If that turkey dinner order hasn’t made its way onto your agenda just yet, consider a walk on the fried side. Brooklyn-based Jive Turkey has now set up shop in Chicago.
Though still in its infancy here, customers can drop by Jive Turkey’s pop-up shop on the South Side to pick up a fresh one, instead of having it shipped. The company also ships nationwide, so fans on the East Coast need not be in short supply this month.
Christmas may have 12 days and Jive Turkey matches that with its 12 flavors – or more. Peach bourbon, Jamaican jerk, honey pecan and cranberry red wine are among the pie-worthy bastes for these succulent birds. Thankfully, Thanksgiving dinners are notorious for elastic waistbands gracing the table. To get a little preview, try attending one of the tastings at their new pop-up location in Chicago on Nov. 10 or Nov. 17, or visit their website for more information.
Jive Turkey also supplies sides such as green beans, cornbread dressing and yam brulee. But one thing is for certain – ain’t nothin’ like a fried turkey.
1979 W. 111th St
Chicago, IL 60643
While the mother country suffers massive unemployment and fallout from the European debt crisis, Chicago’s Spanish tapas elder statesman, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, is hoping to kickstart a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration. They’re kicking off a week-long Paella Festival today, running until next Wednesday, the 14th. In addition to a colorful paella menu, drink specials will add to the celebratory atmosphere. All week long, they’re offering small plates of paella and bottles of Estrella Damm beer for just $3 each.
Start your week off with a good deed – tonight.
Join an impressive lineup of bartenders and cocktail fans to provide support for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Salud Tequila Lounge will expand their cast of bartenders from two to 18 tonight. Including the likes of Charles Joly from The Aviary, Lynn House from Michelin-starred Blackbird and Lettuce Mixologist Paul McGee, this star-studded benefit gives you good cause to grab a drink.
The event runs 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Plenty of time to sample all 18 creations and raise as much as you can for those in need.
Salud Tequila Lounge
1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
If the thought of basting, roasting and frying – not to mention cleaning – is too much to handle this Thanksgiving, you’ve got plenty of options around town. It seems like every year, more and more restaurants are filling this void, doing all of the cooking so you don’t have to. Here are a number of options for Turkey Day.
Get ready for some visual pangs of hunger. The Chicago Food Film Festival is headed back to town in two weeks, running November 15 – 17. This year’s Festival will feature 17 films (four of which have never been seen before), plus one U.S. premiere. Best part of all? Many of the films feature food from local chefs, so you can nosh while you watch. How great would it have been to be served ramen while watching “Tampopo,” or mole negro during “Like Water for Chocolate”? Organizers are going for the same sort of vibe. And here’s a bonus for my readers: you can win two tickets to opening night on the 15th. Read More
Finicky diners, insatiable eaters and gourmet travelers can join in common cause tonight, for a unique progressive dinner. Lettuce Entertain You is marshaling the resources of its Lincoln Park venues, giving guests a chance to have appetizers, main courses and desserts at three different venues. L20, Mon Ami Gabi, and R.J. Grunts are the destinations, each offering something a little bit different, from 6 – 8 p.m. Read More