Monday is the traditional off night for fine dining, but if you’ve got a spare hundred and then some, you have your pick of two quite elaborate gourmet events tonight. In Evanston, Brandon Baltzley’s Crux Collective is having its pop-up dinner based on Apicius, a ten-volume collection of ancient Roman recipes. The location is Pensiero in Evanston (Baltzley’s new gig), and besides his Crux crew, Jared Wentworth of Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle will be contributing to the ten-course, decidedly decadent-sounding feast (“People that are squeamish might not want to attend,” Baltzley said on his blog). Originally planned for 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings, the dinner has now been reduced to a single 7 p.m. seating, but that seems to have been a wise move as Baltzley reported on Twitter last night that only six seats were left. You can see some clues as to what the meal will be like here; tickets are $140 with an optional $60 wine pairing and can be reserved at 847-475-7779.
Meanwhile, Steve Dolinsky will be the host for the third annual Cooking Up a Cure, benefiting scleroderma research. There’s a list of chefs and other providers as long as your arm for this one, including Jared Van Camp (Old Town Social), Randy Zweiban (Province), Michael Kornick (mk), Patrick Sheerin (The Signature Room), and Barry Sorkin (Smoque) on the main course side, sweets from Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Sandra Holl (Floriole) and Lauren Pett (Rich Chcolates), and everything from Two Brothers Brewing Company to August Hill Winery to Rare Tea Cellars tea on the beverage side. The doors open at 5:30 at Salvage One (giving you plenty of time to check out auction items), and tickets are $125. Go here for more details and to buy your tickets.