This November, BK Park, chef/owner of Juno, will open his passion project, Mako, at 731 W. Lake St. Mako, the fastest breed of shark, is named for what chef BK believes sushi chefs should aspire to be: quick, sharp and instinctual. The intimate 23-seat restaurant will serve authentic Omakase menus. Visit www.makochicago.com .
The new Bucktown restaurant from the owner and chef at Luella's Southern Kitchen should open this week, Eater Chicago noted. Luella's Gospel Bird will feature fried chicken from Darnell Reed as Reed opens his second restaurant. The opening date is slated to be Wed., Nov. 7, at 2009 N. Damen Ave., according to Reed.
Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls is now open, serving Indian street food in the West Loop at 1002 W Lake St. This is Hakka Bakka's second restaurant as the original location opened in Lincoln Park near DePaul in 2015, courtesy of husband-and-wife owners Kaushik Guha and Swetha Jalan.
LuxeHome will present CHILL, an International Wine & Culinary Event on Thursday, Nov. 8. The gourmet celebration, in cooperation with Wine Spectator Magazine, will take place within the ambiance of LuxeHome, the world's largest collection of premier boutiques, on the first floor of theMART ( 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza ) and will support three Chicago-area charities. Visit luxehome.com/chill.
Brindille is hosting "Wines of Armenia" on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Guests will join winemaker Vahe Keushguerian while enjoying an all-inclusive four-course tasting menu created by Chef Carrie Nahabedian. Admission is $130/person; visit brindille-chicago.com or call 312-595-1616.
Connected with Veterans Day, Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., will offer one complimentary drink to all veterans on Monday, Nov. 12. This includes active, former or retired military with proof of I.D. Also, Roanoke Restaurant, 135 W. Madison St., will offer a 20-percent discount to all veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille ( 5 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, Illinois; 630-571-1808 ) will be thanking veterans and active military this Veteran's Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. As a token of appreciation, the popular steakhouse is offering a complimentary Rare and Well Done three-course Sunday Supper ( value $34.95 ) to each veteran when dining with a paying guest who purchases the Sunday Supper or a dinner entree.
To mark Veterans Day, Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea, 1620 N. Milwaukee Ave. and 12 S. Michigan Ave., will offer a free cup of coffee or tea on Sunday, Nov. 11, with proof of service. See https://www.fairgrounds.cafe/ .
Texas de Brazil locations ( www.texasdebrazil.com/ ) nationwide are thanking veterans for their service! Two veterans can dine complimentary plus 20 percent off for up to six additional guests on Nov. 11-12 during dinner service. Attendees can enjoy the full rodizio-style menu featuring the hot and cold selections available in the salad area and authentic churrascomeats grilled over natural wood charcoal then served tableside by costumed gauchos.
Ramen-san is heading to Streeterville ( 676 N. Saint Clair St. ) to offer its signature ramen, Express Lunch and new menu additions to the neighborhood later this month. This will be the third downtown location of the ramen shop from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman. The menu imports classics from the River North and Fulton Market locations, like the 12-hour pork tonkotsu, Imperial vegetable broth and spicy Szechuan wings, while adding new features like a pork katsu sandwich available all day.
Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer a special menu for Beaujolais Nouveau Day on Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18. The three-course, prix fixe menu will be offered for dinner 5-10:30 p.m. for $39 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Culinary items will include house country pate, braised short ribs Bourguignon, Baked Alaska Belle Helene and more.
Furious Spoon has announced a multi-faceted philanthropic campaign, including a partnership with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ( CCH ) throughout November and December. The partnership kicks off the Chicago-based restaurant's #GiveFuriously initiatives and will offer an opportunity for diners, fans and followers to give back in various ways. Also, for the fourth year in a row, Furious Spoon will be giving out free bowls of ramen to those in need on Thanksgiving Day; this year the bowls will be available at the Wicker Park location. Visit FuriousRamen.com or ChicagoHomeless.org .
Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Ave., will celebrate its third anniversary on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. ( until close ) with a BBQ potluck. The celebration will be $65/person, and includes tax and tip; the package includes white wine, red wine and beer from Half Acre. Purchase tickets at dosurbancantina.com/event/anniversary or at the door.
Fairmont Chicago-Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr., is offering a chef-made "Thanksgiving at Home Dinner." Diners can order, pick-up and experience a holiday spread prepared by Fairmont Chicago Executive Chef Sean Curry, complete with an American Bronze turkey, a variety of side dishes, dessert and more, on Thursday, Nov. 22. The Thanksgiving at Home Dinner package costs $275 plus tax and serves eight; people can visit fairmontchicago.wufoo.com/forms/z169kzka15atqzv/ and place orders through Friday, Nov. 16.
Frontier Chef Brian Jupiter's Thanksgiving menu is available throughout November and on Thanksgiving day for pick-up and delivery. Holiday favorites include smoked turkey ( $75-95 ), Chef Brian Jupiter's famous five-cheese mac ( $40 ), seafood gumbo ( $50 ), traditional mashed potatoes ( $30 ), cornbread stuffing ( $35 ), kale-and-apple salad ( $35 ), string beans ( $30 ), buttered rolls ( $16/dozen ) and sweet-potato pie ( $20 ). The feast serves a minimum of 12 people for $24/person. For ordering details, visit http://bit.ly/FrontierThanksgiving.
Travelle, 330 N. Wabash Ave., is marking Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 with a brunch buffet ( $155/person, and $50 each for kids 5-12 ), with highlights such as a carving station with herb butter-basted whole roasted turkey and sous vide tomahawk ribeye; a smoke house station with cold smoked Scottish salmon, pastrami salmon, and dill salmon; and a variety of Thanksgiving favorites including country bread stuffing with chestnuts and sage, roasted seasonal root vegetables, and sweet potato casserole with candied pecans. The Thanksgiving buffet will be 12.-8 p.m., with dinner service at 8-10 p.m., with a la carte options available. Visit TravelleChicago.com or call 312-923-7705.
Both Chicago-area locations of Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crab House will be open on Thanksgiving 12-9 p.m. Truluck's three-course Thanksgiving menupriced at $40 for adults and $16 for children 12 and youngerincludes items such as lobster bisque or New England clam chowder; herb-roasted turkey breast; and classic pumpkin pie with eggnog whipped cream. See trulucks.com .
Ludlow Liquors, 2959 N. California Ave., is hosting a "Christmas Sucks" pop-up Nov 29-Jan. 1, 2019. Guests can enjoy creepy "Christmas decor, tragic family holiday photos and a special menu of not eggnog all month long," a press release noted. See Ludlow-Liquors.com .
The Barn Steakhouse is kicking off their winter wine dinner series with a special event Wed., Dec. 5, featuring acclaimed California winemaker, Greg Brewer, from Brewer-Clifton Winery. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., people will join the hostess-owner of The Barn, Amy Morton, for a meet-and-greet in the Winter Garden Room with Brewer. Dinner will follow in the loft space. The dinner costs $100 per person ( excluding tax and tip ); visit "An evening at The Barn Steakhouse with Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton" at BrownPaperTickets.com .
Chef StephenB and Get in the Kitchen's Jason Bailin will team for The Golden Girls-themed pop-up "Party On The Lanai!" on Friday, Dec. 7, 7-10 p.m., at 3617 N. Broadway. Items will include Rose's St. Olaf Salad and Big Daddy's Beef Short Rib, among other items. Tickets ( $79 each; no refunds ) are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-golden-girls-pop-up-dinner-on-the-lanai-tickets-51681742483.
Brewpoint Coffee, a cafe and roastery located in Elmhurst, is offering a variety of gift sets, including the Brewpoint Brewer Box, featuring two 12-ounce coffee blends and a pour over brewer ( $60-$75 ); the Female Empowerment Box, featuring two 12-ounce coffee blends from women producers ( $35 ); and more. See www.brewpointcoffee.com .
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