Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kurman Clients In The News July Roundup

If you've been as busy as we have, perhaps you missed some of the great news that we've been generating for our Kurman Communications clients. Here's a rundown of some of our hits in July. Thanks to all of the media and bloggers who support our clients by telling their stories. And, thanks to our readers for your continued interest. Have a great August. We look forward to seeing you in the news!

Cindy Kurman
Kurman Communications, Inc.

July 2011
Bistro One West 
07.01.11 Zagat: Bistro One West
07.01.11 Kane County Chronicle: Live outdoor music
07.01.11 Yumbly: Restaurant listing
07.01.11 Romantic Getaways by Connie: Bistro One West
07.08.11 My Suburban Life: Bistro One West
07.14.11 My Suburban Life: Live outdoor music
07.22.11 Kane County Chronicle: Favorite Dining Destination
08.01.11 Chicago Magazine: Best in Chicago for Fox River Dining

Chicago French Market
06.29.11 Food & Beverage News: Bastille Day and July Promotions
06.29.11 Day Life: Bastille Day and July Promotions
06.29.11 Treehugger: Bastille Day and July Promotions
06.29.11 Fuse: Bastille Day and July Promotions
06.29.11 Big Soccer: Pastoral Wine Tasting
06.30.11 Jetsettersblog: Bastille Day
07.04.11 Salut!: Chicago French Market
07.05.11 Every Block: Bastille Day
07.06.11 Illinois News Articles: Bastille Day and July Promotions
07.06.11 The Local Tourist: Bastille Day
07.06.11 India Times: Bastille Day and July Promotions
07.06.11 Zvents: Bastille Day
07.06.11 Chicago Now: Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
07.08.11 Chicago Splash: Bastille Day
07.08.11 Fulton River District Association: Bastille Day
07.08.11 Chicago Community Loan Fund: Bastille Day and July Promotions
07.08.11 Counselfrance-Chicago: Bastille Day
07.08.11 France Today: Bastille Day
07.08.11 Chicago Food Snob: Bastille Day
07.08.11 Metromix: Pastoral Picnic for Two
07.09.11 What's Cookin, Chicago: Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
07.11.11 Pop Sugar: Bastille Day
07.11.11 Chicago Tribune: Bastille Day
07.11.11 Metromix: Bastille Day
07.11.11 American Towns: Chicago French Market
07.12.11 Chicago Examiner: Bastille Day
07.12.11 Chicago Foodies: Bastille Day
07.13.11 C-Style Magazine: Bastille Day
07.13.11 I4U News: Bastille Day
07.13.11 Chicago Examiner: Bastille Day
07.13.11 Chicago Magazine-The Dish: Cooking Channel's Food Truck
07.14.11 Chicago Now: Bastille Day

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
07.05.11 Concierge Preferred: Sunday Prime Rib Dinner
07.06.11 Chicago Sun-Times: The Big Deals
07.08.11 Local Wine Events: Silverado Wine Dinner
07.08.11 Detroit News: Summer of Giving: Shades of Pink Foundation Dinner
07.08.11 Chicago Food Snob: Silverado Wine Dinner
07.08.11 Birmingham Patch: Leukemia Benefit
07.08.11 Brownies and Zucchini: Tasting Event
07.10.11 EatMKE: Mojita Bonita
07.12.11 312 Dining Diva: 5-6-7 Bar Menu
07.12.11 Madison Magazine: Madison Restaurant Week
07.12.11 Madison on the Cheap: Madison Restaurant Week
07.21.11 Swa-Rai: National Hamburger Day
07.21.11 Examiner Detroit: 99-Calorie Cocktails
07.23.11 Examiner Detroit: Summer of Giving
07.23.11 Examiner Detroit: Skinny Summer Sippin'
07.23.11 Examiner Detroit: Skinny Sexy Sailor

Green City Market
05.10.11 Chicago Sun-Times: BBQ
05.10.11 EatnDrinkChi: BBQ
07.09.11 Argyle News: BBQ
07.18.11 Show Me Chicago: BBQ

07.06.11 High Fructose Corn Syrup: Sweet Revenge
07.06.11 Wall Street Journal: Sweet Revenge
07.07.11 Milligan4Congress: Agave Nectar
07.07.11 Culture Waves: No HFCS
07.13.11 Attack Machine: Sweet Insanity

Westfield Old Orchard
03.07.11 Specialty Retail Report: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
03.07.11 Patch: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
07.01.11 Yelp: Wilde & Greene
07.01.11 Quintessential New Trier: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
07.01.11 SkokieNet: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
07.01.11 Make It Better: Wilde & Greene
07.10.11 Patch: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
07.11.11 Pioneer Local: Wilde & Greene Restaurant + Natural Market
07.12.11 Taste of green: Flash Mob
07.12.11 Carepoint: Flash Mob
07.14.11 Patch: Hiring at Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 Chicago Tribune: Reopening of Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 CBS Atlanta: Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 ProgressiveGrocer: Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 WGN Radio 720: Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 City Biz Real Estate: Wilde & Greene
07.18.11 Herald Online: Wilde & Greene
07.19.11 Retail Business Review: Wilde & Greene
07.19.11 Street Insider: Wilde & Greene
07.19.11 TD Ameritrade: Wilde & Greene
07.19.11 SpecialtyFoods: Wilde & Greene
07.22.11 Patch: Wilde & Greene
07.22.11 Pioneer Local: Sneak Peek
07.22.11 TribLocal: Wilde & Greene
07.25.11 Chicago Tribune: Wilde & Greene
07.26.11 LTH Forum: Wilde & Greene
07.26.11 Eater: Wilde & Greene
07.27.11 LaSplash: Wilde & Greene

Monday, July 25, 2011

Release of 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Available Only at Fleming’s Beginning August 6

From time to time, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (25 E. Ohio St., Chicago; 312-329-9463 and 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, Ill.; 847-793-0333) likes to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a bottle of special wine at a great price through the Fleming’s Icon Wine program. Starting August 6, Fleming's will have the exclusive release for the 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, coinciding with the winery release. Fleming’s will be the only restaurant to offer this wine and will have exclusivity on it for approximately one week.

The 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a profound, fruit-driven wine from a great California vintage. It has a dark ruby color with a purple edge and an inviting nose of ripe black plum, blackberry, baking spices and soy sauce. On the palate, the wine is rich and full, reminiscent of the flavors of a berry cobbler. It has a long, fruity finish with fine grained tannins, and is a testament to exquisite ripeness at moderate alcohol. With proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.

Fleming’s will offer guests the 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $100 per bottle from August 6 until September 30—or until inventory runs out (normally retails for $150 - $175).

The 2007 Silver Oak Alexander image
is also available in high-resolution.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Guanajuato Celebrates National Ice Cream Month

Have you been celebrating National Ice Cream Month this July? What better time to celebrate this delicious holiday than during one of the hottest months of the year! Can you believe this weather? Leading the celebration is Glencoe favorite, Guanajuato Contemporary Mexican
Restaurant & Tequila Bar (73 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe, Ill. 847-242-0501).

The restaurant’s namesake pays homage to its owner and chef Margarita Challenger’s hometown of Dolores Hidalgo, known for its unique ice cream flavors sold on every corner. The city’s central plaza is packed with vendors competing to win tourists’ attention with their ice cream. This authentic Mexican restaurant offers a plethora of unique flavors perfect for those long hot summer days. Escape the heat by treating yourself to two scoops of any flavor for $2.75 at Guanajuato 11 a.m. -10 p.m. daily.

Even the most persnickety ice cream connoisseurs won’t be able to resist these truly original flavors: Avocado, Cajeta (Mexican-style caramel), Cheese, Corn, Mole (Mexican-style chocolate), Pecan, Rum and Tequila. For those ice cream lovers who won’t stray from the classics, don’t worry—Guanajuato serves up Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. There’s something for everyone at Guanajuato!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Capriole Farm's Judy Schad visits Prairie Fire Wednesday, July 20

Spend an evening with Judy Schad from Capriole Farms and enjoy complimentary canapes and snacks highlighting their popular and delicious goat cheese, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Prairie Fire, 215 N. Clinton. For reservations, call 312-382-8300.

Cocktails featuring local, fresh, and organic products, along with beer and wine, will be available for purchase.

Friday, July 22 - Guest Bartenders

Come and meet Chef Mark & Liz Mendez as they guest bartend at Prairie Fire, 6-8 p.m.Friday, July 22. Enjoy Aqua de Valencia and Tapas while learning more about their new cozy West Loop venture 68 seat Uva wine bar opening this fall.

What will Uva be like? Spain seems to be the biggest influence, which is no big surprise since Uva means grape in Spanish and Mark spent the recent past as chef of Carnivale. According to Chicago Magazine, the restaurant will have a small-plate menu, and will also serve an "an affordable selection of Spanish and global wines." Wines also will be available on tap.

The Tribune reports that Spanish influence will carry over to the food, too. Though the menu isn't finalized, it will include some tapas standards. An official opening date hasn't been set but Mendez hopes it will open in the fall.

Uva, 1023 W. Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Photo: Mark & Liz Mendez

Friday, July 15, 2011

Great foodie weekend in Chicago @ Green City Market, Chicago French Market & in River North

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) will be a great day in Chicago if you’re a foodie. Start off the day at 9:30 a.m. with a personal tour of Green City Market by founding member Chef Sarah Stegner, an owner of Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton) and Prairie Grass Café (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook). You’ll meet the farmers and hear first hand about seasonal produce and how to use it. The tour is followed by a fabulous brunch at Prairie Fire where you’ll enjoy Mint Creek Farm Lamb, Genesis Growers Eggs & Greens, and Three Sister’s Garden Polenta, served family style with French Toast from Crumb with Tim Burton’s Maple Syrup and fresh seasonal fruit topping. The cost is $18.50 per person, including the tour. Guests are asked to make advance reservations by calling 312-382-8300. Sarah will meet you at the Green City Market information desk promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck Tour Comes to Chicago French Market

Following lunch, head-on over to the Chicago French Market to celebrate the Cooking Channel's first birthday. Kelsey Nixon, host of "Kelsey's Essentials," will be at the local stop on Saturday handing out free goodies from the Lavazza at French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago). She and the truck will be there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lavazza will be offering two specialties:

Affogato al caffé A typical Italian treat: espresso poured over vanilla gelato. The hot espresso and cold ice cream combine perfectly changing textures and temperature.
Cremespresso® Refreshing chilled and creamy espresso sorbet. Cremespresso® combines the aroma of Lavazza espresso with milk and cream, in a cool and creamy specialty that soothes the palate

After you’ve had your fill from Lavazza courtesy of the Cooking Channel, top off your afternoon and evening at Taste of River North (running July 15-17) presented by East Bank Club and hosted by the River North Residents' Association.  Located in and around Montgomery Ward Park, this 10th annual event features food by many River North area restaurants, live music, and it showcases best of everything the River North neighborhood has to offer!  The recommended donation for admission is $5. All food and beverages must be purchased for tickets, not cash.  Tickets are just $1.00 each, and will be sold in strips of 5 for $5.00 or 10 for $10.00 only. Tickets may be purchased at booths located near each gate.  Tickets may also be purchased at the wine concession on the river walk. Event hours are 5 pm to 10 pm on Friday July 15; noon to 10 pm on Saturday July 16, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday July 17.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Presents Silverado Wine Dinner

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (25 E. Ohio St., Chicago; (312) 329-9463) is hosting Silverado Vineyards at a wine dinner 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 29—showcasing five exceptional wines with winemaker and spokesperson Jon Emmerich.
The dinner starts with a reception course consisting of Chicken Saltimbocca, Ahi Tuna on wontons and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Spears paired with Silverado “Miller Ranch” Sauvignon Blanc, Yountville, Napa, 2009. The first course is Scallops with Meyer lemon honey glaze paired with Silverado Estate Chardonnay, Napa County, 2009. The second course is Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella with basil, EVOO and aged balsamic vinegar paired with Silverado Estate Merlot, Napa Valley, 2006. The main course is a Petit Filet Mignon, chimichuri and F17 sauces with roasted Yukon potatoes and Green City Market vegetables paired with Silverado “Solo” Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, 2007. The dinner concludes with Chocolate Crème Brulee with Green City Market fresh berries paired with Silverado Estate Cabernet, Napa Valley, 2007.
The dinner is $99 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes Silverado wine selections paired with the special five-course meal created by Fleming’s Chef Jerl Griffin. Reservations for the Silverado Wine Dinner with Jon Emmerich at Fleming’s are required and may be made by calling (312) 329-9463. Please note that space is limited.
About Jon Emmerich
Jon Emmerich, raised in Redwood City—a suburb south of San Francisco, has grown Silverado Vineyard’s reputation for quality and consistency. He attend college at UC Davis, where he enrolled in the Fermentation Science program—introducing him to the world of California wine. Emmerich’s passion led him and his roommate to use their dorm room as a place to make wine. He later took an internship in France where he learned more about traditional wine making craft.
Emmerich received a BS in Fermentation Science from UC Davis and started working a harvest at Stags Leap Wine Cellars. He went on to work at Conn Creek Winery and Sebastiani and in 1990 joined Silverado Vineyards.

Emmerich wears many hats at Silverado Vineyards, from managing winemaking to meeting consumers on the road. He is also currently on the Board of The Trellis Alliance, an advisory committee to the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Department. In the past, Emmerich has held presidential positions of the Napa Valley Wine Tech Group and the Winemaking Techniques Committee of the California Enological Research Association.

About Silverado Vineyards

Silverado Vineyards was established in 1981 by the Miller family. Diane and Ron Miller purchased the estate in the 1970s, selling their grapes to Napa’s best vintners who made award-winning wine. They eventually started making their own wines, offering the best they could produce for a fair price—this idea has remained their guiding philosophy since.

About Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders—with a unique wine list known as the “Fleming’s 100™” that features 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, Calif. in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. Today there are 64 restaurants nationwide. Fleming’s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Spectator’s annual Awards of Excellence, and Wine Enthusiast’s annual Awards of Distinction.

For more information about Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, please visit

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Personal Green City Market Tour Followed By Brunch at Prairie Fire

Join Prairie Fire (215 N. Clinton St., Chicago; (312) 382-8300) chef, Sarah Stegner, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16 for a personal tour of Green City Market (1750 N. Clark St., Chicago) followed by a family-style "communal" market brunch 11:30 a.m. at Prairie Fire.
The menu will feature Mint Creek Farm lamb, Genesis Growers eggs and greens, and Three Sister's Garden polenta. Guests can enjoy family-style:

    • French Toast from Crumb with Tim Burton's maple syrup and fresh seasonal fruit topping.
    • Sliced Mint Creek Farm Lamb Sausage with summer herb remoluade, served with grilled veggies and Capriole Farm goat cheese.
    • Crisp Polenta Cake with poached farm egg and summer vegetable relish, topped with Maple Creek Farm bacon.
    • Coffee and tea.

$18.50 per person-price excludes tax, gratuity and alcohol beverages.
Guests must provide their own transportation.
Meeting spot: GCM info booth.

The brunch will also feature special guest Heather Lalley, author of The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook of which she spent a year interviewing Chicago chefs and farmers-recognizing the tremendous commitment in creating wonderful, fresh, farm-to-table food. Lalley's book can be purchased at Prairie Fire's market brunch for $30.

DSC_0605LRStegner is a founding member of Chicago's Green City Market-a weekly venue for Midwest sustainable farmers. Green City Market draws hundreds of thousands of shoppers annually, making it Chicago's largest market and among the few sustainable markets in the country. Prairie Fire and Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, Ill.; 847-205-4433) are proud to support Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season.

About Chef Sarah Stegner
Two-time James Beard award-winner, Sarah Stegner, is co-chef and co-owner (along with George Bumbaris) of Prairie Fire and Prairie Grass Cafe. This Evanston, Ill. native grew up in a family devoted to food, thus setting the foundation for her passionate and successful career as one of America's most respected chefs.

Stegner graduated with a chef's certificate from the Glencoe, Ill. Dumas Pere Cooking School. She went on to build her prestige reputation at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago, establishing her friendship with now business partner, Chef George Bumbaris. Even through her impressive award-wining history, Stegner remains modest and passionate about using the best seasonal ingredients to be found.

Photo of Sarah Stegner (shown above) available in high-resolution.
Photo credit: Cindy Kurman, Kurman Communications, Inc.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Green City Market Chef's BBQ Benefit July 21 in Lincoln Park

Join nearly 100 of Chicago’s premiere chefs from 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Green City Market (1750 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill.) for the “True Taste of Chicago,” the Green City Market Chef's BBQ Benefit. The Chefs partner with the Green City Market farmers and producers to develop recipes that promote the bounty of fruits and vegetables currently available. In addition to food, locally made beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Online purchase of tickets is available on through July 11 and at the Market information booth every Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the BBQ. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges and no dogs are allowed at the event.

Ticket Prices:
Ages 12+: $100.00 (includes entry and all food/beverages)

Ages 12 and under: $25.00

VIP Tickets: $250.00 (Includes pre-event access at 4:30 p.m. and exclusive cocktails from 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

VIP Tables: $2,500.00 (The VIP Heirloom table is $2,500 and seats ten. VIP tables are not available online but can be purchased by calling the Green City Market office at 773.880.1266).

Don’t miss out on one of Chicago’s most unique and tastiest events of the year. It doesn’t get better than great food, drinks, music and the beauty of Lincoln Park on a summer evening in Chicago. The proceeds from the event support Green City Market’s educational programs and outreach initiatives.

Restaurants & Chefs Participating:
676: Chefs Daren Wardynski, Kevin Atkinson & Karla Zarate
Atwood Café: Chef Derek Simcik
Avec/Blackbird: Chefs Koren Grievson and Paul Kahan
Belly Shack/Urban Belly: Chef Bill Kim
Benny’s Chop House: Chef Jonathan Lane
Big Bowl: Chef Marc Bernard
Big Jones: Chefs Paul Fehribach, Mark Armantrout & Drew Swanson
Bin 36: Chef John Caputo
Bistronomic: Chef Martial Nougier
Blue 13/Elate: Chefs Chris Curren, Chris Davies & Mike Noll
BOKA: Chef Giuseppe Tentori
Branch 27: Chefs Katherine August & Cary Michael
Bristol: Chef Chris Pandel
Butcher and Larder: Chefs Rob & Allie Levitt
Café BaBa Reeba: Chef Tim Cottini
Capriole: Chefs Judith Schad & Sofia Solomon
Carnivale: Chef David Dworshak
Chilam Balam: Chef Chuy Valencia
City Provisions: Chef Cleetus Friedman
Coco Pazzo: Chefs Chris Macchia & Stephanie Mazzone
Convito Café and Market: Chefs Noe Sanchez, Nancy Brussat Barocci & Candace Barocci Warner
Custom House Tavern: Chef Bryce Caron
David Burke’s Primehouse: Chef Rick Gresh
Café des Architectes: Chef Greg Biggers
Dirk’s Fish: Chefs Dirk Fucik, Terry Fucik, Ayla Fucik, Dee Fucik & Amir Rafizadeh
Eli’s Cheescake: Chefs Jolene Worthington & Diana Moles
Elysian Hotel: Chefs Danny Grant & Jason McLeod
Foodlife: Chef John Chiakulas
Four Seasons: Chefs Kevin Hickey & Scott Gerken
Fox & Obel: Chef Pamela Fitzpatrick
Franks 'N' Dawgs: Chefs Alexander Brunacci & Joe Doren
Frontera Grill: Chef Rick Bayless
Girl and the Goat: Chef Stephanie Izard
Goose Island: Chef Andrew Hroza
Green Zebra: Chefs Shawn McClain, Jon DuBois & Mary Christie
Hot Chocolate: Chefs Mindy Segal & Aric Miech
Inovasi: Chef John des Rosiers
Kendall College: Chef Mitch Cavanah
Leopold: Chef Jeffrey Hedin
Limelight: Chef Rita Gutekanst
Lockwood: Chef Gregory Elliott
Lulu Café/ Nightwood: Chef Jason Hammel
Marion Street Cheese Market: Chef Leonard Hollander
Mighty Nice Grill
MK: Chef Michael Kornick
Mon Ami Gabbi: Chef Justin Dumcum
Naha: Chef Carrie Nahabedian
Nomi at the Park Hyatt
North Pond: Chef Bruce Sherman
Old Town Social: Chef Jared Van Camp
One Sixty Blue: Chefs Michael McDonald & Hillary Blanchard
Osteria Via Stato: Chefs David DiGregorio & Allison Gallese
Park Grill
Perennial Virant: Chefs Paul Virant, Scott Manley & Kenord Clarke
Prairie Grass Café/ Prairie Fire: Chefs Sarah Stegner & George Bumbaris
Prasino: Chef Todd C. Feitl
Province: Chef Randy Zweiban
Publican/Big Star: Chefs Paul Kahn, Brian Huston & Justin Large
Rhapsody: Chefs Dean Zanella & Danial Romero
Ritz Carlton: Chefs Mark Payne, Chuck Kazmer & Eric Estrella
Sable Kitchen & Bar: Chef Heather Terhune
Seedling: Chef Peter Klein
Sepia: Chefs Andrew Zimmerman, Emmanuel Nony, Carlos Velasquez, Kyle McElhinney, Charles Welch & Cindy Schuman
Signature Room: Chef Patrick Sheerin
Smoque BBQ/Ina’s: Chefs Barry Sorkin & Ina Pinkney
Snookelfritz: Chef Nancy Silver
Socca: Chef Roger Herring
Sola: Chefs Carol Wallack & Bob Bagley
Southern: Chef Cary Taylor
South Water Kitchen: Chef Roger Waysok
Café Spiaggia: Chefs Sarah Gruenberg, Erik Freeberg & Tony Mantuano
Sprout: Chef Dale Levitski
Sunday Dinner: Chefs Christine Cikowski & Josh Kulp
Tavernita: Chef Ryan Poli
Terzo Piano at the Art Institute: Chefs Tony Mantuano & Meg Colleran Sahs
The Bedford: Chef Mark Steuer
The Chopping Block: Chefs Shelley Young, Janet Kirker, John Peters & Nate Diss
The Gage & Henri: Chefs Dirk Flanigan & Michael Dean Reynolds
The Goddess and Grocer/Feast: Chef Debbie Sharpe
Three Floyds: Chef Mike Sheerin
Uncommonground-Clark St.: Chef Justin Martin
Uncommonground-Devon St.: Chef Chris Spear
Vie: Chefs Paul Virant & Nathan Sears
Wave: Chef Kristine Subido
West Town Tavern: Chefs Susan Goss & Drew Goss
Zealous/Du Champ: Chef Michael Taus

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago

Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago
Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants & Events
By Jennifer Olvera

From its ethnic enclaves and under-the-radar eateries to haute haunts and places serving seasonal fare, Chicago is a singular, yet multifaceted, culinary destination. In Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, longtime food writer Jennifer Olvera shares an insider’s perspective on where to find, and revel in, the city’s edible treasures.

The engagingly written, first edition title book—the only and most comprehensive of its kind in Chicago—reveals neighborhood joints, along with quintessential Chicago classics. Appealing to residents and visitors alike, it is an indispensable resource filled with local purveyors and both popular and lesser-known destinations. Its rich—and endlessly tasty—food coverage includes:

·        Restaurants—lauded and hidden—in the city and suburbs
·        Specialty food stores, niche grocers and ethnic markets
·        Butchers and fishmongers
·        Local farms, farmers’ markets and farm stands
·        Food festivals and engaging food- and drink-related events
·        Recipes from top Chicago chefs
·        The city’s best wine bars, brewpubs, lounges and distilleries
·        Cooking classes, culinary schools and wine and beverage workshops
·        Food fun for families, local lore and information on food-centric organizations

Inside its pages are recipes from touted chefs, including Paul Kahan and Rick Bayless as well as Giuseppe Tentori, Paul Virant and Bill Kim. Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago,, is a definitive resource for food lovers near and far, and it’s meant to be savored and used as a source of inspiration by anyone who loves good eats. 

Chicago French Market Demo and Signing
Jennifer will be doing a demo and book signings at Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton, noon to 1:30 p.m. August 12 and 13. The event is free and open to the public. Books may be purchased for $15.95.

About the Author
Jennifer Olvera—a graduate of DePaul University—has been covering Chicago food and dining for internationally recognized print publications and websites for over a decade. A contributor to the Zagat Chicago Restaurants Survey, she regularly pens stories (and tests recipes) for the Food section of Chicago Sun-Times and writes about far-flung destinations—often with an eye toward edibles—for Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and In the past, Jennifer also served as a dining critic for Chicago magazine. When she’s not seeking her next meal, you’ll find her tending to her garden, canning or cooking up a storm.
 Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago
By Jennifer Olvera
ISBN 978-0-7627-7015-1 • $15.95 • Paperback • 5 7/8 x 6 7/8 • 480 pages • June 14, 2011
Globe Pequot Press /

Singer Greta Pope Performs Around Chicago This July

If you missed it, don’t fret. She has several fun and exciting events up  coming  this month. You can learn more by visiting Greta Pope Entertainment at Greta's Website and by subscribing to Greta's Blog.

Greta Pope's Upcoming July Events 
Benny's Chop House
444 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th
7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Jazz Tropicale Cruise
Tall Ship Windy
Navy Pier
July 10, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by 90.9 fm WDCB
Featuring Greta Pope, Joannie Pallato,
Dill Costa and Perrian Jordan

Tickets $65
For reservations call 312-595-5472

"Under the Stars"
Hosted by the Italian American Human Relations Foundation of Chicago
July 12

Mart Anthony Restaurant
1200 West Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60607

5:30 General Seating
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Concert
$40 per person paid in advance
$45 at the door
For reservations call 773-276-7800

Bastille Day Celebration
131 North Clinton
Chicago, IL 60661
July 13, 2011
5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission
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