A Fundraiser (with food by Hot Doug’s)

Didn’t get a chance to review Top Chef last night due to the fact Tivo’s recording time was scheduled for later (yeah yeah operator error).  Needed Tivo’s help since we were attending a fundraiser my brokerage (Baird & Warner City North Office cross promotion here) had for Neumann Family Services of Chicago.  It was held at Dank Haus in Lincoln Square and we raised over $5,000 for Neumann, raffled off a few prizes, and held a silent auction.

Side roam re: Dank Haus.  About a month ago Cheryl and I went to a strudel making demo there.  I have yet to attempt making some but that time is coming.  I saw a rumor of snow flurries here in Chicago today so holiday baking season is upon us!

Besides my failure to watch Top Chef, the food related blog hook here (I know, hurry up and get to it) is the catering for the event was provided by Hot Doug’s and Half Acre Beer Company.  Chicagoan’s know a thing or two about hot dogs and about Hot Doug’s (and the line) too.  You may be familiar with it from No Reservations, but if not just know he makes pretty awesome sausages.  Last night the featured sausages at the event were (if I can remember the descriptions): a Veal, Pork, and Chive Bockwurst, Smoked Shrimp and Pork Sausage with Cajun Remoulade and Goat Cheese, Jalapeño Chicken Sausage, and the famous Sauterne Duck Sausage with Foie Gras (pictured).

Duck sausage topped w/ foie
They didn't last long

Sooooooo good.  And no waiting in line!  Everything was washed down with Half Acre beer, either their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale or Gossamer Golden Ale.  I stuck with the Gossamer since I’m not a huge fan of hoppy pale ales.  Anyway, it was a great event for a good cause with some really good food and drink!  Top Chef post after I watch it later.


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