Feb 052018
 

Auto Show

As it enters its 27th year, First Look for Charity has helped raise nearly $48 million for Chicago-area charities. Attendees at the charity gala will be treated to complimentary hors d’oeuvres; champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks; and special entertainment presented by the automakers in their displays – all while being the first to see the nation’s largest auto show – the Chicago Auto Show – before it opens to the public the following day.

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space.

The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

  • Will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-11 p.m.
  • Is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier, single-day fundraisers
  • Annually raises more than $2.5 million for 18 local charities
  • Last year, a record $3 million was raised for 18 local charities.
  • Goal for 2018 is to reach $3 million.
  • Two attendees will have the chance to win one of two cars: a 2018 Ford Mustang or 2018 Ford Expedition
  • An expected 200,000 samples of world-class food and beverages will be available during the event
  • Tickets can be purchased at FirstLookforCharity.org
  • Follow the conversation on social media with #FLFC18

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Click here to see Molise PR client Real Urban BBQ and 2018 Chicago Auto Show chairman John Hennessey talk about the upcoming event with Dina Bair on WGN Midday News:

 

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Chicago Restaurant Week is the ideal time to try out new restaurants. This year join Gene & Georgetti at both their Downtown and Rosemont locations for a special menu, created by Executive Chef Luis Quiroz, starting January 26 through February 8.

The Prix Fixe Lunch Menu, $22, features

First course choice of:

  • Roasted Apple Salad Organic Bibb and Belgian Endive with Roasted Apples, Pecans, and Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Mustard-Cider Vinaigrette Beet & Orange Salad Roasted Beets Tossed with Oranges, Radishes, Red Onion, and Goat Cheese on a bed of Romaine Leaves; Orange Vinaigrette
  • Soup of the Day

Second course options include:

  • Steak Sirloin Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Melted Provolone Served on a Rustic Italian Bread with Caramelized Shallot Mayo
  • Pistachio-Crusted Great Lakes Whitefish Served with Green Beans Topped with Basil-Beurre Blanc
  • Cajun Chicken Sautéed Breast with Cajun Spices and Mushrooms Finished in a Cream Sauce and Served Over Linguine

The final course features a choice of Gene & Georgetti’s delicious desserts:

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

The Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, $44,

First course choice of:

  • Trio of Eggplant Involtino Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach-Prosciutto, and Roasted Garlic, Baked in a Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
  • Charred Octopus with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes; Olives, Capers, and Fingerling Potatoes, Dressed with a Parsley Vinaigrette
  • Orange & Strawberry Salad Tossed with Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, and Almonds; Strawberry Dressing.

Second course options are:

  • 10 oz. Prime New York Strip Steak Accompanied with Steamed Asparagus and Black Truffle Maitre D’Butter
  • Tuscan Salmon Broiled Atlantic Salmon Finished with Olives, Roasted Peppers, and Artichoke Hearts
  • Cajun Chicken Sautéed Breast with Cajun Spices and Mushrooms finished in a Cream Sauce and served over Linguine
  • Rigatoni with Crumbled, Mild Italian Sausage and Peas in a Light Tomato Cream Sauce

The final course features a choice of Gene & Georgetti’s delicious desserts:

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

The Chicago Restaurant Week menu is designed for each guest to enjoy individually. There are no substitutions to the prix fixe menus. Regular restaurant menu items will be available as well. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

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Dec 022017
 

Union Hospitality Group, which owns Union Sushi & Barbecue Bar, The Franklin Room and The Madison Bar & Kitchen is proud to announce TakeOut4Cancer, a new initiative where $1 from every meal delivery will benefit Imerman Angels, a free one-on-one cancer support community.  The partnership launched on #GivingTuesday, November 28.

Each order is delivered (via the restaurant directly, DoorDash or Grubhub) in a complimentary, reusable keepsake tote.

“As our restaurant concepts continue to expand in the city, our delivery service continues to grow into new neighborhoods,” says Mike Schatzman, owner of Union Hospitality Group. “We realized this is an ideal community outreach platform for charity- with the support of our customers who order from us, but at no additional cost to them.”

“We’re grateful to Union Hospitality Group for developing this innovative program and selecting us as beneficiary,” says Imerman Angels CEO & Executive Director Ben Bornstein.   “Not only will the funds help support Imerman Angels, but we will also be able to directly reach more homes with our mission to provide free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.”

To learn more about Union Hospitality Group’s new delivery service for charity program visit www.TakeOut4Cancer.com. For information on Imerman Angels, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Click here to see the team talk about the partnership on the Steve Dahl Show:

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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
312-943-2252

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.

For more information, please visit www.hardrock.com/chicago. For more information on Rosie and The Rivets visit www.RosieAndTheRivets.com.

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Aug 312017
 

Petterino's

Petterino’s gears up to celebrate 10 years of Monday Night Live

“MNL began a decade ago with a simple concept – provide a unique entertainment option in Chicago’s theater district on a typically “dark night”. We’ve blended a sophisticated setting, professional atmosphere and appreciative audience for established and emerging singers to try out new work or simply have some fun,” says MNL executive producer, founder and co-host Denise McGowan Tracy. “We’re thrilled that it caught on and that the unique combination of talent, supper club setting and location has made MNL one of the longest-running open mic concepts in Chicago.”

Nearly 800 singers have stepped onto the stage over the years. Cast members from dozens of touring and local productions from theaters including The Goodman, The Lyric Opera, Porchlight Music Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Broadway in Chicago, and many others have popped up in MNL’s audience. Jazz artists, cabaret performers, opera singers, pop vocalists have also shared their musical talents.

The anniversary celebration will run for a month every Monday beginning September 25.

Each evening will feature $10 wine bottle specials; and a complimentary slice of birthday cake and Champagne toast for guests.

September 25 – The SOLD OUT kick-off event promises appearances by old friends and new from the cabaret community in the impromptu format that has delighted crowds over the years

October 2 – Special guests from the cast of Billy Elliott at Porchlight Music Theatre

October 9 – Special performance from the cast of Rock of Ages at Drury Lane Theatre

October 16 – Special guests from the cast of the regional theatre premiere of Fun Home at Victory Gardens Theater

 

Monday Night Live $19.95 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu and Specialty Cocktail

As always, audience members may dine on the extensive Petterino’s menu and avail themselves of the MNL special menu, as follows:

The Dynamic Duo cocktail celebrates vivacious co-hosts Beckie and Denise; gin, pomegranate, orange juice and lime juice, $10.

Featured starters, choice of one: Choice of Tomato Bisque or Soup of the Day; Caesar Salad or Petterino’s Salad; or Crispy Fried Calamari.

Featured entrees, choice of one: Five Cheese Ravioli, burrata, pomodoro sauce; One Hundred Layer Lasagna, parmesan, ricotta, and Bolognese; Almond Crusted Whitefish, vegetable gratin; or Chicken Pot Pie, all white meat, asparagus, baby carrots, peas, green onions.

Featured dessert, choice of: Seasonal Sorbet, Tiramisu, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Peppermint or Vanilla Ice Cream.

Petterino’s Monday Night Live begins at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays. There is no cover charge, however there is a $19.95 food and beverage minimum. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 312.422.0150.

Denise McGowan Tracy, who pitched the idea to Lettuce Entertain You and produces and co-hosts the evening, has been a presence in Chicago’s entertainment community on-stage and behind the scenes for over 30 years. She was the manager and House MC at the storied Lettuce Entertain You nightclub, Byfield’s, in the 1980s. She’s been a television host, Director of Entertainment for Navy Pier and is now the President of her full-service event company, DMT Entertainment and Events. www.dmtentertainment.com She was honored by the Chicago Cabaret Professionals with their Gold Coast Award in 2014 for her career-long efforts to promote and encourage local talent. She returned to performing at MNL in 2007 after what she refers to as, “… a brief 25 year-hiatus.”

Beckie Menzie is one of Chicago’s most sought after performers and musical directors in Chicago and beyond. Hailed as, “indispensable to Chicago Cabaret” (Chicago Tribune), Beckie’s Carnegie Hall debut was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Now & Then series; other NYC credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland. Beckie has received four prestigious After Dark Awards as well as the Gold Coast Award from Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Menzie also provides musical direction to many local and national artists and tours in concerts around the country with singing partner, Tom Michael. www.beckiemenzie.com

About Petterino’s

Steps from Michigan Avenue, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Petterino’s specializes in classic Italian dining, prime steaks and fresh seafood. In addition to lunch, dinner and brunch, Petterino’s offers pre-theatre and after-work specials as well as power lunches for the downtown business community. www.petterinos.com

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Jul 262017
 

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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.

Jul 122017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 192017
 

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

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

New in Rosemont

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

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Jun 192017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Tuesdays

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

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

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

Jun 132017
 

HRC Legendary Burger

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

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

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

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

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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!”

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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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