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Garden Chef Series September 15th

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular annual Garden Chef Series.

He will appear on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with recipes that they can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

We hope top see you there!

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July 12 Cooking Demo at Taste Fest with Chef Tong

TASTE OF CHICAGO! Is the world’s largest FREE-admission outdoor food festival. The annual lakefront extravaganza lets you fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a bite of some of the best Chicago restaurants and chefs!

 

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to Taste of Chicago to present a healthy summer recipe.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation. It is a very well attended feature of this annual Chicago summertime fest!

He will appear on Friday, July 12 at 12;30 p.m. at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Taste of Chicago runs daily July 10-14, 2019. Taste of Chicago is the nation’s free admission outdoor food festival. The annual lakefront extravaganza lets you fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. For more information about the Taste of Chicago event, 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.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

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

We hope to see you there!

JULY 10 14, 2019

Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
Free admission (ticket purchase required for food)
Wednesday – Friday: 11a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Cooking with Chef Tong May 14th

Chef Tong Presents a Taste of Spring at

Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park

Celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Chef Christopher Tong returns to present Spring fare that is sure to satisfy your gourmet tastes.

 

His demonstration will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 7-9:00pm.

 

 

Chef’s Menu:

  • Asparagus salad with red and yellow bell peppers, Champagne-saffron vinaigrette
  • Lemon spaghetti, Parmesan cheese, basil, lemon zests, focaccia crisp
  • Strawberry flambé with green peppercorns, vanilla bean ice cream

Chef will give you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cost is $20.00 per person. The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park,1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago.

Feel free to bring a bottle of wine as well! BYOB

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class.

To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

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

We hope to see you there!

 

ABOUT CHEF;
Christopher Tong is the owner of My Private Chef, the elegant Chicago-based private chef and gourmet dining service.

Born and trained in Germany, Chef Christopher Tong has been creating distinctive contemporary Continental and French cuisine for more than twenty five years. After he was recruited to join the culinary staff of Ciel Blue, a famous award-winning restaurant in Chicago, he continued his career at prestigious establishments around the U.S., including the Walt Disney Swan Hotel in Orlando, the world famous Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Sutton Place Hotel and Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstrations are a favorite. He regularly appears on local television, at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, Gilda’s Club Chicago, Whole Foods, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago’s Green City Market and In the Kitchen with Mariano’s at the Taste of Chicago.

Christopher was named one of the top 100 Chefs in Chicago and received the 2000 Gold Medal Award by the American Tasting Institute. He has served as a judge at the Illinois Institute of Art and is a member of the James Beard Foundation. He teaches his skills to students in the Culinary Arts Program at St. Augustine College.

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Cooking Demo Downtown with Chef Tong March 16th

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service in Chicago. My Private Chef returns to the Bloomingdale’s for a South American cooking demonstration.

Chef will prepare a mouthwatering menu and give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone will enjoy a taste of each dish.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite recipes:

Hearts of Palm, Avocado and Tomato salad, Lime-Cilantro dressing

Marinated Flank Steak, Chimichurri Sauce
Argentinian Potato salad

He will appear on Saturday, March 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678

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.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.
Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

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

We hope to see you there!

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Cooking with Wild Game Dec 4

Chef Tong Presents a Wild Game Menu
at Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park

Are you “game” for some exotic and delicious tastes? Then you will love “Wild Game Night” with Chef Chris introducing you to exciting rarely served selections.

Chef’s Menu:
Appetizer: Quail Egg, Dill Cream Cheese, Salmon Caviar on Pumpernickel Bread

Entrée: Seared Bison Tenderloin, Blueberry Chili Ancho Sauce, Sweet Potato Croquettes and Haricots Verts

Dessert: Pomegranate and Lime Parfait

Chef will give you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

His demonstration will be held on Tuesday, December 4 from 7-9:00pm. The cost is $25.00 per person. (BYOB if you would like!)

 

The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park,1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago.

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class.

To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

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

We hope to see you there!

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Oct 20th Cooking with Chef Tong at Bloomindales Home

Always a favorite, Chef Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to the Bloomingdale’s for a cooking demonstration.

Chef Chris will prepare a mouthwatering menu and give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite recipes:

• Fattoush Salad with Lemon Pomegranate Dressing
• Duroc Pork Chop, Apple Calvados Sauce
• Chocolate Risotto

Mark your calendar for October 20, 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Culinary Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact Gerardo Valadez, 312.324.7678.

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

 

My Private Chef, Inc
312.914.5225
www.myprivatechef.net

Become a Facebook Fan: www.facebook.com/ChefChrisTong

Elite Traveler Magazine – Global Black Book – Chicago’s Most Accomplished Luxury Private Chef
Chicago Magazine, “63 Ways to Pamper Yourself” – Luxury Private Chef Service
North Shore Magazine “Cooking Your Heart Out” – Luxury Private Chef for Romantic Dining

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STK Steakhouse Lounge

Sexy chic lounge meets modern steak house. STK.

The ONE Group, based in New York, has positioned STK as “women friendly,” trying to break the conception that steakhouses are only meant for men. A DJ booth brings a curated playlist to diners, creating more of a nightclub vibe, hoping diners opt to party after their meal, or even while they’re digesting their wet-aged beef. No need to bar hop, as STK’s other spots haven’t been as concerned about the menu as they are in developing a trendy, and sexy, scene to draw the clientele who would normally roll their eyes at the notion of dining at a steakhouse.

From Forbes to Zagat to Facebook, dinners are loving this place!

Recently we had the chance to sample some of their new recipes from their Fall menu, being unveiled in October. But first, we started with their Strawberry Cobbler Martini.

Fresh strawberries, Belvedere vodka and a graham cracker rim.

Another classic that I could live on is their signature tuna tartare!

Besides what they are known for we got a sampling of some excellent new dishes!

 

*NEW Roasted Root Vegetable Salad: Squash, parsnip, celery root, living water greens, brown butter vinaigrette

*NEW Roasted Slagel Chicken: Celery root purée, celery salad, jus

*NEW Roasted Rack of Lamb: Charred broccoli, huckleberry vinaigrette, black garlic jus

*NEW Grilled Branzino: Roasted thumbelina carrots, kale, carrot purée, grilled lemon

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad: Apple, cranberry, aged goat cheese, marcona almonds

Potato Bar: Creamy yukon potatoes and sweet potatoes, bacon, scallion, sour cream, cheese, marshmallows, candied pecans, short rib. TO DIE FOR!

 

How about finishing your meal with fresh warm doughnuts covered in various toppings?

Or perhaps their signature Chocolate mousse layered cake?

WHAT ABOUT BRUNCH?  STK has a monthly brunch – Dare to Brunch – that features STK’s take on the traditional weekend meal. Offered on the last Sunday of each month, Dare to Brunch will be complete with a specialty STK brunch menu, mimosa stations that includes a variety of freshly squeezed juices and all-day DJ performances.

The Dare to Brunch menu favorites include Gold Leaf French Toast, Market Vegetable & Truffle Omelet, STK n’ L’eggs and more. The monthly Sunday event will offer three seatings (2PM, 4PM and 6PM).

 

Their menu features a nice variety of re-imagined classic American cuisine with signature dishes. STK defines the modern fine dining experience with incredible food, world-class service and the perfect atmosphere.

Aside from steak, signature items also include Parmesan Truffle Fries, Lil BRG’s, and sweet corn pudding. Incredible food and a wonderful hip atmosphere!

This is not your daddy’s steakhouse!

STK Chicago, 9 W. Kinzie St., (312) 340-5636

all photo credit goes to the incomparable Matthew Mitrick of Mitrick Photography!

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Taste of Chicago and Chef Tong July 15th

Once again, Taste of Chicago is delighted to welcome one of Chicago’s favorite Chefs, Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef. He will present a delicious dessert featuring Lifeway Kefir – the ingredient that every cook needs in their kitchen.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 12:30pm at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation.

The Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park. Admission is free.

For complete details, visit www.TasteofChicago.us.

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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Easter Cooking with Chef Tong March 31st

If you want to prepare a special meal for Easter, Chef Chris of My Private Chef is your man. One of Bloomingdale’s favorite chefs returns to show you how to prepare a gourmet style treat.

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef will give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at theBloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue,Chicago. Culinary Kitchen on 1.

Facebook Event page HERE

Follow Chef Tong HERE for lots of news and other upcoming events!

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

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

My Private Chef, Inc
312.914.5225
www.myprivatechef.net

Become a Facebook Fan: www.facebook.com/ChefChrisTong

Elite Traveler Magazine – Global Black Book – Chicago’s Most Accomplished Luxury Private Chef
Chicago Magazine, “63 Ways to Pamper Yourself” – Luxury Private Chef Service
North Shore Magazine “Cooking Your Heart Out” – Luxury Private Chef for Romantic Dining

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Winter Cooking Class with Chef Tong Feb 27

SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES WITH CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF

AT THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET-LINCOLN PARK COOKING SCHOOL, CHICAGO

 

Are you ready for some interesting combinations of ingredients? Are you ready for some marvelous flavors? Then you are going to want to attend Chef Christopher Tong’s demonstration on making hearty winter soups. It’s a great way to beat the February chill.

Chef Christopher Tong, of the popular Chicago-based private dining service, My Private Chef, elevates your cooking skills by giving you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!


Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort:

Roasted Cauliflower soup with Cumin

Tunisian Tomato with Chickpeas and Lentils topped with Yogurt and Fresh Mint

Tangy Greek Avgolemono Chicken soup (Egg-Lemon)


The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom 
at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago. 
It will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The cost is $15.00 per person. This is SUCH A GREAT DEAL!  Grab a bottle of wine  from the wine department, come  learn  some new cooking  tips,  and  taste  awesome  food!  Bring a friend!

 

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class. To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

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.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.

Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

 

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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Andersonville Dessert Crawl Oct 29th

Join My Private Chef
For a Gourmet Trick or Treat Experience
at the Andersonville Dessert Crawl

On Sunday, October 29, from 2pm-5pm Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through the neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

This neighborhood 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 Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, will be serving a mouthwatering Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Nutella Ganache.

Look for him on the PEPPERMINT FOREST ROUTE at one of his favorite wine shops, In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark Street.

This year, you can choose between TWO great routes.Tickets for one route are $25.00 prior to the event. (if available)

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095528

Participants can pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at The Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., starting at 1pm on Sunday, October 29, and and then proceed to the participating restaurants and shops for a tasting-sized portions at each location .

One dollar from each ticket sold goes to benefit Care for Real, Edgewater’s community Food Bank.

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

We hope to see you there!

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Free Cooking Demo at Botonical Gardens

 

OUR FAVORITE CHICAGO CHEF, Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, will share one of his favorite seasonal dishes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular annual Garden Chef Series.

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking, call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

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Chicago Sugar Factory, SWEET SWEET!

With locations in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Las Vegas, New York City, Bahrain, Chicago, Miami, Dubai, Orlando and Manila, Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory. Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops. Sugar Factory’s loyal celebrity following has received widespread media attention from People Magazine, the Daily Mail, US Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, Extra and more.

 

The food at Sugar Factory American Brasserie is a treat for all, offering guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience, serving decadent and tasty fare to satisfy any craving. Created by a team of world-class chefs, the signature menu offers everything from pancakes and sweet and savory crepes to salads, burgers and pizzas, all available throughout the day. Sugar Factory also offers spiked adult beverages made with premium spirits, including Sugar Factory’s signature 36-ounce alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets, all of which are available without alcohol for the kids.

 

 

The menu can be a bit overwhelming with so many pages of fantastic choices! Check it out online before you go. Food ran $15-$30. But a lot of $15 choices. If you don’t drink, the food prices are typical for downtown anywhere.

We started with a deconstructed goat cheese Flat bread for $8. Great item, great price.

Also tried Three grilled mini burgers $18 very filling
and Calamari. $14, very large portion. Loved it!

Dinner we had a great Mediterranean Chicken Pasta dish for about $16.

Also had a Peppercorn Burger, it was 3 little patties cooked to perfection and tasted delicious. $16

I had a great Chicken dish – l think it was called Lemon Pepper Brick Chicken? Very juicy and delicious. $27.

One person splurged and ordered the Rib Eye. The waiter mentioned that it did not come with any sides, and did he want to add something on? So my friend opted for 2 sides, figuring we could all get a taste. Sides were $7. He did the Twice Baked Potato and the Lobster Mac & Cheese. – OMG – they came and they were huge! Plenty to share among 4 people.

For dessert we had an assortment of chocolate martinis! YUM!!

The shakes looked fantastic, as did the 20+ some scoop Massive, Sparkling KING KONG SUNDAE!

We have eaten here twice. It has a loud party festive atmosphere on Saturday night. Great place to celebrate something festive for sure! – If you don’t want the party atmosphere, go on an off night, (or go for lunch) we went back on a Wednesday night and the energy level is more toned down. In summer, they also offer patio seating which is more intimate and great people watching. Open from 11am – 11pm – and they have a great assortment of food to choose from for any time of day.

 

From the LAS VEGAS, NV location- Recording artist Jay Sean dines at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Paris Las Vegas on March 22, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

55 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312-946-2002

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Taste Fest Chicago 2017

July 5-9, 2017 • Grant Park • FREE Admission

Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

 

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What is the city’s recipe for a fantastic food festival? Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites.

Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.

The quintessential summer event, Taste (as it’s known to the locals) appeals to all of your senses: Smell and Taste the best of Chicago’s booming restaurant scene; See culinary experts share their secrets at daily cooking demos; and Hear music artists as they take to the big stage of Petrillo Music Shell.

There are plenty of NEW additions for 2017 to enjoy. Walk through the Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring live painting by local artists. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will showcase performances by local dance companies. Watch a daily procession of The March of the Puppets. On July 6, Sabor de Chicago will celebrate the culture of Chicago’s Latino community throughout the day with dining, dancing, music performances at the Petrillo Music Shell and Bud Light Stage and much more.

Iconic Buckingham Fountain, dazzling Lake Michigan and the magnificent skyline form the backdrop to the five day event in Grant Park, July 5-9. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!

For the latest updates, visit tasteofchicago.us.

 

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Rolling Stones Donut @ Stans

The Rolling Stones exhibit opens  at Navy Pier this weekend –  April  15th.

To celebrate,the organizers of Rolling Stones Exhibitionism are collaborating with Stan’s Donuts & Coffee on a lip-smacking limited edition doughnut celebrating the band.

The Rolling Stones doughnut looks like a piece of art, featuring a sugary facsimile of the band’s iconic Hot Lips logo, air-brushed on a Bismark doughnut filled with raspberry jam and finished with a vanilla glaze. Stan’s will limit sales to one doughnut per customer and they’ll be available from Monday through April 30 as daily supplies last at all Stan’s locations (yes, including the Streeterville spot near Navy Pier). They’ll cost $4.39 each.

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Super Bowl Day BRUNCH at Kit Kat

Lady Gaga Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday at Kit Kat Lounge

Madam X Performs Live, Halftime Show Viewing Party

Sunday, February 5

Brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner and Lounge, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

​Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host a Lady Gaga themed brunch in celebration of her halftime performance ​at this year’s Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 5,

Diva Madam X will perform

​ as Lady Gaga intermittently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kit Kat’s mixologists will ​shake up Lady Gaga martinis ($7, all day) made with Stoli, Hpnotiq and pineapple juice, garnished with a glow stick.​
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person.

The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

​Following brunch service, Kit Kat will show the Super Bowl halftime performance concert live on seven, state-of-the-art jumbo screens.​ Sunday’s specials include $7 Stoli martinis and a 33-percent discount off small plates (shrimp tacos; chicken satay; crab cakes; calamari; bacon wrapped dates; Japanese meatballs; bacon mac and cheese; sriracha glazed tempura shrimp).

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


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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LARK in Lakeview

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

We recently dined at the Lark and tried a sampling of foods. Everything was great! They offer an assortment of “Moscow Mule cocktails” in copper cups and Thursday’s you can enjoy them for half off!

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Not many places offer Grilled Calamari. It takes more effort to prepare (and prepare correctly) than fried Calamari. Here it was great! Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade marinara.

I had never had Arancini. It’s a risotto ball that is fried. Very good option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza we tried the Chicken Alfredo and the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza. Usually not a fan of smoked salmon myself, but this was unique and delicious!

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Our waiter raved about the burgers and I love a good Cubano sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger and the Cubano. (Needless to say, we had a lot of to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent. The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms and this amazing marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty much perfection!

All of the food was fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection. Lark proved itself to be a bar AND a restaurant, serving very good quality eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville, leads the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, curate’s drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

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The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

Lark is open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am. Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

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Cooking Italian With My Private Chef

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CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES A DELICIOUS ITALIAN MENU

AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE 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 anItalian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare:

Lemon Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower, Mint and Pecorino

Tiramisu Mousse

 

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, September 24, from 2-4 pm, at theBloomingdale’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 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.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television,at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago,Taste of Chicago and the Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden

 

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit www.myprivatechef.net.

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Flamingo Rum Club Downtown Chicago

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Chicago’s newest Cuban-inspired restaurant and cabaret, FLAMINGO RUM CLUB will be opening in the fall of 2015 at 601 N. Wells St. in River North. Two very passionate men in hospitality, Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia, are joining forces on the project.

The property at 601 N. Wells St. is owned by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants.  Stefani and his team had been looking for the right concept – a boutique style restaurant and intimate experience. Having looked up to Mr. Stefani for many years, Adolfo was thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring his latest concept to life in the vacant space.

The meeting happened not long ago while the two were catching up over a drink. News surrounding the Cuban embargo being lifted sparked a conversation about its rich history and culture, the music and the cuisine. Lustful thoughts of Cuban cigars, rum cocktails and the Caribbean led to a promise that they would soon take a trip together to Cuba.While talking about how the embargo lift would affect the hospitality industry and culinary trends it was agreed that rum is already becoming the next big thing. Cuba and its people have brought so much to this world: music, art, culture and delicious flavors. The traditional Spanish recipes made distinct by African influence and local tropical flavor make Cuban cuisine unlike any other.

At Rum Club guests can expect nothing less than the largest rum selection in the country, bartenders in pink tuxedos, waitresses in floral dresses, simple and true ingredients, Cuban cuisine and the feeling of an intimate speakeasy cabaret with a small center stage to host Cuban bands and Afro-Cuban jazz.

The décor will be 1940s and 50s island chic with palm tree wall paper, gold leaf oval ceilings, a brass bar, 8-foot mounted marlin, and cement tiles imported from the Dominican Republic.

Can’t Wait!

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Chicago Chefs Cooking Series July 24th

Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden

JULY 24-CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN GARDEN CHEF SERIES

Chef Tong will appear again this year at the Garden Chef Series sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Board and Food Network Magazine.

Chef Tong will show how to make a delicious dish featuring Colorado bison.
Bison Steak with Ancho Chile Blueberry Sauce and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as ne 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 skillsto 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.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new
dishes!”

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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