What’s on Café Ba-Ba-Reeba’s new tapas brunch menu, and what's going down at Lush's tiki-themed cocktail class? This and more in this week's food and drink news.
Thanks to this new-to-Chicago cocktail delivery service, you can now enjoy cocktails crafted by some of the city’s best bartenders in the comfort of your own home. Each kit includes high-quality, pre-measured ingredients (including garnishes) and easy, step-by-step instructions. The cocktail menu rotates monthly, and currently includes a Pinup Sailor Daiquiri by Liz Pearce of The Drifter, a Botanical Beach by Matty Eggleston of Nico Osteria, and more.
Stop by one of Stan’s Donuts' locations now through March 20 to try its salted dulce de leche Squaresmark—this month’s installment of the shop’s ongoing guest donut series—created by John Manion, chef and owner of La Sirena Clandestina. The eatery will donate a quarter for every donut sold to UN 86’d, an initiative that provides monetary assistance for restaurant professionals in need. 1560 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-7386; 259 E. Erie St., Suite 100, 312-255-1130
Typically open by appointment only, this West Town specialty shop will be available to the public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 20 in observance of National Macaron Day. In addition to the usual flavor lineup, pastry chef Catherine Cooper will offer exclusive blue and white macarons filled with French vanilla ganache, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks, an organization that advocates for autism research and awareness. 1407 W. Grand Ave., 312-228-4325
Lincoln Park’s tapas mainstay has announced the addition of a brunch menu loaded with three meaty bocadillos served on house-made bread, sausage-fried paella rice with poached egg, and Serrano ham eggs Benedict, as well as a few sweet options like citrus French toast with goat cheese butter and honey. Stop in to get your fix on weekends from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000
This Lincoln Park bakery continues its monthly Sunday Supper series with a Latin-inspired meal prepared by Chicago-based chef Jonathan Zaragoza. The laid-back, multi-course dinner includes dishes like masa dumpling caldo (soup), prawns a la diabla with citrus cilantro salad, pork belly mole mancha manteles, and tres leches ice cream cake. Dinner begins at 8 p.m. on March 22. 1220 W. Webster Ave., 773-883-1313
Master Sommelier Alpana Singh (Seven Lions) hosts an interactive sparkling wine tasting event at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 in The Boarding House’s chic Chandelier Bar, complete with six varietals of bubbly ranging from Bele Casel Prosecco to Raventós Cava. The tasting is self-guided and will teach guests everything they need to know about each effervescent drink. 720 N. Wells St., 312-280-0720; Purchase tickets here
Hone your bartending skills at this special cocktail class at Lush’s West Town location on March 25 at 6 p.m. Led by mixologist Adam Seger, the rum-drenched festivities include shots of rambutan and tiki rum, classic Trader Vic Mai Tais, a demonstration on how to craft The Bottomless Tiki Punchbowl, and an opportunity for tiki enthusiasts to create their own punch recipes. All the ingredients used during class will be available for purchase so that guests can recreate their favorites at home. 1412 W. Chicago Ave., 312-666-6900; Call to reserve a spot
Transport your taste buds to the French countryside by way of this River North bistro on March 31. Esteemed local importer Michael Corso will guide diners through a series of wines ranging from Alsace to Bordeaux, which are thoughtfully paired with five hearty courses like roasted black bass with caviar crème fraiche and truffle-stuffed roast chicken with spring vegetables. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800; Call to reserve a seat
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KAILLEY LINDMAN
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