Longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave Hoekstra will celebrate the publication of "The Supper Club Book," his latest credit as an author, with a release party Thursday at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn.
Doors open for the event, free and open to the public, at the dinner hour of 6 p.m. (708-788-2118).
Music will be provided by the pop-jazz-soul band the Letter 3: NRBQ's Scott Ligon on guitar and piano, NRBQ's Casey McDonough on lead guitar, Alex Hall on drums and bass. (Hall also plays with the trad jazz band Fat Babies.) Hoekstra begins signing books at 7, and the Letter 3 takes the stage at 8.
Expect brats from Miesfeld Market in Sheboygan, Wis., (a staple of the Old Fashioned supper club in downtown Madison) and a 60-inch relish tray with crackers and supper-club cheese spread from Shullsburg Creamery, established 1934 in Shullsburg, Wis. The cream cheese-sharp cheddar spread is based on a recipe at the Owl's Nest Supper Club in Central Wisconsin.
There will be drink deals, too, on Old Fashioneds and Supper Club Lager from Capital Brewery in Middleton, Wis.
The Blackhawks playoff game will be showing on a big screen under a tent.
Hoekstra's previous titles include the column collection Ticket to Everywhere and An Unofficial Guide to Chicago. In his new book, he samples the menus and salad bars of supper clubs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois. Look for an excerpt in the Books pages of the Sunday Show section this weekend.