Sip, Simmer and Savor: Jack Daniels and Boka

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.

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A Hidden French Gem: Bistro Voltaire

The folks at Bistro Voltaire reached out to me a while back to come by and be transported to Paris for an evening. For those of you who don’t know, besides Chicago, Paris is my favorite city in the world! Even though I spent a semester studying in London, there is just some “je ne sais quoi” about Paris that draws me in. Anytime I have a chance to “visit” Paris, I jump at the opportunity!

As I entered Bistro Voltaire I felt as if I was being whisked away to a quiet bistro somewhere in Saint Germaine (a Parisian neighborhood). The restaurant was cozy and not overly French-themed which would have made it feel touristy and fake. The weather had just begun to cool down and the wood interior automatically made me feel a bit warmer. Recently Bistro Voltaire had switched to a new seasonal menu that offers a variety of classic French dishes like French onion soup, escargot, mussels in a white wine sauce, several fish dishes, boeuf bourguignon, and more.

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