Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ohhhhh, What A Dish!

Proceeds from Phillip Foss's étouffée with soft-shell crawfish, Andouille-filled chicken and Absinthe bubbles will benefit those suffering from the Gulf oil spill. (Photo: Lockwood)

There's no excuse why we shouldn't be dining well every weekend, especially given all the amazing eats around town.

Lockwood's Phillip Foss is doing his part by offering a tasty New Orleans-inspired dish that also helps those affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Half of the proceeds from his étouffée made with soft-shell crawfish, Andouille-filled chicken and Absinthe bubbles will support Protect Our Coastline Foundation.

It's $16 and will be on the menu through Sept. 1.

More great eats . . . and also beats to last you all weekend . . .

Soul man Peven Everett performs at Double Door as part of The Silver Room's after-party for its annual "Sound System Block Party."

More great dishes you'll find out this weekend, according to Chicago mag, are from Bill Kim of Urban Belly fame. He's testing out his forthcoming resto, Country Belly, with a "pop-up restaurant" at this weekend's Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in Logan Square. Get ready for lettuce wraps with quinoa, lemongrass chicken and hoisin barbecue sauce; watermelon with spearmint-and-citrus salt; and Asian elotes with curry mayo. Prices range $2-$5.

At Seasons at the Four Seasons, Executive Chef Kevin Hickey is hooking up a signature homemade hot dog. In celebration of July as National Hot Dog Month, guests will get the dog paired with a glass of Etesian Pinot Noir from Sonoma County for $15. It's smoked, boiled and charred, then served on a poppy-seed brioche bun with fries and homemade ketchup.

You'll get a number of choices of tastings at Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph St.) as Lincoln Park Young Professionals hosts an after-work cocktail party. Guests will get to sample dishes from 312 Chicago, Atwood Café, Sable Kitchen & Bar and South Water Kitchen. Also, live music, open bar and DJ Funky Couture spins. 6-8pm Thursday. $30 at door.

Seasons' signature homemade hot dog. (Four Seasons Chicago)

Tix are still available for the Vegas Night Charity Cruise that benefits the Jay Cutler Foundation. Of course, the Bears star will be on board, and we're certain some of his celebrity friends will join him. DJ Dante The Don spins. 7-10pm Thursday. Get the $200 tickets here.

The Silver Room's eighth-annual Sound System Block Party will be awesome enough, but we just found out that there's an after-party at Double Door. If you're down with underground house and deep soul, you need to be here for live music from Peven Everett, plus deejays Danny Krivit and Ron Trent spinning. 10pm-3am. $15-$25.

And donate a minimum of $50 to Greater New Orleans Foundation's Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund or The Barataria Estuary Foundation by July 25 (goal is to get 250 donations of $50 or more) to get an invite to a reception hosted by some of the hottest restaurants in Chicago. The party, which happens 5-7pm Sunday at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, includes an open bar, silent auction and signature appetizers whipped up by some major players on the scene, including Big Jones, The Bristol, The Girl and the Goat, Mana Food Bar, Heaven on Seven, Naha and The Purple Pig.

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