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November is National Adoption Month, and Gene & Georgetti (500 N Franklin St. downtown; and 9241 W Higgins Rd. in Rosemont), continues its support of local nonprofit Hephzibah Children’s Association by donating a portion of proceeds from dessert sales all month long.

Funding helps the Hephzibah’s Group Homes in its mission to provide a warm and nurturing environment for children who have been traumatized by abuse, neglect, multiple foster care placements or failed adoptions. Their family based services renew and strengthen family bonds and their foster care services create new, loving and secure family ties. Hephzibah’s day care program offers an award winning educational experience for children in the community- regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

In addition to the November campaign, Gene & Georgetti, a Chicago PR client, will host a private holiday party for the children featuring fun activities, good eats and treats.

“Our family knows first hand the joys of adoption and the importance of supporting children in need of love and care. We’re proud to kick-off our fourth year of raising both awareness and funds for Hephzibah Children’s Association during November,” says the Durpetti Family, Gene & Georgetti’s owners.

Guests to both Chicago and Rosemont locations can enjoy signature Gene & Georgetti favorites like Tiramisu, Spumoni, Chocolate Tuxedo Mousse Cake and their famous Italian Lemon Crème Layer Cake.

For more information, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

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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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Oct 052017
 

We got this. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Garrett Popcorn Shops® a Molise PR client, is supporting all those dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.

Buy One. Get One… Give One. Through October, purchase a 1 Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix® in-Shop and receive a complimentary 1 Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix ($33 value) to gift in encouragement to a fighter or survivor of breast cancer; or to say thanks to oncologists, nurses, family caregivers or volunteers who support the fight against breast cancer.1G_Signature_Pink_GarrettMix

The Garrett team will also serve up Garrett Popcorn at events around town throughout the month in support of local organizations and charities including Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit; Karen Wellington Foundation in Atlanta; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington D.C.; and A Silver Lining Foundation in Chicago.

For more information about Garrett Popcorn Shops including Shop locations, or to order via online shipping, please visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

* While supplies last. Limit one complimentary Tin per customer. Complimentary Tin must be filled with Garrett Mix only. May not be combined with any other offer or coupon.

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Oct 052017
 

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Randhurst Village, at the corner of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect, will present its annual Halloween Fall Festival, a free family festival featuring fun activities and events including a pet costume parade, exotic owls from the Stillman Nature Center, performances and fun crafts on Saturday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festivities kick-off in center court (between The Children’s Place and Carson’s) along Randhurst Village Drive at 11:30 am and continue until 4 pm. The event opens with a costume pet parade, sponsored by the Daily Herald. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Registration opens at 11:30 am in front of AMC Theatre. For more information, visit http://events.dailyherald.com/.

More free family fun begins at 1 pm with pumpkin decorating stations, keepsake hats made by you with the help from the Rad Hatter, stunning live owls will join the fun, along with other awesome performances. Take a break and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, treats from some Randhurst Village restaurants and more. Everything will take place outside Carson’s south exit in the street and courtyard area.

New features this year include an energetic Balloon Show by Magical Balloon Dude Dale. A show for all ages blends comedy, artistry and music in a one-man balloon show with incredible balloon designs. The 30-minute show will begin at 1:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, the stage turns over to Ryan Freeman and team from RC Juggles Entertainment for an astonishing and enjoyable Magic Show. Guests will be amazed by illusions, impossible escapes, mind reading and comedy.

The free event will also feature the engaging Rad Hatter, Tony Melendez, who will teach kids and parents how to create their own over-the- top, spectacularly designed keepsake hats.  Stop by the pumpkin decorating stations and take home your own pumpkin! (Pumpkins for kids only, one per person.)

Special guests will again include majestic owls from the Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington.   Spice up your Halloween look with a visit to one of our glitter tattoo artists and take a ride on the horse-drawn wagon through Randhurst Village. 

Guests will be dazzled by the sand sculpture created by The Sand Sculpture Company in Woodstock, IL. They are the current record holder for the World’s Tallest Hand Built Sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records, and pending a record for the World’s Tallest Sand Sculpture at 34’ 8 5/8”. Master sculptor Ted Siebert will create a scary sculpture of Frankenstein and his family – watch it unfold beginning October13 in front of AMC Theatre. 

Randhurst Village is located at the intersection of Rand Road (Rt. 12) and Elmhurst Road (Rt. 83) in Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.

For more information, visit www.RandhurstVillage.com or call (847) 259-0500. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Mark Spreyer stopped by WGN TV Morning News prior to the fest to chat about some feathery friends, and Magical Ballon Dude Dale and Jonathan from RCJuggle Entertainment also made an appearance to get viewers excited for the weekend’s festivities. Check it out below:

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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.

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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:

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Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Chicago PR client, is welcoming autumn with a pumpkin patch outside in the Hard Rock parking lot, along with a Bank of America Chicago Marathon post-race celebration at the cafe. Additionally, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will host its Hard Rock After Dark series featuring live band karaoke on Thursday nights and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Shop, Carving Parties & More

c8c46d1e6f0b3ea5943bc9e7_560x270Beginning October 1 through November 3, Hard Rock Cafe is turning its parking lot into a one-stop Halloween shop courtesy of Pumpkins Chicago. Each day from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. guests can enjoy a pumpkin patch containing an array of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and hay bales. In addition, a Halloween shop will be present featuring signature Halloween items like costumes, Halloween pails, carving kits and more

Private pumpkin carving parties on Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s patio are also available for booking for groups of 30 or less. Tickets are $35 per person and include a pumpkin, a carving kit, paint and stationed Hard Rock Cafe appetizers.

To make your pumpkin carving party reservations, please call 312-943-5572 or email Kristy Sullivan at Chicago_Sales@hardrock.com.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Goose Island Post-Race Celebration

On Sunday, October 8,e76af7fb880aa12649ffffd7_560x372 runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will embark on 26.2 picturesque miles through downtown Chicago towards the finish line for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Participants and spectators are then invited to join the Goose I
sland Post-Race Celebration outside in the Hard Rock parking lot from 3 p.m. 7 p.m., where guests can enjoy drink specials at the Goose Island Garden and live entertainment throughout the day.

Admission to the post-race celebration is free.

Hard Rock After Dark – Live Band Karaoke on Thursdays and Live Music Fridays and Saturdays

Rock star guests can take the Hard Rock stage for live band karaoke, Thursday’s at 9 p.m., and belt out the greatest hits from their favorite artists backed by a full band. During the show, guests can enjoy drink specials including $4 Goose Island, Revolution, Metropolitan and Half Acre on draft, $5 select well cocktails and house wine.

Guests are also invited every Friday and Saturday night from 9 – 11 p.m., to stop into the cafe for a night of free live music.

Hard Rock After Dark is open to all ages.

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

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Sep 062017
 

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Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949 and a Molise PR client,” is celebrating 68 years of Handcrafted HappinessTM with a birthday bash in September to thank loyal fans with special offers, prizes and sweet surprises all month long. The Garrett Popcorn Shops 68th Anniversary Celebration includes 68-cent bags of Garrett Mix, and the opportunity to win complimentary Garrett Popcorn for a year!

68-Cent Treat-Size Anniversary Bags

Every Wednesday in September, visit any Chicago Shop from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and snack like a champ with 68-cent treat-size bags of Garrett Mix, the perfect combination of the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp® and the savory goodness of CheeseCorn.

$19.49 Signature Tin Special

From Monday, September 18 – Sunday, September 24 only, Garrett fans are invited to indulge in a 1 Gallon Tin of Garrett Mix in any Signature Tin design for a celebratory throwback price of $19.49, available in Chicago Shops (or available online at GarrettPopcorn.com in a Surprise Tin design, price excludes shipping.)

Win Fabulous Prizes Including the Ultimate Prize of Garrett for a Year

From September 1 – September 30 fans will receive a complimentary Scratch & Win card with each Shop purchase to redeem on their next order. 68 lucky fans across the country will win the 68th Anniversary Ultimate Prize of Garrett Popcorn for a Year. Other featured prizes include size upgrades, Garrett freebies, special price offers and more.

Surprise Parties with Complimentary Garrett Popcorn and More!

Also, keep an eye [and nose] out for pop-up Surprise Parties around the city to score complimentary Garrett Popcorn and Scratch & Win cards throughout the Garrett Popcorn Shops 68th Anniversary Celebration. Surprise Parties will be announced through Garrett social media channels including Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.

In Chicago, Shops are located at: 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), 26 West Randolph St., 4 East Madison St., 27 West Jackson Blvd., 737 East 87th St., O’Hare International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 3, Citigroup Center at 500 West Madison St. (2nd floor), Water Tower Place at 835 North Michigan Ave. (Level 7), and in Schaumburg, at Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court.  The Shop located at Navy Pier will close in September for remodeling and re-open in late Spring/early Summer 2018.

For more information, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

Recently, Garrett Popcorn’s Jaclyn stopped by the CBS46 Plugged In studio to chat more about the initiative! Click below to view the full segment:

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Real Urban Barbecue, a Molise PR client with locations in Downtown Highland Park, Vernon Hills, Oak Brook and Skokie, is serving up family favorites for carry-out during the Jewish High Holiday celebrations: Wednesday, September 20 through Friday, September 22 for Rosh Hashanah; and Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 for Yom Kippur.

Available for small gatherings or large family dinners, build your menu from selections including:

  • Whole Hickory Smoked Amish Turkey
  • 14-Hour Smoked and Sliced Brisket
  • Apricot Chicken Breast
  • Real Urban Barbecue’s Famous Burnt Ends
  • Dry Rubbed & Smoked Side of Salmon
  • A selection of fresh salads
  • Side dishes including Parisian Honey Glazed Carrots; Flame Roasted Fuji Apples, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Homemade desserts like Flourless Chocolate Cake and Whole 3 Layer Carrot Cake

The full menu is as follows: (Click the image to download the full menu on RealUrbanBBQ.com)

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Prices are subject to change. Real Urban Barbecue may not be able to accommodate orders or changes made less than 48 hours in advance.  For more information or to place an order visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call (847) 947-6474 to reach all four locations.

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Chicago’s Original Gene & Georgetti Launches Saturday Morning Brunch

Featuring classic brunch menu items and signature Bloody Mary options

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The city’s original steakhouse since 1941, Gene & Georgetti, a Molise PR client, introduces Saturday Brunch for the first time in more than 76 years in its downtown location in River North. Saturday Brunch will feature a selection of signature menu items and Bloody Marys available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday Brunch menu options include:

Gene’s Frittata, eggs mixed with potatoes, spinach, broccoli, garlic, sausage, bacon and American cheese served with cottage fries, $9.75

Three Eggs, served any style with toast and home fried potatoes, $10.75; add bacon, ham or Italian sausage, $13.75    

Plain Three Egg Omelet, served with toast and home fried potatoes, $10.75

Pepper and Egg Sandwich, scrambled eggs topped with tri-colored peppers on white toast, served with house potatoes, $9.75

Sausage & Egg Sandwich, mild Italian sausage patty with egg white and white toast, $10.75

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Gene’s Bloody Mary
, with signature Gene & Georgetti Vodka, garnished with thick cut bacon, salami, mozzarella cheese, lemon and lime, $13

Georgetti Bloody Mary, with signature Gene & Georgetti Vodka, garnished with jumbo shrimp, olives, mozzarella cheese, lemon, lime and celery, $15

For more details or to make a reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Chicago at (312) 527-3718 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

Most recently, Gene & Georgetti’s Head Bartender Yanni stopped by the Fox 32 Chicago studio to chat with Sylvia Perez about the latest Saturday Brunch. Check out the clip below:

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Aug 162017
 

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Randhurst Village (intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect) is bringing together local community groups, stores and restaurants as well as special entertainment and presentations for a day filled with family-friendly fun in a one of a kind outdoor event in its Second Annual Street Fest event Saturday September 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the Centennial Celebration for Mount Prospect at this free event!

The fest will take place on Randhurst Village Drive beginning at Center Court and ending in front of AMC Randhurst theatres. This section of the Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs to enjoy the live performances.

Come early and stay all day. In honor of the Centennial, the first 500 guests will be treated with free birthday cake. And, every 100 minutes, a $100 gift certificate for a Randhurst Village store or restaurant will be given away.

The fun begins at 11 a.m., when the Daily Herald’s Matt Avery presents cars from the 1920s – taking guests back in time to when Mount Prospect was founded. Matt Avery, who weekly tells the stories of cars and their owners, will interview owners and showcase their vehicles.

Get ready to rock out with this year’s Street Fest headliner and area favorite 7th Heaven. The beloved band has charted #1 on the Midwest Billboard Charts three times in the past three years. 7th Heaven’s songs have been heard on over 7 radio stations in Chicagoland with their hits “Time of Our Lives”, “Stoplight”, “Better This Way” and “Sing”. They are also known for the famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley of songs from the 70’s and 80’s. 7th Heaven will be performing at Street Fest from 2 to 4 p.m.

The day will be filled with even more dance and musical performances by local community groups and young rising stars throughout the day. Performers include The Mount Prospect Park District’s Dance Ensembles, Trinity Irish Dancers, Forest View Elementary Choirs, Holmes Junior High School, and an amazing group of finalists from the Daily Herald’s Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest.

Enjoy food tastings and demonstrations by Randhurst Village establishments. Restaurants include: BlackFinn Ameripub, Buffalo Wild Wings, e+o food and drink, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Truco Taqueria and Outback Steakhouse. Participating retailers include: AMC Theatres, Carters, Orange Theory Fitness, PetSmart and many more.

A variety of non-profit and civic organizations will be onsite providing information on their unique services and offering interactive activities for the whole family. These wonderful groups provide a wide variety of support and education for the needs of the local community including, food for needy families, cancer and grief support, community care and education. Other organizations include: Lemons of Love, Lutheran Charities KARE-9 Military Dogs, Mount Prospect Fire Department, Mount Prospect Public Library, Mount Prospect Park District, Mount Prospect Police Department, River Trails Park District and The Kids Pantry.

Rounding out the day’s festivities will be old-fashioned carnival games, plus fun inflatables and yard games.

Performance times, non-profit activities and event info on stores and restaurants are subject to change. Stay up to date by visiting randhurstvillage.com for more information, or call Randhurst Village offices at 847-259-0500.

Randhurst Village is the exciting redevelopment of Randhurst Mall featuring more than 50 stores and restaurants, and is located at the intersection of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect.

Aug 152017
 

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Boys & Girls Club of Lake County (BGCLC) hosted their 15th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, July 31 at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove (4700 Royal Melbourne Drive). The Golf Outing welcomed 150 guests and raised more than $200,000 benefitting after-school and summer programs serving more than 1,000 at-risk youth; with generous support from Title Sponsors Garrett Popcorn Shops, Frango, IDEX Corporation, and The Omtvedt Family Foundation.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Golf Outing is one of our most significant fundraisers,” says Donna Funk, Resource Development Director for the organization. “Funds raised at this event help provide the resources necessary to serve the youth in our community who need it most through positive and productive after-school and summer programs which help provide them with a path for a great future.”

Players enjoyed an afternoon of golf, lunch courtesy of Beam Suntory, and on-course beverage options. Registered golfers received access to interactive games with great prizes like ball toss, squares, mulligans and gimme string. The Shotgun Start sounded at Noon on the picturesque 18-hole course, carved into the lush surroundings of wetlands, ponds, prairies and trees. After the eighteenth hole, guests were invited to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and program.

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Additional sponsors include: Golf Cart Sponsors – Northwestern Mutual; Ace Sponsor ITW; Luncheon Sponsor Beam Suntory; Eagle Sponsors – Denise & David Bunning, Therma-Tru Doors, Leahy Family, and William Blair; Birdie Sponsors – C.H. Robinson, David Delaney, EMKAY Fleet Management, First Bank of Highland Park, FlexPrint Inc., Hall Capital, Huntington Bank, KPMG, Marsh, PwC, SUZOHAPP, Deloitte and Wells Fargo.

For more information on BGCLC visit www.bgclc.com or call Donna Funk at 847-235-6972.

Aug 152017
 

Gene & Georgetti Rosemont Celebrates National Sandwich Month in August

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August is National Sandwich Month, and Gene & Georgetti Rosemont, a Molise PR client, is celebrating with a Classic Pairs lunch menu available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Classic Pairs menu includes:

  • Half BLT Sandwich, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted bread, $10.50
  • Half Turkey Club, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on toasted bread, $11.75
  • Prime Rib Sandwich, hand sliced prime rib served on a pretzel bun, $15.75
  • Crab Cake Sandwich, signature crab cake with mixed greens, tomato, and remoulade served on a Kaiser roll, $13.75

Paired with choice of:

Minestrone, Spinach Tortellini or Soup of the Day; or the signature House Salad.

In addition to the Classic Pairs menu items, additional lunch menu offerings include:

  • Cobb Salad, grilled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, crisp bacon, black river blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette, $14.75
  • Skirt Steak Salad, crisp romaine, cherry tomatoes, cubed cheddar, roasted red onion and balsamic vinaigrette, $21.25
  • Chicken Panzanella, crisp romaine, heirloom cherry tomatoes with chopped basil, fresh mozzarella, green onions, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette, $14.25
  • Meatball Sliders, topped with melted mozzarella and fresh marinara, served on mini sesame buns, $9.25
  • Chicken Sandwich, grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, mayo and onions, served on a pretzel bun with seasoned fries, $12.75
  • Sausage Alla Joe Sandwich, mild Italian sausage, topped with tri-colored sweet peppers and pepperoncini’s, served on a rustic Italian bread with seasoned fries, $11.75
  • Gene’s Grilled Cheese, American cheese, bacon and sliced tomato, served open faced on toasted bread with seasoned fries, $12.50

For more details or to make a reservation, please call Gene & Georgetti Rosemont at (847) 653-3300 or visit www.GeneandGeorgetti.com.

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Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, has been named one of Hard Rock International’s first Test Kitchen locations. The Chicago cafe is one of just 12 restaurants selected to showcase Hard Rock’s commitment to fresh ingredients, hand-crafted, regionally-inspired menu items and responsibly-sourced ingredients at each cafe. Hard Rock Cafe Chicago was selected out of 175 Hard Rock locations around the world, based on the regions’ unique culinary offerings, local flavors and flare.

Hard Rock’s Test Kitchen highlights a handpicked group of cafes acting as the front-line for Hard Rock Cafe’s menu evolution. The Test Kitchen program reinforces the brand’s commitment to featuring authentic American cuisine on Hard Rock Cafe menus around the world. In addition, Test Kitchen cafe menus will highlight local enhancements, focusing on new hand-crafted items inspired by each cafe’s geographical region.

“A big congratulations to Hard Rock Cafe Chicago on their selection into the Test Kitchen program. With this initiative, the Chicago cafe will certainly expand the quality Hard Rock dining experience,” said Darryl Mickler, Senior Director Culinary Research & Development at Hard Rock International. “The new program rollout is designed to incubate new menu innovations for our cafes worldwide and further enables us to explore new locally-inspired and responsibly-sourced offerings.”

Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Test Kitchen menu features locally-inspired dishes, including:

  • CHICAGO ITALIAN BEEF FLATBREAD– Crispy flatbread topped with Italian beef, Romano cheese, giardiniera and roasted red peppers
  • CHICAGO PIZZA LOCAL LEGENDARY® BURGER – Certified Angus Beef® burger topped with house-made pizza sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and Italian sausage, served with a side of giardiniera
  • LOCAL FRESH CATCH –fresh fish, grilled with herb garlic butter, served with rosemary roasted red potatoes and farm fresh seasonal vegetables
  • BAKER’S CHOICE DESSERT – Yellow sponge cake, fresh pineapple, sliced strawberries, Ghirardelli caramel sauce, Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream rolled in Oreo crumbles topped with fresh bananas, chocolate syrup and homemade whipped cream

Guests will also enjoy a new craft beer list featuring local breweries: Goose Island, Revolution Brewing, Half Acre, and Metropolitan Brewing. New Test Kitchen cocktails include The Sausage King, made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Finest Call Loaded Bloody Mary Mix and spices, garnished with a pepperoncini, summer sausage, green olives, cocktail wiener and a pair of black Hard Rock Logo Sunglasses; and the Local Legendary Cocktail – The Chicagoan, a drink that dates back to Prohibition but with a Hard Rock twist using Templeton Rye Whiskey, Grand Marnier and a dash of bitters topped with prosecco.

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Through the Test Kitchen program, Hard Rock has identified vendors that source in a responsible and sustainable way and ensure that environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration during the sourcing process. Hard Rock Cafe supports local vendors in each market, including freshly baked buns purchased direct from Turano Baking Company and used for our Legendary Burger lineup. Other local businesses, including Get Fresh Produce and Fortune Fish & Gourmet, have partnered with Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to supply responsibly-sourced ingredients for the new menu innovation.

“We’re proud to work with Hard Rock Cafe Chicago on their new menu innovation process and provide the restaurant with seasonal, locally grown produce,” said Gino Alimondi, President of Get Fresh Produce, one of Hard Rock’s local Chicago vendors. “In keeping with our own “Fresh Thinking” philosophy, it’s inspiring to see Hard Rock’s local mindset when it comes to sourcing key ingredients for its classic menu known around the world.”

For more information on Hard Rock International and its Test Kitchen rollout, please visit www.HardRock.com.

To chat more about the new Test Kitchen initiative, Hard Rock Cafe stopped by the WLS AM studio. Click below to listen:

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Back by popular demand, Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” and Molise PR client, announces the limited time return of their popular KettleCorn® recipe available in Shops and online August 1 August 31.

Garrett KettleCorn is hot air popped, then delicately glazed with a touch of sugar and a hint of salt, for the ultimate summertime snack. Take advantage of the Garrett Summer Weekend Quart promotion, available in Shops only every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Purchase a One Quart Tin of any Signature Recipe, including the limited time KettleCorn, and receive a complimentary One Quart Tin of equal or lesser value. Limit one complimentary Tin per guest.KettleCorn_1G_Blue_003

Limited time KettleCorn Bundles are available online only at GarrettPopcorn.com:

Handcrafted Summer Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Pink Tin of Garrett Mix® and a One Quart Signature Pink Tin of KettleCorn; and KettleCorn Lovers Bundle, a One Gallon Signature Blue Tin of KettleCorn and a One Quart Signature Blue Tin of Garrett Mix; both available for $44.95 plus shipping.

In Chicago, Shops are located at: 625 North Michigan Ave., 151 North Michigan Ave. (Millennium Park), Navy Pier (food court), 26 West Randolph St., 4 East Madison St., 27 West Jackson Blvd., 737 East 87th St., O’Hare International Airport, in Terminals 1 and 3, Citigroup Center at 500 West Madison St. (2nd floor), Water Tower Place at 835 North Michigan Ave. (Level 7), and in Schaumburg, at Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court.

For more information or to place an online order, visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

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