Monthly Archives: November 2010

Texas de Brazil Charles Tillman Benefit


WHAT: Texas de Brazil’s Chicago location announces their upcoming Celebrity Steak-Out hosted by Chicago Bears’ Charles Tillman to benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.  Guests will enjoy seasonal cocktails and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to purchase authentic Chicago Bears memorabilia.  All proceeds will benefit The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation and its mission of helping Chicago-area families in need.

Plus, Texas de Brazil will donate $2.00 from every regular-priced dinner between November 22 and December 6 to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. Guests should mention the offer to their server. 

Texas de Brazil is a proud supporter of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.  The mission of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation is to provide opportunities and resources to children or their families who are in need. Since 2005, Charles Tillman’s charitable efforts have impacted of over one million Chicago-area children.        

WHEN: December 6, 2010, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

COST: $50 per person, all inclusive

RSVP: Required, call Kathleen Hennessey at 859.448.3430 to purchase tickets. Limited quantity available. Must be 21 or over to attend.

WHERE: Texas de Brazil Chicago, IL
51 East Ohio
Chicago, IL


Chicago Mart Plaza Welcomes Shoppers with Exclusive Holiday Shopping Spree Package

The recently renovated, LEED-certified Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza hotel welcomes holiday shoppers  for a Shopping Spree at the Famous 900 Shops, located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile and Chicago’s notorious shopping haven.  Home of Bloomingdale’s, Gucci, Michael Kors, and much more, the 900 Shops at 900 North Michigan has 70 stores and 10 restaurants on 7 levels.
Guests who take part in the Shopping Spree package will receive a $50 Gift Card and goodie bag upon check in at the Mart Plaza, and an Exclusive 900 Card with additional savings.   
With proximity to the Magnificent Mile, Shoppers who stay at the Mart Plaza will enjoy deluxe accommodations at this contemporary River North hotel.  During their stay, Shoppers will appreciate the Chicago Mart Plaza’s redesigned guest rooms, each equipped with a 32-inch LCD flat screen television, full bath amenities, complimentary high speed wireless Internet and new Serta Concierge Plus mattresses.
                       350 West Mart Center
                       Chicago IL 60654

COST: Starting from $159

Promotion code: ISHD2
(based on availability; offer not valid on existing reservations)

WHEN:  Available Saturday, October 18, 2010 thru December 30, 2010
About Chicago Mart Plaza
Chicago’s first LEED-Certified hotel, the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza boasts panoramic views of the Chicago River and the famous Chicago skyline.  The contemporary hotel, which is adjacent to global design hub The Merchandise Mart, is located just blocks from the “Magnificent Mile,” Chicago’s most coveted attractions and the business district.  The Chicago Mart Plaza truly has something for everyone.  For meetings of any size, the Mart Plaza offers 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and tailored meeting packages – including an Eco-Friendly Meeting Package.  Varied dining options include Italiasia, a “Best of Both Worlds” Italian and Asian fusion concept, and Cityscape Bar, with unmatched views of the Chicago skyline and award-winning cocktails.

Memorial Benefit for Paul Wildermuth at Red Light

Hosted by Howard Davis and Jerry Kleiner 

On Sunday, December 5 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Red Light Restaurant, Howard Davis and Jerry Kleiner will host a memorial fundraiser for the family of the late Chef  Paul Wildermuth, who passed away suddenly on November 13. Paul Wildermuth, 46, was a celebrated chef who specialized in contemporary Asian cuisine as well as French bistro cuisine.  He was formerly was executive chef at the KDK restaurants Opera, Red Light , Marche and Saiko. 

Event will feature some of Chef Paul’s famed dishes he created during his time as Executive Chef at Red Light including Asian 5 Spiced Ribs, Pork Dumplings with Hoisin Cognac Sauce and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad.  Suggested minimum donation for the event is $25 per person.

 Chef Paul, as he was respectfully and affectionately called, was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and received his training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He then cooked at Red Sage in Washington and Stromboli Ristorante in his native Hawaii and refined his classical French skills as chef de cuisine and executive chef at Maxime’s in upstate New York. Once in Chicago, he first worked at Ben Pao, then moved on to Kleiner / Davis’ KDK Restaurant Group as Executive Chef of  Red Light. Later, Wildermuth  opened as Executive Chef of Opera in the South Loop to much critical acclaim, and then opened as Executive Chef  of Saiko restaurant in the South Loop. Chef Paul later oversaw as Executive Chef both Marche and Opera restaurants for KDK Restaurant Group. Most recently he was Executive Chef at the Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield, Illinois.   

WHEN: Sunday, December 5, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

COST: Minimum suggested donation $25 per person

WHERE: Please RSVP to  Red Light
820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Showplace ICON Thankgiving Specials

Chicagoans are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving in style and enjoy signature Thanksgiving menu items at The Lobby Lounge located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre (full menu available below).  Seasonal beer specials will also be available and include: Wychcraft Pale Ale and Scarecrow Pale Ale for $12 each, and Hobgoblin Ale for $7.   

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17 – Thursday, December 2

 COST: $8 – $11

The Gobbler – $11
Two house-made Turkey burger sliders served on pretzel rolls with cranberry compote, watercress, and a tarragon Dijon mustard, accompanied by sweet-potato chips. 

Chipotle Cool – $13
A pizza pie baked with chipotle BBQ sauce, smoked Gouda and spiced pulled chicken, then topped with a roasted corn salsa and a cool avocado cream.

Caramel Pumpkin Bliss – $8
A triple layered vanilla cake with caramel buttercream accompanied by a scoop of locally made pumpkin spiced ice cream.

The Lobby Lounge at ShowPlace Icon Theatre
150 W. Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60605
Located just west of the intersection of Clark and Roosevelt Rd
Phone: 312.564.2104

Kids Eat Free at Koi and Chens in December

KOI and Chens, Evanston and Chicago’s prime spots for fresh sushi and authentic Chinese cuisine, are making it a little easier to dine out with the family during the holiday season.  Kids 12 and under eat free from a special kids menu all December long.  Kids Menu is available below. 

Offer is valid with one adult entrée purchased per child, maximum four kids per table, not valid with any other offer.  Dine in only. 

WHEN: December 1 through December 30 (excludes New Year’s Eve)

MENU: Koi and Chens Kids Menu
                   Crispy Shrimp served with sweet and sour sauce
                   Wonton Strips with Chicken Wings
                   Chicken Fried Rice
                   Lo Mein Noodles
                    Items normally $5 each, available all the time

3506 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657
Sunday – Thursday: 4-11 PM | Friday – Saturday 4 PM-Midnight

624 Davis Street, Evanston, 60201
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 PM | Friday – Saturday 4:30 PM-11 PM

Chicago q Thanksgiving Dinner

Dine-In or Thanksgiving To Go 

WHAT: Chicago q, the city’s newest hot spot for upscale barbecue, invites Chicagoans to take the day off this Thanksgiving and enjoy a classic Thanksgiving feast at the talented hands of  award-winning Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen.  The Chicago q Thanksgiving is available for dine-in or carry out and can accommodate a holiday meal for up to 14 guests.

The star of Chicago q’s Thanksgiving feast is Whippen’s Free Range Smoked Turkey, smoked in-house and accompanied by Roasted Turkey Gravy and Vanilla Bean Cranberry Compote.  Sides include Mushroom Cream Sauce Haricot Vert Casserole, Whipped New Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes, Pork Sausage and Granny Smith Apple Stuffing, and Candied Fingerling Sweet Potatoes. The meal has a sweet finish with options like Maker’s 46 Bourbon Pecan Pie, House-Made Pumpkin Pie and Traditional Carrot Cake. 

WHEN: Thursday, November 25, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Chicago q – Or Carry Out
1160 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610

DETAILS: Complete pricing, reservation and menu details are below:   

Individual $27
1 Smoked Turkey Leg and
Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast
Roasted Turkey Gravy and
Vanilla Bean Cranberry Compote
Choice of 2 Sides
Choice of 1 Dessert 

Family $180
(FEEDS 6 TO 9)
Half Smoked Turkey
Roasted Turkey Gravy and
Vanilla Bean Cranberry Compote
1 of Each Side
1 Dessert Per Person
Family & Friends $300
Whole Smoked Turkey
Roasted Turkey Gravy and
Vanilla Bean Cranberry Compote
2 of Each Side
1 Dessert Per Person 

Family & Friends To Go $300
(FEEDS 10 TO 14)
Must place order and pre-pay 48 hours in advance.
Must pick up order between 9 and 11 am on Thanksgiving.
Whole Smoked Turkey
Roasted Turkey Gravy and
Vanilla Bean Cranberry Compote
2 of Each Side
1 Whole Pie or Cake 

About Chicago q
Chicago q is the modern, urban, BBq experience. Artisanal house-made rubs, southern quality service and a modern ambiance combine to offer guests the greatest BBq in Chicago. Great BBq is a passion, not a pastime. Before the sun rises, Chicago q chefs are smoking their signature, highest quality, Kobe brisket in their wood burning smokers to get the tender, made-from-scratch, deliciousness.

Grotto Family Style Mondays

Grotto Italian Steakhouse sticks to the traditions of the Old-World by presenting an authentic Italian dining experience on Monday nights.  For $20 per person, the Family Style Dinner includes a bountiful portion of Neck Bones, Rigatoni, and Meatballs in Marinara Sauce, perfect for sharing.  This offer is valid during dinner hours from 4:00 PM to close.  No food substitutions.  Other restrictions may apply.  Reservations are highly recommended.

Die-hard football fans don’t have to miss out on family dinners this season.  Grotto offers a great way to enjoy dinner with loved ones while keeping tabs on the big game.  The lounge area offers unrestricted views for a pleasant viewing experience.  Grotto invites football fans to watch all NFL games all season long.  

WHEN: Every Monday evening, 4:00 PM – close

COST: $20 per person

RESERVE: Call (630) 571-5700

Grotto Italian Steakhouse
3011 Butterfield Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523