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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

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

LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

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Need inspiration for your home build or remodel, then visit the Merchandise Mart – LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

Here’s my truth. I love looking at home design. Walking through showrooms, looking at magazines and of course, my addiction to HGTV episodes. If I could redecorate every room in my home, I would do that. I think that is such a cool part of the job of an interior designer. They don’t just have one room in a house to design but have lots of clients who each have their own style that they need to consider. I am fascinated by the talent that designers have to take a blank space and create the environment that reflects someone’s personal taste.… Read more

Abt Electronics Launches Luxury Kitchen Design Studio

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. No matter how beautiful your living room is, it’s the kitchen where everyone will congregate. If you are fortunate to be able to design your dream kitchen, then there is a new place for you to visit before making any purchases. Abt Electronics and Appliances launched their Inspiration Studio this past Thursday evening to a thrilled and in awe audience of media and interior designers.

Abt Inspiration Studio Inspiring KitchenIf you are not familiar with this retailer, they are recognized throughout the country for their outstanding customer service. This family owned company first launched in 1936 by Jewel and David Abt and has remained in the family all these years later.… Read more

Dining and Drinking at Chicago Gourmet 2016

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The Fall season brings many wonderful things to Chicagoans. And nothing is more exciting for someone who loves the culinary scene more than Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet. In fact, this is the 9th year of this upscale, diverse, educational, fun and delicious food festival.  

chicago gourmet 2016 inspiring kitchen

(Aperol Spritz – Aperol, Mionetto Prosecco, Splash of Soda)

Taking place in Millennium Park, Chicago Gourmet offers attendees a full weekend filled with activities, adventures and great food. You will find chef demonstrations, interactive wine and cocktail seminars, the best of the best restaurants offering samples of their creations, wineries, spirit purveyors and breweries pouring their specialties, food brands sampling new products, cookbooks being introduced and parties like Friday night’s Hamburger Hop and the exclusive Grand Cru tasting.… Read more

Kitchen Remodel Step 2 The Details

Posted by | Design, Home Design, Interior Decorating, Kitchen remodel, Remodel | 22 Comments

We have made the exciting decision to remodel our kitchen, found our talented interior designer, discussed our ideas, goals and budget and are now ready to move forward into the details of the plan. For this next step in the process, we are going to talk about the kitchen’s layout and materials in our question and answer style with interior designer, Jack Ovadia.

Inspiring Kitchen:

How is a kitchen layout determined? If we want to add an island, what kind of space do we need?

Jack:

Generally, people with smaller families have smaller kitchens. When we start looking at family environments we see pantries, higher cabinets, major cooktops equipped with ranges, extra countertop space for serving and entertaining.… Read more

New Store: Kitchen & Bath Remodel

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My house is in a constant state of remodel. How about yours? Every time I am flipping through a magazine that has beautiful kitchen photos, my wish list for my own kitchen gets bigger. As someone who love to cook, appreciates quality products and enjoys entertaining, a fully functioning (and of course, elegantly designed) kitchen is a must. Appliances are key from a cooking perspective. 

 Pirch kitchen Miele coffee heaven Pirch

So what a great surprise to be in Chicago’s Oak Brook mall and discover a store called Pirch that actually showcases full kitchen and bathroom vignettes for us to look at, touch, and envision the whole display in our homes.… Read more