Oct 042017

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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.

cb8d4e6bbdddb431ae767c3b_560x372Shake 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.

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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:

Apr 172017

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Celebrate at Mercadito Chicago
Five-course experiential dinner, a special prix fixe menu
and “The Hottest Drink on Earth!”


Make Cinco de Mayo a weeklong celebration at Mercadito Chicago, a Chicago PR agency client, with a Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner on Monday, May 1 and a special five-course prix fixe menu available Friday, May 5. Plus, guests are invited to attempt Mercadito’s Vato Loco cocktail, known as the “Hottest Drink on Earth.”

Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner, May 1 from 6-9 p.m.

Start the festivities early with a special Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner. Guests are invited to enjoy five courses, each expertly paired with Mezcales de Leyenda pours.

Begin the celebration with a selection of Botanas Mexicanas that includes Tostaditas de Tinga de Res, Guacamole con Chicharron, Tacos Dorados, Sopes de Chorizo and Tacos de Chicharron en Salsa.

Guests will then enjoy Tamales de Mole Poblano, revel in Chile Relleno de Quesillo and indulge in Pozole Rojo. For dessert, guests will be treated to Flan Napolitano. 

The Cinco de Mayo Experiential Dinner costs $85 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Cinco de Mayo Five-Course Prix Fixe Menu, May 5 from 4 pm – Close

43d65fd441f4298e4974ccd7_372x560On Cinco de Mayo, guests can enjoy a special five-course prix fixe menu, $45 plus tax and gratuity. The five-course menu includes a choice of two guacamoles, two botanas or ceviches, four tacos including Chicken Mole, two side dishes and one dessert.

Plus, guests are invited with caution to try the Vato Loco cocktail, known as “The Hottest Drink on Earth” at Mercadito. The Vato Loco is perfectly mixed with ancho- infused blanco tequila, arbol chile syrup, pineapple-habanero puree, whole milk, fresh lime juice, a flaming jalapeno with over-proofed rum and four dashes of Tabasco, $15. Guests are required to sign a waiver form before attempting the Vato Loco cocktail.

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


Ana Belaval and the WGN TV Around Town team stopped by Mercadito for a second year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all morning long! Check out the festivities they had in store below:

ABC 7 Chicago visited Mercadito where Beverage Director, Paul Tanguey gave viewers an inside look at “The Hottest Drink on Earth.” Click on the clip below for the full segment:

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Chef Patricio Sandoval also stopped by Telemundo Chicago to demo his signature Sopes de Chorizo in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

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Apr 062016

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Real Urban Barbecue, a Chicago Restaurant PR Firms client, with three locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive), invites you to join them in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Passover with their special carryout menu available Friday, April 22 through Saturday, April 30.

Put down the cooking utensils and enjoy the holiday with Real Urban Barbecue favorites including:


  • 14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket with au Jus, $15.99/lbs
  • Whole Smoked Michigan Turkey Breast (averages 3.5lb), $45
  • Sliced Smoked Michigan Turkey Breast, $12.99/lb
  • Smoked Side of Atlantic Salmon with dill crème fraiche (averages 3lb), $54
  • Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb with Lamb Jus, (averages 6-7lb), $98

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  • Matzo Balls, $1.50 each
  • Chicken Soup, $5/quart
  • Matzo Potato Pancakes, $1.50 each
  • Urban Salad with Boston Bibb, crumbled bleu cheese, candied walnuts, $36 half pan | $72 full pan
  • Dinner Salad with Garden Blend lettuce, tomato, cucumber & carrot, $17 half pan | $34 full pan


  • Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with maple syrup, $13.99/quart |  $40 half pan | $80 full pan Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 3.19.26 PM
  • Marinated Grilled Vegetables, $13.99 quart | $40 half pan | $80 full pan
  • Marinated and Chilled Grilled Asparagus, $13.99/quart | $40 half pan | $80 full pan 
  • Sweet Potato Souffle,$10.99/quart| $40 half pan | $80 full pan
  • Creamed Spinach, $10.99/quart | $40 half pan | $80 full pan
  • Rosemary New Potatoes, $9.99/quart | $27 half pan | $54 full pan
  • Flame Roasted Fuji Apples, $10.99/quart | $38 half pan | $76 full pan
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, $10.99 quart | $30 half pan | $60 full pan
  • Homestyle Mac & Cheese, $10.99 quart | $38 half pan | $76 full pan
  • Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes, $40 half pan | $80 full pan
  • Glazed Baby Carrots with Raisins, $30 half pan | $60 full pan


  • Chocolate Toffee Matzo, $11.99/lb
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache, $36
  • Macaroons, $16/doz 

Note: Quart feeds 6 people, half pan feeds 12-15, and full pan feeds 24-30 

Prices are subject to change. Real Urban Barbecue may not be able to accommodate orders or changes made less than 48 hours in advance. A credit card is needed to secure your order. Orders that are not picked up will be charged 50% of the total bill. For more information or to order your Passover carryout order call 847-947-6474 or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com to download the full menu.

Apr 042016
Family-owned Gino’s East, a Chicago PR client, celebrating 50 years of serving Chicago-style deep-dish pizza to fans from around the world, announces the grand opening of their newest location in Pilsen (1659 W. 21st St., Chicago, IL 60608), the heart of the Mexican community in Chicago, on Friday, April 8.

“We were excited to bring the best of Chicago to Mexico City, where Gino’s East’s deep dish pizza has been a huge hit since opening more than a year ago. Now we are equally excited to come back home with our special, homemade Pastor sauce and other recipes that fuse the flavor profiles of two distinct cultures,” states Jos Saldaña, General Director of Gino’s East in Mexico.

The expansion of Gino’s East in Mexico City has been a fundamental part in the development of Gino’s East’s new location in Pilsen and the recipes featured on the menu have been created from scratch by Chef Roberto Tostado and Gino’s East’s Executive Vice President Noah Himmel. The dishes from the Gino’s East Mexico City menu that will travel 4,000 miles from the heart of D.F. to the historic neighborhood of Pilsen include deep dish or thin crust pizzas: Carnitas, caramelized onions, avocado, salsa picante, cilantro, tomato sauce, mozzarella; Nopal Vegetarian, cactus, picked onion, mushroom, potato, tomato sauce, mozzarella; and Meaty Chorizo Legend, chorizo, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, bacon, tomato sauce, mozzarella. Small plates include Jumbo Wings marinated with Homemade Pastor sauce or smoky dry rub; Pozole Verde SoupOaxacan Caprese Salad and more.

Beer, wine and cocktail offerings include select Gino’s Brewing Company craft beer, tequila, mezcal, and $8 cocktails including: Ron Amarillo, white rum, ancho chili liqueur, yellow bell pepper, cilantro, lime; Humo Blanco, mezcal, apricot, lemon, hellfire bitters, chipotle; Medicina Liquida, mezcal, tequila, aperol, honey, lemon, orange zest; Gingersnap, Vanilla or Cinnamon Horchata with white rum and more.

In addition to daily lunch specials, general daily specials include but are not limited to: Sweet Tooth Monday, half price desserts; Tuesday $1 Guacamole; and Wednesday Cheap Date Night, free small plate with purchase of two specialty cocktails.

“We have completely fallen in love with the people, culture, and food of Mexico City,” says Noah Himmel. “We’re excited to continue to expand Gino’s East globally and in our hometown Chicago.”

For information including delivery, carryout, private parties and catering, visit www.GinosEast.com or call Gino’s East Pilsen at 312-226-8770

Gino’s East Pilsen is open Noon – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; Noon – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Mar 232016

unspecifiedThe Estate by Gene & Georgetti Partners with Dimitra’s Bridal Couture and Modern Luxury Brides

For Exclusive Runway Event Featuring Designer Inbal Dror  

With ticket proceeds donated to the Illinois Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding

The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, a Molise PR client, the upscale wedding and events venue, is partnering with Dimitra’s Bridal Couture and Modern Luxury Brides for an exclusive event featuring designer Inbal Dror on Sunday, April 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 North Rush Street. 

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.19.49 PMThe runway event and will feature the Fall 2016 bridal and evening gowns designed by Inbal Dror, with the U.S. debut of the Spring 2017 collection one week before it is unveiled at New York Fashion Week.

Brides will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with designer Inbal Dror at the cocktail reception before and after the runway event. Brides will also get the chance to schedule a trunk show appointment on Saturday, April 9 or Monday, April 11, with an opportunity to shop the latest 2017 collection and work one on one with the designer.

During the cocktail reception, brides will savor in delicious hors d’oevures and cocktails from The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, tasty sweets by Elysia Root Cakes, with coordination by Michelle Durpetti Events and event design by Derrick Taylor of Taylor & Co.

Makeup artistry for the event courtesy of Traci Fine from Fine Makeup Art & Assoc., hair styling from Eric Graham of Erin Graham Hair, wardrobe styling from The Wedding Dresser’s Caroline Shaw, and featuring groom’s attire from J. Hilburn.

Brides will also have the opportunity to meet renowned photographer Syed Yaqeen and founder of Chicago’s leading video production company Mirar Productions’ Philipe Carvalho.

As the event concludes, each bride will walk away with a luxury gift. Tickets are $50 per bride or $75 for bride and a guest. To purchase tickets, call Dimitra’s Bridal Couture at 312.787.0920 or click here.

Ticket proceeds from the event will be donated to the Illinois Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding. 

Mar 072016

The Estate by Gene & Georgetti, the upscale events venue adjacent to the Gene & Georgetti restaurant in Rosemont (9421 W. Higgins Road) presents a special Easter Brunch event on Sunday, March 27, with seating from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the whole family for this event featuring a special appearance by the Easter Bunny and a live jazz performance by Becca Kaufman Orchestra. 

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a complimentary Mimosa. The Easter Sunday Brunch includes a selection of classic brunch fare as well as house specialties, with a customized Omelet Station, Eggs Benedict, Antipasto, a Smoked Salmon display, Ceviche, Penne Primavera, Homemade Tuscan Lamb Stew; a carving station featuring Slow Roasted Prime Rib; a special children’s station and a selection of decadent desserts to end on a sweet note.

The Estate’s Easter Brunch event costs $42 for adults, and $24 for children ages 11 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, please contact a reservation specialist at 847.653.3302.

Gene & Georgetti Rosemont, Chicago PR Firm client, will also open for dinner on Easter Sunday, with reservations beginning at 3 p.m.  For more information visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

Michelle Durpetti, Managing Partner of Gene and Georgetti and The Estate stopped by WGN TV Lunchbreak to demonstrate a vegetable frittata and talk about the special Easter Brunch, check out the photos below. Click on the first photo to watch the full segment.


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Feb 292016
Devon Seafood Grill in Downtown Chicago 
Hosts Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner
Tuesday, March 15
Enjoy 6 Exquisite Courses, Each Perfectly Paired with Ferrari-Carano Blends
unspecified-1Devon Seafood Grill, a Molise PR client, located steps away from the Magnificent Mile (39 E. Chicago Ave) is hosting an exclusive 6-course meal showcasing fine pairings from Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery on Tuesday, March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.Begin the night with a selection of passed Hors’ D’oeuvres, Chef’s choice, paired with a glass of the 2014 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio, a refreshing and light bodied blend with fresh aromas of fresh apricot, green apple, melon, honeyed hints of floral, citrus zest and white peach that linger to the finish.The second course is comprised of Pan Seared Scallops, complete with Sweet Potato Hash and Lobster Beurre Blanc, accompanied by a 2014 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, bright and fresh with aromas and flavors of yellow peach, pear, quince, Meyer lemon, mango and fruit cocktail that adds body, complexity and depth to every glass.

For the third course, guests can enjoy a Char Crusted Ahi Tuna, with a Char Crust, Sky High Pinot Noir Vinaigrette and Pickled Red Ginger, perfectly paired with a 2013 Ferrari-Carano Sky High Pinot Noir, a wine boasting with aromas of cherry and floral notes of orange and rose blossom complemented by rich flavors of cherry, pomegranate and cola, a velvety texture and dazzling complexity that creates a naturally balanced wine with a lingering, rich finish.After, guests can savor in the Filet Mignon Oscar, with Jumbo Lump Crab, Fresh Asparagus and Foyot Sauce, with a glass of the 2012 Ferrari-Carano Reserve Cabernet, a full bodied wine with aromas and flavors of cinnamon, sage, mocha, tobacco, plum, dried currants, wild berry, mint and toasty nutmeg spice that create the spice and earthy element to the wine.
Next is the New Zealand Lamb Chop, complete with a Wild Mushroom Risotto, Sautéed Haricot Verts and Rosemary Demi Glace, complemented by a glass of Ferrari-Carano Trésor, with vibrant aromas and flavors of blackberry syrup, baking spices, toasted oak, black tea, cedar, vanilla and cassis, with lingering sweet oak notes of crème brûlée and dark chocolate. 

End the meal on a sweet note with a Fresh Berry Romanoff, complete with Grand Marnier Macerated Mixed Berries, Fresh Whip Cream and White Chocolate Mousse, paired with a glass of the 2014 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Noir, a truly unique dessert wine made from Black Muscat grapes grown in the Russian River Valley with intense aromas of rose petals, blueberry jam and cardamom spice to end the night.The Ferrari-Carano Wine Dinner costs $65 a person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tim Sherlock at (312) 440-8660. Please visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago for more information.
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Feb 292016


Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago a Chicago PR agency client (63 W.  Ontario) will celebrate the holiday with its new GUINNESS® Irish Stout and Jameson® Irish Whiskey infused-burger and beer duet. The GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger, paired with a GUINNESS® stout, is now available at cafe locations through Sunday, April 10, 2016, just in time to help guests’ taste buds get lucky for St. Patrick’s Day.

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger features a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with Jameson® Irish Whiskey bacon jam, a GUINNESS® Stout cheese sauce, tomatoes and seasoned arugula. The burger will be served alongside Hard Rock’s seasoned fries with the option to add a topping of GUINNESS® cheese sauce and bacon, allowing guests to experience Irish stout flavors with every bite.

“For our fifth burger and beer pairing, we pushed ourselves to create a burger that masterfully infused unique and exciting culinary ingredients like bacon jam, Jameson® Irish Whiskey and GUINNESS® Stout,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director of Research and Development at Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock’s new GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger offers a savory flavor profile that balances the rich notes of GUINNESS® and plays up the smoky and sweet nuances of the Jameson® infused bacon jam.”

The new GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger joins Hard Rock’s line of burger and beer pairings, including the Rebel Legendary™ Burger, Goose Island Tropical Bacon Burger, Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger and the Modelo Especial Bacon Cheeseburger. Each limited-edition burger was created with a specific beer in mind, taking the culinary beer trend to the next level by infusing beer into the burger recipe.

“GUINNESS® has been brewing beer for more than 250 years, and we knew Hard Rock would put a new, delicious culinary spin on our classic beverage,” said Allen Roosa of GUINNESS®. “This burger enhances the flavor of our GUINNESS® Stout and will not disappoint loyal fans around the nation. What better time to roll out the pairing than around everyone’s favorite Irish holiday – St. Patrick’s Day!”

The GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger and beer pairing will be available at cafe locations along with additional pairings throughout 2016. Guests can stop by Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to try out the latest items or visit www.hardrock.com/chicago for more information.

About GUINNESS® & Co.

It all started with just one man, but it’s not down to a single ‘eureka’ moment. The history of GUINNESS® beer, draught, or stout is a stirring tale of inspiration, dedication, ingenuity and effort. It’s over two centuries of sublime brewing craft, a remarkable knack for spreading the word and more than a few leaps of faith. It’s the story of how a unique Irish stout became, with a little magic, one of the World’s best-loved beers. Guinness is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. As of June 30, 2004, the biggest-selling markets for GUINNESS® stout were Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, US and Cameroon.

About Diageo 

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Follow on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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Feb 262016


Hard Rock’s guests born on Leap Day get more than just the privilege of being a quarter of their age this February 29 at Chicago PR firm client, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (63 W. Ontario)! This year, leaplings who celebrate their birthday at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will receive a free entrée from Hard Rock Cafe’s Leaplings Eat Free menu.*

“There are more than 200,000 leap day babies in the United States alone, and they only get to celebrate their ‘real birthday’ once every four years,” said Alex Merchan, Senior Director of Marketing for Hard Rock International. “We want to reward those who have waited so patiently to celebrate with one of our fresh, quality meals – a delicious birthday present from Hard Rock Cafe!”

Selections available as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s Leaplings Eat Free menu include:

  • Legendary Burger™ – 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
  • Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese – Cavatappi macaroni tossed in a three-cheese sauce with roasted red peppers and topped with Parmesan parsley bread crumbs and grilled chicken breast
  • Veggie Leggie – grilled Veggie Leggie patty topped with a grilled Portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red pepper and served on a toasted bun with mayo, leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, grilled sweet onions and a side of Hard Rock’s seasoned fries
  • Hickory-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich – hand-pulled smoked pork with hickory barbecue sauce served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries, cowboy beans and citrus coleslaw
  • Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Toasted brioche bun with honey mustard, topped with smoked bacon, melted Jack cheese, grilled chicken, dijon mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce and a slice of vine-ripened tomato
  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad – Romaine lettuce tossed in Hard Rock’s house-made Caesar dressing, topped with garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and grilled chicken

The special Leap Day menu items pair perfectly with Hard Rock’s specialty cocktails from its extensive, award-winning beverage menu, including Hurricanes, margaritas and signature favorites or one of Hard Rock’s Alternative Rock non-alcoholic drinks.

Please visit http://www.hardrock.com/leapday or www.hardrock.com/chicago or call 312-943-2252 for more information.

*No purchase necessary.  Hard Rock Cafe’s Leap Day promotion takes place on February 29, 2016 during normal business hours at participating Hard Rock Cafes in the United States (“Promotion”). The Promotion is limited to those born on February 29.  Please check with your local participating Hard Rock Cafe for more information.   To be a qualified participant, a customer must provide a valid government ID showing their date of birth of February 29. Guests showing a qualifying ID will receive a complimentary entrée item off of the special Leap Day menu. While supplies last. Dine in only. One per person per day. Promotion is not available to employees of Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc., its affiliates, licensees or franchisees.  Contact your local participating Hard Rock Cafe for event details. Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel this Promotion for any or no reason in its sole and absolute discretion.

Feb 172016


As the city dies the river green in annual tradition, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago invites you to get ShamROCKED. Ring in the luck of the Irish on Saturday, March 12, for the eighth annual “Get ShamRocked” bash. The free St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live music by The Hat Guys and bagpipe performances by The Shannon Rovers. The event will raise funds and awareness for the Misericordia, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that provides a continuum of care for 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities, many of whom are physically challenged.

Chicago PR Firm client, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will have a heated tent and guests are encouraged to participate in family-friendly entertainment like face painting and balloon artists. In addition, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will offer Irish fare such as the Irish Rueben, a sandwich featuring slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, layered with crispy sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese. Guests ages 21 and over can also celebrate in St. Paddy’s Day spirit with Green Beer for $5 and Irish Car Bombs for $6!

Dine inside the cafe and enjoy Hard Rock Cafe’s limited time Guinness® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger featuring a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with Jameson Irish Whiskey bacon jam, a Guinness Stout cheese sauce, tomatoes and seasoned arugula. The burger will be served alongside a Guinness stout and Hard Rock’s seasoned fries with the option to add a topping of Guinness cheese sauce and bacon, allowing guests to experience Irish stout flavors with every bite. Drink specials include a limited time Jameson Irish Mule, alongside Hard Rock Cafe’s regular menu.

What: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago Gets ShamRocked for St. Patrick’s Day

When: Saturday, March 12
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W Ontario, Chicago IL

Admission:Free; all ages welcome
Suggested donation of $5 at the door
All donations benefit Misericordia

For more information, visit www.HardRock.com/Chicago.

About Misericordia 
Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation providing help for those in need since 1921. With the support of affiliated groups, legislators and volunteers, and through the generosity of corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Misericordia will continue to work toward a bright future where persons with disabilities achieve maximum independence and realize their greatest potential – in an environment of dignity, challenge, respect and spirituality. For more information, visit www.misericordia.com.

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Feb 012016
Celebrity Chef Competition – April 10 – The James Hotel
Chicago Chefs Face-Off at 8th Annual Food Fight for Scleroderma

Three popular chefs from Chicago will compete in the 8th Annual Food Fight for Sclerodermaon Sunday, April 10, 2016 at The James Hotel in Chicago. The event raises money for the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago.

Jason Paskewitz (The Blanchard), Nathan Sears (The Radler) and Lamar Moore (Hotel Chicago) will face-off in a friendly cooking competition in the name of a great cause.Each chef will present a dish to the audience of food-lovers as well as a panel of judges. Guests will vote for their favorite dish of the night and judges will score based on taste, creativity and presentation. Scores from both groups are combined and a winning chef is announced at the end of the evening.

“My sister and I started this event in honor of our mom, who passed away from scleroderma in 2010,” said Stephanie Somers, executive director of the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago. “We are thrilled to be entering our eighth year of Food Fight and are fortunate to have continued support from some of the best chefs in Chicago.”The panel of judges includes Ji Suk Yi (Windy City Live), Chris Pandel (The Bristol, Swift & Sons), and Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde). Amanda Puck (Emmy Award winning host of Check, Please! 2001 and 2002) will emcee the event for the 3rd year in a row.
Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception from 5:00-6:00 pm followed by the chef competition from 6:00-8:00 pm. There will also be a VIP reception from 4:00-5:00 pm, for an added cost, which includes additional food and drink as well as time to meet the chefs. Many food-focused raffle prizes will be on hand to win, including a variety of cookware and appliances from All Clad.General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets are $145.

Tickets and information can be found atwww.chicagofoodfight.com.

For more information about the Scleroderma Foundation visit scleroderma.org
Food Fight Past Chefs
Now in its eighth year, Food Fight for Scleroderma has garnered continuing support from some of the top chefs in Chicago including Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano, Rick Gresh, Bill Kim, Giuseppe Tentori and Cleetus Friedman. Stephanie Izard (chef of Girl & the Goat and Little Goat, Top Chef Season Four Winner) has been both a competitor and emceed the event. Tony Mantuano, (chef of Spiaggia , Top Chef Masters Contestant) was a judge for two years. Bill Kim (chef of BellyQ, Urban Belly and Belly Shack) has been both a competitor and a judge.  
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Jan 292016

Cheers to you, my love..

Enjoy Valentine’s Day Weekend at Devon Seafood Grill in Downtown Chicago

 Enjoy a selection of special entrees available all weekend long or enjoy an endless brunch buffet on Valentine’s Day of breakfast favorites, plus slow roasted prime rib, chilled seafood and more..

This Valentine’s Day weekend, treat your loved one to a romantic meal at Devon Seafood Grill, a Molise PR client, (39 E. Chicago Ave), just steps from the Magnificent Mile, with a special Valentine’s Day entrée available all weekend long or a full spread brunch buffet on Valentine’s Day only.

 Valentine’s Day Weekend Entrée Specials

From Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14, enjoy a selection of Devon Seafood Grill’s special Valentine’s Day entrées. Choices include your choice of a succulent 1 lb. Lobster Tail, 8 oz. Filet Oscar or a 6 oz. Filet with an 8 oz. Lobster Tail with two seasonal sides for $55 per person.

Guests are also invited to enjoy Valentine’s Day dinner all weekend long at Devon Seafood Grill’s more upscale downstairs dining room. Choose from Devon classics like Shellfish Bouillabaisse, Grilled Salmon Panzanella, Pretzel Crusted Rainbow Trout, and New Zealand Lamb Rack, plus chilled shellfish, prime steaks and chops, fresh fish of the day and shareable, seasonal sides. Dinner is set at regular menu prices.

Devon Seafood Grill will be open for dinner Valentine’s Day weekend on Friday and Saturday from 4-11 p.m., and Sunday from 4 – 10 p.m.

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Begin your meal with breakfast options including: Biscuits & Gravy, Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Corn Hash, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sausage Links, Country Style Home Fries, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Mini Bagels with Cream Cheese, Assorted Pastries and Breakfast Breads, plus Petite Belgian Waffles and Omelets made to order.

Then, head over to the Carving Station and enjoy a generous portion of Slow Roasted Prime Rib carved fresh, and hot dishes like Thai Chicken Wings, Chicken Piccata, Maple Glazed Salmon, Lobster Mac N’ Cheese and Seasonal Vegetables. Accompany your savory fare with selections such as: Assorted Artisan and Local Cheeses, Greek Pasta Salad and Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Sun-Dried Cherries, Pine Nuts, Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Devon Seafood Grill’s chilled seafood display features classics like: Smoked Trout, Peppered Mackerel, Smoked Salmon, Oysters on the Half Shell, Shrimp Cocktail, Shrimp Ceviche, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Char Crusted “Ahi” Tuna and Smoked Mussels with assorted accompaniments like Cocktail Sauce, Peppedew Mignonette, Sweet and Sour, Sweet Soy Sauce, Pickled Ginger, Wasabi, Wakame Salad, Pickled Cucumber, Capers, Spicy Mustard and Red Onion.

Complete your meal at the sweets table: Panna Cotta, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Key Lime Tarts, Heaps of Cookies, Mini Carrot Cakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Grand Marnier White Chocolate Mousse.

Kick back and sip on Devon Seafood Grill’s brunch cocktails like the Devon Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut, and the On Your Marc, a mini La Marca Prosecco popped tableside and served with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur; plus an assortment of cappuccino, coffee and tea options.

Devon Seafood Grill’s Valentine’s Day brunch buffet costs $35 for adults, $14 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children 4 and under eat for free!

Reservations for Valentine’s Day brunch and dinner are highly recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, call Devon Seafood Grill at (312) 440-8660 or visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago.

Devon Seafood Grill’s Tim Sherlock recently stopped by WGN Radio’s Canarble Wagon to mix up some cocktails to start off the Valentine’s Day weekend right:


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Jan 282016

This year marks the 25th edition of First Look for Charity. First Look for Charity is recognized as Chicago’s single largest one-day fundraiser, bringing in $42 million for local charities since its inception in 1992. Before the big event happens, our Chicago Restaurant PR Firm works with the Chicago Auto Show to host a media preview of the First Look for Charity Gala. This year the event was held on January 15 at McGrath Acura.

Among the restaurants that were featured at the media preview one was Molise PR client Real Urban BBQ. Others included Andy’s Frozen CustardButter Bella CookiesCatered by DesignGarrett Popcorn ShopsPorkchopRemington’s, Savor Chicago, and Texas de Brazil. The drinks were provided and made by Trinchero Family Estates.



Hope Bertram and Johanna Cook  enjoying some of Real Urban BBQ’s White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese topped with RUB’s famous Burnt Ends and a cheddar cracker crumble.


Dean Eliacostas from Real Urban Barbecue being interviewed by ABC 7, click on the photo above to check out the full interview. 


A BLT Tomato Cup from Savor Chicago.


A Frozen Custard Sundae from Andy’s Frozen Custard.


News crews catching all the action from the day.

First Look for Charity was joined by some great bloggers who were live Tweeting during the event. Check out what they had to say:

In addition to the media preview, a PR Chicago client, Real Urban BBQ visited WGN TV Midday News for the LunchBreak segment. Click on the photo below to watch Chef Dean Eliacostas cook up Real Urban BBQ’s famous White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Smoked Brisket/Burnt Ends. 


Auto Show chairman Colin Wickstrom, and chef Michael Kingsley from Savor Chicago joined FOX Good Day Chicago LIVE to talk more about the event. Click on the photo below to watch and learn more about what to expect at the event.

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The Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity is set for February 12, 2016 at McCormick Place. There are 18 Chicago area charities will benefit from more than $2 million expected to be raised during this year’s black-tie gala.

These Chicago-area charities benefiting from the event include:

100 Club of Chicago

Advocate Health Care

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet


The Cradle Foundation

Franciscan Community Benefit Services

Franciscan St. James Health

Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities

Illinois Spina Bifida Association


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

March of Dimes


Special Olympics Illinois

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation

Jesse White Tumbling Team

Guests will be entertained by musical performances throughout the night, as well as participating in car giveaways and the chance to win more prizes by tagging their social media event photos with #FLFC16. There will be over 140,000 food samples served by 23 different local restaurants at 40 food stations and 60 beverage stations for guests to enjoy. 

The Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity is held from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, February 12. To buy tickets, visit https://www.chicagoautoshow.com/first-look-for-charity/buy-tickets/, or call (630) 495-2282 with questions.

Jan 272016
Get BIG GAME Ready With Real Urban Barbecue’s Game-Winning Carry Out Party Menu
Super Party Package options, BBQ favorites, gourmet sandwich platters, game day themed desserts and more!


For this year’s Big Game, put down the pig skin and pick up Chicagoland’s favorite barbecue from Real Urban Barbecue, a Chicago Restaurant PR Firm’s client, located in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave), Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive). RUB’s special carry out menu is available for pick up on Sunday, February 7 and is sure to make your party a big hit with specialty dishes and appetizer options, gourmet sandwich platters, party packages and more!

Super Party Packages

The Kickoff, serves 8-10 guests, for $89:


20 Smoked Wings (BBQ or Buffalo)

3 lbs Pulled Pork, Chicken, Turkey or Texas Sausage

2 Quarts Homemade Mac & Cheese

2 Quarts Baked Beans

1 Dozen Mini Buns

The Halftime Show, serves 15-20 guests for $199:

4 lbs of Brisket

4 lbs of Pulled Pork, Chicken, Smoked Turkey or Texas Sausage

1 Full Pan Mac & Cheese or Golden Corn Bake

½ Pan Cole Slaw or Baked Beans

3 Dozen Mini Buns

The Game-Winner, serves 20-30 guests, for $299:53c09ad14076d865d2741114_280x199

6 lbs of Brisket or Burnt Ends

6 lbs of Pulled Pork, Chicken, Smoked Turkey or Texas Sausage

1 Full Pan Mac & Cheese

1 Full Pan Golden Corn Bake

½ Pan Cole Slaw or Baked Beans

5 Dozen Mini Buns

*All packages include RUB’s Original & Texas BBQ Sauce, Brain Buster Pickles & serving utensils. Substitutions are not permitted.

Main Dishes

Whole Side of Smoked Salmon, served with capers and lemons, average 3-4 lbs, $68

Shaved Prime Rib, in natural au jus served with creamy horseradish sauce, $19.99/lb

Gourmet Sandwich Platters

Sandwich platters cost $95 and include 24 sandwiches. Meat options include:8560e719120aa0a203965d9d_280x210

Smoked Turkey

Chicken Breast

Smoked Prime Rib

Smoked Ham

A la Carte sandwiches available for $3.99 each when you purchase one or more sandwich platters. The sandwiches are served cold on an egg-washed bun and include lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, horseradish mayo, dijon mustard and Brain Buster Pickles.

Appetizers & More

Moinks, smoked bacon-wrapped meatballs, $16/dozen

Shrimp Cocktail, with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, $36/dozen11d3954c8ac31cea62c00066_280x215

Bone-In Whole Pork Shoulder, serves 12-15 guests, $65

Maple Glazed Pig Candy, maple-glazed candied bacon, $24/dozen

Smoked All Beef Cocktail Franks, simmered in Original BBQ sauce, $29/50 pieces

BBQ Meatballs, simmered in Original BBQ sauce, $30/60 pieces

Brisket Chili or Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, $10.99/quart

Smoked Buffalo Wings, tossed with a choice of BBQ or Buffalo sauce, $9.99 for 10 wings, $19.99 for 20 wings, and $27.99 for 30 wings


Football & Stadium-Shaped Sugar Cookies, $20/dozen

Game Day Themed Cupcakes, $36/dozen

Call Real Urban Barbecue to make your game plan today. Prices are subject to change. Real Urban Barbecue may not be able to accommodate orders or changes made less than 48 hours in advance. A credit card is needed to secure your order. Orders that are not picked up will be charged 50% of the total bill. For more information or to order your game day feast call 847-947-6474 or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com to download the full menu.

RUB’s Jeff Shapiro recently was on air with Big John Howell at WLS-AM 890 to share items from their Big Game Day carry out menu.


Below is a sneak peek behind the scenes with Big John Howell and RUB’s Jeff Shapiro:

Jan 022016


Gene & Georgetti Rosemont (9421 W. Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL, 60018.), popped open the Champagne bottles and rang in the New Year with a special performance from Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro on December 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Along with a menu of classics like prime steaks, chops and Italian fare, at midnight, guests enjoyed a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the New Year. (Gene & Georgetti’s downtown location at 500 N. Franklin also served a complimentary Champagne toast.)

Gene & Georgetti celebrates 75 years in 2016, as Chicago’s original steakhouse.

Dubbed as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro is a modern classic. Paul has an infectious passion for the material he chooses and is currently enjoying sold-out engagements in Chicago’s world-famous venues, including the Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and at his highly acclaimed debut appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. He has also been named as having the “Best Performances of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune in both 2013 and 2014. His performances have sold out on both of his recent west and east coast debuts, and is becoming one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists in the industry today.

Gene & Georgetti’s event director Chris Rebollo shares New Years Eve entertaining tips on WGN Morning News. Click on the photo below to watch the full clip:

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FOX Morning News and Michelle Dupretti ring in the New Year Eve with party appetizers from Gene & Georgetti. Click the photo below to watch the clip:

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