WHAT IS SIP AND SAMPLE WEEK?
Participating restaurants have called on their talented chefs and bartenders to create awesome and unique off-menu appetizers and cocktails for one week only, June 25 – July 1. And you get to try as many as you like for five bucks a piece – but only during sip and sample week. You know we have some crazy talented chefs and bartenders in this town, so be ready! This will be epic…
THE 7 COMMANDMENTS OF SIP AND SAMPLE WEEK
1.) THEY WILL RUN OUT (THEY WILL MAKE MORE TOMORROW)
These restaurants will be busy. This is our very first Sip and Sample, and we have no idea what to expect – with the exception of hundreds of hungry and thirsty diners. So, if a place runs out toward the end of a shift, take it like a pro: go back the next day, try an earlier time, and thank them for working their butts off to do this for you.
Please be nice to our restaurants and their staff.
2.) THERE WILL BE WAITS
This is our first Sip and Sample, remember? If not, see #1 above. Don’t be surprised if restaurants have waits. In fact, be surprised if they don’t.
3. YOU WILL TIP AND GIVE THANKS
$5 brings out the cheap in all of us, but really, you’re getting a great deal (many restaurants go way overboard with ingredients, trying to outdo each other), so please tip at least 20%. We expect the people who are serving you are working harder during Sip and Sample than at any other point in the year. A kind word will also be welcome—these people are our friends and neighbors.
4. YOU REALLY SHOULD BUY A DRINK OR OTHER FOOD
While extra purchases are not a requirement, we think it says something good about you if you show a little love to a restaurant going above and beyond. Order an entrée, or even just a side dish. Take a friend (or two or three), even if they don’t want to try the specialty items. These restaurants will still offer their regular menu items. You’ll enjoy yourself more with friends, anyway. 217 Sip and Sample is dine-in only. There will be no $5 carry–out orders.
5. CHECK TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM
Restaurants are encouraged to post their waits and remaining specials for the day. Also, check Instagram & Twitter #217SipandSampleWeek
6. SOCIAL SHARING IS CARING
Illinois Times loves Food Week so much we’re celebrating with great giveaways! 217 Sip and Sample Week is a social affair so we’ll reward notable #217SipandSampleWeek social sharers with restaurant gift cards. Tag us socially for a chance to win!
Facebook: 217 Sip and Sample Week
7. TRAVEL WITH 217 SIP AND SAMPLE WEEK PASSPORT & WIN!
Get at least three stamps on your passport over the course of the week and turn in your completed passport to any participating restaurant or the Illinois Times office (1240 S. Sixth St.) by Monday, July 2 to be eligible for our grand prize drawing.