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Foodie Events: August-September 2014

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LINCOLN PARK
If you’re a wine enthusiast but can’t make it to Wine Country this fall, check out the September Winemaker Dinner at Geja’s Café. Enjoy world class wines at the Dosio Vigneti Winemaker Dinner on Monday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m at Geja’s Café, 340 Armitage Ave. The wines stem from Dosio’s philosophy: only quality grapes can make great wines. Exposure, slope, and the nature and structure of the soil are of fundamental importance, but must work together with a careful tending of vineyards that respects the region. The little use of technology without altering the natural processes optimizes the production process to produce beautiful wines. Paired with a delicious four-course meal featuring mouth-watering beef tenderloin and flaming chocolate fondue, the Dosio Vigneti Winemaker Dinner makes for the perfect night out. To make a reservation, visit www.gejascafe.com or call 773-281-9101.

SUBURBS
If you’ve got an insatiable sweet tooth, world-class pastry guru and Chicago Culinary Museum’s 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year Chef Alain Roby’s brand new Exclusive Aroma Line is now available at the All Chocolate Kitchen. Featuring 20 exotic flavors from around the world, Roby’s newest creation showcases an assortment of beautiful, individually hand-painted rectangular truffles. From Georgia Peach and Caramel Cognac, to Banana Flambé and Vodka Cranberry, chocolate lovers can enjoy these unique flavors without feeling the guilt of consuming sweets. Studies show that chocolate in its purest form is significantly healthier than today’s commercial products, which is why Chef Roby uses only the finest Grand Cru chocolate to create his delicious – and healthy – products. Prices for the Exclusive Aroma Line range from $2 to $27 before tax and may be purchased by the piece or in a variety of different sized boxes. Visit the All Chocolate Kitchen store, 33 S. Third Street in Geneva, or call 630.232.2395 to purchase the truffles or for more information.

WEST LOOP
Soho House will launch Chicken Shop Chicago, a new public restaurant created to celebrate the classic flavors of Rotisserie Chicken, crafted using a specially developed House recipe and cooking method. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Soho House Chicago, which will open on Monday, August 11th. Chicken Shop is one of four public spaces on site, joining Pizza East, Cowshed Spa and The Allis, and will offer dinner service daily, with brunch available on the weekend. Originally launched in London in 2012, Chicken Shop Chicago marks the restaurant’s first US outpost, joining additional locations in London’s Kentish Town, Tooting and Whitechapel neighborhoods.

LAKEVIEW
Quickly becoming an East Lakeview favorite since relocating to the neighborhood in May, Ceres’ Table is now offering even more reason for guests to come back over and over again with the expansion of its Italian-inspired dinner menu and addition of a brand new pizza promotion. Staying true to the social atmosphere of the vibrant neighborhood, Ceres’ Table is growing its selection of small and shared plates with a strong emphasis on seasonality and inspiration from Executive Chef Giuseppe Scurato’s Sicilian heritage. The additions to the menu include lighter dishes like a Little Jewel Salad ($12), Skate Wing ($18) with romanesco, salsa verde and aji Amarillo and Fritto Misto ($15) with calamari, smelts, shrimp, artichokes, kale, lemon and remoulade. Chef Scurato’s new homemade pasta dishes for the season include Pappardelle Bolognese ($19) with tomato, veal, grana padano and topped with black truffles, and Gemelli Lido ($15) with swordfish, capers, eggplant, tomato and mint.

LAKESHORE EAST
Class is in session! The subject? Unique, natural wines made with little or no manipulation. ENO Wine Room invites guests to join Certified Sommelier Lee Anderson on Sunday, August 17 for ENOversity, a monthly event series where guests can explore and taste wines from different wine-producing regions of the world. Guests will be able to sample and learn more about a flight of five unique wine varieties that will allow guests to “unthink” how wine is usually made, tasted and perceived. The wines will be expertly paired with ENO’s selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as chocolate from favorite local chocolatiers. At the end of the evening, each guest will leave with a bottle of wine from the tasting.

STREETERVILLE
Located along the stunning lakefront in downtown Chicago, CURRENT is giving guests even more reason to visit with its weekly promotions available every Monday through Thursday. Since opening in May, CURRENT has been inviting guests into the social, Italian-inspired restaurant with Executive Chef Gregory Elliott at the helm serving a fresh, modern take on seasonal Italian cuisine with specialty pizza, fresh seafood and flavorful cicchetti. Guests can now enjoy CURRENT's signature bites and drinks for special prices throughout the week with the introduction of these new promotions.

WINDY CITY PIZZA CLUB
Join the Windy City Pizza Club, Chicago's premier social networking group with 40+ members. We explore Chicago's best and underrated Pizza restaurants on a monthly basis. There's no cost to join. If you're interested, please email KevinFriduss@gmail.com with your name, age, and 3 places that you'd like to visit.