Friday Foodie Forecast: Dinner and drinks

October 29, 2010

Good food only gets better when paired with the right drink, so this week's forecast highlights dining experiences that will satisfy both your hunger and thirst. From whiskey paired with cupcakes, to Bordeaux wine paired with cheese, the upcoming week is about striking a balance between the pleasure of food and drink.

Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey Launch Party

Taste the first legal whiskey distilled in Chicago since Prohibition on Saturday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at Delilah's in honor of the launch of Lion's Pride Whiskey. This single-grain, unfiltered whiskey is aged in new American Oak barrels and comes in four variations: Lion's Pride Rye, Lion's Pride Oat, Dark Oat and Dark Rye. For an extra treat, accompany your booze with cupcakes from The Baking Lab, one of Chicago's newest booze bakeries. The first two bottles of whiskey will be auctioned off to benefit local charities, and Delilah's is located at 2771. N. Lincoln Ave.

Lockwood's Regional Wine Journey Classes

Explore the wines of Bordeaux on November 4 at 7 p.m. during the first of The Bar at Lockwood's bi-weekly regional wine classes. Each hour long class is $25, and includes wine pairings along with a selection of cheeses and charcuteries. The classes will be hosted by Sasa Sananagic, Lockwood Wine Director and will focus on the history of winemaking in the night's specific region. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (312) 917-3404 or visiting www.lockwoodrestaurants.com. The Bar at Lockwood is part of the Palmer House Hilton, which is located at 17 E. Monroe Street.

Day of the Dead Cooking Class at Mercadito

Learn how to prepare traditional recipes such as tacos de cordero and tamal de elote and drinks like prickly pear margaritas with Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. After the class, enjoy dinner with the chef to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The class is $50 per person and will take place below Mercadito restaurant, 108 W. Kinzie Street. Be sure to send your RSVP to info@mercaditorestaurants.com.

Wildfire Gluten-Free Wine Dinner Week

Starting on the week of November 8th, Wildfire Chicago will feature a special Gluten-Free Wine Dinner at a different Chicago Wildfire location each night to benefit The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. The four-course menu will showcase dishes such as spit-roasted New York strip roast; chicken sausage, cilantro pesto, white cheddar and roasted pepper pizza; and seafood and brown rice pasta. Each course will be specially paired with a wine from Wildfire's wine list, and this special dinner is $75 per person, including tax, gratuity and a $25 donation to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. To make a reservation, call (312) 787-9000, and to find out which Wildfire location will host the dinner each night of the week, visit www.wildfirerestaurant.com.