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The dining scene in Chicago, and major parts of the world, has been uppended by the global pandemic that is the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Many of our beloved restaurants which have to stop dine-in service, have either closed for the duration of enforced lockdown or pivoted to pickup or delivery. There are many ways you can help some which we will also highlight here. We look forward to the days when we can all gather together for big and small meals are our fave neighborhood spots eating, drinking and giving much appreciation to the industry.
Common Pantry & Partners to Provide Free Meals
Chicago’s oldest continuously running food pantry Common Pantry and the North Side Chambers of Commerce (chambers of commerce Lincoln Square Ravenswood, Ravenswood, Northcenter and Roscoe Village) have partnered with some area restaurants in the community to “open a tab” for those who are food insecure during this time of crisis. The “I Am Your Neighbor” Program with restaurants like Luella’s Southern Kitchen, Spacca Napoli Pizza, The Rambler, Cobblestone, Same Same Thai, Volo Restaurant, Fountainhead, Mi Fogata, Roots Pizza are providing free meals to those in need. The program still needs community support and here’s how you can help:
Call a participating restaurant and ask to donate to the “I am Your Neighbor” program or add an extra amount to your bill when making a purchase from said participating restaurant. -OR- you can pay the restaurant over the phone by credit card in any amount. The donation is added to the restaurant’s tab to be used for food ordered by someone in need.
Anyone in need can stop into a participating restaurant to order a carryout meal, just mention the “I Am Your Neighbor” Program and the meal is free.
“This is a program we created to help our neighbors in need but also to help local restaurants stay afloat and keep their staff employed…We’re thrilled by the community support of this program. We started it small and then received a $5,000 anonymous donation and $1,500 from Roscoe Village Neighbors to jump-start the program.” -David Brown, Board President of Common Pantry
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant Oak Brook Last Dance dinner
In anticipation of the start of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” 10-part documentary series on legendary NBA Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan during his last season, his namesake restaurant in Oak Brook is offering a last dance dinner special for pickup. Each dinner includes: garlic bread, soup or salad, choice of entree (salmon, roast chicken & bbq ribs, $15 upgrade for 12oz NY Strip or 10oz Filet), two sides and triple chocolate brownie – all for $24 per person. Select wine bottles start at $19
PLUS One free kids meal offered per paid adult (choice of sliders, mac & cheese or chicken tenders). You can call (630) 828-2932 from 12pm-5pm M-F; orders for Sunday must be placed by Friday or click here to make an online order.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Spring Flavor
Around this time, when the sun’s out and we’re not getting winter pt 2, we find solace and great insta pic moment at ice-cream shops. Ice cream may or may not be the thing on your mind right now but we are excited to share that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams launched a new Terrace Brunch Collection. The spring flavors consists of returning fan favorites like Savannah Buttermint, Lemon & Blueberries Parfait, Frosé Sorbet and Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns and a brand new Jeni’s flavor,Raspberry Rose Jelly Donut. The new flavor is a vanilla custard, laced with donut pieces and soft raspberry rose petal jam to make you feel like all is right with the world. You can get your hands on this and more Jeni’s favorites through local delivery at jenis.com/localdelivery.
Mariano’s Tastemaker Kitchen program has now moved online to Mariano’s virtual Meet Ups and it kicked off earlier in April and on deck this week is virtual cooking with Picolo Sogno’s Tony Priolo, wine with James Beard award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang for a virtual happy hour; Thirsty Thursday with Sebastien Derbomez and performance with Russoul. The rest of the month’s lineup include Chef Bill Kim, Chef Lamar Moore, Tullamore Dew’s Gillian Murphy and more. The series goes on virtually through the rest of April. Registration is free and you can click here for more information.
Ways to Help Some Restaurant Staffs in need
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