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Carnival 2012 at Nacional 27

Rio-style Celebration with Brazilian Beats and Cachaca Drinks   

Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro this year?  Nacional 27 in River North will offer the next best thing at their “Carnival 2012″ cocktail party on Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Nuevo Latino restaurant and lounge, inspired by the flavors and ingredients from the 27 countries comprising Central and South America, will feature live Brazilian music by the Bossa Tres Trio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and custom cocktails made with Brazilian-based ingredients.

In-house mixologist and general manager Liz Samples will offer three different types of Caipirinhas, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from distilled and fermented sugarcane juice).  Guests may select the Classic Caipirinha, the Smooth & Spicy Caipirinha made with coconut, mango, ginger and lime or the Lux Caipirinha, made with yuzu sour juice ($8 each).  The restaurant will also feature a Veev Acai Berry-blended Mojito for $10.  Acai is a “superfood” berry found in the Brazilian Amazon.

Executive Chef Francisco Vilchez’s full tapas and dinner menus will be available.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
312.664.2727
n27chicago.com


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Weekend Wines at Elate

Select Glass Pours for $5 on Friday and $6 on Saturday

Starting this Friday, January 27, and running through the winter months, Elate will feature selected wines by the glass on weekends. Every Friday, a list of white wines will be offered for $5, and every Saturday, a choice of red wines will be available for $6. The hand-picked list will change weekly; examples are listed below.

Elate serves breakfast (Monday-Friday: 6:30-11:00am, Saturday-Sunday: 7:30am-2:30pm), brunch (Saturday-Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm), lunch (everyday 11:00am-2:30pm), dinner (Monday-Thursday: 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 5-11pm, Sunday: 5-9pm) and drinks in the bar/lounge.

White Wines
Featured on Fridays for $5
Torrontes, Trivento 2009 Mendoza, Argentina
Pinot Grigio, Sartori 2010, Italy
Chardonnay, Alamos 2010 Mendoza, Argentina

Red Wines
Saturday Selections $6
Cabernet, Yulupa, Kenwood 2009 California
Pinot Noir, Canyon Road 2010 California
Red Rock Blend 2010 California

ELATE
111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312.202.9900
ElateChicago.com

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“Salsa Sundays” at Cantina Laredo

Complimentary Dance Lessons and Live Music in the Lounge

Starts Sunday, January 22
Salsa Sundays takes place weekly
6-10 p.m. in the second floor lounge

Free to Attend

Shake and shimmy every Sunday night at Cantina Laredo. The stunning, River North hotspot for modern Mexican cuisine will start “Salsa Sundays” on Sunday, January 22. This free-to-attend, fun event will take place from 6-10 p.m. in the second floor lounge. Instructor Miguel Mendez from Chicago’s Dance Academy of Salsa will instruct participating guests on the sultry moves of salsa dance, while live music is provided by the Salsa Chicago Mambo All Stars.

Cantina Laredo offers unique specialty cocktails prepared with hand-squeezed ingredients, including Margaritas (Casa Rita, Cinco Rita, Cabo Margarita, Mango, Pomegranate, Herradura, Perfect Patron, Milagro Blackberry Smash) and Mojitos (classic, strawberry, mango, superfruit). An extensive tequila list, Mexican beers by the bottle and draft (Victoria, Modelo Especial, Dos Equis) and worldly wines pair well with Cantina Laredo’s lounge menu (listed below). Items include mini, crispy ahi tuna tacos, crab cakes with poblano buerre blanc, flatbreads, chicken empanadas and tropical ceviche. The “Taqueria” section includes five different taco trios and “Postres” may also be enjoyed upstairs.

Non-dancing guests are welcome to attend and enjoy the sexy sounds of salsa music.
Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com
Lounge Menu

Platillos

TOP SHELF GUACAMOLE made fresh at your table, serves two to four 10
QUESADILLAS AL CARBON Chicken fajita or beef fajita 10
QUESO FUNDIDO Oaxaca cheese melted with roasted peppers and chorizo 9
CEVICHE VERACRUZANO Shrimp, scallops and fish marinated in lime juice 10
CEVICHE TROPICAL Ahi tuna with mango, jicama and watermelon 10
TACOS DE AHI TUNA Mini-crispy tacos with ahi tuna, chipotle aioli, jicama slaw and guacamole 9
CRAB CAKES Y POBLANO Three lump crab cakes with poblano buerre blanc sauce 11
SOPES DE CHORIZO Masa cakes topped with chorizo, queso fresco and black beans with tomatillo salsa 9
EMPANADAS DE POLLO Empanadas filled with chicken, roasted poblano peppers and Oaxaca cheese 10TOSTADITAS DE AGUACATE topped with black beans, avocado, queso fresco, tomatoes and lettuce 8
FLATBREAD DE CAMARONES CHIPOTLE Sautéed shrimp with goat cheese, pineapple, roasted peppers and chipotle sauce 11


Taqueria

BARBACOA Slow-roasted brisket with marinated onions, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro 13
CARNITAS Slow-roasted pork with chipotle wine sauce 11
POLLO CASCABEL Spicy chicken with marinated onions and queso fresco 11
PESCADO Mahi Mahi with marinated vegetables, queso fresco and chipotle aioli 13
CAMARONES Shrimp with marinated vegetables, queso fresco and guajillo aioli 13
Postres

FLAN Mexican custard with caramel sauce and a hint of Cointreau 6
CHURROS with chocolate raspberry sauce and Grand Mariner cajeta to dip 7
MANGO TRES LECHES Creamy vanilla cake with mango cream sauce 7

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Laurent Tourondel’s BLT American Brasserie Opens Tonight

BLT American Brasserie, a new restaurant concept from acclaimed Chef Laurent Tourondel, is now open at 500 West Superior Street in the River North neighborhood. Whether meeting for drinks and appetizers with friends, a date night dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch, BLT American Brasserie truly has something for every guest, every palate and every price point.

Tourondel, named Bon Appetit’s Restaurateur of the Year 2007, has created a modern day brasserie, offering simply and skillfully-prepared food that utilizes the best ingredients. The approachable menu offers a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, sushi rolls, raw bar items, pizzettas, grilled dishes and decadent desserts. “Salads and Starters” include Asian calamari salad, rock shrimp & avocado salad, big eye tuna tartare and grilled chicken salad cobb-style ($8-$16), followed by “Burgers and Sandwiches” such as WI Capital Lager-battered fish & chips, heritage turkey burger, BLT sandwich “deluxe” and butcher burger ($13-$16). A wide variety of dishes “From The Grill” include brick chicken diablo, 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, barbeque baby back ribs, steak frites a “l’echalotte” and grilled Mediterranean branzino ($21-$37). Eight different 10-inch “pizzettas” will be served sizzling from the state-of-the-art brick oven, like spinach sunny-side up with nutmeg and fontina, and mortadella and mustard with roma tomatoes and emmentaler ($11-$13). An exquisite sushi selection offers eight rolls, including coconut-macadamia shrimp, peekytoe crab and tuna tataki ($11-$16). The raw bar section of the menu features oysters, little neck clams, ceviche and stone crab claws, among others. Decadent desserts, including banana-steamed pudding, passion fruit crepe souffle and warm, flourless chocolate-spiced cake provide the perfect finish ($10).

In addition to nightly dinner and lounge service, BLT American Brasserie offers weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Brunch items include “Eggs and Entrees” (eggs piperade with chorizo; steak n’eggs n’mushrooms; egg frittata with turkey maple sausage and smoked gouda; baked eggs, spinach and mushroom gratin; Challah French toast with gingerbread spices; bagel and lox $16-$24), “From the Grill” (jumbo lump crab cakes; organic salmon in apple broth; tuna a la plancha; butcher burger $16-$28) and “Breakfast” (fruit salad; Greek yogurt; steel cut Irish oatmeal; homemade granola; bread basket with croissant, pain au chocolat, cranberry-orange scone, banana-walnut muffin and more $5-$12). The weekend brunch menu also offers salads and starters, raw bar, pizzetta and sushi selections. BLT American Brasserie will serve three bloody marys: BBQ, balsamic and BLT, complete with gourmet garnishes. At both dinner and brunch service, Chef Tourondel’s famous comte and black pepper popovers are served complimentary to each dining guest.

Chef Laurent Tourondel has appointed Aksel Theilkuhl as Chef de Cuisine of BLT American Brasserie to execute and oversee his distinct vision. Chef Theilkuhl, a culinary school graduate of Johnson & Wales, most recently served as Chef de Cuisine for the Stephen Starr Restaurant Group in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Theilkuhl and Tourondel worked together for several years, including BLT Market at the Ritz Carlton Central Park and BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Red, white and bubbly varietals are found on BLT American Brasserie’s hand-selected wine list. Featuring domestic and international pours, over 30 wines are available by the glass and most of the bottles (listed by country) are priced between $50-$60. The custom cocktail menu, which will change seasonally, is inspired by Chef Tourondel’s cookbook, Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel. Signature drinks from the opening menu include the Jalapeno Margarita (Tanteo tequila, yuzu juice), Red Apple & Bourbon Fizz (Maker’s Mark, apple and lemon Juice, ginger ale), Pumpkin Patch (Bailey’s, Absolut Vanilia, pumpkin syrup), Cranberry Mojito (Ten Cane rum, cinnamon, cranberry, mint), Caipiroska (Absolut Citron, cucumber, lime, cane sugar, tonic) and the BLTNegroni (Square One Botanical, Aperol, Bianco Vermouth). A seasonal selection of Midwest craft beer is available on draft (Flossmore Station Master Wheat, Indiana’s Barley Island Bar Fly, Michigan’s Founders Porter, Wisconsin’s Capital Brewery Supper Club Lager, Ohio’s Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale) and bottled beer is also offered (Dogfish Head, Three Floyds, Chimay, Goose Island, Stiegle, Summit).

MENUS may be found at www.bltamericanbrasserie.com/restaurants/chicago/menus 

BLT American Brasserie has been designed by Jordan Mozer and Associates, Limited. Designers Jordan Mozer, Karen Lilly Mozer and Jeff Carloss have created a restaurant environment that reflects European elements of the 1920s. Upon entering the brasserie, guests will arrive in the lounge area, filled with low, smoky glass top tables, chocolate leather club chairs and red Chinese mohair ottomans. The lounge is sectioned-off with half-walls that are papered in hand-painted, watercolor murals transferred to canvas. The nearby bar area, located directly under the grand, metallic mural, offers custom-made, almond colored barstools and banquettes that surround the large, dark granite bar. The main dining room seats guests at intimate tables and leather banquettes set among pendant lights, soft draperies in rich hues, nickel-plated fixtures, octagonal mirrors and faux makasar ebony detailing. The circumference of the main dining room is adorned with a 200 lineal foot oil painting that has also been transferred to canvas paper.

Seasonal outdoor dining will be offered on the front patio, located on Superior Street. BLT American Brasserie’s interior private dining room can accommodate 120 guests for a seated dinner or 200 for a cocktail reception and can be evenly split into two private rooms. The enormous back patio, located on ChicagoAvenue, will be available for alfresco private parties for up to 500 guests (tent rental is available).

LAURENT TOURONDEL

A native of France, Chef Laurent Tourondel parlayed his love of food at an early age into a four-year program at Saint Vincent Ecole de Cuisine in Montlucon, France, where he earned his “d’Aptitude Professionnelle de Cuisinier.” After graduation, he received his first post in the kitchen as Chef to the Admiral in the French Navy. This classic French training is still evident in his current style. Following this position, he worked at several restaurants in France and then traveled to London where he cooked at the famed gentleman’s club, Boodle’s. In the years that followed, he worked under such notable chefs as: Bruno Tison at Restaurant Beau Geste in Manhattan; Jacques Maximin at Restaurant Ledoyen in France; and Chef de Partie at Restaurant Mercury at the Hotel InterContinental in Moscow. Tourondel then worked at the three-star Michelin Relais & Chateau Troisgros, before taking a post as Executive Chef of C.T., Claude Troisgros’ debut restaurant in New York City. He served as Executive Chef at Palace Court Restaurant at the world famous Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino, followed by his return to New York City at Cello. When this restaurant closed, Tourondel saw a great opportunity to spend time traveling through South America, Asia and Africa, where he further developed his own cooking voice.

Tourondel returned to the States to open BLT Steak, BLT Fish, BLT Prime, BLT Burger, BLT Market, LT Burger in the Harbor and most recently, LT Burger and LT Signature in Panama. Currently, he is also the Executive Chef at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. In October 2007, Bon Appétit magazine named Tourondel Restaurateur of the Year. Tourondel has published three cookbooks, Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood (J. Wiley & Sons, 2004), Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro Cooking (J. Wiley & Sons, 2007), which earned him a 2008 James Beard Foundation Award nomination, and Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel, (J. Wiley & Sons, 2010).

Hours of Operation

Dinner
Sunday-Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Brunch
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bar & Lounge
Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

BLT American Brasserie
500 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312-948-8744
BLTAmericanBrasserie.com
Twitter @BLTABChicago
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Give and Get This Thanksgiving at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Half-Price Dinner and Drinks with Canned Good Donation

Thursday, November 24
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This Thanksgiving, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will extend a 50-percent discount to dining and lounge guests that donate one or more canned goods and/or nonperishable food items (tip: Whole Foods is conveniently located across the street). All the canned goods and nonperishable food items that are collected will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive.

Executive Chef Mark Kasper has crafted a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu, complete with appetizer, entree and martini, for only $15 with canned good donation ($30 without donation).

Kit Kat’s luscious libations are also included in the 50-percent discount. Kit Kat’s newest Diva, Kinley Preston, will entertain Thanksgiving guests starting at 7:30 p.m. The restaurant and lounge is open until 2 a.m.

Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu
$30 per guest, $15 per guest with donation

Pumpkin Martini

Appetizer: Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup with maple cream fraiche

Entree: Roasted Sage Turkey with cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and pomme puree

The full dinner menu will also be available. All dinner and drink tab totals on Thanksgiving Day will be reduced in half once guests have made a canned donation. For complete menus, please visit KitKatChicago.com. For reservations (not required), please call Kit Kat.

Note: Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu will also be offered on Tuesday 11/22, Wednesday 11/23 and Friday 11/25 at it’s regular price of $30 per person.

Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services http://www.vitalbridges.org

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

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Three Course Prime Rib Dinner is Back in Bloomingdale

Friday and Saturday Evenings at Shiraz on the Water

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$26-$33 (plus tax and gratuity)

Shiraz on the Water, located on the grounds of the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, brings back their special PrimeRib dinner menu every Friday and Saturday evening, starting tonight. Chef Carol Buckantz’s classic, three course meal includes soup or salad, choice of cut (9 oz., 12 oz. or 16 oz.) served with au jus and horseradish sauce, choice of side dish (rice pilaf, garlic-chive mashed potatoes or french fries), vegetables and dessert ($26-$33). The menu is outlined below. Reservations are welcomed, as are walk-in guests.

Shiraz on the Water offers a scenic water view from both the vibrant lounge as well as from the contemporary and colorful main dining room. Dome ceilings, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows make this dining spot truly unique. Shiraz on the Water features contemporary American cuisine, Champagne Sunday Brunch and an extensive wine list with over 1,000 labels – perfect to pair with your Prime Rib.

Prime Rib Dinner Menu

Soup/Salad
Select House Salad, Caesar Salad or Soup of the Day

Prime Rib Entree and Sides
King cut, 16 ounce $33
Queen cut, 12 ounce $29
Petite cut, 9 ounce $26
Served with au jus and horseradish sauce, chef’s choice of vegetable, rolls with butter and choice of rice pilaf, garlic-chive mashed potatoes or french fries.

Dessert
Select Crème Brulee, Death by Chocolate or Gelato

For reservations, please call 630-671-5013 or visit ShirazOnTheWater.com.

Shiraz on the Water
Hilton Indian Lakes Resort
250 W. Schick Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
630-671-5013
ShirazOnTheWater.com

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