The dining scene in Chicago, and major parts of the world, upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic is coming back to life. We’re lucky to live in a city that offers vast options when it comes to food and beverage, though some of our faves have had to close during the pandemic due to extenuating circumstances. Restaurants are back up operating and getting packed as if there was no global pananini, and we’ve got exciting openings and wins. Cheers to eating, drinking, tipping and giving much appreciation to those in the food-bev industry.
El Che x Bodega Colomé
El Che Steakhouse & Bar (845 W Washington Blvd. 60607), the Argentinian-influenced steakhouse located in Chicago’s West Loop is partnering with Bodega Colomé to showcase one of Argentina’s hidden wine growing regions. On Tuesday, October 18th, starting at 7:00pm, El Che and Thibaut Delmotte, the winemaker at Bodega Colomé, will host dinner and discussion about one of Argentina’s hidden wine-growing regions, Salta. Guests can expect an Argentinian feast from Chef John Manion and sip on incredible wines from Thibaut and his team. Diners can also enjoy Malbecs from one of the oldest and most historic wineries in Argentina. Tickets are $200/ person and can be purchased on Tock.
Sushi Hoshi Exclusive sake-tasting
Dila Lee, sake expert from Vine Connections and the team at Sushi Hoshi (2009 S Laflin Street), will be hosting an exclusive sake-tasting on Monday, October 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees will get a pour of 5 different, top shelf and unique sake selections as they are taken through each variety of the beloved Japanese spirit, including tasting notes, pairing ideas, and more. Cost is $40/person and you can order food from the Sushi Hoshi menu to accompany the spirits. You can make your booking here.
French Bistro Coquette Coming Soon To West Loop
Bonhomme Hospitality (Porto, Beatnik, Casa Beatnik), fresh off the opening of Bambola will launch their newest concept later this month. Coquette (165 N. Ogden Avenue), a pink, Parisian, modern French bistro in the West Loop, is set for an opening date of Tuesday October 18. Coquette, sister restaurant to Bambola sharing the 7,000sq. ft space, embraces the liberating energy of the French New Wave and welcomes fun, flirtatiousness and the joy of breaking rules to create an elevated setting where 40 guests can enjoy a Parisian party filled with French flavors, bubbles, spirits and music. Bonhomme’s award-winning culinary and beverage team offers world-class cocktails, audacious natural wines and cooking done exclusively on charcoal and wood. Coquette pays tribute to the style of Mondrian, YSL, Godard and Bauhaus, using bold colors and simple geometric shapes to express a postmodern aesthetic sensibility.
Vibrant interiors fashioned with curvaceous furnishings wrapped in soft textures and a palette of pinks and lavenders offer a distinct vision for what a modern French bistro could be. Some of the most dazzling design elements of their seductive interiors include handmade cement and zellige tiles by Popham Design; a monumental Tisoffio Light by Viabizzuno; René bistro tables by Piero Lissoni for Salvatori; handblown glass chandeliers by Sogni Di Cristallo; Season dining chairs and sofas by Piero Lissoni for Viccarbe; kitchen and bar counters created with 3” slabs of sustainably harvested bubinga wood from Gabon; custom steel and glass partitions inspired by the work of Mondrian; a 100-year-old Italian six-tier display shelf from the Lisotti Distilling Company in Modena; and bathroom vanities and taps by Antoniolupi. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 4pm to 2am and Sunday 4pm to 11pm with Brunch coming soon. To make reservations, call 312.929.3448.
Puttery Chicago To Open November
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Puttery Chicago, will open in the bustling Fulton Market District/West Loop at 932 W Randolph Street in early November. The mini-golf “eatertainment” restaurant and bar concept Puttery Chicago puts a modern spin on putting, re-defining the game within an immersive experience and innovative technology as guests move from one course to the next. With a high-energy atmosphere that combines plentiful curated culinary offerings and inventive craft cocktails centered around a lively bar area with great music, guests can relax and enjoy their evening before, during and after their tee time.
Chicago Winery Coming Soon
Chicago Winery (739 N. Clark Street), Chicago’s newest private event venue, restaurant and working winery will be opening this fall. Taking over the old ZED451 space, the 24,000-square-foot space on Clark will feature a private event venue looking to be perfect place for weddings and corporate events, it will also have a tasting room as well as a bar and restaurant at their bottom floor. Chicago Winery is the third, and largest so far, location from First Batch Hospitality.
The LEE Initiative Chicago Dinner
The LEE Initiative‘s Women Culinary and Spirits Program is coming to Chicago for a one-night-only dinner on October 25 at Elske (1350 W. Randolph Street). Four of this year’s mentees are collaborating on a menu of canapes, a three-course dinner, and cocktail pairings; the culmination of the mentee experience through the career-changing Women Culinary and Spirits Program. During the past 6 months, the mentees have gone on externships around the country, attended FAB in Charleston, travel to Kentucky for an intensive several days of programming, and had opportunities to travel for continuing education trips to New Orleans, Chicago, and Detroit. “It’s been inspiring to see how they’ve grown and flourished in this program and we look forward to seeing the menu they put together for this dinner. Of the dinner,” Chef Edward Lee says adding, “This dinner is the culmination of months of mentorship, education and growth. These young chefs will be the future of American cuisine and I am looking forward to seeing all of their hard work on this special pop-up dinner at Elske.”
The Culinary Mentees at the Chicago LEE Initiative dinner are: Chefs Jess Hewlette, Taylor Jarvis and Daniela Gonzalez Garcia and the Spirit Mentee is Rhea Buck. Tickets start at $85 for this dinner and are available here .
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