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Dining news: Wine events; El Mariachi cooking demo
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-05-26

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—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 .

—El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill, 3906 N. Broadway, will host a cooking demo with Chef Eduardo Hermenegildo on Thursday, May 28, 7-9 p.m. The cooking demo includes a four-course meal ( including tacos al pastor and pomegrante beef skewers ), a Milagro tequila flight and three Milagro hand-crafted cocktails. Admission is $50, not including tax and gratuity; call 773-549-2932 or email Jose@ElMariachiTequilaBar.com .

—The inaugural Lincoln Park Wine Festival will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 30-31, 1-7 p.m., at Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave. ( Wrightwood and Sheffield ). Visitors can sample from a selection of more than 80 varietals. The cost is $60-$95; visit www.LincolnParkWineFest.com .

—Modern Asian Kitchen, 1924 W. Division St., will celebrate two years of business with several $2 specials Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. Guests will enjoy $2 beers ( excluding Sapporo and Hitachino ) with any purchase, along with a complimentary cupcake from Sweet Mandy B's. Visit www.MAKRestaurant.com .

—Maxwell's at the Club—located in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St.—is hosting "Taste Around Town," featuring wines from the Rías Baixas region of Spain and a variety of special tapas now through May 31. Tapas include purple asparagus salad, patatas bravas and grilled beef tenderloin medallion, among others. To make reservations, call 312-527-5800, ext. 301, or schedule a table online at maxwellsattheclub.com .

—The inaugural Wingout Chicago will take place June 6-7 at St. Michael, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., 2-6 p.m. Wings seasoned different ways ( jerk, sweet BBQ, lemon pepper, ghost pepper and smoked, among others ) will be featured. Among the restaurants taking part are Jake Melnick's, Barn & Company, Output Lounge, Monti's and Old Crow Smokehouse. Tickets are $55; visit www.greencurtainevents.com/home/wingout-chicago/ .

—ShopHouse—a Southeast Asian concept that Chipotle started in 2011—will open in the Loop this fall, The Chicago Tribune noted. The company signed a lease for space at 22-24 W. Jackson Blvd. The menu takes its inspiration from the cuisines of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

—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 .

—SausageFest Chicago will be held July 18-19 in Wrigleyville at the Cubby Bear. This year, Sausage King of Chicago contestants will compete to raise the most donations for Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring, empowering and serving injured veterans and service members, as well as their families. Visit SausageKingChicago.com .

—AMK Kitchen Bar, a new Americana-themed restaurant, is slated to open in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood ( at 1954 W. Armitage Ave. ) this spring. This is the first restaurant concept from Steven Tsonis of AMK Group. Inspired by classic eateries, AMK Kitchen Bar introduces a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas and main plates such as braised pork belly, bourbon BBQ salmon and buttermilk fried chicken. Small plates include a roasted beet-and-grilled watermelon salad as well as a Dorito pie. Visit www.amkchicago.com or call 773-276-4400.

—Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Pkwy., is presenting new dishes. Among them are lamb vindaloo, tacho ( a traditional Macanese dish with Chinese cured sausage, bacon and duck, as well as spring vegetables, in a ham broth ), char-grilled sepia and batatada #2 ( a potato-based dessert resembling the texture of cheesecake, served cold with seasonal fruit compotes and garnishes ). Also, Fat Rice is consolidating its brunch service to Sundays only to make room for their upcoming lunch service and expansion of its dining room, bake shop and lounge. Visit EatFatRice.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 .

—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 .

—Q-Tine, Logan Square's BBQ & poutine hybrid shop, has opened at 2339 N. Milwaukee Ave. The menu is divided into five sections: poutine, Q-tine, BBQ, sides and desserts. Find out more on Twitter @QtineChicago .

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