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.

Jul 122017
 

Imerman Angels Presents the Fourth Annual Wings of Hope Gala

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Saturday, September 9

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Chicago PR firm client Imerman Angels presents the fourth annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 11 p.m. at a new location, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (120 East Delaware Place). The evening will celebrate the world’s largest one-on-one cancer support community and advance its mission to provide connections that enable support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and hope. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive auction items. At 7 p.m., guests will be escorted to their tables where they will enjoy a special presentation.

The evening’s program includes a seated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels founder Jonny Imerman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Bornstein, who will honor members of the community who have gone above and beyond to support Imerman Angels’ mission, plus a live auction featuring extraordinary items followed by music and dancing to conclude the night.

Tickets for the event cost $400, with limited VIP tickets available for $500. Early bird tickets are available for $350 through July 15. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact gala@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1301 for more information.

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Jun 192017
 

Skokie is getting smokyReal Urban Barbecue, with locations in Downtown Highland Park, Vernon Hills, and Oak Brook, is proud to announce the grand opening of their fourth location in Skokie on Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m.  Located at 5238 W. Touhy Avenue just west of I-94, the restaurant will open for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast; as well as offer carryout, delivery, and corporate and private catering.

Grand Opening Celebration

To celebrate the grand opening, the first 50 ‘cue fanatics in line will receive a complimentary sandwich of their choice, and the first guest in queue will win free barbecue for a year.

Plus, WLS-AM 890’s Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will broadcast live from the restaurant all morning long! Guests will also have the opportunity to enter into the USO of Illinois’ BBQ for the Troops sweepstakes sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association for the chance to win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue for 50 of their friends catered by Real Urban Barbecue, along with other great prizes like concert ticket giveaways from WLS AM.

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Additional grand opening activities are also scheduled with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.

A Menu That’s Smoked & Served to Perfection

Their bark is as great as their bite. Take a seat at RUB’s BBQ Bar and watch [or drool] as the magic happens in the “Smoking Room” equipped with two massive Cooshack smokers capable of producing more than 3,000 lbs. per day of “low and slow” smoked items- like baby back ribs ordered dry, wet or to “perfection”; pulled pork, Texas sausage, turkey, brisket and chicken.

Real Urban Barbecue is the first restaurant to bring the delicacy of perfectly charred, caramelized burnt ends to Chicago, and now Skokie. Top it all off with RUB’s homemade, signature sauces, and pair with comfort sides like mac & cheese, sweet potato soufflé and golden corn bake. Sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade desserts and a wide variety of gluten free options are also featured on RUB’s expansive menu.

Plus, for the first time ever, Real Urban Barbecue Skokie will offer breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning featuring made-to-order breakfast tacos, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, fresh-brewed coffee, tea and more.

Also a first for RUB, an assortment of ice-cold draft beers will be available on tap.

“Since opening our first location in 2010, we have slow-smoked and served more than 156,000 slabs of ribs and over 391 tons of brisket,” says owner Jeff Shapiro. “The numbers don’t lie, and the demand is higher than ever. We’ve heard our fans pleas, and we are so excited to bring our newest and biggest Real Urban Barbecue location to-date to Skokie.”

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location features high, loft-style exposed wood barrel ceilings above handcrafted rustic wood tables and booths that seat approximately 100 guests. Coming soon, RUB’s outdoor patio will provide additional seating for approximately 30 people.

Real Urban Barbecue’s Skokie location hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Except for the grand opening date, Friday, June 23 when the restaurant will open early at 10 a.m.)

Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, seasonal hours, the full menu and catering information visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com or call the Skokie location at 847-947-6474 and select option #4.

Real Urban Barbecue stopped by WLS AM 890 to give Bob and Marianne a little preview of what’s to come!

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Dean Eliacostas, Executive Chef of Real Urban Barbecue in Highland Park, Vernon Hills and Oak Brook recently stopped by FOX Good Day Chicago for Memorial Day to commemorate the unofficial kick off to summer and grilling season and shared some tips on smoking and grilling some essential BBQ dishes, perfect for your outdoor festivities.

Check out the segment below!

Plus, Summer Festival Season is in full force at Real Urban Barbecue!

Chef Dean stopped by WCIU You & Me This Morning to chat about their participation in Ribfest Chicago to kickoff the summer season! Chef Dean is a natural onscreen, see the proof below:

Some of our favorite shots from RUB fans at Ribfest Chicago:
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On Friday, June 23, Real Urban Barbecue opened its doors in Skokie. Check out some photos from the grand opening below:

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PLUS, Bob and Marianne were onsite, broadcasting all morning long for WLS 890 AM! Click below to listen:


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Te amo. Mercadito Chicago is making Valentine’s Day one to remember with a special Amor Por Favor Experiential Dinner on Monday, February 13 from 6-9 p.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy five courses expertly paired with Jose Cuervo cocktails. The evening is hosted by special guest Dustin Miller of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Mercadito’s Corporate Chef Aldo Ayala.

The romantic night begins with Tostada de Pulpo Enamorado, slow-braised with love and spiced octopus, heart-shaped tostada, tomatillo pico de gallo, roasted garlic aioli, habanero, Serrano chile and micro cilantro.

Next, guests will indulge in Vientre de Puerco, herb-marinated dry roasted pork belly, roasted sweet potato, honey, cinnamon, chile guajillo, piloncillo glaze and micro greens.

The third course includes Callo de Hacha, pan-seared diver scallops, stir-fried “fideo” noodles, short rib ragu, garlic mojito and crispy red onions.

Oysters are known to be notorious aphrodisiacs, so guests will then delight in Carne y Ostras, pan-seared rib eye steak for two, chile rubbed oyster mushrooms, leek fondue, Serrano oyster cream sauce and crispy oysters.

To end on a sweet note, guests will be treated to Fundido de Chocolate, Mexican chocolate fondue, mini churros, homemade marshmallows, strawberries and cinnamon passion fruit whipped cream.

The Amor Por Favor 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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Dec 062016
 

Time To Pop Open that Bubbly…

Devon Seafood Grill Rings in 2017

With A Delicious New Year’s Eve Special & Champagne Toast at Midnight

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A New Year is on the horizon and Devon Seafood Grill, a Chicago PR firm client, is celebrating 2017 with a New Year’s Eve Special and complimentary Champagne toast at Midnight.

Ring in the New Year with Devon Seafood Grill’s New Year’s Eve Special featuring either a succulent 1 lb. Lobster Tail, or Surf & Turf which includes a 6 oz. Filet and 8 oz. Lobster Tail. The special includes two seasonal sides like Cauliflower Mash; Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto; Parmesan-Herb Roasted Potatoes; and Wild Mushroom Risotto.

The New Year’s Eve special is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The regular menu will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling Tim Sherlock at Devon Seafood Grill at ‪(312) 440-8660.

For more information, visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago.

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Nov 302016
 

‘Tis the Season!

Real Urban Barbecue Celebrates the Holidays
With Traditional Holiday Fare and Convenient Carryout Options

Take the stress out of the holidays. Call the Holiday Hotline today to order your choice of fresh, whole smoked meats, traditional sides and show stopping homemade desserts!

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This season, Real Urban Barbecue is making your holiday stress-free by preparing the full spread for you with a convenient carryout menu available at any of their three locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).

Pick up options include “heat and eat” and “hot and ready to serve” on Saturday, December 24 for Christmas Eve and the beginning of Hanukkah; Monday, December 26 – Friday December 30 for Hanukkah; Saturday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve; and Sunday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and the final day of Hanukkah.

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

  • 14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket
  • Whole Smoked Char-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
  • Slow-Smoked Prime Rib
  • Smoked Side of Atlantic Salmon
  • Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb
  • Sliced Smoked Ham
  • Appetizers like Mini Potato Pancakes and Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Traditional sides like Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Classic Creamed Spinach
  • Homemade desserts from the Real Urban Bakery

The full menu is as follows:

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Serving sizes are as follows:

  • Half pan feeds 8-12 people
  • Full pan feeds 16-20 people

Holiday Hotline

Guests are asked to call Real Urban Barbecue’s Holiday Hotline at 847-861-1190 to place their carry out order. Leave your order on the voicemail and a Holiday Hotline specialist will return your call to confirm your order details, plus pick up date, time and location. All orders must be placed a minimum of 48 hours in advance of pick up.

Carry out options include “Heat and Eat”, beat the crowds and save time by picking up early and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve, and “Hot and Ready to Serve”. Pick up dates and times are as follows:

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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 of pick up. Orders that are not picked up will be charged 50 percent of the total bill.

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This season, Real Urban Barbecue is making the holiday stress-free by preparing the Thanksgiving spread for you with a convenient traditional carryout menu available for “heat and eat” pickup on Wednesday, November 23 and “hot and ready to serve” on Thursday, November 24 at any of their three locations in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive).
Available for small gatherings or large family dinners, build your menu from tasty selections including:
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  • Thanksgiving Day Package – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
  • Whole FRESH Hickory Smoked Amish Turkey stuffed with fresh herbs and citrus with homemade turkey gravy
  • 14-Hour Smoked & Sliced Brisket with au jus
  • Slow-Smoked Prime Rib
  • Traditional Sides & Fresh Salads
  • Homemade Desserts from the Real Urban Bakery

The full menu is as follows (Click the image for the full PDF for better viewing):

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The Early Bird Gets the Bird

Only a select number of turkeys are available each year and the limited supply traditionally sell out, so customers are highly encouraged to get orders in early. Download the Thanksgiving menu at www.RealUrbanBBQ.com and beginning Tuesday, November 1, call Real Urban Barbecue’s Turkey Hotlineat 847-861-1190 to place your order.

A Thanksgiving Day Specialist will be available Monday – Friday from Noon to 8 p.m. Orders can also be left on the voicemail and a Real Urban BBQ representative will return your call to confirm the order. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 21 at 3 p.m.

All locations will be open regular business hours on Wednesday, November 23 for “Heat and Eat” carryout order pick up. Beat the crowds and save time! Pick up your order and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. All locations will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for “Hot and Ready to Serve”carryout order pick up.

Prices are subject to change. Real Urban Barbecue may not be able to accommodate orders or changes made less than 48 hours in advance of pick up. Orders that are not picked up will be charged 50 percent of the total bill.

Chef Dean stopped by FOX 32 Chicago‘s Good Day Chicago to chat with Darlene Hill about last minute Thanksgiving tips and tricks! Check out the full segment by clicking the photo below:

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Oct 262016
 

Trick or treat, take a seat, let Devon serve you something good to eat…

Devon Seafood Grill in Downtown ChicagoHosts Chateau Montelena Winery
Halloween-Inspired Wine Dinner

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It’s getting spooky under the sea! Devon Seafood Grill, a Molise PR client, is celebrating Halloween with an exclusive four-course Chateau Montelena wine dinner on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. Guests are invited to dress in costume for their chance to win the “best dressed” prize.

Start off the night with a selection of passed Hors d’oeuvres including Popcorn Rock Shrimp with white BBQ, Slow-Cooked BBQ Pulled Pork Crostini and Sweet Potato Wrapped Scallops with bacon mustard vinaigrette.

The first course includes a Lobster Ravioli, with a brown butter sage sauce, toasted pepitas and fried sage, complemented by Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, complete in floral and citrus notes of rose petals, lemon blossom and a hint of ripe melon.

The second course includes an Herb Roasted Game Hen, with cornbread stuffing, crispy prosciutto, Brussels sprouts and natural jus and a glass of Chateau Montelena Zinfandel, with flavors of cocoa, espresso, ripe blackberry, fig and mint.

Next, guests will indulge in a Char Crusted Pork Tenderloin, with butternut squash puree, honey glazed carrots, purple cauliflower and an apple cider bordelaise, perfectly complemented with a Chateau Montelena Cabernet, with layers of spice, cedar, earth and a rich base of ripe black cherry, black currants and blueberry jam.

Guests will treat themselves to a Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake for dessert, with a chocolate and graham cracker crust and Bailey’s Pumpkin caramel sauce, topped off with a glass of Potter’s Riesling, rich, refreshing and a ripe strawberry, fresh-cut melon and cinnamon finish.

The Chateau Montelena wine dinner costs $80 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and space is limited. Costume attire is not required, but highly encouraged.

To secure your spot, please call Tim Sherlock at Devon Seafood Grill at (312) 440-8660. For more information, visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago.

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Oct 142016
 

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 Experiential Dinner on Monday, October 24 from 6-9 p.m.

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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 Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito.

To begin the night, guests can enjoy Sopa de Calabaza, roasted butternut squash, huitlacoche croutons, chile morita powder and wild mushroom oil.

The second course includes a Huarache de Maiz Azul, pinto bean corn masa, chorizo, cabbage, cured onions and cilantro, chile de arbol crema and salsa rojacotija cheese.

Next, guests will revel in Tacos de Chicharron de Camaron, pork rind batter shrimp, caramelized pico de gallo and Mexican-style coleslaw.

For the fourth course, guests will indulge in Taquiza de Birria Res, ancho-guajillo marinated braised short rib, blue corn tortilla, pickled jalapeños, cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled onions.

For dessert, guests will enjoy Pan de Muerto, a traditional home-made Day of the Dead bread.

Día de los Muertos is celebrated across the country in Mexico. Families will create dishes based on what their deceased relatives and loved ones liked as a way to celebrate and honor their lives,” says Chef Patricio. “There are also items you will typically see in households, like Pan de Muerto, corn-based foods from the late harvest and stews, which I incorporated and drew inspiration from for this menu.

The Día de los Muertos Experiential Dinner is $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.329.9555. For more information, visit http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.

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Sep 242016
 

 

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Imerman Angels presents the third annual Wings of Hope Gala on Saturday, September 17 from 6 p.m. to Midnight at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.). The evening will continue the organization’s 10-year anniversary celebration and advance its mission to provide connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers.

The Wings of Hope Gala is a black tie optional event that celebrates life and compassion. The evening begins with a welcome reception including cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity for guests to bid on impressive silent auction items. At 7 p.m. guests will be escorted to their tables where they will enjoy a special ceremony honoring Dr. Steven T. Rosen and City of Hope. Actress and Chicago native Bonnie Hunt, who first pursued her acting career at the renowned Second City Theater while working as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will emcee the evening’s program.

Imerman Angels, a Chicago Public Relations client, has selected City of Hope as the recipient of the 2016 Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service in the Cancer Community, an award that recognizes healthcare providers who demonstrate exceptional medical service and care for their patients and their families. Accepting the award will be Dr. Steven T. Rosen, the Provost, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Beckman Research Institute for the City of Hope. Past recipients of the Angel Award for Outstanding Medical Service include the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

The program includes a seated dinner, remarks from Imerman Angels co-founder Jonny Imerman, co-founder John May, and Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director Ben Bornstein, a live auction featuring extraordinary items, and live music/dancing courtesy of Dr. Bombay.

Tickets for the event cost $350, with VIP tickets available for $500. To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the event, visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact events@imermanangels.org or call 312-273-1304 for more information.

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Sep 152016
 

Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” proudly announces its partnership with Feeding America® in support of its mission to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.

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September is Hunger Action Month, and just in time for Hunger Action Day that was Thursday, Sept. 8, Garrett Popcorn Shops unveils their co-branded, special edition Feeding America Tin design, and they will donate 10 percent of its sales to Feeding America from purchases made online and in Shops located across the United States. The donation will support Feeding America and the 200 network member food banks that together help Americans who struggle with hunger each year.

“We are thrilled to partner with Garrett Popcorn and have our brand so prominently displayed on the new Feeding America Tin,” said Nancy Curby, Interim Senior Vice President of Development at Feeding America. “Sales from the Tin will help us increase awareness and raise funds to help provide food to the 48 million Americans who are food insecure.”

Gift Great. Do Good. Garrett® makes the perfect gift for every celebration. This Thanksgiving and holiday season, give the gift of Handcrafted HappinessTM in a Feeding America Tin and give back to those in need. Enjoy a One Gallon Feeding America Tin filled with any signature Garrett recipe including the world famous Garrett Mix®, a combination of CaramelCrisp® and CheeseCorn ($33). Also available (online only) is the Feeding America Shorty Pack, a collection of 12 One Quart Tins filled with Garrett Mix® ($12.75 per Quart Tin; plus shipping).

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“As a family owned company, Garrett is passionately committed to giving back to the communities in which we serve through our Garrett Cares™ program, and we’re honored to partner with Feeding America,” comments Lance Chody, President and CEO of Garrett Popcorn Shops. “With our fans’ generous participation, our small batches of handcrafted, gourmet Garrett Popcorn will deliver a big impact. For example, the purchase of a single One Gallon Tin filled with our world famous Garrett Mix will secure and distribute 36 meals to people facing hunger.”

For more information and to order a Feeding America Tin design in the United States and Canada visit www.GarrettPopcorn.com or call 1-888-4-POPCORN.

To learn more about Feeding America visit www.FeedingAmerica.org.

Sep 152016
 

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Devon Seafood Grill, a Molise PR client located steps away from the Magnificent Mile (39 E. Chicago Ave) is celebrating the autumnal equinox by hosting an exclusive four-course wine dinner, complemented by fine pairings from Rutherford Hill Winery on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m.

To begin the night, guests can enjoy passed Hors d’oeuvres, including a selection of assorted oysters, individual ahi tuna tartare and duck confit quesadilla, paired nicely with a Domaine St. Michelle Brut Sparkling, with delicate flavors of apples, citrus and lively acidity.

The first course includes a Chardonnay Poached Bass, with butternut squash puree and broccolini almondine, complemented with a Rutherford Hill Chardonnay, full-bodied with delicate aromas of apple and honeysuckle.

Guests can then delight in a Snake River Farms Wagyu Frites Arancini, served over a bed of parmesan pomme frites, accompanied with a glass of Rutherford Hill Merlot, with lavish cherry fruit favors backed by a rich, balanced structure for an intensely complex Merlot.

Next, guests can savor in a Red Wine Braised Short Rib, with roasted root vegetables, cornbread and baby scallop beurre blanc, with a glass of the Rutherford Hill Barrel Select, with lively aromas of blackcurrant and concentrated flavors of blackberry and dark cherries.

To finish off the night, guests can indulge in a White Chocolate Mousse, with Cabernet macerated mixed berries and chocolate chips, paired with a glass of Rutherford Hill Cabernet, full bodied with intense flavors of dark plum, cassis and a thread of spices.

The Rutherford Hill Wine dinner costs $70 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and space is limited. To secure your spot, please call Tim Sherlock at Devon Seafood Grill at (312) 440-8660. For more information, visit www.devonseafood.com/chicago.

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Sep 142016
 

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The season might be cooling down, but Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, is heating things up and going global with a new menu inspired by the hottest ethnic flavors. Now through Sunday, October 2, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will offer a limited-time Smoke, Fire & Spice menu, which draws inspiration from the seasonings and sauces of popular street food found around the world including Asia, Africa and more.

Smoke, Fire & Spice menu items include:

  • Harissa Chicken – grilled chicken seasoned with a mix of dried chilies, coriander, ground caraway seeds and garlic, inspired by flavors from Morocco
  • Kalbi Shrimp – grilled shrimp marinated in soy sauce, fresh garlic, fresh ginger and sesame seeds, this spice packs a sweet heat inspired by the flavors of Korea
  • Satay Beef – beef seasoned in a fresh peanut, garlic, chili, mirin and soy sauce mix, inspired by flavors from Malaysia and Thailand
  • Jamaican Jerk Pork – slow-cooked pulled pork marinated in a fiery mix of habanero peppers, ginger, thyme, green and yellow onions, black pepper, allspice and garlic, inspired by flavors from Jamaica

Each entrée will be served on a sizzling skillet accompanied by fresh flatbread, marinated salad mix, grilled vegetables, mixed cheeses and complementary dipping sauces. Additionally, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will offer jumbo wings tossed with your choice of available Smoke, Fire & Spice flavors.

Hard Rock Cafe has also crafted fresh new cocktails that highlight the bold flavors of fall. Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, the Bold Sips cocktails will be available through Sunday, November 13. The featured cocktails include:

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  • Mango Tequila Sunrise– perfect for morning, noon or night, dive into this mix of Cuervo Gold Tequila, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, orange juice, Finest Call Mango Purée and grenadine
  • Peachy Keen Punch – The flavors of Patrón Silver Tequila, Pyrat XO Rum, Peach Real, Monin Orgeat and pineapple juice really pack this punch
  • Spiced Cinnamon Mule – ABSOLUT Vodka, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Monin Spiced Brown Sugar, fresh lime and ginger beer come together to kick up this mule
  • Blackberry Peach Bramble – a twist on the classic cocktail combines The Botanist Gin, fresh blackberries, Peach Real and made from scratch lemonade, finished with Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • Rush On The Rocks – Crown Royal Maple Whisky, apple juice made from scratch, sweet & sour and Monin Spiced Brown Sugar served with a Cajun sugar ‘n spice rim

For more information on the limited-time Smoke, Fire & Spice menu and Bold Sips fall cocktails, please visit www.hardrock.com/chicago or call 312-943-2252.

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Jul 262016
 

The Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago will hold its 3rd annual Reason to Rock fun walk and 50’s-themed festival on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, IL, home of the Kane County Cougars.

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The day begins at 12:00 p.m. with a one-mile fun walk around the baseball field. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Walkers can participate individually or start a team. “50’s” attire is encouraged and “Ozzie” the Kane County Cougars mascot will be there to cheer the walkers on. All registered walkers receive a t-shirt (quantities limited). The festival follows the walk with food, soft drinks and beer from local restaurants and sponsors including Two Brothers Roundhouse. There will also be music from the band Slingblade, activities for kids and adults, as well as a classic car show. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite car.

“The Reason to Rock event is a lot of fun, and this year we’ve added some new elements including live music from the band Slingblade,” said Stephanie Somers, Executive Director for the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago. “We’re excited to continue this unique event for people across the Western Suburbs of Chicago while raising money to support our mission and creating awareness about scleroderma.”

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Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body. The disease, which literally means “hard skin” can cause thickening and tightening of the skin. In some cases is causes serious damage to internal organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. These organs may slowly harden until they become ineffective. Some medicines and treatments can help with certain symptoms, but there is still no cure for scleroderma. The disease affects three to four times as many women as men. For more information visit www.scleroderma.org.

Advanced registration for the event is $30 for adults, $15 for youth ages 9-18, and $5 for children 8 and younger. On-site registration at the event is $35 for adults, $20 for youth ages 9-18, and $10 for children 8 and younger. Food, beverages and activities are included in the ticket price. Participants will be provided with a personal and team fundraising page upon registration, and are encouraged to set their own personal fundraising goal by receiving pledges from family and friends.

To register or learn more visit www.reasontorock.org or contact the Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago at 312-660-1131 and GCchapter@scleroderma.org.

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As Imerman Angels celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2016, the organization recognizes August as #WorldCancerSupport Month. Imerman Angels launched this campaign last year to help spread awareness regarding the psychological and physiological benefits of support when coupled with excellent medical care, and to help ensure that no one ever has to face cancer alone, without the support of someone uniquely familiar with their situation.

Since launching in 2006, Imerman Angels, a Molise PR client, has become the global leader in providing personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers, as well as pairing survivors with fellow survivors, with more than 26,000 connections made in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

The Need for Cancer Support

According to a Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Psychosocial Study Group, when cancer patients are diagnosed and treatment begins, the primary goal is therapeutic. Psychological, emotional and social factors tend to become secondary to immediate treatment. However, according to Dr. Timothy Pearman, Director of Supportive Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, this social and emotional support has powerful benefits when it comes to survivorship:

“As cancer has transitioned from a typically fatal disease to an often chronic, manageable one, the psychosocial supportive care needs of survivors have expanded,” says Dr. Pearman. “Cancer support groups such as Imerman Angels can reduce depression and anxiety in fighters, and help them to become more active in treatment decision-making, managing side effects, interfacing with their doctors, and ultimately maximizing their quality of life during and after their cancer battle.”

In a study at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center focusing on young adults diagnosed with blood cancers facing psychological trauma during and after treatment, researchers found that 23 percent of participants met the criteria for anxiety, 28 percent met the criteria for depression and 13 percent met the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Imerman Angels and other organizations that provide cancer support give cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers around the world an outlet to express their feelings, as well as help to inspire hope,” says Ben Bornstein, three-time cancer survivor and Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director.

Stand Out Against Cancer Day, August 19

On Friday, August 19, Imerman Angels will host “Stand Out Against Cancer Day” an occasion dedicated to raising awareness around the world for the importance of social and emotional support for those battling cancer. Schools, businesses, organizations and individuals alike will be encouraged to create their own Stand Out Against Cancer event to fundraise, raise awareness and help make a difference. They are also given the opportunity to have their support recognized through social media through #StandOutAgainstCancer.

Social Media Campaign

Imerman Angels is implementing a #WorldCancerSupport hashtag during August that allows people from around the world to share their cancer stories by posting on social media channels. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, and together we can ensure that no one will ever have to face cancer alone.

In addition, Imerman Angels will continue their 10-year anniversary giveaways of Imerman Cakes by seeking out engaging social media posts from July through September.

To learn more about #WorldCancerSupport Month, visit: www.Facebook.com/WorldCancerSupportMonth.

For more information on Imerman Angels, to register for support or become a Mentor Angel, and to stay up to date on events and volunteer opportunities, visit:

www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626). For more information on #WorldCancerSupport Month email wcsm@imermanangels.org.

Our very own Ben Bornstein and Dr. Tim Pearman, Clinical Health Psychologist from Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, recently stopped by WGN Midday News to chat more about the campaign.

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