Story and photos by Dwight Casimere
CHICAGO--Holidays present a myriad of opportunities for festive dinners and parties show appreciation to family and friends alike. Attempting to full-fill the hospitality obligations on your own, however, can be challenging, especially in today's time-strapped environment. That's when Benny's Chop House, near Chicago's elegant Trump Tower, and Bistro Voltaire in River North come to the rescue with imaginative and mouth-watering menus for Christmas and New Year's Eve dining and, in the case of Benny's Chop House, unending entertainment options!
With special hours of operations and dining options, Chicagoans have easy access to Holiday Feasting at its best.
Benny's Chop House 444 N. Wabash Chicago 312-626-2444 www.bennyschophouse.com Benny's Christmas Hours Benny's Chop House Christmas Eve - Open 12-9 pm Full dinner menu, plus Chef's Feast of the Seven Fishes menu items, AND holiday beverages! Closed Christmas Day Benny's New Year's Eve Hours Open 4pm - 1am Closed New Years Day Live Entertainment / Non-stop Music from 5pm-1am Full Dinner Menu, plus Chef's Specials, AND holiday beverages! Guests who dine with us later in the evening
enjoy a champagne toast at midnight.
Benny's Chop House Full Dinner Menu and Chef's New Year's Eve Specials: Chestnut & Brandy Bisque with Candied Porcini Mushrooms Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Kale "Caesar Salad" with Crab Fritters and Osetra Caviar Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Ricotta Gnocchi and California Fig-Port Wine Reduction Black Truffle Studded USDA Prime Beef Tenderloin with Celery Root-Turnip Pave, Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms and Perigold Truffle Jus Bistro Voltaire 226 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago 312-265-0911 www.bistrovoltaire.com Bistro Voltaire Christmas Eve Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., three course menu special ($69) and regular menu Closed Christmas Day Bistro Voltaire New Year's Eve Hours: Two seatings - 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Closed New Year's Day Bistro Voltaire is having a special New Year's Eve Menu available at a prix fixe price of $69 per person plus tax and tip. The regular full menu will not be available. Guests also will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Bistro Voltaire New Year's Eve Menu: Hors D' Oeuvres (Chef's Choice) First Course (Choice Of) Salade De Canard Confit Duck Confit Salad, Toasted Pistachios, Pomegranate Vinaigrette Vols Au Vent Au Champignons Baked Puff Pastry, Wild Mushrooms Ragout Mouclade De Moules Steamed Mussels in a Creamy Saffron Sauce, Leeks, Garlic, Crouton and Fresh Herbs Second Course (Choice Of) Filet Mignon Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Gratin Dauphinois, Baby Vegetables, Bordelaise Sauce Coquilles St Jacques Nantua Seared Sea Scallops, Crawfish Foam, Pearl Vegetables Magret De Canard Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Truffle Parsnip Puree, Glazed Brussel Sprouts Port Reduction Desserts (Choice Of) Fondant Au Chocolat Warm Chocolate Cake, Fresh Berries Tarte Aux Poires Pear Tart with Hazelnut Frangipane, Crème Anglaise