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Beaujolais Nouveau in Chicago

Local French restaurants celebrate the return of the seasonal vintage.
Wednesday Nov 18, 2009.     By Ben Rubenstein
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Beaujolais Nouveau

It's that time of year again. No, not Thanksgiving just yet...we're talking Beaujolais Nouveau day! French law decrees that this seasonal vintage can be released to the world no earlier than the third Thursday of November. But the wait is almost over, and several Chicago French restaurants (and other establishments) will soon be toasting with special celebrations. Join them:

Bistro 110
Thursday, November 19, 6-8:30 p.m.; $25
The French restaurant hosts a special tasting in its monthly Tour De France series, with Fine Vines offering Beaujolais, Burgundy and more along with food items like cheese & charcuterie, garlic potato salad, veal blanquette, poached salmon and a Floating Island dessert.

Brasserie Jo
Friday, November 20
Pair a glass ($8) or bottle ($39) of Beaujolais Nouveau with menu specials like beef bourguignon and escargot with onions and braised leeks.

Cafe des Architectes
Thursday, November 19 - Saturday, November 21; $45
Chef Martial Noguier pairs Beaujolais with a four-course menu including pork belly with flageolet, frisee and pancetta, chicken with chanterells and cippolini onions, camembert with mache salad and a chocolate desert with almond streusel and lemon curd.

Cafe Matou
Thursday, November 19
Enjoy Cru Beaujolais wines by the glass at this fourth annual celebration in Bucktown. You'll be able to order off the regular menu, which includes classics like steak frites and escargot.

Kiki's Bistro
Thursday, November 19
The River North spot will feature Beaujolais and Chilean wine pairings along with its regular menu.

Mon Ami Gabi and Mon Ami Gabi (Oak Brook)
Thursday, November 19 - Saturday, November 21
The LEYE restaurant's "Beaujolais Nouveau Festival" begins with a night of wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday ($35), and continues with a specially crafted pairing menu through Saturday.

Randolph Wine Cellars
Thursday, November 19, 6-8 p.m.
Get a glass (and maybe even a bottle) of Beaujolais at this West Loop wine shop/bar.


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