Weekend brunch buzz 11/8-11/9

By popular demand or desperation, the Breakfast with Lincoln Park Zoo’s Apes dine-and-learn is back on Nov. 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Hosted by Curator of Primates Sue Margulis, Ph.D., the program includes a lecture, breakfast, and viewing session of adorable primates in their most active time of day, which Lincoln Park Zoo promises will be “the wildest breakfast you’ll ever eat!” The program costs $65 for Lincoln Park Zoo members and $75 for non-members. Interestingly enough, children under 12 years of age are not permitted, which makes me suspect potential frisky monkey business. For more information, visit www.lpzoo.org.

The brunch at C-House is totally boss — bossa nova, that is! (Note: Honestly, these bad puns kill me as much as they hurt you. Really). Seriously though, the brunch menu at C-House amazing. Naturally, a menu can’t be bossa nova without some sort of Brazilian influence, and C-House delivers with house made Caipirinhas and white pineapple sangria, churrasco and eggs, and feijoda, poached egg, pork hash, and rice and beans. Brunch is featured every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. C-House is located at 166 E. Superior in Streeterville.

Some of us don’t mind the dismal grey fall skies, but I guess solipsistic denial is a common winter survival trait for Chicagoans. For the baromatic escapist, Sola‘s California/Hawaiian flair brunch is a delightful and delicious way to fill the void. Prices are fairly reasonable and selections are eclectic. For the sweet tooth, there are entrees like banana macadamia nut pancakes, while those with a heartier appetite might lean towards the black forest omelet with gruyere, crispy leeks, black forest ham and caramelized onions, or the matzo brei with onions, fennel, spinach, matzo and boursin. For a twist on the classic brunch mimosa, Sola spins a Maui-mosa with champagne, pineapple and passionfruit juice.  Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sola is located at 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park.

It might not be this weekend, but it’s definitely worth noting: the Chicago Botanical Gardens are featuring a Dim Sum cooking class with author and chef Ying Stoller. It takes place Thursday, Nov. 13th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Fruit & Vegetable Garden Demonstration Kitchen at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe (alright, I generally swear by Chicago, but it’s close enough by car and after being inspired by a gorgeous north shore drive-by last weekend  and generally excusable weather to enjoy the outdoors, I make an exception. So don’t shoot the messanger). $59 for members and $74 for non-members. Chicago Botanic Gardens are located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe.

— Carly Fisher

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