Monday, January 28, 2008

It costs $10,000 for this memorable V-Day package


Got an extra $10,000?

If you do, then now is the time to burn it on something you'll never forget. One of my favorite romantic hideaways, Le Colonial (937 N. Rush St., 312-255-0088), is giving one—and only one—couple the chance to experience the Shoot for the Moon package.

What do you get for that hefty $10,000 price tag?! Well, let's see. Exclusive use of the restaurant's fabulous enclosed terrace (which feels like you're in another world when you're the only ones out there!). A customized menu designed by Executive Chef Chan Le. A personalized florist, harpist and limo that whisks you away to a luxurious hotel suite after dinner. Hey, if you've got it like that, then why not? And if you've got it like that, and you don't want to go, then can I borrow $10,000?!

Seriously, call 312-255-0088 for more info.

New industry night kicks off . . .get those forks ready!

Already infamous Lincoln Park night spot Filthy Libertine (1615 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-654-1782), which quietly opened earlier this month, hosts a new Monday night industry event aiming to beat all the rest, says Time Out Chicago. It kicks off on Feb. 4 with "Top Chef" runner-up Dale Levinski. In coming weeks, look for Carrie and Michael Nahabedian (Naha), pastry chef Mary McMahon as well as Timothy and Elizabeth Dahl (Blackbird, BOKA respectively) to take over the kitchen.

Best biz places to chow down

If you're home later tonight, try to check out my girl LeeAnn Trotter, the entertainment reporter for NBC-5. She's doing a roundup on the 10pm news of the best spots to dine for business dinners. I can tell you that I know at least one place on the list: one of my favorite spots with one of the best chefs in the city, David Burke's Primehouse (616 N Rush St., 312-660-6000), with executive chef Rick Gresh at the helm.

Deal of the day . . .

(Photo: Le Bouchon)

One of the best things about Le Bouchon (1958 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-6600) in Bucktown? The cult French fave offers a daily three-course special for only $22. Diners choose from a choice of French onion soup or salad Lyonnaise (greens with lardons, croƻtons and poached egg); steak grille maitre d'hotel (grilled steak with house butter and housemade fries) or poulet aux grains avec sa gousse d'all (free-range chicken with garlic cloves, thyme and potato galette); and dessert. With prices that low, you can certainly get a nice bottle or two of vino.