Oktoberfest, National Coffee Day, and the periodic table of the elements (yes, you read that correctly) dominate this next batch of must-eat/must-drink restaurant events in Chicago.
S.K.Y. and Oriole Join Forces for a Very Special Dinner
When two of the hottest and most acclaimed restaurants in Chicago team up for a special event, you snag tickets ASAP. Especially when said event is an altruistic endeavor to raise suicide prevention awareness. S.K.Y. is hosting the Pausing for the Case event, with the team from Oriole joining in the kitchen for a five-course meal. Tickets include a welcome reception with hors d’oeuvres and champagne, a tasting menu, and a special vintage bottle of champagne for two.
Details: September 23, 6–11 p.m.; $350
Southern-Style Beer Dinner at Forbidden Root
Not that I need any excuse to flock to this West Town brewpub, but the fact that Forbidden Root is hosting a Southern-inspired multicourse dinner has me straight-up salivating. Chef Dan Sherron will pair five courses of food—think: Nashville hot chicken and a low-country boil—with various beers chosen by the head brewer. It’s sure to be delicious.
Details: September 26, 6 p.m.; $60
Cheers to Oktoberfest at Pub Royale
I’m always down to go to Pub Royale for mod Indian food, boozy mango lassis, and beer, so I’m excited to see what this place has up its sleeve for the German holiday. On October 1, we find out, as the Wicker Park bar spotlights a handful of German beers on draft, including Dovetail’s Festbier and Ayinger’s Marzen Oktoberfest. In addition, chef Katie Wasielewski will offer Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese and currywurst pork sausage with curry sauce and fries.
Details: October 1, 5 p.m.–midnight
National Taco Day at La Josie
Of all the absurd “food holidays” that populate the calendar, National Taco Day is one I can absolutely get behind. It’s basically tortilla Christmas! Celebrate in style at the West Loop’s popular La Josie, which is using the holiday to roll out new autumnal tacos, like the parilla taco with grilled chicken, pipian verde, pumpkin seeds, crispy sweet potato, butternut squash, and cilantro; and the otoño taco with grilled butternut and yellow squashes, sweet potato, habañero mayo, baby kale, and cilantro.
Details: October 4
And National Coffee Day!
OK, so I lied. I’m actually all in with these makeshift food holidays, apparently. Especially National Coffee Day, which is truly a sacred day for me. A couple Lettuce Entertain You spots are marking the occasion in style, too. Beatrix is doling out free pours of Intelligentsia and Metric coffees for a whole year to one lucky patron who shares a Beatrix coffee pic on Instagram with the hashtag #BeatrixCoffeeContest and tagging @beatrixchicago. Meanwhile, M Burger’s apt milkshake of the month is the La Colombe Cold Brew Shake, made with La Colombe’s elixir-like cold brew coffee.
Details: Post a photo of Beatrix coffee by September 25, and M Burger’s milkshakes are on deck all month long
More Coffee Day Goodness
The granddaddy of Chicago coffee, Intelligentsia, is celebrating Coffee Day by handing out free java to those who make a purchase of $10 or more on September 29 at any of the six Chicago coffee shops. Added bonus: Anyone who purchases two 12-ounce bags of coffee online will get free shipping on that date. Another fun (and boozy) option is to head to Noyane on the roof of the Conrad Chicago to partake in a Kahlua Snowball, made with Kahlua, white rum, a shot of espresso, and condensed-milk chocolate swirls and espresso beans.
Details: September 29
State and Lake Chicago Tavern Gets Oktoberfestive
In other Oktoberfest news, State and Lake Chicago Tavern is featuring a handful of tasty-sounding German specials every evening through October 8. These include pork schnitzel, aged Cheddar pretzels, sweet German pancakes, and German Märzen draft beers. There will also be 2-liter boots available for chugging.
Details: Through October 8, starting at 4 p.m. nightly
Periodic Table Dinner at the Promontory
Happy 150th birthday to the periodic table of the elements! To celebrate, the Promontory is getting all scientific by partnering with the nearby Museum of Science and Industry for a three-course elements-inspired dinner on October 10. The menu is wild: ash bread; smoked, barbecued cauliflower with cornbread crisps; steamed Napa cabbage with shrimp and scallop mousse; and milk custard with Dippin’Dots, to name a few.
Details: October 10, 5–11 p.m.; $50
Get a Taste of Aya Pastry on Saturdays
Aya Fukai is easily one of the most buzzed-about pastry chefs in town, and fans of her Maple & Ash desserts have been champing at the bit for her to open her own storefront for her Aya Pastry pop-up. But in the meantime, she’s started a weekly series called Saturday Storefronts, which turns the space at 1332 West Grand Avenue into her own bakery for a few hours. This should satisfy the hungry hordes looking for sourdough loaves, croissants, and Samoa cakes.
Details: Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon, at 1332 West Grand Avenue