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A Night Out: Gourmet Dinner and a Movie at CMX Cinebistro

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Dinner and a movie. An evening out with some good food and entertainment. A way to temporarily escape real life and immerse yourself in some drama, intrigue, comedy or action packed stories. Such a fun plan, right? We just need to choose a movie and then coordinate our dinner reservation so that we get to the theater in time. And we can’t forget traffic! But there is good news as Cinebistro has got this all figured out for us as we discovered on a recent evening out. 

With Halloween around the corner, we found a theater that was showing a classic show: Beetlejuice.… Read more

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. 

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

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

(Chef Carla Hall)

Here’s how to explore Chicago’s restaurant world all in one place!… 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 their The Good Taste Series competition, Hyatt chefs compete against their colleagues to win prizes and the opportunity to travel to an international destination for the ultimate in competitive cooking events.… 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. 

Over the course of the weekend, you have the opportunity to sample beers from 28 different breweriesBeer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

as well as cocktails including Three Dots and a Dash Hurricane/Mai Tai, Effen Bellini and Casamigos Shark Tank. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

In addition to BBQ, you will find seafood options including Little Miss BBQ Salmon, Pearl’s Southern Comfort Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil and Charbroiled Oysters.  Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

Plenty of side dishes from Alexia Cheese Waffle Fries to Hometeam Grilled Esquites Corn to LeRoy and Lewis Sambal Cucumber Salad. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

And of course, the mission of the Windy City Smokeout: the BBQ!… 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

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago

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James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago – A multi-course dinner prepared by JBF Award winning and local chefs hosted by the Four Seasons Chicago.

If you consider yourself a “foodie”, love dining out at restaurants with chefs that take their culinary talent to the next level with innovative dishes and an artistic or “eat with your eyes” presentation, then you will want to attend the next stop for the JBF Celebrity Chef Tour.James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Visits Chicago

Just what is JBF? The James Beard Foundation is an organization with the mission to “celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.” You might have heard reference to chefs as “James Beard Award Winners”.… Read more

Friends of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell

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Friends of Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell – An evening of good food and wine and lots of laughter as Food Network Chef, Anne Burrell, entertains the Wine Club.

If you want to know what it means for a restaurant to have a very loyal customer base, ask Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants. This restaurant, based in suburban Chicago, has 35 locations across the country. Cooper’s Hawk understands who it’s customers are, what they expect and then exceeds those expectations. 

Friends of Cooper's Hawk Wine Club Welcome Chef Anne Burrell

Started in 2005 by Tim McEnery with a mission to pair good food and wine in a comfortable and inviting environment, he has successfully built a business that welcomes all no matter your wine knowledge.… Read more

5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

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5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort – A visit to the newly renovated resort and Three Embers restaurant in Northern Illinois.  

Going to a resort sometimes means just dropping your bags in your room and going off into the area in which you are visiting. That is not the case at the newly remodeled Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to leave. 

Located near the Wisconsin/Illinois border and about 45 minutes north of the city of Chicago, this property just received a $25 million major renovation. The first thing you will notice is that this resort is not located on the edge of a busy street but rather in an exclusive enclave.… Read more

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design

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LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design – a delicious recap of my experience at the International wine and food festival led by 50 Chicago Chefs.

What could be more fun than attending an event with the top 50 chefs in Chicago, access to more than 150 premium international wines and located in the most beautiful interior design showrooms around with the goal of raising money for three important Chicago charities? Not much, if you ask me!

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design logo

The 10-year celebration of LuxeHome Chill, in partnership with LuxeHome and Wine Spectator Magazine took place this past week with an estimated 2,500 guests.… Read more

Chicago Gourmet Turns Ten

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Chicago Gourmet Turns Ten – Celebrating ten years, attendees enjoyed bites from prestigious Chicago restaurants, chefs, wine and spirit brands at festival.

The HOTTEST event of the year, both literally and figuratively, took place in Chicago’s Millennium Park September 23-24. Chicago Gourmet, celebrating its 10 year anniversary, opened to a weekend of soaring temperatures, blue skies and big crowds. The 94 degree temperatures made an already warm and welcoming group of people even more so. Chicago Gourmet Turns 10

Opening ceremonies for this momentous occasion included Illinois Restaurant Association president and CEO, Sam Toia, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a wealth of Chefs from near and far.… Read more