Monday, May 19, 2008

WTF are 'ghetto fries?!'

Gaper's Block indulges in something that Max's Italian Beef has coined as "ghetto fries." OK.

The definition of a 'party crasher'

I've received a barrage of emails regarding my continuing coverage of outing the city's most notorious "party crashers." Some were funny, some egged me on and a few were . . . well, let's just say they were pretty disturbing.

Anyway, there was one particular note that left me scratching my head:

"How can you call them party crashers when these events you're writing about that they're supposedly crashing are free? It's not like they're paid ticket events. This doesn't make any sense!"

OK. Now, that email made NO sense. Party crashers, Eat & Drink Club or whatever you want to call them are getting their chops busted because when they come to these events they USE FAKE NAMES and LIE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO in order to get in. If you have to make up shit, then there's a problem. It's that simple, damnit!

What Billy wants, Billy gets?!


An Ultimate Insider from tells 312 Dining Diva that all the hot stars from Kayne West's Glow in the Dark TourRhianna, N.E.R.D., Lupe Fiasco and The Drama King himself—are expected to make an appearance at Billy Dec's Underground nightclub this weekend. The tour makes a stop at the United Center on Saturday.

UPDATE: I just got word that yet another event is planned for the prime-time posse at Bon V. ABSOLUT 100 hosts the party on Friday and Kayne was reportedly paid $30,000 to show his face in the place.

All this *&^%$#!@#$%^!?* is developing . . .

Mondays . . .


. . . are usually reserved for chillin' at home. But when you're in the hospitality industry or if you're entertaining folks from other places, it can be the best night to kick it around town:

The popular Shift Drink Mondays continue at the Libertine, as some of Chicago's big-name chefs take their turn behind the bar. Each week, they serve up a signature cocktail as well as anything else you want at this Lincoln Park gastropub. Also: half-price pizzas, $1 PBRs and $2 Makers Mark.

At Rockit Bar & Grill, Tasteit returns with a three-course spring tasting menu for $25; add $15 to pair with craft beers. It's also half off on food, beer and wine for those who work in the industry. Upstairs is free pool.

Everyone gets the discounted price on Mondays at Tasting Room, the West Loop wine lounge that's conducive to conversations. Customers can order half priced glasses of wine to complement exotic cheese and fruit platters.

Head to the BEATS + BASS + RHYTHM night at Debonair Social Club for house, soul and offbeat music spun by national and local spin stars. Music 101 hosts its weekly set and tonight is the Dae Deep release party with deejays Aaron Dae, Sean Smith and resident turntablist Brian Gardner. $5 Stoli cocktails; $3 domestic beer.

Copperblue's Cinema Gourmet typically sells out in advance, but there's always a chance that they're still taking reservations. The event includes a three-course dinner that's paired with the controversial black-and-white modern Western "Dead Man," starring Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Crispin Glover and Robert Mitchum. After the film, University of Chicago professor Elliott Krick leads a discussion on film. $79 includes the dinner, movie munchies and wines from H2Vino. 6pm.