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Dining news: James Beard weekend; Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-04-28

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—Green City Market, 1817 N. Clark St., will host top chefs from around the country when it opens its 17th season Saturday, May 2. In honor of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, visiting chefs will gather and be joined by Chicago's chef community at Green City Market beginning at 9:30 a.m. Green City Market board members and fellow past James Beard Award winners Sarah Stegner ( Prairie Grass Cafe and co-president of Green City Market board ), Carrie Nahabedian ( Naha and Brindille ) and Bruce Sherman ( North Pond ) are the hosting chefs.

—Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with three days of pre-Cinco festivities. On May 1, 2 and 4, Chef Chico Vilchez will offer several Mexican menu specials, including shrimp and octopus cocktail, jalapenos rellenos, enchiladas and rum flan, along with an array of Casamigos margaritas ( $9 each; available all day ). Call 312-664-2727.

—Downers Grove restaurant Barbakoa will will host a weeklong celebration ( May 1-5 ) for Cinco de Mayo featuring a pig roast, dining and drinking specials, live music from the Sones de Mexico ensemble and other live entertainment. With Mexican and French influences meshed into his dishes, Executive Chef Dudley Nieto has created a prix fixe menu available for $33 per person. Visit ww.Barbakoa.com .

—Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival will take place Saturday, May 2, at Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd. ( The VIP tasting is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with general admission 1-5 p.m. ) There will be flagship wines from more than 50 wineries, and 30 U.S. chefs will prepare Rioja-inspired tapas. There will also be live music, a jamon bar, a cheese cave and more. Visit www.RiojaFest.com .

—Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., will host its fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2. Guests are encouraged to dress in honor of the Derby, as the best hat will be awarded a bottle of Dom Perignon awarded immediately after the race. The restaurant will celebrate all day with special $5 mint juleps.

—In celebration of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, Chicagoans are invited to Millionaire's Row at Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., on May 2. For $60 ( not including tax or gratuity ), guests can cheer on their favorite horse while indulging in Derby-themed specials. Chicago q favorites like bacon cheddar hush puppies, smoked deviled eggs, Benedictine sandwiches, hot browns and pulled pork sliders will be served. Call 312-642-1160.

—Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave., announces the First Annual Kentucky Derby Party, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, on May 2 at 2-6 p.m. Executive Chef Brett Neubauer will create a Southern-inspired gourmet buffet station with dishes including blackstrap ham, bourbon-glazed baby back ribs, hush puppies, nine-layer salad, cheese ball, derby pie and more. Tickets are $25-$30; visit https://www.hastickets.com/howellsderby2015.

—The Full Shilling Public House, 3724 N. Clark St., will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 5, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.—and an all-inclusive trip for two to Cancun, Mexico, will be given away at midnight. Attendees must be 21 and over, and there is no purchase necessary to be entered in the drawing; however, the winner must be present. Visit http://fullshillingpub.com/.

—On Thursday, May 7, Executive Chef Kevin Cuddihee of TWO and Executive Chef Chris Marchino of Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge will host a pop-up dinner at Studio Snaidero ( 110 W. Kinzie St., 2nd Floor ) at 6 p.m. The night's seasonal four-course menu offers two dishes from each chef, along with fine-wine pairings provided by Terlato Wines. Tickets are priced at $145 per person; visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/snaidero-pop-up-two-spiaggia-restaurant-lounge-and-terlato-wines-tickets-16506854446.

—For Mother's Day, Filini Bar & Restaurant, 221 N. Columbus Dr., will offer options that include the brunch buffet, a la carte menu, and a special Mother's Day menu item. The brunch includes a special of salmon risotto with a saffron sauce and heirloom tomato compote, served with exotic mushroom risotto. The buffet option is priced at $27 per person ( exclusive of tax and gratuity ), and includes what a press release calls Mom's favorite breakfast item." Visit www.FiliniChicago.com .

—Glazed and Infused is offering special Flower Doughnuts ( $2.50 ) for Mother's Day on May 9-10. Customers can also pre-order a flower "bouquet" for Mom, available by the half-dozen ( $15 ) or full dozen ( $27 ). Glazed and Infused doughnuts can be purchased at one of the shop's five Chicago-area stores, or can be ordered online at www.goglazed.com .

—The Langham, 330 N. Wabash Ave., invites families to spoil moms this year with a savory and sweet Mother's Day Brunch ( $125 per person ) on May 10, and a special treat from Chuan Spa. Brunch items include brioche French toast, red wine-braised shortribs, Atlantic salmon and a Blood Mary bar. Chuan Spa gift cards are valid May 10-June 30. To make reservations, call 312-923-9988 or visit www.langhamhotels.com .

—For Mother's Day, Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St., is offering a four-course prix fixe menu. Guests begin the meal with assorted breads and pastries. The main course allows guests to choose between entrees like confit pork shoulder hash, crunchy French toast and chilaquiles. The final family-style course offers buttercrunch cake or a chocolate Bailey's tart. Call 312-441-1920.

—Eduardo's Enoteca, 1212 N. Dearborn St., is offering a Mother's Day brunch at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be breakfast sandwiches such as Rossa ( eggs salsa rossa, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pancetta ), omelettes such as Romagna ( potato, gorgonzola, spicy Italian sausage, rosemary ), salmon plate and brioche French toast, among other items. Also, Mom will be treated to a complimentary glass of fresh squeezed Red Ruby Juice.

—The Signature Room of the John Hancock Building is offering a Mother's Day brunch at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Executive Chef Cardel Reid will have starters such as spinach and strawberry salad, smoked salmon, and yogurt and granola parfaits. Entree items include prime rib, spring vegetable gnocchi and baked French toast. The cost is $25-$70. Reservations require a credit card; call 312-787-9596.

—For Mother's Day, Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., is offering a French-inspired brunch menu and bottomless mimosas 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 10. Among the many items will be asparagus veloute, Bistronomic deviled eggs, eggs Benedict, house-cured duck confit, spring crepes and strawberry Napoleon. The price is $42 for adults and $20 for children under 12 years of age.

—The 9th annual Andersonville Wine Walk will take place Sunday, May 17, 3-6 p.m. This event will feature two routes, each including 11 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations. Each route ( North and South ) features 33 wines provided by participating distributors including H2Vino, Cream, Heritage, Vinejoy, Winebow, Candid and more. Event tickets cost $35 per person in advance or $40 per person the week of the event. ( Tickets include event admission and a one-of-a-kind wine glass. ) Visit www.andersonville.org .

—Gino's Brewing Company, located at Gino's East River North ( 500 N. LaSalle ), is hosting an exclusive Beer Dinner in collaboration with Local Option during Chicago Craft Beer Week on Tuesday, May 19, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Gino's Brewing Company five-course beer dinner will highlight three of Gino's Brewing Co.'s crafted in-house beers and two beer selections from Local Option. Tickets for the Gino's Brewing Company Beer Dinner are $45 plus gratuity, and can be purchased by visiting www.GinosEast.com .

—The Roscoe Village Wine Stroll, sponsored by Lush Wine & Spirits in partnership with Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, will take place Thursday, May 28. Attendees can try more than 40 different wines of the world, including reds and whites, and check out boutiques and businesses along the way. All wine stops are located on Roscoe Street and Belmont Avenue and a complimentary wine trolley circles around Roscoe Village for convenience. The cost is $45-$60; visit rvccwinestroll.chirrpy.com .

—Chipotle Mexican Grill is now offering food delivery through a partnership signed with Postmates, according to Forbes. Chipotle's delivery service is available in 67 select U.S. cities within the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. The delivery cost varies between $4.99 and $7.99 per order, depending on the distance.

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