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Fall Fest – Craft Beer Festival and Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner 10.9

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Park Grill at Millennium Park
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 521-7275
parkgrillchicago.com

WHEN:
Friday, October 9: Harvest HopDown
Saturday, October 10: Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner

Park Grill and The Plaza at Millennium Park will hold a two day “Fall Fest” this October. On Friday, October 9, the restaurant will celebrate the season with their third annual midwestern brewers’ Harvest HopDown. On Saturday, October 10, Fall Fest will commence with a Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner. The details for each event are below.

Harvest HopDown: Friday, October 9
The third annual Harvest HopDown will take place at The Plaza at Millennium Park on Friday, October 9 from 5-8 p.m. Midwestern brewers will compete for the title of Harvest HopDown “Favorite,” as selected by participating guests. Competing brewers include: Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL); Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI); Local Option (Chicago, IL); Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN); Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (St. Louis, MO); Milwaukee Brewing Company (Milwaukee, WI); Summit Brewing Company (St. Paul, MN); Central Waters Brewing Company (Amherst, WI); Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, KS); Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Kalamazoo, MI); Virtue Cider (Fennville, MI); Church Street Brewing Co. (Itasca, IL); Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, MO); Ale Syndicate Brewers (Chicago, IL); among others. Park Grill will feature a special HopDown dining menu, available for purchase. The fee to attend Harvest HopDown is $40 and includes a commemorative glass. The event is 21 and over. Tickets are available at ParkGrillChicago.com/events.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner: Saturday, October 10
Carb up before the big race! On Saturday, October 10, reserve your seats at Park Grill’s annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon pasta dinner on The Plaza at Millennium Park. The evening will include a pasta buffet with four selections, a build-your-own pasta station, three salads, dessert and choice of Goose Island beer or The Naked Grape wine. Seatings will be offered at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the fee is $40 per guest. The pre-race buffet menu will feature: butter lettuce salad; caesar salad; caprese salad; roasted garlic mozzarella bread; grilled vegetables; baked mac and cheese cavatappi; rigatoni bolognese grana padano; an array of pasta with various sauces, proteins and vegetables; assorted miniature desserts; and much more. Tickets to this event are available at ParkGrillChicago.com/events.

New Happy Hour Happenings

17 Aug Cantina Laredo Low Cal Cocktails

 

Local Restaurants and Lounges Offer Extra Incentives to Imbibe

Happy hour is back, which certainly gives Illinois residents a cause for celebration! From the Loop to Lakeview, local restaurants and lounges now offer extra incentives to slip out of the office and into a cocktail. Daily happy hour deals at Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco, Tesori, III Forks Prime Steakhouse, Cantina Laredo and Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club are outlined below.

Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco

325 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654
 312​-​664​-​2727 (N27) N27Chicago.com 312-488-4917 (Tallboy) TallboyTaco.com

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m.; Friday 4-6 p.m.
    Monday: Margaritas $6
  • Tuesday: Sangria $5
  • Wednesday: Select glasses of wine $5
  • Thursday: Select beers and tallboys $3
  • Friday: Margaritas $5

Tesori Trattoria and Bar
65 E. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603 312.786.9911 TesoriChicago.com

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 12-3; Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday: Pizza and any beer $10
  • Tuesday: Wine on tap $5
  • Wednesday: Wine by the glass $6
    Thursday: Specialty cocktails $5
  • Friday: Sangria by the glass $5
  • Saturday & Sunday: Pizza and any wine by the glass $10

III Forks Prime Steakhouse 

180 N. Field Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60601 312.938.4303 3Forks.com

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • $1 oysters; half-priced draft beers and cocktails on tap
  • Available in the main dining room and on the rooftop patio

Cantina Laredo

508 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654 312-955-0014 CantinaLaredo.com

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Half-off Casaritas, house wine, draft and bottled beer
  • Half-priced small plates in the upstairs lounge, Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.

 

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613 773-525-1111 KitKatChicago.com

  • Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • All martinis $4 and half-priced small plates

VIDEO: Red White And Blue Layered Drink Recipe

21 May Printable Straw Drink Flags @https://www.etsy.com/listing/193353065/printable-drink-straw-flags-red-white?

 

 

Watch our how-to video for a quick demo on how to get the layered effect in this red, white and blue layered drink. Instructions and quantities are listed below. Cheers!

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

SMALL BATCH / INDIVIDUAL DRINK RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

Red= 

  • Hawaiian Punch OR
  • Cranberry Juice
  • *Mix alcohol here (optional, I use Vodka)

 

Blue =

  • Light blue Gatorade, watered down with any of these options….
  • Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water

 

White = Ice

Quantities:

 

  • Red drink & Vodka mix = 1/3
  • Blue drink (75%) & water or clear diet drink to dilute it (25%)= 1/3
  • Ice = 1/3

 

For this drink, I use thirds to make it easy. The amounts will vary depending on how many you’re making and the size of the glasses.

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

 

Instructions:

 

The key to this drink is the sugar levels. The more sugary drink will stay on the bottom and drink with less sugar will float to the top. Mix your alcohol in the red layer so the extra sugar will help keep it at the bottom. With the ice included, you’ll get the red, white and blue layered effect!

 

  1. In 1 cocktail shaker mix your desired red drink with alcohol if you’re using it. For 4 drinks, I use 6 shots of vodka and fill the rest of the cocktail shaker with cranberry juice or Hawaiian Punch
  2.  Pour red mixture in to empty glasses
  3.  Add ice so your cups are now 1/3 red, 1/3 ice. Use plenty of ice to act as a separator between the red and blue. Eventually the ice will float to the top.
  4.  In the 2nd cocktail shaker, mix 75% blue drink with 25% clear liquid, choices noted above
  5.  Pour blue drink SLOWLY directly over the ice to avoid mixing

 

*Garnish with American flag toothpicks, red or blue berries & enjoy!

 

 

 

LARGE BATCH / DRINK DISPENSER RECIPE:

 Ingredients:

  • Same as above

 

Quantities:

 

  • Red =  2 Liter or large bottle of cranberry or punch
  • Blue = 4 large light blue Gatorades, watered down 1/4 a liter of any of these options: Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water
  • White = ice

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Same as above for small batch recipe
  2. Replace cocktail shakers with pitchers and pre-mix separately before pouring in to the dispenser
  3. Follow the same order – 1) red, 2) Ice 3) blue mix

 

VIDEO: Red White And Blue Layered Drink Recipe

8 Jun Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

 

 

Watch our how-to video for a quick demo on how to get the layered effect in this red, white and blue layered drink. Instructions and quantities are listed below. Cheers!

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

SMALL BATCH / INDIVIDUAL DRINK RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

Red= 

  • Hawaiian Punch OR
  • Cranberry Juice
  • *Mix alcohol here (optional, I use Vodka)

 

Blue =

  • Light blue Gatorade, watered down with any of these options….
  • Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water

 

White = Ice

Quantities:

 

  • Red drink & Vodka mix = 1/3
  • Blue drink (75%) & water or clear diet drink to dilute it (25%)= 1/3
  • Ice = 1/3

 

For this drink, I use thirds to make it easy. The amounts will vary depending on how many you’re making and the size of the glasses.

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

 

Instructions:

 

The key to this drink is the sugar levels. The more sugary drink will stay on the bottom and drink with less sugar will float to the top. Mix your alcohol in the red layer so the extra sugar will help keep it at the bottom. With the ice included, you’ll get the red, white and blue layered effect!

 

  1. In 1 cocktail shaker mix your desired red drink with alcohol if you’re using it. For 4 drinks, I use 6 shots of vodka and fill the rest of the cocktail shaker with cranberry juice or Hawaiian Punch
  2.  Pour red mixture in to empty glasses
  3.  Add ice so your cups are now 1/3 red, 1/3 ice. Use plenty of ice to act as a separator between the red and blue. Eventually the ice will float to the top.
  4.  In the 2nd cocktail shaker, mix 75% blue drink with 25% clear liquid, choices noted above
  5.  Pour blue drink SLOWLY directly over the ice to avoid mixing

 

*Garnish with American flag toothpicks, red or blue berries & enjoy!

 

 

 

LARGE BATCH / DRINK DISPENSER RECIPE:

 Ingredients:

  • Same as above

 

Quantities:

 

  • Red =  2 Liter or large bottle of cranberry or punch
  • Blue = 4 large light blue Gatorades, watered down 1/4 a liter of any of these options: Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water
  • White = ice

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Same as above for small batch recipe
  2. Replace cocktail shakers with pitchers and pre-mix separately before pouring in to the dispenser
  3. Follow the same order – 1) red, 2) Ice 3) blue mix

 

Red, White And Blue Punch Recipe

14 May 4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries
4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White & Blue Punch

Add a a little something extra to your BBQ this Memorial Day or 4th of July! Try this easy Red, White & Blue punch recipe- perfect for a summer get together.

With cranberry juice and blueberries, this punch is as festive as it is delicious!

Ingredients:

    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 1/2 liters of vodka
    • 4 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 liters ginger ale
    • blueberries to garnish


Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale.
  2. Chill until serving time.
  3. Pour into punch bowl and add ginger ale
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