Just when you're about to buy a one-way ticket to Miami, you discover this.
Howells & Hood is paying tribute to warm, seasonal comfort food and one of Chicago's favorite pastimes: beer. These events are held in a large private dining area towards the back of the restaurant (look out for the next event on our Twitter feed) and feature buffet-style servings paired with beer designed to complement each dish.
The events are all you can eat, and last for a few hours so you'll want to show up with plenty of room to spare. Let's get into it...
We start out with a colorful mix of squash with olives and feta in a light curry sauce. Beer pairing: Bigfoot 2012.
Howells & Hood pays homage to John Howells and Raymond Hood, architects of the Neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.
Next up a beautiful black truffle caught our eye. We're hoping this isn't just an expensive decoration...
Nope! The truffle is shaved over a sweet potato galette, which makes for a mouthwatering visual. Beer pairing: Bigfoot 2011.
This venison sausage includes pork belly and an assortment of seasonal veggies. The veggies are not the thing to focus on here. Beer pairing: Bigfoot 2013.
Entering the carving station, which really should be called carving station s because we're about to go on a tour de game meat beginning with a wild boar slathered in black mole sauce. Beer pairing for the carving station: Bigfoot 2014.
Next in line on the carving station is lamb with a juniper demi sauce.
Rounding out the carving station is a porcelet with a sweet maple glaze. If you made it this far you're definitely getting your money's worth (the entire event is a $60 ticket).
One more shot of that beautiful porcelet to round out the night.