A coveted sandwich pop-up, CBD tasting menus, and a sushi happy hour headline this next batch of must-eat food events in Chicago.
The Sandwich Gods Smile Upon Us: Zingerman’s Delicatessen Pops Up at the Ruin Daily
There’s a huge pop-up to look forward to, courtesy of our friends from Michigan. Ann Arbor’s wildly revered Zingerman’s Delicatessen is taking over the menu at the Ruin Daily for two days, slinging crowd-pleasing sandwiches like its famed Reuben and the No. 36 Lila & Izzie’s Skokie Skidoo, with heaps of Swiss Emmental cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on grilled farm bread. Michigan beers and cocktails made with Zingerman’s ingredients round it all out.
Details: May 19, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and May 20, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Formento’s Is Going Hard for Spring
Rhubarb, ramps, artichokes, and asparagus are raining down all over the menu at Formento’s in the West Loop, where chef Todd Stein is really amping things up with bright flavors and fresh ingredients. New dishes include buffalo mozzarella with rhubarb and asparagus; ramp butter pappardelle; English pea agnolotti with prosciutto and roasted sunchokes; and rhubarb ricotta tarts with Campari-strawberry sorbet. Enjoy it all on the restaurant’s 65-seat patio, open for the season this weekend.
Happy Hour at Tomi
There’s a new happy hour in town, and it involves colorful maki rolls. Revival Food Hall newcomer Tomi has rolled out its new weekday happy hour programming, which runs 4–7 p.m. and offers all four-piece rolls for $5 with drink purchase. Optional beverages include Sapporo, rosé, and sake.
CBD Dinner at Frontier
CBD is all the rage these days, so it was only a matter of time before a local chef dove in headfirst with a multicourse CBD dinner. Said chef is Brian Jupiter, who’s cooking up a seven-course CBD affair with Christopher Sayegh, aka the Herbal Chef. Look for unique cannabis-infused dishes using ingredients like Wagyu beef, scallops, and truffles.
Details: May 20, 7 p.m.; $150
Sunda Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
Right up there with local legends like Frontera Grill, Gene & Georgetti, and Three Dots and a Dash, Sunda has left an indelible mark on the River North dining and drinking landscape. It’s been 10 years since the pan-Asian hot spot burst onto the scene, and it’s celebrating that milestone with a monthlong spree of weekly specials, reviving popular dishes and drinks for a greatest hits retrospective. Specials change weekly, but look for items like firecracker maki (salmon sashimi bundles), roasted duck hash, and Indo corn fritters.
Details: Through May 31
Family Meal Mondays Launches at Spilt Milk Tavern
After a successful summer-long run of its Family Meal Mondays last year, wherein Spilt Milk Tavern featured a different chef cooking up food on the patio each Monday, the Logan Square bar is bringing the tradition back with a brand-new lineup of top-tier Chicago chefs. It starts with Michael Simmons of Cafe Marie-Jeanne on May 27, and each Monday through September 30 will spotlight new chefs and new menus, with plates of food available for $20.
Details: Starts May 27, 5 p.m.; $20
Pilsen Food Truck Social
Summer is almost here. Really. Think warm thoughts and mentally prepare with Pilsen’s upcoming Food Truck Social, slated for June 8 and 9, when a lengthy lineup of local food trucks will park it along 18th Street for a weekend of alfresco food, arts, crafts, music, and entertainment. Confirmed participants include 5411 Empanadas, Lucy’s, Pierogi Wagon, Yum Dum, and the Happy Lobster, joined by such Pilsen restaurants as Churro Factory, Honky Tonk BBQ, and Le Cebollita Grill.
Details: June 8 and 9; $20 for sampler ticket