Comics and Cosmos

WGN-TV Morning Show Announcer Mike Toomey with Jim Flannigan at Carlucci Restaurant

February 22nd, 7-8:30- Carlucci in Downers Grove will host Mike Toomey and Jim Flannigan for an evening of laughs and drinks at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $10, and that includes one Tito’s Vodka Martini. During the show, well drinks, beer, wine and appetizers are only $5!

Mike Toomey
Mike Toomey will bring his sharp delivery, quick wit, and unique style; Toomey has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982- he has appeared in concerts with such names as Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. All the more, Mike has performed on numerous television programs including: HBO’s U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado; MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour; and A&E’s Comedy on the Road.

Jim Flannigan
Over the past few years, Jim Flannigan has become a mainstay at the top comedy clubs around the country, including Zanies, The Improv, The Laugh Factory and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Hailing from Chicago, Jim’s quick wit and smart humor have made him a favorite at colleges, comedy clubs and corporate events alike. In 2016, Flannigan was invited to perform at some of the biggest comedy festivals in the country, including Gilda’s LaughFest and The Great American Comedy Festival, honoring the late Johnny Carson. Jim also co-hosts the official Chicago White Sox Podcast, The Cycle, available on mlb.com and iTunes.

Jim Flannigan @jimmyflann @jimmyflann

35 Sports Bar & Grill – now open!

Check out this feature by Nik White from Chicago Beer Geeks!

https://www.chicagobeergeeks.com/2017/11/the-big-hurt-brewhouse-reopens-as-35-sports-bar-grill/

35 Sports Bar & Grill Grand Opening Celebration; Meet and Greet with Owner Frank Thomas

Friday November 17th – Starting At 4PM
 
35 Sports Bar & Grill invites the public to their grand opening celebration with owner Frank Thomas on Friday, November 17th. Fans and Foodies are invited to stop by from 5:00 until 8:00 to meet “The Big Hurt”, snap a few pix and more. 
 
What:          35 Sports Bar & Grill Grand Opening with Frank Thomas
When:         Friday, November 17 from 5PM until 8PM  
More:          Meet & Greets with The Big Hurt
 
35 Sports Bar and Grill | 6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
Open Sunday-Thursday from 12PM-12AM and Friday & Saturday from 12PM -1AM | 708-956-7174 | https://www.35sportsbarandgrill.com/

Dinner & Wine with Jean-François Bourdy

Dinner & Wine Pairing with Jean-François Bourdy at The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Legendary 15th-Generation Winemaker Hosts Intimate Event At Randolph Street’s Acclaimed Wine Bar and Bistro

 

CHICAGO – OCTOBER 17, 2017 – The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet will host the legendary Jean-François Bourdy of Caves Jean Bourdy in Jura, France for a rare and special evening on Thursday October 26.

 

The event will take place from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., with a reception in the Skylight room, followed by an elegant four-course meal paired with selections from the wines of Domaine Jean Bourdy.

 

The wines of Domaine Jean Bourdy are unique and rare in the world of fine wine.   The domaine was created between 1475 and 1500 and the brothers Jean-Philippe and Jean-François represent the 15th generation to maintain the family legacy. Tucked away in a corner of the leafy village of Arlay in Western Jura, the working winery has been designated as a living library but the French government, honored for its longevity and its winemaking culture.

 

The wines of Bourdy are completely traditional – sparkling, still, vin du voile, distilled. How to describe the wines? They taste of sunlight and earth and of time. They are wise when they are new; they are forever young when they are old.

 

What: 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing

Where: The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet, 736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

When: October 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

 

Tickets are $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and are available for purchase by calling (312) 775-0069 or reserving at Eventbrite. Space is limited.

An Evening with Jean-François Bourdy of Caves Jean Bourdy

Join The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet as they host the legendary Jean-François Bourdy of Caves Jean Bourdy in Jura, France for a rare and special evening on Thursday October 26. Tickets available below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caves-jean-bourdy-4-course-dinner-tasting-tickets-38849359480

Toast Labor Day at The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet All Weekend Long

CHICAGO – August 30, 2017 – The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”), a wine bar and bistro that celebrates life with wine, spirits and culinary delights, is celebrating the unofficial last weekend of summer by uncorking some very special large format bottles of rosé – the official wine of summer.

“We’re serving $10 glasses of exceptional AIX Rosé all weekend long,” says the restaurant’s Managing Partner Tom Powers. “We’re uncorking a few 15- and 3-liter large format bottles of this delightful wine from the historical city of Aix-en-Provence, which is known for making the best rosés in the world.”

The AIX Rosé $10 glasses of wine will be available throughout the weekend while supplies last.

About LLP:
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”) is a bar and bistro that celebrates wine, spirits and culinary delights. The concept, inspired by the three character facets explored in Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a three-level establishment and neighborhood-gathering place that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. The space is ideal for private events with unique spaces that can accommodate from 12 guests at the Poet’s Table in the Wine Room to 50 in the Skylight Room. The restaurant was named “One of the Best New Wine Bars” by Food & Wine Magazine, “One of the Hottest Places to have a Cocktail” by Eater Chicago, One of the Hottest Restaurants by Chicago Magazine and Zagat, was recommended for lunch by Crain’s Chicago Business, and recognized for serving one of Chicago’s best burgers in the annual Red Eye “Battle of the Burgers” competition.

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661. Reservations: (312) 775-0069 or on OpenTable

Hours of Operation:
Fri & Sat 5PM–12AM
Sun 11:30AM-2PM & 5–9PM
Mon-Fri 11:30AM–2PM & 5–10PM

Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop

Watch as chef Jessica Nowicki from The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet prepares a variation of The Lunatic’s burger for Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop!

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/worth-the-trip/Cafe-5-The-Lunatic-Burger-440743503.html

Kudos to the city, the chefs, the restaurateurs, and all front-and back-of-the house folks who make the Chicago culinary scene awesome!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/restaurants/ct-chicago-bon-appetit-restaurant-city-of-year-2017-story.html#nws=true

Have a SWEET birthday Anthony Rizzo!

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet Brings Wine & Whimsy To Randolph Restaurant Row

Tri-level Bar & Bistro Offers Multifaceted Options For Celebrating Life’s Simple Pleasures

CHICAGO (July 19, 2017) – The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”), a bar and bistro that celebrates life with wine, spirits and culinary delights, brings a unique blend of whimsy and wisdom to Randolph Street. The three-level, 7,000-square-foot establishment located at 736 W. Randolph Street serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and features a late night happy hour. The concept, inspired by Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the brainchild of Managing Partner and Sommelier Tom Powers, who was behind some of the district’s pioneering restaurants (Vivo, Marche, Red Light). The Lunatic is a neighborhood oasis in the trendy area, serving elegantly balanced wines, thoughtful craft cocktails and highly inventive sharable plates at reasonable prices. Their late night happy hour (Monday-Friday from 10 p.m. until Midnight) features a small plates menu and weekly cocktail and wine specials.

 

Executive Chef Jessica Nowicki (Naha, Brindille) respects the integrity of the fresh ingredients that are the building blocks of her menu. Diners will find unusual takes on bistro classics that let subtle flavor profiles shine through. Some menu favorites include:

  • Brunch
    • French Toast w Raspberry & Cream Cheese Stuffed Brioche
    • La Quercia Prosuitto Sandwich on a Croissant with Cheddar Cheese
    • Fried Egg & Arugula Salad
    • Roasted Wild Mushroom Quiche
  • Lunch-
    • Grilled Cheese on Brioche with Brie, Prosciutto & a Pear Compote
    • Roast Beet & Smoked Trout Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette, Arugula & Toasted Hazelnuts
    • The Lunatic Burger with a Double Patty, Hooks Cheddar, Garlic Aioli, House Pickles, Lettuce & Tomato (available all day)
  • Dinner-
    • Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms, Marcona Almonds & Mache
    • Sea Scallops with La Quercia Prosciutto, Citrus Beurre Blanc, Fava Beans & English Peas
    • Lamb Lollipops with Ramp Pesto, Herb Salad & Greek Yogurt

The bar offers a diverse selection of bottled and taps wines. Powers is uniquely focused on wines that are balanced and elegant, with representation from the United States and across Europe. By-the-glass selections include:

  • Avinyó, Pet Nat, , Penedes, Spain, NV
  • Qupe Chardonnay, Y Block, Bien Nacido, Central Coast, 2014
  • Xarmant, Txokolina, Arabako, Basque, Spain, 2016
  • Tablas Creek, Patelin de Rose, CA 2016,
  • Movia, Ribolla Gialla, Slovenia, 2012
  • Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, 2015
  • Domaine du Grand Bouqueteau, Chinon, 2012

Wine enthusiasts will be delighted by the diverse selection of over 200 wines by the bottle, including the American and European classics along with an impressive showing of more adventurous offerings like orange wines and pet-nats. Selections include:

  • Au Bon Climat, Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley, 2012
  • Guisseppe Quintarellii, Secco Cá del Merlo, 2015
  • Jean Foillard, Morgon, Côte du Py, 2015
  • Hirsch, Pinot Noir, San Andreas Fault, Sonoma, 2013
  • Olga Raffault, Chinon, Les Picasses, 2007

 

“The Lunatic brings something entirely different to the area,” says Powers. “We offer an array of unique craft cocktails and a beautiful selection of wines in a range of price points, and a menu that has a distinctive rustic elegance. Chef Nowicki’s seasonal dishes include delightful and beautifully prepared options. In her Executive Chef position, Jessica has communicated a sense of balance, integrity and elegance that belies her 28 years. She is one of the emerging talents in the American food scene.”

 

The Lunatic’s décor spans three levels, and evokes the Shakespearian imagination inherent in the three character aspects (Lunatic, Lover, Poet) contemplated Act V, Sene I, of his famous Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed work. Guests are greeted by The Lunatic bar upon entry – a long and lovely expanse where neighbors, friends and strangers gather for wine, cocktails and small bites. The Lunatic bar opens into the first floor dining room, which seats 36 guests. The upper floor Skylight Room houses The Lover’s bar and dining space that are at once airy, elegant and comfortable. Beautifully lit and dotted with a Jackson Pollock inspired art piece, the space seats 20 for dinner, 16 for cocktails and 12 at the bar. The Skylight Room accommodates private events for up to 50 guests. The lower level features the Poet’s Table, a charmingly intimate setting for private parties in the Wine Room and meetings for up to 12 guests.

 

About LLP:

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”) is a bar and bistro that celebrates wine, spirits and culinary delights. The concept, inspired by the three character facets explored in Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a three-level establishment and neighborhood gathering place that serves brunch, lunch and dinner, and features a late night happy hour. The space is ideal for private events with unique spaces that can accommodate from 12 guests at the Poet’s Table in the Wine Room to 50 in the Skylight Room.

The restaurant was named “One of the Best New Wine Bars” by Food & Wine Magazine, “One of the Hottest Places to have a Cocktail” by Eater Chicago, One of the Hottest Restaurants by Chicago Magazine and Zagat, was recommended for lunch by Crain’s Chicago Business, and recognized for serving one of Chicago’s best burgers in the annual Red Eye “Battle of the Burgers” competition.

 

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661. Reservations: (312) 775-0069 or on OpenTable.
Hours of Operation:

Fri & Sat         5–12PM

Sun        11:30-2   5–9PM

Mon-Fri 11:30AM–2PM, 5–10PM

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