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Cantina Laredo Unveils New Summer Cocktails

“Fiesta Flips” Feature Flipped and Filled Limes

Cantina Laredo, located in the heart of River North, has unveiled a new line of summer cocktails. The fun “Fiesta Flips” feature a lime half flipped inside out and filled with a shot of liquor. The libations (French Flip; Cabo Flip; Wild Flip) are $12.75 each and detailed below.

Guests may enjoy the trio of new drinks at the bar, in the second floor lounge or main dining room. Chef Cruz Almanza offers lunch, weekend brunch, dinner and a lounge menu (table-side guacamole, ceviche, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and more). For table reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit cantinalaredo.com.

“FIESTA FLIPS”

FRENCH FLIP 
Espolón Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier,  Monin lavender syrup,  fresh lime and margarita mix, topped with a Grand Marnier, lemon zest and basil leaf lime boat $12.75

CABO FLIP
A Cantina Laredo favorite, made with Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh lime, topped with a Cabo Wabo Blanco lime boat $12.75

WILD FLIP

Wild Turkey bourbon, Monin blood orange syrup, fresh lemon and simple syrup, topped with a Wild Turkey, orange zest, mint leaf and Luxardo cherry lime boat $12.75

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

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Chicago Craft Beer Week Events at Jerry’s

Half Acre Brews Benefit ACLU, Garden Party with Avery and Forbidden Root

Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24
6 p.m.

During Chicago Craft Beer Week, Jerry’s in Lincoln Square and Andersonville will partner with Half Acre Beer Company, Avery and Forbidden Root for two brew-centric events.

“Garden Party” in Andersonville
No need to pack away your Derby hats just yet! Jerry’s in Andersonville will hold a garden party on Tuesday, May 23. Starting at 6 p.m., guests may enjoy craft brews from Forbidden Root and Avery Brewing Company on the backyard patio. A bevy of botanical beers will be featured, including Forbidden Root’s Sublime Ginger ($8/12 oz), Tropical Toy Boat ($7.50/12oz), Fernetic ($8.50/8 oz), a TBD East Coast-style Pale Ale ($8/12 oz) and Avery’s Tangerine Quad, Raspberry Sour, Apricot Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout and Coconut Porter (all $10/8oz). Laura Von Brock from Avery Brewing Company and Kevin Fitchuk from Forbidden Root will be on hand to discuss their beer. The full dining menu will be available until 11 p.m.

“Grab a Cold Cat for a Cool Cause” in Lincoln Square
Jerry’s in Lincoln Square is partnering with Half Acre Beer Company to raise funds for the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. On Wednesday, May 24 starting at 6 p.m., event guests are invited to enjoy “Tiger and Alice” ($8, 12oz) or “Barrel-Aged Big Hugs” ($11/8oz) brews while supporting freedom, liberty, equality and justice for all within the United States. Jerry’s will also be pouring “Galactic Double Daisy Cutter” ($8.50/12oz) and the always quaffable Pony Pils ($6, pint). Eric Kapraun from Half Acre will be on hand to discuss the craft brew scene in Chicago. The evening will feature a raffle for Half Acre and Jerry’s swag (koozies, patches, pins, stickers, beer, a growler with a free fill, hat, shirt and Jerry’s gift certificates). 10% of all sales for the evening and 100% of raffle proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of Illinois. The full dining menu will be available until 11 p.m.

Jerry‘s, Lincoln Square
4739 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
872.208.6264

Jerry‘s, Andersonville
5419 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
773.796.3777

JerrysSandwiches.com
@WithHotSauce

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Mother’s Day Brunch at The Blanchard

Celebrate with Friends, Family and French Cuisine 

Sunday, May 14
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The Blanchard, located in Lincoln Park, will welcome Mother’s Day celebrants with a special brunch menu on Sunday, May 14. Executive Chef Ryan Burns has crafted a menu with sweet and savory French brasserie-inspired favorites, from Outhier (creamy scrambled egg, chive, vodka spiked creme fraiche, royal ossetra caviar) and Stone Fruits Salade (marcona almond, coriander, basil and chive, vindaloo compressed cucumber) to Croque Madame (smoked Nueske’s ham, fromage gruyere, fried egg, sauce morney brulee) and Steak Frites (8-oz. hanger steak, oyster mayonnaise, charred chicory). All moms will receive a complimentary flute of champagne. The complete Mother’s Day brunch menu is detailed below.

The Blanchard offers an extensive French wine list and signature craft cocktails. The charming front patio will be open, weather permitting.

Mother’s Day reservations may be made by calling The Blanchard at 872.829.3971 or by visiting BlanchardChicago.com.

The Blanchard
1935 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, Illinois 60614
872.829.3971
BlanchardChicago.com

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Oeufs Servi En Coquille (in shell)

Outhier
creamy scrambled egg, chive, vodka spiked creme fraiche, royal ossetra caviar $14

Crabe Royal
onion creme, smoked salmon roe,pea tendrils, pea curd $16

Cauliflower
cauliflower souffle, raclette, brazil nut, botarga, cured egg yolk $12

Arpege Farm Egg
aged sherry cream, bourbon maple syrup $14

Warm and Cool

Grilled Spanish Octpous
charred cumquats, fire roasted salsify, pepitas veloute $14

En Cocottes “Coddled Eggs”
slow roasted tomatoes, brown butter jambon crumble, petite lettuces, brioche $13

Oeufs a la Yvettes “Egg Tart”
Spanish shrimp, asparagus, black truffle eggs, shrimp butter, sauce Nantua $14

Stone Fruits Salade
marcona almond, coriander, basil and chive, vindaloo compressed cucumber $13

Grand Plats

Berry Clafoutis
farmed berries, goat milk, oat streusel, milk curd, honeycomb, lavender $11

Pain Grille aux Peches
slow-poached peaches, baking spices, chamomile cream, raisin rum syrup $13

Buckwheat Crêpes (Choice of Preparation)
Gray Lox $16; Wild Mushroom $12; Strawberry $14

Omelette
white miso roasted eggplant, herbs and lettuces, hot mustard vinaigrette $13

Mangalista Pork Belly Benedict
grilled pork belly, farm eggs, toasted brioche, dashi hollandaise, shiso and parsley $16

Steak Frites
8-oz. hanger steak, oyster mayonnaise, charred chicory $24

Croque Monsieur
smoked Nueske’s ham, fromage gruyere, sauce bechemel $13

Croque Madame
smoked Nueske’s ham, fromage gruyere, fried egg, sauce morney brulee $16

Blanchard Burger
prime beef, slab bacon, butterkase cheese, shallot confit, garlic aioli, frites $18

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Bar Roma

Complimentary Sparkling Rosé and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Sunday, May 14
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bar Roma will welcome Mother’s Day celebrants for a festive midday meal in Andersonville on Sunday, May 14. In addition to the restaurant’s regular brunch menu, executive chef Fred Ramos will offer an array of specials including: asparagus and prosciutto salad; colossal shrimp cocktail; wild mushroom omelette; house made ricotta gnocchi; and dark chocolate cake (detailed below). All moms will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling rosé to toast to the occasion and chocolate covered strawberries to finish their meal.

Bar Roma is open for brunch on Mother’s Day from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by dinner service from 5-10 p.m. The complete menu may be viewed here. For table reservations, please call 773-942-7572 or visit BarRomaChicago.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch Specials

Salad
Asparagus, prosciutto, arugula, poached egg, aged balsamic $11

Appetizer
Colossal shell-on shrimp cocktail, spicy avocado and tomato bruschetta $14

Frittata of the Day
Wild mushroom, caramelized onions and fontina cheese omelette, breakfast potatoes, choice of toast $13

Pasta
House made ricotta cheese gnocchi, fresh heirloom tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella cheese $15

Dessert
Bittersweet bakery dark chocolate layer cake, raspberry filling, chocolate ganache glaze, vanilla bean ice cream $8

Bar Roma
5101 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
773-942-7572
BarRomaChicago.com

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Cinco de Derby Weekend at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

Back-to-Back Celebrations in Streeterville
 
Friday, May 5 & Saturday, May 6
11 a.m.-4 a.m.
 
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, located in Streeterville, will offer two days of celebratory specials for Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. 

Starting on Friday, May 5, say “ole!” to the fifth of May with $5 Modelo drafts, O’Toole’s Signature Margarita made with Casa Noble Crystal $7, Perfect Patron Margarita featuring Patron Citronge and Reposado $8, Perfect Patron Margarita created with Patron Citronge and Roca Silver $9, Patron Flight (Anejo, Reposado and Roca Silver, $18) and Prickly Pear Margarita with Casamigos Blanco, $7. Chef Corey Grupe’s menu features such festive fare as pulled pork nachos, ancho chili grilled fish tacos, chicken torta, southwest salad and a Mexican rice bowl.

The following day (Saturday, May 6), the subterranean sports bar will get into the Derby Day spirit with $5.50 12 oz. drafts of Stella served in keepsake etched glassware and $6.50 Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, also served in keepsake etched glassware (while supplies last). The 143rd Kentucky Derby will be shown on over 70 screens, including a massive 110″ HD TV, at 5:34 p.m.

Timothy O’Tooles Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
TimothyOTooles.com

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Kentucky Derby Specials at Jerry’s Sandwiches

Hot Browns and Bourbon by a Certified Kentucky Colonel 
Saturday, May 6
Jerry’s is off to the races! In celebration of Derby Day (May 6), the Lincoln Square and Andersonville locations will serve Kentucky Hot Brown sandwiches (turkey, Mornay cheese sauce, bacon, tomato on challah) for $13.50. In addition, the restaurants will feature Mint Julep cocktails ($10 each) and offer $1 off all Kentucky bourbons, all day. The bourbon menu, curated by certified Kentucky Colonel Trey Elder, may be viewed here.
The Kentucky Derby will be shown on multiple screens in the bar area. Jerry‘s in Lincoln Square is open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Jerry‘s in Andersonville is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (kitchens close at 11 p.m.).

Jerry‘s, Lincoln Square
4739 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
872.208.6264

Jerry‘s, Andersonville
5419 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
773.796.3777

JerrysSandwiches.com
@WithHotSauce

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Cantina Laredo

Celebrate Mom with a Complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Maria
 
Sunday, May 14
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


Cantina
 Laredo in River North will offer a modern Mexican midday meal on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Cruz Almanza’s brunch dishes, outlined below, include Crab Cake Benedict; Chicken Fajita Omelet; Huevos Rancheros; French Toast served with Mexican brandy butter; Chilaquiles; Spinach & Artichoke Omelet; Asada y Huevos; and more. As an added bonus, all brunch entrees are served with a complimentary mimosa, bloody maria or non-alcoholic beverage. 

Cantina Laredo also offers an array of apertivos (top shelf guacamole; quesadillas; ceviche), ensaladas (fajita chicken; grilled shrimp), hand-rolled enchiladas (barbacoa; avocado), taqueria (pollo; pescado), especialidades (fajitas; chicken flautas; pescado del dia) and postres (Mexican Apple Pie; churros).

To make Mother‘s Day brunch reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit cantinalaredo.com.

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
www.CantinaLaredo.com

Cantina LaredoBrunch Entrees
Mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage included

CRAB CAKES BENEDICT
Poached eggs on crab cakes topped with chipotle-wine hollandaise sauce, crumbled bacon and queso fresco $15.79

TOSTAR DE FRANCÉS
French toast topped with blueberries and strawberries, served with maple syrup and Mexican brandy butter $10.29

CHORIZO CON HUEVOS
Scrambled eggs with Mexican sausage $11.99

MIGAS CON HUEVOS
Scrambled eggs with jalapeños, bacon and sautéed tortillas $11.99

HUEVOS DIVORCIADOS
Corn pancake topped with two eggs, one with guajillo sauce and the other with tomatillo sauce $12.29

HUEVOS RANCHEROS
Traditional egg dish topped with ranchera sauce $11.99

CHICKEN FAJITA OMELET
Fajita chicken, peppers, onions and cheese with chile de arbol sauce $12.29

SPINACH & ARTICHOKE OMELET
Artichoke hearts, spinach, peppers, mushrooms and cheese with poblano sauce $11.49

CHILAQUILES
Chicken with sautéed tortillas in tomatillo salsa, topped with two fried eggs $11.99

ASADA Y HUEVOS
Grilled steak with marinated onions and chimichurri sauce. Served with two eggs with guajillo sauce $15.29

 

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“Jockeys and Juleps” at The Blanchard

Derby Day Fete Set in Lincoln Park

Saturday, May 6
3 p.m.-midnight

The Blanchard, which loosely translates to “white horse” in French, will hold a fun “Jockey and Juleps” fete for Derby Day. On Saturday, May 6, party guests are encouraged to don their finest southern attire and chapeaus as the Kentucky Derby airs at 5:34 p.m. in the lounge. Two of the best dressed race enthusiasts will receive a $100 dining certificate, one awarded for clothing and one for best hat.

A Derby Day soiree would not be complete without bourbon cocktails. Beverage consultant Michael Simon (Acadia; the Wit; Celeste) has created a Sweet Tea Julep made with Old Forester signature bourbon, sweet tea reduction, peach and mint ($14). Executive Chef Ryan Burns will offer items from the new bar menu including Hudson Valley Foie Gras (roasted; black truffle crusted; marbled torchon; rase), shareable snacks (toast and marrow; chick pea fries; escargot; duck rillettes) and entrees (Blanchard burger; steak frites; dover sole).  


The Blanchard will open early at 3 p.m. for the Kentucky Derby party.

The Blanchard
1935 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, Illinois 60614
872.829.3971
TheBlanchardChicago.com

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Annual Derby Day Soiree at III Forks Prime Steakhouse

Rooftop Grand Opening Event with High “Steaks” and Hats

Saturday, May 6
4 p.m.-midnight

…and they’re off (to the rooftop)! On Saturday, May 6III Forks will host their annual Derby Day soiree, which also kicks off patio season on the steakhouse’s spacious rooftop lounge. The event starts at 4 p.m. and party goers are encouraged to don their best seersucker suit, buff up the white bucks and choose a most fabulous chapeau for the occasion. A “Win, Place, Show” raffle will be held for dining gift certificates and other prizes.

The Derby Day soiree is free to attend. Guests that RSVP in advance will receive one themed cocktail, complimentary Maker’s Mark ice cream cone and passed appetizers from 4 p.m. to post time (5:34 p.m.). Drink specials include: $5 Maker’s Mark frozen mint juleps; $5 “Run for the Roses” Maker’s Mark frozen bourbon cocktail; $5 on-tap cocktails; and $3 Pacifico and Stella draft beer.

The Kentucky Derby race will be shown on multiple outdoor television screens. III Forks’ rooftop lounge offers plentiful seating, cabanas with built-in heaters, stone and glass fireplaces and stunning views of the city and park.

To RSVP, please call III Forks at 312-938-4303.

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.938.4303
IIIForks.com

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“Sommelier for a Day” Wine Tasting at III Forks

Sip and Swirl Six Selections from California

Wednesday, May 3
5-7 p.m.
$20 per person

III Forks Prime Steakhouse, located in Lakeshore East, will hold a “Sommelier for a Day” wine tasting on Wednesday, May 3. Starting at 5 p.m., sommelier Anton Licko will lead participants through a sampling of six different wines from California (outlined below) paired with an array of hors d’oeuvres crafted by executive chef Cedric Harden. Guests may sip, swirl and savor each selection and then vote on their favorite to be featured for the month. The fee to attend the tasting is $20 per person. To RSVP, call III Forks at 312-938-4303.

“Sommelier for a Day” Wine Selections

Chloe, Pinot Noir, Monterey County 2015
Alexander Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma 2014
Le P’Tit Paysan, Red Blend, San Benito County 2012
Turley ‘Juvenile’, Zinfandel, Napa 2015
Sanford, Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, 2012
Duckhorn, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa 2015

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.938.4303
IIIForks.com

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