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Restaurant Fri Jan 20 2012

Lillie's Q Shakes it Up with Mexican Tribute Pop-Up Dinner

The smokin' and savory BBQ joint Lillie Q's will be handing over the kitchen to sous chef Jose Landa for an evening of tasty Mexican fare Tuesday, January 24th.

"This dinner is a way of me saying thanks and honoring not only Jose and the other Mexican and Hispanic members of my current staff at Lillie's Q, but for every one of them I've worked with throughout my career," said Chef Charlie McKenna, the veteran, award-winning BBQ mastermind behind Lillie's Q.

"Even with my background in fine dining, BBQ, and Southern food, my favorite cuisine is Mexican food....Jose cooked us a preview of the menu we're offering for the pop-up dinner last month, and we were all pretty blown away by the food and flavors."

Landa has whipped up a delightfully varied six course menu, composed solely of traditional Mexican treats inspired by family recipes from his childhood. Guests may also choose to partake in a selection of beer pairings from new, Latin craft brewery 5 Rabbit. The cost is $45 per person. An additional $20 gets you four courses worth of beer. 5 Rabbit will exclusively release their new brew, Superstition, "a strong blonde ale that's made with hibiscus, ginger, Illinois honey, Thai palm sugar, and chamomile", at the dinner, making the extra $20 a steal to say the least.

Six different seatings are available between 6pm and 9:30pm, with only 18 seats available per seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The mouth-watering menu will include:

1st Course-- Prepared by Chef McKenna
Pairing: Fortaleza Tequila neat

2nd Course
Chicken Tinga and Chorizo Quesedilla
Pairing: 5 Rabbit Golden Ale by 5 Rabbit Brewing Company

3rd Course
Green Pork Pozole
Pairing: 5 Lizard Latin-Style Witbier by 5 Rabbit Brewing Company

4th Course
Shrimp Chile Rellano
Pairing: Lillie's Q-Rita (moonshine, tequila, orange liquor, Lillie's Q Smoky sauce, and housemade sour mix served in a mason jar rimmed with Lillie's Q Carolina Dirt rub)

Mexican Fruit Sorbet
Pairing: Superstition by 5 Rabbit Brewing Company

5th Course
Duck Breast Red Mole with Banana Leaf Tamale
Pairing: 5 Vulture Oaxacan-Style Dark Ale by 5 Rabbit Brewing Company

6th Course
Coconut Flan
Pairing: Vida y Muerte by 5 Rabbit Brewing Company

Lillie's Q is located at 1856 W. North Ave. The Mexican Tribute Pop-Up Dinner will be held between 6pm and 9:30pm, Tuesday, January 24th. Please buy tickets in advance here.

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