Deals & Events

Dining Deals and Events, September 30-October 6

By Matt Kirouac  |  September 30, 2013

Tonight, Piccolo Sogno Due will raise a glass to Caprili Brunello, an estate founded in 1965 by Alfo Bartolommei. Co-hosted by special guest Giacomo Bartolomeo, chef Tony Priolo will curate a tasting that highlights the Brunellos of Caprili. The event opens with a reception at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 (312-822-0077).

In honor of its second birthday, Magnolia Bakery will offer mini banana puddings for $2 between 11 AM and 1 PM. Three of the puddings will contain golden tickets; two winners will receive $50 bakery gift cards and one lucky duck will win a Magnolia Bakery party worth up to $500 (312-346-7777).

Instead of blowing out birthday candles, Local Root will celebrate its first birthday with a free day-long barbecue. The organically minded cafe by day, restaurant by night will mark one year of business by slinging grass-fed burgers, hot dogs and free-range barbecue pork ribs from 11 AM to 5 PM on their outdoor patio grill (312-643-1145).

Cheat on meat or go whole beast at the Green City Market Junior Board's fall fundraiser, dubbed "A (Mostly) Veggie Affair." The inaugural event - at brand new event space The First Ward - will feature a myriad of Chicago chefs cooking vegetable-focused dishes, while Paul Virant and Bill Kim provide whole animal carnivorous supplements. Mixologists from the likes of Big Star, Scofflaw and Embeya will be on hand, and Hey Champ will provide the live tunes. The event runs from 7 until 11 PM and tickets are $45.

The Pilot Light Back to School Block Party kicks off at 6 PM at Publican Quality Meats. Originated by Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges, Justin Large, Ryan Poli and Jason Hammel, the non-profit organization strives to educate children about making healthier dining choices at school by implementing more nutrition into Chicago Public Schools' curriculums. The fundraiser features food and drink from Pilot Light chefs and comrades, a DJ and auction items such as a "Golden Ticket" to Big Star, a private backyard barbecue for 12 in Kahan's backyard and a private cocktail party for eight in Rick Bayless' garden. Tickets are $175.

The 1st Annual Chicago Vendy Awards will determine the city's best street food vendors via a friendly cook-off at Kendall College from 1 until 5 PM. The Vendys originated in NYC in 2005 and have since expanded to Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New Orleans. While a panel of judges will weigh in on the winners, attendees can sample the wares and drink beers. 

Laugh it up during Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club's "Mother Tour" brunch party, featuring comedian Margaret Cho. From 11 AM until 4 PM, the comedic affair features chicken and waffles, Rice Krispies French toast and more, plus half-priced martinis and footage of Cho's stand-up comedy shows on seven jumbo projection screens. A few brunch guests will win tickets to see Cho's "Mother Tour" show at the Chicago Theatre on October 19.