By Kailley Lindman | May 31, 2017 | Food & Drink
What chefs are teaming up for bellyQ's summertime backyard barbecue series, and what's on Maple & Ash's brunch menu? That and more in this week's dining news...
bellyQ and urbanbelly chef/owner Bill Kim is teaming up with local chefs and bar managers again this summer for his annual Backyard BBQ Series out on bellyQ's Ogden patio. The monthly series kicks off on June 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. with bites created by chef Cameron Waron of Honey Butter Fried Chicken, chef Cedric Harden of River Roast, chef Will Bravo of Xoco, and chef Sarah Maun of urbanbelly Wicker Park. Buy tickets ($45 per person; $160 per person for the 4-event series ticket package) online. 1400 W. Randolph St., 312-563-1010
Seinfeld fans, this one's for you: This Sunday, Logan Square's preeminent gin-focused bar pays homage to the celebrated TV series, Seinfeld, with a themed, all-day party. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. for a big salad ("Big lettuce, big carrots, tomatoes like volleyballs."), black and white cookies ("You want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate."), muffin tops ("It's the best part. It's crunchy, it's explosive, it's where the muffin breaks free of the pan and sort of does its own thing."), and more. 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-9700
This glitzy Gold Coast steakhouse has finally launched Sunday brunch, and as one might expect, it's equal parts elegant and decadent. The lavish service runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a prix fixe option ($40 per person) with a carved beef tenderloin station, maple-glazed ham, an epic egg and breakfast station, salad, fruit, yogurt, granola, and house-made agnolotti and warm chocolate chip cookies served tableside, as well as a la carte items like 28-day dry-aged cote de boeuf, seafood towers of all size, and more. Those looking to wash their meal down with something boozy can score unlimited mimosas and bellinis for an additional $20 per person. 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888
Chef de cuisine Amanda Barnes joins the all-female management team at this protein-centric haven in suburban Evanston, and has brought with her a fresh new lineup of light seasonal dishes, including escolar crudo with toasted coriander, chili, spicy greens, lemon, and olive oil, spaghetti studded with jumbo lump crab, and asparagus gribiche. In addition, the restaurant has also expanded its hours to seven nights a week and opened its 48-seat patio for guests seeking an al fresco experience. Rear 1016 Church St., Evanston, IL, 847-868-8041
Visit River North's subterranean tiki oasis for beverage director Kevin Beary and corporate beverage director Julian Cox's newly minted cocktail menu. The new sips range from a curated selection of tiki classics to modern twists made with spirits like gin, brandy, and mezcal and inventive ingredients like pandan leaves and Calpico, a Japanese milk-based soda. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY MAPLE & ASH