Dining out: Movement & Mimosas at Maggiano's, National Sandwich Day & more
Movement & Mimosas
Yes, you read correctly. It's time for some yoga before indulging in a light brunch and mimosas Saturday, Nov. 3, at Maggiano's in Schaumburg. Stretch and flow (bring your own yoga mat) starting at 9 a.m. It's $35; tickets are available at eventbrite.com/.
Maggiano's Little Italy is at 1901 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, (847) 240-5600 or maggianos.com/.
National Sandwich Day
Fry the Coop in Elmhurst and Oak Lawn know a thing or two about sandwiches, which is good because National Sandwich Day is Saturday, Nov. 3. Choose from options such as the Nashville fried chicken sandwich ($8.50), the spicy butter fried chicken sandwich ($8), the doughnut fried chicken sandwich ($8) and the chicken and cheese sandwich ($9).
Fry the Coop is at 623 W. North Ave., Elmhurst, (630) 359-5223, and 5128 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, (708) 576-8645. frythecoop.com/.
Dessert for good
During November, enjoy desserts such as tiramisu, spumoni, chocolate tuxedo mousse cake and Italian lemon crème layer cake at both locations of Gene & Georgetti and know that you're helping others at the same time. The restaurants are supporting the local nonprofit Hephzibah Children's Association during National Adoption Month by donating a portion of proceeds from dessert sales to the organization.
Gene & Georgetti is at 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 653-3300, and 500 N. Franklin St., Chicago, (312) 527-3718, geneandgeorgetti.com/.
Bears & burgers
Watch the Chicago Bears take on the Buffalo Bills at noon Sunday at Harry Caray's in Lombard. And while you're there, enjoy half off the build-your-own Holy Cow! Burger Bar during the game. The deal is only available during Bears games in the bar.
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse is at 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 953-3400 or harrycarays.com/.
Werkforce Beer Dinner
Niche takes the work out of pairing beer with your meal during its Werkforce Beer Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The $65 event includes a passing course of potato chips and caviar paired with Ol' Pile American Lager and a first course of seared foie gras paired with Black Currant Cognitive Dissonance fruited saison. Second course features escolar crudo with Brain Haze New England IPA and tallow "braised" rib-eye paired with Farmhouse Vultures, a blend of saisons aged in cabernet and chardonnay barrels. Dessert is fresh fig frangipane with What the Fig (a Niche Collaboration Dubbel). Reservations are required.
Niche is at 14 S. Third St., Geneva, (630) 262-1000 or nichegeneva.com/.
Toasting for a Cause
Catch 35 is partnering with Loaves & Fishes for the food and wine tasting Toasting for a Cause event from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Dinner includes a reception of chicken liver pâté paired with Bethel Heights, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2015, before moving on to the first course of roasted butternut squash salad and J Moreau & Fils, Chablis, France, 2015. Second course features grilled Georges Bank scallops and Miner, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2016. Next up is dry-aged New York Strip paired with Hall, cabernet sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2015. Finish with crème brûlée and Chappellet, Mountain Cuvee, St. Helena, California, 2016. Tickets cost $150, $90 of which goes directly to Loaves and Fishes to fund essential services like food, homeless prevention and utilities to help struggling families, seniors and children. Reservations are required.
Catch 35 is at 35 S. Washington St., Naperville, (630) 717-3500, catch35.com/ or interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E135788&id=39.
Gluten-Free Wine Dinner
Attention all gluten-free diners: Wildfire in Oak Brook is hosting its ninth annual Gluten-Free Wine Dinner, with optional wine pairings, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Resident gluten-free expert Ruth Hayden will discuss the five-course gluten-free menu. The menu includes salmon tartare on baked potato chips paired with Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc '17; Little Gem Salad with Mirabeau Rosé '17; homemade ricotta gnocchi with chicken meatballs with La Crema Pinot Noir '14; Steak & Cake (filet mignon and lump crabcake) with Ferrari-Carano Siena '15; and flourless chocolate mousse torte with coffee or hot tea. It's $65 without wine pairings and $85 with wine pairings. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Reservations are required.
Wildfire is at 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000 or wildfirerestaurant.com/oak-brook/.
Le Francais Retrospective Dinner
Six chefs are coming together to pay homage to the former French restaurant Le Francais in Wheeling with a Retrospective Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Restaurant Michael. Chef Michael Lachowicz (George Trois and Restaurant Michael), chef Patrick Chabert (20 year Chef-de-Cuisine at Le Francais), chef Roland Liccioni (Les Nomades), Christopher Koetke (saucier at Le Francais; Dean of Culinary Education at Kendall College), chef Mark Grosz (Oceanique) and chef Matt McMillin (Cooper's Hawk Restaurants) have devised a five-course dinner featuring inspirations from the Le Francais kitchen for $150. The menu includes Cooper's Hawk Sparkling and passed "Le Francais" canapes; double duck consommé; turban of Dover sole with scallop and crayfish mousseline champagne sauce; veal and truffle mousse en croute; duo of petite soufflé Grand Marnier and petite chocolate-hazelnut dacquoise; and petite fours and coffee. A $60 wine flight featuring Grand Cru wines can be added to the dinner. Seatings begin at 6 p.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. Reservations accepted by phone only.
Restaurant Michael is at 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/.
Good Heavens dinner
Reach for the sky at Santo Cielo's Good Heavens dinner series starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Featuring the Frank Family Vineyards, the dinner at this newer upscale Naperville restaurant will include five courses paired with five wines for $89. Reservations are required.
Santo Cielo is at 123 Water St., Suite 509, Naperville, (630) 323-0700 or stcielo.com/.
Lurie's Chipotle fundraiser
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Chipotle Mexican Grills in the Chicago area will give 50 percent of all sales to Lurie Children's Hospital. Mention the fundraiser for lunch or dinner that day and help the children's hospital at the same time. Sounds like a win-win.
Chipotle Mexican Grills are located throughout the Chicago area. chipotle.com/.
'Dinner With Friends'
CityGate Grille in Naperville is partnering with Little Friends to kick off its 2018 Holiday Giving Tree program starting with Dinner With Friends from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Diners can order from CityGate Grille's dinner menu while Little Friends celebrity servers work the room, with the support of CityGate Grille staff. All gratuities collected during the event will go to this year's Giving Tree holiday meal and gift program. Sales from the $20 signature drink "Got a Crush on Blue," which was created exclusively for this event, will go directly to Little Friends Giving Tree program. Entertainment will be provided by local artists Conor and Ryan Ashe. Reservations are required.
CityGate Grille is at 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010 or citygategrille.com/.
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