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Your Friday Food Buffet

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Feb 23, 2007 7:25PM

As we at Chicagoist ponder whether or not to add "sketchy-ass hot dogs", foie gras, and the 46th Ward to "hating on the Amish" and Macy Fields as retired subject matter, we start off this week's edition of "Your Friday Food Buffet" with, well, foie gras hot dogs. We also have a photo that should even pass reader Marilyn's sensitive eyes. That is, unless she's in favor of Prohibition.

We'd Rather Help Doug Sohn Break The Law: Glenview-based hot dog stand Fredhots and Fries is jumping on the foie gras hot dog bandwagon, serving up a "legal in the suburbs" duck and foie gras sausage. The waterfowl tubesteak, served on a sausage roll with caramelized onions, honey mustard, and an extra shmear of foie gras, runs for $8.50. It might be just us, but the phrase "legal in the suburbs" never makes anything more appealing. Except possibly Blue Nun-fueled key parties.

2007_02_312wager.jpgWhat Happens When Mayor Daley Gambles With Others' Money: There are some things Indianapolis has over Chicago, like hosting a better midnight bike ride and fielding a better professional football team. 'Course, that didn't stop Mayor Daley from betting Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson on the outcome of the Super Bowl, enlisting in donations from over 40 area businesses. Perhaps if the bet were paid out of his own pocket, His Elective Majesty would have thought twice about making the bet. Regardless, one of those businesses, Goose Island Beer Company honored their portion of the bet with a statement. They shipped 41 cases of 312 Urban Wheat ale to Mayor Peterson. He, in turn, donated the beer to the Indianapolis "Blue Crew" - the official Colts fan club, who plan to get absolutely pissed on it this weekend. If it'll make Peyton Manning's forehead look smaller, drink up, Blue Crew.

Y'know, Mayor Daley would have hoarded his winnings like TIF money.

It's Not Over Until We Decide It Is: Still can't bring yourself to cut that Marshall Field's or Carson Pirie Scott credit card? Then take it to Italian Village, where you'll get ten percent off your meal (including wine and liquor) just by showing it to your server. The offer runs through the end of the month.

Kafka, Chocolate, and Nights Spent with Schopenhauer: It's over a month away, but it's worth mentioning because it's for a very good cause. Kafka Wine Company is hosting a wine and chocolate tasting on March 29 to benefit ChildServ, a non-profit organization that services and programs to at-risk children and their families. The $45 cost includes unlimited wine and chocolate and entry to win a gift basket, complete with tickets to see Chicago's major-league baseball team. This will sell out, so if you're interested, please RSVP to (773) 867-7360.

Wings Around Lincoln Park: The eighth annual Wing Fest is this Sunday at Plumber's Hall, 1340 W. Washington. The event, hosted by WXRT's Lin Brehmer, will feature buffalo wings from 21 different bars and restaurants, with judging in four different categories, including a "best of fest", and proceeds to benefit area charities. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (312) 664-6656, extension 124. Wing Fest begins at 1 p.m.

Just give the "best of fest" award to Wings Around the World and enjoy the fest.