Common Threads Cook-Off Returns + More Chicago Dining News Bites

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photo credit: Jason Varney
photo credit: Jason Varney

Next month, Philly transplant honeygrow will open a second Chicago location at 70 E. Lake Street on Friday October 20. Honeygrow, launched in 2012 is known for serving wholesome food, like their signature stir-fry and salad combinations, a build-your-own honeybar (mixed fruit base with toppings and honey drizzles) and cold pressed juices. The new Chicago honeygrow location will be include their menu staples, along with some new fall seasonal items. To celebrate their second location opening in Chicago, honeygrow will be offer the first 100 guests at the new Loop location AND their Fulton Market location a free salad or stir-fry, with the option to donate the price of their meal (or more) to partnering, local nonprofit Common Threads, which supports childhood nutrition and education programs.

photo courtesy: Texas de Brazil
photo courtesy: Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil is partners with the Red Cross to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. From Sept. 11 until Sept. 30, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria’s Chicagoland area locations, as well as nationwide locations, will donate one dollar for every dessert sold at the 44 domestic locations to the American Red Cross with a minimum donation of $25,000 guaranteed.

photo via: The Boundary Chicago
photo via: The Boundary Chicago

The Boundary (1932 W. Division St.) in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood is marking its 10 year in business with a special anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 5 beginning at 6 p.m.
Among the specials offered include: La Marca Prosecco bottles at $20.07 to honor the opening year, and Pretzel Bites with a glass of Bottlenectar, Bottleneck Management’s signature light-bodied pale ale made by Goose Island (exclusively for Bottleneck locations), for $10. Additionally, the restaurant will raffle off a Founders Tailgate Package which includes a grill, cooler and chair, along with a Pacifico Collector Cruiser Bike at 10 p.m.

Wine we cant affod


Income Tax (5959 N. Broadway St.), Edgewater’s first of its kind restaurant/wine bar wants you to help them clear out their wine stash to make room for a few more things they probably shouldn’t be buying. Starting at 5pm on Tuesday September 19, Income Tax will roll out a special menu of “Wine We Can’t Afford” featuring a selection of rare and older bottles served at crazy prices. Join Income Tax and drink your share with a rotating selection of high end wines such as Tenuta Caparzo ‘Brunello La Casa’ 1997 and Vouette et Sorbée ‘Fidèle’ NV, served at ridiculous by-the-glass prices ranging from $14-$24.

The food hall trend in Chicago is not stopping anytime soon as a new food hall will open in the heart of the Loop in October. Eurest announced the development of Forum 55, a morning, lunch and midday food hall and marketplace slated to open October 2017 at 55 E. Monroe St and within walking distance to Millennium Park. Forum 55 will offer convenient “order and pay” counter service from 10 restaurant concepts — a marketplace — a business incubator for young, female and minority owned businesses — as well as one of the city’s largest salad bars to feature produce handpicked from farmers in nearby Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. As they get closer to an opening date, Forum 55 will announce their independent restaurant operators and food providers; for more news and information on Forum 55, click here.

photo courtesy Common Threads
photo courtesy Common Threads

Common Threads’ Associate Board’s Annual Cook-Off will return to Chicago for its 7th year on Thursday, October 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at  Revel Fulton Market. Chefs from 35 of Chicago’s top restaurants will be in attendance, competing to win the ‘best dish’ crown in five different categories – the garden, the pasture, the barn, the seed or the barrel with 100% of proceeds from the evening will benefitting Common Threads’ programming. Common Threads provides preventative health program solutions to children from underserved communities through hands-on cooking and nutrition education. You can get more information and purchase tickets here.

mac and cheese fest 2017_2

The 4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest taking place on Saturday, November 4 at the UIC Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd), will begin selling tickets on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00am and the first 500 ticket buyers will get $10 off. There will be two sessions: a Lunch Session (12-3 p.m.) and a Dinner Session (6-9pm.) with a portion of proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. General Admission tickets are $65 and include all-you-can-eat access and five drink tickets (good for beer, wine or spirits). Each session of Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 50 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. For more information and tickets, click here.

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