Feb 052018

Auto Show

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

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

The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity

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

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


Jan 232018

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

The Prix Fixe Lunch Menu, $22, features

First course choice of:

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

Second course options include:

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

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

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

The Prix Fixe Dinner Menu, $44,

First course choice of:

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

Second course options are:

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

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

  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Flan
  • Tuxedo Mousse Cheesecake

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

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Dec 022017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 312017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Petterino’s

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

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Jun 192017


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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May 192016


Hard Rock is gearing up for one day of non-stop live music around the world! On Wednesday, June 1, more than 425 artists and music acts will perform live at 107 Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel locations across the globe as part of the world’s largest one-day music showcase – Hard Rock Rising. This year, three local finalists will perform at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, beginning at 9 p.m.

The local artists competing at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago on June 1 have been narrowed down from a record-breaking 10,000 entries entered via ReverbNation through a combination of online fan voting, and local Hard Rock Cafe or Hotel team nominations and include:

Graham Czach: Versatile Chicago-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that fuses modern and progressive rock sensibilities with pop-like hooks and socially conscious message-driven music. Having played music for the last 27 years, he is an original, wildly creative, and accomplished musician, composer, upright/electric bassist, vocalist, and guitarist.

Jayme Squires: Jayme Squires writes songs about ordinary things in an unordinary way: love, family, relationships, heaven. Her perspective on the matter gives it a whole new light that will ring right into your heart. She creates a tune that will stick with you after hearing it just one time. The passion in her writing and performing is ignited by the heart of her soulful voice and unreserved love for real connection with her lyrics, her stories, and her audience.

Gatsby: Gatsby consists of five guys from the suburbs of Chicago. The group grew up together and played in bands together starting in high school, and even before that. Some went on to play in full time touring bands and travel the world, but Gatsby found themselves back home and ready to take the knowledge and talent to every place on the planet. They are a rock band with influences from all over the music world. From the heavy riffs, aggressive vocals to the soft finger picking guitar and mellow vocals, they will hit every music spot on your body.

One competitor will be selected by a panel of local judges including T.J. Sagan, Band Manager for the Grammy Nominated rock band Disturbed, plus national recording artists Nonpoint and The Taking and head of Still Breathing Management in Chicago; Matt Love, lead singer and guitarist for the band Jackpot Donnie; and Ryan Sweeney, manager of talent acquisition at City Winery.

The local Chicago winner will then advance on to be judged and evaluated by a panel of artists and music industry veterans. Together, the panel of talented and diverse judges will vote to determine who has what it takes to take home top honors. The judging panel includes:

  • Echosmith
  • The Man
  • A Day To Remember
  • Jack Barakat of All Time Low
  • Set It Off
  • Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • You Me At Six
  • Alex “Clemente” Castillo
  • Cam
  • Shen Lihui General Manager of Modernsky Entertainment CO, LTD / Founder of Strawberry Music Festival

From New York to Japan to Australia, Hard Rock Rising, in partnership with ReverbNation, saw 10,000 up-and-coming musicians register to compete for a chance to become the Hard Rock Rising champion. The global grand prize winner and four regional finalists will take home a professionally-produced music video, a 1,000 count CD/DVD pack of their latest recording from Bison Disc and a Fender Instruments prize pack. Additionally, the grand prize winner will take home $50,000 USD and an all-expenses-paid trip to perform at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in September.

“Unlike your typical “Battle of the Bands”, Hard Rock Rising is all about fostering a community of artists and bringing them together for this world wide competition,” says Tim Frank of Foxhole Chicago, who handles all the talent acquisition and live music event production at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. “All artists involved are provided invaluable opportunities to form relationships and contacts that can impact their future. That’s what Hard Rock Rising is all about.”

Committed to supporting music and emerging artists around the globe, Hard Rock International hosted more than 31,000 live music events worldwide in 2015. The brand continues its dedication to support up-and-coming artists in 2016 with Hard Rock Rising global music showcase, providing a forum for today’s new talent to connect with music fans around the world.

Fans can follow Hard Rock across the globe on June 1 to check out select Hard Rock Rising performances live on Facebook. For the full list of finalists performing on June 1, visit www.HardRockRising.com. For more information on Hard Rock Cafe Chicago visit www.HardRock.com/chicago or call 312-943-2252.

May 172016

Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant and Chicago PR client (108 W. Kinzie St.), continues their Tacos for Strength initiative, a year-long campaign offering a unique signature taco created by a new acclaimed guest chef every month to help end child hunger, one taco at a time.

A portion* of the proceeds from every taco sold benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, an initiative that connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals in an effort to ensure that all children get the healthy food they need every day.IMG_6056

Mercadito Chicago’s featured Taco for Strength for May is the Hickory Smoked Brisket Taco, made with hickory smoked brisket, cured onions and cilantro, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, carrot coleslaw, white barbecue and crispy onions, crafted by Mercadito’s very own Executive Chef and Partner Chef Patricio Sandoval. The Hickory Smoked Brisket Taco costs $18.50 for a serving of four tacos and is available daily at Mercadito Chicago.

*5% of net proceeds from the sale of each taco benefits No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

Taco Tuesdays 

Celebrate Taco Tuesday every week at Mercadito Chicago from 5-7 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and enjoy two tacos for $6.50*. Selection of tacos include Camarón, shrimp, roasted garlic, avocado and chipotle mojo; Pollo, epazote and garlic marinated chicken, cured onions, corn hash, poblano-tomatillo mojo, avocado and crispy shallots; Carnitas de Puerco, Michoacán-style braised port, chile de árbol coleslaw, toasted peanuts; and Espada, blackened swordfish, spicy aioli and cabbage-jalapeño slaw.

*Must be same type of taco, offer valid at main bar and lounge only. Offer excludes the monthly Tacos for Strength tacos.

For more information on Tacos for Strength, a full menu or to make a reservation, visit http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com or call 312.329.9555.

Dec 242013

Devon Seafood Raises a Toast to a New Year

With a Grand Three-Course Prix Fixe Menudevon

Devon Seafood Grill (39 E. Chicago Ave., Downtown Chicago) and Devon Seafood + Steak (17W400 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace) is counting down to the end of a fabulous year and toasting to 2014 with a three-course prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu.

Begin dinner with a choice of: Baby Greens, watercress, feta, toasted pine nuts, honey balsamic vinaigrette; Spinach and Watercress Salad, roasted beets, poached pears, candied walnuts, gorgonzola, walnut vinaigrette; Maine Lobster Bisque, cream, sherry, tomato, lobster; or Chef’s Selection of three Fresh Shucked Oysters.

For the main course indulge in a 6oz. Filet Oscar, jumbo lump crabmeat, foyot sauce, mashed Yukon gold potatoes and grilled asparagus, or a 6oz. Filet Mignon & Canadian ½ LB Lobster Tail, herb roasted potatoes, haricot vert with lemon shallot butter.

The grand finale is one of Devon’s delicious dessert options: Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, raspberries, crisp sugar crust; Chocolate Lava Cake, raspberries, hazelnut ice cream; Apple Croustade, cinnamon ice cream, bourbon maple syrup; or Mixed Fresh Berries, crème anglaise, chocolate almond tuile.

Devon Seafood Grill (39 E. Chicago Ave) prix fixe menu is $65, or include a Champagne toast with your meal for $75.  Devon Seafood + Steak (17W400 22nd Street) prix fixe menu is $60, or $70 with an added Champagne toast.

The regular menu is also available. To make a reservation, please call Devon Seafood Grill in downtown Chicago at (312) 440-8660 or visit their website; and Devon Seafood + Steak in Oakbrook Terrace at (630) 516-0180 or visit their website.

About Devon Seafood

Devon Seafood is an upscale seafood restaurant offering simply-prepared fresh fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine cellar and handcrafted cocktails.

Located Downtown at Chicago & Wabash and in Oakbrook Terrace off 22nd Street, Devon Seafood works with quality fishmongers, water men, ranchers & artisan producers to create dishes that are excellent from the start, using fine ingredients that separate the good from the great. Enjoy their seamless service in a classic, upscale atmosphere that truly sets them apart from other local restaurants.

Visit www.DevonSeafood.com.