Fall is brisk weather, gorgeous leaves and cooling temps. It brings excitement to Chicago’s restaurant scene, too. Here are a few things you might want to mark on your calendar/agenda.
The Boarding House, 720 N. Wells, just announced Kelly Peterson Bates, is the new Head Sommelier. She brings to the job a love for and professional training in music to bear on her love and passion for wine. Together with Owner and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh and Executive Chef Tanya Baker, she’s part of the all-women leadership team here. The wine, spirits and beer program at The Boarding House includes guided wine tastings and training for the talented staff of servers – many of whom are also sommeliers-in-training. Go get your wine on and enjoy their happy hour specials
Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., in Chicago is launching a brand new holiday tradition this Halloween. Saturday, October 31st, Shaw’s throws its first Heroes and Villains Costume brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come in your favorite costume and enjoy offerings from seafood to traditional breakfast items to amazing mini desserts, face painting, Halloween candy, and a visit from some of your favorite superheroes. $55 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger (please limit 2 children per adult).
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, will host a massive showing of fine Portuguese wines October 14, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Read about some lovely and affordable wines come from the Tejo region of Portugal, and you might get the feeling that this event will likely be showing off some delicious and value-priced wines. Small bites will be served to savor with over 200 wines. Heard about this from the excellent newsletter Local Wine Events for Chicago/Northeast Illinois. Use their code “LWE” and get 40% off the regular $60 ticket price.
Roy’s Restaurant, 720 N. State St., is featuring a limited-time menu option of surf ’n’ turf reimagined with the bold flavors of the Pacific Rim. $32.95 for the Filet and Lobster item, including Lobster Potstickers with spicy Japanese Togarashi Miso butter sauce with ginger, garlic and Thai basil plus a main course of charred filet mignon with a coriander chimichurri sauce and ginger-glazed lobster tail. Enjoy it while the weather’s still gorgeous out on Roy’s fabulous patio.
Andersonville Dessert Crawl, Sunday October 25, 2pm to 5pm, go trick-or-treating with a gourmet flair! Over twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood showcase their sweetest and most delicious wares during the ninth annual. Pick up your Dessert Crawl “passport” and proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location. For more information on participating restaurants and stores, watch the website. Tickets go on sale late September.
(Photo used with permission from Roy’s Restaurant)