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October 22, 2014

Gabrielle Hamilton Dinner, 11/16

In March of 2011, Chef Gabrielle Hamilton joined The Publican in celebration of her first book Blood, Bones and Butter, and to this day, the evening that transpired stands as one of the most joyous we've experienced in our halls.The feeling must have been mutual, because in plotting the release of her eagerly awaited cookbook “Prune,” Hamilton insisted The Publican be a stop on her tour.

At 6:00pm on Sunday, November 16th James Beard Award-winning Gabrielle Hamilton will come together with The Publican’s Cosmo Goss to serve a four-course family style meal, inclusive of beverages, showcasing recipes from her debut cookbook Prune.

$85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Please contact Omowale at 312.733.9555 or omowale@thepublicanrestaurant.com to reserve seats. 

October 6, 2014

Bar Tartine Takeover

If you've ever dined at Bar Tartine in San Francisco, you’re likely a self-proclaimed fanboy (or girl), and don’t get us started on Tartine Bakery. To celebrate the release of Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes, co-chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns will team up with The Publican’s Chef de Cuisine Cosmo Goss for a special evening on Tuesday, November 11th. 

The à la carte menu will showcase Bar Tartine's singular style, and highlight dishes from the cookbook including Smoked Potatoes with Ramp Mayonnaise, Blood Sausage in Sauerkraut Soup and Walleye with Green Chili, Collards & Mushrooms. James Beard Award winning baker and Co-Owner of Tartine Bakery, Chad Robertson will join Publican Quality Meats’ Head Baker Greg Wade to prepare the evening’s naturally leavened long fermented breads.

To reserve your table, please call us at 312.733.9555.

August 30, 2014

Goose Island Barrel Aged Beer Dinner

Barrel Aged Beer Dinner with Goose Island Beer Company

Few things in life go together better than good food and great beer. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce a special collaborative beer dinner onTuesday, September 30th with Goose Island Beer Company, to showcase the brewery’s Barrel Aged Series. The five course dinner will feature a selection of vintage beers, handpicked by Executive Chef Paul Kahan and The Publican’s culinary team. 

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Pilot Light, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides children with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to develop healthy relationships with food. 

The Barrel Aged Beer Dinner is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity, with a suggested donation amount of $50 to Pilot Light. With this donation, you will receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes (Goose Island BCS Rare, a Goose Island Brewery Tour, etc.) Seatings are available from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  For reservations, please contact Omowale at 312.733.9555 or omowale@thepublicanrestaurant.com

July 14, 2014

Trappist Beer Week

In observation of Belgian National Day, The Publican will be throwing a week-long celebration of all things Trappist beer. The festivities kick off Monday, July 21st and continue through Sunday, July 27th, with Trappist beers on draft and tableside magnum pours. Not to mention Belgian-inspired menu items!

June 10, 2014

The Publican Welcomes New Belgium Brewing!

In the spirit of collaboration we are excited to join Big Star and New Belgium Brewing in a release of not 1 but 2 collaborative beer projects.

Welcome to Chicago Juvenilia and BoomHut!

BoomHut- Blended from the Foudre aged beers that we love in "Le Terrior", but with our own spin, BoonHut is a dry-hopped sour beer, with loads of juicy fruit citrus and fresh earthy pine aromas. 

Juvenilia- A white wheat ale with lime peel, corriander and Nelson Sauvin Hops. Light and Fresh, with tart citrus and sweet malt,  a crisp spritzy finish. This beer pairs perfectly with sunshine.

Join us Thursday June 12th at BigStar for a pre-release party of both!

Tapping begins at 6pm. Delicious beer, live music, and that amazing patio... Hello summer. 

If you can't make it Thursday don't worry, you can join us at Publican on Saturday June 14th for a pre-release after party! Everything will be on draft starting at 10am. Beers will be paired with dishes from the menu and New Belgium brewer Cody Reif will be there too.

See you There!

May 21, 2014

Chicago Craft Beer Week & Off Color Brewery

Off Color Brewery at the Publican May 24th!

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Off Color Brewing Co. distinguishes themselves with a handful of classically inspired beers. Then they let their imaginations roam. None however can say it better than the brewers themselves:

We brew beer. Sometimes we do other stuff but not as well.  

Brewer John Laffler will be on hand to talk to about the beers and enjoy them with you... Everything begins at 10 am. 

Saturday's tapping includes...
Scurry- Kottbusser with Molasses, Honey and Oats
Troublesome- German Style Gose 
Dawdle- Bourbon Barrel aged Scurry
Fierce- Berliner Weiss

 

 

April 16, 2014

All The Publican Sunday Brunch Fun, an Hour Earlier

Early birds take heed: beginning Sunday, May 4th The Publican will open for Sunday brunch at 9:00am. Just think of all the Pub Bacon and beer-mosas you’ll be able to down in that extra hour.

March 28, 2014

Founders KBS Tapping Party!

Join us and Founders Head Brewer Dave Engbers thisTuesday April 1st from 3:30pm-5:30pm for the tapping of Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout! Complimentary snacks available for those in attendance plus a selection of Founders drafts. 

March 4, 2014

Dine To End MS

For the month of March, The Publican will be participating in "Dine to End MS" (multiple sclerosis). Our annual participation raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With every carafina of 2012 Chateau Routas Rose purchased during dinner or Pumpkin Bread during brunch, we will donate $1 towards the efforts to cure MS. 

Join us in helping us to support this important cause!

March 1, 2014

The Publican is participating in "Dine to End MS" during March!

For the month of March, The Publican will be participating in "Dine to End MS." Our annual participation raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  

Please visit their website:  www.nationalmssociety.org

With every carafina of 2012 Chateau Routas Rosé purchased during dinner and every pumpkin bread purchased during brunch, we will donate $1 towards the efforts to cure MS. 

February 7, 2014

The Publican Welcomes The Cider Summit 2014!

February 8 - Cider Summit will be held on Navy Pier, featuring over 90 ciders from the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain and New Zealand.  The Publican has expanded our cider list to incorporate many of these interesting ciders.  Come and sample through our exciting list!

January 29, 2014

3 Floyds-One Off Beer Dinner

In October of 2012, chefs from nearly all of our properties, including Chef Paul Kahan, partnered with 3 Floyds Brewing Company to craft a blended beer specifically designed for their restaurants. To celebrate the fruits of their labor, Chef Paul and chefs from Blackbird, avec, The Publican and Big Star will be hosting a six-course paired dinner at The Publican on February 17th at 6:15pm.

The project was inspired by a trip Big Star and 3 Floyds took to Kentucky in search of bourbon barrels, most of which were used in the brewing process. By developing both the brew and complementing dish, each chef had far greater creative control over their pairing. This unique approach to brewing and barrel aging goes far beyond the scope and involvement of normal chef-collaborative small batch beers.

The six-course paired beer dinner, inclusive of a beer on entry and dessert pairing, is $135 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pilot Light, a nonprofit organization empowering children to make healthy choices by integrating culinary education with school standards, curriculum and culture. Contact melissa@thepublicanrestaurant.com to reserve a spot.

The following is a bit more information about each brew:
·  avec- Saison with bitter orange peel aged in an Evan Williams Single barrel
 ·  Paul Kahan- Saison with harvested spruce tips aged in a chardonnay barrel with brett
·  Blackbird – Zombie Dust (pale ale) with chamomile and sumac in a Four Roses barrel
·  The Publican - Robert The Bruce (Scotch ale) blended with a little bit of The Publican Lambic, with plums in a Templeton Rye barrel
· Big Star - Alpha King (hoppy pale ale) in an Elijah Craig barrel with vanilla beans, cherries and kola nuts

January 7, 2014

Meet Rebekah Graham New Beer & Wine Coordinator

Rebekah Graham fell in love with wine in 1996, after a sip of a 1991 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, and has been enamored with libations ever since. At the time, Graham, a recent New York-transplant, was working at Tribecca Grill. It was there, under the tutelage of Sommelier David Gordon, that her eyes were opened to viniculture. The certified sommelier has since explored all thing fermented and distilled, having harvested at the Ampeleia winery in Tuscany, dabbled in homebrewing and investigated large scale breweries.

In 2008, Graham joined the One Off family as one of The Publican’s opening servers. Her expansive wine knowledge and passion was evident, and she was promoted to Wine Coordinator in 2012. Now as Beer and Wine Coordinator, Graham’s reach has expanded into the beer program. While its tenants will remain unchanged, she plans to incorporate more locally and regionally crafted beers, as well foster a cider program.

November 26, 2013

Turkey Day

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Big Star will be closed on Thursday, November 28. Normal service resumes on Friday. 

November 12, 2013

Master Cooking Classes

Just in time for the holiday season, we are happy to announce the 2014 Master Cooking Class lineup. Each class offers the rare opportunity to learn directly from the pros, all with a drink in hand. Classes begin at 7:00pm and space is limited to 12 pupils per evening, making for a truly intimate affair. Contact Deanna Devries at 312.496.0012, or deanna@publicanqualitymeats.com to reserve your spot. 

Lineup
January 26, 2014- Publican Quality Meats: Chef de Cuisine Chris Kuziemko 
February 23, 2014- Blackbird: Chef de Cuisine David Posey
March 30, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Executive Chef Paul Kahan
May 4, 2014- Big Star: Chef de Cuisine Cary Taylor 
June 22, 2014- Publican: Chef de Cuisine Brian Huston 
August 24, 2014- avec : Chef de Cuisine Perry Hendrix 
October 19, 2014- Nico Osteria: Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower 
November 16, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Ladies of Pastry- Dana Cree (Blackbird & avec), Anna Shovers (The Publican & Publican Quality Meats), Amanda Rockman (Nico Osteria) 
December 7, 2014- One Off Hospitality: Executive Chef Paul Kahan 

Pricing
$175- 1/26; 2/23, 5/4; 6/22; 8/24; 10/19; 11/16
$300- 3/30; 12/7

November 11, 2013

Oregon Tap Takeover

We like trying new beers, and figured our guests would too. On Thursday, November 14th three Oregon breweries, new to the Chicago market, will join us for a little fun. Pairings will begin at 5:30pm, and showcase nine draft selections ($6-$7) from Gigantic Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing and Breakside Brewery.

October 3, 2013

Rappahannock River Oyster Dinner-Sunday, October 6

In addition to being Executive Sous Chef Cosmo Goss’ best bud and mentor, Dylan Fultineer is the incredibly talented chef of Virginia’s Rappahannock Restaurant. We are thrilled to announce that he will be joining us this Sunday for an oyster-filled evening. Fultineer’s menu will offered in addition to The Publican’s fare, both pre fixe and a la carte.

Menu
·         Rappahannock River Oysters-Rappahannock, Witchduck, Stingray, Olde Salt
·         Barcat Oyster Gratin- Virginia country ham, crowder peas, oyster mushrooms, Grana Padano
·         Grilled Virginia Scallops- Guanciale, Piney River Gold apples, sunchokes, hickory syrup
·         Lamb and Clam Stew- Border Springs Farm lamb, Olde Salt clams, sofrito, shell beans, braised kale, aioli
·        Whole Grilled Spanish Mackerel- pardon peppers, smoked paprika mojo de ajo

September 30, 2013

The Publican Turns Five- October 8, 2013

While some five year olds are just starting Kindergarten, The Publican is pretty mature for its age. In celebration of The Publican's fifth birthday on Tuesday, October 8th, we are bringing back five of our favorite dishes (plus dessert) from the opening menu. And because it's not a party without beer, all draft pours will be $5. The evening, will also mark the launch of a special Off Color Brewery collaborative beer featuring Mick Klug Farm nectarine juice.

·         ·   tripe and blood sausage gratin- braised shelly beans & breadcrumbs
·   ttoro- fish stew with salt cod, monkfish, mussels, octopus, tomatoes, orange & rouille
·   sweetbread schnitzel- breaded sweetbread cutlet
·   potée- braised oxtail, pork cheek & seared tenderloin with root vegetable and horseradish aioli
·   aioli- seasonal crudité 
·   cocoa nib panna cotta- pickled plums and chocolate gingersnap crumble

September 17, 2013

Hunger Action Month Food Drive- September 23-30

The Publican will be holding a food drive in support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository from September 23rd through the 30th. Guests that donate non-perishable food items will receive a voucher for their choice of a complimentary beer, pork rinds or a brunch pastry. One voucher per guest, and vouchers may be redeemed immediately or held for future use. 

August 14, 2013

Harvest Dinner

In anticipation of The Publican’s 4th Annual Harvest Dinner, on Tuesday, August 27, our team embarked on our annual farm trip in search of ingredients for the meal. The coursed dinner will feature produce, meat and dairy sourced directly from the farms by Chef Brian Huston. Served from 5:30 pm-10:30 pm, the dinner will highlight the best that Genesis Growers, Roger Marcotte, Faith's Farm, Iron Creek Farms and Mick Klug Farm have to offer. Each locally-sourced course will be paired with New Holland beer and spirits. 

Menu Offerings:
-Vicki's jalapeno poppers
-Mick Klug Farm fruit salad
-Faith's Farm pig tossed with homemade pene dei maiale pasta
-Roger Marcotte steak
-Basque cake with mixed berries and sweet corn ice cream 

$75 per person with pairings, not including tax or gratuity.
$60 per person without pairings, not including tax or gratuity.

For reservations call 312-733-9555.

August 13, 2013

Abbreviated Hours

Please note, The Publican will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd. We apologize for any inconvenience. Normal hours resume on the 4th.

August 6, 2013

One Off Tumblr

Check out our One Off Hospitality Tumblr! Photos, recipes and more from Blackbird, avec, The Publican, The Violet Hour, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats and Nico.

July 31, 2013

Raw Bar and Harvest Dinner

Brunch Raw Bar- Saturday, August 3
Launching Saturday, August 3—in celebration of Lollapalooza— The Publican will add a raw bar to our Saturday brunch offerings. To showcase the wide variety of fresh seafood, normally only found on our dinner menu, the raw bar will feature items such as lobster, peel and eat shrimp, oysters, ceviche and fresh sea urchin.

Harvest Dinner- Tuesday, August 27
In anticipation of The Publican’s 5th Annual Harvest Dinner, on Tuesday, August 27, our team embarked on our annual farm trip in search of ingredients for the meal. The coursed dinner will feature produce, meat and dairy sourced directly from the farms by Chef Brian Huston and Fred Bueltmann of New Holland Brewing Company. Served from 5:30 pm-10:30 pm, the dinner will highlight the best that Genesis Growers, Rodger Marcotte, Faith's Farm, Iron Creek Farms and Mick Klug Farm have to offer. Each locally-sourced course will be paired with New Holland beer and spirits. Menu and price per person to come. For reservations call 312-733-9555.

July 2, 2013

Jerry Butchers a Chicken

Click the above link to watch Jerry butcher a chicken in under a minute!

May 23, 2013

The Publican welcomes Christian Beyer on June 4th!

Join us at The Publican on June 4th for an intimate dinner with Domaine Emile Beyer, maker of our Publican Selection Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc. The evening will be led by Christian Beyer, proprietor and winemaker of the estate. With 5 wines and 4 courses, we will explore the the great diversity of his wines.

 

May 3, 2013

"Find the Right Beer for your BBQ Class" is on 5/26!

CHECK IT! Master Beverage Classes continue...

Here's the incredible menu for our BEER & BBQ class on 5/26! 

April 24, 2013

Collaborative Beer Dinner with Solemn Oath and Vanberg & DeWulf

In celebration of Chicago Craft Beer Week, on May 22nd, old world meets new guard as Vanberg & DeWulf and Solemn Oath Brewery team up to take over our beloved little butcher shop (PQM) for a 4-course meal paired with comparative selections from both beer enterprises, showcasing a balanced lineup of S.O.B. brews and the diverse collection of V&D (representing six different breweries and twelve incomparable beers all-told!).

April 10, 2013

Publican Quality Meats to host Champagne Dinner on Wednesday, May 8th - Menu Announced!

 Is champagne for special occasions, or does it become one when you open a bottle?

Join us to decide on Wednesday May 8th as we sip our way from Verzenay to Oger with five grower-producers and a meal paired by the excellent chefs of Publican Quality Meats. The evening will be led by Peter Wasserman, wine consultant and renowned exporter of French wines for Becky Wasserman Selection.

The event will begin promptly at 7pm, featuring five wines and four courses.

Reception

Buckwheat gougeres with smoked fish & fromage blanc

Pairing: NV Demiere-Ansiot Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Oger)

1st course

Pasta alla chitarra, oysters, cream & hazelnut oil

Pairing: NV Vincent Carre Brut Premier Cru (Trepail)

2nd course

Burgundy snails, white sausage, herbed butter & mustard seeds
Pairing: NV Godme Reserve Brut Premier Cru (Verzenay)

3rd course

Porcini-rubbed steak, jus, turnips & ramp salsa verde
Pairing: 07 Jose Dhondt "Mes Vielles Vignes" Brut Blanc de Blancs (Oger)

4th course

Black pepper pavlova with strawberries & vanilla cream
Pairing: NV Camille Saves Rose Brut Grand Cru (Bouzy)

 

Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Seats are limited; to reserve yours, contact grace@publicanqualitymeats.com or call her at 312 496 0012. Menu announcement forthcoming.

 

January 10, 2013

Hundred Horse Release Dinner Jan. 24th

Hundred Horse, a collaborative brew from Philadelphia’s Alla Spina Restaurant, Victory Brewing Co. and The Publican Restaurant, is a dry, rich ale made with German Kolsch yeast and Oregon chestnuts. 

“Hundred Horse” is the world’s largest and oldest known chestnut tree, situated at the base of Mt. Etna in Sicily, with an estimated age of 2000-4000 years old. We pay homage to the stoic giant and the Hundred Horse Army it once sheltered with a thirst-quenching and soul-nourishing winter ale.

Following an extraordinary launch in Philadelphia on January 7th, Hundred Horse will enter the Chicago market for a limited time beginning on Thursday, January 24th. In celebration of this highly-anticipated release, The Publican will be the Chicago headquarters for the Midwest debut. 

A four-course compilation menu from the culinary teams of Alla Spina—Marc Vetri, Michael Deganis & Jeff Michaud and The Publican—Paul Kahan & Brian Huston, will be featured. Each course will be comprised of two dishes, one created by the Alla Spina team and the other by our own talented chefs. These four courses will be paired with a different Victory Brewing Company beer, all of which will be featured for the first time ever in the Chicago market. 

 

October 3, 2012

October 20th - Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

The Publican is pleased to announce that the highly-acclaimed Brian Polcyn (chef and proprietor of Michigan's celebrated Forest Grill) and Michael Ruhlman (renowned culinary author of works including Ruhlman's Twenty and The Elements of Cooking) will be offering an in-restaurant demonstration on Saturday, October 20th from 1pm-3pm to promote their latest work--Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing. Charcuterie prepared by Brian Polcyn will be complimentary to all attendants and all beverages may be purchased based upon consumption.  Reservations are not required, so please mark your calendars in preparation for what is sure to be an amazing afternoon.

March 31, 2012

ANNOUNCING A SPECIAL PRIVATE BEER DINNER AT PUBLICAN QUALITY MEATS!

Sunday, April 22nd & Monday, April 23rd – “An Ode to Steer & Beer.” The combined imaginations of Chef Paul Kahan and Three Floyds Beer present an exclusive and edifying Private Reception and Dinner.

With only 30 seats available, this intimate, educational dinner includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, beer, and full after hours access to Publican Quality Meats.

$150 per guest (including tax and gratuity), a portion of the proceeds will go to Inspiration Corporation.

To secure your seat, please contact Sarah Humphreys at 312-496-0012 or email at sarah@publicanqualitymeats.com

February 7, 2012

Chef's Week & The Greater Chicago Food Depository at The Publican 3/19 - 3/23

The Publican is excited to announce that we will once again be participating in Chicago’s Chef’s Week, from Monday, March 19th through Friday, March 23rd, from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Also during this week at any time, we will be asking our guests to donate non-perishables that will benefit an organization close to our hearts, The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Every guest that donates will get a special treat!

The Chef’s Week Menu will be $30 (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverage)and will consist of the following three courses:
1) Little Gem Salad
2) Bouchot Mussels OR Rillette Sandwich
3) Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

As always, items are subject to change due to seasonality and availability. Reservations are recommended and can be made through our host team at 312.733.9555.

February 1, 2012

Publican Quality Meats - Opening Soon!

The time has come! Publican Quality Meats is scheduled to open for retail services this MONDAY, February 6th! Located just across the street at 835 W. Fulton Market, PQM will begin by have fresh-baked breads and personal retail favorites like olive oils, dairy, eggs, jams, etc. available for purchase. Then, stay tuned for just a little bit longer as housemade sausages, charcuterie & other delicious prepared foods will be available for purchase just a little bit down the road. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow PQM on facebook & twitter for the most recent updates and news!

December 21, 2011

New Year's at The Publican

The time has come to cheers to 2011 and raise our glasses to 2012! We will be hosting a very special 4-course family-style prix fixe menu from 5:30pm-10:30pm, with seatings every half an hour. The menu (subject to change due to seasonality) will be $55/guest, not inclusive of tax, gratuity or beverages, and will include:

1st course: Mortadella Salad with Mudd Creek Citrus, Avocado & Fennel
2nd course: Nantucket Bay Scallop Pasta with American Sturgeon Caviar
3rd Course: Beef Cheeks with Oysters & Broccoli
4th Course: Dessert To Be Determined

We will also be offering a $30/guest Seafood Tower supplement, featuring our freshest cold preparations of oysters, mussels, ceviche, and the like. Please call us soon to arrange your reservation!

New Year’s Day marks our First Annual New Years Day Brunch at The Publican. We will be open from 10am-4pm and will be serving not only some of your favorite brunch items, but also will have available a seafood tower supplement. Again, please call to make accommodations!

We wish all of you a safe, happy & delicious holiday season and look forward to cooking for you soon!

November 29, 2011

December Events at The Publican

The Publican has some very exciting events occuring during the month of December!

On Saturday, December 17th, we will be holding our seasonal food drive from 1:30-3:30pm, benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. As usual, we will be providing delicious Publican snacks as well as giving a complimentary brew to all who donate.
We will also be auctioning off some great prizes! So please join us in the holiday giving spirit and stop by with non-perishable donations.

Next up on the docket is our next Publican beer dinner! Sunday, December 18th, we will be hosting a traditional “7 Fishes” Dinner.
The “Feast of the 7 Fishes” will be a 5-course prix fixe menu for $55/guest featuring 7 different fishes and, of course, an optional beer pairing, both of which will be exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Please contact us quickly to reserve your seats! We will be seating throughout the evening, from 5pm-9pm, every half an hour, and will also be offering an abbreviated a la carte menu.

The following Thursday, the 22nd, we will be celebrating the darkest day of the year with a very special tapping of Surly Darkness. Beer lovers will not want to miss out on this! Come on by to rock out to some heavy music and drink some heavy brew!

Finally, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us already! The Publican will be closed on December 24th & December
25th, and will be back open for regular service on the 26th…

…And then, it’s time to celebrate that conclusion of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! We will be hosting a very special 4-course family-style prix fixe menu from 5:30pm-10:30pm, with seatings every half an hour. The menu (subject to change due to seasonality) will be $55/guest, not inclusive of tax, gratuity or beverages, and will include:

1st course: Mortadella Salad with Mudd Creek Citrus, Avocado & Fennel
2nd course: Nantucket Bay Scallop Pasta with American Sturgeon Caviar
3rd Course: Beef Cheeks with Oysters & Broccoli
4th Course: Dessert To Be Determined

We will also be offering a $30/guest Seafood Tower supplement, featuring our freshest cold preparations of oysters, mussels, ceviche, and the like. Please call us soon to arrange your reservation!

New Year’s Day marks our First Annual New Years Day Brunch at The Publican. We will be open from 10am-4pm and will be serving not only some of your favorite brunch items, but also will have available a seafood tower supplement. Again, please call to make accommodations!

We wish all of you a safe, happy & delicious holiday season and look forward to cooking for you soon!

November 10, 2011

11/17 Marc Vetri Dinner at The Publican

The Publican is honored to welcome James Beard Award-winning Marc Vetri, chef/owner of the Vetri family restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, into our restaurant for a special 5-course prix fixe menu in conjunction to our daily a la carte menu and will be $55/guest with an optional $20/guest beer pairing (exclusive of tax and gratuity). The menu, though subject to change due to seasonality, will include:

1st course: Tuna Ricotta Fritters
2nd course: Eggplant Caponata
3rd course: Chicken Liver Rigatoni
4th course: Whole Lamb Shoulder
5th course: Olive Oil Cake

Please call to secure a reservation! 312.733.9555

November 2, 2011

Vanberg & DeWulf "Coast to Coast Toast™" at The Publican

On Tuesday, November 15th, The Publican will welcome Wendy Littlefield and Don Feinberg, co-founders of the Belgian beer importer Vanberg & Dewulf and foremost experts of Belgian brewing and will be hosting the Coast to Coast Toast™, the official headquarters for the nationwide event.

In addition to the regular a la carte menu, The Publican will offer an ‘inspiration box’ prix fixe 6-course menu, $65 per guest, and an optional $20 per guest beer pairing (both exclusive of tax and gratuity), which will feature six distinctive Vanberg & DeWulf beers, from gruits to abbey singels, strong golden ales of their invention, to lambics for which they are the negotiants, a cognac beer, fruity ales and beyond. The seatings will be from 5:30 – 10:30pm, with seatings every 30 minutes.

The menu, though subject to change due to seasonality, will include:

*1st course: squash salad with pomegranate & goat cheese
(paired with Posca Rustica)
*2nd course: smoked mussel crostini
(paired with Witkap)
*3rd course: dungeness crab with almond pesto
(paired with Hop Ruiter)
*4th course: potee with wild rice, pork tenderloin, cotechino & pork confit
(paired with Peche Mel)
*5th course: warm raclette with traditional garnishment
(paired with Lambickx)
*6th course: Speculoos cookies

Please contact our host team at 312.733.9555 to set up your reservation soon!

September 26, 2011

October Events at The Publican

Tuesday, October 11th, we will be welcoming Garrett Oliver, award-winning brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery in promotion of his new book, “The Oxford Companion to Beer.” We will be creating a prix fixe menu along with Herb Eckhouse of La Quercia, who will be debuting a new ham.

Wednesday, October 12th, we will be welcoming Michael Ruhlman in promotion of his new book, “Ruhlman’s Twenty.” Michael and our team will be creating a prix fixe menu featuring recipes from his book, and he will be present throughout the evening to speak with guests personally.

We hope you are able to join us this month for at least one of these very special occasions! Please feel free to call us to secure a reservation.

Please also note that the Publican, along with our sister restaurants, will be closed Monday, October 31st. Happy Halloween!

Cheers,
The Publican Team

August 15, 2011

TASTE OF MICHIGAN Part 2.

Please join us Tuesday August 30th for the second ever all Michigan produce beer dinner with New Holland brewing company. The focus of this dinner, like last year, will be a celebration of the season. We will utilize the freshest late summer produce Michigan has to offer. On August 23rd the Publican team will travel to Michigan to join the New Holland crew, visit with farmers, taste produce and create a beer dinner menu one week before it is held. On the 23rd while visiting farms the Publican will be posting videos, text and images live from our face book and twitter page. We plan to visit Swan Creek, Werp and Klug Farms just to name a few. The event will be a four course pre-fix menu all paired with New Holland.

August 13, 2011

Justin Large & "Iron Dawg" Competition at Franks N Dawgs

Attention sausage-lovers!!! Big Star’s very own chef de cuisine Justin Large is competing in the Franks N Dawgs “Iron Dawg” competition with his delicious creation – the “Justin Cased” – a pork and roasted poblano sausage with queso asadero, avocado mayo & chicharron-avocado salsa. Keep the title in the family! Get on out to Franks N Dawgs on 1863 N Clybourn and cast your vote… by eating sausage!

July 29, 2011

The Perennial Plate Dinner at The Publican

Please join us Wednesday, August 10th to welcome chef Daniel Klein of The Perennial Plate as he brings his ‘Real Food Road Trip’ to Chicago. Currently on a six month journey around the United States, Daniel is filming stories about our American culinary heritage, our nation’s relationship to the food we eat and the interesting people that produce that food.
Daniel will be stopping in Chicago and chatting with chef Paul Kahan about the relationships that he and the Publican have built with local farmers. We are also looking forward to hosting Daniel as he and chef Paul collaborate on a supplemental menu for the evening that will showcase Daniel cooking dishes featuring the produce from Kinnikinnick Farm in Caledonia, IL, a longtime friend of the Publican.
Daniel’s ‘Perennial Plate’ Dinner will feature a four course prix fixe menu offered in conjunction to our a la carte menu.
Please join us on the 10th to welcome the Perennial Plate, meet Daniel and enjoy some of the food inspired by his road trip around America.
www.theperennialplate.com

Menu: ~$45/food*
*note: Due to the spirit of our collaboration with chef Daniel, the final price will be determined based on market prices and availability that day.

May 25, 2011

Lagunitas Beer Dinner at The Publican

Join us Monday, June 6th for a special beer dinner featuring Lagunitas beer… and including our own new collaboration brew with Big Star – “Zephyr!”

Welcome Beer: Lagunitas Pils

1st Course: Marin miyagi oyster, salmon roe and chives
Beer Pairing: Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’

2nd Course: Fried soft shell crab, green garlic and blood orange agro dolce
Beer Pairing: Zephyr

3rd Course: Raw beef sesame and grilled apricots
Beer Pairing: Kronick Censored Ale

4th Course: Salmon and pork belly, sweet spring clam and chorizo stew
Beer Pairing: IPA Maximus

5th Course: Mascarpone pound cake, strawberries, smoked vanilla, borage and sorrel
Beer Pairing: Olde GnarlyWine

*Some items may change due to seasonality

$55/food
$15/beer pairing
(exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Please call 312.733.9555.
We hope to see you there!

May 6, 2011

Founders at the Publican

Please join us on May 17th for a little Founder’s fun celebrating Chicago Craft Beer Week.
We will be featuring a 3-course prix fixe menu paired with 3 Founder’s beers. This menu will be offered in conjunction with our a la carte menu. Additionally, 6 special Founder’s drafts will be featured.

menu:$35/food, $10/beer

founders pale ale
ricotta gnocchi, english peas and bottarga

founders dirty bastard
dry aged skirt steak, baked beans and radishes

founders porter
butter oat cake, cream, whiskey sauce and compote
(menu subject to change based upon availability)

Seating available from 5:30-10:30pm.

March 22, 2011

April 17th Beer Dinner with The Bruery

Please join us Sunday April 17th
for a collaborative beer dinner with the food of Publican and Big Star joined by the amazing beers of Orange County’s the Bruery.

March 16, 2011

Chicago Chef's Week (March 20th-24th)

The Publican, a participant of Chef’s Week, will be offering a 3-course menu for $33 [not including beverage, tax, or gratuity]. This menu will be available Sunday March 20th – Thursday March 24th.

Menu:

1st course:
Brussels sprouts with grilled onion, lemon & mint

2nd course:
Lamb sausage with lentils, fennel and yogurt

3rd course:
Breton butter cake with rhubarb confit & clotted cream

[No substitutions available]

Call 312.733.9555 to make a reservation

February 15, 2011

Food and Wine The People’s Best New Chef award

Cast your votes now for our very own, Chef de Cuisine, Brian Huston. Voting will take place from February 15 through March 1.

Brian Huston is up for Food & Wine’s Best Chef Great Lakes!
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/02/15/food-wines-the-peoples-best-new-chef-2011-great-lakes/
Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef 2011: Great Lakes
eatocracy.cnn.com

January 25, 2011

12 Percent Imports and The Publican

Tuesday February 8th come join 12 percent imports and the Publican for a night of food and amazing imported beer. Brian Ewing founder and owner of 12 percent will be in attendance. The Publican will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu paired with four rare beers from Brian’s stellar portfolio. In addition to our prix fixe menu the Publican will also be offering some rare and interesting drafts from 12 percent.
The prefix is 35 dollars for food and 15 for beer exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Reservations are encouraged
For more info please contact us @
thepublicanrestaurant.com
837 West Fulton Mkt. Chicago 60607
(312) 733-9555

January 18, 2011

Watch the Superbowl at avec!!!

Come join us at avec during Superbowl Sunday! We’ll show the game and serve you the incredible food and wine you have come accustomed to for the past six years. Ask about the “specials”.
Go Bears!

January 18, 2011

Blood, Bones, and Butter Book Launch & Spring Festival Party

Sunday, March 27th at The Publican

November 20, 2010

NEW YEARS AT THE PUBLICAN

Join us as we celebrate the New Year

4 course prix-fixe menu (served family style) $55/guest
Optional supplement; seafood collection $25/guest
Beverages billed upon consumption

October 26, 2010

NORTH COAST, TRUFFLES AND THE PUBLICAN

October 1, 2010

TASTE OF MICHIGAN

September 1, 2010

Oktoberfest 2010

August 17, 2010

Scarpetta Wine Collaboration Dinner

June 22, 2010

Join us Sunday July 11th for a Stone Brewing Company Beer Dinner

May 31, 2010

Please join us Sunday, June 6th, for a Lagunitas brewing beer dinner at The Publican

April 20, 2010

Have a jolly beer dinner with Jolly Pumpkin and the Publican

April 20, 2010

Please consider joining us..

March 20, 2010

Two Brothers Brewing Company and the Publican beer dinner round II

February 3, 2010

A la carte menu available Sundays

January 6, 2010

Dogfish Head craft brewery “Ancient Ales Beer Dinner” at The Publican

December 16, 2009

New Years Eve at The Publican

December 4, 2009

Vanberg & DeWulf holiday dinner at The Publican

November 21, 2009

Sunday November 22, 2009

October 23, 2009

Brewmaster Rob Tod of the Allagash brewing Co. Beer Dinner

September 25, 2009

October 11th The Publican presents a beer dinner with Dominique Firart of the brewery St-Feuillien

September 8, 2009

On Sunday, September 20th Chris Bauweraerts presents the “Slow Brew Tour of Belgium” at The Publican

September 5, 2009

James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner

July 21, 2009

another successfull beer dinner

June 18, 2009

Publican / New Holland: collaboration

May 1, 2009

A Special Dinner at the Publican

March 25, 2009

James Beard Nominations

March 14, 2009

Chef Paul Kahan's Reality Twitter Cooking Show

March 13, 2009

Brunch Started March 15th

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
312.733.9555

Dinner
Mon-Thu 3:30pm*-10:30pm
Fri & Sat 3:30pm*-11:30pm
Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm

Brunch
Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
Sun 9:00am-2:00pm

*Limited afternoon menu
available from 3:30pm-5:30pm!

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