November is National Adoption Month, and Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont), continues its support of local nonprofit Hephzibah Children’s Association by donating a portion of proceeds from dessert sales all month long.
Funding helps the Hephzibah’s Group Homes in its mission to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, multiple foster care placements or failed adoptions. Their family based services renew and strengthen family bonds and their foster care services create new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah’s day care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community- regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
In addition to the November campaign, Gene & Georgetti, a Chicago PR client, will host a private holiday party for the children featuring fun activities, good eats and treats.
“Our family knows first hand the joys of adoption and the importance of supporting children in need of love and care. We’re proud to kick-off our fourth year of raising both awareness and funds for Hephzibah Children’s Association during November,” says the Durpetti Family, Gene & Georgetti’s owners.
Guests to both Chicago and Rosemont locations can enjoy signature Gene & Georgetti favorites like Tiramisu, Spumoni, Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake and their famous Italian Lemon Crème Layer Cake.
For more information, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.
Jingle Bell Rock [and roll] your way to Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Molise PR client, this holiday season for a free, family-friendly holiday music show featuring Rosie and The Rivets, Chicago’s premiere retro rock and roll show.
Beginning Saturday, November 18, in conjunction with The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, The “Jingle Bell Rock” Holiday Music Show will delight the whole family. The event will feature holiday music favorites with a retro twist in addition to the best danceable music of the 1950’s and early 1960’s for a truly theatrical experience.
During the show, guests will have the opportunity to order food and beverages from Hard Rock Cafe’s legendary menu like the Chicago Pizza Local Legendary Burger, the new vegetarian friendly Cauliflower Burger, fresh salads and decadent desserts. Plus, little ones can enjoy kid-approved items off the Little Rocker menu. Seating for the “Jingle Bell Rock” Holiday Music Show is first come, first serve, and reservations are highly recommended.
What: Family-Friendly “Jingle Bell Rock” Holiday Music Show featuring Rosie
and The Rivets
When: Four Dates: Saturday, November 18 from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 8 and 15 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Admission: Free show. All ages are welcome. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at www.HardRock.com/Chicago or by calling 312-943-2252.
Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant and Molise PR client, is celebrating Día de los Muertos with a special Día de los Muertos themed Mixology Academy course on Saturday, October 14 and Experiential Dinner on Monday, October 23.
Mixology Academy – Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
Shake things up at La Mez Agave Lounge, downstairs at Mercadito, with a special Día de los Muertos Mixology Academy course Saturday, October 14 at 3 p.m. The course, led by Beverage Director Paul Tanguay, will feature Casamigos Tequila, and highlight Mercadito’s signature Pepino el Pyu, Little Market and Casa Manhattan cocktails. Appetizers will also be provided by Mercadito Chicago’s Chef Aldo Ayala.
The Día de los Muertos Mixology Academy costs $45 per guest. Reservations are required.
Experiential Dinner – Monday, Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m.
Guests are invited to enjoy five courses accompanied by five Casamigos Tequila cocktails. The dinner is hosted by Monica Dim of Casamigos Tequila and Chef Aldo Ayala of Mercadito.
The festivities begin with Sopa de Calabaza, roasted pumpkin, mole spices, pomegranate and crispy sage.
Guests will then revel in Tamal de Camarón, banana leaf wrapped corn masa, shrimp, chayote, green beans, mole Amarillo, crema fresca and crispy shallots.
Next on the menu is Taco de Mixiote de Cordero, guajillo marinated braised lamb, maguey leaf, caramelized sweet potato, tomatillo salsa and crispy sweet potato.
For the fourth course, guests will be treated to Callo de Hacha, pan-seared diver scallops, butternut squash hash, roasted jalapeño, pumpkin seed vinaigrette and crispy brussels sprouts.
To end with a traditional treat, guests will enjoy Pan de Muerto, Mexican chocolate, mezcal whipped cream, cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest.
The Día de los Muertos Experiential Dinner is $85 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 312.329.9555 or visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com.
— Chicago Food Mag (@ChicagoFoodMag) October 10, 2017
In addition, Chef Aldo Ayala stopped by the FOX 32 Chicago studio to share some traditional dishes being offered at Mercadito Chicago to help commemorate the Dia de los Muertos. Check it out below:
Chicago’s Original Gene & Georgetti Launches Saturday Morning Brunch
Featuring classic brunch menu items and signature Bloody Mary options
The city’s original steakhouse since 1941, Gene & Georgetti, a Molise PR client, introduces Saturday Brunch for the first time in more than 76 years in its downtown location in River North. Saturday Brunch will feature a selection of signature menu items and Bloody Marys available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday Brunch menu options include:
Gene’s Frittata, eggs mixed with potatoes, spinach, broccoli, garlic, sausage, bacon and American cheese served with cottage fries, $9.75
Three Eggs, served any style with toast and home fried potatoes, $10.75; add bacon, ham or Italian sausage, $13.75
Plain Three Egg Omelet, served with toast and home fried potatoes, $10.75
Pepper and Egg Sandwich, scrambled eggs topped with tri-colored peppers on white toast, served with house potatoes, $9.75
Sausage & Egg Sandwich, mild Italian sausage patty with egg white and white toast, $10.75
Gene’s Bloody Mary, with signature Gene & Georgetti Vodka, garnished with thick cut bacon, salami, mozzarella cheese, lemon and lime, $13
Georgetti Bloody Mary, with signature Gene & Georgetti Vodka, garnished with jumbo shrimp, olives, mozzarella cheese, lemon, lime and celery, $15
For more details or to make a reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.
— Chicago Food Mag (@ChicagoFoodMag) August 23, 2017
Boys & Girls Club of Lake County (BGCLC) hosted their 15th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, July 31 at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove (4700 Royal Melbourne Drive). The Golf Outing welcomed 150 guests and raised more than $200,000 benefitting after-school and summer programs serving more than 1,000 at-risk youth; with generous support from Title Sponsors Garrett Popcorn Shops, Frango, IDEX Corporation, and The Omtvedt Family Foundation.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Golf Outing is one of our most significant fundraisers,” says Donna Funk, Resource Development Director for the organization. “Funds raised at this event help provide the resources necessary to serve the youth in our community who need it most through positive and productive after-school and summer programs which help provide them with a path for a great future.”
Players enjoyed an afternoon of golf, lunch courtesy of Beam Suntory, and on-course beverage options. Registered golfers received access to interactive games with great prizes like ball toss, squares, mulligans and gimme string. The Shotgun Start sounded at Noon on the picturesque 18-hole course, carved into the lush surroundings of wetlands, ponds, prairies and trees. After the eighteenth hole, guests were invited to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and program.
Additional sponsors include: Golf Cart Sponsors – Northwestern Mutual; Ace Sponsor ITW; Luncheon Sponsor Beam Suntory; Eagle Sponsors – Denise & David Bunning, Therma-Tru Doors, Leahy Family, and William Blair; Birdie Sponsors – C.H. Robinson, David Delaney, EMKAY Fleet Management, First Bank of Highland Park, FlexPrint Inc., Hall Capital, Huntington Bank, KPMG, Marsh, PwC, SUZOHAPP, Deloitte and Wells Fargo.
For more information on BGCLC visit www.bgclc.com or call Donna Funk at 847-235-6972.
Gene & Georgetti Rosemont Celebrates National Sandwich Month in August
Featuring a selection of delectable Classic Pairings for lunch
August is National Sandwich Month, and Gene & Georgetti Rosemont, a Molise PR client, is celebrating with a Classic Pairs lunch menu available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Classic Pairs menu includes:
- Half BLT Sandwich, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted bread, $10.50
- Half Turkey Club, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted bread, $11.75
- Prime Rib Sandwich, hand sliced prime rib served on a pretzel bun, $15.75
- Crab Cake Sandwich, signature crab cake with mixed greens, tomato, and remoulade served on a Kaiser roll, $13.75
Paired with choice of:
Minestrone, Spinach Tortellini or Soup of the Day; or the signature House Salad.
In addition to the Classic Pairs menu items, additional lunch menu offerings include:
- Cobb Salad, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, crisp bacon, black river blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette, $14.75
- Skirt Steak Salad, crisp romaine, cherry tomatoes, cubed cheddar, roasted red onion and balsamic vinaigrette, $21.25
- Chicken Panzanella, crisp romaine, heirloom cherry tomatoes with chopped basil, fresh mozzarella, green onions, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette, $14.25
- Meatball Sliders, topped with melted mozzarella and fresh marinara, served on mini sesame buns, $9.25
- Chicken Sandwich, grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, mayo and onions, served on a pretzel bun with seasoned fries, $12.75
- Sausage Alla Joe Sandwich, mild Italian sausage, topped with tri-colored sweet peppers and pepperoncini’s, served on a rustic Italian bread with seasoned fries, $11.75
- Gene’s Grilled Cheese, American cheese, bacon and sliced tomato, served open faced on toasted bread with seasoned fries, $12.50
For more details or to make a reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.
— Chicago Food Mag (@ChicagoFoodMag) August 16, 2017
Back by popular demand, Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” and Molise PR client, announces the limited time return of their popular KettleCorn® recipe available in Shops and online August 1 – August 31.
Garrett KettleCorn is hot air popped, then delicately glazed with a touch of sugar and a hint of salt, for the ultimate summertime snack. Take advantage of the Garrett Summer Weekend Quart promotion, available in Shops only every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a One Quart Tin of any Signature Recipe, including the limited time KettleCorn, and receive a complimentary One Quart Tin of equal or lesser value. Limit one complimentary Tin per guest.
Limited time KettleCorn Bundles are available online only at GarrettPopcorn.com:
Handcrafted Summer Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix® and a One Quart Signature Pink Tin of KettleCorn; and KettleCorn Lovers Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Blue Tin of KettleCorn and a One Quart Signature Blue Tin of Garrett Mix; both available for $44.95 plus shipping.
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.
Real Urban Barbecue’s “Vernon Hogs” location at 1260 South Milwaukee Ave is celebrating five years of smokin’ business THIS Thursday, July 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. by honoring loyal RUB fans with a special featured $5 birthday menu. All $5 meals include one side of your choice and a fountain drink. (Excludes mason jars and bottled soft drinks)
· 14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket Sandwich
· Slow- Smoked Turkey Sandwich
· The Home ‘Recker Sandwich – Texas sausage topped with pulled pork.
· Mac Attack – RUB’s award-winning homemade mac & cheese topped with pulled pork.
· Urban Poutine – French fries topped with breaded cheese curds, pulled pork and brown gravy.
* Available for dine in or carry out orders at the Vernon Hills location only. $5 menu items available only while supplies last.
Plus, RUB Club members will receive five times the points on all purchases.
It’s not a birthday without cake! Guests will also receive a complimentary slice of pig cake with the purchase of a menu item while supplies last.
Sip, Sip, Olé! Celebrate National Tequila Day at Mercadito Chicago
Enjoy a special prix fixe menu including your choice of specialty tequila cocktail
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com 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:
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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