We've found a case of the Mondays typically disappears with a free taste of vino. Test the theory out by joining experts from Mauritson Vineyards tonight as they sample some of their wines with hors d’oeuvres from Paris Club (5-8 PM; free; 312-595-0800).
A big birthday deserves a big dinner. To celebrate its 15th birthday, 312 Chicago will serve a three-course “Everything’s Better with Age” anniversary menu for $40. The meal includes 18-month aged prosciutto, 24-day dry-aged rib-eye and banana bread cake with 25-year-old aged chocolate balsamic (312-696-2420).
Because it’s the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, we have not one beer dinner, but three. Start at City Tavern with Moylan's beers from Novato, California. The four-course meal includes duck rillettes crostini, slow-cooked Scottish salmon and venison osso buco each paired with a different beer ($45; 312-663-1278).
The next beer dinner happens at BellyQ with not one brewery but two. Join brewers from Solemn Oath and Half Acre for a five-course dinner followed by a brew-fueled karaoke throwdown in the lounge ($55; 312-563-1010).
This is the last beer dinner of the week, we promise, and it takes place at 2 Sparrows with more local breweries. Spiteful Brewing teams up with 18th Street Brewery for a four-course meal with a Lent-friendly alternative ($55; 773-234-2320).
While everyone else is getting mindlessly intoxicated, you can learn the essentials of Italian at Bar Toma. Join chef de cuisine Erik Freeberg for an interactive cooking class that includes a “pantry-raid” about how to stock a proper Italian kichen and what to cook with quality oils, vinegar and flour. The class costs $45 and begins at 1:30 PM.
Do you have a reservation (or seven) yet? Chicago Chefs Week begins with several dozen restaurant offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for $22 and $44 (respectively and some exceptions apply. This is the excuse you have been looking for to dine at Blackbird, Perennial Virant and North Pond.