Next Steakhouse tickets went on sale Saturday night, but if you can't get in there, plenty of other things are going on in restaurants around town, even if it is January. (Given the weather, some of what's scheduled for tonight may well have been scrapped, so you should call ahead—them, not us.)
• Found in Evanston announced that the next dinner in its Moveable Feast series will be "Farmer's Market in January" on Tuesday, January 21. They'll partner with Spence Farm Foundation, which will supply produce from its farm in Fairbury, Illinois; the event benefits the foundation's programs for training new small farmers in sustainability practices. Tickets are $105 with tax and gratuity; more info here.
• Also in ongoing series: Frontier, whose So You Think You're a Foodie series of game-meat dinners I wrote about here, returns on Wednesday, January 22, with a mystery five-course menu featuring locally foraged foods. So what does that mean meatwise? You'll just have to go to find out; tickets are available here.
• In South America, Three Kings Day or Three Wise Men Day is celebrated today. In honor of the holiday Tanta is collecting gifts for kids on behalf of One Hope United through January 9; bring in an unwrapped children's gift and you'll get a free appetizer of scallops tiradito, grilled sea scallops served on top of organic quinoa and beet salad with a cream passion-fruit sauce.
• The very solid River North Italian restaurant Quartino will celebrate its octino, that is, its eighth birthday, tonight through Wednesday with all pizzas and pastas going for a very reasonable $8, as well as select bottles of Antica wine.
• Also tonight Atwood Cafe welcomes special guest pastry chef Brian Westover, who was a 2013 Food & Wine best new pastry chef nominee at 1789 in Washington, D.C.; he'll collaborate with chef Derek Simcik on an a la carte menu that includes three special desserts.
• How can you tell a French restaurant is in the Gold Coast? When it starts delivering, like Bistronomic is doing. They're also launching a new plat du jour, which gets you a classic French dish and a glass of wine for as little as $39 (or market price for dishes like bouillabaisse); the schedule is cassoulet on Sunday and Monday, seasonal bouillabaise on Tuesday and Wednesday, choucroute garnie on Thursday, whole fish on Friday, and prime cote de boeuf for two on Saturday.
• Wicker Park's Nando Milano Trattoria is kicking off a regional dinner series this Wednesday with a dinner devoted to Tuscany. OK, that's not exactly "out there," but it could get more interesting as they focus on lesser-known places like Campania (February 5), Sardinia (February 12), and Lazio (March 5). Hopefully they'll post the whole schedule on their site or Facebook page (hint).
• House-made sausages and regional beers on tap are the aim of Links Tap Room, which opens Saturday in the Bin Wine Cafe space at 1559 N. Milwaukee. We are promised "36 All-American craft beers on tap, four All-American cask beers on beer engines, about 40 All-American crafts available in large format bottles, and about ten by the can," including localish breweries like Revolution, Greenbush, New Holland, Half Acre, and others.
• Lillie's Q has added a new flavor to its stable of southern sauces: Hot Pepper Vinegar Sauce, in other words, just the thing a midwinter plate of greens or jambalaya could use a shot of. Get it at the restaurant or online here.