Apr 112017

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Featuring a cosplay contest, 80’s themed live music, drink specials from Revolution Brewing, raffle prizes and more!

Press Start to Rock at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, the unofficial C2E2 after party on Friday, April 21 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. featuring live music, drink specials, a cosplay contest and more!

The event will benefit Reading With Pictures, a Chicago 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with educators, governments and comic book artists to create educational comics that are used to get children engaged in learning about everything from algebra to sustainability.

Press Start to Rock will be hosted by comic con personalities Erica Fett, Nicole Salera and The Chicago Bombshells, and emceed by Groovie Louie. Guests will get down to 80’s themed tunes with live musical acts Insane Ian, Boy Meets Robot and Freaks Who Geek. Guests will enjoy beverages courtesy of Revolution Brewing, tabletop games organized by Geeky Gatherings and exciting raffle prizes. Video game consoles will be made available by I Play Games.

Dress to impress! Enter the cosplay best-dressed competition for your chance to win great prizes. Cosplay is highly encouraged, but not required.

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Apr 112017


Real Urban Barbecue Offers Special Easter Holiday Carryout Menu

Featuring items like slow-smoked ham and prime rib, traditional sides dishes and homemade desserts from the Real Urban Bakery

Chicago PR Agency Molise PR client Real Urban Barbecue, located in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive), is offering a special Easter carryout menu perfect to fit any family gathering. RUB’s holiday menu is available for pick up Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16.

Build your full Easter spread with Real Urban Barbecue favorites including:

  • Slow-Smoked Prime Rib
  • Sliced Smoked Michigan Turkey Breast
  • Whole Smoked Bone-In Berkshire Pork
  • Sliced Smoked Ham
  • Traditional side dishes like: Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Golden Corn Bake
  • Homemade desserts including Chicky Cupcakes, Rainbow Cake Balls and Three Layer Carrot Cake 

For more information call 847-947-6474 to reach all three locations, or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com.

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Apr 112017


Celebrate the New Exhibition at Navy Pier,
Grand Opening Party to be Held at Hard Rock Cafe with Hot Rocks Band

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, is celebrating the grand opening of Navy Pier’s newest exhibition with a grand opening party for Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, on Saturday, April 15 featuring The Rolling Stones tribute band Hot Rocks Band.

Guests of all ages are invited with complimentary admission to Hard Rock Cafe to join in on the celebration with a night of live entertainment from Hot Rocks Band, a tribute band that presents a theater-like Rolling Stones experience with the music, the look, the costumes and energy of the famous English rock band. Guests will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the exhibition, opening April 15 at Navy Pier.

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones blockbuster exhibit, delivered by DHL, is the largest touring exhibition of its kind at nearly 15,000 square feet. A highly immersive and interactive music experience featuring over 500 rare Rolling Stones items spanning the bands influence on fashion, recording, film and art, culminating in a mind-blowing 3D concert finale.

Hard Rock International is the world’s largest curator of music memorabilia, and Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, is proud to partner with Exhibitionism to offer guests an even more expansive music and history experience. Guests who visit the exhibit between Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, July 30 will receive a complimentary ice cream cookie sandwich when they show their exhibition ticket at the cafe.

Marcia Frost recently mentioned Hard Rock Cafe’s partnership with Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones on her CI Living segment for WCIA 3, a CBS-affiliated television station for Central Illinois. Click the photo below to check out the full clip:

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Hop on over to Hard Rock Cafe, Molise PR Chicago PR Firm client, for a special Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 with seatings at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Bring a camera, grab somebunny special and pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny who will be hopping around the cafe all morning long.

Enjoy 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, assorted breakfast cereals, 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.

Each brunch reservation includes an exciting Easter egg hunt for the kids. Eggs will be filled with candy and hidden throughout the cafe’s mezzanine and outdoor patio for the little eggs-plorers. Find the golden egg and win a special Hard Rock Cafe Easter basket to take home.

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

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Real Urban Barbecue Celebrates Passover
With a Special Chametz-Free Carryout Menu

Chicago Restaurant PR Firm Molise PR client Real Urban Barbecue, 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 for pick up on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11.

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

  • 14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket with au Jus
  • Sliced Smoked Michigan Turkey Breast
  • Smoked Side of Atlantic Salmon
  • Fresh Salads
  • Homemade Matzo Balls
  • Traditional side dishes like Glazed Baby Carrots with Raisins, Roasted Marinated Vegetables and Rosemary New Potatoes
  • Homemade desserts including Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache, Chocolate Toffee Matzo and Macaroons

For more information call 847-947-6474 to reach all three locations, or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com.

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Feb 152017

Mercadito Margarita Tradicional

Celebrate National Margarita Day at Mercadito Chicago

Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant which is home to one of Chicago’s best margaritas, is celebrating National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22 by offering guests buy one, get one free on any of their signature margaritas. Plus, guests have the option to sample their signature flavors with a special margarita flight for $18.50 featuring Mercadito’s Tradicional, Little Market and Los Hermanos margaritas. Chicago Restaurant PR. For more information on Molise PR Chicago Restaurant PR client Mercadito, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com or call 312-329-9555.

To help celebrate, Paul and Amanda from Mercadito stopped by the FOX Good Day Chicago studio to shake up some margaritas! Click below to watch the full clip:

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Feb 082017

Chicago PR Firm | Real Urban BBQ

Chicago PR Firm Molise PR client Real Urban Barbecue, located in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive), has unveiled a new menu featuring ten all-new mouthwatering options courtesy of Executive Chef Dean Eliacostas.
Real Urban Barbecue’s new menu features fresh items including:

  • Appetizers: Cheddar & Corn Hush Puppies; Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls; and Caps & Curds, breaded white cheddar curds and jalapeño caps
  • Southern Salad, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, candied pecans, sweet corn, black beans, sliced avocado and friend onion strings
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, herb marinated with lettuce, tomato and avocado
  • Smokin’ Portobello Sandwich, grilled and glazed with balsamic, topped with red onion, bleu cheese, tomato, roasted red peppers and lettuce
  • Mac Attack, RUB’s award-winning homemade mac & cheese topped with pulled pork or burnt ends
  • Shaved Pork Loin Sandwich, tossed in RUB’s original BBQ sauce and topped with fried onions strings
  • Urban Poutine, french fries topped with breaded cheese curds, pulled pork and brown gravy

The new menu is as follows:

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Weekend Event with Live Music Performances, Family-Friendly Entertainment,
Food Specials & Green Beer!

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As the city dies the river green in annual tradition, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago invites revelers to ring in the luck of the Irish on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, for the ninth annual Get ShamROCKED bash. The free St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live music, bagpipe performances, activities for the whole family, Irish fare, green beer and more.

The event will raise funds and awareness for 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.

On Friday, March 10 from 8-10 p.m., kick off the weekend with Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Get ShamROCKED preview party hosted in the cafe parking lot. Guests will sip on libations under Hard Rock’s heated tent as they dance to live music from The Hat Guys.

On Saturday, March 11, celebrate with live music from The Hat Guys, bagpipe performances from the Chicago Pipe Band and The Shannon Rivers; plus participate in family-friendly entertainment like face painting, balloon artists and more! Enjoy Irish fare and Hard Rock Cafe classics like Corned Beef Sandwiches, Brats with Sauerkraut, Chili, Hard Rock’s Legendary Cheeseburger and Hamburger, Walking Tacos and Lucky Charm Marshmallow Squares.

Adults can also celebrate with libations including Green Beer, Irish coffee, Bloody Mary’s, festive Jell-O Shots and Irish Car Bombs. Guests are also welcome to dine in Hard Rock’s cafe to enjoy regular menu items.

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Feb 022017


Get BIG GAME Ready With Real Urban Barbecue’s
Game-Winning Carry Out Party Menu

Enjoy BBQ favorites, gourmet appetizers and side dishes, 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, Molise PR Chicago Restaurant PR 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 5 and is sure to make your party a big hit with specialty dishes and appetizer options and homemade festive game day themed desserts.

Specialty Main Dishes

  • Rib Tips, slow-smoked pork rib tips chopped and tossed in RUB’s Original BBQ sauce, $10/lb
  • Smoked Prime Rib, USDA Prime ribeye cooked to medium rare, chilled and sliced thin and served with au jus, horseradish cream and 24 mini buns, $19.99/lb (minimum 5lbs)
  • Applewood Smoked Ham, thinly sliced, served chilled with 24 mini buns and Dijon mustard, $9.50/lb (minimum 5lbs)


  • Smoked Chicken Wings, tossed with a choice of BBQ, Buffalo or Sriracha sauce, $10.99 for 10 wings, $20.99 for 20 wings, and $30.99 for 30 wings
  • Moinks, smoked pork and beef meatballs wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and tossed in RUB’s Original BBQ sauce, $24/dozen
  • Smoked BBQ Meatballs, pork and beef meatballs simmered in RUB’s Original BBQ sauce, $12/dozen
  • Pigs in a Blanket, all-beef kosher mini frank sausage wrapped in a golden brown, flaky puff pastry served with Dijon mustard, $7/dozen (2 dozen minimum)
  • Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket, beef cocktail franks hand-wrapped in sweet sourdough pretzel bread served with Dijon mustard, $8/dozen (2 dozen minimum)

Side Dishes & More

  • Cole Slaw, Half Pan $27 | Full Pan $54
  • Dill Potato Salad, Half Pan $27 | Full Pan $54
  • Golden Corn Bake, Half Pan $30 | Full Pan $60
  • Smoked Baked Beans, Half Pan $30 | Full Pan $60
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Half Pan $30 | Full Pan $60
  • Homestyle Mac & Cheese, Half Pan $38 | Full Pan $76
  • Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon, Half Pan $40 | Full Pan $80
  • Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, $10.99/quart
  • Mini Sandwich Buns, $6/dozen | Regular Sandwich Buns, $9/dozen

*Note: Half Pan serves 12-15 guests, Full Pan serves 24-30 guests


  • Football & Stadium-Shaped Sugar Cookies, $20/dozen
  • Banana Pudding, $35/Half Pan

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 to reach any of RUB’s three locations, or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com to download the full menu.

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Here’s a great throwback to our FOX Good Day Chicago segment from a few years back!

Feb 022017



Garrett Popcorn Shops®, A Chicago Tradition Since 1949 and a Molise PR client, celebrated National Popcorn Day by honoring generations of its loyal fans on Thursday, January 19. Guests who visited any of the Chicago locations received a complimentary upgrade of world famous Garrett Mix® from a Medium to Large Bag*. Online shoppers also had the opportunity to purchase a special $29.95 price on a One Gallon Signature Blue Tin of Garrett Mix, with complimentary shipping included when using code THANKYOU17 at check out.

To celebrate, Garrett friends at WDIV Detroit snacked on some Garrett Mix on air. Check out the clip by clicking the photo below:

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ABC 7 Chicago also had a tasty treat waiting for them to celebrate National Popcorn Day.

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Mercadito Chicago‘s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval visits the Telemundo Chicago kitchen to prepare a tasty shrimp taco recipe with host Maria Ponticiello. Watch the full segment below!

Prepare Chef Patricio’s Tacos de Camaron at home!

Recipe yields 4-6 people.

2 tbsp Blended oil (blend of 75% canola oil and 25% virgin olive oil)
1 tbsp Chopped garlic
3 tbsp Diced red onion
5 oz Marinated shrimp
2 tsps Chipotle puree
2 tsps Lemon juice
2 tbsp Butter
Salt (to taste)
House made corn tortillas 4
Avocado slices 4

Marinate shrimp in chipotle puree for one hour prior to cooking.
Heat oil in a skillet.
Lightly brown garlic then add red onion and sauté 30 seconds.
Add shrimp and let cook 1 minute.
Add chipotle puree and lemon juice then stir in butter and salt to taste, balancing sweetness/saltiness/acidity.
Place shrimp on tortillas and top with avocado slices.


Practically a gourmand from birth, Mercadito Culinary Director and Owner Patricio Sandoval almost seems genetically engineered for a culinary life.

Born on June 16, 1974 in Acapulco, Mexico, Sandoval virtually grew up in the kitchen of his father Manuel Sandoval’s world class restaurant Madeiras. After moving to California to attend high school, Sandoval left for New York City to work with his older brother Richard, who also followed in the family’s culinary footsteps with his own restaurant, Maya. It was while working alongside Richard that Sandoval discovered his passion for cooking.

Although his brother was aware of his potential, Sandoval started on the “ground floor” of the restaurant business – eventually working his way up from an apprentice in 1998 to Sous Chef. After moving back to California in 1999 to help his Richard set up Maya in San Francisco and working as Sous Chef at Hawthorne Lane in 2000, Sandoval decided that it was time to seriously train as a chef. Returning to New York City, he enrolled in The French Culinary Institute and further refined his skills while working with Peter Hoffman at the legendary Savoy in 2000. Upon graduating from The French Culinary Institute, Sandoval returned to the Savoy but was tapped by his brother Richard to act as a Consulting Chef for his latest restaurant, Pampano, in 2004. It was during this time that Sandoval began to consider opening his own restaurant.

Sandoval’s inspiration for Mercadito Restaurants drew from his experiences shopping with his mother in the markets of his native Mexico. The young Sandoval instinctively gravitated towards the small market stalls where local merchants sold native delicacies that fueled a day of bargaining. Never forgetting these delectable yet uncomplicated dishes, Sandoval strived to capture the flavor and energy of this cuisine. Now operating six Mercadito restaurants, New York, Chicago, and Miami, it is safe to say that Sandoval more than exceeded his goal. These restaurants are a fitting tribute to the rich culinary tradition that began with his father Manuel and lingers throughout the Sandoval family today.


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On December 16, Mercadito celebrated National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day by gifting any guests who donned their ugliest sweaters with a complimentary cocktail.

The cocktail, you may ask? The Sweater Weather made with tequila blanco, lemon juice, pear, black currant juice, chocolate bitters and ginger beer. Man, it was delicious!

Chef Patricio stopped by the WLS AM 890 Steve Dahl Show studios to chat more about the festive holiday and other upcoming events at Mercadito. Check out the video below for the full interview:


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May 132016

In 1966, two cab drivers grew tired of sitting in traffic and decided to open a pizzeria. This year, The Original Gino’s East of Chicago celebrates the 50th anniversary as a family brand serving their famous deep dish pizza across 10 Chicagoland locations, in Wisconsin, Texas and Mexico City, and with shipping nationwide!


To give back to the community and to loyal customers, Gino’s East will kick off a yearlong celebration, including the following:

Customer Celebration Days: Every Tuesday

To thank their loyal customers, Gino’s East, a Chicago Public Relations client, will host weekly Celebration Days at participating locations including Downtown Chicago (the flagship at 162 E. Superior St., and 500 N. LaSalle), Lakeview (2801 N. Lincoln), South Loop (521 S. Dearborn) and in St. Charles (1590 E. Main St.).

Every Tuesday beginning May 10 through December 13, guests will enjoy specials including:

  • 50 cent wings all day (restrictions may apply per location)
  • 50 cent minis (mini deep dish cheese pizzas) during lunch (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
    • (carry-out; or dine-in with $8 minimum purchase; limit one per customer, while daily supplies last)
  • 50 cent select draft beer (3 – 7 p.m., dine-in only)
  • Guests will occasionally be surprised at random with 50th Anniversary keepsake merchandise, gift cards, complimentary menu items and more.



Fifty Years, Fifty Reasons Campaign

Family-owned Gino’s East is partnering with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for the Fifty Years, Fifty Reasons campaign which provides guests the opportunity to donate to support seven different Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Beginning May 10 through December 2016, each Gino’s East location will be assigned a hospital that will benefit from 100 percent of the donations. For every $5,000 raised per hospital, Gino’s East will provide a pizza party for families at that hospital. Guests have the option to make a donation right on their bill, or through a separate transaction, and each guest will receive a thank-you receipt, which can be used for tax-deductible purposes.

Gino’s East will also host a fundraising event in October, National Pizza Month, as a part of the 50 Years, 50 Reasons campaign.

For information on the Gino’s East 50th Anniversary celebration or for more information on restaurant locations and phone numbers, online shipping, private parties and catering, visit www.GinosEast.com.

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Apr 282016

Burnt Ends

May is National Barbecue Month, as if you needed a reason to enjoy the slow-smoked delicacy.. In honor of the carnivorous holiday, Make it Better Magazine has published a roundup of their 13 favorite spots to indulge in and around Chicagoland, and our very own Chicago PR client Real Urban BBQ is included!

To read the entire feature, click here!

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About Real Urban Barbecue 

Real Urban Barbecue has three Chicagoland locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and in Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).

Real Urban Barbecue specializes in dine in, carryout, and private or corporate catering. Their menu features homemade BBQ sauce and slow-smoked items like their famous burnt ends, award winning ribs, pulled pork, turkey, brisket and chicken, all slowly rotated on four Cookshack smokers capable of smoking 1600 lbs of meat daily. RUB also offers sandwiches, fresh salads, comfort sides…And come for the barbecue, stay for the dessert! Real Urban Barbecue has recently expanded their spread of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth courtesy of the Real Urban Bakery.

For more information and catering visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com.

Follow RUB on Twitter and Instagram @RealUrbanBBQ and become a fan on Facebook. 

Real Urban Barbecue’s Accolades:

Chicago Magazine’s “Hot List” and Reader’s Choice “Best BBQ”

Chicago Tribune’s “Essential Barbecue Bites” for Burnt Ends

Voted “Best BBQ” by the readers of Make It Better Magazine, Highland Park Patch and Daily Herald

Awards in both Judges Choice and People’s Choice categories at Ribfest Chicago

“Best Service” at Taste of Highland Park

“First Place People’s Choice” at Windy City BBQ Classic at Soldier Field

“Most Creative Item” for BBQ Nachos at Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills

Second Runner Up & Best Presentation at the 2015 Mac & Cheese Fest

Featured on the Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson

Favorite among celebrities and athletes

Official Barbecue of Northwestern University

Official Barbecue of the USO of Illinois

Jeff Shapiro’s Bio & Accolades:
Prior to opening Real Urban Barbecue, Highland Park native Jeff Shapiro worked for Lettuce Entertain You for 14 years at restaurants including Bones, RJ Grunts, Bub City, Pappagus and PJ Clarke’s. He most recently served as director of operations of Carmichael’s Steak House in Chicago for six years. Shapiro has been winning trophies in the BBQ competition circuit for many years under the team name Dr. Deckle and Mr. Hide. Well before “urban barbecue” became the trend it is today, Shapiro’s feverish passion has had him touring the major regional BBQ markets in the U.S.

-2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the GLMV Chamber of Commerce for heading a new and leading business in Vernon Hills.

-Character Counts Pillar Award from the City of Highland Park Alliance, North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School, based on his representation of the Six Pillars of Character within the community.

-Honored for his work with USO of Illinois.