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Real Urban Barbecue, a Molise PR client, is the official BBQ partner for BBQ for the Troops, an initiative that raises funds for local military and their families through exciting events and social media campaigns. The Chicago Automobile Trade Associate (CATA) and the USO of Illinois are partnering to host the 5th annual Barbecue for the Troops on July 15. 100 dealerships throughout the area will simultaneously fire up their grills in support of our local troops.

Check out the clip from ABC 7 Chicago below that featured Real Urban Barbecue at the BBQ For the Troops Media Preview on June 28:

Chef Jeff Shapiro with Real Urban Barbecue, along with Ray Scarpelli, Chicago Automobile Trade Association Chairman, and Jessica Dolan, Vice President of Development for the USO of Illinois, made a few stops to our local TV stations to help spread the word on the weekend’s initiative.

The day began at FOX Good Day Chicago! Check out the full clip, and some photos of the delicious spread, below:

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Chef Jeff Shapiro and Ray Scapelli then visited Windy City Live! The full clip below:

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Jul 122017
 

Sip, Sip, Olé!  Celebrate National Tequila Day at Mercadito Chicago  

Enjoy a special prix fixe menu including your choice of specialty tequila cocktail

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Salud! Mercadito Chicago, Molise PR client, is raising a glass to National Tequila Day with a special prix fixe menu including a specialty Mercadito tequila cocktail of your choice, available on Monday, July 24 from 3 p.m. to Midnight.

The National Tequila Day prix fixe menu costs $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a trio of guacamole, two dishes of ceviches or botanas, four tacos, one side dish, a dessert of your choice and specialty tequila cocktail.

First, pick your beverage of choice from Mercadito’s offering of specialty tequila cocktails including: Margarita Tradicional, Gato Amargo, La Vida Rosa, Pepino el Pyu, Hibis-Calyptus, Casagria, V-9, Little Market, Paloma Diabla, Misty’s Sleeve, One-Thumbed Mayan, Smokey Pablo, Big Nose Goes to Mexico and Tres Viejos.

Begin your meal with a trio of guacamole including Tradicional, Mango, and Toreado. Next, choose two from the following: Ceviches include Camarón, Mixto, and Dorado; and Botanas including Flautas, Queso Fundido, and Corn Masa Quesadillas.

Taco options include (must be four of the same): Espada, blackened swordfish, chile de árbol aioli, cabbage-jalapeño slaw; Estilo Baja, beer-battered mahi-mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican coleslaw; Camarón, shrimp, roasted garlic, avocado, chipotle mojo; Carne, ancho-marinated skirt steak, onion, cilantro, asparagus, leek-poblano salsa, crispy shallots; Pollo, thyme–marinated chicken, corn, scallions, garlic mojo, crispy red onions; Carnitas de Puerco, braised pork, cabbage, onions, cilantro, peanut salsa, chicharrón; and Hongos, wild mushrooms, onion, cilantro, salsa verde, queso fresco, radish, crema fresca.

Featured side selections include: Brussels Sprouts, Mac & Cheese, Elote Mexicano, Green Rice Casserole, Plátanos Machos and Arroz y Frijoles.

Finish on a sweet note with dessert options including: Torrejas de Bolillo, Pastel de Chocolate, Tres Leches, and Flan de Cajeta.

For more information or to make your reservations, call 312-329-9555 or visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

Jul 122017
 

Imerman Angels Presents the Fourth Annual Wings of Hope Gala

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Saturday, September 9

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Chicago PR firm client Imerman Angels presents the fourth annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 11 p.m. at a new location, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 East Delaware Place). The evening will celebrate the world’s largest one-on-one cancer support community and advance its mission to provide connections that enable support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and hope. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive auction items. At 7 p.m., guests will be escorted to their tables where they will enjoy a special presentation.

The evening’s program includes a seated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels founder Jonny Imerman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Bornstein, who will honor members of the community who have gone above and beyond to support Imerman Angels’ mission, plus a live auction featuring extraordinary items followed by music and dancing to conclude the night.

Tickets for the event cost $400, with limited VIP tickets available for $500. Early bird tickets are available for $350 through July 15. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact gala@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1301 for more information.

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Imerman Angels, the leading global one-on-one cancer support community and Chicago PR client, has been named a Scale Award recipient at the 2017 Creator Awards for their work in providing free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. The Scale Award, which includes a $180,000 grant, is given to established organizations that are ready to take their business to the next level.

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The event, hosted and sponsored by WeWork, received 600 applicants that were narrowed down to five Scale Award finalists who had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and explain how and why they are ready to expand. In addition to Imerman Angels, Chicago nonprofit Bunker Labs and Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan took home top honors in the category.

Founded in 2006 by cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels to date has enabled more than 34,000 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. These one-on-one relationships provide a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. Recent medical studies have shown that psychosocial support during and after the cancer fight is crucial to quality of life.

“We are thrilled that our work over the past 11 years has been recognized through this large award,” says Ben Bornstein, Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director. “This grant will allow us to scale our one-on-one cancer support services by expanding our presence in other US markets outside Chicago including Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, plus reach more people touched by cancer around the world by expanding our digital presence and hiring additional cancer support specialists, including those who speak other languages.”

In addition, other benefits of receiving this grant include expanding Imerman Angels’ network of partner organizations, and of course, ensuring that their services remain completely free to anyone seeking support so no one has to face cancer alone.

For more information on Imerman Angels visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Jun 202017
 

Garrett Popcorn Shops, a Molise PR client, was featured as a must-have Father’s Dat gift on Lenox Square Shopping Center’s Atlanta 11 Alive Father’s Day round up segment. Check out the full segment by clicking the photo below:

Jun 192017
 

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Classic never goes out of style. It evolves. Chicago’s original steakhouse since 1941, Gene & Georgetti, a Chicago PR firm client located downtown and in Rosemont, is celebrating National Steakhouse Month by offering a special steak and wine pairing available all June.

Join the celebration with a special 16 oz. Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye Filet. With a generous amount of marbling, it pairs perfectly with a 2012 Foppiano Estate Petite Syrah, Russian River to cut through the ribeye’s fat and bring out its rich, beefy flavor. The steak special is $57 and the wine is $13, glass; or $50, bottle; plus tax and gratuity.

New in Rosemont

Al fresco season has begun, and Gene & Georgetti Rosemont welcomes guests to the newly opened outdoor patio. Choose lunch or dinner from the regular menu, or opt for a cocktail or bottle of wine and items from the bar lounge menu.

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Jun 192017
 

Skokie is getting smokyReal Urban Barbecue, with locations in Downtown Highland Park, Vernon Hills, and Oak Brook, is proud to announce the grand opening of their fourth location in Skokie on Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m.  Located at 5238 W. Touhy Avenue just west of I-94, the restaurant will open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast; as well as offer carryout, delivery, and corporate and private catering.

Grand Opening Celebration

To celebrate the grand opening, the first 50 ‘cue fanatics in line will receive a complimentary sandwich of their choice, and the first guest in queue will win free barbecue for a year.

Plus, WLS-AM 890’s Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will broadcast live from the restaurant all morning long! Guests will also have the opportunity to enter into the USO of Illinois’ BBQ for the Troops sweepstakes sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association for the chance to win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue for 50 of their friends catered by Real Urban Barbecue, along with other great prizes like concert ticket giveaways from WLS AM.

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Additional grand opening activities are also scheduled with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.

A Menu That’s Smoked & Served to Perfection

Their bark is as great as their bite. Take a seat at RUB’s BBQ Bar and watch [or drool] as the magic happens in the “Smoking Room” equipped with two massive Cooshack smokers capable of producing more than 3,000 lbs. per day of “low and slow” smoked items- like baby back ribs ordered dry, wet or to “perfection”; pulled pork, Texas sausage, turkey, brisket and chicken.

Real Urban Barbecue is the first restaurant to bring the delicacy of perfectly charred, caramelized burnt ends to Chicago, and now Skokie. Top it all off with RUB’s homemade, signature sauces, and pair with comfort sides like mac & cheese, sweet potato soufflé and golden corn bake. Sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade desserts and a wide variety of gluten free options are also featured on RUB’s expansive menu.

Plus, for the first time ever, Real Urban Barbecue Skokie will offer breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning featuring made-to-order breakfast tacos, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, fresh-brewed coffee, tea and more.

Also a first for RUB, an assortment of ice-cold draft beers will be available on tap.

“Since opening our first location in 2010, we have slow-smoked and served more than 156,000 slabs of ribs and over 391 tons of brisket,” says owner Jeff Shapiro. “The numbers don’t lie, and the demand is higher than ever. We’ve heard our fans pleas, and we are so excited to bring our newest and biggest Real Urban Barbecue location to-date to Skokie.”

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location features high, loft-style exposed wood barrel ceilings above handcrafted rustic wood tables and booths that seat approximately 100 guests. Coming soon, RUB’s outdoor patio will provide additional seating for approximately 30 people.

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Except for the grand opening date, Friday, June 23 when the restaurant will open early at 10 a.m.)

Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, seasonal hours, the full menu and catering information visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call the Skokie location at 847-947-6474 and select option #4.

Real Urban Barbecue stopped by WLS AM 890 to give Bob and Marianne a little preview of what’s to come!

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PRESS UPDATES: 

Dean Eliacostas, Executive Chef of Real Urban Barbecue in Highland Park, Vernon Hills and Oak Brook recently stopped by FOX Good Day Chicago for Memorial Day to commemorate the unofficial kick off to summer and grilling season and shared some tips on smoking and grilling some essential BBQ dishes, perfect for your outdoor festivities.

Check out the segment below!

Plus, Summer Festival Season is in full force at Real Urban Barbecue!

Chef Dean stopped by WCIU You & Me This Morning to chat about their participation in Ribfest Chicago to kickoff the summer season! Chef Dean is a natural onscreen, see the proof below:

Some of our favorite shots from RUB fans at Ribfest Chicago:
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On Friday, June 23, Real Urban Barbecue opened its doors in Skokie. Check out some photos from the grand opening below:

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PLUS, Bob and Marianne were onsite, broadcasting all morning long for WLS 890 AM! Click below to listen:


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Jun 192017
 

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, is welcoming the summer fun with Culinary Fight Club and Yappy Hour. Culinary Fight Club will take place on June 19 and feature a showdown between four local chefs with proceeds benefiting local non-profit, Fight2Feed. Yappy Hour Tuesdays will kick off on June 20 and take place on the dog-friendly outside patio.

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Culinary Fight Club Pitmaster Throw down Challenge – Monday, June 19

On Monday, June 19, Hard Rock Cafe will host a Culinary Fight Club Pitmaster Throw down Challenge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where four local Chicago chefs will battle it out in a seriously tasty cook-off. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Fight2Feed, a non-profit with a mission end hunger in Chicago by partnering with local restaurants to reduce food waste and share food with people in need.

Participating chefs will have two hours to create their best dish that combines the art of BBQ, grilling and open fire cooking. Industry experts will judge contestants based on presentation and how well the chefs have mastered the pit by cooking up the perfect protein and two sides.

Competing chefs include: Dylan Lipe, The Budlong Hot Chicken; Hipolito Sanchez, Slow Motion For Meat; Kristina Gaardbo, Chicago Culinary Kitchen and Rockin Rodizio; and Corey Rice, a Chicago home cook.

Tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or visit www.hardrock.com/chicago.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Tuesdays

Mix and mingle with pals and pups at Hard Rock Cafe’s new Yappy Hour, outside on the dog-friendly patio every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kicking off on June 20, guests can enjoy specials that include $4 Goose Island, Revolution, Metropolitan and Half Acre on draft, $5 select well cocktails, and half-priced appetizers*. Plus, your beloved pooch will receive a complimentary dog bowl with a $10 purchase. Yappy Hour specials are available on the patio only.

*Half-priced appetizers include Cauliflower Wings, Classic Nachos, Wings offered Buffalo Style or grilled with dry seasoning or tossed in Hard Rock’s Classic Rock, Tangy or Heavy Metal sauces; Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta, Tupelo Chicken Tenders.

For more information visit www.hardrock.com/chicago or call 312-943-2252.

Jun 162017
 

¡Hace calor aquí! Chicago Restaurant PR client Mercadito Chicago, is welcoming summer with their monthly Mixology Academy course on Saturday, June 17 and Dame Calor Experiential Dinner on Monday, June 19.

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June Mixology Academy with Bulleit Bourbon – Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

Just in time for summer, La Mez Agave Lounge, located downstairs at Mercadito, hosts its monthly Mixology Academy course, led by Beverage Director Paul Tanguay. The course will feature cocktails crafted with Bulleit Bourbon.

Guests are invited to learn insider tips and techniques to craft perfectly balanced cocktails at home, all while absorbing a bit of useful alcohol history about Bulleit Bourbon and getting saucy with friends and classmates. Appetizers will be provided, courtesy of Mercadito Chicago’s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval. Guests are also welcome to purchase items off of the regular menu.

Mercadito’s Mixology Academy course costs $45 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

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Dame Calor Experiential Dinner – Monday, June 19 from 6-9 p.m.

Celebrate warmer weather with a special Dame Calor Experiential Dinner. Hosted by Mercadito’s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval and special guest Paul Sauter of Diageo, guests are invited to enjoy four courses expertly paired
with Don Julio Tequila pours.

Guests will begin the night with a Guacamole Trio that includes Sandia, Durazno and Pepino. Guests will then indulge in a Ceviche Trio that includes Camaron, Dorado and Mixto and delight in a selection of tacos, including Carne, Pollo, Langosta and Pescado. The night ends on a sweet note with Tres Leches.

The Dame Calor Experiential Dinner costs $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Fore more information or to make a reservation, please call 312.329.9555 or visit https://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

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Jun 162017
 

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The Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk returns to picturesque Montrose Harbor on Saturday, June 17. Over 2,000 runners and walkers will come together along the beachside course to raise funds to support Imerman Angels and its mission of providing one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

In addition to on-course gourmet surprises, runners and walkers alike will be treated to a signature brunch buffet from award-winning Blue Plate Catering – honored with the 2016 Leading Caterers of America Award. Each participant (21 and older) also receives a trip to the Mimosa Bar, Cold-Brewed Coffee Station featuring High Brew Coffee and an ice-cold beer.

Ready…Set…Brunch!

Created by the 2014 Catering Chef of the Year Paul Larson, the brunch menu features a full spread of brunch items including a variety of savory and vegetarian breakfast sandwiches; apple wood smoked bacon; baked cinnamon-raisin French toast casserole; house made breakfast bread assortment, a seasonal fruit display; Blue Plate pastries; roasted breakfast potatoes; Kiddo “pancake” dogs; and mini yogurt parfaits.

Participants have the option to walk or run the chip-timed 5K course, or opt for the single mile course, in honor of a loved one who has battled cancer. Form a team or walk as an individual; this is a family event and all are welcome. Registration for the 5K course costs $50 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. The one-mile course is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. Children under five are free.

Those who cannot make it on June 17 may register as a virtual runner for $30 and still help raise funds supporting the Imerman Angels mission.

Brunch Run 5k Supporters

Imerman Angels, a Molise PR client, is proud to partner with generous sponsors and partners including: Deloitte US, Magnus Charitable Trust, Blue Plate Catering and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Dave Louthan at dave@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1312. To register for the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5k & Walk, visit brunchrun5k.com or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Imerman Angels CEO, Executive Director and 3-time cancer survivor Ben Bornstein stopped by WGN AM 720 Steve Cochran Show to chat about the annual Brunch Run, as well as Imerman Angels’ mission:  Click the photo below for the full clip:

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Next, Ben and and Chef Randall with Blue Plate Catering stopped by FOX Good Day Chicago to chat about the upcoming Brunch Run:

Ben, along with the Imerman Angels cheering squad, also stopped by ABC 7 Chicago to chat about what the Brunch Run has in store for participants:

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Jun 132017
 

HRC Legendary Burger

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Chicago PR client, is ready to celebrate like it’s 1971! On June 14, 1971, two-music loving Americans, Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton opened the first-ever Hard Rock Cafe in London and an iconic brand was born. After Eric Clapton asked to hang his guitar in that location, Tigrett and Morton had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and food for a one-of-a-kind guest experience. To honor the brand’s founders and celebrate its birthday on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will offer civil servants who visit the cafe any Legendary Burger™ for only 71 cents.*

Hard Rock Cafe’s Original Legendary® Burger features a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, a golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries. Just like the artists whose memorabilia lines the walls at Hard Rocks worldwide, the burgers that Hard Rock Cafe serves are nothing short of “Legendary.” All burgers are made with the highest quality meats, fresh toppings, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses.

* Civil servants include policemen, firefighters and EMT personnel only. To receive any Legendary Burger™ for 71 cents on June 14, civil servants must present proper identification including badge stating their eligible status. Offer does not include World Burger Tour burgers. The offer is valid only for dining-in at participating Hard Rock Cafe locations, limited to one item per person and restrictions apply.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com/chicago.

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May 152017
 

Molise PR client Garrett Popcorn Shops was recently featured on WCIU You & Me This Morning as wedding inspiration from Martha Stewart Wedding Party! Check out the full clip below:

 

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Give a gift that gives back this Mother’s Day. Garrett Popcorn Shops®, Making Moms Happy Since 1949, announces the keepsake Spring Tin design and the Garrett® Spring Collection, with 10 percent of sales* going to Infant Welfare Society, an organization that ensures barrier-free access to services and provides a multi-service healthcare home to some of Chicago’s neediest children and their families.

The Garrett Spring Collection features hot air-popped, lightly glazed Garrett Popcorn fully enrobed in four new, premium Belgian White Chocolate recipes: Strawberry, Orange, Lime and traditional White Chocolate. These indulgent and naturally flavored recipes are available in Shops and online:

  • Keepsake Spring Tin –1 Gallon Spring Tin filled 50/50 with CaramelCrisp® and any one Belgian White Chocolate recipe for $34.95, plus shipping for online orders.
  • The Spring Collection Gift Box –Four clear Half Quart Tins in a decorative Gift Box, each filled with one of the four Spring Collection recipes for $34.95, plus shipping for online orders.

“Given the success of The Garrett Spring Collection Gift Box which we launched in time for Easter, we are excited to expand our Belgian White Chocolate options both for Mother’s Day and this worthy cause through our Garrett Cares initiative,” says Chef David Funaro, Vice President, Lead Chef for Garrett Popcorn Shops.

“Garrett Popcorn Shops is an incredible partner to Angel Family Health, our wonderful Auxiliary and to our patients,” says Michelle Di Benedetto, Vice President of Institutional Advancement of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. “Angel Family Health depends on the generous support of corporation, foundation and individual partners to help us ensure that hundreds of patients who would ordinarily go without healthcare services are able to access vital services.”

In Chicago, Shops are located at: 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), Navy Pier (food court), 26 West Randolph St., 4 East Madison St., 27 West Jackson Blvd., 737 East 87th St., O’Hare International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 3, Citigroup Center at 500 West Madison St. (2nd floor), Water Tower Place at 835 North Michigan Ave. (Level 7), and in Schaumburg, at Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court.

For more information or to place an online order, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

For more information on Infant Welfare Society visit www.infantwelfaresociety.org.

*Infant Welfare Society promotion period April 28 – May 21, 2017. U.S. sales only, up to $20,000.

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