Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers.
Bring your appetite for the sixth annual Chicago Restaurant Week and get an introduction into Chicago’s extraordinary culinary scene. Enjoy top fare at value pricing at more than 250 restaurants throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. This 10-day festival runs from February 1 through February 10 (2013) and will feature prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.
As mentioned before, my husband and I love spending our date night’s at one of the Chopping Block’s couples themed cooking classes. It’s hands-on, a perfect opportunity to learn and new skill, it’s also a great time to spend with other couples, indulging in some wonderful food.
Please check out some of the classes offered this month:
Date Night: Hangin’ at the Hacienda – Vamanos! Bring a date and have fun making these all time Mexican favorites.
Queso Fundido; Authentic Carne Asada with Corn Tortillas, Salsa Verde, Queso Fresco and Mexican Crema; Mexican Rice and Borracho Beans; Flan Misterioso (Chocolate-Cajeta Flan Cake).
Couples Cooking: Hawaiin Luau – Immerse yourself in the sun-drenched food of the Hawaiian Islands.
Mango and Shrimp Spring Rolls; Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Volcano-Spiced Pineapple Relish; Coconut Rice; Passion Fruit Chiffon Pie.
Table for Two: Spring Dinner Party – At the Chopping Block, every table is the chef’s table. Bring a friend and watch one of our expert chefs work some kitchen magic to create a soul-satisfying feast. This cooking lesson includes a full meal, so come hungry!
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Focaccia; Celery Root, Parsley, Shaved Fennel and Watercress Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette; Pan Roasted Chicken
The Chopping Block has two locations – One in Lincoln Square and the other at the Merchandise Mart. If the class you desire is booked, be sure to check both places!
Again here I am STRONGLY encouraging you to try out one of the following Couple’s Nights at the Chopping Block. Two locations, one being in Lincoln Square and the other located in the Merchandise Mart, make it an easy date night to get to, no matter your location. Both are accessible via public transportation and we’ve never had issue finding near by parking in Lincoln Square.
Not only are you assured a delicious meal, you may:
Meet other couples.
Learn a new technique in the kitchen, or try a new food.
Challenge your partner with your knife skills and knowledge of all things culinary!
Impress, impress, impress.. both yourself and your date.
So here are your options for the month of November:
Couples Cooking: Fireside in Vermont
Bring a date and warm up with these cozy recipes.
Gruyere Cheese Fondue; Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Bacon Vinaigrette; Maple Glazed Salmon with Celery Root and Potato Hash; Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Sauce.
Date Night: Mambo Italiano
Authentic Italian cooking. Mamma mia!
White Bean and Sage Bruschetta; Porcini Mushroom and Herb Risotto; Eggplant Parmesan; Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.
Wine and Dine
Have a blast learning fresh, new ways to make dinner fun!
Mushroom, Bacon and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Tart; Herb Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Potatoes and Root Vegetables; Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fig Balsamic Glaze.
Two glasses of wine or beer per student are included in the price of the class. You must be 21 or over to attend.
As always take a look at their calendar and try something else that interests you as well. Make any cooking experience your ideal date night.
Well here’s your chance, twice! Take your significant other and live vicariously through the like of Rob Gorden (John Cusack’s High Fidelity character) and Corey (Liv Tyler’s Empire Records character) as Lincoln Hall hosts two of the greatest record store movies of all time. Picnic baskets not necessary with the great food and drink deals.
Lincoln Hall Hosts “High Fidelity / Empire Records” Double Feature – August 18
Chicagoland does not disappoint with it’s plethora of street fests. Beer and wine tents, some mini-carny rides for the kids, yummy local food and just plain ‘fun’ music.
My husband and I never “plan” to make our Taylor Street Festa Italia an official date night since we always seem to wind up there somehow. This year we’re making it real, getting a sitter, and I’m scoring a couple of dances, under the street lights… to someone covering Frank or Dean.
Check out the details and join us please. This weekend, August 5th-8th. They’ve planned some culinary demonstrations, Italian Dancers… there are sure to be a few local arts booths. The casual atmosphere is great, the fun of a festival without the craziness of an uncontrolled crowd.
Oh and did I mention the Italian street vendors? Yum!
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