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Dining news: Late-night items; Pastoral; Pork Shoppe
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-06-09

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—Southport & Irving ( SIP ), 4000 N. Southport Ave., now has a late-night brunch menu available Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dish highlights include Mick Klug poached asparagus and duck egg, grilled chimichurri-marinated CAB Hanger Steak, Texas Toast French toast and more. Brunch cocktail highlights include a champagne cocktail, Green Michelada, Grapefruit Sparkler, cider punch and more. Visit www.southportandirving.com .

—West Loop Porkchop, 941 W. Randolph St., now has its late-night deals and special offers for industry professionals. Porkchop's new hours include staying open until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the full menu available until 1:30 a.m. All dine-in customers can also enjoy half-off ribs from midnight-2 a.m.

—This summer, Pastoral presents six packaged picnics that offer cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses, freshly baked breads and accompaniments. Some of the options include the new Picnic Royale ( $99.99 ), described as "a luxurious and bountiful basket for four"; The Grand Picnic for Two ( $69.99 ); and Taste of the Midwest Picnic for Two ( $39.99 ). Visit PastoralArtisan.com .

—Pork Shoppe, 5721 N. Clark St., is now offering lunch specials as well as $5 cocktails in celebration of Midsommarfest's 50th anniversary in Andersonville on June 12-14. The lunch specials are available Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for $10.95. In addition, with Midsommarfest celebrating 50 years June 12-14, Pork Shoppe is offering the following cocktails at half price for those who want to toast the neighborhood's annual summer street festival: $5 Kentucky Mule, $5 Dark and Stormy, and $5 Moscow Mule. Visit www.porkshoppechicago.com/andersonville/ .

—Las Vegas is hitting the road to bring Vegas Season to Chicago for one day on Monday, June 15. The pop-up event will feature Chef Shawn McClain, who's behind Chicago's Green Zebra and Vegas' Sage and Five50 Pizza Bar. Vegas Season highlights the fact that Las Vegas is home to hot pool parties, lavish nightclubs and A-list entertainment, and is known as a top-tier shopping and culinary destination. Interested people can follow following @Vegas and #VegasSeason .

—Freds at Barneys New York in Chicago, 15 E. Oak St., has launched its sunset menu. The Freds Sunset Menu will be offered 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Some of the items are raw vegan cashew dip; tuna tartare served over cucumber carpaccio with pickled ginger; mini-truffle grilled cheese; and churros with chocolate dipping sauce. Visit OpenTable.com or call 312-596-1111 .

—Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., invites Chicagoans to enjoy its new brunch menu, available now on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu, created by Chef John Sullivan, features items like breakfast sausage ball mini-omelette sliders for $9 and the Mondo French toast ( with bourbon Maple butter and sausage balls ) for $10. Also, delivery is available for individual and group orders Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit MondoMeatball.com .

—For National Iced Tea Month, Luella's Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., is promotings its seasonal fruit iced teas as well as its sweet tea. In addition to its sweet tea, Luella's is currently featuring apricot iced tea, and will be changing flavors throughout the month and the rest of the summer.

—Owen + Alchemy—Chicago's chef-driven juice bar known for its cold-pressed, plant based juices, smoothies, nut milks and more—has been invited to extend its stay at Eataly Chicago for the remainder of 2015. Also, owner Anne Owen, alongside Chef/Partner Jared Van Camp and Element Collective, revealed that Owen + Alchemy will open two additional locations in Chicago ( in West Town and the West Loop ) in the months ahead. The original site is in Logan Square. Visit OwenAndAlchemy.com .

—Following a four-year hiatus when it was known as the Des Plaines Summer Fling, the Taste of Des Plaines has returned and will take place June 12-13. It will be a free event, with local restaurants ( such as Rosati's Pizza and American Wildburger ), chef-driven cuisine, family activities and tribute bands. Visit www.tasteofdesplaines.com .

—Craft-beer lovers are invited to the inaugural "Brew to Be Wild" tasting event at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, June 13, 6-11 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a selection from more than 80 specialty brews produced by more than 50 local, regional and national breweries. General admission is $49 for guests 21 and older, and includes up to 20 three-ounce samples and a souvenir glass. Visit www.BrewToBeWild.com .

—Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., will host "Big Gay Brunch" on Sunday, June 14, 12-4 p.m. Also, attendees can dance on the back patio to DJ Josie Bush and Butch Sassidy the Come Dance Kid. RSVP at Do312.com/BigGayBrunch; for more about Boiler Room, visit www.boilerroomlogansquare.com/ .

—Burger Fest will take place at Rockit Bar & Grill in River North and Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville on June 15-19. Selections include the Bahn Mi Burger ( 6/15 ), the Meatball Burger ( 6/16 ), the Chicken Tandoori Burger ( 6/17 ), the Green Chile Burger ( 6/18 ) and the Duck, Duck, Goose Burger ( 6/19 ). Visit RockitBarAndGrill.com and RockitBurgerBar.com .

—HotChocolate owner Mindy Segal will discuss and sign her book Cookie Love on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St. In the book Segal, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, shares all of her secrets for turning classic recipes, such as spritz and shortbread, into more elevated, inspired re-interpretations. Visit www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/ .

—The final restaurant lineup for Taste of Randolph Street ( June 19-21 ) has been announced. Restaurants include Nonna's, bellyQ, City Winery, Publican Quality Meats, La Sirena Clandestina, Soho House Chicago's Pizza East and Chicken Shop, and Tete Charcuterie, among others. There is a suggested $10 donation; visit www.starevents.com .

—For Father's Day, June 21, guests can treat their dads to one complimentary Peroni or Hoegaarden with the purchase of any meatball dish at the recently opened Mondo Meatball, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among several options is the Big Salad: three meatballs on a big mixed salad with bread ( $12 ). Visit MondoMeatball.com .

—This Father's Day, June 21, Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg is offering a brunch ( 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ) and dinner buffet ( 3:30-9 p.m. ). Plus, all dads will receive a special $25 Shaw's Crab House gift certificate. The brunch buffet is priced at $75 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger ( limit 2 children per adult ) and will feature many Shaw's favorites including a Grand Hot Buffet with scrambled eggs, caramelized bacon, mini-crab cakes, Belgian waffle station, shucked oysters and desserts. Reservations are recommended; call 847-517-2722.

—On Father's Day, French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer seasonal brunch and dinner options. The holiday brunch offerings consist of a mimosa for $15 and a two-course brunch meal for $27, which includes any appetizer and entree from the brunch menu. For Father's Day dinner, a three-course menu with one choice from the Small Plates, Large Plates and Dessert sections will be available for $44 per person and is created from the dinner menu. Call 312-944-8400 or visit bistronomic.net .

—On Thursday, June 25, the Latin-focused Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, will hold "Dessert, Drag and Cabaret" at 9:30 p.m. The evening, hosted by Aly Bockler of You & Me This Morning and Angi Taylor of 103.5 KISS—FM, will feature the talents of Natasha Douglas, Tila Von Twirl, Ray Ray Sunshine, Switch Boi Wonder, Siren Jinx, and DJ AJ Dubbz & Carla Starla. The show is for those 21 and over, and tickets are $30; visit CarnivaleChicago/features .

—Piccolo Sogno, James Beard Foundation and Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet are hosting "Gourmet in the Garden" ( a Friends of James Beard benefit ) at Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St., on Saturday, June 27, 1-4 p.m. Items will include wild-boar croquettes, razor clams alla Milanese and assorted pizzas, among other items. Tickets are $50 ( including tax and gratuity ); visit GourmetInTheGarden.Eventbrite.com .

—Chicago's Best Summer WingFest—advertised as "a bigger and better version" of Chicago's Best WingFest—will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, 1-7 p.m., at the Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington St. Chicago's Best Summer WingFest will feature double the wing-slinging restaurants, live music, carnival games, a vendor market, craft beer and a full bar. Tickets for Chicago's Best Summer WingFest ( $40 ) will go on sale Wed., June 24, at 12 p.m; visit www.WingFest.net .

Send items to Andrew@WindyCityMediaGroup.com or follow on Twitter @Azygous60610 .


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