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Dining news: Alpana Singh's award; Icosium Kafe closes
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2014-01-07

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—The Boarding House owner Alpana Singh will accept the 2013 Sommelier of the Year Wine Star Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine in New York City on Jan. 27. People.com has reported on celebrity sightings and ABC's new TV series Betrayal has filmed multiple episodes at the four-story restaurant.

—Algerian creperie Icosium Kafe, 5200 N. Clark St., has closed after eight years, according to DNAInfo.com . Chef/owner Belkacem El Metennani signed a note posted on the front door that read, "I'm done with crepes." There was also an Icosium location in Lincoln Park, but it closed in 2011, citing slow business.

—Both locations of Burger Boss ( 7512 W. North Ave. in Elmwood Park; 3208 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago ) are offering the Banh Mi Burger as their January special. The sandwich is an Angus beef patty with pickled carrots and radishes, fresh cucumber slices, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and sriracha hoisin mayo between two toasted Brioche buns.

—Boystown has another eatery, as mEAT has opened at 3339 N. Halsted St. The restaurant's concept revolves around mostly meat skewers that are meant to be ordered like sushi—complete ideas, cut in bite-sized pieces. See www.EatAtMeat.com .

—ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., is having Golden Globes cocktails through Jan. 12; items include the "Cointreau-versial Winner" ( Cointreau, cranberry, lime and Sprite ) and "Red Carpet Fizz" ( OR-G Vodka, grenadine and prosecco ) for $12 each. Also, guests can catch the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the lobby lounge. Call 312-564-2104.

—Also, Showplace will mark National Popcorn Day through Jan. 19 with its Lobby Lounge Cheddar Bacon Popcorn for $6 each. Extras members will receive half-price on the popcorn ( $3 each, plus tax ).

—Brasserie by LM, 800 S. Michigan Ave., and Hopothesis Beer Company are holding a special beer dinner on Thursday, Jan. 16. The traditional French Brasserie will be offering a prix fixe menu, which includes beer pairings for $20 per person, not including tax or gratuity. The menu will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. See www.BrasseriebyLM.com .

—Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave., is teaming with One Hope United to gather gifts for local children in need through Thursday, Jan. 9, in honor of Three Wise Men Day ( or Three Kings Day ), which was Jan. 6. Tanta is asking guests to bring in an unwrapped children's gift and in exchange they will receive a complimentary special entree: grilled sea scallops served on top of organic quinoa and beet salad, with a cream passion fruit sauce.

—On Elvis Presley's birthday ( Jan. 8 ), guests at Kanela Breakfast Club—located in Old Town and Lakeview—can enjoy Kanela's take on Presley's favorite food ( fried peanut butter and banana sandwich ) with a specialty banana and peanut butter smoothie for $6 each. See www.kanelacafe.com .

—American Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St., is giving customers a chance to win a pair of Blackhawks tickets. Starting Jan. 2, during each game, every customer who wears Blackhawks gear while watching will be entered to win. Two drawings for the Blackhawks tickets will be held Jan. 14 and 29.

—"Chicago's Best WingFest" will take place Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington St., 1-5 p.m. The second block of tickets will go on sale Jan. 2 and the last block on Jan. 22. Tickets ( $30-$65 ) may be purchased directly at www.WingFest.net, and attendees must be at least 21.

—Italian restaurant Azzurra, 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., features several signature dishes. Among them are crispy Brussels sprout leaves with pecorino ( $5 ); grilled octopus with potatoes, red onion, chilis, lemon and olive oil ( $11 ); orecchiette pasta with Italian sausage, rapini, garlic and pecorino ( $13 ); and Chianti-braised beef short rib with Brussels sprouts, pancetta and soft polenta ( $19 ). See www.AzzurraChicago.com .

—Municipal Bar + Dining Company, 216 W. Ohio St., has announced Donald Penza as executive chef. New menu highlights include Philly cheese steak egg rolls, lobster rolls, grilled skirt steak, salmon and pork loin. See www.municipalbar.com .

—In recognition of National Soup Month, any guest who donates a canned soup or non-perishable food item at Kanela ( either location ) will receive a complimentary order of loukoumades ( Greek doughnut, lemon honey syrup and toasted walnuts ). Donations will be made to a local food pantry.

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