The Curragh

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

While I’m neither Irish or a Guinness drinker (especially now!), I had to tag along as my friends met up for lunch at The Curragh in our old stomping grounds of Edison Park.

We met up on a Sunday afternoon and enjoyed some traditional Irish fare (think corned beef and fish and chips), as well as tasty bar food staples like cheeseburgers and spinach artichoke dip. Their fries are out of this world!

It was quite crowded, which made for a lively atmosphere, perfect for our big group. The Curragh is a great place to bring anyone, from babies to grandparents. There’s a little something for everyone!

I have to mention that we had a great table in the back corner, too, right next to the fire place. Bonus points for having hooks to hang coats and jackets (yes, I am a dork and enjoy the little conveniences in life!).

Stop by for a pint soon!

The Curragh 

6705 North Northwest Highway 

Edison Park





Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest Party

When my husband received an early bird special email in his inbox for Revolution Brewing‘s Oktoberfest Party, we both agreed we had to go. So we invited a bunch of our friends from college to come and have a stein with us!

For $25, your ticket to the Oktoberfest Party buys you a commemorative glass stein and one fill up (that’s 33.4 ounces). What did you think was going to happen?!?

You guessed it–this light weight had the time of her life at last Friday night’s event. These were a few reasons why:

1. I was able to check “visit a local brewery” off of my to-do list.
2. I didn’t have to wait much in the super long line to get into the event (if you remember, it was chilly and raining).
3. When it was time to refill my stein (yes, after the first 33.4 ounces went down rather smoothly), the brewers were going around giving people free cans of Oktoberfest (please go to your favorite local grocery store and get some–it’s delicious!). Here is Revolution’s description of Oktoberfest:
 A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops  give the beer a crisp, balanced bitterness and a spicy, earthy aroma. Our head brewer Jim Cibak says our 2014 version is our most refined yet!
4. So many of our friends from college were there–it was amazing! (This is the most important reason!)
5. The people in #4 let me take as many group selfies as I wanted to. But even better than that GlitterGuts was there with a photo table with free prints! (All photo booth photos from the event are here.)
6. There was a rock band, food trucks outside as well as German fare inside, a touchdown toss, drunk tank, and more activities to enjoy.

When this event comes up next year, do yourself a favor and go. For now, just pick up some Oktoberfest and enjoy!

Revolution Brewing
3340 N Kedzie Ave
Avondale

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Berghoff Oktoberfest

One of the perks of being a Chicago Food Blogger is that I get really cool emails inviting me to really cool events. (Insert invite to The Berghoff‘s media preview of their Taste of Oktoberfest menu.)

Going to The Berghoff was on my to-do list from the beginning of this blog. I have to admit, I’ve been twice, with my friend Mike. I am a pretty big fan of their corned beef, so when this email came through, I wanted to be there.

Fast forward to the event. Not only eat we eat fantastic German food and drink delicious beers, we also received a history lesson about The Berghoff.

The menu, a collaboration between Berghoff Executive Chef Mathew Reichel and the Berghoff brewmaster, created excellent authentic German options paired with a tasty variety of brews. The menu included:

1. Pretzel with Beer Cheese Sauce and Berghoff Hopeenstomper Hop-Fest Lager
2. Bratwurst and Berghoff Oktoberfest
3. Quinoa & Grilled Vegetable Salad and Berghoff Lager
4. Pork Stew (gluten-free) and Omission (a gluten-free beer)
5. Apple Strudel and Berghoff Shambler

So…which pairing do you think was my favorite? Drum roll, please…#4: the Pork Stew and Omission beer! This is the first year The Berghoff is offering gluten-free options, and my gosh, this pairing was the perfect fall combination. Then I would have a bratwurst and strudel, of course!

The Berghoff’s Oktoberfest is taking place September 10-12, from 11 am-9 pm at Federal Plaza (corner of Adams & Dearborn). Enjoy live music daily, a raffle, and this wonderful German fare.

Whether you go on your lunch hour or meet up with friends after work, don’t miss a great way to start off the fall season.

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In other news, this is my 100th post! Special thanks to everyone who has read a blog post (or all 100!), given advice, bravely came with me on a new adventure, or supported me over the last 21 months. I thank you and appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.

Xo. Stephanie

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