Tuesday, September 6
You’ve got a couple more days to celebrate all things tomato at Nico Osteria (1015 N. Rush St., Gold Coast, 312-994-7100), where the menu’s sprinkled with tons of the late-summer beauties (think Taleggio ravioli with cherry tomatoes and an almond financier with candied tomato, olive oil gelato, and tomato jam.) The toast to tomatoes runs through Thursday.
In honor of back-to-school season, Robert’s Pizza Company (355 E. Ohio St., Streeterville, 312-222-0905) will have one of their kid-friendliest pies, the mozzarella-and-red-sauce Lia, available for $10 through Thursday.
Wednesday, September 7
Sip several sakes at Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya during a tasting led by the importing experts at Floating World Sake. They’ll have a tasting flight of four varieties for $12, and you can add a sampler of some izakaya eats for $5. Grab tickets here.
Thursday, September 8
If you’ve got plans to party hard tonight, consider making your late-night meal Epic Burger. From midnight to 4 a.m. starting tonight (and Thursdays through Saturdays from here on out), every burger purchased will include a free “hangover kit,” which includes an antacid and pain relievers, to make the next morning a little easier.
Sunday, September 11
See what some of the city’s best chefs can do with increasingly hard-to-find ingredients at the Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast, which takes place at Local Foods (1427 W. Willow St., Industrial Corridor, 312-432-6575). The participating pros, including Sarah Rinkavage (Lula Cafe), Jason Vincent (Giant) and Kevin Hickey (the Duck Inn) will use Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, which features heirloom ingredients and foods that are for one reason or another endangered, to guide their cooking. Pick up $65 tickets here.