Monthly Archives: December 2010

Canivale University Winter Quarter Begins

First Up: Mojitos 101

This January, the Carnivale University Winter Quarter will begin with Mojitos 101.  Carnivale’s Master Mixologist, Daryl Freeman, will lead this hands-on class featuring mouthwatering mojito recipes from Carnivale’s signature cocktail menu.  Participants will learn the history of this classic Cuban cocktail while creating and sampling the perfectly muddled mojitos paired with appetizers prepared by Executive Chef David Dworshak.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

COST:  $25

TO RESERVE: Reservations Required. Call (312) 850-5005

702 West Fulton Market
Chicago IL 60661


Carnivale January Live Music Schedule

Featuring Carnivale University Winter Quarter and Latin Dancing 101 

This January, Carnivale will take its vibrant bar scene to the next level with a full schedule of live music featuring some of Chicago’s most renowned Latin bands.  Every Wednesday from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM, guests will enjoy live music and entertainment as they indulge in Carnivale’s soulful Latino cuisine and refreshing libations.  Admission is free (full schedule available below).

As a pre-music bonus, guests are invited to join Carnivale on Wednesday, January 19 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM as the Carnivale University Winter Quarter will begin with Mojitos 101.  Carnivale’s Master Mixologist, Daryl Freeman, will lead this hands-on class featuring mojito recipes from Carnivale’s signature cocktail menu.  Participants will learn the history of this classic Cuban cocktail while creating and sampling perfectly muddled mojitos paired with appetizers prepared by Executive Chef David Dworshak.  Additionally, on January 26 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, guests can enjoy a Carnivale University Latin Dancing 101 Class.  The cost for each class is $25 per person, and reservations are required by calling (312) 850-5005.  

Skilled composer and trombonist and 2004 Grammy Nominee Angel Melendez along with his quartet will perform on both Wednesday, January 5 and 19.  Having played some of the great Chicago venues including The Chicago Symphony Center, Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion, The House of Blues and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Angel Melendez has grown to become one of the most recognized Latin musicians in Chicago.

: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
1/5: Angel Melendez Quartet
1/12: William Gomez Con Cache
1/19: Angel Melendez Quartet
1/26: William Gomez Con Cache

All bands provided by Latin Street Dancing.  For more information on the bands, please visit

CARNIVALE702 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Lobby Lounge Golden Globes Viewing Party

Guests are invited to catch all the star studded action as 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards broadcasts on Sunday, January 16, 7:00 PM at The Lobby Lounge located in the ShowPlace Icon Theatre.

Movie lovers can view the awards show on five 50 inch HD TVs located throughout the lounge while sipping on an exclusive “Golden Globe” cocktail for $8 (Vanilla cognac, Goldschlager, Grapefruit, Pineapple Juice, Honey Simple Syrup served in a champagne flute).

WHEN: Sunday, January 16
7:00 PM                                                           

COST:  $8.00

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

Grotto January Music Schedule and More

Featuring Live Entertainment and New Catering Menu

This January, Grotto Italian Steakhouse in Oak Brook presents DJs JoJo & Gizep spinning every Friday.  The well-known Chicagoland duo brings a versatile mix including Old School, Freestyle, Hip Hop and House to Grotto’s fully heated patio.  January schedule available below.  Upcoming months and music descriptions can be found on the Grotto website:

In addition, Grotto introduces their all-new Catering Menu, featuring a full selection of pizzas like pan pizza and thin crust pizza.  Other menu highlights include an array of Sandwiches, Pasta, Salads, Desserts and Combination Platters.  Grotto caters events of all sizes, from family dinners to larger parties.  Delivery is available for orders over $40, plus a $3 delivery charge.  Full menu available upon request.

Every Friday:  1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 – DJ JoJo & Gizep

Grotto Italian Steakhouse
3011 Butterfield Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Il Poggiolo Daily Specials

Featuring Half-Price Wine Wednesday and a Prix-Fixe Lunch Special

Il Poggiolo will offer an array fresh daily specials beginning January 2011 available Sunday through Wednesday in addition to their daily prix-fixe lunch special for $15.  Guests can enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Pasta for Kids on Sundays, Guest Bartending Mondays, and Half-Price Wine Wednesdays in which patrons can indulge in a house selection of wine by the bottle available at half-price.

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta for Kids
Every Sunday from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Up to 4 children per table.  Selections from Kids Menu only.

Guest Bartending Nights
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
No Cover
Specialty Cocktails from P.I.N.K Vodka, $6 (regularly $12)
Portion of proceeds are donated to guest bartender’s charity of choice  

Tini Tuesdays
$9 Martinis from select list

Half-Price Wine Wednesdays
House selection of wine by the bottle available at half-price

Available Monday through Friday 
Chef’s 3-course special includes soup or salad, pasta and dessert
*includes soft drink or tea

8 East First Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Gastrotommy 2 for 1 Holiday Special

The Gift of Food and Wine 

The brainchild of Chicago restaurateur Tom Powers, offers unparalleled bi-monthly food and wine education direct from top winemakers, chefs, and sommeliers via his HD web-only show and deep discounts on food and wine.

A perfect last minute holiday gift, Gastrotommy is offering an exclusive 2 for 1 Holiday Special in which customers who purchase a membership will receive 1 FREE gift membership for a friend.  Memberships are $75 per year.  Gastrotommy insiders receive:

  • HD movie-quality video production
  • Unparalleled, bi-monthly food and wine education direct from winemakers, chefs, and sommeliers throughout the world
  • Discounts at featured wineries and restaurants
  • Access to a selection of rare, hard-to-find wines
  • Download recipes and food and wine pairings featured in the show

To purchase the 2 for 1 Holiday Special shoppers and foodies alike can  visit: 

About Gastrotommy
The wide screen, high definition show will be the first of it’s kind since historically, the restaurant and wine industries have been covered by outsiders and critics Gastrotommy will introduce the audience to the chefs, winemakers and sommeliers that are shaping today’s world of gastronomy. Each bi-monthly episode will have a celebrity guest, provide insider details on a new culinary topic, and ultimately provide the audience with innovative food and beverage pairings. Episodes will feature locations such as Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Chicago, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, New York, New Orleans and more.

Cityscape Bar Golden Globes Viewing Party

Chicagoans can enjoy the highly anticipated 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards at Cityscape Bar’s viewing party on Sunday, January 16.  Patrons can sit back, relax and sip on an array of themed cocktails available all day for $6 each including: The Red Carpet and The Envelope Please.

Guests who wish to enjoy a full dinner after the show can dine at ItaliAsia Restaurant located adjacent to Cityscape Bar where they will discover a menu offering a kaleidoscope of flavors from Italy and Pan Asia that creates a taste sensation of East meets West.

WHEN: Sunday, January 16
                    7:00 PM

COST:  No Cover.  Cocktails are $6 each.

The Red Carpet Martini, $6
Patron Silver TequilaPatron Citronge LiqueurCranberry JuiceLime JuiceSugar Rim with Lime Wedge Garnish 

The Envelope Please Martini, $6
Grey Goose Vodka, Patron Citronge Liqueur, Apple Juice, Lime Juice, Splash of
Cranberry, Garnish with an Apple Wedge

Cityscape Bar
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza – 15th Floor
350 W. Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Friday-Sunday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

ItaliAsia – The Best of Both Worlds 
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-529-1157
Fax: 312-321-9806