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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

1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201


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Speakeasy-Themed Prohibition Party at Cactus Bar and Grill

Secret Password, Specialty Drinks – So Fun It’s Criminal!

Friday, January 20
11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
*secret password released at 11 a.m. via facebook

Cactus Bar and Grill will open their private back room for a speakeasy-themed, prohibition party on Friday, January 20. Fighting the prohibition all day long and well into night (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.), guests will enjoy intoxicating and “illegal” drinks, such as $4 Batch 19 prohibition-style pints and $5 Templeton Rye cocktails. Cactus will feature Templeton and Gingers (Templeton Rye and Ginger Ale) and Midwest Rye Cider (Templeton Rye, maple syrup, lemon juice and apple cider). To further add to the festivities, the Cactus Bar staff will be dressed to the nines in classic roarin’ 20s apparel.

In the true tradition of speakeasies, guests may receive a secret password for a special admittance freebie. The password will be posted to facebook fans (Cactus Bar & Grill) at 11 a.m. on January 20. Those that mention the secret password will be rewarded with a complimentary appetizer from Cactus’s $5 appetizer menu (listed below).

On January 16, 1919, the era of Prohibition began in the United States. The U.S. Congress ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution making the manufacturing, selling, or transportation of alcohol illegal.

Speakeasy Appetizer Menu
Free with Password

Salsa & Chips
Hot or mild, tortilla chips

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip
Tortilla chips

Cheese Quesadilla
Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo and salsa

Cheeseburger Sliders
Order of three with lettuce, tomato and American cheese

Death Valley Wings
Your choice of BBQ, spicy BBQ, sweet Thai chili, garlic honey mustard, chipotle lime garlic, mild, hot, or insane sauces with ranch or blue cheese dressing

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 South Wells
Chicago, Illinois 60607

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