Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Sneeky 'Top Chef' party and more
Be one of the first people in the country to see tonight's "Top Chef" episode at Jake Melnicks Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St., 312-266-0400) during the Top Chef Gala Sneek Preview. The party benefits Meals on Wheels Chicago's annual Celebrity Chef Gala, which happens this fall.
Apparently, the producers from "Top Chef" taped an episode at last year's event and sent an advance DVD copy to the Meals on Wheels folks. Sooooo, they're going to take advantage of the situation and show it a few hours ahead. Enjoy the episode and root for local homegirl Stephanie Izard as you chow down on complimentary appetizers and drink booze courtesy of Beam Liquors. 6-9pm. $15.
Also going down tonight is the He Said Beer, She Said Wine booksigning and tasting event at Lush Wine and Spirits (1306 S. Halsted St., 312-738-1900). Dogfish Head brewmaster Sam Calagione and Marnie Old, the director of wine studies at NYC French Culinary Institute, square off as they promote their new book "He Said Beer, She Said Wine," and Lush pits beer against wine with food pairings. Space limited; event free. 7-9pm.
And indulge in the $23 five-course tasting menu at Swirl Wine Bar (111 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-9000). Executive Chef Luis Sanchez whips up different dishes using seasonal ingredients every week. Two guests minimum per table. Also happening every Wednesday at Swirl is Wine & Shes, as groups of female patrons are treated to a complimentary platter of cheese when they order a bottle of wine. One cheese plate per bottle.