Friday, August 28, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Artisanal Bistro is coming to the 312!


Just when other media outlets had given up hope on whether Terrance Brennan's spiffy NYC bistro Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro & Wine Bar was coming to Chicago, an Ultimate Insider dropped this in the 312DD inbox:

"NYC Artisanal is going in (the former) Brasserie Ruhlmann space. They already started construction."

A call to the Big Apple original confirmed that yes indeed, plans are underway for another location.

An opening date was not confirmed, but we're on the case . . .



Brazilian Independence Day happens on Sept. 7, and to heat up our city during the final stretch of summer, The Drawing Room's hosting a special dinner.

They're going all out down in the sexy subterranean room with a multi-course dinner paired with cachaca-infused cocktails created by award-winning mixologist Charles Joly. And after dinner, guests will be treated to an authentic Capoeira performance by Gingarte Capoeira.

Event happens 7-9pm Sept. 8. $45.

Also, look for Sonotheque's monthly Braziliance bash to amp it up for the special occasion.

Deejay Joe Bryl spins an intoxicating blend of Samba, soul and hip-hop beats to encourage uninhibited dancing all over the space. They've also collaborated with neighboring restaurant Flo for a special Brazilian menu (those dining at Flo get in Sonotheque free).

And of course, they're doing a number of Rio-themed drinks, including Cococabana (coconut rum, splash of Amaretto, Grenadine, pineapple juice with an orange slice), a signature Braziliance Mojito (muddled fresh mint, Maker's Mark bourbon, sugar and lime juice on ice) and the Ipanema Martini (tequila, coconut rum, pineapple juice and sugar).

9pm-2am Sept. 3. Free before 10pm; $5 after.