Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate the Day of the Mushroom Tomorrow at Big Chef Burgers

April 16 is the Day of the Mushroom. Celebrate at Big Chef Burgers (1602 E. Algonquin Rd., 847-221-8539, Schumburg) with a delicious Mushroom and Bufalo Mozzarella Neapolitan Pizza ($10 on the 16th; normally $12) or an amazing huge 1/2 pound gourmet burger with mushrooms, your choice of cheese and bun.

Looking for the best and biggest, try the signature Big Chef, one pound of fresh ground Angus beef, topped with cheese, grilled onions, wild mushrooms, bacon, lettuce and tomato ($20).

 Why Mushrooms?

Mushrooms are one of the most exciting and versatile categories of food. They instantly turn a plain pizza or burger into a gourmet feast. But most people aren’t aware of how glorious the world of mushrooms is.

Did you know that the popularity of foraged wild and cultivated specialty mushrooms can be attributed to a change in mushroom farming in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, owners of mushroom farms and wild mushroom hunters began to introduce the public to unique varieties of fungi that most people had never seen before. It is hard to imagine a time when the meaty portobello wasn’t a household name; but without this big boy, we would still be feasting on snowy white buttons.
Check out their food menu here.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Benefit at Bites Asian Tapas Easter Sunday

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every 19 minutes a child in Illinois is abused or neglected. Every 6 hours, a child dies before his or her first birthday because of the abuse. What a better way to celebrate Easter than helping protecting children who are victims of child abuse?

Bites Asian Tapas is hosting an Easter Brunch to benefit Go Blue Campaign created by One Hope United - an organization that operates in IL, WI, Mo & FL to ensure children's safety. http://onehopeunited.org/go-blue-4-ohu/

Join Bites at 3313 N. Clark St. for its $13 Easter Brunch special including an entree and a dessert. Half of all the beverages bought on Easter Sunday, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be donated to One Hope United. Call 773-270-5972 for reservations.

More about Bites Easter  A La Carte Brunch

Start your brunch with one of Bites' creative specialty cocktails such as the Bloody Rooster ($7), Bites' take on the traditional Bloody Mary, or Mimosas with choice of orange, lychee or mango variations. Other cocktail favorites are the Tom YUMtini ($8), made with vodka, Tom Yum syrup and lime; the Ms. Gardenia ($7), created with gin, simple syrup, Rambutan juice, Midori and lemon; or the Hot Geisha ($8) made with Shochu, ginger syrup, lemon, lemongrass, mint, and Thai chili powder.
_DSC9705 300 pixels with borderBites' food menu offers a wide variety of unique brunch selections-items you will not experience anywhere else.

Start with Small Bites such as the Lemon Ricotta Fritters ($6) and the Watermelon & Lychee Salad ($7). Move on to Brunch Bites - main selections featuring the Green Tea Pancake ($8) with matcha, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, almond and green tea ice cream; the Pulled Pork Waffle ($9), Asian styled pulled pork with BBQ sauce, scallion, and cheddar cheese; Shrimp Tonkatsu ($10), shrimp cake, white bread, Japanese coleslaw and Tonkatsu sauce; the Grilled Rib Eye Bahn Mi ($10), grilled medium-rare rib eye, lettuce, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and spicy mayo; and the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich ($8), crispy boneless chicken, lettuce, radish, sesame seed, scallion, and teriyaki sauce.
If you love burgers, Bite's Korean Burger ($12) with Korean marinated spicy pork, lettuce and fried egg with Bi Bim Bap Sauce and served with taro fries, is a dream come true.
Bites also features its two favorite dinner time Ramen dishes at brunch, both large enough to share. The Spicy Miso Ramen ($14) is a hearty bowl with pork belly or tofu, egg noodles, bamboo shoot, mushroom, boiled egg, sesame and chili oil; and the Tonkotsu Ramen ($14) includes pork belly or tofu in a rich and creamy broth with egg noodles, bamboo shoot, ginger, mushroom, seaweed poached egg, garlic oil, and sesame seed.
Mac & Cheese fans will adopt A-Macaroni ($8) as their new favorite preparation. Bites prepares this indulgent dish with stir-fried macaroni, tofu, egg, mozzarella cheese and onion with an Asian tomato sauce.
_DSC9684 300 pixels with borderFor those looking for more traditional brunch items, you'll enjoy Marita's creative take on a classic: Egg Benedicts ($9), with English muffin, Vietnamese ham, poached egg, and hollandaise sauce; the Omelet Crepe ($8), prepared with chopped chicken, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and spicy ketchup; and the classic "BLT" ($9), with crusted bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, two sunny side up eggs.
End your brunch feast with Last Bites (desserts): Coconut Crème Brûlée, Asian Churros or Mango Chili Sorbet (Organic, Gluten free)-all are $5.

Bites serves Asian brunch every weekend 10am - 3pm www.bitestapas.

Treat your guests or host to a homemade Delightful Pastries Pie

Apple Pie et You can't go wrong serving a Delightful Pastries pie to guests. Delightful Pastries offers a variety of fresh fruit and cream pies including Rhubarb Strawberry, Rhubarb Meringue, Apple Caramel, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, Key Lime, and Chocolate Coconut among others. Order  early and pick up a few at any of its three Chicago area locations. Pies will serve 8-10 people and range in price from $20-$27 each. 
Can't decide? Delightful Pastries offers a wonderful mixed mini pastries tray including an assortment of éclairs, fruit tarts, cream puffs, chocolate cups, mini tortes, tira mi su, truffles, and more,, $40 for small try; $80 for large.
Pies available at all three Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724;  Jefferson Park at 5927 W. Lawrence, (773) 545-7215, and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. Visit http://www.delightfulpastries.com for more information.

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie
Delicious Michigan rhubarb tossed with strawberries and topped with cinnamon streusel.
Rhubarb Meringue
A sweet and tart concoction for those that love the marriage of rhubarb and meringue this is your pie.
Apple Caramel Pie
2.5 pounds of Michigan apples tossed with our house made caramel.

Banana Cream Pie
Bananas topped w/ a delicious vanilla bean custard, topped w/ mounds of whipped cream and white chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Cream Pie
Chocolate pastry cream made w/ chocolate, topped w/ whipped cream & dark chocolate shavings.
Key Lime Pie
10" deep dish pie. Made w/ Joe and Nellie's Key Lime Juice. Serves 14-16 people.
Chocolate Coconut Pie
Gluten FREE pie with coconut shell and filled w/ ganache.
Tray of Mini Pastries
An assortment of éclairs, fruit tarts, cream puffs, chocolate cups, mini tortes, tira mi su, truffles, etc.

April 16 is National Eggs Benedict Day - A perfect reason to try Delightful Pastries on Wells St. New Brunch Menu

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Delightful Pastries recently upped its menu offering at the Wells street location. Its Eggs Benedict ($9.95) with Eggs Benedict et  Polish ham, on a  *homemade everything bun with Hollandaise sauce that's made with vodka, and poached eggs is reason enough to give it a try. There aren't many spots that offer everything, including the breads, that are made from scratch. Delightful Pastries everyday brunch located in the heart of Lincoln Park, steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo, is the neighborhood foodie go to café. Serving  Uncommon Ground coffee, made from scratch pastries and breads, and its commitment to no additives and sustainability, visitors to Chicago who discover this neighborhood gem make it a destination when in the area. Delightful Pastries Bakery and Café is located in Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724. Visit http://www.delightfulpastries.com for more information.

*Everything Bun: All butter buns w/ shallots, sesame seeds & poppy seeds