Monday, November 19, 2007

You Got Served

Did you eat anywhere good this weekend? Hang out at a hot new spot or an old neighborhood favorite? How was the service? The doormen? The food? The cocktails? It's time to sound off . . .

Break out the big bucks for this Bordeaux tasting

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It's been making noise ever since it opened in the original Iggy's space in River West last winter, especially with its wacky-themed wine events.

But this Bordeaux happening tomorrow from 6-8pm is the most ambitious of all for Juicy Wine Co. (694 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-492-6620), which is quickly becoming the hipster's wine lounge. They're kicking off what they're calling an extraordinary Collector's Series by exploring the Bordeaux region. For $150 a person (only 25 people will be allowed in the event), owner Rodney Alex takes guests on a tour of perhaps the most revered grape-growing region in the world, tucked into the Southwestern corner of France along the Garonne.

The event begins with a complimentary Krug champagne reception. Then for the next two hours they're pouring some of the most outstanding Bordeaux wines available today alongside succulent grilled lamb chops and tender, roasted, aged prime beef. The tasting ends with seared pâté de foie gras paired with a stunning 1997 Château d'Yquem (96 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2003).

Decadent as hell.

Michael Kornick down for Obama

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Michael Kornick, one of our most celebrated chefs/restaurateurs, is all about U.S. Senator Barack Obama's run for president, and he's supporting by co-hosting a benefit at MK (868 N. Franklin St., 312-482-9179) on Friday, Nov. 23 7:30-9pm.

They're calling the event "November to Remember," and you can go to for more information.

Kornick is certain to whip something up for this benefit that you won't forget anytime soon either.

Sepia leads the poll

I've been conducting a poll since the beginning of the month--at the bottom of the page--to see which new restaurant came out on top in 2007.

Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920), a very sophisticated yet understated eatery in the West Loop, has been leading since day one. Do you agree? Or not? Do you think Table 52, The Gage, Tavern at the Park or Room 21 are better? Or do you think I'm totally off base with any of these choices? Join in on the fun. There's only 11 more days to go.

Deal of the day . . .

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I love my Chicago pizza, but there's something about this scruffy New York-style pizza spot that makes my mouth water.

Santullo's (1943 W. North Ave., 773-227-7960) is no-frills, with blaring rock music, hardwood booths, cafeteria-style seating and punk rock looking staffers who act like they don't care but crank out one mean pie.

They're known for their generous slices, which are served until 5am on Saturdays, but during the week you can get cheese, pepperoni or sausage for only $2. That's Monday-Friday 4-6pm. Order a glass of beer or wine, and you're good to go.