It’s Cold Out: Time to Indulge in Truffles, High-Alcohol Beer, and Pho

Photo courtesy of Siena Tavern

This month in Chicago dining, learn how to become a punch pro, indulge in a seafood feast, celebrate DMK Burger Bar’s 10-year anniversary, and bask in the glory of truffle season.

Photo by Clayton Hauck/Courtesy of Punch House

A (Mostly) Veggie Affair
One of the best food events of the year is back, as Green City Market’s Junior Board once again hosts its (Mostly) Veggie Affair, this time at Lakeshore Beverage. More than two dozen local chefs will be slinging seasonal vegetable-focused dishes, along with lots of drinks. Participants include Bad Hunter, Dos Urban Cantina, Good Fortune, Band of Bohemia, Daisies, Code di Volpe, Cindy’s, and lots more.
Details: November 7, 6:30–9 p.m.; $65–$110

Raise a Glass to Little Bucharest Bistro 
When it was initially announced that this Avondale mainstay was slated to close October 31, the dining community was collectively shook. But in a miraculous change of fate, the restaurant set to take its place fell through (?), and Little Bucharest lives on! To celebrate, LB is hosting a pig roast with potatoes, vegetables, and wine aplenty. Come one, come all!
Details: November 10, 2 p.m.; $15

Punch Class at Punch House 
The holidays are nigh, so it’s time to refine your punch-making skills to prep for the imminent onslaught of parties and events. And what better place to learn the ropes than Punch House? On November 16, the subterranean bar hosts a class designed to highlight the history and principles of punch, with plenty of know-how and techniques, as well. The class includes two glasses of punch.
Details: November 16, 3–5 p.m.; $39

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Bread Chat With Author Daniel Leader at Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Calling all carb connoisseurs: One of the most iconic bread bakers in the country, Daniel Leader of Bread Alone in Woodstock, New York, is headed to Floriole to talk about all things flour; farm fresh; and his new cookbook, Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making. There will be books available for purchase and samples provided by Floriole.
Details: November 17, 4–6 p.m.; $10 for event or $40 for event with book

Seafood Dinner Series at Fish Bar 
Lakeview’s underrated (there, I said it!) Fish Bar is hosting a superfun-sounding monthly dinner series with regionally inspired tasting menus at accessible prices. Next up is a Cajun affair on November 19, with such dishes as crab fritters, gumbo, blackened redfish, and bananas Foster bread pudding, followed by a pre-Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 17. In January, there’s a hot and spicy theme, because Chicagoans could use the heat.
Details: November 17, $45; December 17, $71; January 14, $51

Strong Beer With Strong Cheese at All Together Now 
Listen, when a beer clocks in at 13.9% ABV, you’re gonna need to balance it out with something hefty. In honor of Half Acre Beer’s indulgent new bourbon barrel-aged Orin beer, All Together Now is hosting a tasting paired with robust washed rind and blue cheeses. There will also be pours of Half Acre’s Geraldine saison and Bodem IPA.
Details: November 19, 6–10 p.m.

DMK Burger Bar Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary With Throwback Prices 
It’s hard to believe that DMK Burger Bar has been in our lives for a full decade, but the momentous achievement definitely merits celebration, and the Lakeview-born icon is doing just that with special throwback prices. All month long, burgers will be just $8, and the restaurant is reviving some bygone menu favorites, like the O.G. veggie burger, salmon burger, and lamb burger.
Details: Through November 30

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New Prix Fixe Lunch Menu at Le Colonial 
I think it’s quite possible that Le Colonial is the quintessential power-lunch spot in Chicago, and the Gold Coast restaurant just raised the bar even higher with its brand new prix fixe lunch option. Available Monday through Friday for a scant $29, diners select starters like pho (duh) and bo bia and chilled vegetable rolls with peanut plum dipping sauce, and then move on to entrées including mi xao don chay (vegetable stir-fry) or cari ga (chicken curry). It’s all served with iced tea or drip coffee.
Details: Available Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–3:45 p.m.; $29

White Truffle Dinner at Summer House Santa Monica 
Turns out snow isn’t the only thing raining down upon Chicago. With white truffle season nearly upon us, Summer House Santa Monica is celebrating this ritzy ingredient with a special four-course dinner on December 3, featuring such dishes as classic Acquerello risotto with Parmesan and scaloppine di cappone with spaghetti squash, sage, and savoy cabbage. All savory courses get white truffles shaved table-side and paired with both an old-world and new-world wine.
Details: December 3, 7 p.m.; $75

There’s a Truffle Burger at Siena Tavern
Speaking of truffles and lavish edible things, Siena Tavern has a special treat for all you deep-pocketed umami lovers. Exclusively available on the late-night menu (or anytime, if requested), this decadent creation features an eight-ounce brisket and short rib patty heaped with chanterelle mushrooms, truffle butter, garlic truffle aioli, and truffle Pecorino. It’s all served with Parmesan truffle fries, and black truffles are freshly shaved on top. My God.

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The City Winery River Domes Are Back 
For better or worse, one surefire sign that winter is coming is the annual return of the River Domes at City Winery at the Riverwalk. The heated bubbles are back in action through November 30, great for groups determined to keep those patio vibes going strong. Reservations are available for two-and-a-half-hour increments, and domes can fit up to eight guests.
Details: Through November 30; $85 per person, including a $60 food and beverage minimum