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DINING Big Star brunch, Daisies option, Drumbar cocktails
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-01-08

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—Big Star, 3640 N. Clark St., is now serving brunch. The menu—created by Executive Chef/Partner Paul Kahan and Brand Chef de Cuisine Julie Warpinski—includes items such as chorizo mulas made with house-made corn tortillas, fluffy scrambled eggs, pinto beans, salsa chipotle and queso chihuahua; griddled avocado huarache, a masa cake topped in grilled queso adasero, crema and spicy salsa macha; and others. Bloody Maria and the Jalisco Sunrise are among the cocktails. Visit BigStarChicago.com/wrigleyville.

—Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., has a "FEED ME" option. Daisies is letting guests put their trust in its staff by bringing a variety of seasonal menu highlights, all to be convivially shared by the table. The FEED ME menu is available for dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for $45 per person. Guests can add on beverage pairings for an additional $25 per person. See https://www.daisieschicago.com/.

—Drumbar ( the speakeasy-style bar atop of the Raffaello Hotel Chicago ) has a line-up of hot cocktails. They include ( among others ) the Meyer Lemon Vodka Martini, with Meyer lemon-infused Grey Goose Vodka, Fino sherry, Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina, olive winter citrus and a Frnech aperitif paired together; and an Apple Whiskey Sour, with Very Old Barton bourbon, Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaca, Fuji apple, cardamaro, lemon-fresh orchard fruit with a Bourbon backbone and a touch of Brazilian sugar cane. Also, Drumbar offers happy-hour specials Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. featuring $8 select glasses of wine, $8 signature cocktail of the day and $5 select beers. See https://www.drumbar.com/.

—Kings & Convicts Brewing Co. has announced plans to open its second brewery in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The 48,000-square-foot facility will house a large production brew-house, taproom, restaurant and event space. The taproom will seat 200 people and include a separate event space that will be able to accommodate private parties for groups of up to 225. Kings & Convicts started brewing in Highwood, Illinois, in 2017. See KingsAndConvicts.com .

—Stan's Donuts & Coffee has launched a Rishi Tea partnership. To celebrate the launch, the donut destination is coining Tuesday, Jan. 29, "Tea Party Tuesday." All Stan's guests will receive a free 12-ounce hot tea with a purchase. The new tea menu includes flavors like the lively Black Limon, health-boosting Matcha Super Green and warming Turmeric Ginger, as well as Jasmine Green, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chamomile Medley and Guayusa Cacao. See https://www.facebook.com/events/445755219292785/.

—urbanbelly and Chef Bill Kim will bring back their event, Ramenfest, 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1400 W. Randolph St. This year's participants include chefs from restaurants such as Oriole, Smyth + The Loyalist, Somerset, Aba, Monteverde, Lula Café, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and more. Tickets are $75-$125 each; visit https://ramenfest2019.brownpapertickets.com/.

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