Wednesday, January 13
Wind down after work with some wine and paella at Benchmark (1510 N. Wells St., Old Town, 312-649-9640). It’s hosting the seafood crew from Wicker Park’s Wixter Market, who will provide tons of tinned fish and lots of other dishes in addition to paella. Tickets are $35—snag them here.
Make yourself familiar with some of Croatia’s vino output at a wine dinner with Publican Quality Meats (825 W. Fulton Market, West Loop, 312-445-8977). It’ll be pairing four courses (including grilled branzino and leg of lamb) with wines from Zlatan Otok, a vineyard perched right on the Dalmatian coast. Call Ashley Miller at 312-496-0012 to secure a spot for the $85 meal (without tax and gratuity.)
Thursday, January 14
Taste what happens when Paul Virant (Vie, Perennial Virant) joins forces with chef Michael Sheerin in the kitchen at Embeya (564 W. Randolph St., West Loop, 312-612-5640). In the second installment of the restaurant’s Spice Route Dinner Series, they’ll collaborate on a five-course meal that, including wine pairings, runs $125 (without tax and gratuity). Call the restaurant to make a reservation.
Saturday, January 16
In honor of the one-year anniversary of Miku Sushi (4514 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square, 773-654-1277), you can get a steal on some maki. Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day through the end of the month, all rolls are half price.
Sunday, January 17
End the weekend with dinner at a pop-up German beer hall taking over La Sirena Clandestina (954 W. Fulton Market, West Loop, 312-226-5300) in a new dinner series known as Sonntag. John Manion, Mark Steuer, and Daniel Boyd of the Viva La Rev restaurant group will have tons of schnitzel, pretzels, and German beer for visitors starting at 6 p.m. Make a reservation for the $75 dinner (tax and gratuity included) by calling La Sirena Clandestina.