Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 Easter and Passover Dining in Chicago and its Suburbs

 Luella's Southern Kitchen Ups the Ante for Easter Brunch
with Delicious Southern Dishes

CHICAGO (March 2015) - Ever since his February opening of Luella's Southern Luellas-Interior-v2-lr-gifKitchen in Chicago's Lincoln Square (4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-961-8196), Chef/Owner Darnell Reed has wowed Chicagoans with his impeccable renditions of great Southern regional dishes. He also will bring his masterful touch to Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 5 with two wonderful specials in addition to the regular brunch menu. His special Easter entrée will be Crawfish Étouffée with Carolina Gold Rice ($14) and he will also add a scrumptious dessert special, the Dessert Sampler ($6), featuring a Beignet, Blackberry Hand Pie, Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding and Caramel Ice Cream.

Southern Benedict  11 v2 copy Luella's popular weekend brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, has received rave reviews. Among the favorites are Buttermilk Fried Chicken with smoked gravy ($12), Southern Benedict with Slagel Farms pork, poached eggs, crystal Hollandaise and buttermilk biscuit ($11); Bananas Foster Pancakes ($10); Bananas Foster Pancakes  10 v2 copyChicory Coffee French Toast with crème brulee batter and fresh berries ($11) and Shrimp and Grits, made with BBQ shrimp, dandelion greens and cream cheese grits ($15). For the kids, Chef Darnell serve Mickey Mouse Pancake copys a Mickey Mouse Pancake ($4), with an artfully created face of the famous cartoon icon baked into the pancake.

About Chef Reed
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 Darnell Reed lr500 by Cindy KurmanChef 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.

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

 Lavish Buffet for All to Enjoy This Passover and Easter
at Maxwell's at the Club

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Maxwell's at the Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800, Ext. 301), is offering a special Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, April 3. Maxwell's executive sous chef Richard Hall, along with East Bank Club's executive chef Mike Lodes, have teamed up to prepare a lavish buffet complete with appetizers, entrées and desserts. Passover favorites will include Matzo Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish with beet horseradish, Braised Brisket of Beef and Roast Lamb. "Many of our Passover dishes are prepared from family recipes," says Mike Romano, Director of Food and Beverage. "Passover dinner has been an East Bank Club tradition for years. We are thrilled to invite all of Chicago to enjoy this tradition with us." Reservations are recommended.

Friday, April 3, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Gefilte Fish, beet horseradish
Chopped Chicken Livers with matzo
House Cured Salmon, dilled mustard sauce
Romaine Salad with Roasted Peppers, Herb Vinaigrette
Smoked Whitefish with Fennel and Arugula
Spring Greens with Orange-Fennel Vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad
Cucumber and Onion Salad
Quinoa and Asparagus Salad with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
Caponata Salad
Honey-Orange Carrot Salad
Potato Salad with Spring Onions

Braised Brisket of Beef, natural jus
Roasted Breast of Turkey, cranberry-orange relish

Zucchini Potato Pancakes, sour cream, apple compote
Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots and Asparagus
Noodle Kugel
Herb Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
 Roast Lamb with Vegetables
Horseradish Crusted Baked Cod, Lemon Sauce
Roast Chicken Breast with Spicy Sweet Peas
Beef Pot Roast Braised with Beets and Almonds
Roast Salmon with Pomegranate Sauce


Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Berries
Assorted Macaroons
Matzo Baklava
Chocolate Dipped Matzo
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Amaretto Olive Oil Cake
Assorted Cheesecake

Kosher wine also is included with the buffet, and each table will receive a traditional Haggadah so guests may participate in the Passover tradition of reading of the story of Passover. The Passover buffet is $45 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.  Reservations are recommended. Large groups are welcome.

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Bring the Family to Maxwell's at the Club for Easter Brunch

This Easter, leave the cooking up to someone else and join Maxwell's at the Club (500 N. Kingsbury St) for Easter Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5. This extraordinary buffet features prime rib and roast turkey carving stations, an omelet bar, a waffle bar, assorted pastries and seasonal berries, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads and entrée choices. Your kids will enjoy a special visit from the Easter Bunny, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so be sure to bring your cameras to capture the memory. Brunch costs $45 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. Call 312-527-5800, Ext. 301 to secure a reservation.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5th 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shrimp Cocktail with Cocktail Sauce and Lemon
Chilled Roasted and Poached Salmon, Mustard Sauce
Lox and Cream Cheese
Sliced Tomatoes and Red Onions
Chive Cream Cheese
Assorted Bagels
Caesar Salad
Chopped Kale Salad, toasted almonds, blueberries, lemon vinaigrette
Mesclun Salad, balsamic vinaigrette
Mediterranean Farro Salad
Spring Potato Salad with Tuna
Jasmine Rice and Edamame Salad
Panzanella Salad
Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Dates and Oranges
Shrimp and Pasta Salad
Barley, Sweet Pea and Mint Salad


Roast Prime Rib of Beef, au jus and Horseradish
Roast Breast of Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
Spiral Sliced Ham, Bourbon-Mustard Sauce

Chicken and Apple Sausage and Pork Sausage
Breakfast Potatoes
Eggs Benedict/Florentine
Sour Cream Pancakes/French Toast
Maple Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders with Waffles
Maple Syrup, Whipped Butter and Berry Topping
Cheese Blintzes
Gnocchi with Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms


Maxwell's at the Club, always open to the public, is located in Chicago's East Bank Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., 312-527-5800, Ext. 301). It is open weekdays for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. for dinner. The bar/lounge area is open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Maxwell's serves brunch every Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Valet parking is available across the street. For more information, please visit

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Best Easter Brunch Buffet in North Suburban Chicago
 at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook

When looking for a restaurant to celebrate Easter, you want to make sure that there's something offered for the entire family to enjoy. Look no further than Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) in Northbrook. Prairie Grass Cafe Brunch 300Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have created a buffet experience with something for everyone to enjoy.

Prairie Grass Cafe is known for its sustainable, local and a deliciously healthy focus. Their reasonably priced brunch buffet, at $48 for adults and $18 for children 10 and under, won't disappoint. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of selections, from Prairie Grass Cafe's signature "PGC Benedict" with Poached Egg and Spinach and Roasted Tomato Hollandaise, to an array of salads, savories, creative side dishes, and desserts.  Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 5. Prairie Grass Cafe also will be open for dinner on Easter Sunday, offering its regular menu along with specials,
Roasted Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Sauteed Fennel ($34), Sauteed Wild Fluke with Seasonal Sides ($32) and Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting ($7.50).

Easter Brunch Menu: April 5th 2015
10 - 2pm    
$48 Adult / $18 Children 10 and under

Every guests starts with our Signature "PGC Benedict" Poached Egg with Spinach, and Roasted Tomato Hollandaise

Buffet•    Pasta Salad with Watercress Pesto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
•    Marinated Beets with "Capriole Farm" Goat Cheese and Sliced Pears
•    Chopped Greek Salad with Peppers, Cucumbers, Onions, Olives, Feta and Red Wine Oregano Vinaigrette
•    Deviled Farm Eggs
•    Smoked Sturgeon with Cream Cheese, Chives and Candied Red Onions
•    Warm Baked Feta Topped with Thin Slices of Banana Peppers•    Our Signature Moussaka - Layers of Eggplant, Potato and Braised Lamb topped with Bechamel Sauce
•    Panko and Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauces
•    Sauteed Tilapia with Grapefruit and Capers
•    Fresh "Peekytoe" Crab Cakes over Roasted Tomato Chutney;  Lemon Butter Sauce
•    Crispy Yukon Gold Potatoes with Spicy Aioli Sauce ( Boiled & Fried)
•    Roasted Tri-Color Cauliflower with Spicy Sauce and Bread Crumbs
•    Fennel Raisin Bread, French Baguettes, Multigrain Loaves,
•    Warm Raisin Buns, Cheese and Jam Danish, Chocolate Croissants
•    Applewood Smoked Maple Creek Farm Bacon / Ancho Breakfast Sausage
•    Carved-to-Order Bone-In Glazed Ham
•    Ancho Marinated Skirt Steak
•     "Made to order" Omelet Station: Homemade Crumbled Maple Creek Farm Chorizo, Poblano Peppers, Spring Onions, Tomato, Jack cheese, Cheddar, Mushrooms and Spinach
•    Hot Fresh Waffle Station with Maple Syrup

Dessert Buffet
•    Fresh Sliced Ripe Fruit
•    Platter of Berries
•    Crepe Station: Chocolate and Whipped Cream,  Raspberry Jam with Powdered Sugar
•    Double Chocolate Cup Cakes
•    Mom's Homemade Banana Cream Pie
•    Warm Cherry Crumble with Toasted Oat Topping

About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit

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