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Eat This Town—Chicago

Bites Asian Tapas by Tri Sanguanbun

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SideDoor’s Tap Takeover
On Friday, April 18, SideDoor hosts its first Tap Takeover, featuring Firestone Walker Brewing Company, a California-based craft brewery. Diners will be treated to complimentary passed appetizers and a beverage selection of up to eight eclectic beers. The range of craft beers will include 4-ounce tasting portions of Parabola ($5) and a 22-ounce bottle of the newly launched Opal Farmhouse Ale ($14). In addition, SideDoor executive chef Victor Newgren is conceiving a special menu to pair with the craft beers, which includes pulled pork poutine and BBQ braised pork belly.

When: Friday, April 18, 5:30 PM– 9 PM
Where: 100 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 312-787-6768


Easter Brunch at Bites Asian Tapas
Break away from tradition—and take on a new one—with brunch at the recently opened Bites Asian Tapas restaurant. Owners Chef Marita Tantivirasut and Asana Nakornchai bring together inspired dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Korea, and India to create their Asian fusion cuisine. The Easter brunch menu includes small bites such as lemon ricotta fritters and a watermelon and lychee salad along with larger plates such as the matcha green tea pancakes, pulled pork waffle, and ramen. Also not to be missed are the multitude of cocktails made for this brunch, including the Bloody Rooster (a variation of the bloody mary) and mimosas with orange, lychee, or mango. Don’t hesitate to bring your adventure-adverse friends—the menu will also feature brunch staples such as eggs benedict and omelet crepes. Bring on the brunch!

When: Sunday, April 20, 10 AM–3 PM
Where: 3313 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
Telephone: 773-270-5972


Whisky Week Chicago
Tickets to the 15th annual Whisky Fest may be sold out, but that doesn't mean you can’t take part! Whisky Fest celebrations extend beyond the event itself to a host of other offerings throughout Chicago as part of Whisky Week. Happenings range from a whisky-inspired dinner at South Brand Tavern, to rooftop whisky tastings at the Fountainhead, and more. Visit the Whisky Fest website for the full list of all related events.

When: April 21–26
Where: varies


Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Longman and Eagle
What better way to spend your Easter Sunday than with food, drink, and fun at Longman & Eagle’s 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt. Just $5 buys you entry for a team of two into the massive egg hunt through the Logan Square neighborhood—and participants are welcome to sample the special rabbit sausage developed by Longman & Eagle for the event. Winners of the egg hunt will win a laudable locavore basket with goodies from event partners Fleur, Lula Cafe, Play Logan Square, Provenance, Wolfbait & B-Girls, Saki, and others.

When: Sunday, April 20
Where: 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Telephone: 773-276-7110


Travelle—Tableside Cocktail Service
Get in touch with your 1960s cool with tableside cocktail cart drinks at Travelle Chicago. Located in the Langham hotel, Travelle now offers cocktails made tableside, a tradition popularized at luxury restaurants in the 1960s. Featured cocktail on the cart is the Madhattan, made of choice whiskey, sweet vermouth, a dash of Benedictine, and house-made smoked simple syrup, stirred and served over ice. Don your dapper duds, sit back, and sip on this reimagined Manhattan.

Where: 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 312-923-7705


Baker and Nosh—Bread Baking Class
Ramp up your spring sandwich game with your own homemade bread. Learn to bake your own bread from Uptown bakers, Baker and Nosh. Offered on Monday and Tuesday evenings, this $75 bread basics class, led by chef Bill Millholland, teaches bakers about flour, dough, and starters, as well as techniques for perfect loaves. Croissant fans can partake in a more advanced $85 class, where the chef teaches dough mixing and butter preparation, assembly and shaping, and filling and baking tips. These intimate classes of just six students also comes with a packet of information on recipes and techniques, as well as a 10 percent discount on Baker and Nosh’s retail items.

When: Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 PM–9 PM
Where: 1303 Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-989-7393

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