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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for October 1st, 2013

October 1st, 2013

Today marks the start of October! This month is a special one as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Several Chicago area restaurants are having specials with a part of the proceeds benefiting breast cancer research! Read on to find out the details!

Oktoberfest Celebration and “Pink” Flatbread at Wickets

Wickets Drinks

Wickets is bringing the festive German celebration of Oktoberfest to life this month! Chef George Garcia is celebrating all things beer and Bavarian and has crafted a hearty menu to showcase unique and festive dishes like German potato salad, sauerkraut and more. Behind the bar, Wickets will be tapping Sam Adams Vienna Lager style beer for a taste of the Munich festival right in Schaumburg. The Oktoberfest menu includes: Wild Mushroom Crostinis (trio of wild mushroom crostinis in a sherry cream sauce), Beer Braised Bratwurst (served on a roll with sauerkraut and a side of German potato salad), Pork Loin (cider glazed pork loin served with apples, onions and sauerkraut) and Sam Adams Boston Lager ($4). The menu will be available from September 30th through October 6th for lunch and dinner. Menu items range from $4 to $17. Reservations are not required and complimentary parking is available.

Wickets is also kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with good food and sports! During the month of October, the restaurant will offer a ‘pink’ flatbread ($9) hand-formed by Chef Garcia, topped with roasted tomatoes, ricotta cheese and basil. A portion of the proceeds from these brick oven pizzas will benefit the Palatine-based breast cancer education organization, Wellness Place. In addition, while the NFL is honoring the month with pink uniforms, Wickets will be offering a ‘pink’ raffle during each Chicago Bears game on October 6, 10 and 20. Guests at the restaurant those three days will receive a raffle ticket for each drink purchased for a chance to win various pink Bears apparel, footballs and more! The winners will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook. For more information, call 847-619-1400.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for September 27th, 2013

September 27th, 2013

September is nearly over, but summer still lives on for a few more days at some Chicago restaurants! Read on catch some summer specials before they’re gone!

Complimentary Flatbread at Wickets Bar and Grill

Wickets Flatbread

Wickets Bar and Grill is just minutes away from the Arlington Park race track! Horse racing season ends September 30th, but guests who dine at Wickets before or after a day at the Park will receive a complimentary flatbread upon showing their ticket to their server. Guests can ‘eat like a horse’ as they choose from the six crispy, brick oven flatbreads. Flatbreads include favorites like Bacon with Grilled Onions, Tomato and fresh Basil or Papaya, Brie and Caramelized Red Onion. The complimentary flatbreads are available any time of day. Your horse may not always take gold, but at Wickets, you’ll always be a winner! For more information or reservations, call 847-619-1400.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for September 13th, 2013

September 13th, 2013

The weather is getting cooler but things are heating up in today’s QuickNews on the Yumblog! Check out some spicy brunch at High Noon Saloon, salsa dancing at Nacional 27 and more! Read on for the details!

Tex-Mex Brunch at High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon in Wicker Park is open for weekend brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Executive Chef Ruben Beltran offers Tex-Mex-inspired breakfast fare, including: chilaquiles, breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, huevos benedictos and french (meets Texas) toast. Brunch dishes may be enjoyed a la carte, for for $25, guests will receive one entree along with mimosas, bloody marys and Miller Lite draughts. Beltran’s regular menu will also be available during lunch. In addition to bourbon cocktails, margaritas and local craft beers, High Noon Saloon’s brunch cocktails include strawberry and mango mimosas, bacon bloody marys, bloody marias and “cerveza specialties” (beermosas, micheladas and celadas). Call 773-227-9339 for more information.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for August 30th, 2013

August 30th, 2013

Hey, it’s Labor Day Weekend! Check out today’s QuickNews on the Yumblog for some delicious plans, just in case you don’t have any made yet! Dine on a patriotic menu while giving back, take in some burlesque and BBQ, wake up to some brunch and much more! Read on for the details!

American Junkie’s “Proud to Be an American” Menu

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American Junkie invites diners across Chicago this Labor Day weekend to feast their way through the long holiday weekend while giving back to a foundation that provides support for individuals with paralysis and helps prevent spinal cord injuries! Executive Chef Kendal Duque has crafted an all-American three-course prix fixe “Proud to Be an American” menu featuring some of the country’s most beloved eats. Included in the menu, guests can sip on their choice of selected beverages from American’s Junkie popular specialty cocktails to a variety of American draft beer. $5 from every “Proud to Be an American” menu ordered through Labor Day Weekend will be donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. This organization helps raise awareness and supports research for a cure to those affected with spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

The menu includes dishes like Truffled Deviled Eggs, Wild Boar Dog, Duque Burger, Half Rack of Ribs, Apple Pie and more! Beverages include Draft Beer, House Wine, Prosecco, Skyy Vodka, Cointreau and more. The menu is $35, with $5 being donated back to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation! The menu will be available tonight until Monday, September 2nd. Call 312-239-0995 for reservations or more information!

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for August 16th, 2013

August 16th, 2013

We’re a little over halfway through the month of August and nearing the close of summer, but we’ve still got plenty of tasty summer events for the foodie in you! Check out today’s QuickNews on the Yumblog for a wine dinner, cooking classes, brunch specials, BBQ and more!

Pinstripes Wine Dinner

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Pinstripes will host an exceptional four-course dinner with five perfectly paired wines today, Friday, August 16th at the Oak Brook and South Barrington locations, and then at the Northbrook location on Friday, August 23rd. A wine representative will be on hand to educate guests throughout the evening. The menu will feature Avocado Caprese, Baked Clams Casino, Italian Meatball Salad, Florentine Style Stuffed Pork Chop and Zabaione & Berries. The cost for the dinner is $60 per person (inclusive) and can be purchased at the front desk. Seats are limited, so reserve yours today by calling 847-844-9300 (South Barrington), 630-575-8700 (Oak Brook) and 847-480-2323 (Northbrook).

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for August 5th, 2013

August 5th, 2013

Are you ready for another tasty edition of restaurant QuickNews on the Yumblog? This week includes an oyster festival, a special farmer’s market menu, a free shuttle to the Taylor Swift concert, a bartender showdown and hotdogs! Read on to find out the delectable details!

Festival of Oysters at Tavern on Rush

Tavern on Rush Oysters

Tavern on Rush is hosting a Festival of Oysters! The event runs through today. Guests can indulge in an array of $1 freshly shucked oysters from the east coast, including Chesapeake Bay Oysters! Guests will also indulge in $1 oysters that are prepared Louisiana style, topped with white wine, bacon, breadcrumbs, creole spice and parsley and then grilled on the half shell. There is no cover charge. Call 312-664-9600 for more information or reservations.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for July 25th, 2013

July 25th, 2013

Love chicken wings? Then next week is the week for you! National Chicken Wing day is Monday, July 29th! Check out some restaurants with wing specials in today’s QuickNews, as well as a few other Chicago restaurant news bites!

National Chicken Wing Day at Bakersfield

Bakersfield Chicken Wings

Bakersfield is celebrating National Chicken Wing Day! Through July 31st, the restaurant will feature their new smoked buffalo wings with housemade bleu cheese dip, paired with an Allagash white draft brew for just $10! Executive Chef Brian Wright’s wings are made with FreeBird chicken, sourced from Bakersfield’s sister-concept, Standard Market. They are brined for 24 hours, seasoned with housemade buffalo spice, smoked over hickory and cedar, then coated with a rice flour batter and flash fried until crispy. The wings are given a second dusting of buffalo spice and are served with celery, hot sauce and house made bleu cheese dip. This delicious pairing will be available at lunch and dinner through July 31st. Call 630-568-3615 for more information or reservations.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for July 15th, 2013

July 15th, 2013

We’re already halfway through the month of July and the weather has definitely heated up! Check out some Chicago area restaurant events in today’s QuickNews, including a grilling class just for the girls!

Two Brothers Beer Dinners at Pinstripes

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Pinstripes is welcoming Two Brothers Brewing Company for three beer dinners in July! The beer creators (from Warrenville, IL) will be pouring their hand-selected brews as Chef Cesar Gutierrez highlights the flavor profiles of the craft beers with a four-course menu specially created for the evening! The menu includes “fresh from the garden” herbs grown in Chef’s organic garden on the patio. Two Brothers brand ambassadors will be on hand to discuss the brewery’s attributes and brewing process. The menu includes items like Deviled Eggs, Beer Battered Asparagus, Outlaw Wedge Salad, Smoked Grilled Chicken and Side Kick & Passion Fruit Infused Sabayon. The dinners will be held at 7:00pm at the following locations: Oakbrook (July 16th), South Barrington (July 16th) and Northbrook (July 23rd). The cost for the event is $50 per person. Reservations can be made by calling your Pinstripes: Oakbrook (630-575-8700), Northbrook (847-480-2323) and South Barrington (847-844-9300).

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for July 3rd, 2013

July 3rd, 2013

The Fourth of July is TOMORROW! Have you made plans yet? If not, check out today’s QuickNews for a few tasty ideas for your holiday weekend!

Hot Dog & Brat Bar at Wickets

Wickets Exterior

Wickets Bar and Grill is putting a fun twist on the traditional Fourth of July cookout with a hot dog and brat topping bar! Guests can choose from a juicy all-American hotdog or bratwurst on a bun and select from 13 toppings, including classic condiments, plus a variety of unique ingredients. This hot dog/brat bar is available tomorrow on the 4th, as well as every Thursday in July afterwards! Condiments include red onions, grilled onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, sport peppers, sauerkraut, relish, chili, cheese sauce, green olives, jalapenos and habanero peppers. In addition, in honor of America’s birthday, guests are invited to sip on Wicket’s special patriotic cocktail: the Fourth Flute! This drink is made with marinated Loco Rum Cherry, Prosecco and Blue Curacao Brittle! For reservations or more information, call 847-619-1400.

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Chicago Area Restaurant QuickNews for June 11th, 2013

June 11th, 2013

It’s that time again! QuickNews on the Yumblog! Check out today’s QuickNews for some delicious Father’s Day ideas and specials, as well as some events at West Town Tavern! Read on for the details!

Free Cookies and Recipe Demonstration at West Town Tavern

West Town Tavern

Tomorrow, June 12th, West Town Tavern is celebrating “National Peanut Butter Cookie” day by giving you a free cookie from Chef Susan! Also, if you stop by the Green City Market on Saturday, June 15th, you can see Drew and Susan Goss demonstrate savory recipes using rhubarb and strawberries! The demo begins at 10:30am. The cookbook “West Town Tavern: Contemporary Comfort Food” will be on sale as well! Get your copy autographed! Call 312-666-6175 for more information on either of these events.

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