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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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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Aug 232017
 

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 152017
 

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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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Aug 042017
 

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Hasta la vista! Mercadito Chicago, a Chicago PR client, is taking guests on a culinary journey down the Gulf of Mexico region with a special Summer Experiential Dinner on Monday, August 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Hosted by Corporate Chef Aldo Ayala and special guest Paul Sauter of Diageo, guests are invited to indulge in five courses accompanied by five Zacapa Rum pours.

First stop on the tour is Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz, where guests are welcomed with Jalapeños Rellenos de Minilla, pickled jalapeños stuffed with tuna; Garnacha de Res, corn tortilla, braised beef and chile morita; and Camarón, coconut batter shrimp, pineapple marmalade and pickled red onion.

The journey continues south to Veracruz with a special Ceviche, lime marinated fish, red onion, tomato, pickled jalapeños, olives, parsley, tomato-citrus broth and crispy capers.

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Next, guests head back north to Tamaulipas with Jaibas, lightly fried blue crab meat stuffed shells, tomato sofrito, garlic, parsley, Serrano chiles and breadcrumbs.

Guests will then take a stroll down the historic district of Campeche with Pollo Pibil, Achiote marinated braised chicken, banana leaf, pickled red onions and habaneros, sour orange salsita, mustard seeds and burnt tortillas.

The journey ends on a sweet note back in Veracruz with Vainilla, vanilla bean flan, piloncillo caramel and vanilla bean toasted nuts.

The Summer Experiential Dinner is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

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

Jun 202017
 

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Imerman Angels, the leading global one-on-one cancer support community and Chicago PR client, has been named a Scale Award recipient at the 2017 Creator Awards for their work in providing free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. The Scale Award, which includes a $180,000 grant, is given to established organizations that are ready to take their business to the next level.

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The event, hosted and sponsored by WeWork, received 600 applicants that were narrowed down to five Scale Award finalists who had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and explain how and why they are ready to expand. In addition to Imerman Angels, Chicago nonprofit Bunker Labs and Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan took home top honors in the category.

Founded in 2006 by cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels to date has enabled more than 34,000 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. These one-on-one relationships provide a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. Recent medical studies have shown that psychosocial support during and after the cancer fight is crucial to quality of life.

“We are thrilled that our work over the past 11 years has been recognized through this large award,” says Ben Bornstein, Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director. “This grant will allow us to scale our one-on-one cancer support services by expanding our presence in other US markets outside Chicago including Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, plus reach more people touched by cancer around the world by expanding our digital presence and hiring additional cancer support specialists, including those who speak other languages.”

In addition, other benefits of receiving this grant include expanding Imerman Angels’ network of partner organizations, and of course, ensuring that their services remain completely free to anyone seeking support so no one has to face cancer alone.

For more information on Imerman Angels visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

May 152017
 

Molise PR client Garrett Popcorn Shops was recently featured on WCIU You & Me This Morning as wedding inspiration from Martha Stewart Wedding Party! Check out the full clip below:

 

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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