Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Vino, vibes and vittles . . .


MID-WEEK FUN is just hours away at:

Quartino (626 N. State St., 312-698-5000), for the end-of-the-month wine tasting event where you get to take home one of the bottles of wine as part of the deal. This time, they're featuring vino from Casa Vinicola Gioacchino Garofoli S.p.A., the most decorated winery in the Marche. Four selections will be offered and paired with Neopolitan thin-crust stone oven pizza, classic Italian salumi, cured meats and cicchetti (bar snacks). 7-9pm. $30.

Dragonfly (832 W. Randolph St., 773-687-0784), for yet another wine-centric set, Wine Down in West Town, that's hosted by the Chicago Wine Club. You'll get to sample more than 50 wines and light appetizers and craft beers. You'll also get their exclusive wine diary so you can score all your favorites. 6-9pm. $40 ($50 at door).

The Drawing Room (937 N. Rush St., 773-276-7582), for a change of pace with the Rite of Spring Cocktail Dinner. Be one of the first to get a taste of executive chef Nick Lacasse's new spring menu with this specially designed three-course dinner. All items will be perfectly paired with spring-y cocktails created by master bartender Lynn House. 7:30pm. $45.

Moonshine (1824 W. Division St., 773-862-8686), for deals and DJ Bear Who? on the wheels—of steel—during Mamby. Hang out in this neighborhood gem and order half-price pizzas and $5 Absolut cocktails. Other deejays include Trilogy and Newlife. 8pm-2am. Free.

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