Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Padma's Passion, Hump Day Happy Hour and more

Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi, judges of "Top Chef" (Photo: Bravo)

You know you're hot stuff when they name a cocktail in your honor.

So goes Padma's Passion, the mighty delicious-sounding drink Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club (3700 N. Halsted St., 773-525-1111) has created to give props to sexy supermodel Padma Lakshmi, the host of "Top Chef." Made with Absolut vodka and passion fruit puree, it's available tonight as the restaurant hosts a viewing party every Wednesday during the popular chef-driven reality show.

Or sip a TopChefTini (Absolut Citron, wild strawberry liquer, melon liquer, splash of lemonade) or The Quickfire (Absolut Rasberri, melon liquer, lemonade) as you cheer for homegirl Stephanie Izard, who is still in the running to become "Top Chef." Other Wednesday specials include buy-one-get-one free entrees and half-price martinis and cocktails. The show will be presented on five large screens, with sound.

You can also view "Top Chef" at Paramount Room (415 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-829-6300), which is showing the series on LCD screens on both levels. You'll get a chance to sink your teeth into their specialty Amish fried chicken, which is only served on Wednesdays.

To fete an early Earth Day, Le Passage (937 N. Rush St., 312-255-0022) and Go Green Management are hosting an eco-friendly night. Everything served will be made with fresh, organic ingredients such as complimentary VEEV cocktails and heavy passed hors d'oeuvres. 7-10pm. $10 admission.

And if you're getting started right after work, head to Hump Day Happy Hour at Cityscape Bar (350 W. Mart Center Dr., 15th Floor, 312-836-5000). Each week, they're serving up a complimentary appetizer buffet with Guinness BBQ chicken wings, cheddar jalapeno poppers and grilled fresh vegetables with aged balsamic reduction. Also, all bottled domestic beer and house wines are $4. 5-7pm.

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