Friday, July 24, 2015

Sweeten National Milk Chocolate Day Tuesday, July 28 with Milk Chocolate Pudding from Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding ($6)
Photo credit: Cindy Kurman, Kurman Communications, Inc.
Craving some sweet, melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate? If the answer is “yes,” then we have some good news for you! Tuesday, July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day, and what better way to satisfy your milk chocolate craving than with a heavenly serving of Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding at Luella’s Southern Kitchen (4609 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-961-8196). Add a performance of contemporary jazz from guitar wiz Lee Alec Barrie from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and you have quite the Tuesday night party!

Not only is Luella’s Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding ($6) handcrafted by Owner/Chef Darnell Reed himself, but it is served with a scrumptious strawberry jam anglaise and homemade praline ice cream. Chef Reed knows just what it takes to make this bread pudding melt in your mouth, just like any piece of milk chocolate would. The Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding is usually served during brunch, but Chef Reed is making an exception for the holiday and will be offering it all day on Tuesday, July 28.

What makes milk chocolate special is the addition of one of the following: liquid milk, milk power, or condensed milk. One of the most closely-guarded milk chocolate recipes belongs to Hershey’s, but Luella’s ingredients are no secret. To find out what makes their Milk Chocolate Pudding so delicious, head over to Luella’s Southern Kitchen and have a taste for yourself!
About Chef Reed
Darnell Reed is a graduate of Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago. He began his professional career in 1997 at the Palmer House Hilton where he served as Restaurant Chef at the French Quarter and the Big Downtown. In 2005, he was promoted to Executive Sous Chef at the Embassy Suites Chicago Lakefront where he handled banquet functions for up to 700 people. In April 2007, Reed was promoted to the dual Executive Chef position at the Hilton of Oakbrook and Hilton Garden Inn of Oakbrook. In May of 2010, he accepted the Executive Sous Chef position at the Conrad Chicago Hotel and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2011.Darnell Reed headshot by Cindy Kurman cropped horizontal 300 pixels w border

About Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Luella’s Southern Kitchen, located at 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. The restaurant opened February 3, 2015. Luella’s serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 
3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella’s is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. For more information, call the restaurant at (773) 961-8196 or visit the website at

About Lee Alec Barrie

Lee Alec Barrie is an accomplished contemporary jazz guitarist and guitarist synthesist who has been setting the mood for audiences for years with his creative mix of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz radio hits, instrumental pop and romantic bossa nova, backed by fully arranged recorded accompaniments. 

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