WBEZ | chicago q http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-q Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Al fresco dining http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-13/friday-foodie-forecast-al-fresco-dining-86441 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/Rockit Wrigley outdoor patio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-12/Rockit Wrigley outdoor patio.jpg" title="Outdoor patio at Rockit Wrigley" width="400" height="267"></p><p>Summer may be another month away, but no one’s told Mother Nature. Soaring temps in Chicago are bringing about new seasonal menus, refreshing cocktails and best yet – the chance to enjoy both outside.&nbsp; Al fresco patio dining can now be found throughout the city, so put on your flip-flops, head outdoors and cool off with a cold drink.</p><p><strong>Parisian Patio Dining at Bistronomic</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.bistronomic.net/">Bistronomic’s</a>&nbsp;outdoor patio is now open where you can enjoy an al fresco Spring-friendly dinner <a href="http://http://bistronomic.net/content/directory/attachments/menu/s/si8g5y/Bistronomic_menus_letter_size.pdf">menu</a>&nbsp;and special seasonal cocktails in the heart of the Gold Coast. Seating 30 under its canopy, the patio offers guests an outside dining experience highlighting Chef Martial Noguier’s signature menu items including the savory tartine of the day ($9.50); a fresh can of sardines in extra virgin oil and vinegar ($11); one-ounce cans of the caviar of the day (prices vary), as well as a number of cheese flights using cheeses from regionally local farms, including <a href="http://www.capriolegoatcheese.com/">Capriole Farm</a>&nbsp;herb goat cheese and <a href="http://www.hiddenspringscreamery.com/">Hidden Spring</a>&nbsp;bohemian blue and marieke gouda, all for $15. Cheese tasting flights including a selection of six cheeses to share are also available for $26. Along with an extensive wine list and a number of beers to choose from, special cocktails will also be available including, <em>French 75 </em>(martini made with Bombay Sapphire, St. Germaine, lemon juice and champagne, garnished with a sugar rim and lemon twist, $14), and the <em>Cocinelle “Ladybug”</em> (Little Blanc, Hennessey cognac, and Domaine De Canton ginger liqueur, garnished with candied ginger and served over ice, $12). Weather permitting, hours of patio operation are Sun. through Thurs. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Fri. through Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., with weekday lunch and weekend brunch hours coming soon. &nbsp;Bistronomic is located at 840 N. Wabash Ave. For more information or to make reservations, visit <a href="http://www.bistronomic.net/">www.bistronomic.net</a>.</p><p><strong>Chicago q Unveils New Patio</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">Chicago q</a>&nbsp;brings their upscale barbecue outdoors to their patio dining area right off the bustling action of Division Street.&nbsp;Featuring a custom-built white picket fence with flowers and surrounding seating for 40 guests, guests can look forward to enjoying pitchers of house-made vodka limeade ($16 each, serves 2 - 3) along with barbecue specialties like Kobe beef ribs, “Competition” baby back ribs, and house-smoked half chicken prepared by Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen. Patio seating is first come, first served and a food purchase is required. &nbsp;A complete menu is available upon request. Weather permitting,&nbsp;patio hours are 11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sun. through Thurs., and 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Fri. and Sat. &nbsp;Chicago q is located at 1160 N. Dearborn St. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">www.chicagoqrestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Sitting It Out at Rockit Wrigley</strong></p><p>Before, during and after Cubs games, feel free to bring your dog and enjoy the trendy bar fare and specialty cocktails all season long at Rockit Wrigley’s dog-friendly outdoor patio right across the street from the stadium. The <a href="http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/rbg2_daily_spr11.pdf">menu</a>, created by Executive Chef James Gottwald, features signature soups, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and entrees, including the <em>Rockit Burger&nbsp;</em>(Kobe beef, melted brie, fried shallots, medjool date aioli, red onion brioche bun, truffle fries- named the best in the nation by “Good Morning America,”- $19), as well as pitcher specials including the <em>Cubby Blue </em>(UV vodka, blue caruaco, fresh squeezed lemonade, cherries for $10 Glass/$28 pitcher on home games, $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Margaritas </em>(Hornitos Plata tequila, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, $10 glass/$28 pitcher on home games, $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Punch </em>(Bacardi torched cherry, Bacardi dragon berry, Bacardi O, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, grenadine, orange, cherry, $12 glass/$30 pitcher on home games, $22 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Rockit Lemonade </em>(Effen raspberry vodka, fresh lemonade, Rose's lime, cranberry juice for $10 glass/ $28 pitcher on home games and $20 pitcher on non-home games); <em>Bud Light </em>($4 a pint, $10 per pitcher); <em>Mixed UV vodka cocktails </em>($6 – Red Bull excluded); and <em>Hornitos tequila shots </em>($5 each). Rockit Wrigley is located at 3700 N. Clark. For more information and hours of operation (vary based on game days),&nbsp;visit <a href="http://rockitbarandgrill.com/">http://rockitbarandgrill.com</a>.</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-13/friday-foodie-forecast-al-fresco-dining-86441 Friday Foodie Forecast: Tax Day dining deals http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-15/friday-foodie-forecast-tax-day-dining-deals-85190 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/Happy-Tax-Day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="254" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-14/Happy-Tax-Day.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><p>With the tax day deadline looming over our heads, why not soften the blow and indulge in good food while saving some serious cash. <a href="http://osteriaviastato.com/">Pizzeria Via Stato</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">Chicago q</a> plan to take away some of the sting with special discounted lunch and dinner three-course menus. Or head over to <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/">Goose Island Brewpub</a> and discover memorable meals on minimal budgets as local author Heather <a href="http://www.heatherjshouse.com/HeatherJShouse/Home.html">Shouse</a> releases her new <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/202957/food-trucks-by-heather-shouse/9781580083515/">book</a> on the mobile food movement and brings together some of Chicago’s favorite eateries on wheels, at the city’s first Food Truck Summit. So while you’re busy scrambling to settle up with Uncle Sam, don’t forget to get out and treat yourself (<em>taxes not included)</em>.</p><p><strong>Celebrate Tax-Day at Chicago q</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">Chicago q</a> gives tax-paying Chicagoans a slight respite by offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu that won’t break the bank this Monday, April 18. Available for lunch ($15) and dinner ($18), the tax day menu at Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen’s Gold Coast BBQ spot includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert, and features menu items like bacon cheddar hush puppies, smoked dry-rubbed wings, pulled pork or Kobe brisket sandwiches for lunch, and half-slab baby back or St. Louis ribs for dinner. Entrees are served with a choice of cornbread, coleslaw or French fries. Dessert options include a choice of cookies or scoops of vanilla bean and cinnamon ice cream. Chicago q is located at 1160 N. Dearborn St., 312-642-1160. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.chicagoqrestaurant.com/">www.chicagoqrestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Food Truck Summit at Goose Island Brewpub</strong></p><p>Join the mobile food movement. Chicago’s first food truck summit will be held at <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/">Goose Island Brewpub</a> this Tuesday, April 19. From 7 to 10 p.m., local food writer and author Heather Shouse brings an array of the city’s mobile eateries together for the release party of her new book, <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/display.pperl?isbn=9781580083515"><em>Food Trucks: Dispatches and Stories from the Best Kitchens on Wheels</em></a>. The event will feature books for sale from the <a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/">Book Cellar</a>, food trucks selling signature items, and the tapping of the limited-release Curbside beer - a Belgian saison brewed in collaboration between Shouse and Goose Island Head Pub Brewer Jared Rouben. Shouse, the Senior Food &amp; Drink Correspondent for <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/"><em>TimeOut Chicago</em></a>, reporter for <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/"><em>Food &amp; Wine</em></a> and co-author with <a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/">Girl and the Goat’s</a> Stephanie Izard of <a href="http://www.textbooksrus.com/search/BookDetail/?isbn=0811874478&amp;kbid=1067"><em>Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats &amp; Drinks</em></a>, will be joined by participating food trucks including <a href="http://www.gaztro-wagon.com/">Gaztro-Wagon</a>, <a href="http://thesouthernmac.com/">The Southern Mac</a>, <a href="http://sweetmissgiving.com/">Sweet Miss Givings</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/tamalespaceship">Tamalli Space Charros</a>, <a href="http://www.5411empanadas.com/">5411 Empanadas</a>, <a href="http://hummingbirdkitchen.com/">Hummingbird Kitchen</a>, <a href="http://www.flirtycupcakes.com/">Flirty Cupcakes</a> and <a href="http://bridgeportpasty.com/new-food-truck-in-chicago/">Bridgeport Pasty</a>. Shouse will be on hand answering questions and signing copies of <em>Food Trucks</em> ($20). Goose Island Brewpub is located at 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-915-0071. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.heatherjshouse.com/">http://www.heatherjshouse.com</a>.</p><p><strong>A Lunch Break at Pizzeria Via Stato</strong></p><p>Speaking of discounted dining, <a href="http://www.osteriaviastato.com/pizzeria/">Pizzeria Via Stato</a> is offering Just Bring Me Lunch! - a quick three-course menu option designed to provide a satisfying, delicious meal in a hurry, available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For $9.95 per person, the weekday special includes a cup of the soup of the day, choice of sandwich on a warm, crusty baguette - think mild coppa, veal meatball, chicken pesto, BLT or prosciutto - and for dessert, a chocolate tart. For $4 more, guests can also opt for one of the thin crust, tavern-style pizzas instead of the sandwich (choice of classico cheese, margherita, vegetable, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, four cheese, roasted fennel, roasted mushroom or proscuitto americano). Pizzeria Via Stato is located at 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.osteriaviastato.com/pizzeria/">http://osteriaviastato.com/pizzeria/</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-15/friday-foodie-forecast-tax-day-dining-deals-85190