Top 5: Ways to spend X-Mas week, foodie style

1. Walker's British Ads + Pub Fare The Walker has been screening its annual best-of British television ads for 21 years. If you were lucky enough to snag tickets, this year's spots include dancing marionettes, nudists, Snoop Dogg, and a live-broadcast skydiving stunt--not all in the same ad. New this year, the Walker's offering British fare at a little pub set up outside the theater ($1 off w/ your ticket stub) and 20.21 restaurant is offering a British-themed tasting menu if you want to indulge in Scotch eggs or Pimm's Cups.

Top 5: Ways to spend X-Mas week, foodie style

2. "It's a Wonderful Life" + High Tea at the St. Paul Hotel

The Saint Paul Hotel hosts performances of local actor/director Jim Cunningham's "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" accompanied by holiday tea ($55) or dinner ($70) December 14-17 and 20-23, repeating a tradition that began three years ago. The multi-course tea menu includes goat cheese crostini with fig compote and duck mushroom pot pie; the dinner menu begins with a beet/feta salad and ends with a candy cane chocolate-raspberry roulade.


3. Holidazzle Parade + Chef Shack and Vincent Street Food Street food offerings continue to improve during the Holidazzle parade season. Rick Nelson has a nice writeup about the goods at Chef Shack (new this year!) and those being sold outside Vincent. Nelson gives the Shack's Valrhona cocoa with a dash of sea salt top marks and hypes the Surly beer-cheese soup. Vincent's serving the usual crepes (ham and cheese, mushroom and spinach, Nutella, plain sugar) as well as Hebrew National hot dogs on baguettes, aka Frog Dogs.


Top 5: Ways to spend X-Mas week, foodie style

4. J.D. Hoyt's 25th Anniversary Party Longtime North Loop supper club J.D. Hoyt's celebrates 25 years of service on Sunday, December 27, 5 p.m.-10 p. m. with complimentary food and drink for neighboring businesses and residents. (If you're not in that group, stop by for Sunday Night Supper between Jan 3 and Feb 28, for a $25 meal that includes a beans-and-rice buddy bowl, pork chops, peach cobbler, and wine.)


5. Holiday Tea at the Arboretum Who goes to the Arboretum in the winter? Those who know about the holiday high teas served afternoons between now and December 30th. Menu includes scones, trifle, tea breads, and more and costs $23 for members, $26 for non-members.

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