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24.7.15

VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Muscially Mastered Menu by Chef Stephanie Izard + Lollapalooza


To the delight of Chicagoan foodies and music lovers, VH1 Save The Music hosts it’s 1st ever Lolla After Dark event in the windy city. The event is the second leg of the foundation’s hit “Musically Mastered Menu” series. The pop up dinner brings together celebrated chefs and musicians for a night of food and music.  

Top chef winner Stephanie Izard will be joined by budding artist and Lolla performer, Zella Day on the rooftop of The Little Goat Diner for an exciting evening aimed at raising funds to restore music programs in public schools across the country.

 

The three-city series kicked-off in Nashville on April 27 and featured a performance by singer/songwriter/guitarist/banjoist Elle King along with a Musically Mastered Menu created by Chef Trevor Moran of the Catbird Seat. Rounding out the tour, we’ll end in our hometown of New York City on November 11th to kick-off VH1 Your Oughta Know Live in Concert with Chef Marc Murphy and an artist on the rise.
Please Come join me,
to purchase your tickets click here

21.7.15

31 days of German Riesling



Prost! to a beautiful day in Chicago and enjoying a glass of German Riesling on the patio at Embeya


About the 31 Days of German Riesling

31 Days of German Riesling is the national celebration of Germany’s most famous grape! Over 100 restaurants and wine shops nationwide have pledged their dedication to German Riesling by offering by-the-glass specials and tastings throughout the month of July.

Participating restaurants will offer at least two German Rieslings by the glass for the month of July, with some providing special offers such as Riesling flights and menu pairings. Wine shops across the country will offer in-store tastings and discounts on bottles of our favorite wine for the entire month. Find a tasting near you here

I enjoyed a glass of Diel Kabinett Riesling that was paired lovely with my lunch tasting at Embeya. 



Green Papaya
cucumber, crispy shallots, Thai basil mint 

Chicken Thigh
steamed cabbage, roasted potato, soy-mirin jus

In addition, Wines of Germany is giving one lucky winner a brand new wine fridge and $2,000 to Wine.com to stock it with your favorite German Rieslings. To enter, show us how you enjoy Riesling on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #ReachforRiesling or enter via the online gallery. Official sweepstakes rules can be found here




A sponsored post/ad for German Wine USA 



14.7.15

Green City Market Chef BBQ 2015 #GCMCHEFBBQ



Green City Market's Chef BBQ is MY favorite summertime event in Chicago. I have been attending the Chef BBQ for years now, and I always have the BEST time. I am an avid supporter of Green City Market, as I love buying local, and having the comfort of knowing my farmers and where the food that I ultimately consume, comes from.  Furthermore, the GCM BBQ includes participation from a bunch of Chicago's top chefs and restaurants, so it fits right up my alley by combing my favorite interests.  GCM Chef BBQ really does offer the best of the best, featuring celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard, among others...  So buy a ticket and have a chance to mingle with them!

On Thursday, over 100 of Chicago's top restaurants provide tasting portions of local, sustainable, heirloom produce and heritage meats sourced from GCM farmers. Multiple Midwest brewers, distilleries, and wineries offer tastings of their handcrafted beverages with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.





Tickets
General admission: $125    Kids (12 and under): $25    VIP: $250


Become a Green VIP
The VIP experience includes: one hour early admission to the BBQ, access to the VIP Lounge, open bar, and passed hors d'oeuvres from Limelight Catering.
Large Corporate Cabanas - $10,000 each
Each cabana includes a private lounge space for 16 guests
Dedicated server for food and beverage service
Logo recognition at the gold level and logo placement on cabana, step & repeat, and program
Private Lounge Grouping - $5,000 each
• A small cabana to accommodate 10 guests.
• Dedicated server for food and beverage service.
• Logo recognition at the silver level in program and on cabana
Private table
•Reserved tables of 2, 4, 6, 10, and more available for purchase at the per person price of VIP tickets.
Need a Ride?


Need Chef BBQ transportation?  Download the Curb Taxi app and enter promo code GREENCITY for $10 off your first ride! For each ride taken, Curb will donate $5 to Green City Market.

Participating restaurants
312 Chicago
676 Restaurant and Bar
Arbor
Armour & Swift
Atwood Restaurant
Balena
Bar Takito / Takito Kitchen
Bell's Brewery
BellyQ
Big Jones
Bistronomic
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Boka
Boltwood
Bottlefork / Duck Inn
Cafe des Architectes
Candid Wines
Cello Via
Ceres' Table
CH Distillery
Chilam Balam, Shaman by Chilam Balam
Columbia Street Roastery
Cookies & Carnitas
Dablon Vineyards WInery & Tasting Room
Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop
DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, and MK
Eli's Cheesecake
Embeya
Farmhouse Chicago
Forbidden Root Brewery
Fork
Formento's
FOUND
Fresh Coast
Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO
Frontier
Gather
Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat
Goose Island Beer Company
Grand River Spirits
GT Fish and Oyster
HaiSous
Half Acre Beer Co.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Heartland Meats Inc.
Hickory Creek Winery
Highflier Provisions
Homestead on the Roof
Illinois Sparkling Co.
Intelligentsia Coffee / Kilogram Tea
Japonais by Morimoto
Knife&Tine
KOVAL Distillery
La Sirena Clandestina and the upcoming El Che Bar
Lakeshore Beverage
Lehmans Orchard
Lillie's Q/LQ Chicken Shack
Limelight
Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Lula
Lush Wine & Spirits featuring Chateau Nomad
Lynfred Winery
Maddy's Dumpling House
Madison & Rayne
Maple & Ash
Metropolitan Brewing
Midwest Wine Selections
mk restaurant
Momotaro
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
New Holland Brewing and Artisan Spirits
North Pond Restaurant
North Shore Distillery
Off Color Brewing
One Off Hospitality Group
One Off Hospitality Group: Blackbird, the Publican & Nico Osteria
Oppidan Spirits
Osteria Via Stato
Park Grill at Millennium Park
Perennial Virant
Piece Brewery
Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula Chicago
Prairie Grass Cafe
Quincy Street Distillery
Red Door
Revel
River Roast
Round Barn Winery, Brewery, and Distillery
Sable Kitchen & Bar
Salero Restaurant
Seedling
Sepia
Seven Lions
Shaw's Crab House
Smoque and Ina
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Sunday Dinner Club and Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Table, Donkey and Stick
Taus Authentic
Terrace @ The Conrad
Terzo Piano
Tesori Trattoria and Bar
TÊTE Charcuterie
The Betty
The Bristol
The Chopping Block
The Dawson
The Gage/Acanto
The Glunz Tavern
The Kitchen
The Nomad Food Company
The Radler
The Signature Room at the 95th
Three Floyds Brewpub
Trenchermen & Pub Royale
Two Brothers Brewing Co.
Uncommon Ground & Greenstar Brewing
Uncommon Ground on Devon
Vie Restaurant
Villains Chicago
Vitani Spirits
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Wirtz Beverage Group
White Oak
Wood Restaurant

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13.7.15

Lunch at Avec


Avec is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.  On Friday, I met my friend Ryan Arnold, sommelier of Lettuce Entertain You, there for lunch. Ryan ad I wanted to catch up after we were lucky to run into each other during our busy weekend at The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.  

We sipped on a crisp Portuguese Verdelho and devoured the following: 






Smoked WhiteFish Salad 

spinach, turnip, marinated cucumber, red onion, and taramasalta crouton 






Gyro sausage Sandwich

Pita with cucumber, smoked yogurt, turnips and red onion







Avec Burger 

chorizo and beef burger with bacon, date mustard and piquillo pepper aoili





Nutter Butters (My fave dessert ever!) 

AVEC
615 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
312. 377-2002


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10.7.15

Windy City Smokeout







July 10-12 2015 
Grand & The Chicago River 





BBQ

MYRON MIXON



DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE



PAPPY'S SMOKEHOUSE



THE SALT LICK


HOGAPALOOZA



UBONS



SMOQUE



CHICAGO Q


LILLIE'S Q



BUB CITY







KACEY MUSGRAVES


PAT GREEN


CHRIS YOUNG


LEE BRICE


JON PARDI


DAN + SHAY


CHRIS STAPLETON


TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS


A THOUSAND HORSES


WILL HOGE


RANDY ROGERS BAND


SHAWN LACY


JUKEBOX MAFIA


OLD DOMINION


DREW BALDRIDGE


GRANGER SMITH FEAT EARL DIBBLES JR


THE RAILERS


CHEYENNE ROSE


SUNDY BEST


PEACHY PYRON


COURTNEY COLE


BRETT YOUNG



Schedule

KACEY MUSGRAVES

8:00 PM NORTH STAGE
PAT GREEN
6:30 PM SOUTH STAGE
JON PARDI
5:15 PM NORTH STAGE
A THOUSAND HORSES
4:00 PM SOUTH STAGE
SHAWN LACY
3:00 PM SOUTH STAGE



CHRIS YOUNG

8:00 PM NORTH STAGE
TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS
6:30 PM SOUTH STAGE
DAN + SHAY
5:20 PM NORTH STAGE
WILL HOGE
4:00 PM NORTH STAGE
THE RAILERS
2:45 PM NORTH STAGE
DREW BALDRIDGE
2:00 PM SOUTH STAGE
JUKEBOX MAFIA
1:00 PM SOUTH STAGE
CHEYENNE ROSE 
12:00 PM SOUTH STAGE


LEE BRICE

8:00 PM NORTH STAGE
CHRIS STAPLETON
6:50 PM SOUTH STAGE
RANDY ROGERS BAND
5:30 PM NORTH STAGE
GRANGER SMITH FEATURING EARL DIBBLES JR.
4:00 PM NORTH STAGE
OLD DOMINION
3:00 PM SOUTH STAGE
SUNDY BEST
2:00 PM SOUTH STAGE
COURTNEY COLE
1:20 PM SOUTH STAGE
BRETT YOUNG
12:40 PM SOUTH STAGE
PEACHY PYRON
12:10 PM SOUTH STAGE
*set times are subject to change