Chicago Food & Drink Events

March 2019

Chicago is a foodie's dream. Each month, there's a new batch of food and drink events that offer a taste of the city's scorching-hot culinary scene. You can take part in exclusive tastings, cocktail classes, talks with celebrity chefs, pop-up dinners, and more. Here's a preview of just a few of Chicago's upcoming food and drink events: 

Pork dishes from Cochon555

March 3

Cochon555 isn’t your average food festival. This culinary pork-centric feast is filled with a little (friendly) chef competition and a lot of Heritage pork — 1,500 pounds of it to be exact. A $130 general admission ticket gets you access to over two hours of cocktails, appetizers, wine and one plentiful pork celebration.

Fat Tuesday at Ina Mae’s

Crawfish at Ina Mae Tavern
Photo credit: Hilary Higgins

March 5

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in Wicker Park with an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil at Ina Mae’s Tavern & Packaged Goods. With seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., the $35 ticket includes unlimited crawfish, corn, potatoes, and crawfish bread, plus complimentary king cake. With live music all night, food and drink happy hour specials and a live burlesque show from 9 – 10 p.m., Ina Mae’s is pulling out all the stops to let the good times roll. Tickets and more details here

Pizza City, USA Talk and Demo 

Pizza City USA book cover

March 7

Lincoln Park’s culinary bookstore Read It & Eat is hosting a night of all things pizza with Chicago food reporter and pizza connoisseur Steve Dolinsky. The $44 ticket includes a copy of Steve’s book Pizza City, USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town, a signing and discussion from Steve, and plenty of pizza. Local favorite Pizzeria Bebu will also be hosting a demo and tasting for all guests.

Carnivale Murder Mystery Mardi Gras Dinner


March 7

The lively Latin Fusion West Loop restaurant Carnivale is throwing a classic whodunnit evening with their Mardi Gras-themed murder-mystery dinner. The $65 ticket includes the show and a three-course meal with non-alcoholic beverages (a cash bar is available.) Cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner — and quite the show — beginning right at 7 p.m. Get your tickets.

Beer Fest Season Begins

Chicago Beer Festival

Throughout March

March in Chicago is a can’t-miss time for craft beer lovers. With three different festivals this month, there are plenty of ways to imbibe and try some new and exciting brews:

Chicago Beer Festival kicks things off on March 9 at the Field Museum

Goose Island’s Stoutfest, a celebration of all stouts, is on March 10

Uppers & Downers is a coffee and beer-centric fest at Thalia Hall on March 30

Roberta’s Pizza Pop-Up at Dusek’s Board & Beer

Roberta's pizza at Dusek's

March 8-10

For one weekend only, famed Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s is bringing its signature Neapolitan style pies — including the their beloved Bee Sting and all-new exclusive collabs — to Dusek’s Board & Beer for a delicious, pop-up experience. Diners can grab a slice of the action Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and Sunday for brunch. Watch for live updates on the pop-up.

Winter Beef Series: Signature Cuts at RPM Steak

Cuts of meat from RPM steak
Photo credit: Jeff Marini

March 12

RPM Steak is hosting its third and final dinner in their Winter Beef Series and they’ve saved one of the most indulgent for last. For $125, guests can enjoy RPM’s Signature Cuts —  the gold standard of custom steaks that have been created exclusively for the restaurant. The dinner will include menu staples such as the Duke (a ribeye filet) and the wood-grilled cap, featured in RPM’s steak frites. Reserve your spot here.

Pi Day at Cantina Laredo

Apple pie at Cantina Laredi

March 14

Pi Day only comes once a year, so why not celebrate accordingly? Cantina Laredo in River North is offering guests a delicious one-day deal on their popular Mexican Apple Pie. Diners will get a $3.14 discount on March 14 from 11:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. The signature dessert features apple pie sizzling in Mexican brandy butter, topped with cinnamon ice cream. Make your reservations here.

Eataly Spring Fest

A pile of cheese at Eataly

March 22

Eataly is kicking off the arrival of spring with an all-inclusive night of unlimited wine, food and live entertainment. For its second annual Spring Fest, guests get total access to Eataly, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight. Indulge in Neapolitan pizza, housemade pasta, artisanal charcuterie and cheese, Italian cocktails, regional wines and more. Tickets are $78.

River Roast Spring Cooking Class

River Roast beet salad

​March 23

What better way to spend a spring afternoon than with a cooking class? Executive Chef Cedric Harden of River Roast will be demonstrating his favorite springtime recipes, using seasonal produce in traditional dishes. A $65 ticket gets you access to the class, along with lunch and beverages. Get more details and grab your tickets.

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