Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bubbles, Boozehounds and bargains . . .


Get the Bubbles:

It's time for The Tasting Room's annual Champagne event, happening tonight with more than 30 sparkling wines paired with appetizers. Sample superstars Krug and Ruinart as well as Jose Dhondt and Andre Clouet. 6-8pm. $50. Reservations required.

Through Nov. 21 at Duchamp, you might wanna make a reservation for you and a sig other (or BFF!) for two flutes of bubbly, two appetizers and two chocolate cupcakes. 5-7 p.m. $35.

Get the Booze:

The upper level of Hopleaf Bar plays host to the Boozehound's Beer Lover's Field Trip. You'll get four specialty draft choices, any bottled beer, premium spirits, plus beer-friendly snacks like cheese, nuts and various meats. 7-9pm. $40.

Head to Swirl Wine Bar right after work for $5 menu specials with a two-drink minimum from 5-6:30pm. Or, if you arrive later, you'll get to indulge in exotic vino as they host a Taste of Portugal event. Party includes 12 different wines, appetizers and live jazz by Gypsy Trio. 6:30-8:30pm. $25 in advance; $35 at door.

Get the Bargains:

So many of our coolest eateries are offering weekly specials to take that stress off your wallet. The Restaurant at Chaise Lounge's Tuesday deal is a three-course menu for $25, paired with $5 martinis. Get selections like the crab cakes, braised pork belly with vanilla-scented sunchoke puree and Wagyu beef with Minnesota wild rice.

At May Street Market, diners are treated to a complimentary entree (up to $24) with any dinner purchase of at least $50. And if you order from the bistro menu, you'll get a comped turkey burger with any dinner purchase of at least $25. (not available on Friday, Saturday)

And all this week, C-House doles out a three-course dinner deal for $35, offering the C-House fish and chips, pan-seared salmon and butternut squash soup.


Get up early and head to Green City Market (2430 N. Cannon Dr.), which is at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum every Wednesday and Saturday through Dec. 20. Also, if you've got time, don't miss the chef demo from Mado's husband-and-wife team Rob and Allie Levitt. That's at 10:30am. Market is 8am-1pm. Free.