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Leap Day Local Distillery Dinner at Quince

Four Courses Paired with FEW Spirits 

Wednesday, February 29
6:30 p.m.

$75 per person

Quince will hold an extra special dinner on this year’s extra day, Leap Day. On Wednesday, February 29, the Evanston restaurant will welcome FEW Spirits, the neighboring, small-batch distillery for a four course dinner. Executive Chef Andy Motto’s cuisine will be paired with FEW’s hand-crafted whiskey, gin, rye and bourbon (menu outlined below).

Originally founded as a dry community, Evanston was home to many influential advocates for Prohibition who effectively kept the city free of alcohol for more than one hundred years. Though the city legalized drinking in the late Nineties, it took the perseverance of FEW’s Master Distiller, Paul Hletko, to reverse the antiquated liquor laws. With roots going back to some of Europe’s fabled brewing families, Paul and FEW Spirits have marked the end of Evanston’s Prohibition and given the city its very own craft distillery, the first licensed distillery in town.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and the fee to attend the dinner is $75, tax and gratuity excluded. Please call Quince at 847-570-8400 for reservations.

FEW Spirits Distillery Dinner Menu

First Course
Grilled Baby Octopus – citrus, quinoa, frisee
Paired with FEW White Whiskey Sunrise

Second Course
Parsnip Tortellini – carrot, beet
Paired with FEW Parsnip Gin Fizz

Third Course
Pork Belly – rye, honey, onion, cabbage
Paired with FEW Rye on 2 Rocks

Fourth Course
Pecan – maple, bourbon
Paired with FEW Buttery Bourbon

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
847.570.8400
QuinceRestaurant.net

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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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“Be My Valentine” at Nacional 27

Four Course Menu with Creative Cocktail Pairings 

February 10, 11, 13, 14

$49 four course menu
$35 cocktail pairings

Heat up your winter holiday at Nacional 27, where drinks, dining and dancing make for a great date night. This Valentine’s Day weekend (February 10, 11, 13, 14), the River North restaurant and lounge will offer a special “Be My Valentine” menu.  Chef Chico Vilchez’s four courses include a selection of tapas, choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert for $49 per guest. Nacional 27’s mixologist, Liz Samples, has created four cocktails that may be paired with dinner for an additional $35.

After dinner, linger in the lounge or dash to the dance floor to experience a complete evening on the town, all under one roof.  Reservations are recommended, please call Nacional 27 at 312-664-2727 or visit N27Chicago.com.

“Be My Valentine” Menu

TAPAS

Shrimp Adobado Skewer; Agave BBQ’d Lamb Taco; Crab Cake with chipotle tartar; Pepper Jack Cheese, Boniato and Plantain Empanada

Cocktail Pairing: POW! Punch
Myers rum, rhum creole clement, ginger-habenero, pomegranate, orange juice, passion fruit, sparkling wine

SOPA OR ENSALADA

(select one)

Shrimp Chowder, red & yellow peppers, red bliss potatoes, jalapeno, ginger

Hearts of Palm Salad, salsa cruda, avocado, papaya, olives

Cocktail Pairing: N27 Mojito
Bacardi rum, lime, mint, sugar, soda water

ENTREE

(select one)

Surf & Turf, 5-oz filet with malbec reduction and Langostinos with citrus butter, served with herb roasted potatoes, leeks and red peppers

Seared Ahi Tuna, Latin spiced, served with a jicama, grapefruit & pomegranate salad

Cocktail Pairing: Martini #27
Bacardi anejo, housemade falernum, guava puree, soda water, fresh herbs

POSTRE

Cinnamon Churros, dulce de leche; Chocolate Sponge Cake, strawberry crema

Cocktail PairingGood ol’ glass of bubbly 

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312-664-2727
n27chicago.com

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Valentine’s Day at Due Lire

Italian Fare Set in an Intimate Atmosphere

Tuesday, February 14
5-10 p.m.

$45 four course menu

Due Lire Vino & Cucina has the perfect atmosphere, ambiance and cuisine that diners’ seek out on Valentine’s Day. This cozy, Lincoln Square contemporary Italian restaurant will offer a special four course, prix fixe menu on Tuesday, February 14. From 5-10 p.m., guests may enjoy Chef Kevin Abshire’s multi-course meal for $45. The Valentine’s Day menu includes an appetizer, pasta, entree and dessert, with such selections as sunchoke and toasted hazelnut puree soup; creamy gorgonzola polenta with wild boar ragu and shaved horseradish; homemade celery root-filled pasta with caramelized wild mushroom and truffle butter; roasted pork loin with roasted potatoes and brussels sprout in a red wine demi; and homemade pear tart with hazelnut gelato and shaved dark chocolate.

Due Lire’s regular dinner menu will also be available in addition to the prix fixe. Proprietor Massimo Di Vuolo is happy to pair each course with wine, upon request. Reservations are recommended, please call the restaurant at 773-275-7878.

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

First Course
choice of:

Zuppa di Rape
sunchoke and toasted hazelnut puree soup

Polenta al Cinghiale
creamy gorgonzola polenta with wild boar ragu and shaved horseradish

Second Course
choice of:

Gnocchi di Barbabietole
homemade beet gnocchi with watercress pesto and ricotta salata

Caramelle ai Funghi di Bosco
homemade celery root-filled pasta with caramelized wild mushroom and truffle butter

Third Course
choice of:

Razza con Asparagi e Finocchio
pan roasted skate with grilled asparagus and fennel in a balsamic brown butter

Maialino con Cavoletti e Patate
roasted pork loin with roasted potatoes and brussels sprout in a red wine demi

Fourth Course
choice of:

Crostata di Pere
homemade pear tart with hazelnut gelato and shaved dark chocolate

Croccantino di Pistacchio
caramelized pistachios mousse with a shot of hot espresso

Due Lire Vino & Cucina
4520 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
(773) 275-7878
www.Due-Lire.com 

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Valentine’s Day at The Red Canary

Aphrodisiac Menu for Two

February 10, 11, 13, 14

$90 per couple

The Red Canary, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is a perfectly sexy spot for Valentine’s Day dining. The decadent parlor room features a vaulted ceiling, stunning chandeliers, exposed brick and damask fabrics. Named after legendary female jazz vocalists from the Harlem Jazz Movement, the restaurant and lounge offers “Real. American. Comfort.” fare, along with an impressive selection of classic cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Chef Daniel Tolentino has crafted a special menu for two that incorporates appropriately themed, aphrodisiac-inspired dishes. The menu, offered during dinner service February 10, 11, 13 and 14, is priced at $90 per couple and includes a champagne toast, starter course, shared bite, soup or salad, entree and dessert. The selections are outlined below.

Reservations are encouraged (tip: request one of the red velvet booths). Tax and gratuity is not included in the dinner. The Valentine’s weekend menu for two will be offered Friday 2/10 and Saturday 2/11 from  5-11 p.m. and Monday 2/13 and Tuesday 2/14 from 5-10 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Menu

Shared Starter

Artisan Cheese Platter – assorted cheeses – fruits – compotes – house crackers

Shared Bite

Oysters Canary – broiled oysters – fresh spicy crab mayo

Valentine’s Toast

Champagne – fresh raspberries

Intro (select one)

Asparagus Salad – prosciutto wrapped asparagus – fennel – toasted almonds – shaved asiago – vanilla vinaigrette

Soup – wild mushrooms – white asparagus dumpling consommé

Main (select one)    

Sauteed Grouper – peach arugula salad – plantain puree – fried shallots

Grilled Lamp Chops – roasted fingerling potatoes – cran-cherry coulis

Steak Gnocchi – flat iron steak – housemade gnocchi – roasted tomato and basil sauce

Shared Sweet

Chef’s Chocolate Sampler Platter

The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642
312.846.1475
TheRedCanaryChicago.com

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Valentine’s Day Dining at Cantina Laredo

Three Course Menu with Optional Tequila Cocktail Pairings

Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

$35 per person
$50 with tequila cocktail pairings

Cantina Laredo will offer a special three course meal with optional tequila cocktail pairings this Valentine’s Day weekend. Chef Larry Sinclair’s dinner menu features an array of modern Mexican dishes, such as creamy roasted red pepper soup, mango-jicama salad, crab and poblano enchiladas, pork tenderloin with casacabel pineapple sauce, filet mignon, strawberry bunuelos and chocolate cake. The prix fixe menu, priced at $35 per person (outlined below) will be available February 10-14.

Each dining guest participating in the prix fixe will have the option of adding tequila cocktails that perfectly pair with each course. For an additional $15, three drinks will be presented: Pomegranate Margarita with the starter course; Sunset Margarita with the entree course; and the Heart Warmer with the dessert course. The cocktail descriptions are also listed below.

Reservations are encouraged. Please call Cantina Laredo at 312-955-0014. Tax and gratuity is not included in the Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner menu. The restaurant and lounge is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight.

“Valentine’s Especialidad”

BEGIN

ENSALADA DE MANGO
Mango with jicama, seasoned pumpkin seeds, grapes, mint and queso fresco with a honey vinaigrette

SOPA DE PIMIENTA
Creamy roasted red pepper soup topped with almonds and queso fresco

PAIRING: POMEGRANATE MARGARITA
Corazon Reposado, pomegranate liqueur and fresh lime

ENTREE 

ENCHILADAS DE CANGREJO
Crab and poblano pepper enchiladas topped with chile de arbol cream sauce

LOMO DE CERDO
Pork tenderloin with casacabel pineapple sauce

FILET PASILLA
8 oz. Certified Angus Beef TM filet mignon topped with pasilla pepper sauce

PAIRING: SUNSET MARGARITA
Corazon Anejo, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and dash of Cholula

CONCLUDE

STRAWBERRY BUÑUELOS
Fresh strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on cinnamon chips

CHOCOLATE CAKE
Cake served with ice cream and chocolate sauce

PAIRING: HEART WARMER
Corazon Anejo, Bailey’s and coffee

Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60654

312.955.0014

CantinaLaredo.com

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Valentine’s Day Dining at The Chicago Firehouse

Celebrate with Chef Duque’s Menu for Two

Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

$100 per couple
$135 per couple with wine pairings

The Chicago Firehouse will welcome diners celebrating Valentine’s Day with a multi-day dining event. From February 10-14, a three course menu for two by Chef Kendal Duque will be offered during dinner service. Duque’s dishes include choice of appetizer (soup, salad, risotto), classic chateaubriand for two, and choice of dessert (chocolate or tres leches cake) for $100 per couple. Wine pairings may be added to the date night dinner for $35 per couple.

Reservations are recommended – please call The Chicago Firehouse. Tax and gratuity is excluded from the menu for two. The restaurant’s dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 4:00-10:30 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 4-9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Menu for Two

APPETIZERS
choice of

LOBSTER BISQUE

BABY BEET & ARUGULA SALAD
with boursin cheese and walnut vinaigrette

WILD MUSHROOM & TRUFFLE RISOTTO
with shrimp braised in tomato sauce

ENTREE

CHATEAUBRIAND
with grilled asparagus, au gratin potatoes, veal demi and bearnaise sauce

DESSERT
choice of

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE
with raspberry sauce

TRES LECHES CAKE
with strawberries and champagne sauce

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
312.786.1401
ChicagoFirehouse.com

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