Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September To Remember: Allium's All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken, 'Green Tie Ball,' & More

Yowsa! A basket of Allium's all-you-can-eat buttermilk fried chicken deal. (Photo: Allium)

Just when you thought the coast was clear and all that awesome eating you did over the Labor Day weekend was a thing of the past, this happens.

In time to fete fall's return, Allium re-introduces its weekly all-you-can-eat buttermilk fried chicken special. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, Executive Chef Kevin Hickey brings back his yardbird special that comes with a wedge salad, sweet corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuit. Dessert is house-made peach pie with blueberry ice cream. It's $38 per person during lunch and dinner every Tuesday throughout September. Get it while it's hot!

Three Aces' chef Matt Troost (left) and his crew at Chicago Gourmet's annual Hamburger Hop in 2012. (Photo: Illinois Restaurant Association)

Also back is the annual Green Tie Ball. Top local eateries such as Siena Tavern, Lockwood, Mercadito, Jellyfish and Tavernita will be serving signature bites in the midst of a whimsical Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory theme. The party happens at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at A. Finkl & Sons (2011 N. Southport Ave.). Rap star Lupe Fiasco deejays.

The 17th-annual Hideout Block Party happens Sept. 6-7 and County Barbeque will be serving up some tasty vittles. Chefs Erick Williams and Michael Kornick will be bringing the flavor of the Little Italy newcomer to one of the city's top music festivals of the season. Headliners include Mavis Staples, Jon Langford and The Walkmen.

Over at 2 Sparrows, Executive Chef Greg Ellis is whipping up a signature sandwich for the season that everyone can enjoy. The Heirloom Tomato Po' Boy features tomatoes three ways: fried green tomatoes, oven-roasted tomatoes and a yellow tomato jam on a baguette.

The sixth-annual Chicago Gourmet showcases local, national and international culinary talent during a three-day period in Millennium Park. Attendees will indulge in the Hamburger Hop, plus tastings by more than 150 local chefs as well as vintners, spirits and craft beers from around the globe. Sept. 27-29.

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