WBEZ | Supper Club http://www.wbez.org/tags/supper-club Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Spring spirits, wines and dinners http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-08/friday-foodie-forecast-spring-spirits-wines-and-dinners-84885 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-07/Vie salad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Spring salad at Vie" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-07/Vie salad.jpg" title="" width="400" height="533"><br> Spring on the plate!</p><p>It’s springtime in Chicago, and amid celebrating the return of baseball and anticipation of Hawks and Bulls post-season play, the season also bestows upon us food and drink only Mother Nature could produce this time of year. Chef Paul Virant features ramps - the early spring onion – in everything from pesto to pastry at a one-night only dinner at <a href="http://www.vierestaurant.com/">Vie</a>. Spring wines and cocktail creations are the perfect companions to the seasonally-inspired menus at <a href="http://macellochicago.com/">Macello’s</a> and <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/supper-club-farm-dinners.htm">City Provisions’</a> April Supper Club. &nbsp;So before it gets too hot – or dare I say cold - get out and revel in the fruits of the season.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>April Supper Club with City Provisions</strong></p><p>Enjoy a one-of-a-kind cocktail party experience as <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/">City Provisions</a> announces their <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/supper-club-farm-dinners.htm">April Supper Club</a> with <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death's Door Spirits </a>at the <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/index.php?id=37">Notebaert Nature Museum</a> this Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. With the goal of educating and entertaining guests with the origin of food sources, diners at this month’s event will be treated to multi-course seasonal, sustainable finger foods each paired with cocktail creations from Death's Door Spirits from Washington Island, Wisconsin.&nbsp; Menu details have yet to be announced but are sure to focus on seasonal fare celebrating the fruits of the season. Tickets are $100 per person, $25 of which will benefit The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and includes all food and drink (as well as tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made by calling City Provisions at 773-293-2489, or email <a href="mailto:supperclub@cityprovisions.com">supperclub@cityprovisions.com</a>. The Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 Cannon Drive.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A Ramp-ed Up Dinner at Vie</strong></p><p>Ramps are the first sign of Spring, and Paul Virant celebrates their arrival with a six-course meal featuring the spring onion/wild leek this Wednesday, April 13, at <a href="http://www.vierestaurant.com/">Vie</a>. A 6:30 p.m. reception features ramp <em>gougere</em>, arancini with ramp pesto, and a whitefish escabeche with ramp vinaigrette. The five-course dinner following at 7 p.m. includes; a rabbit paté; ramp picalilly; fried rabbit belly bacon; wild salmon wrapped in prosciutto with braised ramp kraut; pork confit ravioli in ramp broth; and wood-grilled beef served alongside crispy pickled tongue, poached marrow, sautéed ramps and ramp dumplings. Ramps are also highlighted in the dessert, which includes cheese served with ramp marmalade, apricot and almond mincemeat and whole wheat crackers. Reservations can be made by calling 708-246-2083. Dinner is $80 per person, additional $20 for matching wines. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.vierestaurant.com/">www.vierestaurant.com</a>.&nbsp; Vie is located at 4471 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Spring Wine Dinner at Macello’s</strong></p><p>ChicaGourmets! invites you to leave your preconceived notions of Italian cuisine behind and step into the world of Italy at <a href="http://macellochicago.com/">Macello’s</a> <a href="http://chicagourmets.org/CGevents.html">Spring Wine Dinner </a>this Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m.&nbsp; The Puglia-themed menu by Chef-Owner Giovanni DeNigris encourages foodies to indulge in a wine-paired, five-course meal authentic to the region.&nbsp; The menu features <em>antipasti</em> options of burrata and Barese sausage paired with Leone de Castris Salice Salento; a <em>primi</em> course of cavatelli al forno served with Botromagno Primitivo, Insalata Pugliese (cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, costini, lemon &amp; oil); <em>secondi</em> options of filet, chicken or sea bass paired with Leone de Dastris “Donna Lisa”; and figs panettone accompanied by Botromagno Vino Passito - as well as espresso, cappuccino and amaro del capo - for dessert. Reservations are recommended by April 11 and can be made online along with ticket purchase - $81 for ChicaGourmet members - $91 for non-members – <a href="http://chicagourmets.org/cart.html">http://chicagourmets.org/cart.html</a>. Macello is located at 1235 W. Lake Street.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-08/friday-foodie-forecast-spring-spirits-wines-and-dinners-84885 Friday Foodie Forecast: Brunch bottles, DJ dining, and tequila dinner http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-brunch-bottles-dj-dining-and-tequila-dinner <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Bloody Mary Brunch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="267" width="400" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-06/Bloody Mary Brunch.jpg" /></p><p>The holiday season may be over, but the celebration continues for foodies in this week's forecast. Whether you enjoy making your own mimosa at brunch while percussionists provide background music, feasting on fresh seafood as DJ s spin music, or dining on a tequila-inspired dinner, there is something on the menu for everyone not yet finished ringing in the new year.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Brunch Bottles at Mercadito<br /></strong><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/index.php">Mercadito</a> is amping up the typical weekend brunch experience by introducing Brunch Bottles every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diners may now not only enjoy Chef Sandoval's brunch menu with dishes like huevos ahogados with poached eggs, crispy corn bread and chipotle-hollandaise sauce ($12), but they can also put their own spin on table-side, handcrafted Bloody Marys (El Bloody) starting at $55, and Mas Mimosas, starting at $45. All the while, guests can groove to live percussionists and DJ performances. Mercadito is located at 108 W. Kinzie St. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312-329-9555.</p><p><strong><br />DJ and Dinner at Wave<br /></strong>The party continues with DJs and dinner this Friday and Saturday at <a href="http://www.waverestaurant.com/">Wave</a> in the W Hotel at Lake Shore Drive. Although dinner service begins at 5 p.m., DJs will spin music from 9:30 p.m. to close while guests can enjoy seasonal and locally sourced offerings by Executive Chef Kristine Subido. A highlight on the menu this weekend will be the fish special served with a coconut sauce, blistered tomatoes and mushrooms. But you have to show up to find out what kind of fish it will be since it is chosen fresh daily. <em>FYI: any diners who mention this blog post this weekend at Wave will receive a 10 percent discount on the entire check</em>. Wave is located at 644 North Lake Shore Drive.</p><p><strong><br />City Provisions Serves Tequila<br /></strong><a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/">City Provisions</a> launches the January <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/supper-club-farm-dinners.htm">Supper Club</a> this Monday at 6 p.m. Chef Cleetus Friedman hasn't divulged any specific menu information, but he does plan to pair all dishes in the night's five-course meal with cocktails made from <a href="http://www.casanoble.com">Casa Noble Tequila</a>. The all-inclusive dinner is $75 per person, and reservations are required. City Provisions is located at 1818 West Wilson. For more information call 773-293-2489, or visit <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com">cityprovisions.com</a>.</p><p><em>- Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-brunch-bottles-dj-dining-and-tequila-dinner