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DINING Pride Bowl, OPALGA's donuts, Band of Bohemia mocktails
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-05-28

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—All June, Furious Spoon will offer its Pride ramen bowl. For each $16.95 bowl ( with veggie broth, chili-infused noodles, spicy miso, napa cabbage, scallions, corn, sweet-chili shrimp and Fresno chilies ), $2 will be donated to Howard Brown Health.

—OPALGA ( the Oak Park Area Lesbian & Gay Association ) will make and sell donuts at the Oak Park Farmer's market on Saturday, June 8. ( PFLAG will partner with the organization. ) Slots begin at four in the morning, and last through 1:30 p.m. Visit OPALGA.org or email seangus67@gmail.com, or sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daeab22a5f85-donut.

—Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., has new summer mocktails. They include The White Rabbit ( smoked ginger, espresso, herbsaint & buttermilk creme, burnt honey gel ), The Willow Switch ( natural processed coffee sous vide with butter and sunchoke, apple juice, Rothman & winter apricot liqueur ) and The Spruce & Spice ( Espirito Cachasa, Valdespino PX Sherry, pink peppercorn, tarragon, baker's yeast, spruce and Cinnamon Campfire ).

—Chicago's Kumiko was named one of Food & Wine's 10 best new restaurants in the nation. The list of 10 is currently live on foodandwine.com, and, for the first time ever, appears as a ranked list—with Cadence in Philadelphia as this year's number-one restaurant. Kumiko was named number five, after Cadence, Suerte ( Austin, Texas ), Frenchette ( New York City ) and Konbi ( Los Angeles ).

—To celebrate Pride Month, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois will host a Midsommarfest brunch celebration on Sunday, June 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Stone Fox Bar & Restaurant, 5721 N. Clark St. The fee is $45-$55 each; visit http://business.lgbtcc.com/events/details/midsommarfest-brunch-celebration-4105.

—Daisies' second-anniversary party will take place Monday, June 10, 6-8 p.m. at 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave. There will be an all-you-can-eat-pig feast plus plenty of vegetarian options. Tickets are $50, which includes all food and drink, with proceeds benefiting Pilot Light; visit https://www.daisieschicago.com/store/event/daisies-second-anniversary-party/.

—.The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron St., will host its second annual summer solstice celebration Saturday, June 22, at I/O Godfrey, the hotel's year-round rooftop lounge. Cocktails will include the Blueberry Mania Push Pop or the frozen Dragon Berry Mojito. The event is open to the public and begins at noon. Brunch and dinner reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 312-374-1830.

—The 21st Annual Ribfest Chicago will now take place Father's Day weekend, June 14-16. A few of the event's vendors will include City Barbeque, El Campeon, Wrigley BBQ, Porkchop, Famous Dave's and Blowin' Smoque BBQ. Tickets are $10-$50 ( VIP ) each; visit Ribfest-chicago.com .

—Windy City Smokeout will be held July 12-14 at a new location right outside of Chicago's United Center. Hosted by Bub City and Joe's Bar, the event is the first official outdoor music festival to take place at the West Loop arena's 250,000-square-foot parking lot along Madison Street. Some of the country acts slated to perform are Old Dominion, Jessie James Decker, Parker McCollum, LANCO and Muscadine Bloodline.

—The 13th annual Veggie Fest will be in Lisle's Danada South Park on Aug. 10-11. Just a few of the recent additions to the international food court include four styles of vegan omelets, buffalo cauliflower wings ( served with vegan ranch dip ), a Buddha bowl with quinoa and a twist on avocado toast. See VeggieFestChicago.org .

—Jeong, 1460 W. Chicago Ave., has a menu that draws inspiration from traditional Korean ingredients from Chef Dave Park's childhood with his grandparents in Korea. However, one of his desserts borrows something from his childhood that is a little less traditional ( and Japanese ): Hi-Chew. Park crafts a sweet stock using Hi-Chews, and incorporates that into making a pillowy mochi, served with a sorbet made with cloudy Korean rice wine Makgeolli as well as grapefruit segments for some added acidity. The whole dessert is topped with a delicate meringue made using omija or "five-flavor" berries that have five distinct tastes ( sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty ).

—Ina Mae Tavern, 1415 N. Wood St., is now serving 11 specialty Sno-Balls in addition to eight classic New Orleans staple flavors. Specialty flavors include Bywater Boho ( fresh pineapple, cilantro, lime ) and Zulu Ball ( coconut milk with blueberry ) as well as crazy "stuffed" concoctions like Ultimate Peach Cobbler ( Fresh peach combined with sugar, spice and butter stuffed and topped with soft serve, flambeed peaches, whipped cream, cookie crumble and caramel drizzle ) and Sassy Strawberry ( Strawberry Sno-Ball stuffed and topped with soft serve, chocolate dip, caramel drizzle, whipped cream and chocolate-covered strawberry ).

—Half Acre Beer Co., 2050 W. Balmoral Ave., unveiled its newly renovated and expanded beer garden and bocce court at its Balmoral brewery to kick off the Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer. The outdoor bar has 12 taps serving a variety of beer, from the recently released Bodem IPA to Tuna Session IPA. See HalfAcreBeer.com .

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com, or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610 or on Instagram at azygous333.


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