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A Bust for Charlie Trotter Charity Event April 3rd 2017 in Chicago

If you wanted to dine at one of Chicago’s top restaurants, you made reservations at Charlie Trotter’s

which closed on August 17, 2012.

Attend the fundraiser in Chicago and buy tickets at: www.abustforCharlie.com

Monday April 3rd 2017

The 2017 Charlie Trotter

Food & Wine Spring Festival!


A Bust for Charlie

Don’t miss the best part of the evening, when Sculptor Virginio Ferrari unveils the magnificent masterpiece:

Life-Size Bronze Statue of Charlie

Galleria Marchetti

825 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
5:30 pm –  9:30 pm
“VIRGINIO L. FERRARI (b.1937) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary sculptor, who has exhibited his work in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States. Ferrari’s monumental sculptures can be found on street corners and public parks, at universities and libraries, corporations and in private collections in Chicago, and all over the world. “
Charlie Trotter's poularde dish

Charlie Trotter’s poularde dish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s my Video Tribute to Charlie Trotter: http://youtu.be/KaXHBY9CU9g.

His iconic Michelin-starred restaurant received James Beard Foundation Awards.

Charlie Trotter opened Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago) in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter as his partner. The restaurant has been open for almost 25 years.

Charlie went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science. After graduating from college, he traveled around the U.S. and Europe to dine at only the finest restaurants.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

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The figure who most impressed  Charlie during his culinary development was Fernand Point (of the famed Ma Gastronomie). Trotter never went to culinary school. His first cooking job was at Sinclair’s on the North Shore. He was a cook there and worked under Norman Van Aken and Carrie Nahabedian.

Chef Trotter established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education foundation. This foundation supplies scholarships to students entering culinary programs. He also spearheaded the Excellence Program which allows high school students to come in and experience the cuisine of the restaurant.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

Chicago Architecture

Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

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New AAA Five-Diamond Award Winners for 2014 in Chicago

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Here’s a list of Chicago’s Five-Diamond restaurants and hotels. They were all repeat winners:

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1. Alinea received the Five-Diamond distinction for the sixth straight year

2. Charlie Trotter’s won for the 18th straight year.

3. Arun’s 10 year repeat winner

4. Everest 16 year repeat winner

5. Tru 12 year repeat winner

Here are some of the Four-Diamond awards winners:

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1. Blackbird

2.  Naha

3. Boka

4. Le Titi de Paris

5. L2O

6.  Les Nomades

7.  MK

8.  Moto

9.  NoMI (now NoMI Kitchen)

10. RIA

11. Shanghai Terrace

12. Sixteen

13. Spiaggia

14. Topolobampo

15. Zealous

16. Carlos’ (now Nieto’s)

17. Lockwood

Five-Diamond Hotel properties are:

1. Elysian (two years)

2. Four Seasons Chicago (22 years)

3. Peninsula Chicago (10 years)

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4. Trump International Hotel & Tower (two years).

The Chicago area had 66 Four-Diamond hotels. First-time recipients were InterContinental Chicago O’Hare, JW Marriott Chicago, Palmer House, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites.

The new Five Diamond 2014 restaurants are:

The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.

Acadia, Chicago

Grace Restaurant, Chicago

Sixteen, Chicago

Per Se, New York

Restaurant La Tanière, Québec, Canada

Restaurant Le Patriarche, Québec, Canada

Cocina de Autor, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago Chef Week Pick: Michael Jordan’s One Sixty Blue on Randolf

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Passionate foodies and wine aficionados should make a Chef’s Week reservation at Michael Jordan‘s One Sixty Blue Restaurant located at 1400 W. Randolf www.onesixtyblue.com.

Executive Chef Michael McDonald’s exceptional “Contemporary American Cuisine” was nutured by Charlie Trotter‘s passion for food when Michael served as Charlie’s Executive Chef at his restaurant in Los Cabos, Mexico. Chef Michael excels at creatively combining quality ingredients and executing a flawless presentation in this sleek and elegant dining establishment in Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood.

For the first course one of my favorites is the Pacific Shrimp and Grits with sweet corn and chanterelle mushrooms or enjoy the delightful Charcuterie with smoked meats and whole grain mustard.

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Smoked Meat Appetizer @ One Sixty Blue in CHicago

I highly recommend the perfectly-prepared Porcini Ravioli served over white and green asparagus with mushrooms as well as the outstanding wood-grilled flat iron steak served over blue cheese mashed potatoes drizzled with a savory cracked pepper sauce.

Porcini Ravioli served over asparagusFlat iron steak over blue cheese mashed potatoes

I enjoyed the complex flavor of the incredible 2008 Sineann Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir which paired nicely with both entrees.

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

The talented Pastry Chef Hillary Blanchard-Rikower attended Le Cordon Blue‘s Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She wowed us with her decadent chocolate peanut butter terrine with buttery popcorn-flavored ice cream as well as a superb sticky toffee cake with citrus pear mascarpone.

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