A few weeks ago I received an email from friend and fellow food blogger, Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest inviting me to Sip, Simmer and Savor, a Culinary Event Series by the Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection. The event was being hosted by Boka and featuring chefs Paul Liebrandt and Lee Wolen for a special five-course paired dinner with cocktails made from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection. Boka has been one of those restaurants on my “Must Try List” for years so I immediately jumped at the opportunity to attend and finally be able to recommend the Boka experience.
Most foodies are familiar with the concept of “underground dining,” a secret, member’s only supper club where diners are often only told the theme and location of a pop-up restaurant the day before an event. Now imagine being served a six-course meal from appetizer to dessert consisting of only cocktails, this is Liquor Lab. A few weekends ago I was given the opportunity to experience an evening of fine-dining, liquid-style, courtesy of Liquor Lab’s featured mixologist Mark Darress of The Godfrey.
So you may not be really into beer, you might be pregnant or you just prefer to save all your calories for food. Fear not Chicago! Craft Beer week offers eaters several options during the 10 day span from May 15 through 25 when craft beer is called king and food becomes its trusty side-kick.
My favorite foodie picks are below! I’ll be adding more as the week goes on so check back for updates!