Draft Room debuts
On Saturday, Nov. 18, Kings Dining & Entertainment at Rosemont's MB Financial Park welcomes the opening of the new evolved sports bar The Draft Room. Kings completely remodeled its restaurant section into this new venue that includes three 14-foot HD LED display panels showing sporting events such as NFL Sunday Ticket, a 40-beer tap running along the new 75-foot-long bar, handcrafted cocktails and made-from-scratch cuisine. In warmer months, three garage doors will open to an expanded beer garden-style patio. All ages are welcome until 10 p.m. daily, when the venue will transform into a 21-and-over facility, with live DJs every Friday and Saturday. Hours for Kings are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The Draft Room is at 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 233-0099 or kingsbowlamerica.com/rosemont/promotions/the-draft-room.
Learn French cooking
Channel your inner Julia Child at a French Classics Cooking class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18, at Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook. Learn how to make salmon rillettes, crispy duck confit with braised red cabbage and gala apples, and for dessert, pumpkin butter crepes with apple cider bourbon sauce, vanilla ice cream and candied pecans. Each course will be paired with boutique French wines. Participants will receive a recipe booklet to take home. The class costs $55, plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations at (630) 472-1900. Mon Ami Gabi is at 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/home/?loc=oakbrook.
Tequila dinner at Sammy's
What better way to learn about the history of tequila and how it's made than a tequila dinner? Sammy's Mexican Grill & Bar is set to host a four-course Patron tequila dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. The chef at Sammy's will introduce each course and explain how he created the dishes to fit the characteristics of the cocktails. Three mixed cocktails and three shots of tequila are included in the $70 dinner (tax and gratuity inclusive). Reservations are required as there are only 30 spots available. There is a $20 deposit required to hold a spot. Sammy's Mexican Grill & Bar is at 1354 Lake St., Roselle, (847) 764-8181 or sammysmexicangrillandbar.com/.
Old Town turns 4
Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook celebrates its fourth anniversary and Black Wednesday by giving patrons exclusive access to Goose Island's limited edition Bourbon County series starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The bar will tap Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine and Bourbon County Proprietor two days before the brewery officially releases them to the public Friday, Nov. 24. These barrel-aged beers are available at Old Town Pour House in 6-ounce pours for $10 each, as long as supplies last. Old Town Pour House is at 8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 601-1440 or oldtownpourhouse.com/oakbrook/.
Black Wednesday deals at Tuscany
• Tuscany in Oak Brook honors Black Wednesday, Nov. 22, with half-off wines by the glass and bottles (no reserve). Take a break from Black Friday shopping with complimentary appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. The restaurant is at 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 990-1993 or tuscanychicago.com/location/oak-brook/.
• Tuscany in Wheeling kicks off Black Wednesday, Nov. 22, with a half-price food happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with purchase of a beverage. Orders must be placed before 6 p.m. There's a $5 plate sharing fee, no exceptions, no substitutions. Tuscany Wheeling is at 550 S. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, (847) 465-9988 or tuscanychicago.com/location/wheeling/.
Tokio Pub's shopping deal
Now through Jan. 1, Tokio Pub will give diners a break when they shop at the neighboring Streets of Woodfield stores and Woodfield Mall. Diners who show their receipt will receive 25 percent off their food and beverage total. Restrictions apply: Receipt must be from a neighboring store and same-day shopping. This offer is not valid during Happy Hour or toward menu items at neighboring Shaw's Crab House. One discount per table. Not valid for tax, gratuity or frequent diner points. Tokio Pub is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com/.
Dessert for a cause
November is National Adoption Month, and Gene & Georgetti locations in Rosemont and Chicago are supporting local nonprofit Hephzibah Children's Association by donating a portion of the proceeds from dessert sales during November. Enjoy desserts such as tiramisu, spumoni, chocolate tuxedo mousse cake and Italian lemon crème layer cake while helping Hephzibah's Group Homes, which provide a nurturing environment for children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, multiple foster care placements or failed adoptions. Gene & Georgetti is at 9241 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 653-3300, and 500 N. Franklin St., Chicago, (312) 527-3718. geneandgeorgetti.com/.