The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

The Friday Buffet

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jun 6, 2008 4:33PM


  • This is wheat ale weather, people. This evening from 6-9 p.m. at West Lakeview Liquors, Kalamazoo Brewing Company (popularly known as Bell's) will be tasting out the amber, wheat and hop solution brands.

  • The Lincoln Park Young Professionals will do their best to tie status symbols together this evening with their summer wine festival at Howard Orloff Imports (1924 N. Paulina). Cost for the $35 per person event will grant you access to samples from fifty wineries, plus cocktails from Skyy vodka (official vodka sponsor of the "Sex and the City" movie) and a margarita bar. Or just have a beer and shot at Marie's Riptide, instead.

  • BBQ season is here. The Chopping Block's Lincoln Square location (4747 N. Lincoln Ave.) is conducting a class in Hawaiian Luaus tomorrow from 7-9:30 p.m. Learn to make Mango and Shrimp Summer Rolls; Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Volcano Spiced Pineapple Relish; Coconut Rice; and Passion Fruit Chiffon. Cost for the class is $40 and reservations are required.

  • Not to be outdone, girlfriends basking in that "Sex and the City" glow can learn to prepare appetizers and other noshes for their own little "Girls Night" summer cocktail party Saturday at the Chopping Block's Merchandise Mart location (Suite 107). The class also costs $40 and runs from 6-8:30 p.m.

  • Back of the Yards residents will be crawling all over 47th Street between Ashland and Damen for their annual Fiesta tomorrow and Sunday.

  • One of the highlights of Printer's Row Book Fair is the Tribune's "Good Eating" stage. Demos and classes will happen tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A full schedule can be viewed here (PDF)

  • Lush Wine and Spirits University Village location just moved to 1257 S. Halsted, where they have an outdoor patio where customers can BYOF. Their Monday "School of Lush" series will focus on wine and restaurants: how to choose the right one for a BYOB establishment and make a good decision from a list. The seminar runs from 7-9 p.m. and costs $50.

  • In Fine Spirits (5418 N. Clark) is hosting an absinthe seminar Tuesday from 7:30-9 p.m. with guest lecturer Sonja Kassebaum of North Shore Distillery. In addition to North Shore's new Sirène Absinthe Verte, Kassebaum will fashion cocktails using Kübler Swiss Absinthe Superieure and St. George Spirits’ Absinthe Verte. Reservations are required as seating is limited.

  • The American Institute of Wine and Food's "Pinot in the Park II" will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Park Grill. Cost is $30 for AIWF members; $35 all others.

  • Out in Roselle, Lynfred Winery is bringing back their Creole Shrimp boil Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. They're breaking out all the stops: a dixieland jazz band, shrimp and sides and wines from Lynfred, all in their cellar. Cost is $70 for Lynfred wine club members; $80 everyone else.