Chinese New Year is a fifteen day celebration, observed with many traditions and special New Year’s foods. 2007 Celebrates the Chinese New Year 4705, which is the Year of the Pig. Chinese restaurants will be offering Chinese New Year specials to diners in observance to the start of the New Year. Here are three restaurants in Downtown Chicago offering special events in commemoration of The Year of the Pig.
Ben Pao Chinese Restaurant
52 West Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60610
This stylish, upscale Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant is located in Downtown Chicago at the corner of Illinois and Dearborn. Restaurant specialties include Black Peppered Sea Scallops, Seven-Flavor, Old World Egg Rolls, Sesame Chicken. The upbeat, contemporary restaurant has AAA Three Diamond award.
Chinese New Year 4705 is The Year of the Pig. The Chinese New Year Celebration kicks off on Friday, February 16 with traditional Chinese Lion Dances, which are culturally believed to bring good luck.
On Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17; at 7 pm Chinese New Year will be celebrated at Ben Pao. The Chinese Lion Dance will entertain with pounding drums, exploding firecrackers and a serpent like Chinese lion winding it’s way through the dining room will entertain diners. Exotic cocktails and delectable food will tantalize you taste buds while enjoying this unique entertainment.
On Sunday February, 18 from 5 pm to 9 pm, Ben APO presents “Chinese Classics from Chicago Kitchens” and “Pig Out” dinner.
Chinese Classics from Chicago Kitchens is a special dinner in which the city’s most famous Chinese Americans Nancy Loo, Joanie Lum and Nesita Kwan will each submit a family recipe. Each recipe will be prepared by executive chef, Jim Hoveke. Lettuce Entertain Yous Director of Wine and Spirits, Alpana Singh will match each recipe with wines. Joanie Lum contributes recipes for Spicy Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce and Barbecued Island Beef Sticks. Nesita Kwan’s recipe is for The Kwan’s Garlic Shrimp. Nancy Loo’s family recipe is for Suckling Pig. The price of this special event is $47.05 plus tax and gratuity.
Pig Out Special
From February 15 through 28 the special Chinese Classics dinners will be available. If you can’t decide which to try. get all three dishes with the Pig Out Special . This pre fixe, pork based menu includes portions of all celebrity dishes, plus a variety of other traditional Chinese New Year selections. The Pig Out dinner without wine is $24.95 plus tax and gratuity.
1301 South Wabash
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Opera, located in the south Loop, is hone to renowned Executive Chef Paul Wildermuth. The restaurant overflows with colors and has a “wonderland” ambiance. Request a private “vault” for an especially romantic evening. Opera refers to their cuisine as “Chinese with “Modern Presentations:Opera’s House Specialties include Opera Peking Duck Service and Opera Filet Mignon. AAA Three Diamond.
Sundays and Tuesday Opera offers a Three Course Prix-Fixe Dinner. Choose ANY appetizer or salad, ANY entree and ANY dessert for $25.
On Saturday, February 24, at am, Opera will hold a Chinese New Year Cooking Class for $45. Chef Paul Windermuth will lead his Chinese New year cooking class with demonstrations, tasting wine samplings. $45 per person.
The Peninsula Chicago
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Shanghai Terrace is located in The Peninsula Chicago on Michigan Avenue and Superior Street. The Chinese restaurant serves intensely flavored Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes in a 1930’s supper club atmosphere. AAA Four Diamond.
“Embrace Chinese New Year with True Asian Grace and Style” Featuring traditional elements of Lunar New Year. Witness the Chinese Lion Dance at the front entrance of the Hotel as it welcomes the Year of the Pig.
Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea in the Lobby
To celebrate The Year of the Pig, Executive Chef Terry Cransall is offering an authentic Chinese new Year Afternoon Tea in the Lobby. The Teas will be offers form February 12 to 18. The Afternoon Tea offers these special Chinese New Year dishes: Chinese Egg Tarts, aMini-lotus Moon Cakes, Pekin Duck pancakes, Shrimp Rice on Paper Rolls, Spicy Vegetable Spring Rolls, Coconut Macaroons, Star Anise Scones, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Five Spice Cookies, English Scones, as well as Sesame, Caramel, Cashew and Banana Mignon.
Chinese Dinner at Shanghai Terrace
An authentic Chinese Dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year by Chef Calvin Soh consists of a special eight-course set menu. Guests will also receive traditional “Lai See (Red Envelopes) filled with chocolate coins for luck. The Chinese New Year dinner will be available from February 12 to February 17.
Celebrate The Year of the Pig at one of Downtown Chicago’s fine Chinese restaurants.
All prices subject to change. Call the restaurants for information and reservations.