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Dining news: 'Survivor' party, Revolucion dinner, Latinicity class
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—Fans can watch the season 33 finale of CBS's Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X at Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division St., in Wicker Park on Wed., Dec. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. The episode will be shown with audio on three TVs. Guests will enjoy specialty Survivor-themed cocktails for $5 each, including the "Gen X" with Old Forester, grapefruit, falernum, lime and simple syrup; and the "Millennial," with tequila, grapefruit, lime juice, simple syrup and soda. See .

—Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse, 3343 N. Broadway, will host a five-course wine dinner on Thursday, Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m. Culinary items will include bay-scallop ceviche, mushroom consomme, sauteed prawns, chorizo-spinach stuffed quail, and horchata and spiced coffee ice cream. Admission is $49, plus tax and gratuity; visit

—Weihnachtsmarkt, the traditional German holiday market, will take place at Dovetail Brewery's market, 1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Craft artisans and food producers will be present, and Dovetail will feature its own collection of merchandise. Call 773-683-1414.

—Latinicity, 108 N. State St., will offer the cooking class "Soups of America for the Soul" on Saturday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Led by Executive Chef Marcos Flores in Latinicity's Pata Negra, the class will teach preparations for traditional soups from around Latin America that can be easily replicated at home. Tickets are $35; visit and look for "Latinicity Cooking Classes @ Pata Negra."

—Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, will host "Brunch with Santa" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch with Santa Kids Specials include chicken fingers, grilled-cheese sandwiches and brioche French toast, among other items, and there will be specialty brunch cocktails for the adults. Reservations are required; call 312-850-5005.

—Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants ( of which there's one in Arlington Heights, Illinois ) has the largest wine club in the United States, with more than 200,000 members. As wine producers, the company has created an advent-inspired gift box of 12 Cooper's Hawk wines. The case of a dozen bottles, called "12 Nights of Christmas," is packaged with seven reds, three whites and two sparkling wines. The 12 Nights package is $149.99 at all 25 Cooper's Hawk restaurant locations.

—The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., has a new head bartender: Julieta Campos. Campos ( Roka Akor, The Berkshire Room, Queen Mary Tavern ) was born in Tlaltenango, Zacatecas in Mexico, and raised on the southeast side of Chicago. Also, The Whistler has new winter cocktails such as The Bird's Nest ( Leatherbee's 2016 autumnal gin, beets, caraway, cumin, salt, cynar and orange bitters ) and Swear Jar ( reposado tequila, cinnamon, cloosterbitter, lemon and whiskey barrel-aged bitters served over ice ).

—On Sunday, Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Acadia ( 1639 S. Wabash Ave. ) partners with Toys for Tots and Greater Chicago Food Depository for a family-friendly brunch filled with menu selections. The special brunch begins with complimentary pastries including morning buns, apple cider beignets and pumpkin muffins. Children's menu items are also available and, for adults seeking a midmorning cocktail, Bloody Marys and mimosas are offered throughout the day. Donation drives will remain at Acadia for the whole week, allowing other diners to give back this season.

—On Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Floriole Cafe & Bakery, 1220 W. Webster Ave., will offer a two-course crepe menu ( for $25 ) inspired by Executive Chef/co-owner Sandra Holl's latest trip to Paris. There will be a house milled buckwheat galette filled with caramelized onions, raclette cheese and smoking goose ham; and a sweet crepe filled with quince butter, honey ice cream and almonds. See .

—The Dec. River Roast Neighborhood Chef Series dinner featuring Tony Mantuano ( chef-partner at Spiaggia ) will take place Monday, Dec. 19, 6-8:30 p.m. at River Roast. Chefs John Hogan and Tony Mantuano will offer a five-course menu and wine pairings; highlights include gnocchi with white truffles, a fish course, chicken carved table side, tarta di cioccolato and more. Admission is $125 each; visit

—Mercadito Chicago, 108 W. Kinzie St., is celebrating the holiday season with a special Holiday Party Experiential Dinner on Monday, Dec. 19, 6-9 p.m. The evening is hosted by Monica Dim of Casamigos Tequila and Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito. The Holiday Party Experiential Dinner is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity; call 312-329-9555 to RSVP.

—Arbella, 112 W. Grand Ave., will hold the next installment of the Posh Wednesday series on Wed., Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m. Posh Wednesday at Arbella is in partnership with goldplaited, a finishing salon. At the event, guests will be pampered at the complimentary goldplaited "Beauty and Braid Bar," where they will receive makeup touch-ups and hairstyling. French 75 cocktails ( $9 ) and sparkling wine ( $7/glass ) will be on special that evening. See .

—South Water Kitchen is GREAT-certified, which means Executive Chef Roger Waysok will offer dinner, dessert and cocktail options that accommodate guests with a gluten allergy as well as a regular dinner menu with New Year's Eve special additions. Located in the Loop and adjacent to Kimpton's Hotel Monaco, South Water Kitchen will be open 5-10 p.m. See .

—Honey's, 1111 W. Lake St., will ring in the New Year with a tasting menu, open bar package and champagne toast at midnight. In the main dining room, Executive Chef and Partner Charles Welch will offer a six-course tasting menu for $125 per person ( with dishes such as lobster terrine and smoked black tea cake ), with optional wine pairings for $85. From 10 p.m.-1 a.m., the bar will offer a $100/person beverage package with two specialty cocktails, champagne, a selection of beers and a well open bar. Call 312-877-5929 or visit to RSVP.

—Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave., will offer a classic New Year's Eve celebration complete with truffles, caviar and a champagne toast to the New Year. The first seating is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and $250 per person for eight courses; the second seating is 8-11 p.m. and $300 per person for 10 courses. Wine pairings from award-winning Sommelier and Beverage Director Rachael Lowe are available for $175 per person. Reservations can be made online at

—Chef Luca Corazzina, who presides at 312 Chicago, will offer "Menu di Capo D'Anno" at the Italian mainstay, located at 136 N. LaSalle St. This four-course Italian prix fixe menu will be $75 per person + $35 with an optional wine pairing per course. Each course features a vegetable, fish or meat selection, with options like the Soufflé di Spinaci e Taleggio ( Spinach Soufflé, Taleggio Cheese Fondue ), the Ravioli di Granchio ( Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Ravioli, Saffron Cream Sauce, Fresno Peppers, Chives ) or the Costolette di Agnello ( Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Creamy Polenta, Tuscan Kale, Red Wine Lamb Reduction ). See .

—Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave., celebrates five years this New Year's Eve. For those looking for a meal before a night of parties and fireworks, diners during the 5:30 p.m. seating enjoy canapes and a six-course tasting menu for $175 per person, and $125 with additional wine pairings. A second seating at 9 p.m. has an eight-course tasting menu with luxe additions for $275 per person, and $165 additional with wine pairings. Tickets are available for Acadia's New Year's Eve dining and after-party festivities by calling 312-360-9500 or visiting .

—ROOF on theWit will have a New Year's Eve French Kiss party. The event will feature a premium open bar and Champagne toast with classic French bistro fare created by Executive Chef Nathan Sears, served as small plates. Tickets start at $125 and are at

—French restaurant Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer two seatings for New Year's Eve dinner and will also welcome guests to continue to ring in 2017 for New Year's Day brunch. To celebrate New Year's Eve, Bistronomic will offer a four-course chef's tasting menu for $65 ( or $95 with wine pairings ) during the first seating at 5-7:30 p.m. and a five-course chef's gala menu for $85 ( or $115 with wine pairings ) during the second seating at 7:45-11 p.m. The brunch menu will consist of two courses composed of an appetizer and an entree for $25; for $35, the brunch will be served with a mimosa. See .

—Devon Seafood Grill, 39 E. Chicago Ave., is offering a New Year's Eve Special and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The New Year's Eve Special will feature either a one-pound lobster tail, or surf & turf that includes a six-ounce filet and eight-ounce lobster tail. The special includes two seasonal sides like cauliflower mash; Brussels sprouts with prosciutto; parmesan-herb roasted potatoes; and wild mushroom risotto. The New Year's Eve special is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. ( The regular menu will also be available. ) Call 312-440-8660 to RSVP.

—Troquet River North, 111 W. Huron St., will host New Year's Eve at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a DJ, a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and party favors. Tickets are $80 online at and at the door. Also, there will be a New Year's Day brunch at 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; the cost is $25.

—Kuzuki Ramen & Izakaya, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be open for lunch at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, offering a choice of more than 10 bowls of ramen. Highlights include Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen ( rich pork broth flavored with Yamaguchi soy sauce, topped with black garlic oil ) and Yuzu Shio Ramen ( French sea salt, kelp and Japanese citrus ). See .

—Belly Up Smokehouse & Saloon, 1132 S. Wabash Ave., will have a "Toast to 2017" brunch on New Year's Day. There will be $20.17 drink specials ( bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys ) as well as dishes like smoked brisket hash as well as pork and grits. See .

—Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., will open on New Year's Day at 10 a.m for a special "First Brunch of 2017," available until 3 p.m. As a Dallas Cowboys bar, Commonwealth will broadcast the game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles at 12 p.m. Specials will include $4 Tecate cans, $5 Miller Lite stadium cups and $4 Fireball shots. Commonwealth will also serve brunch on Monday, Jan. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. and broadcast all college bowl games.

—Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted St., will offer brunch and lunch on New Year's Eve 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., followed by a dinner service at 4 p.m. to midnight, featuring a special king crab entree and complimentary High Life ponies at midnight. On New Year's Day, some new brunch items will debut 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with dinner at 4-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call 773-248-3000.

—Sister restaurants Kinfork ( Schaumburg ) and Rack House ( Arlington Heights ) will host New Year's Day BBQ Pajamas Brunches. Among the items to be offered at Kinfolk are brisket Benedict ( $15 ), French toast with apple moonshine chutney and bourbon maple-syrup reduction ( $10 ), while Rack House will have chilaquiles ( $11 ) and the chef's "hangover cure" sandwich ( $12 ). See and .

—The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has announced the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chef's Gala, the organization's annual black-tie event. Presented by the Greater Illinois Chapter of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the event will take place Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., at Navy Pier's Grand Ball Room. Emceed by The Food Network's, Jeff Mauro, 50 elite chefs and mixologists will provide guests with signature dishes, desserts and cocktails. Richard Melman, founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will be honored with the "Chicago Classic Award." See .

—Schaumburg's Shaw's Crab House, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., is offering a variety of sides and sweets currently available for order through New Year's Day. Some of the items include creamed and sauteed spinach, mashed sweet potatoes, lobster mac 'n' cheese, mini-crab cakes, lobster bisque and chocolate cake. Call 847-517-2722.

—Burrito Beach has a sixth local location, now welcoming guests to a Northwestern Memorial Hospital locale in the Feinberg Pavilion. The Beach Body menu is available for health-conscious customers, and there are Baja chicken burritos, Cabo shrimp nachos, grass-fed brisket tacos, housemade guacamole and other favorites. The new installment also has new health-conscious Smoothie Bowls ( $6.59 ) for breakfast.

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