Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From the inbox: Round-up of St. Patty's Day eats

Just had to share this nice round-up of delicious St. Patty's Day drinks and meals in the city. If you don't yet have plans to get your Irish on, take a peek!



Chicago Celebrates the Luck of the Irish with Festive Dishes and Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day


From the dyeing of the Chicago River and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to the masses of green seen across the city and the abundance of Irish-Americans (the city’s largest ethnic group!), Chicago knows a thing or two about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and it rarely disappoints. Whether Irish or just Irish for the day, these Chicago-area spots are celebrating our city’s Irish roots with festivities, drinks and eats ranging from the truly traditional to mostly modern. Highlights include:
 
 
ACME Hotel Company 
15 E. Ohio Street
(312) 894-0800
ACME is adding a Celtic twist to its complimentary Morning JoeTM amenity for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Guests staying at the boutique River North hotel from March 13-15 can opt for the Irish Morning JoeTM, which arrives in its signature ACME thermos filled with piping hot coffee complete with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream. The traditional Morning JoeTM will also be available and both options work just like ACME’s signature Knock & DropTM room service where an ACME team member knocks on the door at the requested delivery time, drops the gourmet coffee at the door and goes on their way. No need to worry about fumbling for tip money or finding a robe, guests can simply continue with their morning routine while enjoying their coffee in the comfort of their room. ACME will offer Irish Morning JoeTM as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests from March 13th through March 15th. Guests can also enjoy ACME’s signature Knock & DropTM room service featuring selections from West Town Bakery, located in the lobby. For more information and to book reservations please visit www.acmehotelcompany.com or call (312) 894-0800.
 
 
The Allis at Soho House Chicago
113-125 N. Green St.
(312) 521-8000
The British import in Fulton Market District is serving up two original cocktail recipes for St. Patrick's Day in its popular ground floor lounge, The Allis. After all, St. Patrick was from Britain but we don't have to tell anyone that! Crafted by Bar Manager Amy Probasco, guests can sip on one of two festive cocktails under the sparkle of The Allis' signature chandeliers, including Drowning the Shamrock featuring rum, green chartreuse, lime, crème de cocoa, and vanilla simple syrup or the Mott Street Cathedral with Irish Whiskey, Lillet Blanc and orange bitters. The Allis is located on the ground floor of the private members club and hotel, Soho House Chicago, and is open to the public along with its two other restaurants Pizza East and Chicken Shop. For more information please visit www.sohohousechicago.com or www.theallis.com

  
 
Bar Toma
110 East Pearson Street
(312) 266-3110
In Chicago, Italians even want to get in on the Irish spirit on St. Patrick's Day! Chef Tony Mantuano and Chef Erik Freeberg have created special Irish-themed gelato flavors, such as the Lucky Charm Gelato, as well as a Green Crust Pizza 
($15) made with melted leeks, spinach and pistachio pesto. With every Green Crust Pizza purchase, guests can enjoy $1 mini glasses of Guinness. These specials will be offered from Saturday, March 14 to Tuesday, March 17. 
  
 
The Florentine
151 W. Adams
(312) 660-8866 
This Italian Loop restaurant popular for power lunches and seasonal Italian cuisine joins in on the festive fun, along with the rest of the city, and plays Irish this St. Patrick’s Day. On Parade Day, The Florentine will serve up its festive Mint Whip cocktail featuring Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, Varnelli Caffé Moka, Bailey’s Irish Cream and…drumroll, please…mint infused whip cream. The whip cream is made with cane simple, a new liquid syrup created to easily dissolve into hot and cold beverages while adding flavor and sweetness. Guests can whip it good over the Mint Whip cocktail ($13), which is available all day on Saturday, March 14.
  
 
The Gage
24 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 372-4243
This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate at The Gage where Owners Billy and Catherine Lawless welcome Chicago’s Irish community – and those who are just “Irish for the Day” – on one of the city’s favorite holidays. Two generations of the Lawless family are behind the festive atmosphere at The Gage; they regularly play host to Irish diplomats and have even previously welcomed the President of Ireland on this cheerful day. All are invited to enjoy a lineup of authentic menu specials, live music, and good craic.  
 
Located just blocks from the Chicago River, carousers can visit the iconic Michigan Avenue restaurant after watching the traditional river dyeing and parade. Diners will savor Irish fare, washed down with a selection of traditional Irish beers, whiskeys, and specialty cocktails. Available during lunch and dinner service, The Gage’s St. Patrick’s Day menu is available from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17. In addition to the ever-popular Fish & Chips, a signature on The Gage’s menu, highlights include:
  
Bangers and Mash
Guinness mustard, onion jam ($18)

House-made Corned Beef
Braised cabbage, new potato, horseradish crème fraîche ($20)

Corned Beef Sandwich
Pickled cabbage slaw, Guinness soaked swiss, remoulade ($14)
 
Live Irish music, featuring the Fiddling Finnegans, will entertain from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.  
 
Guests can pull up a stool at the lively bar and sip on a perfect pint of Guinness and other specialty beers including Harp, Smithwicks, Murphy’s, and Boulevard Irish Ale.  The Gage’s beverage expert Clint Rogers will be serving up a specialty St. Patrick’s Day-themed cocktail – Jenny’s Blade (inspired by the character Jenny Everdeane in the movie Gangs of New York), which includes green tea-infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, Rhine Hall Apple Brandy, galangal, lime and soda ($12), and Wine Director Jon McDaniel encourages wine-lovers to sip on Marques de Irun 2012 “Verde” jo ($11). Reservations are highly recommended. Please call (312) 372-4243 or visit www.thegagechicago.com.
  
 
1301 American Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 517-1600
This St. Patrick’s Day, James Beard Award Winner and Top Chef Master contestant Chef David Burke will be tapping into his Irish heritage at his farm-to-table restaurant, Grillhouse by David Burke in Schaumburg. For the special day, Chef Burke will be serving Samuel Adams Irish Red Shepherd's Pie with Shamrock Potatoes. Shepherd's pie is a classic traditional dish to serve on St. Patrick's Day, and this one adds some beer to the mix to let you get your drinking and eating in at the same time! The restaurant will also be offering specials on Guinness and Irish Whiskey throughout the holiday. 
  
 
The Meatloaf Bakery
2464 N. Clark St.
(773) 698-6667
To make everyone feel as lucky as a leprechaun, The Meatloaf Bakery™ is offering festive shamrock-shaped loaves available in a variety of flavors. The home of the meatloaf cupcake has created the perfect treat to serve at a family gathering or while watching the river turn green. After all, everyone needs something hearty to soak up all of those Guinness beers!
  
 
Michael Jordan’s Steak House
505 N Michigan Ave
(312) 321-8823
From March 14-17, Michael Jordan’s Steak House will be offering Sliced House-Cured Corned Beef Brisket on Red Hen Bakery’s Artisan Rye with stout mustard ($17) on the lunch menu. For the dinner crowd, the steak house will offer Braised House-Cured Corned Beef Brisket with cabbage fondue and boxty potatoes ($30). 
  
 
Paramount Events 
1932 West Lake Street
(773) 880-8044
Paramount Events’ Executive Chef Devon Quinn is 100% Irish, so naturally, he offers his take on Corned Beef Hash throughout the year. For those throwing St. Patrick’s Day parties, Paramount Events’ Drop Off Menu offers many great options including Southern Classic Corned Beef Hash, corned beef brisket, onion and diced potatoes with scrambled eggs and buttermilk biscuits for $8.95/guest. For more information or to place an order, call (773) 880-8068 or email DropOff@ParamountEventsChicago.com.

  
 
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago 
401 North Wabash
(312) 588-8000
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites Chicagoans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day just steps from the downtown festivities. Offering unmatched, expansive views of the Chicago River being dyed green, the hotel offers a sophisticated experience for revelers on one of Chicago’s most spirited holidays.
 
At Rebar, the hotel’s chic mezzanine-level lounge that overlooks the Chicago River, guests can take advantage of the view from the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests are invited to enjoy the signature cocktails and Irish inspired bites designed to fill St. Patrick’s Day revelers with the “Luck o’ the Irish.” The signature Shamrocktini ($15) with Jameson Whiskey, Vanilla Absolut and Creme de menth with gold flakes around the rim will be offered along with a festive menu of holiday fare including Grilled Guinness Bratwurst on a toasted torpedo roll with braised red cabbage and spicy mustard ($16) and theRueben Burrito with corned beef, melted swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing ($18). 
 
Rebar will be serving the Irish inspired menu on Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Rebar will be open until 1 a.m. For a prime view of the 9:30 a.m. dyeing of the river, guests may reserve tables for $35 per person by calling (312) 588-8034.

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