III Forks Continues Complimentary Monthly Wine Tastings

February’s Sip and Swirl Event Features Terlato

Monday, February 6
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will hold their next monthly wine tasting event on Monday, February 6. From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., guests are invited to sip, swirl and sample three of Terlato Wines International’s varietals. The tasting, led by Proprietor Danny Payne and Wine Director Lance Gresak, will feature Terlato Family Vineyards’ Pinot Grigio, Chimney Rock’s Elevage and Flor de Campo’s Pinot Noir. Executive Chef Tommy Nevill will pair the pours with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres.

Following the event, participating guests are then welcome to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine at half-price.

The tastings will continue to take place the first Monday of every month (March 5, April 2) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601

312.938.4303
www.3Forks.com

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“National Margarita Day”

Five Area Restaurants and Bars Offer Magnificent Margs

Wednesday, February 22
Times and prices vary

Salt, or no salt?  That will be the question of the day on Wednesday, February 22, also known as “National Margarita Day.”  The margarita ranks as one of America’s most popular drinks, and National Margarita Day is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy the tequila and lime libation (as if you need a reason). Whether you prefer them on the rocks, straight up, frozen or fruity, these five local restaurants and bars offer mouthwatering margaritas:

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar

ZOCALO Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of pomegranate, prickly pear, passion-mango or guava; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Partida Organic Margarita – Partida Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $12

LeBlon Guava Margarita – LeBlon Cachaca, fresh lime juice and guava nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Nacional 27

N27 Margarita – El Jimador Reposado, Bacardi Anejo, Grand Marnier and lime $11

Cantina Laredo

Casa Rita – Signature margarita, premier blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices $9

Cabo Margarita – Cabo Wabo Reposado blends seamlessly with Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur $12.50

Pomegranate Margarita – Add an extra splash of Sauza Blanco and pomegranate puree to the Casa Rita $10

Herradura Margarita – Herradura Reposado and Cointreau Orange Liqueur $11.50

Perfect Patron Margarita – Patron Silver and Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur $12

Cinco Rita – Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Hornitos, Herradura and Cazadores Silver Tequilas with Cointreau Orange Liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar $11.50

Mango Margarita – Frozen Casa Rita with fresh mango puree and an extra splash of Sauza Blanco $10

Milagro Blackberry Smash – Milagro Silver, lime and mint, muddled with blackberries and agave nectar $11.50

Cactus Bar & Grill

12 oz. Margarita $7; 16 oz. Margarita $9; 20 oz. “Man vs. Margarita” $11

The Cactus Classic – Cactus’ world famous classic recipe; frozen or on the rocks

Guiltless Margarita – A slimmed down version of Cactus’ classic, made with silver tequila, fresh lime and orange juices, agave syrup and club soda; served on the rocks

Frosty Fruit – Made with real fruit purees and served frozen; available in strawberry and mango

NOTE: Add a floater of Patron silver tequila to any margarita for $3

Taco Joint

ZOCALO Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of: prickly pear, passion-mango, blood orange or guava; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Herradura Organic Margarita – Herradura Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Black & Green Margarita – Negra Modelo beer over frozen ZOCALO Margarita $8

Grapefruit Margarita – Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, citrus-chile infused agave
nectar, fresh ruby red grapefruit & lemon juice, dash of bitters; served on the rocks with a chile piquin rim
 $9

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
ZocaloChicago.com

Nacional 27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
312-664-2727
n27chicago.com

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
312-922-3830
DontDrinkAndTrade.com

Taco Joint
1969 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457
TacoJoint.com

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Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Purple Carpet, Live Oscar Statues, Celebrity Photo Shoot and Swag Bags

Sunday, February 26
5:30 p.m. red carpet arrivals
7:00 p.m. the 84th Academy Awards

No fee to attend

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual, over-the-top Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 26. Upon arrival, party guests will walk Hpnotiq Harmonie’s “purple carpet” and will be escorted into the lounge by purple and gold painted, Oscar statue models.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., seven large screens will air the E! network’s red carpet arrivals, while a feel-like-a-star celebrity photo shoot takes place at Kit Kat’s “step and repeat” wall featuring Madonna, Cher, Meryl Streep and more. Guests will be encouraged to take complimentary photos as a fun Oscar party souvenir. The 84th Academy Awards will be shown live, with sound, at 7:00 p.m.

While admiring the gorgeous gowns and “oh no she didn’t” dresses, enjoy complimentary cocktail samplings from Hpnotiq Harmonie, along with half-price martinis and champagne cocktails. Diva Sunny DeeLite will fly in from New York City for the event, and she will perform as various Hollywood hotties in red carpet-worthy attire. At the end of the evening, Kit Kat will hand out complimentary Hpnotiq swag bags (feathered boa, t-shirt, glow sticks, mints, glow pens, glow rings and more).

Table reservations are available by calling Kit Kat.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111
www.kitkatchicago.com

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Academy Awards Viewing Party

ZED451 Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Sunday, February 26
6 p.m.  Red Carpet Coverage
7 p.m. The 84th Academy Awards

Free to attend

Now that the nominations have been announced, the anticipation begins. Find out who will be awarded with an Oscar during ZED451’s Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 26. Guests are invited to walk the red carpet into Zed451’s urban-chic lounge, where both the celebrity red carpet arrivals and awards ceremony will be shown on the 10-foot projection screen. A ballot contest will be held to predict the evening’s winners, and the party guest with the most correct guesses will win a $150 gift certificate to the restaurant.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the awards festivities and fashion statements while sipping one of the special, Oscar-themed cocktails (menu outlined below). Additional Sunday drink specials include $3 mimosas and $3 pints of craft beer (Goose Island Green Line, Goose Island Matilda, New Belgium Fat Tire, Victoria Vienna Lager, Metropolitan Krankshaft, Bell’s Best Brown, Dark Horse Amber Ale, Finch’s Threadless, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout and Stella Artois).

ZED451’s “Big Screen” Burger will be offered for $5 (8-ounce Angus burger on homemade pretzel bun with butter pickles and pickled shallots, or with maple Cajun bacon and choice of cheese) and the full “Cravings” lounge menu will also be available.

Table reservations are welcome, please call ZED451 at 312.266.6691 or visit ZED451.com.

Academy Award Winning Cocktails

Hollywood Stars Sangria 10 glass, 38 pitcher
Red apple sangria

The Artist 12
Rock Sake, Canton ginger liqueur, rosemary-infused simple syrup, lemon juice

Moneyball Muddle 10
Muddled cucumber and sage, grapefruit juice, Hendrick’s gin, Chartreuse liqueur

…And The Envelope, Please 10
Rosemary, El Tesoro tequila, agave nectar, splash of soda, rosemary sprig garnish

Midnight in Paris 11
St. Germaine liqueur, Vita coconut water, floating orchid                                                 

The Red Carpet 12
Muddled strawberries, blackberries and lime, Pyrat rum, splash of Sprite

War Horse Woodford Reserve 11
Woodford Reserve Distiller Select infused with green apple syrup, caramel, green apple garnish

Hugo 11
Muddled blueberries and mint, house made simple syrup, Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, splash of soda

The Tree of Life 12
Pear-infused Svedka vodka, pumpkin puree, cointreau, nutmeg, cinnamon

ZED451
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.266.6691
ZED451.com

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“Open That Bottle Night”

Five Restaurants Participate in Annual Uncork-It Celebration

Saturday, February 25

Stop saving that bottle for a special occasion! Since the year 2000, on the last Saturday night in February, friends, couples and groups get together to enjoy particular bottles of wine and champagne. The bottle selected is traditionally one that you have been saving for a special event that, so far, hasn’t happened.

“Open That Bottle Night” was created by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of the Wall Street Journal as a great way to feel entitled to uncork that cherished bottle. It doesn’t matter if the wine is expensive or reasonable, red, white or bubbly – what matters are the memories.

Five local restaurants are inviting guests to bring in their special bottle without being charged a corkage fee. If you don’t have a bottle on hand, two of the participating restaurants will offer nice discount on select bottles of wines from their house list.

Participating Restaurants

Quince
no corkage fee, one bottle per table

BLT American Brasserie

no corkage fee, one bottle per table

Elate

no corkage fee, one bottle per table

Due Lire

no corkage fee, one bottle per table
20-percent discount on select bottles of wine

Park Grill

no corkage fee, one bottle per table
50-percent discount on select bottles of wine
Quince at The Homestead, 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, 847.570.8400, QuinceRestaurant.net

BLT American Brasserie, 599 West Superior, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.948.8744, BLTAmericanBrasserie.com

Elate, 111 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.202.9900, ElateChicago.com

Due Lire Vino & Cucina, 4520 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, 773.275-7878, Due-Lire.com 

Park Grill, 11 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60602, 312.521.7275, ParkGrillChicago.com

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“Meet the Winemakers” Tasting Event at ZED451

Enjoy Complimentary Wine, Paired Cheeses and Live Music

Wednesday, February 1
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Free to Attend

ZED451 will hold a complimentary “meet the winemakers” tasting event in the gorgeous glass wine room on Wednesday, February 1. From 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., winemakers Greg Gauthier, proprietor of Gauthier Select Vineyards, and Michael Richmond, general manager of Bouchaine Vineyards, will meet and mingle with guests. The featured wines for the evening will be Gauthier’s Sauvignon Blanc and Bouchaine’s Pinot Noir. Paired cheeses will also be presented with each pour. The sounds of acoustic songs by Chris Buehrle will fill the air in the adjacent Fireside Lounge from 7-9 p.m.

Reservations are not required. For more information, please call ZED451 at 312.266.6691 or visit ZED451.com.

ZED451
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.266.6691
ZED451.com

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Sunday Evening Prix Fixe at Quince

Chef Andy Motto Creates Three Course Menu for $35

Every Sunday
5-9 p.m.

$35 per guest

Quince, located within The Homestead in Evanston, offers a prix fixe dinner on Sunday evenings. Each week, Chef Andy Motto creates a unique, three course menu (sample below). Savvy diners will certainly save, as the Sunday prix fixe is priced at $35 per guest, tax and gratuity excluded.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. The a la carte dinner menu is available in addition to the prix fixe menu.

Sunday Prix Fixe Menu
Sample Menu
Chef Andy Motto

Course One, select one
Greens butter lettuce, liquid parmesan, lavash, herb buttermilk
Soup of the Evening

Course Two, select one
Bay Scallops Brussels sprouts, pancetta, black garlic, curry-caper emulsion
Fresh Linguine celery root, truffle, wild mushroom, sweet potato, pecan
Pork fennel, asian pear, leeks, sunchoke, thanksgiving pierogi, quince

Course Three, select one
Angel Cake caramel apples, apple crisp ice cream, fennel sorbet
Ginger Crème Brulee carrot cake, maple Bavarian, sable
Ice Cream and Sorbets (two selections) coffee toffee, mint, melon, chocolate

Quince at The Homestead
1625 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
847.570.8400
QuinceRestaurant. net

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