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Brooklyn’s (New York) trendy pizza destination, Roberta’s, is coming to Chicago for a weekend popup at Pilsen’s Dusek’s Board & Beer. Dusek’s Executive Chef Michael Galen in collaboration with Roberta’s Chef Carlo Mirarchi have created a special pie exclusively for the weekend-only pop up: a pan-style with arrabbiata sauce, four cheeses including creamy ricotta, caciocavallo, mozzarella, parmesan, along with garlic, pepperoni and sausage for a pie that has both the flavors of Brooklyn and The Windy City in addition to other 10-inch Neapolitan-style pies like Famous Original, The Beesting, Margherita and a Sunday brunch breakfast pizza topped with a fresh egg. The pop up will happen at Dusek’s Board & Beer (1227 W. 18th St., Chicago) on Saturday, November 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for dinner & Sunday, November 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for brunch. *While supplies last
DMK Restaurants is bringing a new resto-bar concept to Chicago. Fort Willow, a restaurant and bar set to open at 1721 N. Elston Ave. in early December, is described as a place for adventurous drinkers and diners bringing childhood treehouse to life. Fort Willow restaurant and bar will encompass 2500 sq ft of space, located in the Noble Square area of Chicago and will serve chef-driven and aromatic-rich cocktails, small plates and bowls like Indian vegetable curry, steak and egg fried rice, Florida stone crab claws served with house-made mustard dipping sauce and tempura rock shrimp and broccoli. Drawing inspiration from the roots and traditions of iconic international culinary destinations from around the world, Executive Chef Deirdre Quinn, previously sous chef at Ada St. and DMK Restaurants’ Beverage Director, Scott Koehl, have developed menus that honor craveable, international flavors. To add to the tree house theme, DMK’s David Morton and Michael Kornick commissioned architect and designer Chris Talsma of Filoramo Talsma and local craftsman, Arlan DeRussy, to design and build the space. A tree made from wooden slats ‘grows’ from the floor; its branches a canopy over the intimate dining room.
Edit note: what if I never had a treehouse as a child?
Time flies when you’re having fun and sipping inventive cocktails. The Conrad Hotel Chicago’s Baptiste & Bottle is celebrating its first anniversary by partnering with local distiller Koval for some bourbon centric specials. Starting November 14, Baptiste & Bottle will be launching a few new Koval bourbon cocktails for $5 and passed snacks in the lounge. During lunch service from November 15-19, guests can order customizable & tableside $3 Koval Lunchtini’s with a purchase of a lunch entree between the hours of 11:30am-2:30pm.
Partners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of the highly acclaimed Fat Rice in Logan Square are celebrating their acclaimed Macanese inspired eatery turning five with a with a five day bash. From November 14-18, Fat Rice will roll out the Original Gangsta dishes that helped put the restaurant on the map such as Portuguese Chicken, Chilli Clam, Baked Pork Chop Rice to name a few. The four-time James Beard Foundation for Best Chef Great Lakes nominee will also offer guests the chance to buy a sign copy of their cookbook.
Watch Chicago’s own Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno and the upcoming Maillard Tavern and Omaha, Nebraska’s Clayton Chapman go head to head with Food Network’s Sunny Anderson and Bobby Flay’s daughter in a new “Beat Bobby Flay” episode “Turkey’s Done.” Guests are invited to watch the culinary competition unfold at Nonnina (340 N. Clark Street), as they enjoy complimentary pizza and prosecco from 8-10pm. Happy Hour extended until 10pm. The show airs at 9pm CST. To attend, guests must rsvp to [email protected]
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