WBEZ | blackbird http://www.wbez.org/tags/blackbird Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Earth Day and chef collaborations http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/friday-foodie-forecast-earth-day-and-chef-collaborations-85505 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-21/cartoon chefs.jpg" style="width: 364px; height: 199px;" title=""></p><p>While Easter brunches and Passover Seder dinners have all but taken over food talk this week, the coming days also feature some noteworthy chef-driven collaborations. <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death’s Door Spirits </a>will be serving up specialty cocktails at <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com">Province</a> where Chef Randy Zweiban joins forces with <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/delicatessen.htm">City Provisions</a> Chef Cleetus Friedman, creating a multi-course, seasonal, sustainable dinner in honor of Earth Day. Chicago’s <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com">Blackbird</a> will be teaming up with Napa’s <a href="http://www.blackbirdvineyards.com/">Blackbird</a> –<em>Vineyards </em>that is – for a customized dinner and wine pairing, while <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">Quartino</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;throwing a bash showcasing Chef John Coletta’s fare and Italy’s fine <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">wines</a> as well.&nbsp;Here’s to classic couplings and the spirit of teamwork – cheers!</p><p><strong>Province Celebrates Earth Day</strong></p><p>In honor of Earth Day, Chef Randy Zweiban of <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com/">Province</a> invites Chef Cleetus Friedman of <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/delicatessen.htm">City Provisions </a>over to his West Loop kitchen for a one-of-a kind collaboration Friday, April 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to multi-course, sustainable finger foods sourced from three local farms – including skirt steak taquitos with ancho-chipotle aioli and Cuban pork sandwiches with pickles and mustard salsa – paired with cocktail creations from <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death’s Door Spirits</a>. Tickets are $55 per person and include food and drink (as well as tax and gratuity). A portion of the proceeds will benefit <a href="http://chefscollaborative.org/">Chefs Collaborative</a> – a nonprofit network of chefs promoting sustainable cuisine by teaching children, supporting local farmers, educating one another and inspiring the public to choose good, clean food – <a href="http://www.organicvalley.coop/">Organic Valley</a> will also match all donations. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Province at 312-669-9900. Province is located at 161 N. Jefferson St. For more information, visit <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com/">http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Blackbird Vineyards Dinner</strong></p><p>While the snow gives way to rain and the blackbirds fly back to Chicago as a beacon of spring, <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a>&nbsp;the restaurant meets <a href="http://www.blackbirdvineyards.com/">Blackbird</a> - the Napa-based winery - for a customized dinner of food and wine pairings this Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Held in the restaurant’s private upstairs dining room, chefs David Posey and Paul Kahan join forces with Paul Leary of Napa’s Blackbird Vineyards for a menu including English pea soup with hamachi bacon, eucalyptus, and yogurt; roasted duck breast with pastrami, garbanzo beans, golden raisin custard, and rye; and lamb loin with fried lentils, salsify, smoked olives, and licorice pudding. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-715-0708. Tickets are $125 per person (<em>inclusive of tax and gratuity</em>). <em>Note</em>: Blackbird also offers an ongoing, $22 three-course prix fixe lunch menu Mon. thru Fri. Blackbird is located at 619 W. Randolph St. For more information, visit <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">http://blackbirdrestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Quartino Throws a Wine Bash</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.quartinochicago.com/">Quartino</a> invites you to taste the wines of Italy and join in on its <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quartino/251670422096">April Wine Bash</a> this Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The event – now in its third year held on the last Wednesday of every month - showcases wines from a particular region or style, with Sicilian wines the focus of this evening’s soiree. The tasting will include samples of Caldora Chardonnay; Cusumano Syrah; Nero d’Avola; and merlot. Wines will be paired with festive bites and seasonal specialties by Executive Chef John Coletta including; roasted peppers; beet and walnut salad; assorted Neapolitan pizze; bruschetta; and grilled vegetables. Guests are invited to take home a bottle of the featured wines for $10 per bottle. Tickets are $20 per person and registration begins at 6:30 at the door (<em>reservations are not accepted</em>). Quartino is located at 626 N. State. For more information, call 312-698-5000, or visit <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">www.quartino.com</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/friday-foodie-forecast-earth-day-and-chef-collaborations-85505