Delicious DIRT. Three DIRT-Worthy Events To Stimulate Your Senses

DIRT Inside: Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Quay, Cakebread Wine, Dennis Cakebread, Phil Stefani, Tuscany Café, Ralph Childs

What They’re Cookin’ Up: It’s Halibut Season

Gemini Bistro.

The oh-so-short Wild Alaskan Halibut season is here. Chef Partner Jason Paskewitz and his two Lincoln Park hotspots, Gemini Bistro + Rustic House, are prepared to serve up this tender white fish in a bunch of delicious ways. Weekly specials at Gemini Bistro = pan seared halibut with pea shoots, roasted baby carrots, caramelized onions and a lemon beurre blanc for $32. At Rustic House, pan seared Atlantic halibut is prepared with a corn purée, sauteed asparagus and shimeji mushrooms for $28. Paskewitz will be highlighting the mild, yet slightly sweet nature of wild Alaskan halibut by pairing it with fresh, seasonal ingredients. BONUS DIRT: the fish is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. The weekly specials at both of these hotspots will rotate weekly, and just as a heads up, both spots are closed on Mondays. Gemini Bistro: 2075 N. Lincoln. Rustic House: 1967 N. Halsted.

 Join Quay + Dennis Cakebread for Cakebread Wine Dinner. Below

Tuscany Café + Artist Ralph Childs = An Evening of Art. Below.

We love everything about this event -> food, art, and *free*. Join Stefani’s Tuscany Cafe for An Evening of Art Featuring artist Ralph Childs, one of Chicago’s own talented abstract painters, on Friday, May 11 at 4:30 PM. Get your fingers on complimentary hors d’oeuvres like Mini Meatball Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Melts, Toasted Ravioli, Pizza Bread, Homemade Blue Cheese Potato Chips and more. BONUS DIRT: on Friday drink specials = $4 glasses of house wine and $5 select martinis. 77 W. Wacker.

Join Quay + Dennis Cakebread for Cakebread Wine Dinner


Coming up on Tuesday, May 22 @ 6:30 PM, Streeterville resto Quay will host an exclusive wine dinner featuring Cakebread Cellars wines with winemaker Dennis Cakebread. Enjoy a reception and four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Dan Marquis paired with Cakebread wines. And as a serious bonus, Quay has an amazing atmosphere, incorporating elements of water, AKA floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the river. Talk to Dennis Cakebread yourself, as he will be on hand to chat about the selections made for the night and more. At $80 per ticket, check out the delicious-ness of the menu below. Make sure you reserve your spot ASAP by calling 312.981.8400. 465 E. Illinois.


Salmon Rillettes with sweet corn relish, truffle whip, salmon roe, Red Amarynth, brioche

Crispy Oysters with potato and fennel rosti, champagne crème fraiche, wasabi roe

Suckling Pig Terrine with fig mustard and strawberry tartare

Paired with Chardonnay

First Course:

Wild Caught Sea Bass Crudo with meyer lemon and grapefruit, candied Buddah’s Hand, China rose radish sprouts and mint pistou

Paired with Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course:

Pan Seared Diver Scallops with forbidden rice, black cherries, apple-wood smoked bacon, peppercress and spiced chocolate sauce

Paired with Pinot Noir

Third Course:

Venison au Poivre with roasted baby eggplant, fermented garlic, fava bean puree, and marinated feta

Paired with Zinfandel

Fourth Course:

Assorted Cheese Plate with fig mustard, garlic crostini, truffle honey

Paired with Reserve Cabernet



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