Highlights from Chicago’s Premier Food and Wine Festival – Chicago Gourmet

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Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

Highlights from Chicago’s Premier Food and Wine Festival – Chicago Gourmet – We ate, we drank and we #RockedTheFork at this year’s culinary event.

 

Chicago’s Millennium Park was the place to be as we celebrated the 11th year of Chicago Gourmet. The theme of #RockTheFork had hundreds of chefs, master sommeliers, wine and spirit makers and others sharing their specialties.

Chicago Gourmet Opening Ceremony

Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

Music played a big role in entertaining the more than 14,000 attendees with sounds ranging from guitar to the Blues to Mariachi’s to rock (of course!). 

Highlights from Chicago's Premier Food and Wine Festival - Chicago Gourmet

This world class culinary festival started off with an opening ceremony led by Illinois Restaurant Association President and CEO, Sam Toia, Bon Appetit’s Editor In Chief Adam Rapoport, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Mike House, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with celebrity chefs Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Lorena Garcia, Bravo’s Top Chef, Joe Flamm and others. … Read more

Sony Wows with Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

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Rock. Jazz. Pop. R&B. Country. Music for any mood. Listening to music has been a part of my life since childhood. My parents would have music going in the house as part of the background of whatever activities we were doing. That love of music has continued for me whether listening to live music at concert halls, attending Milwaukee’s huge music festival known as Summerfest, playing the radio or CDs or listening to portable music players. Yet those headphones for the portable players left much to be desired. Until I found noise canceling headphones. Miraculous!

Sony Wows with Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones

Thanks to Sony’s industry leading Noise Canceling WH-1000XM3 Headphones, listening to music really means LISTENING TO MUSIC!… Read more

Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece

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Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece – A colorful vegetarian frittata is served at our birthday celebration brunch.

When family lives from California to Europe, there has to be a very good reason to bring everyone together. Thankfully, we had just that occasion for a special person’s birthday. We planned for a small gathering to let the birthday girl spend time with each guest. The weekend was filled with lots of food, memories and laughter. Photographs that showed images that brought joy and stories to be shared. On the final day, we wanted to do a brunch at home so everyone could relax and reminisce in comfort. … Read more

Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition

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Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition – Eleven chefs from Hyatt hotels compete Iron Chef style for winner to attend global competition.

If you are a fan of Food Network shows Iron Chef or Chopped or Bravo’s Top Chef, you can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be for the chefs competing to win that coveted title. Their culinary knowledge and creativity are all tested in a fast paced environment. To say the kitchen is “hot” is an understatement!

In the spirit of these shows, I was invited for the second time to judge a chef competition for the Hyatt Corporation. In… Read more

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

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Grab your cowboy boots and hat and make your way to the Windy City Smokeout happening this weekend in Chicago. Gates just opened for the 5th year of this food and music fest with two stages filled with artists from around the country entertaining fans all weekend long. 

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

With over 25 country music bands playing throughout the three day festival

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

and 20 of the world’s best pitmasters sharing their BBQ creations, this is an event you just can’t miss. … Read more

A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee

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A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee – Exploring 5 culinary spots from Danish pastry to coffee roasting to craft beer to custard to seafood in the area. 

When you think of Milwaukee, what foods and beverages come to mind? I bet I can guess: brats, cheese and beer. All true! Yet, Milwaukee has a vibrant culinary scene that you need to hear about.

Exploring the food world within a city doesn’t just mean what you find in the city’s downtown. In fact, creative and innovative options can be found all around town. The first gem on my road trip to Milwaukee started in Racine.… Read more

2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends

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2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends – Summary of the unique finds from the trade show including vegetable chips and puffs, dark and white chocolate additions, protein packed snacks, spicy and sour treats and so much more.

When you go to a trade show where the name is the Sweets and Snacks Expo, how excited would you be? The opportunity to sample a vast assortment of candy and salty snacks from well-known and new brands is bound to make anyone happy. The catch is only those who work in the channels that support this industry are able to attend.… Read more

8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva

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8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva – Our girls trip to Lake Geneva, a bustling lake front resort town, included visiting a variety of dining options from Neapolitan pizza to steakhouse to Italian bistro to winery to cooking school to sweet treat shops.

What do we always talk about on vacation? Where to eat! And our girls trip to Lake Geneva was no exception. We were looking forward to the various culinary excursions we were going to have on our trip. While this, of course, included restaurants, we were also going to do some wine tasting at a local winery and get our chef’s hat on at the Lake Geneva School of Cooking. … Read more

The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva

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The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva – Celebrating friendship on a girls trip to this bustling resort town located right on the lake offering boat tours, innovative dining options, shopping, golf and so much more.

There is something so very special about having girlfriends. The ones who know your deepest secrets, support your hopes and dreams and make you laugh till you cry. When our crazy, busy lives get in the way of friendship, we know we have to make a plan to get everyone together and reconnect. Best way possible is a girls trip where our real lives are temporarily left behind and new memories are created.  … Read more

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature

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Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature – Villa Del Palmar Resort and Spa in Loreto, Mexico, opens Rees Jones’ designed landscape inspired course.

The east coast of the Baja peninsula has a new golf course that will challenge golfers in ways they had not anticipated. Situated in Loreto, Mexico, a sleepy fishing village 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, you will find Danzante Bay Golf Club.

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Rees Jones

Designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones, Danzante Bay is one where nature plays an integral part of the course’s design. With the first 11 holes open in November 2016, the final holes were completed in December, 2017.… Read more