Prisoner’s Wine Dinner, Andy’s new seasonal goodies and more


Prisoner Wine Dinner

Kick off Halloween weekend at Thorn Restaurant’s four-course Prison Wine Dinner, which starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 29. During the two-hour event, WSET III Certified Sommelier John Samaritano will guide diners through the wine pairings, which are complemented by dishes from Executive Chef Nicholas Malloy. The meal begins with organic prosecco before moving on to Korean fried smoked pork belly accompanied by Saldo Zinfandel. Next comes the seared scallops, butternut squash risotto, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, prosciutto chips, almond and arugula salad with Rose Unshackled. The main course includes Denver braised ribs, pinot polenta, crispy broccolini, mint candied shallots and a red butter sauce accompanied by eternally silent Pinot Noir. Finish with a Tres Leches red wine chocolate dessert combined with the Prisoner Red mix. The event is $ 110; One must reserve.

The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare is located at 5200 Pearl St., Rosemont,

Andy’s Frozen Custard’s new Apple Pie Concrete is made with a full slice of apple pie.
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Seasonal flavors

Andy’s Frozen Custard: If you like ice cream and pumpkin or apple pie, then you’re in for a treat. Andy’s is mixing the new Pumpkin Pie Concrete, Apple Pie Concrete, and Apple Pie Sundae now until Thanksgiving. The concretes contain a full slice of freshly baked pie mixed with each treat. And the Apple Pie Sundae includes a slice of pie under ice cream and creme caramel. Andy’s has branches all over the suburbs.

Houlihan’s: This fall, why not try Houlihan’s new tiki drinks, including Bite The Bulleit Punch (Bulleit Bourbon, Disaronno, fresh pineapple-orange-grapefruit juice, lime juice and simple guava syrup) for 10.50 $ or the And That’s The Teaki (Ketel Une vodka, black tea, simple gingerbread syrup, ginger beer, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple mango and bitter syrup) for $ 9.50. And there are also new fall cocktails to sip on, like the Fall Apple Sangria (Crown Royal Regal Apple, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, House Sour, Simple Syrup, and Fresh Apple with a choice of white or red wine). for $ 9.50 or the #SOBASIC Martini (Absolut Vanilia Vodka, RumChata, half and half and pumpkin puree) for $ 9.25. Houlihan’s is located at 2860 Showplace Drive, Naperville, (630) 536-0022,

Pinstripes recently added Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie and Lil 'Pumpkin Chai Cocktail to their menu.

Pinstripes recently added Pumpkin Cheese Pie and Lil ‘Pumpkin Chai Cocktail to their menu.
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Thin Stripes: Pumpkin is the flavor of the day as bistro, bowling and pétanque venues bring back pumpkin cheese pie and Lil ‘Pumpkin Chai cocktail. The pie features a brown butter sage graham cracker crust base topped with pumpkin cheesecake, caramelized pecans, caramel sauce and whipped cream for $ 7 a slice. The Lil ‘Pumpkin Chai, made with seasonal spices, costs $ 12. Both are available until November 30. Locations are at 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300;

History in a cup of coffee

Fossil Fuel is the latest coffee collaboration to come out of Two Brothers Coffee Roasters in Warrenville and the Field Museum in Chicago. The Medium Roast Blend is a modern take on the world’s first known coffee blend, Arabian Mokha Java. Fossil Fuel, which combines naturally processed coffees from Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea, features notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberry, raisin and dried fruit. It’s available at the Field Museum’s Field Bistro and in 12-ounce retail bags at the Field Museum store, as well as online and at Two Brothers and Two Brothers Coffee Roasters stores. A portion of the proceeds from each bag sold will go to the Field Museum to help educate young visitors to the museum.

Two Brothers Coffee Roasters is located at 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville,

The Barn Steakhouse in Evanston celebrates National Sandwich Day on November 3 with the Grand Central Caviar Sandwich.

The Barn Steakhouse in Evanston celebrates National Sandwich Day on November 3 with the Grand Central Caviar Sandwich.
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National sandwich day

Who doesn’t love such a versatile sandwich? National Sandwich Day is Wednesday, November 3, so The Barn Steakhouse in Evanston pays homage to Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City with The Grand Central Caviar Sandwich. Made with Wild American Bowfin caviar, farm eggs and crème fraîche, the sandwich costs $ 18.85.

The Barn Steakhouse is located at 1016 Church St., Evanston, (847) 868-8041,

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