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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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New Year’s Day Brunches Around Town

Contemporary Classics, Comfort Fare and Ethnic Eats in Chicago

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What better way to start new year’s day than with a beautiful brunch. The list below outlines a bevy of downtown options, from classic breakfast and lunch fare to ethnic eats and treats. The details for each service are included by restaurant.

BLT American Brasserie will offer their new Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Chef Laurent Tourondel’s exquisite, wide-ranging menu, guests may enjoy salads and starters, egg dishes and breakfast entrees, lunch items from the grill, sushi rolls, pizzettas and more. Each patron will receive a warm, from-the-oven popover to start the meal. Incredible bloody Marys (barbeque, balsamic and the BLT) and brunch cocktails will also be available.

Say ole! to new year’s day at Cantina Laredo. Cantina Laredo will offer their complete brunch menu featuring favorite Mexican dishes, housemade margaritasand bloody Marias from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (entrees include a mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice). Some of the dishes will include crab cake benedict, chicken fajita omelet, migas con huevos, steak and eggs with chimichurri and huevos rancheros.

The New Year’s Day Hangover Buffet at Park Grill will cure all that ails you from the night before.  Special hangover-happy foods (ham and cheese French toast, banana and nutella pancakes, mushroom and spinach benedict, flat iron steak with chimichurri, biscuits and spicy gravy), brunch cocktails and a Bloody Mary Bar will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $30 (adults) and $12 kids (ages 12 and under).

The Chicago Firehouse will feature Chef Kendal Duque’s new, winter a la carte brunch menu from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Duque’s dishes include a variety of eggs benedict, omelettes, scrambles and sweets, in addition to entree salads, soup, sandwiches and butcher offerings. Brunch cocktails may be perfect for the post-party day, from the BLT Bloody Mary and Hard Arnold Palmer to the 5-Alarm Coffee Cocktail and Spiked Sweet Tea.

Elate’s market-driven brunch from Chef Michael Noll will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. and will run until 2:30 p.m. Guests may enjoy bottomless mimosas (blueberry, mango, traditional) for $20 with the purchase of an entree. Noll’s menu ranges from sweets and savories to salads and sandwiches.

Start the new year with a show! The brunch at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free-flowing bloody Marys, sangria and mimosas will be $10 with any brunch entrée purchase from Chef Mark Kasper’s menu of contemporary classics and comfort fare. Lively performances from Kit Kat’s one-and-only Madam X will take place throughout the day. Kit Kat is featuring half-price martinis from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Hangover Brunch at The Red Canary will highlight a fan-favorite: “The Hangover” entree. The dish consists of skillet potatoes with melted cheddar, braised short ribs and a sunny-side egg on top for $14. Guests that partake in the bottomless mimosas ($18) or bottomless bloody Marys ($20) will receive a complimentary entrée from the weekend brunch menu. Brunch service is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The perfect place for a post-party hangover brunch is in Timothy O’Toole’s Pub’s subterranean setting. In addition to the brunch menu (scrambles, benedicts, burritos, burgers, sandwiches, waffles and more), the Pub will also offer a bottomless mimosa bar ($16) and bottomless bloody mary bar ($20) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the football fans, sip $16 Miller/Coors family buckets, $5 Jack Daniels and Jack Honey cocktails while tuning in to over 75 screens (open until 3 a.m.).

ZED451 will start off the new year with an unforgettable brunch experience. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dining guests may partake in a mid-day meal that includes a bounty of breakfast and lunch selections. Brunch is $29 per person, 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.) In the Fireside Lounge, New Year’s Day is all about football. ZED451′s 80-foot screen will show every play of the games, and from 10 a.m. to midnight, $5 ZED burgers and $3 pints of craft beer will be offered in addition to the full “Cravings” menu.


BLT American Brasserie

500 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312-948-8744
BLTAmericanBrasserie.com

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

ChicagoFirehouse.com

ELATE
111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654
312.202.9900

ElateChicago.com

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

kitkatchicago. com

Park Grill
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312.521.7275

www.parkgrillchicago.com


The Red Canary
695 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60642
312.846.1475
TheRedCanaryChicago.com

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
http://www.timothyotooles. com

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

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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 BrownPaperTickets.com.

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

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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
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