Dining events: It's time for Passover and Easter specials 2017
Saranello's Passover Seder dinner
Saranello's hosts a Passover Seder dinner on Monday and Tuesday with a traditional Seder plate and family-style meal. The menu includes: matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, brisket of beef, Lake Superior whitefish and more. Dine in for $42.95 adults, half price for kids younger than 12. Or take it to go for $39.95. Tax and gratuity not included. Saranello's is at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com.
Red Lobster's lobster lunch
Love lobster? Red Lobster is now serving a lobster lover's lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday starting at $9.99. Entrees include the lobster roll, Maine lobster meat tossed in lemon aioli on a toasted roll with french fries; a half lobster; the langostino pizza, crispy thin-crust pizza topped with Maine and langostino lobster meat, melted mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and sweet basil; or the lobster-topped Caesar salad. Entrees come with soup or salad. Red Lobster has locations throughout the suburbs. RedLobster.com.
Real Urban Barbecue's passover takeout
Real Urban Barbecue serves Passover to-go on Monday or Tuesday. Choose from Passover favorites like the 14-hour smoked and slicked brisket with au jus; sliced smoked Michigan turkey breast; smoked side of Atlantic salmon; fresh salads; homemade matzo balls; sides like glazed baby carrots with raisins, roasted marinated vegetables and rosemary new potatoes; and desserts like the flourless chocolate cake with ganache, chocolate toffee matzo and macaroons. Prices vary by order. Real Urban Barbecue has suburban locations in Vernon Hills, Oak Brook and Highland Park. To order, call (847) 947-6747 or see RealUrbanBBQ.com.
Portillo's fast pack
Portillo's now serves fast packs -- a quick way to serve eight to 24 people with a choice of plain sandwiches and toppings on the side. Sandwich options include: hot dogs, Italian beef and Italian sausages sandwiches served on Italian bread and Portillo's handmade gravy; or hamburger, cheeseburger and charbroiled chicken sandwiches. Add on small or large orders of the chopped salad or Caesar salad and side orders of coleslaw or red potato salad, and finish it off with a whole chocolate cake. Prices vary. Sandwiches are sold in increments of eight. Portillo's has locations throughout suburbs. To order, call (866) YUM-BEEF, see portillos.com or download the Portillo's app.
The Estate's Easter by Gene and Georgetti
The Estate by Gene and Georgetti hosts special Easter seatings throughout Easter Sunday, April 16: brunch seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and dinner seatings at 4 and 6 p.m. Arrive to a complimentary mimosa. Bring the family and pose with the Easter Bunny between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. or hit up the photo booth. Brunch includes an omelette station, a carving station with prime rib, ham and roasted lamb, or try the bloody mary bar. Dinner includes items off the dinner menu, a customized frittata station, and a carving station with prime rib, turkey breast and roasted lamb. $39 adults, $19 kids 11 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. The Estate by Gene and Georgetti is at 9421 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. (847) 653-3302 or geneandgeorgetti.com.
The Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort
The Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort hosts Easter Brunch in the grand ballroom with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 16. The day includes modern farm cuisine, a children's cookie craft area, a complimentary family portrait, a petting zoo and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The menu includes a French crepe station; a seafood display with shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, oysters, crab claws, ceviche, artisan cheese, potato leek souffle, roasted leg of lamb, garlic and rosemary with mint pesto; honey bee cupcakes and more. $46 adults, $15 kids 5-12, free kids 4 and younger. The Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. (630) 850-5555 or oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com.