- Goose Island
Your food future doesn’t begin and end with an impending Thanksgiving feast. There’s plenty of post-turkey eating (and drinking) to be done. For instance: Fork in Lincoln Square, the best farm-to-table restaurant you didn’t know was one, will be hosting a dinner for the Green City Market on Tuesday, December 2, featuring beers from Perennial Artisan Ales. The star attraction will be Peace Offering, an American brown ale with maple-roasted cushaw squash from Yellowtree Farm. Call 773-751-1500 for a reservation.
Also . . .
• Nothing says old-fashioned Christmas like free-flowing hooch at the Christkindlmarket. Take your Christkindlmarket mug with you to dinner at 312 Chicago or the Atwood Restaurant through December 21 and they’ll fill it right back up with their own housemade wine punch, Vin Brule.
• Forget Thanksgiving, at the Jimmy in the James Hotel they’re throwing a birthday party for manager Evie Marie this Wednesday from 6 PM to 2 AM, featuring $12 pours and cocktails from Hennessy and Moet & Chandon, while listening to the sounds of DJ Eliana. Vintage formal attire encouraged.
• Honey Butter Fried Chicken will turn Friday into Black Fryday! Which is not to say they’ll be burning the hell out of chicken, but rather, that they’ll be making French fries to go with the usual fried goodness, plus six different dipping sauces. As they said in their email, it’s “100 percent more delicious than getting trampled for an Xbox.”
• Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has its official release on Friday, and you can find it at several locations around town with Goose Island crew in attendance. Such as: starting at 5 PM at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville, featuring the 2014 edition of the beer, as well as a partial Goose Island tap takeover, including all the 2014 Bourbon County Stout varieties, a vertical of BCBS going back to 2011, and other Goose Island brews including the Muddy Imperial Stout, Lolita, Night Stalker, Matilda, Sofie, and more. Meanwhile, way up north, BCBS and other Goose Island brews will also be at the Red Line Tap from 8 to 10 PM, along with music by White Mystery.
• Also on Black Friday and also in Streeterville, Tre Soldi will be busting out the white truffle and shaving it onto a special $50 white pizza. Extravagant? Yeah, that’s kind of the point of the day, you know?
• Pilot Light, the organization started by Chicago chefs (Kahan, Merges, Hammel, etc) to promote and teach healthier eating in schools, has its annual fundraiser Friday, December 5 in Preston Bradley Hall at the Cultural Center, with tastings from the above-mentioned chefs and many more. Get more info here.
• Amy’s Candy Bar, a fun sweet shop in Lincoln Square, named one of the country’s five best by Food & Wine, is getting a south-side location—well, as a six-month pop-up shop. It’s now in Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1545 E. 55th. Besides premade candies from all over the world, they also have their own house-made treats for the holidays.
• ZooLights is at Lincoln Park now, and one of the closest restaurants, Gemini Bistro, is offering a $35 prix fixe dinner ending with house-made cookies and hot chocolate to take with you as you stroll the zoo. Best of all: valet your car with Gemini for $10 and leave it there as you walk over to the zoo.