Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bandoleros, Former BIN 36 Chef Involved in Pasha

The Bandoleros are partners in new Randolph Street restaurant Pasha. (Photo: Pasha)

We're expecting big things from Randolph Street newcomer and globally inspired eatery Pasha, now that Daniel Marquis, a former chef at BIN 36, Bistro 110 and Sushi Samba rio is on board.

Set to open Oct. 22 (with grand opening events through Oct. 25), Pasha's owned in part by Latin band Bandoleros and manager Ron Levine, who will certainly keep the scene lively on the regular.

$1,250 gets you closer to the Mole Master . . .

Frontera Grill's Rick Bayless

Just last week, we ran into a guy at RL who was a deadringer for Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco), which reminded me that I needed to write something about this cool event kicking off next week:

The 86 Hunger dinner series brings together Food Depository supporters and some high-profile local chefs to end hungry in our community.

The event kicks off Oct. 21 with a special VIP experience with Bayless—which starts in his magnificent Bucktown garden. The $1,250 package also includes transportation to Frontera Grill, where guests will get to watch the master in his test kitchen and dine in the private room. From 5-9pm you'll get to nosh from a multi-course tasting menu of signature Mexican bites.

If that pricetag's too steep, join Jackie Shen's party at Red Light 6-10pm Oct. 26, where she'll host a family-style dinner of tasty Asian delights. It ends with one of the best desserts we've seen in a long time: her semi-sweet chocolate bag with chocolate mousse, fresh berries and raspberry sauce. $150.

On Oct. 28, new Custom House exec chef Aaron Deal plans to wow guests with a seasonal menu of hearty fare such as a decadent pumpkin lobster bisque, stone crab and an all-natural beef entree. 6-10pm. $150.

Long-time philanthropists Susan and Drew Goss do their part at neighborhood gem West Town Tavern, with homey dishes like country ham-wrapped turkey breast paired with cheddar corn grits and red eye gravy. Also, everything's paired with wine and signature cocktails. 5:30-9:30pm Nov. 8. $150.

At BOKA's event, taking place Nov. 10, Giuseppe Tentori plans to do four amazing courses, including a braised short rib with grilled carrot sauce and crispy polenta. 6-10pm. $150.

And Restaurant Michael, the only suburban spot on the list, offers an interactive experience in its Winnetka home. Guests will get to choose from a number of dishes from chef Michael Lachowicz's five-course menu, but we're totally feeling the breast of Guinea hen stuffed with savory bread pudding. Paired with cocktails. That's 6-10pm Nov. 18. $150.