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Chicago Food & Drink Events

November 2018

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 indulge in exclusive tastings, talks with celebrity chefs, decadent dinners, and more. Here's a preview of just a few of Chicago's upcoming food and drink events: 

Now through Dec. 16
River Dome Lunch Experience

River Domes at City Winery

City Winery’s cozy, climate-controlled domes are back on the Chicago Riverwalk. A new 90-minute lunch experience offers a chance to enjoy a scenic view of the river, no matter what the weather is outside.

The domes can fit four to eight guests and are open for lunch reservations Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There's a $45 food and beverage minimum per person, which includes the dome rental fee. Guests can choose from their choice of panini or salad, dessert and one glass of City Winery wine or guest rosé. 11 Chicago Riverwalk.

Nov. 1
Kouzina: A Twist on the Classics

Kouzina at National Hellenic Museum

Taste an exciting twist on traditional Greek food from Chicago’s finest chefs. The National Hellenic Museum hosts its annual fundraiser, bringing together foodies and the local Greek community to support the museum's mission to preserve Greek history, culture and art.

From 6:30 to 10 p.m., guests can try Greek-influenced bites from top local chefs including Louie Alexakis of Avli Restaurant, Larry Feldmeier of the Albert and Nate Henssler of Portsmith while mingling atop the museum's rooftop terrace and exhibits. Tickets are $100 per person in advance of $125 at the door and can be purchased online. 333 S. Halsted St.

Nov. 6
“My Favorite Dinner” at Split Rail

A table setting at Split Rail

Calling all Murderinos. This four-part dinner series at Split Rail is inspired by favorite catch phrases from the hit true crime podcast. The second installment in the series, "Pepper Spray First, Apologize Later", will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Each meal includes multiple courses, great cocktails and killer conversation. The event costs $60 and includes all food and drinks. 2500 W. Chicago Ave.

Nov. 7-8
Bourbon Legends Boxcar at Wrigley Field

The Cubs may be done for the year, but there's still drinking to be done at Wrigley Field. Jim Beam's Bourbon Legends Boxcar Tour will be taking over the outfield for an free whiskey pop-up event. From 5 to 10 p.m. attendees can sample Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Maker's Mark, whiskey cocktails and more. All you need to do is register online at least 24 hours in advance. 1060 W. Addison St.

Nov. 9
Meals On Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball

A chef at Meals on Wheels Celebrity Ball
Galdones Photography

Meals on Wheels Chicago celebrates the 30th anniversary of their signature Celebrity Chef Ball fundraiser this year at Morgan Manufacturing in the West Loop. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception for VIP Chef's Table guests before moving to intimate seated dinners in smaller groups.

Each table receives a six-course meal served by three chefs and a mixologist. Alpana Singh, WTTW Check Please! host, will serve as MC and featured chefs include Ian Davis (Band of Bohemia), Paul Virant (Vie/Vistro) and Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven). After dinner, the Chef's Tasting Party features 40 food and drink stations, dancing, a raffle and silent auction. VIP Chef’s Table tickets are priced at $400 and Chef’s Tasting Party tickets are $200. 401 N Morgan St.

Nov. 11
Wisconsin-style Supper Club at Beacon Tavern

Wisconsin-style food at Beacon Tavern Supper Club
Gage Hospitality Group

Get a taste of Wisconsin at the Beacon Tavern's classic supper club experience. The all-you-can-eat menu will include deviled eggs, wedge salads, beer cheese soup and other Wisconsin delicacies. The main event is smoked prime rib and baked potatoes with all the fixin's followed by grasshopper pie and upside down pineapple cake for dessert. Dinner is $85 per person and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (312) 955-4226. 405 N Wabash Ave.

Nov. 12-16
Mercat a la Planxa Anniversary Specials

Paella at Mercat

Spanish restaurant Mercat a la Planxa celebrates their 10-year anniversary with $10 specials all week long. Longtime fans and newcomers are invited for $10 personal paellas by Chef Diego Amat and $10 pitchers of sangria. Choose from rosado sangria with Spanish rosé, tequila and pomegranate or the more savory tinto sangria with Spanish red wine, cognac, orange and rosemary. 630 S. Michigan Ave.

Nov. 14
The Whole Cow at Smith & Wollensky

This 12-course meal is being billed as "the ultimate beef experience". The inaugural The Whole Cow is a nose-to-tail dining event hosted at riverfront steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. It will feature cuts from every part of the cow, accompanied by drink pairings. The night is designed to celebrate a no-waste philosophy and will include an insider look at the restaurant's sustainable sourcing process. Tickets are on sale now for $135 per person. 318 N. State St.

Nov. 28
Israeli Soul Cookbook Release

Meet award-winning chefs Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook as they celebrate the release of their new cookbook, Israeli Soul: Easy, Essential, Delicious. The cookbook is dedicated to simple, delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly the recipes of family-run eateries and tiny food stalls throughout Israel.

The authors will be joined by Chicago’s Ina Pinkney for a lively discussion at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, followed by a reception and book signing. Advance tickets at $30 include one beverage while tickets at $60 include one beverage plus a copy of Israeli Soul at an advance discount price. 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Nov. 29-30
Fairmont Chicago's Cookies and Cheer

Holiday cookies

If you like to indulge in holiday cookies without the hassle of actually having to bake, this cookie soirée is for you. Meet Fairmont’s friendly culinary staff while enjoying wine and an array of seasonal cookies. Guests will take home three dozen gourmet cookies of their choice, wrapped in custom luxury packaging.

The happy hour event takes place on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and hotel guests can even get a Cookie Confidential behind-the-scenes look inside the Fairmont Chicago kitchen and cookie creation process. General admission tickets are $70 plus fees. Space is limited, and reservations are required. 200 N Columbus Dr.

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