I haven't been this jealous since I went shopping for a birthday present with my mother about 20 years ago. The Nerf water-gun I had picked out as a gift was to be for my friend Danny; however, in the hours that followed I did a pretty stellar job of convincing myself that having that very same gun in my possession was elemental to my survival. So when it came time to give it away as a gift I threw such a wild tantrum that my mother thought I might blow a gasket.
Fortunately, I've matured some since then. So it's with great pleasure I offer these rewards to our supporters and I hope they offer an occasion where I can offer my thanks to you in person.
NO. 1 BREWER'S DINNER @ HAYMARKET - 5 courses + 5 brews for you and 9 of your closest friends; each dish prepared by Head Chef Christopher McCoy will be paired with one of Haymarket's distinctive brews. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance for a Mon. Tues. or Wed. evening. Value: $1,000 for the whole kitten caboodle
NO. 2 UNDERGROUND DINNER PARTY - Seats will be sold one by one; there's room for 14 at the table. Joseph Flamm will lead a team of Chicago's up-and-coming chefs as they prepare a meal that will knock your socks off at an as of yet undisclosed location somewhere with Chicago's city limits. Dinner will be hosted on a school night sometime in July or August. Value: $100/head
NO. 3 SEE HOW THE SAUSAGE GETS MADE - Be butcher for a day at Publican Quality Meats -- one of the newest additions to Paul Kahan's wildly successful empire. This is an opportunity for one lucky meat-lover to get a peek at PQM's underbelly. Date for butcher-experience must be set for a weekday 1 month in advance. Value: $500
I expect word of these opportunities to spread fast. If you're not able to take advantage of them yourself then I'm sure you know someone who can. Good luck.
Todd, Collin & the gang
P.S. If you have one of those oldfangled radios lying around the house because you think they're adorably ironic or because you think it might come in handy during the coming zombie apocalypse then flip it on and tune in to hear me chat with Mike Nowak Sunday at 9AM; WCPT - Mike Nowak show, 820 AM. 92.5, 92.7, 99.9 FM - go to their website and Mike's for details. It's sure to be a hoot.