Eating/Drinking

Dig Into Honey Pie, Hot Chicken, and a Japanese Festival With This Month’s Tastiest Food Happenings

Photo courtesy of Cebu

This month in Chicago food news, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits hosts a backyard dinner, Floriole stocks up for honey month, Dove’s Luncheonette welcomes a Nashville hot chicken sensation, and Wicker Park is your ultimate brunch destination.

Photo by Galdones Photography/Courtesy of Margeaux Brasserie

Master Blender Dinner at Margeaux Brasserie 
I feel like I recommend Margeaux Brasserie a lot, but that’s only because the restaurant is a legitimate delight. Plus, it is hosting fun events and dinners, like an upcoming spirited French affair with master blenders who are in Chicago just for the night, crafting cocktails to pair with a four-course meal by chef Greg Biggers. Dishes on deck include foie gras parfaits, Marget duck breast, and banana baked Alaska.
Details: September 13, 6:30 p.m.; $95

Growing Home Backyard Dinner at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits 
It’s a veritable farm–to–picnic table dinner at Growing Home’s seventh annual backyard dinner, taking place in the sprawling yard at Logan Square’s beloved Bang Bang Pie. The late-summer fete features eight chef stations utilizing organic produce from Growing Home, along with live bluegrass music, drinks, a “wine toss,” and a raffle. Tickets can be acquired by calling 773-549-1336 or emailing info@growinghomeinc.com.
Details: September 15, 6–9 p.m.; $85

Celebrate Honey Month at Floriole Bakery & Cafe
This time of year, pumpkin spice gets all the attention, but don’t forget about honey! September just so happens to be National Honey Month, and there’s no better place in Chicago to celebrate than Floriole. The venerable bakery and café is fully stocked with honeyed pecan sticky buns, sesame-pepita-honey tarts, lemon lavender tea cake with honey glaze, and honey pie.

Photo courtesy of Floriole Cafe & Bakery

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 chomping 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

Bears Out Back: Tailgate at Saint Lou’s Assembly 
Saint Lou’s Assembly is hosting a huge tailgate party to kick off the Bears season. Each week starting and continuing through the entire football season (January 2020), Saint Lou’s patio space is transforming into a gridiron fan’s paradise. Don’t worry, the patio is perfectly enclosed once the freezing Chicago weather starts to hit. With camaraderie and concessions like loaded waffle fries, wings, buckets of Miller High Life, and beer towers, each watch party at Saint Lou’s is sure to be a ball!
Details: Weekly through football season

Photo by Clayton Hauck/Courtesy of Saint Lou’s Assembly

Eat Brunch at Café Cancale 
Just when you thought Café Cancale couldn’t get any hotter, the Wicker Park stunner adds Sunday brunch to the mix, giving diners a whole new set of dishes to fawn over, such as almond croissants, a buckwheat crepe called galette complète, and French omelets oozing with Gouda. To drink, French spirits cognac, pastis, and absinthe star in daytime potables like the Aveze Spritz.
Details: Sundays, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

And More Brunch at Cebu
Another new brunch option in Wicker Park is Cebu, the raved-about Filipino effort now serving chicken empanadas, lechon belly Benedicts, sambag chicken and waffles, and more on Saturday mornings. For sweets, try the lychee milk tea pudding, and sample cocktails like guava sangria or rum-spiked sweet tea with lavender-cola syrup.

Wild Onion Beer Dinner at Maddon’s Post 
As bittersweet as it sounds to bid summer adieu, I’m personally here to welcome our first fall beer dinner of the season with wide-open arms—especially since it includes Midwest brewery Wild Onion and Wrigleyville’s delightful new Italian-Polish restaurant, Maddon’s Post. On September 12, the latter will spotlight fall flavors and pair them with such beers as Crazy Fingers Pale Ale, Pumpkin Ale, and the 2018 Coffee Drago Barrel Aged Stout. The event is 21-plus, and menu details are TBD.
Details: September 12, 6 p.m.; $45

Dove’s After Dark and Hattie B’s Takeover
There’s a lot to get excited about at Dove’s lately. As obsessed as I am with the lunch-y/brunch-y dishes at this hip Tex-Mex-ish spot, I’m looking forward to the concept of a late-night Dove’s. For one night only, the Wicker Park restaurant is staying up past its bedtime and serving a bevy of cocktails in a low-lit setting befitting a night of ambient imbibing. Then a few days later, Dove’s welcomes Nashville-based hot chicken sensation Hattie B’s for a menu takeover. The one-day pop-up will feature hot chicken plates, sandwiches, waffles, sides, and more.
Details: Dove’s After Dark is September 13, 11:30 p.m.–2 a.m; Hattie B’s takeover is September 22, 3–9 p.m.

Meet & Greet Dog Adoption Event at Onward 
If there’s one thing I can always get behind, it’s dog adoption. If there’s another thing I can get behind, it’s dog adoption with a side of avocado toast. Rogers Park newbie Onward is hosting a special dog adoption event and benefit on its patio with One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue, wherein 50 percent of proceeds from a special “Bone Appetit” dog menu will go to the organization, and several dogs available for adoption will be in attendance as well. Even better? Guests can bring their own dogs to hang out on the patio and enjoy chef Patrick Russ’s special menu of sweet potato strips and frozen peanut butter and banana treats. For humans, there’s plenty of brunch items to go around, from duck sausage sandwiches to avocado toast with smoked salmon.
Details: September 14, noon–3 p.m.; free to attend

2nd Annual Kizuki Chicago Japanese Matsuri 
After a massive success last year, Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and the Japanese Culture Center are once again hosting the Kizuki Chicago Japanese Matsuri, but this time it’s bigger. The extended festival takes place at New City Plaza and celebrates Japanese culture in all forms—look for lots of food vendors, performers, drinks, and artisans. The Z Gallerie space is being outfitted as “Drink World,” filled with sakes, Japanese beers, whiskeys, rums, teas, and a special custom brew from Forbidden Root. Additionally, Kizuki will conduct ramen tours at the restaurant and the chance for visitors to create their own ramen bowls.
Details: September 20–22; free admission, $10–$20 for food and drink tickets

Photo courtesy of S.K.Y.

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 on September 23, 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. Tickets went on sale September 3.
Details: September 23, 6–11 p.m.; $350