Passed Appetizers & Ten Course Dinner Party with fine wine will be served, details below.
Fathers Day Brunch & Dinner ~ June 15, 2014
Fathers Day Brunch at Nia
Sunday ~ June 15 ~ 11:30AM
Fathers Day brunch is a chance to get the family together to celebrate dad with food and fun. Nia offers a relaxed environment for your perfect Fathers Day brunch & dinner get together.The intimate dining room radiates the golden colors of the Summer in its iridescent tiles, stained glass sconces and dabbled walls. Try the traditional flavors of the Mediterranean for your Fathers Day celebration. Nia features a great $28 Prix Fixe Holiday Menu menu until 3PM or $33 Eight Course from 3-9PM, perfect for groups of all sizes. Let us do all the work instead of having dad stand over a grill all afternoon. Nia offers such grilled specialties as beef brochettes, lamb loin chops and asparagus. Enjoy a tapas brunch or dinner on the patio served family style. Treat dad to tapas and craft beer and a day off!
Bachelorette Party at Nia
Wedding season is here! Now get ready for billowing white tulle, open declarations of love and lets not forget the best of all, bachelorette parties. So if your Best Friend Forever will be tying the knot soon, see her off with something classy, definitely not trashy.
Where to begin? Our suggestion: throw out any and all ideas involving strippers, rubber penises, Life Saver t-shirts, and scavenger hunts involving the acquisition of men’s underwear. No good can come of these things. You want the bride-to-be to have a night to remember, fondly…
Don’t schedule the party too far in front of the big day, but don’t wait until the last minute, either. a good time frame is anywhere from six weeks to a month before the wedding. A bachelorette party scheduled too early can feel anticlimactic, whereas one scheduled right before a wedding can bump up against the bride’s nerves, and might interfere with pre-wedding dieting or exercise. (We are not endorsing bridal boot camp or any crazy weight loss practice that has its own show on E, but you know we all know people that do the whole pre-wedding diet thing often, so it would be wrong to pretend it didn’t happen.) And forget the whole night-before-the-wedding thing. Nothing worse than being hung over on a day you know you’ll spend being stared at by people and photographed.
Be sensitive to other people’s budgetary constraints, and don’t make the bride pay for anything. According to the Knot, while it’s customary that a host pays for a bridal shower, the attendees pay for the bachelorette party themselves — and the bride doesn’t pay for anything. If you are the one organizing, the event, do make sure attendees know this, and of course be sensitive to what they can afford in order to avoid any type of embarrassment or hurt one’s feelings. A wedding party consisting of mostly 24-year-old recent college graduates with roommates aren’t going to be able to afford to spend the same kind of money as a group of 32-year-olds with professional degrees and condos. And don’t force anyone to be there — the wedding party is already expending considerable time and cost to help the bride celebrate, and costs can really add up.
The bachelorette party is supposed to be a time for the bride to hang out and relax with her girl friends, and unless the bride specifically requests that the theme for her party be An Evening of Cocks (because some ladies really love that stuff, and more power to ’em), try something different. Instead, get creative. Tapas at Nia is a great way to do that! A tapas style luncheon or dinner allows th bride and her friends the hang out before the main event. If she’s a party girl, plan a “cocktail party” with girlfriends, martinis, and passed appetizers or appetizer stations. Tapas is a perfect solution for either type of party. And if strippers are a must, our private dining room is completely private and has a seperate entrance.
Let Nia help you with all of the little details from decorations to music. Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s “Restaurant Row” Nia is easily accessible from the loop, by public transportation and the expressway making one less thing for you and your guests to worry about. Get ready to relax, share food, laughs and good company in a memorable setting at Nia.
Easter Brunch ~ April 20, 2014
EASTER BRUNCH AT NIA
11:30 AM- 9:00 PM
Easter brunch is a chance to get the family together for reflection, food and fun. Nia offers the perfect environment for your Easter get together.The intimate dining room radiates the golden colors of the Spring in its iridescent tiles, stained glass sconces and dabbled walls. Try the traditional flavors of the Mediterranean for your Easter brunch. Nia features a great $33 Eight Course menu perfect for groups of all sizes. A tapas luncheon, served family style, is reminiscent of a Sunday dinner with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Think outside the buffet box this year and try Mediterranean tapas for your family holiday
Tapas: A European Tradition
Tapas undoubtedly have origins in Spanish cuisine. Centuries ago in Southern Spain, slices of meat or bread were served on tops of drink glasses as a way to protect sweet wines from fruit flies. These “lids” or “covers” (which are what tapas roughly translate to in English) also served the purpose of increasing bar-goers thirst for more drinks.
Tapas are still a popular item at Spanish bars today, and in the intervening years have evolved past simple breads and meats to richer and more flavorful dishes. Other ethnicities have also developed their own takes on the tradition.
Many of the most popular Spanish tapas reflect the variety of regions and available food in Spain. Cold and fried seafood tapas dishes reflect the cuisines of coastal taverns while lamb and pork dishes represent Spaniards from the central and western plains of the country. The eastern regions of Spain closest to the Mediterranean Sea have influenced the numerous herbs, spices and lettuce varieties found in some of Nia’s most popular salads and dishes.
Mediterranean tapas are also referred to as “mezze,” a Turkish expression for “to snack” or “taste.” Some of the most notable influences of mezze on tapas are olives, chickpeas, hummus andflavorful olive oils. For the full Mediterranean tapas experience, start off with our saganaki – a favorite among Greek restaurants – while making sure to exclaim “OPA!” when the flame hits the succulent sheep’s milk cheese. Try out our Greek salad as a main dish or our signature Nia salad to share in a group; or for a hot dish, you must try our succulent Lamb & Feta Meatballs.
Italian takes on tapas are rich in tomatoes and tomato sauces, spices and – of course – lots of mozzarella cheese. Many of our most popular dishes are inspired by the Italian cuisine, such as our crab cake dish with saffron aioli to our diver scallops with sun-dried tomato pesto to our bacon-wrapped dates with red pepper butter sauce. We also carry multiple hot Italian dishes as tapas, from our seasonalgnocchi to our savory prosciutto di parma. Finish your group dinner with a classic Italian dessert: our espresso tiramisu served with Italian mascarpone cheese and ladyfinders.
No matter the ethnicity, Nia Mediterranean Tapas is committed to the highest quality and taste you can find at any Chicago tapas establishment (or elsewhere)! Take a look at our menus for more information on our succulent ethnic-inspired tapas dishes, and contact us to book your next group lunch or dinner.
Chicago’s Nia Restaurant Presents Party Packages | Holiday Specials
Nia Restaurant in Chicago is excited to introduce its best party packages ever for the 2013 Holiday Season. Whether planning a corporate event or family gathering, Nia’s party packages work perfectly for everyone. “Premium parties, without the premium prices.”
Your invited to a delicious private dinner event hosted at
Nia’s Mediterranean Private Dining Room
Featuring a delicious tasting menu specially prepared for a elegant private dining experience.
First Course -Arugula Salad
Second Course-Bacon Wrapped Dates
Fourth Course-Crispy Potatoes
Fifth Course-Pumpkin Gnocchi
Sixth Course-Crispy Calamari
Seventh Course-Chicken Brochette
Eighth Course-Sauteed Banana
Includes One Sangria – Choice of Raspberry Red or Mango White
Includes Tax & Tip
This Private Dinner Event should not be missed – Come join us and let’s make this West Loop Foodie dinner event a true success – We truly hope you can make it!
Nia Mediterranean Restaurant
PLAN YOU OWN SPECIAL PRIVATE DINING EVENT – ONE CALL AND YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL
Nia Mediterranean is an intimate cozy restaurant in the heart of the West Loop on Randolph also known as Restaurant Row. Our restaurant is available for private parties for groups 15-100 guest for lunch and dinner or we can bring the event to you in the location of your choice with our catering menu. Nia’s delicious menu packages and excellent service makes a perfect party setting for Holiday parties, corporate parties, business meetings,birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, graduation party, bachelorette party or any other special event. In addition to packages, Nia also spotlights a great variety of dishes including imported charcuterie, artisan cheeses and marinated olives as an option for your cocktail party or bacon wrapped date and have a business lunch. An antipasti selection may also be added on to your menu to give a greater variety. Select fine wines from our diverse Mediterranean exceptional wine list or offer pitchers of our house made red or white sangria to guests to enhance the your home away from home experience that Nia offers.
Father’s Day Sangria Special
Thank your Dad this Father’s Day with a delicious lunch or dinner at Nia Mediterranean, tell him “thanks tapas style”. All Fathers receive a complimentary sangria special with our delicious TASTING MENU – Only $33 per person – Ala Carte Menu will also be available. SPECIAL EARLY OPEN AT NOON.
Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.
After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed.There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”, but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd,who was the driving force behind its establishment.
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
A Night with Sherry
Sherry Tasting at Nia
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7pm, $20,
It’s all about Sherry: an introduction, amazing tasting, and why we should be drinking more of it. Nia Mediterranean and Henry Jansen with Heritage Wines will pour a diverse selection of Sherry wines.
Come in, taste, learn about, and enjoy the different styles of Sherry: The wines are delicious and the knowledge you’ll gain about Sherry is priceless. To name a few, here is part of the line-up…
Fino EL Maestro Sierra, Jerez — dry, light, and salty
Manzanilla La Cigarerra, Sanlucar de Barrameda — nutty and rich
Oloroso EL Maestro Sierra — rich, dark and fragrant
Pedro Ximenez El Maestro Sierra — sweet and dark
and more including light snacks
Limited Space Available – We will Sell Out – Please RSVP with link below
Want to stay for dinner? Soirée guests will receive 20% off their total tab the night of the event, before or after.
A Taste of Extraordinary Spanish Wine at Nia
Thursday, March 14th, 7PM
Celebrate the coming of Spring at Nia Restaurant with our monthly wine soiree, featuring Spain. A Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence recipient for its focus on Spanish wine, Nia along with Henry Jansen of Heritage Wines will host a guided tour and sampling of select wine making regions of Spain. Light snacks will be served to complement the luscious wines from this sunny peninsula.
Avinyo Organic Rose Cava,Segura Viudas “Heredad” Reserva Cava, Marques De Caceres, Duesa Nai, Albarino – Rias Baixas,
Spanish wine has kept pace, generating an explosion of new wines, wineries, brands, and regions that is unprecedented in vinous history. While wine has underpinned commerce and nutrition in Spain for thousands of years, what we are seeing today is something that no other country has ever experienced, a compressed revolution in which pedestrian, paint-by-numbers wine becomes great art. It’s as if the last century of wine development in the most successful wine-producing countries has been achieved in only a few short years.
During the past decade and a half, the number of designated Spanish wine regions (Denominaciones de Origen or DOs) has grown by more than a third to a total of 69, and Spain has created a new set of laws, doubling the wine quality categories and introducing top wines from regions never known for quality wine or, more often, never even heard of at all. Understandably, this proliferation is creating remarkable confusion about what Spanish wine is, what it’s made from, and where these amazing wines are grown.
Today the Iberian peninsula has an immense selection of fine Spanish wine to offer the world. Come discover new favorites from wine producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage.
$20 Plus Tax & Gratuity booked before 3/12 $25 Plus Tax & Gratuity thereafter
Wine Cellar Soirée
Some of the featured wines and spirits will include: Ploumari Ouzo Spirit, Skinos Masticha Spirit, Skouras Moscofilero- Peloponese, Sigalas Assyrtiko Athiri Blend-Santorini, Skouras Megas Oenos-Peloponesse, Alpha Estate Syrah Blend- Macedonia, Sigalas Vin Santo and so much more.
The tasting will be held in the Wine Cellar Private Dining Room at Nia, 803 West Randolph Street, Chicago IL, 60607. $25/person the night of the event, or you may reserve a seat in advance for $20 via PayPal. No phone calls will be accepted. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 7:00 – 9:00, registration will begin at 6:30 the night of the event.
Join us for delicious flavors and amazing conversation, hosted by Chef Nia with special guest speakers Mr. Henry Jansen, from Heritage Wine Cellars and Chef Nikola Simic, Charcuterie Specialist, Fromaggiere.
Guests may buy and carry-out their favorite featured wine selections the night of the event, at our cost. In addition, featured wines will be on promotion for the entire month at 25% off our normal wine list prices.
Want to stay for dinner? Soirée guests will receive 20% off their total tab the night of the event.
Can’t make this event? Nia’s Mediterranean Wine Soirées will be held on the second Thursday of every month. Sign up for our newsletterto receive the next update!
Join us on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at Nia Restaurant and discover some of the finest Italian varietals. We will be tasting wines ranging from Pinot Grigio grown in the northern Alto Adige to the lucious Ajello Majus Rosso from the southern region of Sicily. To appease your appetite there will be some delicious piatti (small plates) included to pair with the wines. Following is a list of the wines that we will be tasting that evening:
Come and explore Italy right here in the West Loop at Nia Restaurant “Where food is heart and soul”. Ciao!
$35 Per Person including tax & gratuity
15 guest maximum
Portugal & Spain- A Taste of the Iberian Pennisula
Portugal & Spain – A Fall Wine Tasting
Thursday, September 22, 6-8PM
Celebrate the official beginning of autumn at Nia Mediterranean with a Portuguese & Spanish wine tasting. Recently awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its focus on Spain and Portugal, Nia along with David Sink of Maverick Wines will host a guided tour and sampling of select wine making regions of Iberia. Classic tapas and charcuterie will be served to complement the luscious wines from this sunny peninsula.
Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703. From this commerce a wide variety of wines started to be grown in Portugal. And, in 1758, one of the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created under the orientation of Marquis of Pombal, in the Douro Valley. Portugal has two wine producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Douro Valley Wine Region (Douro Vinhateiro) and Pico Island Wine Region (Ilha do Pico Vinhateira). Portugal has a large variety of native breeds, producing a very wide variety of different wines with distinctive personality.
Spanish wines are wines produced in the southwestern European country of Spain. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation but it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy.This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country is ninth in worldwide consumptions with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 litres (5.706 US gal) per person a year. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from Galicia, Palomino, Airen, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes Parellada,Xarel·lo, and Cariñena.