Monday, July 21, 2014

There's No Need to go to France with Bistrot Zinc Just Around the Corner

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Bistrot Zinc bar area 300 pixels w borderDreaming of a trip to France? Look no further than Bistrot Zinc, 1131 N. State St. in Chicago (telephone: 312-337-1131). Bistrot Zinc is the perfect spot for a French summer escape. Step inside and immediately be transported to your favorite Parisian bistrot. Located in the heart of Chicago's bustling Gold Coast neighborhood, Bistrot Zinc's open French doors and colorful Parisian décor will be sure to help you unwind while you delight in the classic and contemporary French dishes faithfully prepared by Chef Tim Kirker.
Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, Bistrot Zinc endures as one of Chicago's most popular neighborhood restaurants because it remains fresh and contemporary while staying authentically true to French tradition.
Bistrot Zinc dining room lr 300Bistrot Zinc gets its name from typical French bistrots where the "zinc" bar is a popular meeting place for good food, conversation and camaraderie. Gracious hospitality and unpretentious, exceptional service are the hallmark of this friendly bistrot that boasts a large community of regular customers. The traditional bistrot ambiance of tile floors, tin ceilings, and the beautifully handcrafted zinc bar offers French authenticity as guests step into its lively Parisian atmosphere.
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While Bistrot Zinc's success can be attributed to many things, one of the most important is that each month Chef Kirker offers a new special seasonal menu featuring contemporary French preparations. July's seasonal specials include appetizers such as Grilled radicchio with fig and walnut vinaigrette ($8.95); Watermelon with French feta and basil ($8.95); Brochette of lamb tenderloin with spring onions and pistou ($13.95); Sautéed soft-shelled crab with roasted corn salad and red pepper coulis ($14.95); Traditional steak tartare ($12.95) and Baby beets with Banyuls vinaigrette and shaved fennel ($8.95).
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Special entrées include Grilled salmon with gingered red lentils and spinach ($23.95); Bouillabaisse with rouille croutons ($26.95); Pork Milanese with heirloom tomato salad ($22.95), and Pan-seared duck breast with tarragon-roasted peaches and basmati rice ($25.95).
In addition to the special seasonal menu, guests will always find a wide selection of classic dishes that are virtually synonymous with the term "French bistrot." Popular items include starters such as Escargots BZ or the classic Soupe à l'Oignon, French Onion Soup, and classic entrées such as Steak Frites and Vol-au-Vent, the stew du jour in puff pastry with crème fraîche mashed potatoes.
Bistrot Zinc serves lunch (brunch on weekends) and dinner seven days a week. Lunch is served Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch is served Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is served Monday - Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, please visit the website at or call 312-337-1131 for reservations.
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July Specials
Grilled radicchio with fig and walnut vinaigrette 8.95
Watermelon with French feta and basil 8.95
Brochette of lamb tenderloin with spring onions and pistou 13.95
Sautéed soft-shelled crab with roasted corn salad and red pepper coulis 14.95
Traditional steak tartare 12.95
Baby beets with Banyuls vinaigrette and shaved fennel 8.95
Grilled salmon with gingered red lentils and spinach 23.95
Bouillabaisse with rouille croutons 26.95
Pork Milanese with heirloom tomato salad 22.95
Pan-seared duck breast with tarragon-roasted peaches and basmati rice 25.95
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Side Dishes
Grilled asparagus, balsamic syrup 5.50
Baby squash, grape tomato sauté 5.95
Sautéed spinach 4.95 Ratatouille 5.50
Pommes frites 4.95 Haricots verts 5.50


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saucy Junk Food at Delightful Pastries for National Junk Food Day, July 21

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It seems odd to call the delicious and fresh food at Delightful Pastries junk, but if there's ever a day to Piggly Wiggly Bites and Sauce 2 lr 300 do so, it's National Junk Food Day.  To commemorate everyone's favorite food group, junk food, Delightful Pastries will be serving up a special of pork nuggets, usually featured in the Three Piggly Wigglys Sandwich ($10). 

This special pork nugget will be served alongside three freshly made sauces ($6). The original sauce options include a Japanese inspired sauce, made with teriyaki and mayo, Thai Cowboy sauce, made with buttermilk ranch and homemade sriracha and What the Puck sauce, a homemade barbecue sauce with ghost chili pepper and bourbon. 

When it comes to junk food, no matter what your weapon of choice, Delightful Pastries has got you covered, with sweet and savory treats.

Indulge your cravings at any of Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724 and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. Visit for more information.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back to Basics with Delightful Pastries Breakfast Breads

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Combat the gluten-free craze with these gluten-full and fantastic breakfast breads, made fresh at Delightful Pastries. Grab a slice of the apple cinnamon bread ($8-$8.50 per loaf), a perfect match of a spongy and sweet. Why not double your caffeine fix with a coffee and a loaf of coffee cake ($8.50-$9 per). The marble pound cake ($8-8.50), among endless other options, are sure to please. 

Check out all Delightful Pastries' breads and other morning pastries at any of the three Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724; Jefferson Park at 5927 W. Lawrence, (773) 545-7215, and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last Chance to Purchase Tickets for Tomorrow’s Green City Market Annual Chef BBQ Benefit

With perfect July weather in the forecast for tomorrow and a fantastic chef line up, the 14th Annual Green City Market Chef BBQ Benefit is sure to be a spectacular evening you will not want to miss, so purchase your tickets now. The Green City Market Chef  BBQ Benefit begins 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Lincoln Park; Tickets may be purchased online until 4 p.m at Tickets are not available for sale at the door. The benefit showcases Chicago’s best culinary talent cooking food with fresh and local ingredients from the Green City Market. To complement the irresistible food served, locally made craft beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Tickets are still available for purchase on the Green City Market website.  General admission tickets are $125 and can be purchased until 4 p.m. day of the event.

“The Chef BBQ is one of the most anticipated events of the summer and a great time to celebrate all of the amazing food and talent this city has to offer,” said Sarah Stegner, co-president of the Green  City Market board and chef/partner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook. “The Chef BBQ is very important to the operations of the market. It raises much needed money to support our operations. The market is funded by such donations and grants. We are thankful that it has grown to be one of Chicago’s most popular summer events. Our guests get to experience what truly ‘local farm to table’ is while helping to make it all possible.”
Some of the most anticipated additions to this year’s lineup include:
  • Ina Pinkney; Barry Sorkin, Smoque; and Rob Levitt, Butcher and Larder are teaming up for the first time.
  • New additions to the chef lineup this year include: Tremaine Atkinson Co-founder/Distille and JP Doiron, CH Distillery; Giuseppe Scurato, Ceres’ Table; Michael Sheerin, Cicchetti; Ken Carter, Gather; Nathan Sears, The Radler.
“The Green City Market BBQ is the not to be missed event of the year for almost every single person I know,” said Jason Hammel, chef and co-owner of Lula Café and Nightwood. “Sous chefs, pastry chefs, executive chefs, cooks, managers, artisans, farmers—so many who contribute to our great Chicago restaurant scene will be there. Look around that night and you'll see a community paying homage to the mission and vision of Abby Mandel, who saw so much potential in our city and the bounty of our local farms.”

See Below for a full list of some of Chicago’s top restaurants and breweries that will have a presence at the BBQ:

676 restaurant Atwood Cafe
August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co.
Bar Toma Bar&Kitchen
Goose Island Beer Company GT Fish & Oyster
Half Acre Beer Company Haymarket Pub & Brewery Henri
Quince at the homestead Red door
Sable Kitchen & Bar Seasons Soda Seedling
Bell's Brewery
Hickory Creek Winery
Shaw's Chicago
Benny's Chop House
Honey Butter Fried Chicken &
SmallBar Division
Big Jones
Sunday Dinner Club
Smoque and Ina's
Big Star
Intelligentsia Coffee & Kilogram
Bistronomic/LM  Restaurant
Sparrow Coffee Roastery
Spiaggia/Cafe  Spiaggia
Butcher & Larder Cafe des Architectes
Lakeshore Beverage Laughing Bird
Table, Donkey and Stick Tekla, Inc
Capriole, Inc. & Tekla, Inc.
Limelight Catering
Terzo Piano
Ceres’ Table
Lula Cafe
The Bristol
CH Distillery
Metropolitan  Brewing
The Chopping Block
Chilam Balam, Shaman by
Midwest Wine Selections
The Dawson
mk The Restaurant
The Gage
Convito Cafe & Market
New Holland Brewing Co.
The Goddess & Grocer
Cookies and Carnitas Crop To Cup / Asi Tea
Nico Osteria Nightwood
The Publican The Publican
NoMI Kitchen
The Radler
deca restaurant
North Pond Restaurant
The Signature Room at the 95th
Eli's Cheesecake
North Shore Distillery
Three Floyds Brewpub
Farmhouse Tavern
One Off Hospitality Group
Forbidden Root Brewery
Park Grill at Millennium Park
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Fox Valley Winery, Inc Fresh Coast Distributors,
Pecking Order Perennial Virant
Uncommon Ground Vera
Lehman's cider, Quincy St.
Piece Brewery
Virtue Cider
Prairie Grass Cafe
Frontera Grill

About Green City Market

Green City Market is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization celebrating its 16th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market values education about quality food and its source. Green City Market is funded by individual donations, corporation sponsorships, grants and fundraising events