Benny's menu of perfectly prepared dishes set the stage for a passionate celebration. Top that off with Benny's flawless service and a terrific live jazz performance by Cecile Savage and Calvin "Koco" Brunson who perform in both French and English-sexy, indeed; express yourself.
Begin your Valentine's Day with one of the many Champagne selections from Benny's award winning wine list, which has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Champagne selections by the glass include Château de Lisennes Crèmant Bordeaux and Henriet-Bazin Selection Montagne de Reims.
Benny's also features one of Chicago's finest international wine collections, with 25 selections by the glass and more than 1,500 selections by the bottle.
Oysters have long been thought to have aphrodisiac properties and so, for starters, Benny suggests Oysters on the half shell, featuring eight different varieties from the American East and West Coast, flown in daily (half dozen, $14.99; dozen, $26.99). Other tasty starters include the unique House-Cured Maple Glazed Bacon ($14.99) and Prime Steak Tartare, served with waffle potato chips and violet mustard ($14.99).
You'll also create an impressive start to your Valentine's Day by sharing Benny's magnificent Shellfish Tower for Two ($69.99). It's a generous, delectable appetizer meant for sharing, featuring chilled lobster, shrimp and king crab.
Continue your Valentine's Day celebration with flavorful salads such as the Roasted Beets Salad with goat cheese croquettes, black mission figs in bourbon-maple vinaigrette ($14.99), or Benny's celebrated Grilled Romaine Salad with lemon-garlic vinaigrette ($8.99).
Benny's will more than satisfy your culinary cravings with its selection of superb entrées. Benny recommends specialty seafood choices such as the one pound Whole Maine Lobster Tail, broiled to perfection ($49.99) or the Jumbo Sea Scallops served with crispy pumpkin polenta and a port wine reduction ($35.99). Meat lovers will enjoy the tender, perfectly grilled Colorado Lamb Chops ($42.99) and the comforting Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs ($24.99). For the best of both worlds, enjoy the Surf-N-Turf Style, featuring an 8 oz. Filet Mignon and a 10 oz. Cape Breton lobster tail ($52.99).
If steak is what's on your calling card, Benny's has Chicago's most diverse selections. Choose from its menu of perfectly prepared 100% USDA Prime natural, dry-aged or wet aged steaks, including the USDA Prime Natural 7 oz. Filet Mignon ($36.99), the USDA Prime Natural 16 oz. Rib Eye ($42.99) and USDA Prime New York Strip (available with or without bone in - wet aged, dry aged and natural from $36.99 to $54.99) or Surf-N-Turf Style , 8 oz. Filet and 10 oz. Cape Breton Lobster Tail (52.99). Kick it up a notch by adding an enhancement "Benny's - style" to your steak, such as Bone Marrow, Oscar Style, King Crab, Blue Cheese, Maine Sea Scallop, Béarnaise, and Barbecue Chili Rub, among others.
Your after-dinner foreplay will begin with Benny's amazing desserts. They're generous and shareable, but they're so good you'll each want your own. Try the classic Carrot Cake ($8.99) made with roasted walnuts and sweet cream cheese frosting or the decadent Chocolate Layer Cake ($10.99)
Valentine's Day Entertainment Featuring Jazz Artists Cecile Savage and Calvin "Koco" Brunson
This distinguished duo will pair their harmonic melodies with music fueled by African, French, and Brazilian traditions. They will be performing on Valentine's Day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join them in the North Lounge and Bar and let their music transport you to another place.
Cécile Savage was born in the Island of Martinique yet raised in Paris, France. She studied piano for many years and brought that knowledge with her when she moved to New York City and joined the Living Theater. Later she studied guitar with Ted Dunbar through the program Jazzmobile. She increased her repertoire to include electric bass with the blues harmonica legend Sugar Blue while she toured with Memphis Slim and Willie Mabon. Subsequently, she moved to Chicago and performed jazz and blues with many notable musicians such as Jimmy Dawkins. Ultimately, this led her to perform at the 2008 Jazz Festival: Tribute to Malachi Favors. All this shaped Cécile's musical identity to comprise of a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz.
Pianist and vocalist Calvin "Koco" Brunson's accomplishments range from being the musical director for "Ain't Misbehavin" to "The Great Nitty Gritty" and "Journey Through Forever." He also won the prized Jeff award for the musical composition "In De Beginnin". Being the cultural ambassador for the city of Chicago has led him to perform in European festivals like Moers in Germany, and Nichelsdorff in Austria.