Dining out: Feed your hunger at Rosemont, Lake County restaurant weeks
Rosemont Restaurant Week
Get your taste buds ready: Rosemont Restaurant Week is here. From Sunday to Sunday, March 4-11, special deals on three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus will be available at 13 restaurants in Rosemont. Participating eateries are: Adobe Gila's, Bub City Rosemont, Five Roses Pub, Fogo de Chão, Gino's East, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, Kings Dining & Entertainment, Liberty Tavern, Moretti's, Morton's Steakhouse, Park Tavern and RAM Restaurant & Brewery. Menus start as low as $11.99 per person. Learn more at rosemontrestaurantweek.com/.
honeygrow is finally making its way to the suburbs with the Friday, March 2, opening of a new location in Schaumburg. The fast-casual restaurant features stir-fry and salad combinations, a build-your-own honeybar (mixed fruit base with toppings and honey drizzles), cold-pressed juices and new spring items. Friday's ribbon-cutting will feature Village President Al Larson at 10:15 a.m. The first 100 customers will eat for free Friday. After that, $5 of every meal sold on Friday is being donated to Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit that provides nutritionally complete meals to malnourished children across the world. honeygrow is at 1741 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 764-8932 or honeygrow.com/.
Iron Chef + Lake County Restaurant Week
Lake County Restaurant Week, which runs Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 11, kicks off with the Sedgebrook Iron Chef Invitational, a cooking competition between the retirement community's executive chef Kira Eggert, Eddie Merlot's executive chef Aric Spiczka and Fleming's chef partner Steve McCarty on Sunday, March 4. During the competition, the executive chef and sous chef will prepare an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. Three judges, including State Rep. Carol Sente, will determine the winner. Lake County Restaurant Week features prix fixe menus and special offers over 10 days at almost 60 restaurants including fine dining, casual, family-friendly, brew pubs, sports bars and more. Sedgebrook is at 800 Audubon Way, Lincolnshire, (847) 876-2151. For details on Lake County Restaurant Week, see visitlakecounty.org/restaurantweek-2018.
Francesca's goes retro
Francesca's turns back the clock for special throwback dinners that include the original 1992 menu with 1992 prices at select restaurants Tuesday, March 6. Menu highlights include mussels in spicy tomato sauce ($8.99), carpaccio tre-colore ($9.99), risotto con funghi ($8.99), lenticchie e spinaci ($5.99), conchiglie alla carrettiera ($10.99), rigatoni alla siciliana ($8.99), ravioli ai spinaci ($10.99) and pollo arrosto alla romana ($12.99). The menu is available Tuesday at Francesca's Tavola, 208 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 394-3950; Francesca's Intimo, 293 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, (847) 735-9235; and Francesca's at the Promenade, 641 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, (630) 739-6300. See miafrancesca.com/.
Kings hails 'The Dude'
In celebration of "The Big Lebowski's" 20th anniversary, Kings Dining and Entertainment in Rosemont is hosting a "Big Lebowski" night starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Guests can show off their best impression of "The Dude" during a costume contest. There will be free bowling for guests who dress as a "Big Lebowski" character and continuous screenings of the movie. Stop by the bar for one of their signature drinks -- and a staple of the film -- the White Russian. Kings is hosting a social media contest that will award $100 in Kings rewards for the best picture posted to social media that night with the "Dude" mural. Kings Dining and Entertainment is at 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 233-0099 or kings-de.com/rosemont.
Fashion show at lunch
Time to start thinking about spring, and Incontro A Tavola in South Barrington is here to help. See the latest in spring fashions from Chico's during a three-course rustic-Italian-inspired luncheon and fashion show starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. Each guest will receive a glass of prosecco during the event. Tickets cost $25. Register at (847) 836-1700. Incontro A Tavola is at 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 836-1700 or incontroatavola.com/.
Sullivan's intros Bar Bites
Sullivan's Steakhouse in Naperville recently launched a new Bar Bites menu that includes creative takes on classic dishes such as filet Wellington bites, tuna poke shooters and truffle steak tartare. Pair the new bites with cocktails like the Fig Rosemary Smash, the Hibiscus Cosmopolitan or a glass of rare whiskey. Sullivan's Steakhouse is at 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/.
New fish dishes at Perry's
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook is adding six new dishes to its seafood menu. The crispy skin wild red snapper ($39.95) is served with chive whipped potatoes and truffle vinaigrette, while the pan seared sea bass ($44.95) comes with creamy corn and red pepper coulis. The everything crusted ahi tuna ($42.95) is served with Asian slaw and ginger tomato fondue. The Atlantic salmon with cauliflower mousse ($36.95) can be prepared one of three ways: grilled with lemon dill butter, grilled with basil sun-dried tomato butter or Moroccan-cured. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is at 5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808 or perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/chicago/oak-brook/.
LongHorn enhances its menu
LongHorn Steakhouse is going bold with its menu update. Recently added items are grilled lamb chops (marinated bone-in lamb chops with a roasted tomato garlic-herb sauce), pork porterhouse topped with garlic-herb butter, El Dorado chicken (grilled chicken breasts topped with house-made pico de gallo), strawberry pecan salad and strawberries and cream shortcake. LongHorn Steakhouse has locations in Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Oswego, Schaumburg and surrounding suburbs. longhornsteakhouse.com/.
Chef Michael Lachowicz of Restaurant Michael and George Trois in Winnetka is teaming up with chef Giuseppe Tentori of The Boka Group for a "Cooking with Michael" series. The duo will host a collaborative dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Restaurant Michael and George Trois. Each chef will create a menu of three courses. Restaurant Michael & George Trois is at 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/.