How are The Blanchard and The Peninsula celebrating the Kentucky Derby, and what can diners expect from Publican Quality Meats’ Burger Night series this year? That and more in this week's dining news...
For the sixth year in a row, Publican Quality Meats will host its annual Burger Night series. The weekly collaborative competition takes place on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. Upcoming nights spotlight Greg Wade from Publican Quality Bread vs. The Publican executive pastry chef Dana Cree on May 9, Quiote vs. Entente chefs on May 16, and more. 825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-9877
Join this Magnificent Mile hotel on Saturday, May 6 for a slew of Derby Day events that benefit the Trotter Project. Head to The Lobby between 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a special Afternoon Tea service ($70 per person) that comes complete with a special Mint Julep cocktail and a best-dressed competition, then venture over to The Bar for DJ-spun tunes, Woodford Reserve whiskey flights, and Derby coverage. Cap off the night back at The Lobby at 7 p.m. with a Derby-themed Chocolate Bar ($40 per person)—a buffet-style feast of bite-sized chocolate treats—and live jazz entertainment. Reserve tickets at chicago.peninsula.com or call 312-337-2888. 108 E. Superior St., 312-337-28888
With a name that has equestrian roots, this beloved French-inspired spot is a sure bet for celebrating Derby Day in style this Saturday, May 6. The ‘Jockeys and Juleps’ soiree kicks off at 3 p.m., and promises Sweet Tea Juleps, escargot, duck rillettes, steak frites, and more. Guests are encouraged to don their best Derby attire; two of the best-dressed partygoers will receive a $100 dining certificate. 1935 N. Lincoln Park W., 872-829-3971
Head barman Benjamin Schiller of Lincoln Square cocktail bar The Sixth grabs some inspiration from the new season to unleash a bevy of Instagram-worthy new sips prime for adventurous drinkers. Indulge in newcomers like the Broken Resolution, an adults-only milkshake spun with chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, smoked salt, Nutella cream, and Jim Beam Rye, and the refreshing, vodka-based Dream of Spring, which comprises grapefruit, lemon creme, basil blossom, and mint powder. 2202 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-360-6499
Due to popular demand, one of River North's hottest brunch destinations has expanded its historically weekends-only brunch program to include Thursdays and Fridays. The weekday service runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features a three-course, prix-fixe menu with options like a potato pancake with sour cream, apple preserves, and celery leaves, an open-faced pork schnitzel sandwich topped with a fried duck egg, and farmer's cheese doughnuts with dried apricot jam and Bavarian cream. 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439