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Frank Sinatra-Themed New Year’s Eve at Benjamin Restaurant

Ring-a-ding-ding in 2012 with a Four-Course Prix Fixe

Saturday, December 31
Seatings between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

$99 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity)

Ring-a-ding-ding in the new year at Benjamin’s inaugural Frank Sinatra-themed, retro New Year’s Eve dinner party. For an all-inclusive fee of $99 per person, dinner guests will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne upon arrival and Chef Benjamin Brittsan’s throwback menu that includes classic items such as shrimp scampi, housemade meatballs, lobster bisque, Waldorf salad, prime rib, baked sole and chocolate cake. Each guest will select an appetizer, salad/soup, entree and dessert.

For a more intimate New Year’s Eve experience, guests can request Benjamin’s private love seat table (seats two) or the private booth, complete with curtains and chandelier (seats four). The fee for this VIP seating is $125 per person (all inclusive) and includes welcome champagne toast, four-course prix fixe dinner and bottomless flutes of sparkling champagne.

Live entertainment will be provided by pianist Robert “Baabe” Irving III. He will play Frank Sinatra and 50s jazz music from the grand piano located on mezzanine.

Benjamin will be accepting reservations between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. To reserve a table, please call 847.748.8737.

Benjamin New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Menu

First Course
Choice of

Tuna Tartare
Grilled Shrimp Scampi
Housemade Meatballs
Baked Goat Cheese

Second Course
Choice of

Grilled Caesar Salad
Waldorf Salad
Lobster Bisque
Potato Leek

Third Course
Choice of

Prime Rib with Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes and Jus
Pan Roasted Salmon with Wild Rice Pilaf, Spinach & Citrus Buerre Blanc
Baked Sole En Papilotte with Fennel, Wild Mushrooms and Herbs
Meat Lasagna Al Forno with Housemade Ricotta and Tomato Basil Sauce

Fourth Course
Choice of 

Double Chocolate Toffee Mousse Torte
Crème Brulee Cheesecake
Apple Galette
Classic Chocolate Cake 

Benjamin Restaurant
1849 Second Street
Highland Park, IL 60035


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Christmas Eve Brunch at ZED451

Saturday, December 24
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$29 brunch
$35 with bottomless mimosas

ZED451 will hold a Christmas Eve brunch on Saturday December 24. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an  unlimited bounty of brunch dishes will be offered for $29 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Bottomless mimosas may be added to brunch for $6 ($35 total).

The midday meal includes such dishes as warm cinnamon rolls, panettone French toast, seasonal fruit, smoked salmon, potato salad, salad with Fuji apples and bleu cheese, artisan cheese and charcuterie, quinoa salad, maple roasted butternut squash, sauteed mushrooms, poached eggs with corned beef hash, maple bourbon-glazed ham, maple Cajun bacon, chicken n’waffles, roasted turkey breast, crab cake benedict, tomato basil fritata, duck confit hash browns, buttermilk herb bottom sirloin, citrus-dusted Atlantic salmon and miniature desserts. Gourmet, house-made bloody marys will be available for $5.

Gather your group and call the restaurant for complimentary shuttle service (perfect for shopping bag-toting diners).

ZED451 is offering brunch only (no dinner service) on Christmas Eve. The restaurant and lounge will be closed on Christmas Day.
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ZED451

This New Year’s Eve weekend, ZED451 will celebrants an elaborate, multi-course dinner in the main dining room, along with a premium party package in the Fireside Lounge, followed by a bountiful brunch on New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, December 31, ZED451’s New Year’s Eve dinner experience will be offered for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity).  The menu will include unlimited selections from the seasonal Harvest Tables, a lavish raw bar, an abundance of chef’s entrees served tableside and mini pastries for dessert.  In addition, each guest will receive a complimentary flute of champagne to toast to 2012.  Table reservations will be accepted between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and may be made through Open Table or by calling (312) 266-6691.

ZED451’s New Year’s Eve party package will be offered in the cozy, Fireside Lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Revelers ringing in the new year will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a deluxe open bar (blueberry gin mojito, spiced apple sangria, premium spirits, wine, imported and domestic bottled beer), party favors, DJ and midnight champagne toast. Tickets for the bar package are $95 per guest (includes tax and gratuity) and may be purchased by calling the restaurant at (312) 266-6691 or by visiting

The following day, ZED451 will start off the new year with an unforgettable brunch experience. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday, January 1, dining guests may partake in a mid-day meal that includes a bounty of breakfast and lunch selections. Brunch is $29 per person (plus tax and gratuity), mimosas will be offered for $3 and house-made bloody marys, complete with gourmet garnish, will be $5 each. Returning guests that purchased the New Year’s Eve dinner or party package will receive bottomless bloody marys at brunch.

New Year’s Day is all about football, and ZED451’s 80-foot screen will show every play of the games (including our own Chicago Bears taking on the Minnesota Vikings at noon). From 10 a.m. to midnight, the Fireside Lounge will feature $5 ZED burgers and $3 pints of beer, in addition to the full “Cravings” menu (pad Thai tacos, char-grilled sirloin salad, calamari fries, house-cured duck pastrami Reuben sliders, maple Cajun BLT, spiced chicken samosas, Aegean flatbread and more).
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Garden to Table Dinner at Quince

Food Off Their Vine Paired with Wine

Thursday, September 8
6:30 p.m.

$45 per person

Quince restaurant maintains two on site gardens, one on the roof of The Homestead Hotel, and one in front of the restaurant, just off the veranda. This season is the second year of the “Quince Garden Project,” and a September celebratory garden to table dinner will feature the homegrown bounty.

On Thursday, September 8, Chef Andy Motto and his culinary team will mark the end of the growing season with a three-course dinner that utilizes the garden’s fruit, vegetables and herbs. Quince wine director Scott Quint will pair wine with each of Chef Motto’s garden fresh courses. The menu is below.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $45 per guest. Please call Quince to book your reservation.

Garden to Table Dinner Menu
First Course
Heirloom Tomato Napolean: goat cheese, thyme, pastry

Second Course
Poussin: heirloom carrots, tropea onions, natural jus

Third Course
Lemon Verbena Fried Ice Cream with seasonal garnish

Quince Restaurant
1625 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 570-8400

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