Dining events: Beer, wine and whiskey dinners galore

  • Bar Louie is bringing a taste of the islands to the Chicago area with its new limited time Lu-au Burger.

    Bar Louie is bringing a taste of the islands to the Chicago area with its new limited time Lu-au Burger. Courtesy of Bar Louie

Posted7/20/2022 6:00 AM

Phase Three Beer Dinner

It's time: Niche in Geneva is ready to introduce its Niche S-023 imperial stout, which has been aged for 25 months in an Eagle Rare barrel, during a special Phase Three Beer Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. The $125 per person dinner includes four courses and a bottle of the specialty brew. Dine on smoked short rib flautas paired with P3 Mexican Lager; pan-roasted arctic char paired with Pixel Density (hazy IPA); peach brined porcelet pork loin paired with Interstellar Illusions (saison); and tiramisu-style bread pudding paired with Niche S-023. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations only will be taken over the phone.


Niche Restaurant is at 14 S. 3rd St., Geneva, 630-262-1000, nichegeneva.com/.

Wine not?

Want to try some new wines? Wildfire is hosting Hope Family Wine Dinners that will give wine fans a chance to try vintage vinos from the Paso Robles region of California while learning about them from a winery rep. The five-course dinner consists of spicy crab dip and vegetable sushi rolls paired with Treana Blanc; pan-roasted coho salmon paired with Treana Chardonnay; 8 spice grilled lamb chops paired with Treana Cabernet Sauvignon; artisan cheeses paired with Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon; and dark chocolate mousse cake paired with Quest Red Wine. The $120 dinners are at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, in Oak Brook; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in Chicago; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in Lincolnshire.

Wildfire is at 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; 159 W. Erie, Chicago, (312) 787-9000; and 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900, wildfirerestaurant.com/.

Cigars and Whiskey

For the first time, Durty Nellie's is hosting a Cigar and Whiskey Dinner featuring a four-course meal (app, salad or soup, steak and dessert) paired with Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon, San Luis Valley Rye, San Luis Valley 7 Year Bonded Rye and Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey. Plus, there will be three cigars to try, including Oliva Connecticut Toro, Romeo 1875 Toro, and Bolivar Cofradia Toro. The special event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, costs $105 per person. Buy tickets at ticketweb.com/ or (847) 358-9150, ext. 2.

Durty Nellie's is at 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, (847) 358-9150, durtynellies.com/.

Sand and surf

Bar Louie is bringing the beach to diners with its limited time surf-inspired menu items now through Oct. 4. The Lu-au Burger is topped with barbecue pulled pork, a grilled pineapple ring, macadamia island slaw and garlic aioli on toasted King's Hawaiian buns, while the tropical loaded doughnut holes are garnished with lime cream, diced pineapple, toasted coconut, whipped cream, amarena cherry and powdered sugar. For a cool nonalcoholic sipper, consider the Island Hopper, which is a blend of orange, guava, passion fruit, sparkling water and lime. Or, there's the Aloha Punch (Bacardí Tropical, orange, passion fruit and guava garnished with a pineapple wedge, an amarena cherry and a mint sprig). For each one sold, a $1 donation will go to support World Central Kitchen. There's more: On Burger Tuesdays, all craft burgers are half price.

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Bar Louie is at 619 E. Boughton Road #A, Bolingbrook, (331) 246-0500, and 17W350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 478-8040, barlouie.com/.

Miller's Ale House is honoring National Wing Day with $7.29 Zingers on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29.
Miller's Ale House is honoring National Wing Day with $7.29 Zingers on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29. - Courtesy of Miller's Ale House
National Wing Day

Yes, there's a National Wing Day -- Friday, July 29 -- and Miller's Ale House is honoring the day with $7.29 Zingers on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29. The special is available for Raving Fans eClub members; sign up at rb.gy/grdl8g.

Miller's Ale House is at 778 N. Route 59, Aurora, (630) 332-8574; 455 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard, (630) 241-3371; and 1300 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, millersalehouse.com/.

Summer flavors

New for summer, CityGate Grille has added some lighter bar bites, including the tuna tartare stack, garden vegetable gazpacho, jamon Iberico plate, grilled prosciutto-wrapped peaches, seafood slider trio and lamb slider trio.


CityGate Grille is at 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010, citygategrille.com/.

-- Caroline Linden

• Events are subject to change. Send restaurant news and events to clinden@dailyherald.com.

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