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Bites Asian Tapas pays it forward at Easter brunch benefit

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Bites Asian Tapas is a favorite Chicago restaurant where food is fun. The Asian fusion restaurant encourages friends and family to share a variety of delicious small plates while enjoying the time spent around the table. For Easter brunch, Chef Marita Tantivirasut and Asana Nakornchai want to pay it forward with a benefit for Go Blue Campaign.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every 19 minutes a child in IL is abused or neglected. Every 6 hours, a child dies before his/her first birthday because of the abuse. Go Blue Campaign, created by One Hope United, helps to ensure children's safety. On April 20, Bites Asian Tapas will raise funds to benefit this organization, which serves children in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida.

For $13, Easter brunch will be a special entree and a dessert. Additionally, 50% of all the beverages bought that day, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be donated to One Hope United.

Bites Asian Tapas serves brunch on Sunday. The brunch menu includes classic items with a Bites twist and a few completely unique tastes. A few favorites include Chef Marita's creative take on a classic: Egg Benedicts with English muffin, Vietnamese ham, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce; the Omelet Crepe prepared with chopped chicken, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and spicy ketchup; and the classic "BLT" with crusted bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, two sunny side up eggs.

For the non-traditional items, guests can enjoy Lemon Ricotta Fritters and the Watermelon & Lychee Salad. Brunch Bites choices include main selections featuring the Green Tea Pancake with matcha, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, almond and green tea ice cream; the Pulled Pork Waffle, Asian styled pulled pork with BBQ sauce, scallion, and cheddar cheese; Shrimp Tonkatsu, shrimp cake, white bread, Japanese coleslaw and Tonkatsu sauce; the Grilled Rib Eye Bahn Mi, grilled medium-rare rib eye, lettuce, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and spicy mayo; and the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich, crispy boneless chicken, lettuce, radish, sesame seed, scallion, and teriyaki sauce.

To accompany the dishes, consider a few of the special beverages. Options include one of Bites' creative specialty cocktails such as the Bloody Rooster ($7), Bites' take on the traditional Bloody Mary, or Mimosas with choice of orange, lychee or mango variations. Other cocktail favorites are the Tom YUMtini, made with vodka, Tom Yum syrup and lime; the Ms. Gardenia, created with gin, simple syrup, Rambutan juice, Midori and lemon; or the Hot Geisha made with Shochu, ginger syrup, lemon, lemongrass, mint, and Thai chili powder.

This Easter make the family gathering a little more special by raising funds for a worthy cause. Head to Bites Asian Tapas for good food, great company and a pay it forward event.

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