On The Blackboard

By Samantha Nelson

Thanksgiving Day feast at Grassroots Eatery
Skip the cooking and still get all your favorites on the big day at this farm-to-table spot. On November 23 from 2 to 8 p.m., they’ll be serving a three-course, family-style menu for $42. Guests choose between a smoked carrot soup or arugula salad for the first course, then a main course protein (the organic turkey roasted with thyme and rosemary is a must) and then choose between a brandied caramel apple crisp, pumpkin pie, or Boston cream pie cake for dessert. Traditional Thanksgiving sides are served family-style and include roasted garlic-mashed potatoes, house-made cranberry sauce, and porcini stuffing to name a few. Use your extra time to catch a show at the nearby Mercury Theater Chicago or Music Box Theatre.
Neighborhood: Lakeview MAP

Pie flight at The Gage
Can't get enough dessert at Thanksgiving dinner? From November 24 through 26 you can try a $12 trio of slices of pumpkin swirl cheesecake, caramel apple pie, and fudgy chocolate pecan pie made by chef Kim DeLost, who recently appeared on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay. You can also order a full pie for $35 from now through November 19 to pick up November 20 to 22.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

Fonda Fridays at Fonda Frontera
Rick Bayless gets in the kitchen November 17 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. to cook three special tacos that you can try paired with beers from his West Loop brewery, Cruz Blanca Cerveceria. The Top Chef Masters winner will also sign copies of his cookbooks.
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Throwback menu at Fat Rice
The Macanese restaurant celebrates its fifth anniversary from November 14 through 18 by serving some of its classic dishes, including shrimp and pork pot stickers, baked pork chop rice, and pineapple upside-down cake. Many of the items are featured in The Adventures of Fat Rice cookbook, and they'll be selling autographed copies for $25.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Salmon at Chez Moi

Beaujolais Nouveau menu at Chez Moi
Try a glass of the first French wine of the season on November 16 as part of a $45 three-course meal featuring roasted beet salad, seared salmon with cabernet sauce, and red wine-poached pear.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

27th anniversary celebration at Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna
Grab some friends for a family-style Greek dinner featuring saganaki, Greek salad, gyros, moussaka, and baklava for just $21 from now through November 22. The restaurant is also offering special a la carte prices on items that have been favorites since they opened in 1990, including dolmades, slow-roasted leg of lamb, and glasses of Greek wine.
Neighborhood: Greektown MAP

Thanksgiving feast at Seven Lions
Stuff yourself from noon to 8 p.m. on November 23 with a $49 three-course dinner from chef Patrick Russ featuring roasted butternut squash soup, turkey, stuffing, green beans, whipped potatoes, gravy and apple cobbler a la mode. Reservations are highly recommended.
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

Temperance Brewing Company beer dinner at Bite Cafe
Try three of the Evanston brewery's top beers paired with a seasonal menu that includes crispy pork belly wedge salad with Escapist IPA, and littleneck clam gumbo with Smittytown English-style amber, at 6 p.m. on November 15. Tickets are $35 at eventbrite.com, but walk-ins are welcome.
Neighborhood: West Town MAP

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