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November 20, 2012

Browntrout & North Shore Distillery present "On The Eights"

This One will be a blast!  We have Sara from North Shore and one of the founders of North Shore attended this cocktail party. We will be taking Cocktails and food and pairing them together.  We wil do eight cocktails and eight canapes.  It will be a great taste of Northshore and Browntrout.  We are very excited to do a cocktail party with one of our local distributers. We will even have a surprise cocktail and canape for the eigth one.  It runs from 7-11pm come celebrate local spirits with us.  

Browntrout & North Shore Distillery
“On the eights”

November 28th 7pm-11pm

Mother in Law…                        Paired with- Chicken Liver Crostini.. parsley
Silver Lining,pickled cranberry,
Rittenhouse rye, rosemary & orange

Moscow Mule…                        Paired with- Maine Mussel… coconut, lime, cilantro
North Shore Vodka, Barrit’s ginger
beer, Lime, angostura

Martinez…                                Paired with- Pumpkin risotto… pancetta, pistachio
North Shore no. 6 Gin, Boissiere sweet
vermouth, Luxardo maraschino, Angostura

Camden…                                Paired with- Red Kuri Squash… almonds, ginger
Grand Marnier, bitters
North Shore no. 11 Gin, Lillet Blanc,

Bloody Mary…                         Paired with- Bacon… bread & butter pickles
Aquavit, Worcestershire, sirachia,
horseradish, celery seed, citrus

The Absinthe…                       Paired with- Cured Sea Trout…rice cake,crème fraiche
Sirene absinthe, Vida Organica, -
citrus, simple syrup

The Citrus…                            Paired with- Shrimp Crostini… citrus pudding, herbs
Sol Vodka, dry vermouth, -
Lillet Blanc floater

The Surprise…
Chef Sean and his crew will create a
Wonderful cocktail and canapé surprise

Tickets are $55 dollars per person tax and tip included
From 7pm to 11pm
For Reservations Please call Browntrout (773) 472- 4111

On the eights 11-17-12.pdf

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December 5, 2012 - December 5, 2012

Connoissuer dinner and Cocktail party December 5th

This one will be a progressive dinner of sorts.  We will be having a cocktail and canape party with our new neighbors Bottles and Cans.  A new craft beer, wine, liquor store. They will be pour champagne cocktails and wine. They will be talking about their wine from 6:30-7:30pm. Then we will move over to Browntrout and have a four course dinner seasonally focused meal paired with connoisseur wines.  It will be 75 dollars per person tax and tip not included. Menu will follow soon.

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December 10, 2012

Baconfest Satelite Dinner

Hello Bacon Nation,

We are pleased to announce that Baconfest Chicago Satellite Dinner #3 will be held at Red Door in Bucktown on December 10th 2012. Our host for this bacontastic evening will be our great friend Chef Troy Graves. Those of you who have been hanging around BFC since the beginning will remember Troy as one of the original 10 chefs who helped us birth the insanity that is Baconfest Chicago back at the Publican in 2009. He actually won the People’s Choice Award that year for Best Bacon Dish. He’s never missed a Baconfest event since. The man lives and breathes bacon, is an all around incredible chef and an amazing guy. Come on out and help us welcome his new project Red Door into the Baconfest Chicago family! Monday December 10th.

RED DOOR – 2118 North Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 – (773) 697-7221

Featuring Baconfest Sponsors: Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Templeton Rye and Candid Wines.

Cost: $55 per person, not including tax/gratuity (aperitif and cocktail included, additional beverages ala carte)

6pm passed apps and cocktails. 7pm Dinner.

Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant: 773.868.9866

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October 22, 2012 - November 4, 2012


O: (312) 243-1577
C: (773) 957-9925

A specialty menu featuring the darkest food and drinks of the season

The sun is setting early, the sky is grey, and Halloween is around the corner, it’s the darkest time of year and Three Aces is celebrating; with a BLACKOUT. Help us welcome the darkness, rock and roll style, with a specialty menu featuring the darkest of ingredients, paired with the blackest of beers, ink-colored cocktails, low lights, and wicked metal music. Bring on the BLACKOUT!

Executive chef Matt Troost has created a limited edition menu featuring the darkest of seasonal ingredients. Sample BLACKOUT menu items include: Arancini made with squid ink risotto, mint, and bolognese sauce; Mussels steamed in black beer, served with boudin noir, butternut squash, and chili de arbol; and Duck Breast with beluga lentils, confit cipollinis and black kale.

No specialty menu is complete without the perfect drink pairing. Ask for a “dark traveler” made with Journeyman Rye, Graham’s 20-year tawny, and black walnut bitters. Or sample any of the following BLACKOUT beers: Allagash Black, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Ska Brewing Mole Stout, Uinta Black Lager, or Great Divides Oak aged Yeti Russian imperial stout.

Three Aces is located at 1321 W. Taylor Street in the heart of Little Italy. The BLACKOUT begins on Monday, October 22, 2012 and the special menu runs through November 4, 2012. The menu will only be available for dinner starting at 4:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m.

Three Aces has been described as “the Italian country side meets the American farm house in Keith Richards basement bar”. Well known for its Michelin recommended food, at neighborhood prices, in a comfortable, cool, rock and roll inspired setting.


For more information, to schedule an interview, or for sample recipes for publication, please contact Lyle Aker at (312) 243-1577 or email:


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October 25, 2012

NAHA celebrates SKIRT STEAK: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen

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NAHA and chef Carrie Nahabedian will be celebrating Charlotte Druckman’s just-released book SKIRT STEAK: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen on Thursday, October 25, 2005. The event, which will benefit Green City Market, will feature Carrie and Sarah Stegner, Prairie Grass Café, to team up for a memorable one-night-only meal that will conjure the sense of community created in SKIRT STEAK, for which Druckman interviewed more than 70 female chefs to deliver a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their experience in the contemporary food world.

The evening is part of the Skirt Steak Supper Series, a series of collaborative chef dinners across the US.

Thursday, October 25
7 PM
Dinner with Charlotte Druckman and chefs Carrie Nahabedian and Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Café)
500 North Clark Street
Benefitting Green City Market
Cost: $135, all-inclusive (includes a copy of Skirt Steak)
For tickets, please call 312-321-6242

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October 9, 2012 - October 13, 2012

EL Ideas Sets Flux Capacitor to 1980's for One Week Throwback

For one week only, Chef /Owner Phillip Foss and the team at EL Ideas will enter a time warp and recreate the ‘Me’ decade through the cuisine and culture of the 1980s. 80s Week dinners will feature righteous music, gnarly food, and other radical staples from the era. Costume is mandatory for diners and chefs alike, but comfort is key as the menu will last 3 hours and feature upwards of fifteen courses. 
When: October 9 – 13, 2012
7:30 PM (6:00 PM Saturday)

Well… why not?

EL Ideas
2419 W. 14th St, Chicago, IL, 60608

Other Facts:
$165/Person + Tax & Gratuity
Menu TBD

Contact Allison at (preferred), or call the restaurant at (312) 226-8144 to claim seats!

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October 15, 2012

"Bluestem, The Cookbook," at Vie

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On Monday, Oct. 15, chef Paul Virant will host a collaborative dinner in honor of Kansas City chefs Megan and Colby Garrelts and their cookbook, Bluestem, the cookbook, at Vie. The cost of the seven-course dinner is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity and includes a copy of the cookbook. Optional wine pairings for the dinner are $40.

Chefs Virant and the Garrelts will be joined by the culinary talents of chefs Graham Elliot and Merlin Verrier of Graham Elliot, Grahamwich and GEBistro; Jason Vincent of Nightwood; Howard Hanna of The Rieger Hotel (Kansas City, Mo.); and chef de cuisine Nathan Sears of Vie. Elissa Narow, who is the pastry chef at Perennial Virant and Vie, will provide one of the dessert courses. Sous chefs include Amber Blatt and Dan Compton of Vie and Carlo Lamagna and Ed Sura of Perennial Virant. Each chef will prepare one course inspired by a dish from the pages of bluestem, the cookbook. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 708-246-2082.

bluestem dinner menu 10-15.pdf

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October 25, 2012

Brauhaus in a Beer Garden!

Join Brick & Mortar Pop-ups for a night of rooftop fun with Brauhaus Schmitz Chef Jeremy Nolen!

The menu:
Laugenbrezel mit Obatzda -
soft pretzel, Bavarian cheese spread, salted white radishes
Stopfleberwurst -
Foie Gras Liverwurst, pickled black grapes, rye bread
Kalbsbries Schnitzel -
Sweetbread Schnitzel, quail egg, anchovy-caper vinaigrette, buckwheat spätzle
Entenbratwurst mit Sauerkraut -
Duck & Smoked Barley Malt Sausage, savoy cabbage sauerkraut, spicy beer mustard
Himmel und Äd -
"Heaven and Earth", Blood sausage, celery root-apple puree, Tavern beer vinegar gastrique

Ticket are $48 & available at

Jeremy Nolen is the executive chef at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia’s only authentic German restaurant and beer hall. The restaurant was opened to rave reviews from magazines, newspapers, online food blogs, and repeat guests. He achieved this through a philosophy of taking fresh raw ingredients and creating modern renditions of authentic German cuisine. Jeremy is constantly imparting his love of food preservation through curing, smoking, drying and salting.


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October 4, 2012

A New Orleans Riverboat Soiree, ca. 1930 with North Shore Distillery

Big Jones and North Shore Distillery invite you to an evening of craft cocktails and historic cooking in the tradition of the old riverboat cocktail parties and soirees from the heyday of Mississippi riverboat culture. Cocktails are being created from North Shore Distillery's stunning lineup of gins, vodka, and artisinal spirits and the evening's dinner is inspired by the early 20th-century Creole cooking that dominated the great riverboat restaurants of the time, with recipes and inspiration coming from Mary Moore Bremer's New Orleans Recipes, a book the accomplished African American chef penned in 1932.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 with passed hors d'ouvres including chopped duck egg salad with Louisiana choupique caviar and deviled ham with green strawberry chutney on home-baked rye bread. Dinner begins at 7:30 with turtle soup enriches with oxtail, sherry, and liver dumplings served with rice cakes and fig confit with honey and butter, the moves on to shrimp-stuffed mirliton with blood sausage, crawfish butter, and tarragon. The main course is Duck and oyster sauce piquant served two ways with aromatic Delta rice and duck cracklings, followed by a dessert of soured rice calas with acorn squash, cane syrup, and marcona almonds. Guests will be sent off for the evening with home made coconut pecan pralines.

Dinner is $50 per person including tax and gratuity. The cocktail reception is optional for an additioinal charge of only $10 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 773-275-5725.

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September 10, 2012 - September 15, 2012

BBQ Week at Vie

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Don't fret, summer is not over yet! To celebrate one last summer event, Vie is hosting a full week of BBQ.

There will be be a 3 course menu with choices for $45 and optional beer or wine pairings, $20 and $25. Young adults between the ages of 12- 17 can order smaller portions from the same menu at $25. Children 11 and under pay their age.

Menu subject to change.

Vie will not be offering the regular menu during this week.


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