Garrett Popcorn Shops, a Molise PR client, was most recently included in a last minute Father’s Day Gift Guide at Lenox Square Shopping Center on Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, 11 Alive. Check out the full segment by clicking the photo below:
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.
— Chicago Food Mag (@ChicagoFoodMag) June 5, 2017
Skokie is getting smoky… Real 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.
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!
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:
📷 Sherrie Savors The City
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.
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.
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.
¡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.
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.
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.
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:
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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Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Chicago PR firm client, is gearing up for warmer days with a U2 Pre-Party and VIP Reception featuring live music from UZoo – The Unforgettable U2 Tribute Band on for Saturday, June 3, plus a new Summer Patio Acoustic Series on Fridays and the Hard Rock After Dark series featuring live band karaoke on Thursday nights, and live music on Saturday nights.
U2 Concert Pre-Party & VIP Reception – Saturday, June 3 from 3-6 p.m.
Come in the name of love! Before legendary Irish rock band U2 packs Soldier Field on Saturday, June 3, Hard Rock Cafe invites guests to join in on the U2 Concert Pre-Party featuring a free, live performance from UZoo – The Unforgettable U2 Tribute Band beginning at 3 p.m.
Plus, guests have the option to purchase tickets for the U2 VIP Reception for $75, which includes a three-hour open bar package, hors d’oeuvres, and round trip transportation to the concert at Soldier Field.
Lisa Allen from 101.9 FM THE MIX Chicago will be onsite with THE MIX Road Crew from 3-5 p.m. doing a U2 concert ticket giveaway.
Tickets for the U2 VIP Reception are limited and can be purchased by clicking here.
Summer Patio Acoustic Series – Fridays from 5-7 p.m.
Chicago’s al fresco season begins when Hard Rock Cafe introduces its Summer Patio Acoustic Series, on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. Kicking off on May 5 guests are invited to the outdoor patio for live music and Happy Hour specials extended to 7 p.m.* Check the Hard Rock Cafe website weekly for updates on performers.
Hard Rock Cafe’s Happy Hour features half-priced appetizers* including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Classic Nachos, Wings in your choice of 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 and Potato Skins.
Happy Hour drink specials include $5 Drafts, $5 pours of house red and white wine from Inspiration Vineyards and $6 shots of Jameson, Fireball and Jack Daniel’s.
*Happy Hour is available at the cafe Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Half-priced appetizer Happy Hour special excludes Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Jumbo Combo.
Hard Rock After Dark – Live Band Karaoke on Thursdays and Live Music Saturdays at 9 p.m.
Rock star guests can take to the Hard Rock stage for live band karaoke, Thursdays at 9 p.m., and belt out the greatest hits from their favorite artists backed by a full band. Guests will also enjoy drink specials including $4 Chicago draft beers and $5 well drinks.
Every Saturday night at 9 p.m., guests are invited to stop in and jam out with house band The Local Group, playing music ranging from Chicago traditional blues, rock and R&B to jazz, pop and country.
Hard Rock After Dark is open to all ages.
To learn more about Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, call 312-943-2252 or visit www.HardRock.com/chicago.
Mercadito Chicago, a Molise PR client, is set to participate in Timeout Chicago‘s first ever Taco Thursday event at Joe’s on Weed Street Thursday, May 11 beginning at 6 p.m. Guests to the event will sample a taco from each of the participating restaurants from around the city, and also sip on two complimentary drinks.
The Taco Thursday event will also feature a live DJ set and games throughout the night. Taco bout a good time!
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, in partnership with ReverbNation, hosts a regional battle of the bands, Hard Rock Rising, on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 9 pm. Four local bands will take the stage to compete for their chance to advance on and perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Local music industry leaders will unite in support of Chicago musicians at this high energy competition. Lauren O’Neil from 101WKQX will emcee the evening, and the panel of judges includes Tom Barnas, WGN TV Around Town and Music Lounge Producer; Michael Heidemann, WGN AM Radio Executive Producer and Host of Sound Sessions podcast; and Jim Kopeny, Chicagoist Senior Editor, Arts & Entertainment.
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s local finalist will receive $1,000, a Fender instruments prize pack, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack of the artist’s latest recording or video from Bison Disc. They will also advance on to be judged by a panel of international music industry professionals who will select the global grand prize winner. The grand prize recipient will perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium and will have the opportunity to create a professionally produced music video, which will be added to Hard Rock’s world-wide video system.
Local Chicago band Arbor Creek took home the winning glory at this year’s Hard Rock Rising, and stopped by WGN AM Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez to celebrate by performing some of their hits, as well as chat what’s next for them. Click the photo below for the full segment:
Show mom how much she rocks this Mother’s Day at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet and a live music show from Leaders of the Pack on Sunday, May 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Families are invited to indulge in a full spread of brunch favorites including: a Honey Baked Ham carving station, sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, French toast, roasted red potatoes, hash browns, fruit and mini muffins. Guests will also enjoy assorted juice options, coffee and tea. Adults are invited to order beverages and cocktails from the regular menu for an additional cost.
Beginning at 11 a.m., enjoy a special performance from Leaders of the Pack, a trio of leading ladies that celebrate the greatest girl groups and female artists, spotlighting the 1940s big band era of the Andrews Sisters, to the Rock & Roll sounds of the 50s, and the 60s pop of the Shirelles, Ronettes, the Supremes and more.
Mother’s Day Brunch and Live Music Show at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
Sunday, May 14
Brunch buffet begins at 10:30 a.m.
Performance by Leaders of the Pack begins at 11 a.m.
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W. Ontario, Chicago IL
$35 for ages 10 and up, $25 for children 9 years of age and under
— Chicago Food Mag (@ChicagoFoodMag) April 20, 2017