|Dim Sum brunch at Tao|
Lincoln Ristorante hosts a Castello di Ama Winemaker Dinner tonight from 7-9:30 PM. $125 buys six courses with wine pairings including dishes like pappardelle with braised rabbit alla Maremmana, as well as the chance to mix and mingle with Italian winemakers Lorenza and Marco Pallanti.
Enjoy a five-course menu highlighting some of the top ingredients from around the U.S. with the 21 Club’s “Cross-Country Culinary Journey” dinner. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with canapés and bubbly, followed by the meal with dishes including Pacific line-caught halibut with wild ramps. The $150 tab includes wine pairings and an intro to each course from Chef John Greeley and sommelier Phil Pratt.
Celebrate the city’s most delectable dairy dishes at Edible Manhattan’s Good Dairy event at Openhouse Gallery from 6-9 PM. The $25 ticket includes tastings from 19 vendors including Momofuku Milk Bar, Saxelby Cheesemongers, The Vanderbilt, and The Chocolate Room, plus libations from local spirit, wine, and beer producers.
The Beard House hosts a Modern French Elegance Dinner tonight, with Greg Biggers and Patrick Fahy of Café des Architectes at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in the kitchen. The evening begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres like foie gras macarons and sesame sweetbreads, followed by a dinner featuring decadent dishes like milk-braised pork belly with Maine lobster, asparagus, smoked blueberries and pistachio powder. The evening costs $130 for JBF members ($170 for non-members) and includes wine pairings.
End the work week at Flatiron Indian Junoon, which is offering a new Spring Cocktail Hour featuring $10 cocktails and $7 small plates from 5-6:30 PM - we like the Sparkling Saffron champagne cocktail and the Spice Naan stuffed with mozzarella and gruyere and topped with garlic and their homemade spice blend.
LES German eatery Loreley kicks off beer garden season with a Tanz in Den Mai (“Dance in May”) celebration today. At 3 PM, a ceremonial keg of Hofbräu Maibock beer will be tapped, with each guest receiving a free pint while the beer lasts. Also on offer until May 3: five sausage platters featuring smoked bratwurst, Hungarian Kolbase, New Orleans Cajun-spiced Andouille, and more.
End the week with delicious dumplings at Pan-Asian eatery Tao, which recently launched a new Dim Sum Sunday Brunch (Bloody Mary oyster shooters, anyone?).