Wine & Spirits Dinner Series Showcases Chicago Gourmet Restaurants

Just sharing more from my inbox this week. This series sounds superb! Some great venues featured in this series!


Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet invites food, wine and spirits enthusiasts to a celebratory series of Wine & Spirits Dinners, featuring exciting themes at participating Chicago Gourmet restaurants. At each event, attendees enjoy a personal, sneak preview of the main event in Millennium Park, which will be held September 27-29. Each dinner also showcases expertly chosen beverage selections from presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, paired with world-class cuisine from Chicago's top chefs.

The series, now in its third month, continues with the following delicious lineup:

August 14, 2013:
Address: Ritz-Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 573-5160 
Ticket Price: $59
Time: 6 p.m.
'Shrooms and Heirlooms: Executive Chef Mark Payne shares a savory, four-course menu inspired by summer truffles and heirloom tomatoes, complemented with wine pairings. Courses include Heirloom Tomato with Burrata, Basil Seeds, Minus 8 Vinegar and Corn Nuts paired withChandon Pinot Noir; Grilled Skirt Steak with Chanterelle Mushrooms

August 14, 2013:
Address: 3819 N. Broadway | Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 868-9866 
Ticket Price: $35
Time: 5 p.m.
Red Hot Summer: The Hearty Boys - Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh - have prepared a sizzling summer prix fixe dinner complete with perfect pairings. The menu includes Watermelon Salad paired with Toad Hollow Rose, Cilantro Baby Back Ribs served with Texas Sangria featuring Valentine Vodka from Detroit, and for dessert, Chocolate Pot du Crème accompanied by Laetitia Pinot Noir. Reservations are available at (773) 868-9866.

September 25, 2013:
A very special Chicago Gourmet Wine & Spirits Dinner will be held at the award-winning Vermilion restaurant on Wednesday, September 25, placing a spotlight on leading women in the hospitality industry. Details coming soon.

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. Space is limited, and reservations are required.

About Chicago Gourmet
Now in its sixth year, Chicago Gourmet is a premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago's impressive culinary community. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and the Anton Family Foundation to celebrate and honor both Chicago's culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also aims to highlight Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. For more information, please visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

About Bon Appétit:
Food is the new fashion, and the new Bon Appétit is the food lover's style guide. The magazine, and its companion website, deliver not just recipes, tips and techniques, but a world of lush travel, high-gloss entertaining and up-to-the-minute restaurant coverage. It's a visually arresting publication, driven by excellent photography, clean graphics, and headlines that pop. And notable faces too: Each issue features of-the-moment tastemakers, from chefs and restaurateurs to fashion designers and celebrities. All of these elements combine to make Bon Appétit the largest epicurean magazine in America with the most affluent readership.

Bon Appétit is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, which operates in 25 countries.  In the United States, Condé Nast publishes eighteen consumer magazines, two trade publications and twenty-seven websites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement. Please visit

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 29 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia-as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership.  In addition, Southern has announced a pending strategic arrangement with Glazer's Family of Companies in the center of the country-resulting in an incremental 8 markets to Southern's existing footprint. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: