The Illinois Chapter of SLA is pleased to host these dinearounds. If you need to cancel or want to see if there’s a dinearound with space, please swing by the Illinois Chapter Hospitality Booth located in the registration area on Level 3 of the Lakseide Center (a detailed map can be found at http://www.mccormickplace.com/floorplans/pdf/LakesideLevel_3.pdf.

Saturday, July 14

Bin 36 (www.bin36.com)
6:30pm (please meet at the restaurant)
339 N. Dearborn
Fixed Price: 50
Separate Check: No
Host: Mark Domke

Bin 36 features wine and cheese flights with contemporary American cuisine. The House of Blues is virtually next door for live music after dinner, or enjoy a quiet stroll along Chicago’s riverwalk.

First course:
Chef’s Soup of the Day OR
Organic Mixed Greens (Amish Blue Cheese, Toasted Hazelnuts, Cabernet Sauvignon Vinaigrette)

Grilled Swan Creek Farms Hanger Steak OR
Babaganoush (Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Asparagus, Baby Carrots, Tomato Fennel Confit)

Chocolate Mousse Bombe OR
Red Velvet Cake

This Dinearound is Closed

Lou Malnati’s (www.loumalnatis.com)
6:30pm (please meet at the restaurant)
1120 N. State
Fixed Price: No
Separate Check: Yes
Host: Lorene Kennard

When you come to Chicago, you have to have deep dish pizza…at least once! Meet me at Lou Malnati’s in the Gold Coast neighborhood for deep dish pizza and chocolate chip pizza for dessert.

Please visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth

Mercat a la Planxa (mercatchicago.com)
6:00pm (please meet at the restaurant)
638 S. Michigan Ave.
Fixed Price: $65 + tax, tip & drinks
Separate Check: No
Host: Bridget Bulger

If you didn’t get to dine at Jose Garces’ Amada restaurant last year in Philadelphia, join me for a taste of Catalonia at Garces’ Mercat a la Planxa. Registration closes July 12.

Pan con Tomate (Grilled Ciabatta, Fresh Tomato, Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt)
Datiles con Almendras (Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds)
Ensalada Verdosa (Mixed Select Lettuces with Green Beans, Avocado & Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette)
Pimientos de Padron (Flash Fried Peppers with Sea Salt, Salbitxada)

Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)
Cepes Y Butifarra Coca (Porcini Mushroom & Catalan Sausage Flatbread, Roasted Garlic, Manchego Cheese)
Pelotas De Calabaza Y Cordero (Butternut Squash Dumplings, Lamb Rayout, Beech Mushrooms Escabeche & Black Truffle)
Truita de Patata con Espinacas (Spanish-Style Omelette with Spinach & Potato, Saffron Aioli)

A La Planxa: Black Angus Ribeye, Diver Scallops, Chorizo Brochettes
Coliflor Amb Xato (Roasted Cauliflower with Currants, Padron Peppers, Truffled Tarragon Xato & Shaved Manchago Cheese)
Patatas a la Riojana (Heirloom Baby Potatoes with Cider Braised Chorizo, Manchego Espuma & Piment d’Espilette)

Croquetas de Xocolata (Chocolate Croquettes, Banana Marshmallow, Rosemary Caramel)

This Dinearound is Closed

Monday, July 16, 2012

Catch 35 (www.catch35.com)
5:30 pm (please meet at the restaurant)
35 West Wacker Drive
Fixed Price: No
Separate Check: Yes
Host: Mary Crompton

There’s a Catch-22 situation at Catch 35: the range of seafood choices is so deep and interesting that you get the feeling you should pull up a deck chair to aid further study. Variety, appeal, flavor – Catch 35 has quietly and steadfastly fashioned itself into one of the top seafood restaurants in Chicago. Prices are on the expensive side – entrees range from $17.95 and up. A special, lower-priced menu will also be presented so that diners will have additional choices.

Please Visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth

Park Grill (www.parkgrillchicago.com)
6:30pm (please meet at the restaurant)
11 N Michigan Ave.
Fixed Price : 30 (plus tax and tip)
Separate Check: No
Host: Bridget Bulger

Dine under Millennium Park’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, known affectionately as “The Bean.” Price includes soup or salad, an entrée of chicken, salmon or vegetable risotto, and dessert. Afterward, wander the park’s Lurie Garden and Frank Gehry’s BP Bridge to the lakefront or catch the 2nd half of a free concert by the “screaming eagle of soul” Charles Bradley and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn on the Great Lawn.

One slot open as of Sunday evening!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Berghoff (www.theberghoff.com/menus)
7 PM, Meet at the restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Fixed Price: No
Separate check: Yes
Host: Jan Chindlund

The historic Berghoff restaurant has been open since 1891 and is owned and operated by the 4th generation of the Berghoff family. While beers and sausages are evident, this is fine German dining so why not try the Alsatian Onion and Apple Soup, Free Range Lamb, or traditional Sauerbraten? Prices range $5.50 to $18.95.

Please Visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth

Grand Lux Café (www.grandluxcafe.com)
6:30 PM, Meet at the restaurant. (Entrance is on Ontario St.)
600 North Michigan
Fixed Price: No
Separate Checks: Yes
Host: Jan Sykes

Enjoy a varied menu at this beautiful, upscale casual restaurant. Menu options include Rustic Pizzas, Burgers & Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, and a variety of unique appetizers and entrees.  Prices range from $4.95 to $28.95. Finish your meal with a dessert that is Baked To Order or from their onsite bakery.

Sign-ups will be available here soon and will continue through July 13 or until the dinearound is full.

Please Visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth

Heaven on Seven (www.heavenonseven.com)
7:00pm (please meet at the restaurant)
600 N Michigan Ave
Fixed Price : $35 or $50 (plus tax and tip)
Separate Check: Yes
Host: Taya Franklin

Enjoy a seven course Beer Dinner featuring Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs, Louisiana! Each course will be prepared and paired with a different craft brew from Abita.

Welcome Beer – Purple Haze Beergarita
Beer Ceviche with Abita SOS
Beer-Cheddar Soup with Restoration Ale
Arroz con Pollo with Abita Select Honey Rye
Abita Amber Pulled Pork Sandwich with Abita Amber
Maple Leaf Farms Duck and Chorizo Etouffee with Jockamo IPA
Cajun Pot Roast with Turbodog
Strawberry Harvest Beeramisu with Strawberry Harvest Lager

For those who would like to attend the dinner sans the beers, they will be offering the seven course Jimmy Feed Me! dinner for $35.

There are still a few spaces left – claim yours today!

Please Visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth

MingHin in Chinatown (www.minghincuisine.com/DinnerMenu.aspx)
6:30 (Meet at the restaurant)
2168 S. Archer
No fixed price, Separate Checks.
Hosts: Alicia Forton, Janet Hartmann, Bonnie Jordan

The huge menu includes both familiar favorites and adventurous alternatives. Most entrees are priced from $9-15, with some of the more exotic Chef’s Specialties higher.

MingHen is just west of old Chinatown at Cermak and Archer. From McCormick take the #21 bus over Wentworth or a short cab ride. From downtown, take the Red Line to the Chinatown stop for just a two block walk. Plan to arrive a bit early and take a stroll around Chinatown before dinner.

Please Visit the Illinois Hospitality Booth


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