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Aviary is open

25 Apr

Aviary, the cocktail brainchild of Grant Achatz, opened this past Saturday. As with everything chef Achatz does, he is reinventing the cocktail as we know it.

The menu for Aviary is as follows:

Cocktails

Cranberry, passion fruit, orange, rums – $17
Popcorn, butter, crème fraiche, rum – $15
Coffee, ristretto, milk, rum – $15
Pineapple, mint, sanbitter, chartreuse – $16
Hot Chocolate, Ecuadorian chocolate, fernet, tequila – $15
Ginger, peychaud’s, shiso, fingerlime, – vodka $17
Daiquiri, sugar cane, lime, rum – $12
Banana, lemon, mint, new make – $16
Tiki, macadamia, cinnamon, batavia – $17
Blueberry, verjus, sweet vermouth, rye – $19
Martinez maraschino, sweet vermouth, gin, – $14
Lemon, carbonated, gin – $16
Sazerac, demerara, peychaud’s, rye – $14
El Diablo, creme de cassis, ginger beer, tequila – $15
In the Rocks, demerara, angostura, bourbon – $18
Sassafras, vanilla, anise, kirsch – $18
Rooibos, verbena, almond, vanilla, gin – $18
Sidecar, cointreau, lemon, brandy – $14
Scots Pine, yuzu, elderflower, tequila – $17
Truffle, campari, sweet vermouth, gin – $28
Martini, aged, vermouth, gin – $18

Bites

Cantaloupe, prosciutto, basil, champagne – $3
Lobster, cracker, comte, grape – $5
Chowder, croquette, clam, spicy corn pudding – $3
Crab, tempura, tomato, pickle – $4
Pork Belly, coconut, curry, iceberg – $4
Potato, custard, malt vinegar chips, chive – $3
Wagyu, smoked paprika, pumpkin seed, yogurt – $6
Foie Gras, rhubarb, pumpernickel, lavender – $5
Cheesecake, strawberry, balsamic, graham cracker – $3
Brioche, chocolate, smoked salt, vanilla – $4

Chicago Restaurant Week 2011

4 Feb
Chicago Restaurant Week 2011

Chicago Restaurant Week 2011 is from February 18-27, 2011

We’re getting close to that glorious time of the year… no, not pitchers and catchers reporting to training… Restaurant Week! Yes, the 2011 Chicago Restaurant week is just around the corner.

It’s an opportunity to try some of Chicago’s best restaurants with prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at only $22 (lunch) and $33/$44 (dinner) a person. The menus include three courses and often highlight the restaurant’s show stopping entrees and items. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity.

Restaurant week is from February 18-27, 2011

It’s only one week and reservations fill up fast, so start booking. You can book through OpenTable.com or by calling the restaurant.

Enjoy!

Here is a complete listing of the 2011 Chicago Restaurant Week restaurants.

  • 312 Chicago
  • 505 Zest
  • 676 Restaurant and Bar
  • Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge
  • Aja
  • Alhambra Palace Restaurant
  • Allgauer’s on the Riverfront
  • Aria
  • Atwood Café
  • Benny’s Chop House
  • Berghoff Restaurant
  • Bistro 110
  • Bistro Bordeaux
  • Bistro Campagne
  • bistronomic
  • Bistrot Margot
  • Bistrot Zinc
  • Blackbird
  • Blue 13
  • Boka
  • Branch 27
  • Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
  • Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
  • Cafe Spiaggia
  • Caliterra Bar & Grille – Chicago
  • The Cape Cod Room at The Drake Hotel
  • Capital Grille – Chicago
  • Capital Grille – Lombard
  • Capital Grille – Rosemont
  • Carlucci – Rosemont
  • Carmichaels Steakhouse
  • Carmine’s
  • Carnivale
  • Carson’s Ribs Steaks and Chops – Chicago
  • Catch 35
  • Catch 35 – Naperville
  • Chicago Curry House (Indian and Nepalese Restaurant)
  • Chicago Cut Steakhouse
  • Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
  • China Grill – Chicago
  • Chizakaya
  • C-House Restaurant
  • Coco Pazzo
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel
  • de cero
  • deca Restaurant + Bar located at The Ritz-Carlton, a Four Seasons hotel
  • Devon Seafood Grill – Chicago
  • Dick’s Last Resort – Chicago
  • Dine
  • Dos Diablos – Chicago
  • The Drawing Room
  • Duchamp
  • East Bank Club- Maxwell’s at the Club
  • Eatt
  • Elate
  • Epic Restaurant
  • Fiorentino’s
  • Fornetto Mei – a pan-italian restaurant
  • Fulton’s on The River
  • The Gage
  • Geja’s Café
  • Gemini Bistro
  • Gyu-Kaku – Chicago
  • Hard Rock Café – Chicago
  • Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse – Chicago
  • Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse – Rosemont
  • HUB 51
  • Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
  • Il Mulino – Chicago
  • The Indian Garden – Chicago
  • IPO
  • Jack Binion’s Steakhouse
  • Japonais
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
  • Keefer’s Restaurant
  • Kinzie Chop House
  • La Madia – A Contemporary Pizzeria
  • Landmark
  • Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Chicago
  • Le Colonial – Chicago
  • LM
  • The Lobby
  • Lockwood Restaurant and Bar
  • Market Restaurant & Sports Bar
  • May St. Cafe
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Chicago
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Chicago (Wacker Dr.)
  • Mercadito
  • Mercat a La Planxa
  • Merlo on Maple
  • Mexique
  • Mike Ditka’s – Chicago
  • Mirai Sushi
  • Mitchell’s Fish Market – Glenview
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Mon Ami Gabi – Oakbrook
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Chicago – The Original
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Chicago – Wacker Place
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Northbrook
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Schaumburg
  • N9NE Steakhouse
  • Nacional 27
  • Naha
  • Nick’s Fishmarket Grill
  • O’Briens Restaurant and Bar
  • Oceanique
  • one sixtyblue
  • Osteria Via Stato
  • Palm Restaurant – Chicago
  • Park Grill Chicago
  • Perennial
  • Petterino’s
  • Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
  • Piccolo Sogno
  • Prairie Fire
  • Prosecco
  • Province
  • Quartino
  • RB Grille
  • The Red Canary
  • The Restaurant at Conrad
  • Rhapsody
  • Riccardo Trattoria
  • Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier
  • The Rosebud
  • Rosebud on Rush
  • Rosebud Prime
  • Rosebud Steakhouse
  • Rosebud Theater District
  • Rosebud Trattoria (fka Ballo)
  • Roy’s – Chicago
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Chicago
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Northbrook
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar
  • Saloon Steakhouse
  • Salpicón
  • Scoozi
  • Seasons Restaurant at The Four Seasons
  • Shaw’s Crab House – Main Dining Room
  • Shula’s Steak House – Chicago
  • Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse – Chicago
  • South Water Kitchen
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse – Chicago
  • SUSHISAMBA rio
  • Tapas Valencia
  • Tavern at the Park
  • Tavern on Rush
  • Terzo Piano
  • Topolobampo
  • Trattoria Isabella
  • Trattoria No. 10
  • Tuscany on Taylor
  • Veerasway Fresh Indian
  • Vermilion
  • Viand
  • Vie
  • Vivere
  • Vivo
  • Wave
  • Weber Grill – Chicago
  • Wildfire – Chicago
  • Wildfire – Glenview
  • Wildfire – Lincolnshire
  • Wildfire – Oakbrook
  • Wildfire – Schaumburg
  • Zapatista – Northbrook
  • Zapatista – South Loop
  • Zealous
  • Zocalo

Chicago Gourmet Roundup

27 Sep

 

Chicago Gourmet

Photo credit: Chicagoist

As much as I was looking forward to attending and reporting on this year’s Chicago Gourmet festival, a few things with family popped up this weekend and I wasn’t able to make it to Millenium Park. One of those times when life gets in the way of plans.

But it’s okay, I made up for it by drinking delicious wine at home and making an outstanding butternut squash and sweet potato bisque risotto (recipe coming soon). But, here’s a roundup from other site’s coverage of Chicago Gourmet.

Cheers to what sounds like a good event (despite long lines) and looking forward to watching this event continue to grow.

Grub Street Chicago:

“…it was hard to discount the incredible number of big name chefs that made it out to this year’s Chicago Gourmet. That included home town chefs like Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, and Graham Elliot along with food personalities like Art Smith, Ted Allen, and even Marcus Samuelsson. All told, there were over a hundred chefs on the premises, not counting the sous chefs and the many culinary students that helped staff the event.”

Chicagoist:

“…With the addition of Bon Appétit magazine as presenting sponsor, the increase in the number of larger sponsor branded tents was obvious. The difference is that this year’s festival had so many tents shoehorned into Pritzker Pavilion, there was little room for walkways or ways to make the queues more manageable.”

GapersBlock:

“With the addition of Bon Appétit magazine as presenting sponsor, the increase in the number of larger sponsor branded tents was obvious. The difference is that this year’s festival had so many tents shoehorned into Pritzker Pavilion, there was little room for walkways or ways to make the queues more manageable.”

 

Lazy Cook Crazy Cook

“…There were dozens of pavilion tents of food and wine tastings and there were also food demonstrations, book signings and seminars by noted chefs and foodies including Bon Appetit magazine’s Andrew Knowlton and Barbara Fairchild, Cat Cora, Table 52′s Art Smith, Marcus Samuelsson, Tony Mantuano and many more.  We attended one food demo by Sunda’s Rodelio Aglibot and Todd Stein, formerly of Cibo Matto and now of the soon-to-open The Florentine. “

 

South Beach Wine and Food Festival Blog

“After a successful judging of the Hamptons Burger Bloodbath this summer, I decided to take my hamburger judging skills to Chicago for the Hamburger Hop competition. 15 different entrants from all over the country competed for the title.”