Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Star chefs back for Green City Market BBQ fest


So, before you get all burned out on barbecue, I wanted to leave you with a massive 'Q party taking place in a couple of weeks.

The Chefs' Summer BBQ Festival happens again at Green City Market, and more than 50 of the city's top culinary kings and queens will participate—of course using Green Market foods.

Big names include "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard, Heather Terhune (Atwood Cafe), Kendal Duque (Sepia), Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo), Christophe David (NoMI), Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), Paul Kahan (Blackbird) and Koren Grieveson (Avec).

You'll get to chug Goose Island beer and root beer, as well as sip sangria and wines from August Hill Winery as you nod your head to live music. All contributions support Green City Market. 6-8pm Thursday, July 17. $50 in advance; $60 at gate; an additional $100 gets you a reserved table, linens and 10 chairs.

Purchase tickets here soon because last year more than 1,000 folks turned out!

House of Blues takes a 'hit'


From an Ultimate Insider on former Wu Tang Clan member Rza's canceled concert last night at the House of Blues:

"Hip-hop extraordinaire, Rza, formerly of Wu Tang Clan, was scheduled to perform at the House of Blues after the openers. The House of Blues then had to evacuate concert goers before Rza was set to come on stage, due to a fire in the coat check! There are rumors that it could have been a fire from someone smoking weed! The concert goers will get reimbursed, but they never got to see the artist perform unless they attended the Official Rza Concert After Party at Rednofive.

Rza and his crew arrived at Rednofive shortly after the show was canceled and sat in the VIP section and sipped on Belvedere cocktails after taking photos on the red carpet in front. . . . . Rza, dressed in an olive green t-shirt, head band and sunglasses, later took the mic and performed for over half an hour here and there. The crowd went nuts and those that never got to see him perform at HOB were content."

Weed smoking?! Really?!

Hot Diggity Dog, we're No. 1!


The Stew gleefully reports that the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council named Wrigley Field as serving the favorite Major League Baseball stadium hot dog in the country.

The park offers Best Kosher and Ball Park Franks hot dogs steamed, boiled and grilled with toppings ranging from grilled onions to the classic Chicago condiments.

If baseball's not your thing, check out my recommendations for hot dogs around town: America's Dog, Hot Doug's and Rock Star Dogs.

A Star Spangled Scene


With so much stuff going on this holiday weekend, I'm not going to overwhelm you, so here's The List for my top best bets:


If you're planning a BBQ this weekend and need tips, head to the Green City Market for a demo by chef Kurt Chenier of Bonsoiree. That happens at 10:30am, but the market is open 7:30am-1:30pm for locally grown and sustainable produce. Free.

A Special Benefit for the Troops, taking place at Manor, honors those fighting for us in Iraq. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Heroes Foundation. 9-10pm cocktail reception. 9pm-2am. $10 donation.

The Made in the USA Sparkling Wine Festival at Pops for Champagne gives props to 15 of the country's top sippers, with tasting glass portions beginning at $6. Guests can enjoy wine from Domaine Carneros, Mumm Cuvee Napa, Roederer Estate and Schramsberg. Executive Chef Andrew Brochu is also whipping up Baby Back Ribs with peach barbecue sauce and coleslaw. 3pm-2am.


Godfather of House Music Frankie Knuckles performs during his annual holiday party, The Gift, this time happening at Green Dolphin Street. Thank god it's here because his parties get steaming hot and GDS's outdoor patio is the perfect spot to cool off. 9pm-4am. Free.

Hot new River North eatery and lounge Hub 51 hosts a benefit for Starlight Midwest, which assists seriously ill children. $30 gets you an open bar all night long. Doors open at 10pm.


It's time for the 8th Annual 4th of July DayRa Sunset Boat Party, hosted by Music 101 and Miguel Castro. Entertainment includes deejay Lady D, a live performance by FFM and fireworks on Navy Pier. Ticket includes three hours of premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, transportation to and from the boat, and complimentary admission to Lumen for the after party. Guests must meet at Lumen between 5-7pm for bus transportation. $75 in advance; $95 the day of the event.

Super hot actor/model Boris Kodjoe hosts a holiday party and fashion show at Joe's. The event also includes a performance by legendary New York deejay Kid Capri. 9pm-4am. $20 and up.


All week long, hip Wicker Park sushi lounge Blu Coral is offering red, white and blue sushi and drink specials. We're especially lovin' the Star Spangled Special of Alaskan, Unagi and exotic crunch signature makis and three pieces of oven-baked sake for $30.


Reservations are still available at Singha's, the city's only authentic Brazilian brunch. Guests may settle in the lower-level dining room or on the spacious outdoor patio and indulge in homestyle Brazilian delights made all on premises. There's also a Brazilian Carnival show with dancers in traditional costumes and an Argentine Tango performance. 2-6pm. $30 for all you can eat.

And cheer on our Chicago Machine lacrosse team—who just won against Denver on Sunday!—as they take on the Los Angeles Riptide. Game starts at 3:30pm at Toyota Park (7100 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview), but they've set it up so you can take a "booze cruiser" from Duffy's Tavern that includes food and beer. Bus leaves Duffy's at 2:30. $25.