Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"The goal of Fiera Italiana is for the JCCIA to showcase the culture of Italy and the Italian American heritage to Chicagoans and visitors of Daley Plaza," says event producer Michelle Durpetti, managing partner of McGowan Durpetti & Associates. "As an Italian American myself, it is an honor to be a part of such a great event that everyone can enjoy."
Fiera Italiana, an open-to-the-public event, is an opportunity for the JCCIA along with assistance from area businesses, to share its mission and celebrate Italian American heritage. Live entertainment is planned for each day of the festival during the busy lunch hour between noon and 1 p.m. In addition to top performers from the Chicago area, visitors enjoy shopping, wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, dining, fashion events, artistic showcases, musical recordings and strolling performers on the plaza.
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans is an independent non-profit association dedicated to preserving Italian American heritage and providing a unified voice for metropolitan Chicago's Italian American community. Founded in 1952, the JCCIA serves as a congress for more than 65 Italian American organizations, as well as a clearinghouse for information about the Chicago area Italian American community. Working alongside the JCCIA are its three divisions: the Women's Division, West Suburban Women's Division and Young Professionals Division.
For more information about Fiera Italiana, contact McGowan Durpetti & Associates at (312) 994-2620. For more information about the JCCIA, visit www.jccia.com.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Proceeds benefit A Silver Lining Foundation and its Buy a Mom a Mammogram program, which funds no cost breast cancer screening mammograms to uninsured and underinsured individuals. For more information, visit www.asilverliningfoundation.org.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
After reviewing numerous nominations, Michelle Durpetti of McGowan Durpetti & Associates, a Chicago-based event production firm, has been selected for Exhibit City News’ 40 under 40. To qualify, honorees needed at least 5 years of experience in trade show and association-related industries and show ingenuity, creativity and leadership in his or her career.
Durpetti, 30, has always enjoyed event planning and hoped of owning her own event company one day. In March 2008, Durpetti launched McGowan Durpetti & Associates with business partner, Denise McGowan.
With 10 years experience, she is a driven and dedicated woman to her company. Her attention to detail and witty personality are added benefits to working with Durpetti. The firm has produced events of all sizes, including Chicago Gateway Green’s Green Tie Ball in 2007 and 2008, and most recently the 4th Annual Texas Hold’Em charity tournament which raised a record $35,000.
This honor will be featured in the August issue of Exhibit City News. In the meantime, check out McGowan Durpetti’s website at http://www.mcgowandurpeti.com/
Participants in this year’s event played for the grand prize donated by Horseshoe Casino: a spot in the 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. This year’s winner was Moses Chung of Chicago. Other prizes were given to top ten finalists and other players. Due to the charitable nature of this tournament, no cash was awarded.
The celebrity packed event included poker enthusiasts and supporters of Chicago Gateway Green, including former Chicago Bears player Jerry Azumah, NBA star Chris Duhon, State Representative John Fritchey, Ward 33 Alderman Richard F. Mell, Survivor: Fiji’s Mookie Lee and Survivor: Palau’s Gregg Carey. Other media personalities included Kelli Zink of CelebTV, Jackie Tranchida of Metromix on CLTV, Natalie Martinez of NBC 5, Marcus Riley of 24/7 Chicago and NBC Chicago, President Obama impersonator and NBC-5 Street Team member Reggie Brown, Hannah Stanley of ESPN Radio and Audarshia Townsend, the 312 Dining Diva. The event was emceed by B96 afternoon radio personalities Doug Stylz and Justin Roman.
Players and spectators enjoyed culinary treats from Galleria Marchetti and an open bar with premium liquor, including cocktails by event partner SYN Vodka. Other partners for the tournament include Horseshoe Casino, Chicago Magazine, WBBM-AM, 96.3 WBBM-FM, Votre Vu, Diva Limousine, 316 Barber Spa, Joseph A. Bank and Kurman Communications, Inc. The event was produced by McGowan Durpetti & Associates for the third consecutive year.
River North’s newest hot spot, Bull & Bear (431 N. Wells St.) hosted the official after-party of the tournament, donating $5 for each player that attended.
About Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the greening and beautification of expressways, gateways and neighborhoods of Chicago for more than 20 years. For more information about the organization, call (312) 540-9930 or visit http://www.gatewaygreen.org/.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The red carpet entrance to Top Dog Productions (1551 N. Kingsbury St., 312-642-4931) was lined with people, including WGN’s Marcus Leshock, awaiting the reveal of the BARQUE models and BARQUE creator, Gay Roberts.
While watching the dogs, guests enjoyed “Rin Tin Tini” cocktails, light hors d’oeurves, “human-friendly” dog biscuits and “dog pound cake”, made by Kim Stanek, dog lover and executive sous chef at The Westin Chicago North Shore.
Gay Roberts, owner of BARQUE, began knitting sweaters for her dog, Fergie, and realized that dogs should never be seen in public without clothes. From there, Roberts, also a former New York Couture model and sportswear designer took her skills and combined her passion for fashion and dogs to create BARQUE.
View the WGN and CBS segments below:
To see more pictures from the doggy runway show, click here.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine (510 East Route 83, Mundelein, Ill.) was the perfect spot for a soon-to-be fiancé who was searching for ideas on LTH Forum. When he asked for advice of where to propose, Karma topped the list for romantic restaurants in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.
Looking for a location to propose, or somewhere to dine with someone special? Check out the Pan-Asian eatery, Karma. Karma’s elegance and sophistication will be sure to impress the one that means the most to you. Dine with a tranquil waterfall in the background and cone-shaped glass replicas of salt harvesting in the pond. The wooden tables are topped with Western flatware and stainless steel chopsticks giving the restaurant a contemporary, yet traditional feel.
Karma’s elegance doesn’t stop at the décor; its gourmet food is just as striking. For the remainder of July, Karma is offering a prix-fixe meal every Friday through Sunday for just $20.
For the appetizer, pick from either the Miso Soup, tofu, sautéed shitake mushrooms, scallions and roasted nori; or the Karma House Salad, crisp lettuce, napa cabbage, cucumber, daikon and carrot ginger dressing.
For the main course, choose from Orange Peel Tempura Chicken, sesame jasmine rice, ginger chili cucumber salad and yuzu orange glaze; Asian BBQ Salmon, forbidden rice, sweet potato crisps, wok tossed spinach, napa cabbage and shiitake mushroom; or the Yellow Mango Vegetable Curry, spring vegetables tossed with coconut yellow curry, jasmine rice and kimchi.
Finish up the meal with a Trio of Sorbet or Ice Cream, served with fresh berries.
Whether proposing, celebrating a birthday or just going out for a romantic evening, dining at Karma will be an unforgettable experience.
For more information, visit www.karmachicago.com, or call (847) 970-6900.
To see the LTH Forum post click here.
Proposal picture credit to Getty Images
Friday, July 10, 2009
Local food is defined as grown or made entirely with ingredients from Illinois, its border states, as well as Michigan.
The challenge isn’t just for individuals-restaurants can participate too. Restaurants can either: offer a completely “local” menu item during the challenge; present a $1 donation to Green City Market per order of said menu item; donate a check during the challenge; or submit a recipe for inclusion in the Localvore Kit. A list of participating restaurants can be found at http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/.
To learn more about the event, visit Green City Market to pick up a Localvore kit which also includes a list of participating restaurants, along with local products available, chef recipes, menus and more. In addition to the kit, the Localvore e-mail help desk and blog will be available during the two weeks to assist shoppers with trading recipes and sharing stories.
For questions, please contact Lyle Allen, executive director of Green City Market at (773) 880-1266, or Mark Psilos, market manager & farm to chef forager of Green City Market at (773) 880-1266. For more information, visit http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
Individual tickets are $40, or reserve a table for 10 for $400. Order tickets and seats at http://www.womenwotw.org/.
The mission of Women of the World is to provide local and global opportunities to professional women through collaboration, education and networking. Through sharing collective thought leadership, resources and passion, Women of the World allows women to acquire the skills to forge strategic relationships across the world.
A portion of proceeds will help A Silver Lining Foundation fund the Buy a Mom a Mammogram program, which provides no-cost mammograms to uninsured and underinsured patients. For more information, please visit http://www.asilverliningfoundation.org/.
Every player will receive a wristband and complimentary drink ticket to redeem at Bull & Bear, plus a guaranteed no wait in line. For every player that attends the after-party, Bull & Bear will donate $5 to Chicago Gateway Green.
There's still time to purchase tickets! Visit www.greenpoker.eventbrite.com to get the hottest ticket in town.
Max’s on the Green, which seats 75 people, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The historic, 75-year-old facility has been totally renovated. "Max's on the Green is a great spot for individuals, families and business or group dining. The screened in patio overlooking the golf course is a spectacular respite. In fact, the whole experience is relaxing: the restaurant is tucked away in a residential tree-lined neighborhood so it’s quiet and peaceful. We aren't difficult to find but if you didn't know that we were here, and that we are open to the public, we could easily be missed," said Estes.
Chef Ed Baboorian, who brought his culinary talents to Max’s food operations more than 16 years ago, has created a menu that offers a family-friendly dining experience for all to enjoy.
Start your day with a satisfying breakfast at Max’s on the Green. Specialties include French Toast dipped in vanilla royal and served with maple syrup ($4.75); Omelets with a choice of veggie, meat or cheese with toast ($6.50); Lox Platter, a fresh bagel, cream cheese, 3 ounces of sliced lox, red onion and cucumber slices ($7.50); and the Egg Platter, eggs any way, toast and choice of bacon or sausage ($6.50).
Guests can enjoy a lunch salad or sandwich in the dining room or screened outdoor patio including Max’s Italian Beef Sandwich, Max’s famous thinly sliced roast beef in Italian gravy served with hot and sweet peppers on French bread ($6.59); Tuna Salad, simple and delicious made with tuna, hard boiled eggs, onions, celery and mayonnaise served on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomato ($5.75); or the Trail Mix Salad with Romaine lettuce, dried fruits, nuts, bleu cheese and raspberry vinaigrette ($6.50).
New lunch selections include Light Pita Wraps like the Turkey, Apple, Cheddar, a warm, fresh pocket pita filled with sliced turkey, crisp apple and sharp cheddar cheese ($6.75); and Chicken Club, grilled chicken, crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing rolled in a fresh pita ($6.75).
Appetizer selections include Shrimp in red pepper sauce ($5.50); Crab Cakes ($7.50); Chicken & vegetable pot stickers ($4.95); or Flat Bread Pizza ($5.95).
Max’s on the Green has delicious burgers like the Greg Norman Kobe Burger, the Greg “Shark” Norman’s 8-ounce beef burger grilled to perfection and served on a pretzel bun with lettuce and tomato, complimented with a choice of tobacco onion strings or crispy fries ($13.95). Add cheddar, American, bleu or Swiss cheese for an additional charge.
Entrées include Salmon Filet, pan seared with Chef’s special spice rub ($15.95); Tilapia, dredged in corn flour and lightly fried to golden brown ($13.95); 8-ounce Skirt Steak, seasoned and grilled, finished with compound butter ($16.95); or Ravioli, delicate pasta squares filled with spinach served with marinara sauce, ($12.95), or filled with lobster and served with a brown butter sauce ($16.95). All entrées are served with a starch and vegetables that change daily based on market fresh availability and Chef Ed’s preference. Entrées can be served with a choice of garden or Caesar salad for an additional charge.
Complete your meal with a treat for your sweet tooth. Indulge in a slice of Eli’s Cheese Cake ($3.50); Grandma Ruth’s Homemade Chocolate Chip Mondel Bread ($4.95); or Fresh Fruit ($3.50).
About Glencoe Golf Club
The Glencoe Golf Club was established in 1921 by a group of Glencoe residents in search of an alternative to private country club membership. Since its inception as one of the first public golf courses, the Glencoe Golf Club has grown to become one of the finest public golf facilities on the North Shore and is now open and ready to take a tee time reservations. Book a tee time online eight days in advance via the reservation system, in person at the golf shop seven days in advance, or call the golf shop at (847) 835-0250 to make reservations six days in advance. For more information, please visit www.glencoegolfclub.com.
About Max’s on the Green
Max’s on the Green is located 621 Westley Rd., Glencoe, Ill. and open for spring and summer, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. through October 31. Reservations are not required, but are recommended for large parties and can be made at (847) 835-0250. For more information, please visit www.cateringbymaxs.com.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Pappadeaux, known for its fresh Gulf Coast seafood served in a fun and festive setting, also offers tempting treats for the sweet tooth, such as Bread Pudding, with bourbon sauce ($2.95); Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, with vanilla ice cream ($6.95); Banana Wafer Pudding ($6.75); Praline Cheesecake ($6.95); Vanilla Cheesecake, with fresh strawberries ($6.95); Key Lime Pie, in a graham cracker pecan crust ($6.95); Turtle Fudge Brownie, with pecans and vanilla ice cream ($6.95); Crème Brulée, with fresh fruit ($6.95); and Häagen-Dazs® Ice Cream ($2.95).
For more information on the Greater Chicago Food Depository, call (773) 247-FOOD, or visit http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/. For more information on Pappadeaux or to join Pappadeaux’s e-mail club, visit http://www.pappadeaux.com/.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sweet Baby Ray’s was not only a hit on television, but radio as well. Chef Duce Raymond shared grilling advice and ideas with Don Wade and Roma on WLS 890 AM. He provided an authentic sample for the hosts by grilling fresh food out on the sidewalk and bringing it up to the studio for a taste.
For the entire month of July, Sweet Baby Ray’s is celebrating Kansas City style barbecue and is offering Kansas City inspired dishes at its restaurant in Elk Grove Village (800 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village, Ill.; 847-437-9555) Specials include the Quarter Smoked Chicken with Burnt Ends, similar to brisket reduction, served with the Original Sweet Baby Ray’s Stovetop Recipe BBQ Sauce, a side of Kansas City style barbecue beans, Kansas City coleslaw and white bread ($10.49). Add 1/3 slab of Baby Back or St. Louis ribs for only $4
If you missed the television segments, click on the segments below to take a look at Chef Mike Nykaza on CBS:
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Too bad we haven't found a mirror app for our iPhones yet.