Over the last few years, the natural wine movement has been growing in interest and availability. At the third of many Wine Wednesdays to come, learn about natural wines with The Purple Pig’s head sommelier, Alan Beasey. We'll find out what makes a wine “natural" and discuss potential benefits of drinking wines that adhere to these standards. Taste some of Beasey's favorites from importer Heritage Wine Cellars along with health-focused bites from FARE at this informal tasting. In addition, enjoy half-off wine bottles at Grand Central Bar as well as full dinner menus from FARE, Piggie Smalls and other Wells Street Market restaurants.
When: Wednesday, March 20th, starting at 5:30 PM
We will be open on Saturday, March 16, pouring drink specials for downtown revelers in need of pre- or post-parade refreshment. These include Irish Coffee ($6) made with La Colombe brew, Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey and housemade vanilla cream; Paddy’s Day Punch ($5) with Grey Goose vodka; $5 Irish beers; and $3 domestic beers.
Parade-goers looking for healthy fare will find it at FARE Chicago. The day’s specials include an Egg Sandwich with Nueske’s bacon, caramelized onions and Havarti; Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili with cornbread; Avocado Toast with pickled carrots, toasted seeds and microgreens; and Cauliflower and Chickpea Kale Salad.
Old Forester is not only America’s 1st bottled Bourbon, it’s also the longest running distilled Bourbon on the market. Learn more about the distillery's storied past and taste it firsthand at this Wells Street Market event. Tickets include education from Master Taster Jackie Zykan and Brown-Forman ambassadors, and a 1/4 oz. sample each of Old Forester 1870, Old Forester 1897 and Old Forester 1920. Small bites and a small welcome beverage from Grand Central Bar are included, and guests can purchase food from other Wells Street Market restaurants. In addition, there’ll be Old Forester giveaways and special surprises.
At the second of many Wine Wednesdays to come, we travel to Italy with The Purple Pig’s head sommelier, Alan Beasey. Learn and, more importantly, taste some of his favorite Italian wines from importer Heritage Wine Cellars along with bites from Tempesta Market at this informal tasting. In addition, enjoy half-off wine bottles at Grand Central Bar as well as full dinner menus from Tempesta, Piggie Smalls and other Wells Street Market restaurants.
When: Wed., Feb. 20, starting at 5:30 PM
With up to nine restaurants to choose from — with dishes ranging from an omakase tasting menu at Tabo and a Polish plate at Chow Bros to rum cake at Grand Central Bar — create your own mix-and-match meal for lunch and dinner. RSVP to receive a complimentary glass of wine with purchase.
How it works:
Stop by Grand Central Bar to purchase a lunch ($24) or dinner ($36) Restaurant Week Menu package. Each offer includes a mini menu to guide you through Wells Street Market along with three tokens representing each of the available courses. Tokens can be redeemed at any of the participating restaurants.
Participating lunch restaurants: Chow Bros, Fare, Grand Central Bar, Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop, Pork & Mindy's, Tabo and Tempesta Market
Participating dinner restaurants: Chow Bros, Fare, Furious Spoon, Firecakes, Grand Central Bar, Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop, Tabo and Tempesta Market
Indie record store and label 606 Records is in the house on Thurs., Dec. 13 from 5-8 PM spinning hip-hop tunes. In addition, the Pilsen shop will have some of its uber-cool music-inspired merch on hand for all your gift-giving needs. Head to Furious Spoon and receive a free side of takoyaki or fried chicken gyoza with purchase of their Furious Ramen. And be on the lookout for special cocktails at Grand Central Bar. Music to our ears…
Get a taste of our new collaboration beer made with local suds-maker Spiteful Brewing on Wed., Dec. 12 starting at 5:30. Spiteful’s co-owner Jason will be on hand along with his taproom team to talk about — what else? — beer and offering up ‘toasts’ of their newest creation. The California Common style of beer is named Where Is Blair” Be sure to ask your bartender the story behind its moniker…