Men's Health has named Butcher & the Burger, 1021 W. Armitage Ave., the "Manliest Burger Spot in America." The Chicago burger hot spot went head to head with five other burger joints around the U.S. to win the title as part of the magazine's "America's Manliest Restaurant" contest, which included five nominees in nine different guy-food categories.
Four sister pubsRiver Shannon, Pippin's Tavern, Streeter's Tavern and Mahoney's Pub & Grillewill "Pour on the Knowledge" with eight upcoming wine-tasting and -education nights, all free to participants when they RSVP. Events will run at one of the aforementioned pubs on Wednesdays through Oct. 17; RSVP and see more info at www.rushanddivision.com .
This month, Rosebud Prime (1 S. Dearborn St.; www.rosebudrestaurants.com/rest10.php&; will host a wine dinner featuring Chimney Rock Winery Stag's Leap District. Patrons will enjoy a seasonally inspired four-course dinner expertly paired with Chimney Rock wines. The cost is $89 per person; call 312-384-1900.
Cafe des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower will partner with Laurent-Perrier to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the legendary champagne house. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Café des Architectes will have a six-course degustation that will feature select Laurent-Perrier champagnes paired with the contemporary French cuisine of Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky. The cost of the dinner is $100 per person, excluding tax and gratuity; for reservations, call 312-324-4063.
Executive Chef/Partner Jason Paskewitz and Managing Partners Anna and Ryan O'Donnell have announced that Rustic House, 1967 N. Halsted St., has officially opened for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (It will offer lunch every Tuesday through Friday thereafter.) Items will include quiche Lorraine, steak salad and organic rotisserie chicken. In addition, the dinner menu has been revamped. See www.rustichousechicago.com .
BOKA, 1729 N. Halsted St., will welcome Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (Frankfort, Ky.) and Three Floyds Brewing Co., LLC (Munster, Ind.) Wed., Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. for an exclusive evening of craft beers and artisan whiskeys paired with a six-course fall menu Chef/Partner Giuseppe Tentori will present. There will be spaces for 90 people. Tickets are $160 each; see www.bokachicago.com .
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