Chicago’s Table – A Foodie Charity Event

This annual event is the perfect charity event for any foodie who wants to check out some interesting dished and support a good cause while doing it;  and it is just a fun event in general.  With limited tickets sales there are no long waits for food or drinks and the crowd includes a diverse age range.  This year’s event showcased 20 restaurants – each created a food and wine pairing.  The event is hosted by Chicago Magazine and benefits the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Hospital.

All of the restaurants got very creative with their selections.  Some of my favorites included Savory plum and foie gras macaroons paired with 90+ Cellars Lot 65 French Fusion White from Chez Moi, the goat chili paired with a Malbec from 90+ cellars from Little Goat Diner, the pasta in a jar from Sienna Tavern,  and the shrimp & scallop ceviche paired with a Strawberry rhubarb Paloma from Nacional 27.  They definitely got my vote for the best drink of the night.

The best dish of the night night was the sliced filet with mini crab cakes and cajun lobster sauce, paired with a Cranberry Collins from Del Frisco’s.  It was enough to make me want to make a reservation with them!

The annual event is held in October.


Black Dog Gelato

This is one of those unique neighborhood spots that you walk by a dozen times until one day you just decide you really should go in and see what it is all about.  When the weather is warm, there are always people outside, enjoying their gelato.  I have always liked gelato, more than I like ice cream in fact, however Black Dog Gelato brings a whole new meaning to the word!  The focus is on really unusual flavors such as Goat Cheese Carmel Cashew and Lemon Ginger.

On my visit I picked up a pint of half Chocolate and half Lemon Ginger.  While the Lemon Ginger might be a little much on it’s own, mixed with the Chocolate it was really spectacular!  A pint is $8, which on the high side compared to grocery store brands, is well worth the money.

What I recently learned is that they actually have two locations – one on Belmont and Damen and the other on Damen, just north of Chicago Avenue.  I’d definitely recommend stopping by on a nice warm summer afternoon or evening for a great treat!