Sunday, April 1, 2012

Important Stuff Happening In April

Chuy Valencia photo via the Chicago Reader.

Chicago's dining scene never slows down, as evidenced by some very cool events happening in April:

Former Top Chef Texas contestant Chuy Valencia, who formerly was a partner in Lakeview spot Chilam Balam, is writing a cookbook and needs your help. He's testing recipes for M.E.A.L.S.: Menus, Entrees, Anecdotes, Lies and Some truth to protect the innocent and equally evil and needs guinea pigs. The event happens April 2 at a private home, and you can possibly get an invite by tweeting him @chuyvalencia.

Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur, is red hot right now, and one spot guaranteed to honor it in all its glory is Letizia's Fiore during a dinner on April 3. Master mixologist Adam Seger teams up with Enoteca Roma's Sean Malone to pair Amaro-based cocktails with multiple courses. Cocktail party starts at 7:30pm; dinner follows. $55 per person.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and to recognize it, Hub 51, Paris Club and RPM Italian are donating $1 of every specialty cocktail to Generation Rescue.

April's also National Florida Tomato Month, and at least one Chicago resto is taking advantage of it. Benny's Chop House is featuring a Florida tomato and pesto flatbread for $8.99.

It's also National Grilled Cheese Month, so eat 'em up at your favorite spots. Note also that Mity Nice features a grilled cheese with tomato jam on country sourdough on April 12; and deca RESTAURANT + BAR's pairing gourmet grilled cheese with beer April 23-30. Choose from smoked brisket with Wisconsin pepper jack; wild mushrooms with charred sweet onions and Gruyere; and Benton ham and Hook's cheddar waffle.

Oh, and don't forget that a little event called BaconFest happens on April 14.

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