CHICAGO, IL, January 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- When planning this year's Valentine's Day celebration, you will want everything to be just right. Look no further than to Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL, 312-626-2444), one of Chicago's most beautiful restaurants - warm and cozy - and yes, romantic, with many specialty cocktails and wine choices to stimulate your senses.
Benny's menu of perfectly prepared dishes set the stage for a passionate celebration. Top that off with Benny's flawless service and a terrific live jazz performance by Cecile Savage and Calvin "Koco" Brunson who perform in both French and English-sexy, indeed; express yourself.
Begin your Valentine's Day with one of the many Champagne selections from Benny's award winning wine list, which has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Champagne selections by the glass include Château de Lisennes Crèmant Bordeaux and Henriet-Bazin Selection Montagne de Reims.
Benny's also features one of Chicago's finest international wine collections, with 25 selections by the glass and more than 1,500 selections by the bottle.
Oysters have long been thought to have aphrodisiac properties and so, for starters, Benny suggests Oysters on the half shell, featuring eight different varieties from the American East and West Coast, flown in daily (half dozen, $14.99; dozen, $26.99). Other tasty starters include the unique House-Cured Maple Glazed Bacon ($14.99) and Prime Steak Tartare, served with waffle potato chips and violet mustard ($14.99).
You'll also create an impressive start to your Valentine's Day by sharing Benny's magnificent Shellfish Tower for Two ($69.99). It's a generous, delectable appetizer meant for sharing, featuring chilled lobster, shrimp and king crab.
Continue your Valentine's Day celebration with flavorful salads such as the Roasted Beets Salad with goat cheese croquettes, black mission figs in bourbon-maple vinaigrette ($14.99), or Benny's celebrated Grilled Romaine Salad with lemon-garlic vinaigrette ($8.99).
Benny's will more than satisfy your culinary cravings with its selection of superb entrees. Benny recommends specialty seafood choices such as the one pound Whole Maine Lobster Tail, broiled to perfection ($49.99) or the Jumbo Sea Scallops served with crispy pumpkin polenta and a port wine reduction ($35.99). Meat lovers will enjoy the tender, perfectly grilled Colorado Lamb Chops ($42.99) and the comforting Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs ($24.99). For the best of both worlds, enjoy the Surf-N-Turf Style, featuring an 8 oz. Filet Mignon and a 10 oz. Cape Breton lobster tail ($52.99).
If steak is what's on your calling card, Benny's has Chicago's most diverse selections. Choose from its menu of perfectly prepared 100% USDA Prime natural, dry-aged or wet aged steaks, including the USDA Prime Natural 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($36.99), the USDA Prime Natural 16 oz. Rib Eye ($42.99) and USDA Prime New York Strip (available with or without bone in - wet aged, dry aged and natural from $36.99 to $54.99) or Surf-N-Turf Style , 8 oz. Filet and 10 oz. Cape Breton Lobster Tail (52.99). Kick it up a notch by adding an enhancement "Benny's - style" to your steak, such as Bone Marrow, Oscar Style, King Crab, Blue Cheese, Maine Sea Scallop, Bearnaise, and Barbecue Chili Rub, among others.
Your after-dinner foreplay will begin with Benny's amazing desserts. They're generous and shareable, but they're so good you'll each want your own. Try the classic Carrot Cake ($8.99) made with roasted walnuts and sweet cream cheese frosting or the decadent Chocolate Layer Cake ($10.99) frosted with fudge buttercream, and garnished with rich chocolate sauce. Another unique creation is the Chocolate Pudding Cake ($9.99) accompanied by toffee ice cream and finished with a caramel crunch. And don't forget the to-die-for Banana Cream Pie ($8.99) with caramel coated bananas.
Valentine's Day Entertainment Featuring Jazz Artists Cecile Savage and Calvin "Koco" Brunson
This distinguished duo will pair their harmonic melodies with music fueled by African, French, and Brazilian traditions. They will be performing on Valentine's Day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join them in the North Lounge and Bar and let their music transport you to another place.
Cecile Savage was born in the Island of Martinique yet raised in Paris, France. She studied piano for many years and brought that knowledge with her when she moved to New York City and joined the Living Theater. Later she studied guitar with Ted Dunbar through the program Jazzmobile. She increased her repertoire to include electric bass with the blues harmonica legend Sugar Blue while she toured with Memphis Slim and Willie Mabon. Subsequently, she moved to Chicago and performed jazz and blues with many notable musicians such as Jimmy Dawkins. Ultimately, this led her to perform at the 2008 Jazz Festival: Tribute to Malachi Favors. All this shaped Cecile's musical identity to comprise of a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz.
Pianist and vocalist Calvin "Koco" Brunson's accomplishments range from being the musical director for "Ain't Misbehavin" to "The Great Nitty Gritty" and "Journey Through Forever." He also won the prized Jeff award for the musical composition "In De Beginnin". Being the cultural ambassador for the city of Chicago has led him to perform in European festivals like Moers in Germany, and Nichelsdorff in Austria.
About Benny's Chop House
Since Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago; 312-626-2444) opened in 2010, it has stood out among Chicago's steakhouses as a premiere gathering place where food and drink are served with refined excellence. Not only is this true of the delicious American cuisine from Executive Chef Jonathan Lane, but it's also true of Benny's lounge, which offers one of Chicago's most attractive atmospheres for savoring a fine beverage while enjoying the artistry of Chicago's finest live entertainers.
Benny's Chop House recently added USDA Prime Natural Beef to its menu, making it the only Chicago steakhouse to offer three varieties of Prime beef: USDA Prime Wet-Aged, USDA Prime Dry-Aged and USDA Prime Natural. With the addition of USDA Prime Natural Beef, Benny's offers the highest quality and widest beef selection of any steakhouse in the Chicago area. The several USDA Prime Natural Beef selections on the menu have quickly become highly praised, sought-after additions to the menu. Benny's pastry chef Aaron Lindgren finishes every meal with delicate and creative desserts, making every experience something truly memorable.
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. -12 a.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. -10:30 p.m. Live music is presented Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-11:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Benny's Chop House at (312) 626-2444 or http://www.bennyschophouse.com.---
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