Phil Vettel recommends: Beaujolais nouveau

This week's theme: Beaujolais nouveau

Bistronomic

Bistronomic's Chef Martial Noguier, in the dining room of the restaurant. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune / December 14, 2011)

Part harvest festival, part good excuse to drink wine, the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau takes place the third Thursday on November. Beaujolais nouveau is a light, fruity, food-friendly and fun red wine meant to be enjoyed young, and preferably chilled. Beaujolais nouveau shouldn't be taken too seriously and should never be expensive — and that goes for the celebrations as well.

Bistro Monet: A special three-course Beaujolais nouveau menu is $35. Regular menu also available. 462 N. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, 630-469-4002

Bistronomic: Special three-course menu, $39, includes such Beaujolais-friendly dishes as steak frites with gamay reduction, Lake Superior whitefish with French lentils and mustard vinaigrette. Menu available through Nov. 27; a la carte also available. 840 N. Wabash Ave., 312-944-8400

KiKi's Bistro: A $45 menu featuring items cooked with Beaujolais (salmon with beurre rouge, coq au vin Beaujolais) is available Thursday through Nov. 27. A la carte menu also available. 900 N. Franklin St., 312-335-5454

La Grange's 11th Annual Beaujolais nouveau celebration: From 5-8 p.m. Guests will visit up to eight restaurants in downtown LaGrange, tasting up to 20 wines and various appetizers. Participating restaurants include Bella Bacino's, Nickson's Eatery and Prasino. Tickets are $45, two for $80; $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit Child Link. Tickets online at childlnk.org/events/beaujolais-nouveau-wine-celebration-2/

La Sardine: Will serve a five-course set menu including pork sausage, salade Lyonnaise, roast saddle of rabbit and Beaujolais-poached pear. $50. 111 N. Carpenter St., 312-421-2800

Le Bouchon: Will serve a four-course menu; entree choices are duck confit, guinea hen or trout grenobloise. $45, $25 optional wine pairing. 1958 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-6600

Mon Ami Gabi: The city and Oak Brook locations will feature a la carte food and beverage specials through Wednesday. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886; 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-472-1900

Oceanique: The restaurant's event will take place Friday evening, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed at 7 p.m. by a five-course, three-wine dinner. Price is $95 inclusive. 505 Main St., Evanston, 847-864-3435

Retro Bistro: Will host a Beaujolais nouveau wine festival Thursday-Sunday, featuring a three-course prix-fixe menu (five choices in each course) for $47, which includes a glass of Beaujolais nouveau. Live music each night; menu items available a la carte. 1746 W. Golf Rd., Mt. Prospect, 847-439-2424

Untitled: Will host a combination Beaujolais nouveau and Black Wednesday celebration Nov. 27. It will begin with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine tastings and cabaret performances from 7-9:30 p.m., followed by the "Unbridled French Connection" featuring French art performances. Tickets to Unbridled are $10. 111 W. Kinzie St., 312-880-1501

pvettel@tribune.com

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