Ready, set, Fête.
What: The hot new nighttime food and design event celebrates its debut with a holiday gift-giving extravaganza.
Why: Complimentary bubbly, along with Bang Bang Pie Shop, Publican Quality Meats, Martyn George, City Lit, and Mindy Segal — to name a few.
When: Thurs., 6-10 p.m.
Where: Room 1520, 1520 W. Fulton St., at Justine St. (312-952-1520). Tickets ($5) at eventbrite.com.
Archer Air Superiority
What: Chicago-based air fresheners ($14) designed for dudes. Aromas recall a European sports car (worn leather, aftershave), a bourbon distillery (charred oak), and a hunting lodge (hearthstone, gunpowder, timber).
Why: Scents blast from a WD-40 can.
When: You’re making your list.
Where: Available at Haberdash, 611 N. State St., b/t Ontario & Ohio Sts. (312-646-7870); at archermen.com.
Brunch at Carriage House
What: Rise to low-country cooking with the new menu of Southern classics (fried chicken with waffle, Pullman French toast with caramelized bananas and sorghum whipped cream).
Why: Get bright-eyed with cocktails such as the Carriage House Mimosa (Miller High Life, Buffalo Trace bourbon, freshly squeezed orange juice, orange bitters).
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: 1700 W. Division St., at Paulina St. (773-384-9700).
What: Head bartender Alex Gara and head barista Alex McDaniel blend their liquid assets to create a menu of gourmet espresso-based craft cocktails and spiked hot chocolates.
Why: The Seraph blends Benedictine, A.E. DOR VS cognac, house-made pumpkin spice, espresso, steamed whole milk, and ground nutmeg.
When: Tues., 5:30-10 p.m.; Wed., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m.; Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30-11 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30-midnight; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: 1747 N. Damen Ave., at Willow St. (773-489-1747).
Chicago Annual of Style
What: Author/poet Kevin Coval emcees a night of spoken word performance, music, and movement (stepping, breaking, footworking) that traces the evolution of Chicago dance.
Why: Proceeds benefit Young Chicago Authors, a nonprofit that provides resources and education to budding writers.
When: Thurs., 7-10 p.m.
Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., b/t Grace St. & Waveland Ave. (773-549-4140). Tickets ($50) at event.etix.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Fête