Benny's Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave., is marking National Grilled Cheese Month with a lobster grilled cheese made with provolone cheese and housemade citrus mayonnaise on brioche ($10.99). Visit www.bennyschophouse.com .
"A Goldmine of Planet Bordeaux Wines" will take place Friday, April 19, 5-8 p.m., at the 99th Floor at Skydeck in Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. More than 20 winemakers and 50 wines will be featured; there will be workshops, quizzes and a raffle for a case of Bordeaux. Tickets are $35; see planetbordeauxchicago-eac2.eventbrite.com .
In honor of 15 successful years of business in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., invites Chicagoans to celebrate its anniversary Monday, April 15. From 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the restaurant will offer a variety of $15 food and drink specials. See www.TavernOnRush.com .
Tommy Walton, a member of the local LGBT community, is among the 17 finalists to become the new host of the WTTW show "Check, Please!" Voting ends April 17; see http://checkplease.wttw.com/checkpleasehost/vote.
Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., is hosting a whiskey tasting Wed., April 24, 6:30-9 p.m. Sample four High West Whiskeys, including the Double Rye, Rendezvous Rye, American Prairie Reserve Bourbon and Campfire; in addition, there will be eats such as pulled pork sliders. Tickets are $72 in advance and $85 at the door (including tax and gratuity); call 312-642-1160.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., is offering its bourbon-glazed salmon burger ($13.95) as its "Burger of the Month." Also, there are the smoked Gouda and apple Mac ($8.95) as well as blueberry BBQ wings ($10.95). See www.jakemelnicks.com .
Chelsea Print & Publishing is teaming with local startup Winestyr for "an evening of modern wine inspiration with California [flair]." The event will take place Tuesday, April 9, 6-9 p.m., at 666 W. Hubbard St., on the third floor. For free admission, register at rockandvinebook.com/chicago. (Donations will benefit Wine to Water.)
Evanston restaurant Koi, 624 Davis St., celebrates National Soy Month by offering complimentary edamame samples to all dining guests during April. Guests can also celebrate soy month at Koi by choosing to replace the main protein with tofu. See www.KoiEvanston.com .
Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, has appointed Rodolfo Cuadros as its new executive chef. Cuadros comes to Carnivale with more than 15 years experience and holds a culinary arts degree from tJohnson and Wales University. See www.CarnivaleChicago.com .
Ada St., a DMK Restaurant located at 1664 N. Ada St., is expanding its cocktail menu. The drink menu is divided into: Celebratory Libations; Vodka; Gin; Rum; Tequila; Irish & Scotch; Bourbon & Rye; Aromatics; and Shots and Nightcaps. Reservations can be made by visiting www.adastreetchicago.com or directly on Open Table.
Chicago's Shedd Aquarium is cooking up a selection of healthy food choices for children ages 12 and under through a new partnership with Healthy Fare for Kids and Sodexo, the aquarium's food-service provider. President and founder Diane Schmidt, a local parent and health educator, developed the initiative with James Beard Award-winning chef Sarah Stegner, co-owner and co-chef of Prairie Grass Cafe, and Carol Wagner, holistic nutrition consultant.
Dining Out for Life will take place April 25 in several North American cities, including Chicago; visit www.diningoutforlife.com . Last year, Chicago raised more than $110,000 to continue its mission of providing housing and services to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Among the dozens of participating restaurants are Club Lucky, Andies, Crew Bar & Grill, Salpicon, and Longman & Eagle.
Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St., will host a piggyback dinner Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. to benefit The Southern Foodways Alliance with James Beard Award-winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee in celebration of their new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. The Lee Brothers will be signing their new cookbook as Executive Chef Paul Fehribach prepares dishes featuring recipes from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen and a few Lee Bros. classics from their earlier books. It's $100 per person; see www.bigjoneschicago.com/bigjonesblog/?p=2019.
El's Kitchen & Bar, 1450 W. Webster Ave., has weekend brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests may enjoy bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas with the purchase of brunch for $15. Also, some of El's signature items include El's Brisket Eggs Benedict and Chicken & Waffles.
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation as well as Food Justice and American Injustice, will speak at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., on Thursday, April 4, at 5 p.m. (A contributor to The Atlantic magazine since 1994, Schlosser has also written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and other publications.) Admission is free; for more info, call 312-996-6354.
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted St., is hosting a "Bodega Wine Dinner" Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. There will be nearly 30 wines and spirits to sip and savor while learning from expert conossieurs on hand. Also, there will be a flamenco dinner show Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 each (plus tax and tip) for the dinner and $15 (plus tax) for the flamenco event; all 773-935-5000.
Celebrate Chicago's culinary offerings at many of the city's most notable chef-driven restaurants during the Fifth Annual Chicago Chef Week, March 17-22. Nearly 75 restaurants will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for $44 each; for those who serve lunch, there's a $22 menu. See chicagochefweek.com for the full list of participating restaurants.
Grass Fed, 1721 N. Damen Ave., is offering its #1 best-seller for weekend brunchFried Chicken & Waffles ($14)on Monday, March 25, for "International Waffle Day." Grass Fed's take features buttermilk-brined Amish raised chicken, topped with sage butter and drizzled with warm maple syrup. Visit www.grassfedbucktown.com .
Municipal Bar + Dining Company, 216 W. Ohio St., is now open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. on weekdays. Lunch appetizers include steak tartar ($12) and lobster avocado salad ($15), while lobster roll ($15) and chorizo gourmet burger ($14) are among the sandwiches offered. Call 312-951-2125 or visit www.municipalbar.com .
Baconfest Chicago will take place at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday, April 20. The lunch session will be 12:30-3 p.m., and the dinner session will be 6:30-9 p.m., with a one-hour VIP event happening before each. A panel of judges bestows the Golden Rasher Awards on chefs and guests for achievement in the bacon arts. Tickets are $100 each; see baconfestchicago.com for more details.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., explores the role food plays in our lives with the premiere of its newest self-developed exhibit, "Food: The Nature of Eating." The exhibit runs through Sept. 8. See www.naturemuseum.org .
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