Weekend Beat: Calling All Chocoholics

Put oysters, chocolate and bloody marys on the menu


Food lovers can rejoice this weekend with a plethora of culinary events and specials to partake in. Here's the 312 Dining Diva's picks:

What is it about oysters that drives people crazy? Oh yeah, never mind. If you'd like to see the effects at full force, head to the annual Royster with the Oyster Festival, taking place at Chicago seafood icon Shaw's Crab House. Just think about what could possibly happen when more than 5,000 oyster lovers gather under a tent that's bursting at the seams with live blues, gallons of Goose Island beer and a no-hands "slurp off" (an oyster slurping contest, of course). The party’s $10 to get in, with a portion going to the Shedd Aquarium and Alliance For The Great Lakes. 3-10pm.

If you frequent River North and River West, you're quite familiar with Blommer Chocolate's overwhelming aroma as it permeates the air in the area, but have you ever tasted their goodies?! Now's your chance as the Lockwood lobby bar hosts the Blommer Chocolate Lounge every Saturday through Dec. 26. Pastry chef Fabrice and students from the French Pastry School create signature desserts for your eating pleasure, so you can dig into unlimited sweets (plus coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso, a glass of wine, champagne or a beer). 9-11pm. $35 for full chocolate experience or $5 for individual desserts.

And the Bears Bloody Mary Special happens at Shaw’s Crab House every time the hometown team plays. Come in wearing Bears gear (excluding hats), order brunch, and you'll be treated to one comped signature Bloody Mary filled with house-made tomato juice, Absolut Peppar vodka, Worchester, Tabasco, and garnished with a plump shrimp, dill pickle spear, green olive and a lime. By the way, the Bears play the Cincinnati Bengals today.

Audarshia Townsend is the creator of the local food blog 312DiningDiva.com. She also provides content for Dining Chicago, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Playboy.com and Concierge Preferred.

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