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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 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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Much of new classical research was conducted at the University of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!

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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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Valentine’s Day Restaurants that I Love in Chicago

Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago

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Oysters and Oatmeal dish from Schwa in Chicago

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Here’s are some of the restaurants that I love!

1. The impressive Lobby Restaurant of the Peninsula Hotel offered a starter buffet of roasted vegetables, crabmeat ceviche over a medley of fresh fruit and an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie options. I usually order  the salmon.

2.  Sepia is a delightful restaurant in Chicago. The dining room is located in a former 1890’s print studio and it is filled with photography memorabilia. Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman graduated first in his class at the prestigious French Culinary Institute and it is reflected in his Meditterranean influenced cuisine. The urban eatery has exposed brick walls and is located at 123 N. Jefferson Street in Chicago just east of the Kennedy Expressway between Washington and Randolf. I love the porchetta.

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Sepia Restaurant in Chicago

3. NAHA is located at 500 N. Clark St. where executive chef Carrie Nahabedian merges her Armenian roots with Mediterranean influenced flavors that earned her a Michelin star. She was the former executive chef at the Four Seasons Properties in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. I love the  braised Mishima Ranch “Kobe” Wagyu Beef Brisket with Beluga lentils, bacon roasted parsnips and carrots. For dessert order bananas with vanilla mousseline and salted caramel.

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4. David Burke”s Primehouse is located in the James Hotel at 616 N. Rush. I love the Surf and Turf Dumplings filled with lobster mousse or braised short-ribs. Have a dry-aged classic fillet served with a side of mushrooms and mashed potatoes. For dessert, I enjoy the pinapple upside down cake with rum caramel and sour cherry sorbet.

5. Le Colonial has one of my favorite French-Vietnamese inspired menus. It is located Rush Street and is housed in a two-story vintage townhouse  decorated in the millieu of 1920’s Siagon. I indulge in the Cha Gio for starters; these fried spring rolls are outstanding! Follow up with the “Bun Thit Nuong”;  BBQ pork served over angel-hair noodles. For dessert try, the crispy banana wonton.

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6. Schwa’s Chef Michael Carlson worked under Spiaggia’s chef Paul Bartolotta. He turned down the position of sous-chef at Alinea. Since then he has earned a string of prestigious press:  he graced the cover of Food & Wine magazine as one of the Best New Chefs, won the Jean Banchet Award for rising chef of the year, GQ magazine did a nine-page feature on Schwa and Chef Carlson saying that Schwa was “The Most Revolutionary Restaurant In America” and in 2010 he got a “Best Chef” nomination from the esteemed James Beard Foundation. Schwa is at 1466 N. Ashland in Wicker Park seats 26 people; good luck getting in. There is no liquor license or wine list. Just amazing food! Call 773-252-1466 for reservations.

Famed Quail Egg Ravioli from Schwa in Chicago

Famed Quail Egg Ravioli from Schwa in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Our Philosophy – A restaurant that is part of a new movement; a community of chefs who work collaboratively and share openly. A house with no front or back; a house where chefs are servers, and serving is about creating dialogue. A menu that moves with the seasons; a menu designed to illustrate the diversity of a dish and highlight how one ingredient can be presented in a variety of ways. Taking the unusual and making it enjoyable. Taking the rustic and making it unforgettable.” http://www.schwa.com

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7. The Atwood Cafe in the loop on State Street is one of my favorite dining rooms and is located in the elegantly-renovated Hotel  Burnham across from Macy’s on Washington. I love the Ahi Tuna appetizer. They serve one of the best pork chops in town. The chocolate dessert is always decadent.

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8. Blackbird’s award-winning restaurant at 619 W. Randolph has fabulous seared scallops for a starter with a roasted chicken entree and a choclate ganache dessert.

9. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at 60 E. Grand is the Chicago outpost of Miami’s legendary Joe’s Stone Crab. For dinner have a cup of chowder of bisque with crab claws, king crab legs or steak and don’t leave without indulging in the famous key lime pie for dessert.

10. I also love Terzo Piano at the Art Institute and Aria on Chicago’s east side at the Fairmont Hotel  http://www.ariachicago.com.

11. You can never go wrong at Piccolo Sogno, one of my all time favorites Italian restaurants in Chicago!

For French Food head over to Les Nomades in a lavish Streeterville townhouse. You will never be disappointed!

.Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

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Ospitalita Italiana: Top Chicago Italian Restaurants certified “Authentic”

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Leonardo da Vinci replica at Fabio Piccolo Fiore in NYC

Leonardo da Vinci replica at Fabio Piccolo Fiore in NYC

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Rome: Spanish Steps

 

phil stefani's 437March 17th was the official date of the 150th Anniversary of Italian Unification (1861-2011).

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Chicago celebrates Italy's 150th birthday

The Risorgimento was a movement led by heroic Italian patriots like Camillo Cavour, Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Their efforts resulted in the establishment of the Italian nation. Although Napoleon attempted to unify Italy, his defeat led to oppression and dismal economic and political turmoil. Today Italian national brands like Armani, Versaci and Ferrari are a reflection of Italian ingenuity and quality craftsmanship.

Thank God they didn’t unify the culinary traditions that celebrate the diversity of the historical influences and regions of Italy. The cuisine is the cornerstone of signature dishes around the world.

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On March 17th,  Fulvio Calcinardi, the executive director of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International awarded 18 Chicago-area restaurants with the “Ospitalilita Italiana Quality Seal.” Here’s a video from the Chamber of Commerce that describes the Award Criteria http://youtu.be/NFzOZmZ-a0I

Chicago Osptalita ItalianaThe Italian Quality Seal Award recognizes authentic Italian Restaurants and is granted by the Italian Government. This honor is bestowed for their authenticity and culinary contributions to Italian Culture. I love that this event took place on St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know that St. Patrick was the son of a Roman?

The Quality specifications are determined by Italy’s National Institute of Tourist Research and was launched in Italy in 1997.  The project was extended beyond Italy’s borders and each establishment must meet 10 stringent criteria and submit proof of their authenticity.

The award ceremony took place at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Little Italy on Taylor Street in Chicago. Participants were able to taste the cuisine of many of Chicago’s premier Italian restaurants where the chef’s lovingly prepared some of their signature dishes.

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Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

The seal was created in 1997 and generated a list of criteria that includes proof of authenticity. It is like a “Baldrige Award” for authentic Italian restaurants and esteemed Italian chefs. Each restaurant must employ at least one Italian speaking employee and the menus must be written in proper Italian. At least 20% of the wines must be DOP-certified and the head chef must be proficient in authentic Italian cooking . They must submit at least five recipes with the region and ingredients that inspired the menu.

The 18 Chicago-Area Restaurants that earned the coveted award are:

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I love these Italian Restaurants!

  • Spiaggia Restaurant, 980 N. Michigan (Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano)
  • Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted (Chef/Owner Tony Priolo)

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piccolo sogno quality award

  • Coco Pazzo, 300 W. Hubbard (Executive Chef/Partner Chris Macchia)

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  • Merlo on Maple, 16 W. Maple (Chef Luisa Silvia Marani)

    YUM!

Merlo on Maple in Chicago

  • Tocco, 1266 N. Milwaukee (Chef/Owner Bruno Abate)

Tocco in Chicago

Tocco Restaurant in Chicgo

Porchetta cooked to Perfection at Tocco

Vivere at The Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe

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Taylor Street Italian Festival

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Volare, 201 E. Grand (Chef Massimo Campagnini)

Volare Restaurant in Chicago

Volare Restaurant on Grand in Chicago

  • Pelago Ristorante, 201 E. Delaware (Chef/Owner Mauro Mafrici)
Pelago Ristorante in Chicago

Mauro’s Pelago Restaurant is one of my favorites in Streeterville on Delaware

Pelago Restaurant in Chicago

Mrs. Mafrici from Pelago Restaurant in Chicago

  • Quartino, 626 N. State (Chef/Partner John Coletta)
Quartino Restaurant in Chicago

John wrote a great CookBook

Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, 437 N. Rush (Executive Chef Federico Comacchio)

  • Riccardo Trattoria, 2119 N. Clark (Chef/Owner Riccardo Michi)
  • 312 Chicago (Chef Luca Corazzina)

312 Chicago's Chef Luca Corazzina

  • Via Carducci La Sorella, 1928 W. Division (Chef Luis Hernandez)
  • Vivere (at Italian Village), 71 W. Monroe (Chef Robert Reynaud)
  • La Cantina (at Italian Village), 71 W. Monroe (Chef Robert Duerscheidt)
  • Ristorante Agostino, 2817 N. Harlem (Chef Anna Fiasche)
  • Sergio’s Cucina Italiana, 280 N. Rohlwing Rd., Itasca (Chef Sergio Abate)
  • Gaetano’s, 7636 W. Madison, Forest Park (Chef Gaetano Di Benedetto)
Ravioli at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Linguini at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Linguini at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

 

The wine and Prosecco were provided by Casa Vinicolo Zonin

Italian Wine and Prosecco

Italian Wine  A great time was had by all!!!

Here are a few Italian restaurants that I like with alfresco dining that were not recognized with a formal award:

1. Anteprima is located at 5316 Clark Street in Andersonville

http://www.anteprimachicago.net/

2. Zia’s in Edison Park and Zia’s Lago Vista on Ashland in Lakeview are both outstanding! The latter has plenty of outdoor seating

http://www.ziaslakeview.com/

3. Club Lago’s northern Italian cuisine has been around for over 60 years at 331 W. Superior in River North.

http://www.clublago.com/

4. Viaggio At The Park on Fullerton in Lincoln Park also has an outdoor seating area

http://www.viaggiochicago.com/

5. Topo Gigio in the heart of Old Town on Wells Street has plenty of outdoor space. It has been around for over 25 years.

http://topogigiochicago.com/

6. Autre Monde in Berwyn, was founded by four Spiaggio alums has a patio and greenhouse. http://www.autremondecafe.net/

7. Due Lire on 4520 N. Lincoln in Lincoln Square http://www.due-lire.com/

 

Buon Appetito!!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero loves her Ducati Motorcycle

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I Love the Sepia Restaurant in Chicago

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Sepia is a delightful restaurant in Chicago. The dining room is located in a former 1890’s print studio and is filled with photography memorabilia.

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Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman graduated first in his class at the prestigious French Culinary Institute and it is reflected in his Meditterranean influenced cuisine. The urban eatery has exposed brick walls and is located at 123 N. Jefferson Street in Chicago just east of the Kennedy Expressway between Washington and Randolf. For the first course, order the English pea soup garnished with ricotta and mint. The entree was bacon wrapped trout glazed with a rosemary vinaigrette surrounded by red bliss potatoes and watercress. Cindy Schumer, the pastry chef, created a citris meringue tart with a scoop of brut-rasberry sorbet for dessert that was incredible!

Visit Sepia on Sundays for half price wine specials from their extensive wine list and treat yourself to Andrew’s famous porchetta www.sepiachicago.com.

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I Love NoMI on the 17th Floor of the Park Hyatt on Michigan Aveunue

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Enjoy a glorious Vino Con Vista of Chicago from the NoMI Restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt Chicago at 800 N. Michigan Avenue. From the street, the glass and steel facade shows the floor to ceiling windows. I love the panoramic view of Lake Michigan and the historic Water Tower from this dining room.

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The Park Tower skyscraper , located at 800 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, was completed in 2000. It structure has 70 floors. It was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Lucien Lagrange Architects. The Park Tower is a mixed use tower; the lower floors of the building are the Park Hyatt Hotel and the upper levels contain luxury condominiums.

This was an excellent choice for Chicago Restaurant Week 2012.  The last time I had lunch at NoMI, I enjoyed the following meal: a seasonal field greens salad with roasted beets, manchego cheese with walnut vinaigrette dressing as a first course; roasted Amish chicken served over beluga lentils and for dessert, an assortment of colorful “Le Mac” cookies including passion banana, lime mint and milk chocolate Grand Marnier. I ordered a 2008 Meiomi Belle Glos Pinot Noir  from Sonoma that was divine.

Check out the Super Bowl Chili Recipe on Executive Chef Ryan La Roche’s Blog. Make your reservations for lunch or brunch at www.nomirestaurant.com.

The NoMI Kitchen at Park Hyatt Chicago will host a special culinary event as part of their “Chicago Masters of Food and Wine” program. The event will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. At this event, participants will learn about goat cheese from artisanal cheese purveyor Judy Solomon. This interactive experience will be held in the wine cellar. Contact the restaurant for more information and reservations.

For a calendar of all Masters of Food an Wine Events follow this link: www.mastersfoodandwine.com

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Divine Dine and Wine 2013 in Chicago

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Divine dine and Wine 2012 in Chicago

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Venue One at 1044 W. Randolf in Chicago

Divine Dine and Wine 2013 allows you to taste signature dishes created by Chicago’s Award -winning Chefs from Fulton River District, Randolph Street, Fulton Market, Little Italy, West Loop, & Greektown!

Attend the event at

1044 West Randolph Street
Early Bird Tickets $95/$125 after Feb 1.Thursday February, 28 2013 6:00-9:00PM

                    

EVENT DETAILS:
The West Central Association (WCA) is cooking up an evening of great West Central Neighborhood Chefs and Restaurateurs to benefit the mission of the WCA.
Feast on delicious fares prepared by award-winning Chefs & Restaurants from the Hottest Culinary Neighborhoods for the Second Annual Divine Dine & Wine. Enjoy pairings with wines, cocktails & handcrafted beers.
Local celebrities and hosts of Windy City Live, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner are special guest this year. Ryan and Val are known for their ease with guests, their warmth and quirky humor. They will be joined by Top Chefs from our neighborhoods – West Loop, Fulton Market, Fulton River District, Randolph Street, Greektown, and Taylor Street.
PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:
                       
                      
                     
           
                Three Aces               
                         
MEDIA PARTNERS:
                        

Tickets start at $95 and include food, wine, cocktails and handcrafted beers.

Anne Burrell’s Cookbook signing at Divine dine and Wine 2012

The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce organized an outstanding Food and Wine Event in Chicago last year. There were silent auction items, a raffle and plenty of food and wine.

Macaroons at Le Sardine

Wine Raffle @ Divine Dine and Wine 2012 in Chicago

Silent Auction Items at Divine dine and Wine 2012

I loved the “Summerland” Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County and the wide array of “Divine” Tastings from local restaurants.

Outstanding Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara

Outstanding Pulled Pork from Porkchop on Randolf

Incredible Braised Ribs from Carmichael’s

Decadent Dessert from Rosebud

Sweet Treats from Macello

For more information and tickets go to

Polvaro Nero from Italy

Tasty Meatballs from Jefferson Tap & Grill

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Participating Restaurants:

Athena, Avec, Carmichael’s, Carnivale, Davanti, Enoteca, Francesca’s, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Jefferson Tap, La Sardine, Girl & the Goat, Macello, Meli, N9NE Steakhouse, The Palace Grill, Paramount Room, Piccolo Sogno, Porkchop, Province, Sawtooth, Sepia (Mixologist), The Rosebud, Tuscany and Vivo.

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Chefs on the Grill 2012 in Chicago’s Millennium Park

Watch 14 of Chicago’s Top Chefs compete on Wednesday, June 20th at Millennium Park at the Park Grill as you listen to live music in front of the Bean. Proceeds from the event go to the Special Olympics.

The Walk-ins perform at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

The Walk-ins perform at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

The Bean

The Bean

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Each restaurant prepared a grilled specialty and a drink.

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

This 5th annual event will determine the “Chefs on the Grill Champion.”

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

The event is hosted by The Plaza at Park Grill and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Chicago.

Chefs on the Grill in Chicago 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

WHERE: Park Grill in Millennium Park in Chicago

Tickets: ($75 in advance, $90 at the door)

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

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Kickoff summer with the ultimate grill festival with live music from The Walk-ins.

The Walk-ins perform at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

The Walk-ins perform at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Vote for your favorite dish and drink to crown this year’s Chefs on the Grill Champion.

Chefs on the Grill in Chicago

Chefs on the Grill in Chicago

Gaze at the Peristyle in Wrigley Square located in the northwest section of Millennium Park. This Millennium Monument is a scaled down replica of the semicircle of paired Greek Doric-style columns that originally occupied this area of Grant Park between 1917 and 1953.

You will also have an opportunity to gaze at yourself in the “Bean” officially known as Cloud Gate.  This sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together and has no visible seams. It’s dimensions ares 33 by 66 by 42 feet and it weighs 110 tons.

2012 Participating Chefs:

* Michael Wallach & Alex Shalev, Park Grill

* Clark Grant, III Forks

* Nahuel Rodriguez, Rosebud Prime &

Peter Balodimas, Rosebud Steakhouse

* Patrick Justice, ZED451

* Dean Zanella, Rhapsody

* Mark Pollard, EPIC

* Kendal Duque, City Tavern

* Scott Walton, Markethouse

* Angel Blasco, Cantina Laredo

Chef Angel Biasco at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chef Angel Biasco at Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

* Derek Simcik, Atwood Cafe

* Trevor Hoyte, IPO

* Dirk Flanigan, The Gage/Henri

* Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse

* Brian Jupiter,

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

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Chicago Magazine’s Social Media Cocktail Challenge

Chicago Magazine staff and DuChamp’s mixologist Kris von Dopek will offer cocktails from “The Discerning Drinker’s Guide to Chicago” Issue of the Magazine.

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WHEN: Wednesday, February 8,2012

WHERE: Duchamp at 2118 N. Damen in Chicago

You can submit a cocktail recipe for this event.

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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.

Chicago Chef Week

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.

Chef Week Chicago 2011

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Chicago Chef’s Week 2011

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Just when I was recovering from the weight I gained during Restaurant Week. I feel compelled to make reservations for the 3rd annual Chef’s Week extravaganza. It will take place between March 20th and March 26th when about 40 top-notch Chicago restaurants will offer special menus and signature dishes www.chicagochefweek.com. Make your reservations ASAP at www.opentable.com

Executive Chefs will prepare outstanding meals at bargain prices. A three-course prix fixe lunch will set you back $22 and dinner will be $33. Chef Giuseppe Tentori’s Michelin-starred Boka is on the roster. So is Green Zebra’s Shawn McClain. He won the James Beard’s “Best Chef for the Midwest” and will dazzle you with his vegetarian cuisine.

Here’s a list of some of the restaurants that didn’t participate in Restaurant Week:

 Hawaiian-inspired Sola www.sola-restaurant.com 

Greek inspired Taxim www.taximchicago.com.

 More new comers include:

www.Avecrestaurant.com

www.BigStarchicago.com

www.CustomHouse.cc

www.MKchicago.com

www.ManaFoodBar.com

www.Nightwoodrestaurant.com

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