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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!

http://cyranosfarmkitchen.wixsite.com/abustforcharlie

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
SCULPTOR VIRGINIO FERRARI BIOGRAPHY:
“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

University of Wisconsin–Madison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 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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Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!

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.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Chicago for Valentine’s Day

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Dessert at Alinea. This dessert, called Chocolate Finale is ‘plated’ directly on the table by one of the Alinea chefs, illustrating the movement’s interest in subverting dining expectations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here are some Michelin-Starred Restaurants for Chicago that offer outstanding menus for Valentine’s Day. Note that restaurants new to the list in 2014 are marked with an asterisk after their names.

In 2014, Chicago had 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, up from 19 last year. Chicago was awarded a total of 31 Michelin stars with Grant Achatz‘s Alinea maintaining its standing as the city’s only three-star restaurant in Chicago.

Here’s a link to the 2015 list:

http://chicago.eater.com/2014/11/11/7190461/chicago-michelin-stars-2015

***Three Star Restaurants

**Two Star Restaurants

  1. Grace
  2. Sixteen in Trump Tower
  3. L2O
  4. Graham Elliott

*One Star Restaurants

  1. Blackbird
  2. Boka
  3. El Ideas*
  4. Elizabeth*
  5. Everest
  6. Goosefoot
  7. The Lobby*
  8. Longman & Eagle
  9. Mexique
  10. Moto
  11. NAHA
  12. North Pond*
  13. Schwa
  14. Senza*
  15. Acadia
  16. Sepia
  17. Spiaggia
  18. Takashi
  19. Topolobampo
  20. Tru

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

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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

Oysters and Oatmeal dish from Schwa in Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Joe's Stone Crab

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English: Location of Schwa (restaurant) in Chicago in detail south of North Avenue (Chicago), north of Division Street (Chicago), east of Milwaukee Avenue (Chicago) and west of Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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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Buon Appetito: Michelin Stars in Vino con Vista Italy

Casamicciola, Ischia, Italy.

Casamicciola, Ischia, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in Venice, Italy alongside the Grand Canal. Nederlands: Het Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in Venetië, Italië aan het Canal Grande. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Detail of the rooftop of San Marco cathedral in Venice, Italy. Venice patron apostle St. Mark with angels. Underneath is winged lion, mascot of Venice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Detail of a lion, monument to Dante Alighieri, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Front of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls – Roma – Italy. Italiano: Facciata della Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura a Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grumello del monte, Bergamo, Italia

Grumello del monte, Bergamo, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chef’s all over the world dream of Michelin Stars. There are 6 Three-star, 37  Two-star and 229 One-star restaurants in Italy.

Here are the new MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANTS IN ITALY:

The new Three-Star restaurant in Italy is Da Vittorio. The existing 3 stars are:

1. Dal Pescatore di Canneto sull’Oglio (Mn)

2. Enoteca Pinchiorri di Firenze

3. La Pergola di Roma

4. Le Calandre di Rubano (Pd)

5. Al Sorriso di Soriso (No)

New Two-stars in Italy:

Antica Corona Reale – Cervere (Cuneo)
Piazza Duomo – Alba (Cuneo)
Il Pellicano -Porto Ercole (Grosseto)
La Madia – Licata (Agrigento)
Met dell’Hotel Metropol – Venezia
Il Mosaico – Casamicciola Terme, Ischia (Napoli)
Il Trenkerstube – Tirolo (Bolzano).

New Michelin One- star restaurants in Italy:

Andreini – Alghero in Sassari. ( I’ve written about how much I love this one!!)

Kleine Flamme – Vipiteno (Bolzano)
Ortica -Bedizzole (Brescia).
Maxi – Vico Equense (Napoli).
Roof Garden – Bergamo
Vicolo Santa Lucia – Cattolica (Rimini).
L’accanto -i Vico Equense.
Baldin -Genova.
Hotel Cinzia (Vercelli).
Al Vigneto – Grumello del Monte (Bergamo).
Osteria del Pomiroeu – Seregno, Milano.
Sissi – Merano.
Antonello Colonna – Roma
Glass Hostaria – Roma.
Castel Fragsburg – Freiberg (Merano).
La Fenice – Ragusa
Le Robinie – Montescano (Pavia).
La Meridiana – Piove di Sacco (Padova).
Caffè Le Paillotes – Pescara.
Hostaria del Mare (Modena).
Il Piastrino – Pennabilli, Pesaro.
La Fornace – Barbablu di Noli (SV).
La locanda di Bu – Nusco (Avellino)

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English: The Palazzo Comunale (right) and Duomo (left) in Modena, Italy. Italiano: Palazzo Comunale (a destra) e Duomo (a sinistra) di Modena. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Medieval Eze on the French Riviera is a Top Vino con Vista Site

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Eze jardin exotique standbeeld vrouw Jean Philippe Richard. (Photo credit: Bas van Bemmel)

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Eze jardin exotique standbeeld in wolken Jean Philippe Richard. (Photo credit: Bas van Bemmel)

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Eze (Photo credit: Valdiney Pimenta)

Map showing the extent of the Côte d'Azur.

Map showing the extent of the Côte d’Azur. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eze Rooftops

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Eze (Photo credit: Karl Holland)

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 The medieval town of Eze on the French Riviera is one of my favorite Vino con Vista Destinations!

This charming town in the is famous for the spectacular view of the sea perched high above the sea on a rocky hilltop location.

There are charming cobblestone streets with plenty of shopping opportunities. Frederic Nietzsche lived here. You can follow his footsteps on the walking path.

Visit the Jardin botanique d”Eze located on a hill above the village to see a wide array of cacti and succulent plants.

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The Château de la Chèvre d’Or in picturesque Èze has two Michelin stars; make reservations for a fantastic meal! Stroll around town and check out the charming shops in the village.

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Eze, France (Photo credit: **Mary**)

An old engraving of Èze

Visit the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix that dates back to 1306. The village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa.

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English: Old street in Eze (France) Français : Vieille rue du village d’Eze (Alpes-Maritimes) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Eze view from garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Chef Week Chicago 2014

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Just when you are recovering from the weight that you gained during Restaurant Week, you should start thinking about making reservations for the

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6th annual Chicago Chef’s Week 2014 extravaganza.

WHEN: March 16th – March 21st

Top-notch Chicago restaurants will offer special menus and signature dishes.

For more information visit:  www.chicagochefweek.com

Here is a list of the 2014

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participants:

Celebrate Chicago chefs during Chicago Chef Week 2014

Lunch: 3 courses for $22**  |  Dinner: 4 courses for $44**

<!– BOKA – Dinner only –><!– Vermilion (L) (D) –>

2014 Participants:
720 Bar & GrillAda St. – Dinner only — Antique Taco*** – Lunch only — Atwood Café – Dinner only — Autre Monde – Dinner only — Avec – Dinner only — Azzurra – Dinner only — Balena – Dinner only — BarbakoaBistro Bordeaux – Dinner only — BistronomicBlackbird – Lunch only — The Boarding House – Dinner only — Bread & Wine – Dinner only — The Bristol – Dinner only — Browntrout – Dinner only — Carriage HouseCarlucciChez Moi – Dinner only — Chicago QCicchettiCyrano’s*** – Dinner only — Coppervine – Dinner only — The Dawson – Dinner only — De CeroEmbeyaEpic
Frontier – Dinner only — Gather*** – Dinner only — The GageGemini Bistro – Dinner only — Graham Elliot BistroGrange Hall Burger BarGreen Zebra – Dinner only — GT Fish & Oyster***Homestead on the Roof – Dinner only — Hot ChocolateHowells & Hood – Dinner only — iNG – Dinner only — JamJellyfishLas Palmas – Dinner only — Le ColonialLibertad – Dinner only — Little Market BrasserieThe LobbyLocal RootLockwoodMacku Signature – Dinner only — MercaditoMexiqueMK*** – Dinner only — Mott Street – Dinner only — Nana
Nico Osteria – Lunch only — Nightwood – Dinner only — North Pond – Dinner only — Oceanique – Dinner only — Perennial Virant – Dinner only — The Publican*** – Lunch only — Riccardo Trattoria – Dinner only — Roka AkorRoka Akor Old OrchardRustic House – Dinner only — SepiaSiena TavernSlurping Turtle***Sol de MexicoSophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue – Lunch only — Table Fifty-Two – Dinner only — Table, Donkey and Stick – Dinner only — TakitoTanta – Dinner only — TavernitaTelegraph – Dinner only — TesoriTortoise ClubTroquet River NorthVermilionVie – Dinner only
* 2 lucky guests will be chosen at random to win 52 $50 gift cards from participating restaurants. ** Beverages, tax and gratuity not included in pricing. Participation depends on each restaurant’s hours of operation. *** Offer different than regular Chicago Chef Week promo pricing. Please inquire with individual restaurant.
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Make your reservations ASAP at www.opentable.com or directly at the restaurant’s website.

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Many noteworthy Executive Chefs will prepare outstanding meals at bargain prices. A three-course prix fixe lunch will set you back $22 and dinner will be $44.

Buon Appetito from your “Foodie Friends” @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

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Chicago is Saveur Magazine’s “Culinary Star”

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Chicago’s innovative chefs and world-class Culinary Scene earned accolades from Saveur Magazine:  “the Windy City is America’s new culinary star.”

Chicago Foodies will start participating in Chicago’s Restaurant Week today. They will be making reservations for Chicago Chef Week 2012 in March.

Meanwhile, Chicago restaurants are “rolling out the red carpet for the NRA Show (National Restaurant Association ) and the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) for international attendees.” These events are part of the NRA Show in Chicago in May.

The mission of the National Restaurant Association: “we strive to help every one of our members build customer loyalty, find financial success and provide rewarding careers in foodservice. Today’s restaurant industry is growing rapidly. It employs 12.8 million Americans in 960,000  locations — and 2012 sales are expected to reach $604 billion.”

The National Restaurant Association represents more than 380,000   businesses including: restaurants, suppliers, educators and non-profits.

You can reserve your space at the event here: Register now and save with the early-bird discount!

Reserve your space for one of the International Back of House tours, available exclusively to registered international attendees.

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

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Here’s a list of the Tours for the Event from the NRA Show Website:

 

Keefer’s Restaurant

Keefer’s is ranked “Best of Chicago for Steak” by the Food Network, recommended by the Michelin Guide as “One of the Top Ten Steakhouses in the U.S.”, voted “Best Place for Business Dining” by readers of Crain’s Chicago and praised by Zagat, “Keefer’s is an independent Chicago local favorite, fit for foodies and steak lovers.” You will love the steaks but you should not miss out on Chef John Hogan’s stellar fish dishes like fresh Dover Sole, Scottish Salmon, Maine Lobster, Ahi Tuna, Crab Cakes, Sea Scallops and specials including: Halibut, Hake, Sturgeon, Bouillabaisse, Loup de Mer and Rose Fish Papillote. If you are in the mood for a more casual meal, check out Chef Hogan’s Bistro Menu where you will find items that will hit the spot, without breaking the bank. You will not wait for us with a reservation: we are here to wait on you with first-class service which includes an allergy program designed to let everyone safely enjoy as much of our menu as possible.

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Berghoff Restaurant

The Berghoff Restaurant is a Chicago classic, serving German-American style cuisine and culture since 1898. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, the Berghoff offers traditional German dishes, contemporary American fare, seasonal menus, vegetarian and gluten-free options in a casual, historic atmosphere. With its private labeled beer and root beer, there’s something for everyone at the Berghoff. Private Dining, off-premise catering and large group reservations also available. Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Most recently, the Berghoff was featured in the movie the Dark Knight, as well as Food Network’s “The Originals” and “Sugar High.”

Devon Seafood Grill

Upscale casual with imagination and style. Located at the corner of Chicago and Wabash, Devon Seafood Grill offers premium aquatic fare, seamless service and an exhilarating atmosphere. Our indulgent cuisine emphasizes freshness, creativity and simplicity – themes mirrored in the architecture of our two bars and multiple dining areas. Our display cellar showcases an extensive selection of over 600 fine wines and champagnes. And for tastes that run towards the exotic, our Wine Spectators | Wine Enthusiast list features an impressive list of rare and coveted wines from the finest wine-producing regions in the world.

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English: Chicago from the 96th floor of John Hancock Center. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ZED451

ZED451 is a revolutionary restaurant concept featuring original cuisine and delivery, service intelligence and unprecedented design. Let go of everything you used to think about dining and enter a warm and stylish world or artful design and relaxing and indulging abundance. For one price, chefs serve their specially prepared dishes tableside while a bounty of seasonal soups, composed salads, fresh vegetable prepared in unique ways, cheeses and breads await you at the Seasonal Harvest Tables. Here you are catered to in an environment that evokes a warm landscape of natural elements with a highly stylized edge.

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I Love Terzo Piano at the Art Institute in Chicago

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Image via WikipediaTerzo Piano’s Bar in Chicago

There are two ways to get to Terzo Piano: take the elevator up or ascend the sky bridge from Millenium Park. Terzo Piano is located at 159 E. Monroe on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Terzo Piano means “Third Floor” at the Chicago Art Institute

In the comtempory space, you can gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows onto Michigan Avenue as you enjoy the “Michelin Guide Recommended 2012″ cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano from Spiaggia.

View of Michigan Avenue from Terzo Piano in Chicago

Tony, Chef di Cucina Meg Colleran Sahs and Pastry Chef  Megan Neubeck developed an outstanding $22 Chicago Restaurant Week

Georges Seurat - Un dimanche après-midi à l'îl...

Georges Seurat – Un dimanche après-midi à l’île de la Grande Jatte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lunch Menu:

First Course: Chickpea and vegetable soup with tahini, cumin, fried chickpeas and cilantro salad or

Crispy Perch with red beet puree at Terzo Piano in Chicago

Crispy pearch with red beet puree, marinated beets, frisee in dill vinaigrette

Second Course: Cured and braised beef with mashed red potato, carrot, and house made sauerkraut or

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Hand crafted tagliatelle ‘alla Puttanesca” with olive, capers, tomatoe, and goat’s mild cheese or

Chilled shrimp salad with mixed green, capers, marinated peppers, red onion and lemon

Dessert: Banana Tiramisu with brown butter gastrique or

Banana Tiramisu at Terzo Piano

Camambert Fermier, pasterized cow’s mild with dried strawberry compote

Take some time to peruse the magnificent art collection in this world-class museum before or after lunch. My son’s favorite is Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks located in Gallery 262 on the second level.

Georges Seurat (1859-1891), photo

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I love the Impressionists! Who can resist Georges Seurat‘s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884)”?

George Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grand Jatte 1884

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Degas at the Art Institute of Chicago

“The Chicago Art Institute has one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection.”

There are incredible masterpieces at the museum: you can see Pablo Picasso’s “the Old Guitarist” in Gallery 391 on the third level; El Greco’s “The Assumption of the Virgin” in Gallery 211 on the second level and Vincent van Gogh’s “The Bedrooom” in Gallery 241.

Everyone loves Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” couple in Gallery 263 on the second level.

Take some time to check out Salvador Dali’s “Venus de Milo with Drawers” in Gallery 396 on the third level.

Don’t leave the museum without seeing Marc Chagall’s America Windows in Gallery 144 on the first level of the Modern Wing. They will take your breath away!

Marc Chagall’s American Windows at the Art Institute

Meander into the Museum Store in the Modern Wing of the Chicago Art Institue and pick up some cool posters, colorful art glass or chic scarves to remind you or your visit.

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