Friday Foodie Forecast: Le Bar launches 'French Specialty Nights'

January 22, 2010

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Le Bar at Sofitel Hotel Chicago

Feeling a little cheeky this Sunday? Le Bar at the Hotel Sofitel has just launched "French Specialty Nights" every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Chef Martial Noguier has partnered with Le Bar's mixology team to create the special nights with featured appetizers and beverages.

  • On Sundays, it's Moules and Frites. For just $9.50, you'll get a full portion of black mussels steamed using Stella Artois served with croûtons, French fries and aioli.
  • On Mondays, it's Crepe + Cocktail. Again, for $9.50, you'll score a Nueske smoked ham, Pleasant Ridge cheese and Mornay-stuffed crepe, served in a small cocotte and garnished with a micro salad. The crepe is paired with the Strawberry Crush cocktail that is created with muddled strawberries, Effen Black Cherry, Chambord and Sprite.
  • On Wednesdays, it's Grilled Cheese + Tomato Cocktail Night. Same price; this time, a grilled Yellow Buck Camembert Cheese Sandwich contains melted honey truffle butter and roasted hazelnuts, served on homemade brioche and garnished with frisée and mache greens, plus some apple chips. It's paired with the Tomato Up cocktail - a blend of tomato and lime juices mixed with Svedka Vodka, topped with pepper and garnished with a cherry tomato. You'll never look at your kiddie comfort combo the same way again.

French Specialty Nights run from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. through April 28th.

On Monday, the 25th, Jacky's on Prairie in Evanston hosts a fundraising dinner for Share Our Strength, which will help‚ Operation Frontline in Chicago, a local program that's been important in the battle to end childhood hunger and obesity in Chicago. The first seatings range from 5:30 - 8 p.m.; the second seating from 8 - 10 p.m.

The four-course prix-fixe dinner is $50 per person (excluding gratuity). 100% of the proceeds will benefit community nutrition education and cooking programs for teens and adults.

The menu includes Buckwheat Blini, choice of appetizer: Braised Pork Belly or French Onion Soup; choice of entrée: Cobia or Lemon Chicken Tajine; choice of dessert: Fresh Beignets or Coconut Mousse. Wine Pairings $15 extra. Vegetarian Options Available Upon Request.

On Tuesday, the 26th, the prolific ChicaGourmets group is holding a dinner at A Taste of Barcelona (5101 N. Clark St.)‚  Cost is $60 ($70 for non-member) all-inclusive; Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7:00 p.m.