This Halloween weekend, Argentine hot spot Artango Bistro turns back the clock — not just an hour, but all the way back, to Buenos Aires 1950. Artango invites guests to travel back to a time when Juan and Eva Peron dazzled and dominated Argentina, while Petrona Carrizo de Gandulfo nurtured the nation through food and cooking. During that time, Doña Petrona, as she was affectionately known to millions, reigned as Argentina’s preeminent cooking authority, becoming an enduring icon to the ordinary masses, thanks to her popular magazine columns, top-rated radio and television cooking shows, and series of cookbooks.
Fri Oct 30, and Sat Oct 31, Artango hosts Buenos Aires 1950, a retro-themed Halloween dinner. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage attire, or even dress as the colorful Juan and Evita Peron. Artango will offer a Prix Fixe menu, entirely comprised of recipes from Doña Petrona’s cookbooks. The menu begins with 6 appetizer options, including Doña Petrona’s Empanadas, filled with Taleggio cheese and grapes. Choice of 5 entrees include Churrasco — butterflied beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, Malbec sauce, and Milanesa Napoletana — breaded chicken filet, smoked provolone, mashed potatoes, olives, followed by dessert like Argentinian Gelato, and Alfajores — a traditional Argentine confectionery treat filled with dulce de leche. Artango’s Buenos Aires 1950 dinner is $49 per person, advance reservations required.
Artango Bistro, 4217 North Ravenswood, Chicago. 773-697-7479.