11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Available through November 30
Each month at Epic, pastry chef Jessica Ellington creates a special dessert for a great cause. This month, her housemade “Tiramisu Cake” will benefit Movember. The tiramisu-inspired dessert ($12) is made with with mascarpone mousse, coffee cream, ladyfinger cake, coffee and cacao nib crisps and is topped with a chocolate-dipped “moustache” sugar cookie. At the end of the month, Epic will donate a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold to the Movember campaign, which raises funds and awareness to combat men’s health issues.
The complete fall dessert menu (sticky toffee bread pudding; apple dumpling with cider caramel; pumpkin pie creme brulee; and more) is outlined below. Photos are available. Epic is open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Lunch is served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
As an official global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
FALL DESSERT MENU
TIRAMISU CAKE $12
mascarpone mousse, coffee cream
portion of the proceeds to benefit Movember
CHOCOLATE & CARAMEL $10
whiskey pecans, black currants, salted popcorn ice cream
STICKY TOFFEE BREAD PUDDING $9
bourbon sauce, whipped crème fraîche
APPLE DUMPLING $9
cider caramel, triple vanilla ice cream
PUMPKIN PIE CREME BRULEE $9
oatmeal cookie sauce, maple pecan ice cream
ICE CREAM & SORBET $8
-selection of three-
ice cream: malted vanilla, popcorn, fig, maple pecan
sorbet: pear caramel, chocolate, cashew, cassis
Michael Cristiani Demos Drinks on the Rooftop
Thursday, September 26
$25 inclusive fee
This month, Epic’s beverage director, Michael Cristiani, will lead an interactive vodka cocktail class on the River North restaurant’s stunning rooftop lounge. Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, participants will learn how to mix three vodka-based cocktails (EPIC Mule; Foxy Greyhound; The Effen Avocado) while noshing on passed appetizers and enjoying breathtaking city views. There is a $25 fee (includes tax and gratuity) to attend the class. Please call Epic at 312.222.4940 to make reservations.
Vodka Cocktail Class at Epic
EPIC Mule: Russian Standard vodka, tarragon syrup (made in house), fresh lime juice and ginger beer.
October 1 – October 31
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to wine and dine for a good cause. The Lynn Sage Foundation, a Chicago-based organization committed to finding a cure for breast cancer, will partner with over 150 Chicagoland restaurants in October to help raise money for In Good Taste: A Breast Cancer Research Initiative. Eleven of the participating establishments include: La Madia; Firecakes Donuts; Stout Barrel House & Galley; Epic; Taco Joint; Standard Market Grill; Standard Market; Bakersfield; Quince; Cactus Bar & Grill; and Franklin Tap. Their specific offers, available from October 1 to October 31, are listed below (images are available). For more information on “In Good Taste” visit lynnsagefoundation.org.
La Madia will donate $1 from every dessert purchased during October.
Dessert Menu: Bittersweet Chocolate Tortino, Toasted Almonds $8; Crostata, Vanilla Bean Gelato $8; Chocolate Polenta Cake, Vanilla Bean Gelato $8; Espresso Semifreddo, Whipped Cream, Valrhona Cocoa Nibs $8; Blood Orange Ice in Prosecco $6; Housemade Gelato of the Moment $6; Affogato with Chocolate-Sambuca Gelato $5; “Wisconsin Electric” Butter Cookies $4
59 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60654 312-329-0400 DineLaMadia.com
Firecakes Donuts will donate 50% of their profits from every Pink Donut purchased in October (yeast rise donut topped with strawberry vanilla icing and white chocolate pearls, $2.37 each). Pre-orders and delivery are available.
68 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-329-6500 FirecakesDonuts.com
Stout Barrel House & Galley
Stout will donate 50 cents from every pink Moscow Mule sold during the month of October (Tito’s vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and orange bitters served in a copper mug, $12) On average, Stout sells anywhere from 2,500-3,000 Moscow Mules per month!
642 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-475-1390 StoutChicago.com
Epic’s Pastry Chef Jessica Ellington will feature “In Good Taste Cheesecake” during the month of October: Mascarpone Cheesecake, Almond-Pine Nut Crust, Poached Pear, Dolcetto Ice Cream, $12. Two dollars from every dessert sold will benefit the In Good Taste campaign.
112 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-222-4940 EpicRestaurantChicago.com
Taco Joint in River North and Lincoln Park will offer an “In Good Taste Taco” Chicken Pibil – citrus-annatto braised chicken thigh, habanero salsa, pink pickled onions, $3. Both restaurants will also feature a Maestro Dobel Pink Tequila Cocktail for $10. $1 from every “In Good Taste Taco” and “Pink Tequila Cocktail” sold in October will benefit In Good Taste.
158 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654 312-337-8226 and 1969 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 312-951-2457 TacoJoint.com
Standard Market Grill
Standard Market Grill will donate $1 from all Strawberry Milkshakes (made with local Bobtail ice cream, $5) sold at the Lincoln Park and suburban Westmont locations.
444 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 773-857-3080 and 333 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 (630) 366-7040 StandardMarketGrill.com
Standard Market in Westmont will sell pink reusable tote bags for $1.99, donating 50% of the proceeds to In Good Taste. The gourmet grocer will also offer Breast Cancer Awareness flower bouquets for $39.99, donating $5 from each bouquet to the campaign.
333 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 630-366-7030 StandardMarket.com
Bakersfield wood-fired grill in Westmont will offer a Chocolate Popcorn Fudge dessert for $8 (fresh popcorn set in chocolate fudge with bananas foster coulis) with $1 from every dessert benefiting In Good Taste.
330 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 630-568-3615 BakersfieldRestaurant.com
Quince restaurant in Evanston will offer two beverage specials. $2 from every Pink Ribbon Cocktail (Maker’s Mark, ginger ale, pineapple and raspberry, $10) and flute of Sparkling Rose (France, $10) sold will be donated to In Good Taste.
1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 847-570-8419 QuinceRestaurant.net
Cactus Bar & Grill
Cactus Bar & Grill will offer a Pink Pomegranate Margarita (Cactus’ classic margarita combined with pomegranate puree and Pama liqueur). The margarita is served frozen or on the rocks with a sugar rim and lime wedge (12oz – $7; 16 oz – $9; Rocks pitcher – $27). A portion of the proceeds will benefit In Good Taste. In addition, Cactus will give guests that donate $10 or more a complimentary appetizer coupon for a future visit.
404 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60607 312-922-3830 CactusChicago.com
Franklin Tap will feature weekly pumpkin beer specials with a portion of the proceeds benefiting In Good Taste. In addition, Franklin Tap will give guests that donate $10 or more a complimentary appetizer coupon for a future visit. Sept 30-Oct 5: New Belgium Pumkick $6; October 7-12: New Holland Ichabod $6; October 14-19: Dogfish Head Punkin $6; October 21-26: Sam Adams Fat Jack $7; October 28-November 2: Southern Tier Pumking $7.
325 S. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60606 312-212-3262 FranklinTap.com
Wednesday, July 3
1 p.m. – midnight
On the eve of the Fourth of July, Epic restaurant in River North will host a pre-Independence Day soiree on their stellar rooftop lounge. The alfresco cocktail party, taking place on Wednesday, July 3, will feature drink specials, barbecued fare and amazing city views from 1 p.m. until midnight.
Imbibing guests will enjoy drink specials including $3 Strongbow cider, $5 Evan Williams bourbon shots and $8 Berry Bunch cocktails (Stoli blueberry, fresh berries, lemon, simple syrup). Executive Chef Matt Pollock will feature cherry barbecued baby back ribs with fries for $8, along with the full lounge menu (listed below).
Please note: Epic will be closed on Thursday, July 4.
Epic’s Third of July Specials:
$3 Strongbow Cider
$5 Evan Williams Bourbon Shots
$8 Berry Bunch Cocktail – Stoli blueberry, fresh berries, lemon, simple syrup
$8 Cherry barbecued baby back ribs with fries
Chef Pollock’s Rooftop Lounge Menu
AHI TUNA TARTARE $14
chile, avocado, papadum
RAW OYSTERS $3 each
rock shrimp, lobster, tostada
HAMACHI CRUDO $14
fresno chili, lime, ginger-citrus
DEVILED EGGS $2 each
chive, jalapeno, creme fraiche
SOFT PRETZEL TWISTS $7
MINIATURE CUBANS $10
pork belly, pickle, apple mostarda
bacon, caramelized onion, bleu cheese fondue
FISH TACOS $10
poblano slaw, avocado
duck confit gravy, manchego
LAMB ALBONDIGAS $13
goat cheese, five-pepper sauce
SHORT RIB ARANCINI $10
BURGER & BEER OF THE MONTH $15
prime burger topped with fig jam, blue cheese and arugula, paired with a Duvel