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TRAVELLE AT THE LANGHAM CHICAGO WARHOL INSPIRED SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Travelle at The Langham Hotel Chicago revealed their new collection of Andy Warhol-inspired signature cocktails in celebration of “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again” exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago – the first large-scale U.S. retrospective of the artist in 30 years. Stirred by Warhol’s “Flowers” series, each handcrafted cocktail is influenced by a famous work of Andy Warhol’s art, hand-chosen by the Travelle bar team. Some of the cocktails from the collection includes: “The Colognist,” “From Disaster to Purity,” “El Pajaro” “Flowers,” Bald Eagle”
From Disaster to Purity” ($19): is a complex yet balanced profile with an elegant vegetal smokiness, blending Mezcal Amaras Espadin Joven, Volcan de mi Tierra Blanco Tequila, Sherry Oloroso, lemon, pistachio, and chocolate bitters.
The Colognist ($19), inspired by Warhol’s Chanel No. 5 screen print. Served in a perfume dispenser, this cocktail pays homage to the iconic perfume. Featuring candy-washed vodka, St George Spiced Pear Liquor, cranberry, lemon, and cinnamon, this cocktail is directly inspired by the way perfumes are created. Intense, yet balanced, with hints of spices and a sense of gourmandize, it is served on a tray garnished with cinnamon stick, orange chips, fresh flowers, and nutmeg. This cocktail is full of fragrances – both in and out.
El Pajaro ($18) was created as a nod to Bald Eagle. The cocktail features Vida de Luis del Rio Mezcal Del Maguey, Lustau Sherry Pedro Ximenez, Port Tawny, and chocolate bitters. In 1983, Andy Warhol created a series of ten color screen prints that portrayed endangered animals from around the world. El Pajaro (meaning “Bird” in Spanish) is an homage to the Endangered Species series and particularly the Bald Eagle. The cocktail is served in a handmade glass shaped as a bird. A portion of proceeds from this cocktail benefit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The Monroe ($17), inspired by The Marilyn Diptych, featuring Grey Goose Vodka, Italicus, Citrus Syrup, and Luxardo Blanco Bitters. The presentation of this drink includes four cocktails – each of them coming from the same base, with the only difference being their color. travellechicago.com
ROOH CHICAGO CELEBRATES DIWALI
ROOH Chicago, the highly-acclaimed Progressive Indian restaurant and cocktail bar located at 736 W. Randolph, is excited to celebrate Diwali with an exclusive, ticketed tasting menu on Sunday, October 27. This menu will feature four courses at $85 per person (inclusive of taxes and gratuity.) Selections, courtesy of Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar and Chef de Cuisine Sahil Sethi, will include dishes not currently available on the daily menu such as Tandoori Cauliflower with dum ki gravy and nut crumble and Paneer Pasanda with lababdar sauce, pepper, and nigella chutney. This menu will feature four courses at $85 per person (inclusive of taxes and gratuity.) Selections, courtesy of Executive Chef Sujan Sarkar and Chef de Cuisine Sahil Sethi, will include dishes not currently available on the daily menu such as Tandoori Cauliflower with dum ki gravy and nut crumble and Paneer Pasanda with lababdar sauce, pepper, and nigella chutney. Featured in the 2020 Michelin Guide with a “Plate” distinction, as well as named “One of the Hottest Restaurants in Chicago” by Eater, ROOH, meaning soul or spirit, is the quintessential dining destination to celebrate the “Festival of Lights.” www.roohchicago.com.
JEONG HOLIDAY PIES
Modern Korean restaurant Jeong (1460 W Chicago Ave, Chicago 606420 welcomes the start of holiday season with their wildly popular pies, now available for pre-order. Chef Dave Park and Jen Tran offered these pies for sale last year and were overwhelmed with the positive response, selling out in just one day. Park crafts a caramelized kimchi and braised beef pie inspired by his use of traditional Korean ingredients, baked in a savory crust; perfect for a holiday gathering or simply a family meal, the pies pack flavor and comfort in one dish.
Guests can opt for a frozen or baked pie which can be picked up at Jeong during select dates at the dates and times listed below. Additionally, the pies can be picked up after any dinner reservation at the restaurant by denoting the reservation time and date in the “special instructions” box while ordering. There are a limited quantity of pies; guests are encouraged to order until supplies last.
PIES can be picked up at Jeong at the following times and dates:
November 19-22, 24-25, and 30 from 5-10 p.m.
November 23 from 12-10 p.m.
November 26-29 and December 4-7 from 4-10 p.m.
December 3 from 12-4 p.m.
Guests are also welcomed to pick up their preordered pies during any December or January dinner reservation.
COST: $60 for frozen pie | $65 for baked pie jeongchicago.com.
Iconic Chicago-style brand and restaurant, Portillo’s will launch The Portillo’s Experience, its first-ever pop-up shop at Woodfield Mall starting November 6 through December 31. The pop-up will be located in the southwest corner of the mall. Guests can expect a series of photo-worthy exhibits with interactive elements. The brand partnered with McCain Foods to create The French Fry Room, featuring “cheese sauce” dripping from the ceiling, life-sized plush French fries, and a neon sign proclaiming, “I Only Have Fries for You.” In adjacent rooms, visitors can pose on a giant Onion Ring Swing, or cozy-up on a Hot Dog Sofa created in conjunction with Vienna Beef. A trio of photobooths allow fans to dress-up as their favorite Portillo’s menu items, with costumes replicating the brand’s Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef Sandwiches, and Chopped Salad. Other design elements include Scratch-N-Sniff wallpaper and a gallery wall featuring Chicago and food-inspired works from local artists. You can sign-up for complimentary tickets here.
The Portillo’s Experience also offers guests the chance to do their holiday party planning in The Catering Lounge. Visitors will also be able to purchase whole Portillo’s Chocolate Cakes and pre-packaged Italian beef, French bread, peppers, and gravy to make at home. Portillo’s catering team can also assist guests with placing orders via the brand’s Shop-N-Ship mail-order division, which can send food kits to all 50 states. portillos.com
MEALS ON WHEELS CELEBRITY CHEF BALL
Meals on Wheels Chicago’s signature fundraiser, the Celebrity Chef Ball, is taking place on Friday, November 8 from 6-11:30 p.m. at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St.). The evening of food and philanthropy brings over 80 top chefs, mixologists, and Chicagoans together to nourish our homebound neighbors.
The VIP Chef’s Table begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-event cocktail reception, followed by an intimate dining experience. Seated in small “pods”—each served by three chefs and a mixologist—guests will enjoy a six-course dinner with cocktails pairings, decadent desserts, and a live auction. The full list of chefs participating in the VIP portion of the event is available here.
Guests of the Chef’s Tasting Party will sample their way through dozens of chef stations from chefs such as Debbie Gold (Tied House), Ryan Wombacher (SideDoor), and Justin Moser (Table, Donkey and Stick), and enjoy unique cocktail experiences along with a raffle, silent auction, and dancing beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase online HERE. VIP Chef’s Table tickets are priced at $400 and Chef’s Tasting Party tickets are $200.
SIGHTINGS OF CELEBRITIES & CHI-LEBRITIES DINING ON THE SCENE:
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Real Housewives of New York City’s Tinsley Mortimer who recently confirmed she is back with Coupon Cabin King Scott Klutch were spotted having an intimate dinner together at TAO Chicago. After sharing several TAO favorites, the couple headed upstairs to TAO’s nightclub, where they continued to enjoy each other’s company in a VIP booth.
WOODWIND IN STREETERVILLE
Craveable Hospitality Group and cr(eat)e restaurant consulting—the brands behind Jimmy at the James, Piecaken Bake Shop, and Caputo Trattoria— announced the opening of their new chef-driven concept restaurant called WoodWind (259 E. Erie St., 18th Fl.), replacing the old Danny Meyer concept GreenRiver. Woodwind, with Executive Chef Donald Young, is located in the Lavin Family Pavilion on the Northwestern Medicine Downtown Campus in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood will serve contemporary American fare featuring regionally-focused cuisine enhanced with global flavor profiles alongside an extensive beverage program in an elevated environment. The progressive menu divided into spirited sections including Snacks, Mostly Vegetables, From The Sea, Fields and Ranches, and A Little Larger, with added elements of whimsical tableside presentations is a selection of sophisticated yet approachable dishes that celebrate the integrity of seasonal ingredients while showcasing creativity and refined techniques.
WoodWind also launches happy hour available Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. Patrons can enjoy a selection of bites including House Ricotta ($5), “Chicken Wings” ($6), Raw Oysters ($2 each), and more. Guests have the chance to try Beverage Director Carolina Gonzalez’s signature cocktails for $10, such as the WoodWind made with Plantation pineapple rum, habanero shrub, and saline, and the Tamarind Tango made with Courvoisier, Grand Marnier, and tamarind; along with $5 glasses of house wine and well spirits and $4 beers.
Dish highlights from the dinner menu include Roasted Bone Marrow with beef biscuit and leek & apple relish (and the option to add on a bourbon luge); Whole-Roasted Dry-Aged Duck Tacos with pineapple salsa, radish, and tortillas; and a Foie Gras “Bao Mac” with bread & butter pickles and fancy sauce. Featured desserts include Rosé Cider Poached Pear with cashew cream sorbet and sesame candied cashews and Parsnip Cake with honeyed cream cheese and mishmish. Cocktails round out the experience with inventive offerings such as Smoked N’ Mirrors, a seasonal Old Fashioned smoked with cherry chips and decanted tableside, and the Beehive with Del Maguey Vida Mezal, coconut water, lemon juice, and raw honey, garnished with a honey stick. woodwindchicago.com.
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