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What to Eat and Drink in Chicago This Week

Meat, macarons, and more to get excited about in the new year.

Fioccio di Prosciutto Rustico at Quartino   Photo courtesy Quartino

Monday, January 4

Heal yourself after a month of holiday indulgence with a discount on cleanses from boutique juicery Owen + Alchemy (2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square, 773-227-3444). This week, you can get 10 percent off if you use the code “cleanse2016” when ordering a cleanse of three or more days.

Tuesday, January 5

It’s National Pizza Week, and the celebration at Frasca (3358 N. Paulina Ave., Lake View, 773-248-5222) includes a different specialty pie every day of the week for $13. Tonight’s is a smoked duck, caramelized onion, and roasted grape combo, which can be matched with a half-price wine by the glass.

Saturday, January 9

Learn how to make macarons, the particularly finicky French treat, at a cooking class at Read It & Eat (2142 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park, 773-661-6158). Led by Madelaine Bullwinkel, the resident chef at the Alliance Française de Chicago, you’ll make chocolate, coffee, and vanilla versions of the dessert. Buy your $80 ticket here.

Sunday, January 10

In honor of its tenth anniversary, Quartino (626 N. State St., River North, 312-698-5000) is throwing a wine bash. A $10 ticket gets you access to tons of Quartino dishes, particularly a special occasion Fioccio di Prosciutto Rustico (pork spiced with juniper, allspice, coriander, and white wine.) The party goes from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ease into next week with a Sunday supper at Cafe Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave., Gold Coast, 312-280-2750). A different kitchen team member will take the reins each Sunday night—this week’s is from chef de cuisine Joe Flamm, and his $45 four-course meal includes broccoli rabe farfalle and pork belly porchetta. There’s also a sommelier-picked bottle of wine to pair with dinner for $40. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

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