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Friday Foodie Forecast: Bloody marys, Italian dinners and a crab festival

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Friday Foodie Forecast: Bloody marys, Italian dinners and a crab festival

Although the gift-giving season may be drawing to a close, the foodie holiday season is poised to last through January. This week’s forecast has in store an extended brunch with bloody mary specials, a gourmet Italian dinner and a month-long crab festival.


Three-Restaurant Extended Holiday Brunch

From December 26 to January 2, enjoy an extended brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square and Dunlays on Clark. In addition, in honor of National Bloody Mary Day (Jan. 1), anyone who orders a bloody mary during extended brunch will have the option to buy a 32-ounce bottle of “foot stompin’ good” Smoke Daddy “Smokin’ Mary” mix for $2. Frasca Pizzeria is located at 3358 N. Paulina St., Dunlays on the Square is located at 3137 W. Logan Blvd, and Dunlays on Clark is located at 2600 N. Clark St.

Shaw’s Annual Crab Festival

Bring in the new year and honor the crab in the month of January at Shaw’s for their annual crab festival. Both Shaw’s Chicago and Schaumburg locations will offer special three-course crab prix fixe dinners throughout the month of January. Diners can choose between the Maryland-Style Crab Cakes Dinner, the Pacific Whole Dungonness Dinner and the One Pound Whole Alaskan Red King Crab Dinner. All dinners include clam chowder, cole slaw, au gratin potatoes, and key lime pie for dessert. Shaw’s Chicago is located at 21 E. Hubbard St., and Shaw’s Schaumburg is located at 1900 E. Higgins Rd. For more information, visit

ChicaGourmets Special Dinner at Rhapsody

Celebrate cuisine and culture on January 10 at Rhapsody with Executive Chef Dean Zanella as he cooks up Italian flavors with local and seasonal ingredients. His menu will include items such as tomato and polenta duck liver mousse; three-meat filled pasta in broth; salami and scallion stuffed veal; and a chocolate and chestnut tart. The event, which includes wine pairings, costs $95 for ChicaGourmet members and $105 for non-members, and you can reserve your spot at For more information, email or call (708) 383-7543. Prepaid reservations will be accepted until January 6, and events often sell out early. Rhapsody is located at 65 E. Adams.

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