Thursday, September 24, 2009
Bargains Galore at the Bar, Brunch . . .
Texas de Brazil just launched a new budget-friendly bar menu in the Beijos Lounge. (Photo: Texas de Brazil)
Just in time for your fabulous fall outings, mega churrascaria Texas de Brazil launches a new bar menu in its colorful Beijos Lounge.
Instead of doing the full-on meat madness with traditional gauchos serving tableside, you can dig into an antipasto platter (with smoked salmon, olives, hearts of palm, manchego cheese, prosciutto, grilled provolone), meat sampler (chicken breast, Brazilian sausage, garlic picanha, served with chimichuri sauce and a basket of warm cheese bread) or share the Meat Sampler for Two. Prices range $8.99-$14.99.
To celebrate the new menu, 312DD's teaming up with Texas de Brazil for the next FREEBIE FRIDAY, going down Friday, Oct. 2. One lucky person following me on Twitter will win dinner for two (that's $44.99 per person!). Tax, tip and booze are on you.
Get ready for more this weekend . . .
The Loop and Gold Coast locations for McCormick & Schmick’s now offer 10 Under $10—lunch only selections featuring local ingredients and regionally inspired dishes. You can go just about every day for the sandwiches, wraps, pastas, entrée salads and a few soup/salad and soup/sandwich combos.
We still cannot believe someone became famous for writing and singing a song called Birthday Sex, yet Grey Goose Entertainment honors local singer Jeremih as a "rising icon." It's happening at Rumba in honor of the Chicago Football Classic Game. 9pm-2am. $15 in advance.
Here's another great deal for you, o' faithful readers: Mention 312 Dining Diva tonight at Nacional 27, and you'll get a comped Bacardi Dragonfruit Mojito. Of course you'll wanna stay for Nearly Free Fridays, which includes $2.27 all-you-can-eat paella and Latin apps. 5-7pm.
Continue celebrating Oktoberfest with the Prost! on Paulina pub crawl. It kicks off at 6pm at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar with $3 drafts of Sam Adams Octoberfest, free slices of Frasca's Sam Adams Octoberfest beer-crusted pizza (one per customer) and a German Brat Pizza (woot?!) for $10. The crawl continues on to Shire Public House, Fizz and The Pony.
Help raise money for the city's neediest inner-city Catholic schools at the third-annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.). Your $85 ticket ($100 at door) includes a buffet, open bar, live music and more. The Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Board, made up of more than 120 young professionals, hosts the event, and you can still get tickets here. 7:30-11pm.
Former Thrillist editor Dave Andrews and Chef Stephanie Izard judging last year's Rib-A-Que Smokeout at Moonshine. (Photo: Moonshine)
Socca hosts the second-annual Rib-A-Que Smokeout at Moonshine, with more than 16 local restaurants competing to see who's on top when it comes to the finger-licking grub. Judges include Stephanie Izard (Top Chef, The Drunken Goat) and 312DD. Also, specials on cocktails and beers. Noon-6pm. $25 in advance; $35 at door.
Chicago Gourmet is finally here! The two-day event also happens Sunday, and includes tastings from a number of high-profile local chefs. Get the entire list of participants here. $150 a day.
Head to the South Halsted location for Lush's annual Oktoberfest. They'll be grilling out and sampling various beers. 5-8pm. $15.
Vital Bridges, which provides meals for more than 500,000 people living with AIDS/HIV in the Chicago area, hosts the season's first Culinary Series event. The brunch at Anteprima includes passed hors d’ oeuvres, buffet, Mimosas and Grey Goose Bloody Marys. Get the $75 tickets in advance here. Noon-2pm.
And yay! More freebies! Mention 312DD for complimentary piping hot Cheddar biscuits, plus one Bloody Mary or Mimosa during brunch for the next two weeks at Red Canary. It's brand new and includes Banana Belgium Waffles (with house-made bourbon vanilla syrup), Lemon Ricotta Crepes (with fresh strawberries and blueberry compote) and a Sausage and Basil Frittata. 10am-2pm.