Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Dining elevated to new heights at Chicago's Benny's Chop House and Bistro Voltaire

 The elegant wine bar and entry area to Benny's Chop House
 A feast that pleases both the eye and the palate at Benny's Chop House
 Director of Operations Mitchell Schmieding of Benny's Chop House
Downtown Chicago Holiday Dining Extravaganzas!

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

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

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.

Bistro Voltaire 
Christmas Eve Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., three course menu special ($69) and regular
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





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