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Taste of Chicago with Chef Tong

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My Private Chef Appears
at Taste of Chicago/in the Kitchen with Mariano’s

Chef Christopher Tong, one of Chicagoland’s most accomplished chefs and a favorite of Taste of Chicago will appear again this year “In the Kitchen with Mariano’s”.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances.

He will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious summertime dish: Seared Shrimp, Avocado and Jicama Cocktail with Mango-Chipolte Vinaigrette.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and and come away with great cooking tips.

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm in the Mariano’s Cooking Demonstration Stage at the Northwest Corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

The 35th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 8-12 in Grant Park. Admission is Free. For details, visit www.tasteofchicago.us

 

 

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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Taco Party at El Mariachi July 23

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Kit Kat Benefit Night June 16th

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Water With Blessings Fundraiser at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
Dine, Drink and Donate to Benefit Nepal’s Earthquake Victims

Tuesday, June 16          6-8 p.m. $20 donation

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club invites you to drink, dine and donate to those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. On Tuesday, June 16, the Lakeview-located restaurant will offer an Effen vodka hosted bar and passed hors-d’oeuvres from 6-8 p.m. to benefit Water With Blessings, an organization that is dedicated to bringing clean water to families in Nepal. The minimum participation fee is $20 per person (tickets available at the door). For every $30 the charity receives, they will be able to provide three needy families with a water filtration system.For more information, visit waterwithblessings.org or contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
773.525.1111
KitKatChicago.com
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Mexican Brunch and Cooking Class

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BONUS BRUNCH DAY!

MONDAY, Memorial Day ! Brunch & $5 House Margaritas

Experience some of the hottest brunch spots in the

East Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Great places to enjoy with family & friends. An amazing expansive brunch menu. Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

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Serving Brunch From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill (773) 549-2932

www.elmariachitequilabar.com

and –

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse (773) 661-9893

www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

***THURSDAY COOKING/EATING CLASS – ALMOST SOLD OUT!

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Marilyn Monroe Brunch at Kit Kat

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Annual Marilyn Monroe

Birthday Brunch 

Celebrate a Hollywood Icon at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club


Sunday, May 31      11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lakeview’s Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual Marilyn Monroe birthday brunch extravaganza on Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Marilyn was born on June 1, 1926). Throughout the day, Diva Madam X will perform as the ultimate Hollywood icon herself with rousing renditions of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, along with an array 1950’s show tunes.

Brunch guests may choose to dine alfresco on Kit Kat’s stylish sidewalk patio, or in the main dining room complete with seven jumbo projection screens playing Marilyn’s movies and retro footage of the starlet. Kit Kat’s weekend brunch menu will be offered (Chicken and Waffles; Crab Cakes Benedict; Rice Krispie French Toast; Steak Skillet and more), along with build your own mimosas, bloody martinis, sangria and bellinis for $14.95 with the purchase of any brunch entree.

In honor of Marilyn’s birthday event, the supper club’s bar team will be shaking and serving a special “Goddess” martini made with Effen Vodka, white grape juice, champagne float and sugared rim ($7).

For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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Best Inexpensive Places to eat Chicago

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In a city as food-rich as Chicago, there’re always some places that ought to have lines running out the door, but don’t have lines running out the door… yet. These are some of those restaurants: 15 spots in 15 all-important categories — from donut shops to burger joints — none of which 1) have any Michelin stars, 2) are on any of the most recent Best Restaurants in Chicago lists from Chicagoist, Food & Wine, or Zagat, or 3) get nearly the amount of hype they deserve.  AND  REASONABLE!

Check them out HERE

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Cinco de Mayo Chicago 2015

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5 Days of Parties! 2 Locations!

El Mariachi and Revolution!!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has gained huge popularity!

Come celebrate in Lakeview at El mariachi or Revolucion…or BOTH!

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Dining Out For Life Chicago 2015

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Local Chicago nonprofit, EdgeAlliance, has this month announced more than 70 restaurants to participate in city-wide event, Dining Out for Life, to benefit and geared towards improving the lives of homeless persons living with AIDS.

In its 22nd year, Dining Out for Life brings restaurants and diners across the city together to rally around a pressing cause for Chicago; homelessness. Be part of a movement where millions of people across 60 cities come-out to dine-out on April 30th, “Dining Out for Life”, a campaign that annually raises $4 million in support of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

EdgeAlliance is doing their part in Chicago by connecting more than 12,000 people and 115 community partners with over 80 restaurants in support of our mission of providing quality and affordable housing to those who are most in need.

Rick Roman, co-owner of The Signature Room at the 95th, and Honorary Chair of Dining Out for Life/Chicago 2015, reaffirmed that local restaurants have always been fully supportive of HIV/AIDS research and programming in this city. “We at The Signature Room at the 95th welcome the opportunity to show support for EdgeAlliance and their Dining Out for Life campaign by being a participating restaurant. Our shared support with residents of Chicago – to uphold the traditions of good taste and community engagement – makes this venture a natural fit,” he said. Participating restaurants around Chicago will donate a portion of their proceeds to EdgeAlliance, allowing its residents to sustain healthy lives through affordable housing and programming. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country!

Actress and advocate Pam Grier joined Dining Out For Life as co-spokesperson (with Food Network host Ted Allen) to help raise support. “There is a resurgence of HIV among youth, gay men, women and ethnic minorities due to lack of education and the misperception that the epidemic is over and curable. Awareness and funds are declining – but you can help. Dine out on Thursday, April 24th for the most satisfying meal you’ll have all year.”

For more information on Dining Out for Life, please contact Joey Wasserman, Campaign Development Manager at 202-765-7442 or Jwasserman@edgealliance.org. Visit the official Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago for full list of participating restaurants.

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Mothers Day Brunch in Chicago

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Don’t be left without a reservation! Mothers Day May 10th, 2015.

“Mamma Mia!” Mother’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Midday Meal with Mom, Music, Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, May 10 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Mother’s Day meal at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and music from Mamma Mia! On Sunday, May 10, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis and bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will performance hits from Mamma Mia! while the film version of the musical plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Mother’s Day Menu

$39.95 per person includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis or bloody martinis

First Course
House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of: Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course

choice of: Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:
Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake
Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111 KitKatChicago.com

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James Beard Awards in Chicago

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Foodies Rejoice. The 2015 James Beard Awards Come to Chicago #GotBuzz

 

For the first time in its 25 year history, the James Beard Awards, hosted by Alton Brown, are being held outside of New York. Chicago is the host city for the coveted May 4 event taking place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tickets are $500 for the general public and $450 for James Beard Foundation members.

For those unfamiliar with the awards, the James Beard Awards are to the restaurant industry as the Oscars are to the film industry.

Below are the finalists for the 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. Winners will be announced on May 4, 2015.

Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will receive the 2015 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chicago nominees include: Parachute (Best New Restaurant category); The Violet Hour, (Outstanding Bar Program category); Dana Cree, Blackbird (Outstanding Pastry Chef category); Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group (Outstanding Restaurateur); Topolobampo (Outstanding Service); Tanya Baker, Boarding House (Rising Star Chef of the Year); Curtis Duffy, GracePaul Virant, VieErling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria; and Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia (Best Chef: Great Lakes category)

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Best Places for Tacos Chicago

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From Nuevo Leon to Rubi’s @ The maxwell Street Market, Chicago Eater highlights the top 15 greatest spots  to grab tacos and more this week!

To the surprise of few, Chicago is home to some of the finest tacos in the country. Whether you want authentic al pastor and carnitas tacos made just like they are on the streets of Mexico, or you crave a more modern take, these all-encompassing joints are the best of the best.  CHECK IT  OUT!

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Easter Brunch in Lakeview at KIT KAT

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Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

 

Midday Meal with Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, April 5 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Easter brunch at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and build-your-own cocktails. On Sunday, April 5, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria or bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will entertain brunch guests with live performances all day.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Easter Menu

First Course

House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:

Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course

choice of:
Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, Parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:

Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

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Chicago Super Bowl Catering

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Not sure what to cook for Super Bowl Sunday? Why bother!!

Get some delicious recipes and food catered  for the big game Sunday!

Delivered to your door!

El Mariachi Catering Menu    

Revoluciuon Catering Menu

 

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Chicago Restaurant Week Deals

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You’ve heard of Restaurant Row and celebrity chefs like Paul Kahan, Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. They’re culinary keystones that help make Chicago the world-class food city it is today. But with thousands upon thousands of restaurants in Chicagoland, there’s lots to explore beyond the famous and familiar.

In Chicago, we’re able to travel the world via the many ethnic restaurants that dot our city. It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the flavors of other cultures. Chicago Restaurant Week is the perfect time of year to check out some of our city’s world culinary delights.

From January 30 through February 12, you can take advantage of excellent prix fixe menus – starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) – READ MORE

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Chicago CHRISTMAS DINING DEALS and SHOW

 

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Christmas Eve and

Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat


Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Wednesday, December 24 and

Thursday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

 

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive and fun holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, Kit Kat will offer dining and drinking guests a 50-percent discount off their Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good/nonperishable food donation. The collected items will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive.

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Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Christmas prix fixe menu (outlined below) includes a holiday martini, Kit Kat salad, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation).The regular dinner menu will also be available.

Kit Kat’s entire martini menu, including their seasonal holiday ‘tinis, will be half-price ($6.75 each). Live entertainment will be provided by Diva Kinley Preston each night starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Christmas Prix Fixe Menu
available on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation)

Choice of Holiday Martini (menu below)

Kit Kat Salad
romaine and spinach blend with pears, dried cranberries and spicy pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Herb-Marinated Roasted Turkey Breast
served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, haricot verts, cranberry and pineapple relish

Pumpkin Pie Tart
with whipped cream

                                                       HOLIDAY MARTINIS

Frosty’s Going Down
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, cream and simple syrup, garnished with a marshmallow snowman

Eggnog
Brandy, amaretto and egg nog, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Apple Cider
Cinnerator Whiskey, apple cider and Apple Pucker, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Pumpkin Pie
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, pumpkin pie puree, graham cracker rim and whipped cream

Peppermint MochaTini
Pinnacle vodka, coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, peppermint schnapps, splash of cream, garnished with a candy cane, whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.

Holiday Punch
Pinnacle Tropical Punch vodka, ginger ale, cranberry and orange juice, garnished with a holiday rubber ducky


Feliz Navidad

Lunazul tequila, Pama liqueur, triple sec, simple syrup, cranberry, orange juice and lime, garnished with a small, wrapped gift ornament

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

About Vital Bridges:
Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services. vitalbridges.org

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World of Chocolate Chicago

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THE BEST EVENT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

The air is getting colder and the holidays are near! With great cheer, we invite you to World of Chocolate. This festive tasting event benefitting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is our annual commemoration of World AIDS Day.

Guests enjoy an open bar and rich chocolate delights from some of Chicago’s most creative and talented culinarians.

We are overjoyed to be hosting World of Chocolate again in the magnificent Great Hall of Union Station on Thursday, December 4.

Purchase your tickets online and savor the sweet satisfaction of making a difference!

Peace, love, sugar & spice,
-The World of Chocolate Architects

P.S. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter. Get exclusive insight into the making of World of Chocolate and a sneak peek at what our culinarians have to offer!

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Halloween Event October 30th

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DESSERTS! In Andersonville Oct. 26th

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SAVE ROOM  FOR  DESSERT!

LOTS  OF IT!

MY PRIVATE CHEF PRESENTS A GOURMET TRICK OR TREAT EXPERIENCE AT THE

ANDERSONVILLE DESSERT CRAWL
On October 26, from 2-5 p.m.

Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

This neighborhood event celebrates the festive spirit of fall. It’s a gourmet Trick or Treat experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Blood Orange Mousse with Ginger and Pirouette Wafer.

Look for him on the Caramel Apple Route at one of his favorite wine shops, In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

This year you can choose between TWO great routes. Tickets for one route are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

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For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit Andersonville.org

 

Chef Christopher Tong has been creating distinctive cuisine at fine restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida for more than 25 years.

Now, as the owner of My Private Chef, a unique private chef and gourmet dining service, he’s getting rave reviews for offering that same world-class cuisine for special occasions from your own kitchen or chosen location.

My Private Chef continues it’s tradition of supporting Andersonville culture and special events.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site: Myprivatechef.net

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World of Chocolate Holiday Gala

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WORLD OF CHOCOLATE: The Sweetest Event of the Year
Annual Holiday Gala Benefit for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

 

Indulge in a night of sweet and savory treats at the 13th annual World of Chocolate winter gala on Thursday, Dec. 4, presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) returning again this year at the historic Chicago Union Station. Arouse your senses with tasty morsels from 30 of Chicago’s finest chocolatiers, chefs and caterers.

 

AFC hosts this one-of-a-kind gala to commemorate World AIDS Day and celebrate the progress the HIV/AIDS community has made in ending the epidemic. This is one of my favorite events of the year and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

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From traditional truffles and white chocolate ganache to more savory delicacies like chicken in a chocolate mole sauce, guests will delight their taste buds with a wide array of chocolate-infused creations amid stylish decor. Celebrity judges will crown the night’s best creations. Attendees will also be treated to a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle and punchboard with lavish prizes and music.

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s policy, public education and community care programs.

 

World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, is a worldwide effort to increase public awareness about the epidemic. It encourages support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV. The movement originated in 1988, when an international summit of health leaders called for a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS in every country around the globe.

 

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

WHERE: Chicago Union Station, 500 West Jackson Blvd.

 

TICKETS: For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935 or visit http://www.aidschicago.org/chocolate/.

 

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Tiki Taco Thursday August 21st

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