chicago dinners and drinking with pals.

I'm fortunate enough to be married to an amazing man, Mr. Ian DeGraaf.  It's also really fortunate that he owns a small and successful wine company, Vinejoy, that provides our small home with loads of delicious and genuinely amazing wines from the Central Coast of California.  Yet another aspect of this awesome partnership we've forged over the past 11 years is that, as a part of his business, he meets loads of equally amazing folks in the food and beverage industry.  One such group he has recently partnered with is the Sunday Dinner Club.  Sunday Dinner Club consists of duo chefs, Josh and Christine and their small crew of trusty helpers. Sunday Dinner Club is a pretty neat concept and one I am definitely grateful to know of, especially on nights when a gourmet meal without any snobbery will do. Basically SDC creates an amazing dinner for 20-24 folks, serving them up to six courses of truly some of the best and most innovative food to hit Chicago tables.  One of the coolest things about Sunday Dinner is that one can only get on the invite list by knowing another person who is already on the list....this small drop of exclusivity might seem a bit pretentious, but trust me when I say it is anything but.  SDC always consists of super cool, super chill, super awesome folks who just want to hang out and eat some mega amazing food.  Ian, Steve and Vinejoy got involved a few months ago and, between slinging great wines and cooking up creative entrees, the four food folks started to hang out a bit and realize that good friendships can develop over food and drink.  Last week Ian asked if I wanted to come to a dinner with the SDC crew and a few other friends on Devon, in the Indian district.  I, of course, jumped at the chance and off we went to Devon for samosas, naan, curries and mango pickle.  What a fabulous night this was--no only because it was unbelievably great food from Hema's Kitchen, but also due to the great and genuinely fun company.  Thanks so much, SDC, Vinejoy and others for a lovely respite to an otherwise cold and bleak Chicago winter week. 

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