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Holiday Dining Choices Chicago

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Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute!!!

Christmas and New Years in just a few weeks away!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat

Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, guests will receive half-off martinis, cocktails and Kit Kat’s Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good donation. The non-perishable food donations will benefit Heartland Health Outreach, an organization that provides care to more than 12,000 needy individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area each year.

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). Kit Kat’s regular dinner menu will also be available.

Diva Kinley Preston will entertain guests each evening starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.


 

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New Year’s Eve at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Kinley Preston

Thursday, December 31

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold an over-the-top “Glitz and Glam Gala” this New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair will feature a four course prix fixe menu, martinis and live entertainment. Diva Kinley Preston will captivate dining guests with intermittent performances as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, P!NK and more.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s modern American supper club menu features the choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. The menu, outlined below, includes two martinis, champagne toast and party favors for $65 per person (7 p.m. seating) and $85 per person (10 p.m. seating).

For New Year’s Eve dining reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111. The lounge will be open for bar guests from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Menu
7 p.m. $65 per person / 10 p.m. $85 per person

Includes two martinis and champagne toast

Starter
choice of:

Smoked Salmon, creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers, toast points

Shrimp, avocado, chipotle mayo
Potato Leek Soup

Salad
choice of:

Beet Salad – roasted beets, orange segments, arugula, pistachios, goat cheese crumbles, champagne vinaigrette

Kit Kat Salad – romaine and spinach blend, sliced pears, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Entree
choice of:

Surf and Turf – filet and crab cake with bearnaise sauce and grilled asparagus

Seared Chicken Breast – creamy mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, bacon and parmesan vinaigrette

Seafood Pasta – bay scallops, rock shrimp, crimini mushrooms, light brandy cream, curry

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – spinach, artichokes, goat cheese, rice medley


Dessert

choice of:

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream

Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Layer Cake

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World of Chocolate Chicago Dec. 3rd

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6 days away ! THE BEST PARTY OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Don’t fight the temptation. We give you permission to indulge to your heart’s content at World of Chocolate 2015 on Thursday, December 3 (Yes, that’s just 2 weeks from today)!

This year’s event is truly bigger and better than ever. We’re welcoming 9 new chocolatiers to Union Station who can’t wait to wow your palate with unique flavors. From classic sweets to surprising savories, 27 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at this commemorative World AIDS Day event.

Try their creations—and so many more—only at World of Chocolate!
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P.S. Online ticket sales close at 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30. Don’t delay!

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Chef Tong at Green City Market

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Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market. The
demonstration is on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course, be
able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1750 N. Clark).
The event is free.–
We hope to see you there!
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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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Italian Cooking at Bloomingdales

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CHEF CHRISTOPHER TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES AN ITALIAN MENU AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine. He has been invited back to present an Italian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare: Saffron Farfalle;
Sicilian-Style Tuna Steaks; and Nutella-Mascarpone Mousse with Strawberries.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, June 20, from 2-4 pm, at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

My Private Chef is now established as one of Chicago’s favorite resources for private gourmet dining. Using his many years of experience at fine restaurants and hotels, Chef Tong offers the finest 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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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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Spring Fashion Brunch Benefit May 3rd

GOING…GOING…..ALMOST GONE!

This event sells out every year – and there are only a few seats left!

The Chicago House annual

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3 Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion. In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years. The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year! EVERYONE dresses to impress!

Sip cocktails and mingle and browse the fantastic silent auction items.

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers! Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

GET A TICKET WHILE THEY LAST! BUY TICKETS

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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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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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Late Night Bites in Lakeview at Taverna 750

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Friday and Saturday Weekend Late Night Specials @ Taverna 750!

Bar Bite and Beer for $10 & Martini and Pizza for $15 from 10pm- 1am!!!!

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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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Holiday Dinners and Cooking – How fast are YOU?

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DID YOU KNOW????

Illinois is ranked #13 in the U.S. for the fastest holiday meal preparation, according to the Del Monte Holiday Meal Census.

So how long do you usually take to cook a special holiday meal for your family?

Are you a Rushing Reindeer or a Sluggish Snowman?

To put this question to the test, food researchers at Del Monte — the country’s preeminent fruit and vegetable brand — asked 2,500 Americans to describe how long it takes them to get ready for the typical holiday meal.

Shown below are the Top 20 U.S. states that prepare holiday meals the fastest (with the average prep time shown in parenthesis):

*** DEL MONTE HOLIDAY MEAL CENSUS ***

THE TOP 25 ‘MOST SPEEDY’ U.S. STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP

#1:  Kansas (3.6 hours spent on holiday meal preparation)
#2:  Iowa (3.7 hours)
#3:  Delaware (3.8 hours)
#4:  North Dakota (3.9 hours)
#5:  New Mexico (4 hours)
#6:  Nebraska (4.1 hours)
#7:  Montana (4.2 hours)
#8:  Idaho (4.2 hours)
#9:  Utah (4.3 hours)
#10: Hawaii (4.5 hours)
#11:  Connecticut (4.5 hours)
#12:  Alaska (4.6 hours)
#13:  Illinois (4.6 hours)
#14:  Vermont (4.7 hours)
#15:  California (4.7 hours)
#16:  Washington (4.8 hours)
#17:  Massachusetts (4.8 hours)
#18:  Louisiana (4.8 hours)
#19:  Tennessee (4.9 hours)
#20:  Minnesota (4.9 hours)
So which states have the longest holiday meal prep times?  Del Monte ranked those, too:

  THE TOP 5 ‘MOST DEDICATED’ STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP

#1:  Mississippi (7.1 hours on average for holiday meal preparation)
#2:  Kentucky (6.9 hours)
#3:  Alabama (6.7 hours)
#4:  Georgia (6.5 hours)
#5:  Texas (6.5 hours)

 

HOW TO PREPARE A HOLIDAY FEAST IN 60 MINUTES OR LESS

No matter what state you live in — and how much time you have — you can make your holiday meal prep more efficient with these three time-saving tips from recipe experts in the Del Monte holiday food kitchen:

* STRATEGY #1:  GO HALF HOMEMADE
Instead of making a holiday dish completely from scratch, buy ready-to-go foods in the store and customize them with extra ingredients and garnish to claim it as your own.

* STRATEGY #2:  MULTIPLY YOUR MACHINERY
Use your slow cooker, toaster oven, and other kitchen gadgets to redistribute the number of dishes being cooked on the stove or in the main oven.  If you save prime cooking real estate for dishes that really need it, you’ll speed up the process dramatically.

* STRATEGY #3:  SKIP SOME PREP
Select recipes with minimal prep times and use quality convenience ingredients like already-chopped canned fruits and vegetables.

Go to www.delmonte.com for speedy and tasty side-dish recipes like the popular Cheddar Corn Casserole (only 10 minutes of prep time needed).

 

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