happy to announce our lunch and dinner menus have been updated for summer!

Some highlights include Chef Mark's childhood-in-New Orleans-inspired soft shell crab sandwich that uses our housemade, woodgrilled pita bread in which a cornmeal-breaded soft shell crab cozies up to chopped herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, and mache and is accompanied by tangy, pickled tomato and zucchini salad. It's fresh, light, and won't leave you feeling sluggish when you return to the office.

If you need a little more red meat, we've got you covered via a tender, juicy hanger steak grilled over woodfire and served with roasted red thumb potatoes and grilled fresh knob onions for a smoky, savory lunch.

We also have our $22 3-course Prix Fixe lunch menu available Monday through Friday and our cocktail list has also changed to reflect some wonderful summer options like a Colorado Peach Smash, Moscow Mule, and an Aperol Spritz.

Dinner menu changes include something every midwesterner looks forward to: summer corn soup with poached Maine lobster, Copper River Sockeye salmon, and more soft shell crab this time served with a warm bacon and spinach salad.

Check our "menu" page for the latest changes!

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