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Dining events: Fire up the grill at Saranello's

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Grilling at Saranello's

Join Saranello's grilling parties from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday. The unlimited buffet-style meal includes Sicilian spiced chicken, homemade sausages and black angus steaks and sides of asparagus and Parmesan salad, tomato with hand-pulled mozzarella, potato salad and grilled crostini with house-made spreads. $25 per person. Reservations recommended.

Saranello's is at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. (847) 777-6878 or

Lagunitas beer dinner comes to Wildfire

Lagunitas Brewing Company snuggles up with Wildfire for a beer dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. The five-course meal includes grilled Asian-style wild salmon, spicy barbecue grilled pork tenderloin and more. Beer pairings include the Languitas Censored Rich Copper Ale and the Langunitas Hop Stoopid Ale. $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Wildfire is at 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. (630) 586-9000 or

Atwater's afternoon tea

Sit down for a lovely afternoon tea at Atwater's. The restaurant offers seatings at 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. The $22 option includes a selection of gourmet teas, finger sandwiches, pastries, miniature scones and sweet breads and petits fours. For $26 enjoy all that plus a selection of quiches and warm dark molten cake.

Atwater's in the Herrington Inn and Spa, 15 S. River Lane, Geneva. (630) 208-7433 or

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