Many things going on you need to know about, starting with deadly fish and two of a guy’s three favorite things:
• Make sure you know where your audiobook copy of Larry King reading the Bible is, because Ai Sushi, the only place in town licensed to handle the deadly fugu or blowfish, has it on the menu again beginning tonight. (We are informed that winter is the best time to eat fugu, as they fatten up for the cold.) You’ll have your choice of Fugu Usuzukuri (fugu sashimi with boiled fugu skin and ponzu sauce), Fugu Nabe (a hotpot with fugu, monkfish and more), Nikogori (fugu skin in a savory gelatin) or Hirezake (hot sake with fugu fin). Reservations are required 48 hours in advance (no, we don’t know if that applies to tonight given that the word is just going out; call ‘em and see).
• You got BBQ sauce on my pizza! You got pizza in my BBQ sauce! Two favorites come together at Roots Handmade Pizza tonight when they begin offering a pulled pork pizza. Big deal, there’s lots of barbecue pizza, you say. Well let us just spell out the full name of the dish, then: Lillie’s Q BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza. Yeah, we thought so. You get 8-hour-smoked Lillie’s Q pulled pork topped with cheese, Lillie’s Q Carolina Dirt rub and coleslaw on top, for $22 or $27. By the way, Roots will also be holding a charity holiday party to benefit Rowe Elementary Charter School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, including cookie decorating and a visit from Santa; bring an unwrapped toy or a $10 donation which will go to toy purchases.
• Evanston’s cozy Bistro Bordeaux is two years old, and owner Pascal Berthoumieux and new chef Johnny Besch are doing it up by filling the place up with lots of candles and a $59 prix fixe menu including charcuterie, salmon en papillote, venison and a floating island dessert, running tonight through Saturday night.
• And Bleeding Heart Bakery is collecting canned goods for the Greater Chicago Food Depository; bring in any five non-perishable items to the Belmont/Damen location and get 10% off your purchase.