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Browntrout, Bread & Wine to Participate in Chicago Chef Week

By Patty Wetli | March 12, 2013 6:13am

LINCOLN SQUARE — Between Restaurant Week and now Chicago Chef Week, the city's dining community is sending a clear message to patrons: It's time to bust out of your Netflix marathon and pizza routine.

Local eateries Browntrout and Bread & Wine are among the more than 60 restaurants participating in Chef Week, March 17-22.

Special three-course prix fixe dinner menus will be available for $44. Some restaurants are also serving $22 prix fixe lunches.

Chef Sean Sanders opened Browntrout, 4111 N. Lincoln Ave., in 2009, with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients. If you miss out on Chef Week, no worries — Sanders offers diners the opportunity to build their own three-course tasting menu every Wednesday for $35.

Bread & Wine, 3732 W. Irving Park Road, recently marked its one-year anniversary. Chef Curtis Gamble, who's stumping for Eater's Young Guns votes, has celebrated with a number of innovative ventures, including a swap with iNG Restaurant, set for March 12-13, and an expanded brunch menu that features his farm-to-table take on the classic English breakfast.

Though the restaurant signed on for Chef Week too late to be included in the event's marketing materials, Gamble assured DNAinfo.com Chicago he is indeed taking part ... and sent his menu to prove it.

Highlights include sunchokes (aka, Jerusalem artichokes) with pickled egg and spicy greens; beef cheek; corned beef tongue rillette (rustic pate); and a salted caramel corn panna cotta.

Reservations for Chicago Chef Week are now available.