Easter brunches, a mysterious banquet, and other food and drink events | Bleader

Easter brunches, a mysterious banquet, and other food and drink events



No rabbits were harmed in the making of this sculpture
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  • No rabbits were harmed in the making of this sculpture

Bistro/wine bar/specialty store Bread & Wine teams up with D.O.C. Wine Bar for six dessert courses with wine pairings, including cherry-pistachio crumble with 2010 Buglioni Valpolicella Veneto and a goat cheese panna cotta with walnut, lamb's lettuce, and lemon and a 2011 Vietti Moscato D'Asti Piedmont. Reservations required. 2-4 PM, Bread & Wine, 3732 W. Irving Park, 773-866-5266, $25.


Easter brunches

Due Lire (4520 N. Lincoln, 773-275-7878, 11 AM-8 PM) Italian-style four-course prix-fixe, $45.
Davis Street Fishmarket (51 Davis, Evanston, 847-869-3474, 10:30 AM-3 PM) $34.95 for all-you-can-eat seafood, carving station, and breakfast food. $9.95 for kids under 10 and free for kids under 5.
Park Grill (11 N. Michigan, 312-521-7275, 11 AM-4 PM) a la carte menu divided into three sections: cold, sweet, and savory; including green eggs and lamb.
HB Home Bistro (3404 N. Halsted, 773-661-0299, 10 AM-2 PM) a la carte; selections include matzo brei (scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, dill, sour cream, and matzo;) and deep fried brioche french toast with whiskey sauce.
Roka Akor (456 N. Clark, 312-477-7652, 11 AM-3 PM) a la carte brunch with a Japanese twist includes robata grilled pork belly omelet and Japanese red bean and mixed berry pancakes.


Last year a group of local chefs started Ground Up, "a community organization dedicated to bridging the gap between the city and the farm." A fund-raiser tonight features tasting stations from 15 restaurants including Anteprima, Browntrout, and MK; there’s also beer, wine, and cocktails, Italian folk music, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Spence Farm Foundation, as well as Ground Up's indoor farmers’ market at Browntrout, launching May 1. 6-9 PM, Spacca Napoli, 1769 W. Sunnyside, $100.


During the first of Sushisamba Rio's sushi and sake 101 classes, patrons learn about the history of sake, followed by a sushi-making demonstration with chef Shigeru Kitano highlighting fish cutting, rice cooking, fish buying tips, and more. Includes a sake-paired dinner and an information booklet. Reservations required.
6:30-8:30 PM, Sushisamba Rio, 504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300, $75.


What happens when you combine five Chicago bartenders, five mystery ingredients, and Henri's Executive Chef Dirk Flanagan? You get "Le Mysterieux Festin" (the mysterious banquet,) a cocktail event with food pairings at Henri. Each bartender picks an ingredient from hundreds of options, creates a cocktail, and Flanagan creates dishes with each ingredient to pair with the drinks. Includes two hors d'ouevres. Reservations recommended. 6:30 PM, Henri, 18 S. Michigan, 312-578-0763, $100.