2/19/2013 09:59:00 AM

Chicago Dining Deals and Events, February 19-24

Pouring Ribbon's Troy Sidle arrives in Chicago

A bit of New York flair arrives in Chicago tonight in the form of Pouring Ribbons and Alchemy Consulting partner Troy Sidle. He will join mixologist Craig Schoettler behind the bar at Drumbar to make seven drinks off the menu from the New York City bar (312-943-5000).

Tickets to Baconfest go on sale at noon. They will not last long, so it is best to mark your calendars, set an alarm and cancel all lunch plans. Tickets for the April 20 events (yes, 4/20, find a new joke) cost $100 per session. Sixty-four chefs will serve bacon-y goodness as both the lunch and dinner sessions. Buy them here.

Stop by The Southern for a taste of rare bourbons paired with southern bites. The whiskeys being poured include Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, 
Woodford Reserve Aged Cask Rye,
Woodford Reserve New Cask Rye and
 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon as well as a welcome cocktail with Old Forester Signature. Tickets for the tasting cost $45 (773-342-1840).
Small Bar is getting a bit crazy, correction: wild. The third annual “One Wild Night” features a kooky collection of sour beer, fermented ales and lambic-style brews. VIP tickets for a pre-tasting are sold out, but general admission begins at 6 PM (773-772-2727).

Goose Island is taking over the taps at Timothy O’Toole’s with 24 of their beers. In addition to favorites such as Sofie and Matilda, they will be pouring Black Mission, Casimir and Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Tickets cost $40 and include six five-ounce samples, Goose Island Invasion keepsake glass and a Timothy O'Toole's Pub bottle opener (312-642-0700).

Apparently, there is some award show stealing all the thunder from the Daytona 500. For those who don’t care about 360-desgree views of dresses, Lottie’s Pub and The Pony will be screening the race at noon, plus assigning racecars to the first 43 guests. The person assigned the winning car gets a two-hour party. Everyone else gets drink specials.


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