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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Mar 292017
 

Shake Things Up This Spring!

La Mez Agave Lounge’s Mixology Academy Returns at Mercadito Chicago

Upcoming class filled with tips and tricks to create fresh cocktails for the new season!

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Shake things up at La Mez Agave Lounge, a Chicago PR client located downstairs at Mercadito Chicago Their Mixology Academy returns with a spring course on Saturday, April 15 from 3-5 p.m. The course, led by Paul Tanguey, Beverage Director, will feature Dustin Miller with Maestro Dobel Tequila and cost $45 per guest.

At the La Mez Mixology Academy, guests will learn tips and techniques to craft perfectly balanced cocktails at home, all while absorbing a bit of useful alcohol history and getting a little saucy with friends and classmates. In additional to the libations, appetizers will be provided by Mercadito Chicago’s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval.

To RSVP for an upcoming class or to learn more about La Mez Agave Lounge, please call 312-329-9555 or visit https://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

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Feb 272017
 

Hola, Primavera!
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Ah spring, we meet again. Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant and Molise PR client, is welcoming the new season with open arms with a special Feliz Primavera Experiential Dinner on Monday, March 20 from 6-9 p.m.

First, guests will warm up their appetites with a Trio of Guacamoles that includes Tradicional, avocado, pico de gallo, Serrano chiles, lime, cilantro and crispy tortillas; Ramps, avocado, tomatillo pico de gallo, pickled ramps, grilled corn and epazote and Al Pastor, avocado, pico de gallo, double cut bacon, grilled pineapple, ancho-guajillo chiles, cured onions and cilantro chicharrón.

Guests will then delight in a Trio de Ceviches that includes Dorado, lemon marinated mahi, pico de gallo, avocado, orange, chile de arbol broth and crispy avocado; Camaron, poached shrimp, pico de gallo, mango-jicama slaw, Serrano, lime chile piquin broth and mint; and Mixto, poached shrimp, octopus, mahi, tomatillo pico de gallo, passion fruit-Serrano broth and epazote.

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The third course includes two tacos and a side; Carne, epazote marinated skirt steak, fava bean-potato hash, corn, salsa verde and crispy potato; Pollo, lemon-thyme marinated grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, Serrano-bacon mojo and crispy artichokes; and a side of Asparagus Toreados.

What’s a celebration without more tacos? Guests will be treated to two additional tacos that include Lobster, smoked peach hash, grilled ramps, jalapeño emulsion and chicharron and Pancita, herb marinated pork belly, roasted orange hash, cured onions and cilantro, spring greens slaw, chipotle piloncillo vinaigrette and crispy red onions, with a side of Spring Vegetable Slaw.

To end on a sweet note, guests will indulge in Tres Leches Cake.

The Feliz Primavera Experiential Dinner costs $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.329.9555. For more information, visit https://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

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Feb 062017
 

This Valentine’s Day, “Have a Heart, Help a Heart.” Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont) is inviting guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day and make an impact.

The Valentine’s celebration runs Friday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 11, Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14. (Gene & Georgetti is closed on Sundays). On those days, guests may order a hand painted, glittery, red bottle of ONEHOPE Edna Valley Pinot Noir, $69, to benefit heart disease education via The Hope Heart Institute.

GLITTER - EDNA VALLEY-FRONTFor a taste of romance…. the ONEHOPE Pinot Noir has aromas of dark cherry and rose petals coupled with hints of fresh spearmint and nutmeg. The medium body is driven by concentrated fruit and vanilla cherry soda on the mid palate. The wine finishes with a touch of fall spice.

Purchase a bottle to perfectly pair with any signature dish off of Gene & Georgetti’s regular menu, or enjoy the following Valentine’s menu specials:

  • Caprese Salad, fresh mozzarella, heirloom cherry tomatoes and green basil $8.75
  • Braised Short Rib Ravioli, veal demi glace and tomato beurre blanc, $12
  • Land + Sea, a 6 oz. petite filet and day boat scallop or grilled shrimp, with sauce Choron, $49
  • Broiled Chilean Sea Bass, with roasted potato, steamed broccolini, and a sundried tomato cream, $37
  • Chicken Roulade, stuffed with roasted peppers, spinach, and a fresh tomato-basil sauce, $26
  • Every couple that purchases a bottle of the ONEHOPE Pinot Noir will receive a complimentary homemade Panna Cotta dessert for two, espresso-infused Italian Custard made with cream, served with strawberries and house made whipped cream.

“Our Valentine’s Day promotion aligns with our philosophy of giving back to our community – a tradition that our family has proudly maintained since my grandfather Gene Michelotti first opened our doors more than 75 years ago,” says Michelle Durpetti, managing partner of Gene & Georgetti. For example, this past November, Gene & Georgetti raised $7,300 toward Hepzibah Children’s Association during National Adoption Month, and we continue to support local and national charities throughout the year.”

For more information about Valentine’s Day or to make your reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

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Feb 022017
 

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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)

Appetizers

  • 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

Desserts

  • 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!