CITY WINERY NY EXECUTIVE CHEF ANDRES BARRERA TAKES ROOT IN CHICAGO Southside native introduces wine-matched “Sharing Is Pairing” small plates menu

image003After more than a dozen years in New York, City Winery’s Executive Chef Andres Barrera has returned to his Chicago hometown and joined the City Winery Chicago team full-time. His first order of business was streamlining Chicago’s production and table service by unveiling a revised, small plates/sharing-and-pairing menu. Read more

Ring in 2013 at Hyatt Regency O’Hare’s NYE RUNWAY BALL on December 31

 Hyatt Regency O’Hare invites guests to ring in 2013 at the NYE RUNWAY BALLon December 31.  The event features live music from popular bands Dot Dot Dot and 7th Heaven; entry to the Dance Club featuring DJ-SPIN; and access to Red Bar, the hotel’s swanky hot spot, where Tony Ocean will perform Frank Sinatra covers and more. A champagne toast, festive party favors, a fantasy casino, complete with fantasy poker, black jack and craps, played with fantasy money, and an open bar available throughout the evening are included.  Read more


World-renowned pastry guru, Chef Alain Roby, will put the finishing touches on the “World’s Longest Candy Cane” in an attempt to obtain his third Guinness World Record in beautiful downtown Geneva on Saturday, Decem

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ber 8 at 7:00 p.m. The candy cane will stretch 45 ft., beginning at the Geneva Courthouse and stretching to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen at 33 South Third Street. Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to join Mayor Kevin R. Burns and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and watch Chef Roby as he pulls sugar down festive Third Street. Holder of two Guinness World Records including World’s Tallest Cooked Sugar Building and World’s Tallest Chocolate Sculpture, Chef Roby’s attempt for a three-peat record will set him over the top as the only pastry chef to hold three Guinness World Records. His award-winning cooked sugar building was 12 feet, 10 inches tall and chocolate sculpture was 20 feet, 8 inches tall. Read more

Al’s Italian Restaurant Now Offers Pre-Fix Theatre Menu

Al’s Restaurant, a family owned restaurant in Cicero for over 50 years, is now offering a pre-fix theater menu.  Whether you are going Circle Theatre, catching the latest movie, or attending the Oak Park Chamber Orchestra, Al’s Restaurant pre-fix menu allows you to try some of the best items on the menu for a very affordable price, all while keeping your time constraints in mind.   Read more

Celebrating 10 Years, Fogo de Chão Is Still The King Of The Churrasciaria

It has been ten years since Chicago’s first Churrascaria, Fogo de Chão, was launched.  Since then, many competitors have opened in close proximity to the king of South American rotisserie cooking but none come close to the authenticity and quality of this original.    My friend and I recently dined at the newly renovated space in River North and had a truly out of body food experience.    Read more

Fogo de Chão Undergoes $750,000 Renovation & Expansion

Fogo de Chão introduced the City of Chicago to its authentic Southern Brazilian dining experience ten years ago when the churrascariabrought its award-winning flavor to 661 North LaSalle Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Now, Fogo has undergone a $750,000 renovation and expansion, adding private dining rooms, a restyled bar/lounge and an even more elaborate gourmet salad bar. Read more

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