Friday Foodie Forecast: Chicago Beers and Daiquiris

July 2, 2010

Fourth of July revelry, fueled by burgers, brats and backyard imbibing, seems to spill over not just to the rest of the weekend, but the entire month. Summer is in full-swing and Chicagoans are ready to kick back, preferably with a cold brewski. There are lots of beer and daquiri-related events on tap for July, but a few food events sneak onto the calendar as well.

Adam Seger's Ginger Hibiscus Freeze cocktail
Adam Seger's Ginger Hibiscus Freeze

"Nacional" Daquiri Day with Adam Seger

Monday, July 19 is National Daquiri Day, and while you could celebrate with the usual bottle of that pre-made mix (please, don't), Adam Seger will be whipping up frozen treats that celebrate the versatility and fun of the daiquiri. Seger's frozen cocktails were featured in Food & Wine's book Cocktails '09, and will be available for $10 each. Drinks include the Ginger Hibiscus Freeze, Passion Colada, Spice and Ice, Bloody Margarita, Frozen Bananas Foster and more. Cocktails will be available in the Mojito Garden, lounge and dining room. Nacional 27 is located at 325 W. Huron Street.

Goose Island 101

You can't say you're a Chicago beer fan without knowing Goose Island's brews inside and out. Whether you're a novice or a veteran, the Goose Island 101 class at Timothy O'Toole's will cement your love for Chicago's oldest micro-brewery. On Thursday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m., Timothy O'Toole's will serve up tastings of Goose Island's Honker's Ale, 312, Summertime, Matilda and Sophie. The beers will be paired with fresh appetizers from the Green City Market while guests learn about pairing beer with food and how to host a beer dinner at home. The cost is $20, which includes food, drink, tips and some Goose Island souvenirs. All participants also receive a ticket to Goose Island's next Dock Party.  Call (312) 642-0700 to reserve a spot. Timothy O'Toole's is located at 622 N. Fairbanks Court.

Local Cask Night at the Fountainhead

Still thirsty after the Fourth of July? Fountainhead's brew director, Phil Kuhl (formerly Sheffield's "Beer Dude"), will host a local cask night on July 5 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Kuhl and the staff will pour Metropolitan's dry-hopped Flywheel lager as well as Two Brothers' Hop Juice from the bar's two hand-pumped beer engines. Metropolitan is a Chicago brewery while Two Brothers hails from Warrenville, IL. Fountainhead is located at 1970 W. Montrose Avenue.

 

Meatloaf from Markethouse, made with Slagel Farms Beef
Markethouse's meatloaf, made with beef from Slagel Farms

 

Heartland 101 at Markethouse

Chef Scott Walton opens up his recipe book to the public during his Heartland 101 series at Markethouse. This new series of cooking demonstrations begins on July 13 at 7:00 p.m. with "Pork: A Family Business." ‚ Chef Walton, along with farmer Louis John Slagel of Slagel Family Farms, will demonstrate how to select the best meat and will prepare some of his favorite dishes. Upcoming Heartland 101 events include "Taste of Our Garden" on July 20 and "Spotlight on Sustainable Seafood" on July 27. The events are free and demonstrations include food, wine and beer samples. Stay for dinner after the class and receive 30 percent off select bottles of wine at Markethouse. RSVP to the event by e-mailing sfarrahi@markethousechicago.com. Markethouse is located at 611 N. Fairbanks Court.

 

Fulton's on the River clam bake
Clams from Fulton's on the River's monthly clam bake

Fulton's Summer Clam Bake Series

Fulton's on the River continues their summer clambake series on Tuesday, July 6 with Chef Biggers' clambake meu, featuring clams with brown butter breadcrumbs, mussels, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, shrimp, chilled watermelon salad and more. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the clambake includes all-you-can-eat family-style dining, as well as two glasses of Great Lakes Holy Moses wheat ale. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 822-0100. Fulton's is located at 315 N. LaSalle Drive. The event will continue on the first Tuesday of every month, ending August 3.