Past Events

Celebrate Julia Child's Birthday Party
Saturday August 15, 2009 from 4pm to 6pm
RSVP at:

Espresso Thy Art Cafe and Social Media Discussion
Date: Saturday August 29, 2009
More info HERE

Serb Fest 2009
Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral

Friday July 31 - Sunday August 2, 2009
More info HERE

Provenance Food and Wine - Wine Tasting

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 from 6-8PM
2312 W Leland
(between Lincoln Ave & Western Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
Tel. (773) 784-2314
Stop in to taste some new wines from around the world.

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar
1/2 Price Glasses of Wine

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, 4:00pm
1100 N Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL
(847) 375-6986

Jolane's is a new Viennese coffee house by day and wine bar by night. They feature over 20 wines by the taste/glass plus a well-thought out Reserve & Dessert wine list. Wines are also available for cash & carry. The menu includes light fare as well as a delectable selection of Viennese pastries and cakes.

Thursday evenings they feature 1/2 price glasses of wine (every wine except the house wine).

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar is located 800 feet south of ABT Electronics in the design center next to Kohler, California Closets, The Viking Cooking School and Fox Lighting.

World Kitchen presents Winter Warmers

Start the new year on a warm and comforting note with this collection of soups.
Saturday, January 10, 11 am - 2 pm
Gallery 37 Center for the Arts
66 E. Randolph St., Chicago
Start the new year on a warm and comforting note with this collection of soups. This class will focus on how to make the humble soup a more elegant centerpiece for a meal, and and a few side dishes and quick breads to complete the menu.
More information is at:
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Web site

Snout to Tail - Green City Market Pork

Green City Market is kicking off the year round market!
The Market inside the Museum

January 17, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon

Along with offering fresh, local produce, there will also be a special culinary event featuring and promoting local, sustainable farmers, producers, and the chefs who work closely with them. This will include tastings highlighting products available at the market.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. To RSVP, send an email to

Participating chefs providing tastings include:
* Rick Bayless - Frontera Grill & Topolobampo
* Troy Graves - Tallullah & Eve
* Paul Kahan - Blackbird, Avec & The Publican
* Mark Mendez - Carnivale
* Chris Pandel- The Bristol
* Sarah Stegner & George Bumbaris - Prairie Grass Caf
* Paul Virant - Vie
* Gary Wiviott - author of the upcoming book Low and Slow: Mastering the Art of Barbeque in Five
* Easy Lessons

World Kitchen presents Time for Thai

The guest instructor will be Suni, owner of Ruby Siam, whose authentic Thai food has been enjoyed by Chicago residents for years.
Saturday, March 28, 11 - 2 pm
Gallery 37 Center for the Arts
66 E. Randolph St., Chicago
Guest instructor, Suni, owner of Ruby Siam, will share with you her best recipes as well as a cultural lesson from her homeland.
More information is at:
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Web site

Chef Michael Niksic, The Food Mercenary

Serious Soup Made Easy
Sat., May 2, 1:30 2:15 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Linnaeus Room In this class you'll watch as chef Michael Niksic uses the vegetables prepared in the Cooking Triple Play #2 class to make either a fabulous minestrone or gazpacho, depending on the weather that day. Recipes, samples, and serving ideas are provided.
More information is at:
Chicago Botanic Garden Web site

Green City Market - cooking demo

Bruce Sherman - North Pond
12/17/2008 10:30 am
Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.
More information is at

Green City Market - cooking demo

Sam Burman and Melissa Koehnen - bluprint
12/20/2008 10:30 am
Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.
More information is at

1st Annual Teddy Bear Tea

Time: December 20, 2008 from 2pm to 4pm
Location: The Grill on the Alley at The Westin Chicago
Contact Info: 312-212-4372
Organized By: Executive Meetings & Events of Chicago

"Executive Meetings & Events of Chicago", kicks off its "1st Annual Teddy Bear Tea on Saturday", December 20, 2008. Starting at 2:00pm, each child along with their stuffed friend is welcome to experience the teddy bear workshop, meet some special guests, story telling, holiday world music, and a special holiday tea buffet. To celebrate the holiday spirit of giving, each ticket will go to the purchase of a teddy bear to be donated to a group of local hospitals. Even if you are not a child, you can enjoy 1st Annual Teddy Bear Tea at The Grill on the Alley in the Westin Chicago Hotel Saturday, December 20, 2008. So take a break from your holiday shopping and enjoy 1st Annual Teddy Bear Tea. *Special discount rate available for groups of 8 or more. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information go to
or call (312) 212-4372
or email

The Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant presents
live music by Jovan Mihailovic on the violin
accompanied by Alex Udvary on the cimbalom.

Saturday December 20, 2008 from 5pm to 10pm
The Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant
4431 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Hillside Il, 60162
Phone: 708-449-1000 or Toll free: 866-223-4693

The Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant offers:
Lunch Buffet: Monday-Saturday from 11am-3pm
Dinner Buffet: Wednesday-Friday from 5pm-9pm
Sunday Brunch: Sunday from 11am-4pm

On the buffet table you will find: Hungarian Paprikash, Goulash, salami, pancakes, hearty stews, meat dishes, sweet pastries - don't forget the full bodied, sweet and unique Hungarian wines!!

More about the The Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant is at:

Jovan Mihailovic fled the Communist rule in Yugoslavia and began to focus on his art, music and writing while working throughout Europe making him a modern Renaissance Man. Jovan now resides in Chicago and is a full-time artist and musician.
More about Jovan is at:

Alex Udvary is considered to be the best cimbalom player in America and is also well known in Europe. When European artists are on tour in North America, Alex Udvary is often asked to perform with them. In the past Alex Udvary has performed for Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dwight Eisenhower, Ella Fitzgerald, Yul Brynner, Itzhak Perlman and many others.
More about Alex Udvary is at:

Chef Jeff's Cooking Demo

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Julius Meinl
4363 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Demonstration includes samples of Austrian classic Kaiserschmarren and Chef Jeffs Rsti with house-made apple sauce, along with coffee and tea! $10.00...well worth it!

You will learn how to make 2 totally awesome Julius Meinl favorites by the super talented Chef Jeff! Julius Meinl is very fortunate to have Chef Jeff with us...especially since they stole him from Wolfgang Puck! :)

Contact Phone: 773 868 18764

FamilyFarmed EXPO

FamilyFarmed EXPO will be held at the Historic Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street and 78 East Washington Street.
Wheelchair access is available at the 77 East Randolph entrance.

The 2008 FamilyFarmed EXPO is a three day gathering of Chicago-area fans of locally grown and responsibly produced food and artisanal goods. Join the crowd and join the fun!

Fridays plenary and seminar sessions feature business-to-business connections. Saturday and Sunday are jampacked with cooking demos and interactive seminars and Kids Corner.

Over 120 exhibitors offer a wide selection of local food, gifts and lots of useful info. Provision your Thanksgiving table or fill your holiday gift list, while supporting local, family-run businesses.

Friday 11/21 9:30 Meet & Greet
Friday 11/21 10:00 Opening Symposium
Friday 11/21 12 to 5pm: Exhibit Floor open, Trade worksops
Friday 11/21 5:30 to 7pm: Meet the Buyers Reception
Friday 11/21 7pm to 10pm: Localicious Party

Saturday 11/22 10am to 7pm: Fall Harvest Festival
Exhibits, Seminars and Cooking Demos

Sunday 11/23 10am to 5pm: Fall Harvest Festival
Exhibits, Seminars and Cooking Demos

More information:

Tea Class: Fun, informative 2 hour seminar

November 14th, Fri Harper College, Palatine, IL
7 9 pm Register - 847.925.6300 or go to continuing ed Friday Night Fun
Don't know your oolongs from your sencha? What is white tea that you've been hearing about lately? In this tasty seminar you'll learn all about tea from Cathy Batdorf, certified specialist and owner of The Tea Treasury. Sip a cup while learning about the types, history and health benefits of tea. Batdorf will demonstrate how to brew the perfect cup, and you'll have the opportunity to sample several teas. As an added bonus you'll also take home a complimentary bag of gourmet loose leaf tea
Course number LFS0382 Section 001 Building/Room W218 $29 + $5 fee

Chicago Foodways Roundtable

Thanksgiving: The Great American Holiday
Presented by Penelope Bingham
Saturday November 22 at 10 AM
Kendall College
900 North Branch Street, Chicago
(West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)
Free Parking

Cost: $2 per person, free to Kendall students and faculty with ID.

Nine out of ten Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and most do so around a family table. Food and tradition are the heart and soul of this most-loved, most-observed holiday. Thanksgiving has become the origin myth of America and the expression of deeply held American cultural ideals. As it considers the evolution of Thanksgiving, from the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621 to the present day, this program invites the audience to think about what this holiday and its food traditions mean for American culture and identity.

Following lifelong passions for books and for cooking, Penelope Bingham began accumulating cookbooks over 40 years ago. Her personal collection of cookbooks now exceeds 2,000 volumes. She is particularly interested in the stories American cookbooks of the last two centuries about American culture and identity. She has given programs on American Cookbooks and Culture to libraries and cultural organizations throughout Illinois as a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council, as well as in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "Key Ingredients: America By Food". She has also addressed the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Culinary Historians of Chicago, The Wednesday Club of the Newberry Library of Chicago, the Cookware Manufacturers Association, and home economists of Kraft Foods. Her work with American Cookbooks and Culture was recently featured in Chicago Magazine and on WBBM/TV's "Table For Two". Since 1990, she has been the volunteer "Cookbook Lady" for the

Annual Book Fair of the Newberry Library of Chicago, preparing for sale the thousands of vintage cookbooks that are donated each year. Penelope holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Chicago. She is a member of the Culinary Historians of Chicago and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please call (847) 432-8255, then leave your name, telephone number and how many people in your party or e-mail:

Elis Cheesecake World
Holiday Cheesecake Class

Sunday, November 23rd
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$50 per person
Wow your family and friends and learn to bake holiday desserts with the cheesecake experts at Elis. In this hands-on baking class, youll create your very own 8 cheesecake to take home.
Reservations required, call (773) 308-7000.

Elis Cheesecake World
6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 308-7000

Sinh - Grape Harvest and Winemaking

Elegant Brazilian Cuisine
2018 W. Adams St. (by United Center)
5:30 Reception and grape picking - 7:00PM Dinner
Friday, October 17, 2008
More info at:

Join ChicaGourmets! and DIVAS Sipping for a unique opportunity to harvest grapes and learn how to make wine followed by a Brazilian feast in the lovely setting of Sinh.
Click here to reserve online

Have you ever tried Brazilian food?

Sinh (Seen-yah) which means lady of the house offers you the opportunity to have home base Brazilian cuisine for any occasion right here in Chicago. The food preparation is authentic Brazilian with a touch of international flair.

Born, raised and educated in Brazil, Jorgina Pereira began catering 17 years ago for friends and acquaintances. Since then, after re-zoning her building, she has opened Sinhas Home Restaurant that is only open on Sundays for brunch. Other days of the week, she caters parties at her location and other venues throughout the Chicago area. For her, cooking and planning parties are sources of personal enjoyment and an outlet for artistic expression. Her effort of growing organic herbs and grapes at her backyard is part of her passion to use the freshest ingredients in her kitchen.

Click here to reserve online

DIVAS Sipping Wine Club and
Lee Schlesinger & Don Newcomb of ChicaGourmets!
More info at:

Green City Market book signing with Barbara Fairchild, Bon Apptit Editor

Saturday, October 18
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Green City Market, south end of Lincoln park between Clark and Stockton
If you missed the Thursday evening party with Barbara at The Spice House, here is another chance to purchase Bon Apptit's hot-off-the-press cookbook, titled -fast easy fresh- and have it personalized. It features 1,100 quick dishes for everynight cooking. Armed with this book, and all sorts of goodies from the market, you can start off Saturday evening's dinner fully inspired! When you purchase your book at the market, The Spice House will donate $5 per book to the great green cause. (The Green City Market)
For more information about the market including chef tastings, what produce is in season, recipes and directions, please visit Green City Market

Hands-On Class: Homemade Drobe - Slovak Potato Sausage

with Bill Lavery, Founder, Cooking with the Best Chefs

Sunday October 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

If the Slovaks have a comfort food, this is it! Learn to make a generations-old popular and tasty potato sausage that contains minced pork, ham, onion, bacon, a few spices, and lots of potatoes. Youll stuff the casings and make 5 lbs. of your own sausage to take home to fry, bake, or freeze. This recipe has been in Bills family for generations, and is served at family and holiday events. You'll be making this dish for family and friends for years and years!

This class is limited to 13 persons. $80 per non-member; $65 per member. Bring either a hand grinder or Kitchen Aid with stuffing attachment, a paring knife, and 2 medium or one large plastic container(s) to take the cooked drobe home.

Register by 10/12/08.
More information is at

ChicaGourmets! presents:

Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.
266 W Lake St, Bloomingdale, Illinois
Where Tony Spavone travels, music cannot be too far behind. Tony Spavone's Ristorante is proof enough. Food is served-excellent food, in fact-but music is also a star on the menu.
More event information: Spavone's Info
$59 all inclusive
Register online Spavone's

ChicaGourmets! presents:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
314 South Halsted, Chicago
5:30PM Reception and book signing / 6:20PM Welcome and brief presentation / 6:30 Mezedes buffet
Owners of The Parthenon Restaurant, celebrating 40 years, and ChicaGourmets! Invite you to a: Mezedes Dinner and Book Signing
More event information: Parthenon info
$40 all Inclusive / $63 all inclusive with book
Register online Parthenon

ChicaGourmets! presents:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Kerantes one sixtyblue
1400 W Randolph, Chicago
6:30 P.M. Wine Reception Followed by Dinner
More event information: one sixtyblue info
$97 all inclusive
Register online one sixtyblue

Pepper, Paprika and more - The Spice House teams up with World Kitchen

October 23
6 - 8:30 pm
66 E. Randolph Street
Whats the real difference between chile pepper, pimento, paprika and other spicy ingredients? Come in to learn the history and use of these popular, though confusing, dry peppers. Steven Tobiason of The Spice House will share his extensive knowledge of all things spicy, then we will cook up some quick and easy recipes using all of them.
If you are not familiar with World Kitchen, it is located in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. The classes are wonderful and with the city of Chicago offering them, they are kept at an incredibly reasonable price of $30 per class. For reservations please call 312 744 6630. Visit here for a listing of World Kitchen Classes.

ChicaGourmets! presents:
Michael Foley's vegetable alchemy

Saturday, October 25, 2008
1041 West Grand Avenue, Chicago
12:00PM Arrival / 12:15PM Luncheon
Join ChicaGourmets! for an exclusive preview event with Chicago's own Michael Foley as he embarks on his own design of food for fitness and health.
More event information: Foley Info
$49 member/ $59 non member all inclusive
Register online Foley

Tea Class: Fun, informative 2 hour seminar

October 21st, Tues. Fremd High School, Palatine, IL
7 - 9pm Register 847-755-6720 or
Everyone has been hearing about tea in the media lately. Spend an evening with us and find out what the buzz is all about. Ever wonder what the difference is between green and black tea? What about white and red tea? Where does it come from and how is it processed? What are the true health benefits? What is the right way to make it? All your questions will be answered by Cathy Batdorf, certified tea specialist and owner of The Tea Treasury. You will taste teas, have fun in this interactive class and take home a free bag of gourmet loose leaf tea. (Gold Card fee is $21.)
F114 - 01 Tues., Oct. 21 F.H.S., Room 112 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) C. Batdorf

ChicaGourmets! presents:

Saturday, October 4, 2008
771 South Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL
6:30 P.M. Reception / 7:00 P.M. Dinner
Held at Berruti's, where Chef holds his private parties.
More Event Information: BERRUTI'S Info
$89 all inclusive
Register online BERRUTI'S

ChicaGourmets! presents:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
21 East Hubbard, ChicagooYSTERS
6:30 P.M. Wine & Hors d'oeuvres Reception and Book Signing, Followed by Dinner
Honoring Inductee Rowan Jacobsen, Author of A Geography of Oysters and Fruitless Fall
More Event Information: Shaw's Info
$79 all inclusive
Register online Shaw's

Barbara Fairchild Reception and Bon Apptit Book Signing

Thursday, October 16, 2008
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Spice House, 1512 North Wells Street
Please join us for a reception featuring tastings from the brand new Bon Apptit cookbook titled - fast easy fresh - 1,100 quick dishes for everynight cooking. The reception begins at 6:30 and Bon Apptit editor Barbara Fairchild will be with us until 8 to sign books and chat with you. While the event is complimentary and sponsored by The Spice House, we do request you rsvp to 312 274 0378 or email so that we can prepare enough food. Don't miss this special evening. A personalized book by someone of this caliber makes a really special holiday gift.
More information about The Spice House

Provenance Food and Wine - Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 6-8PM
2312 W Leland
(between Lincoln Ave & Western Ave)
Chicago, IL 60625
Tel. (773) 784-2314
Stop in to taste some new wines from around the world.

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar
1/2 Price Glasses of Wine

1100 N Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL
(847) 375-6986
Thursday, October 2, 2008, 4:00pm

Jolane's is a new Viennese coffee house by day and wine bar by night. They feature over 20 wines by the taste/glass plus a well-thought out Reserve & Dessert wine list. Wines are also available for cash & carry. The menu includes light fare as well as a delectable selection of Viennese pastries and cakes.

Thursday evenings they feature 1/2 price glasses of wine (every wine except the house wine).

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar is located 800 feet south of ABT Electronics in the design center next to Kohler, California Closets, The Viking Cooking School and Fox Lighting.

RSVP at:

The Arboretum of South Barrington

Grand Opening Celebration
Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 2628

The Arboretum is South Barringtons newest and most exciting place to shop, dine and play. The open-air center is named for the lush treescapes and gardens of its landscape, and for the large tree farm that formerly stood on the site. An upscale mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues includes the countrys first Village Road Show Gold Class Cinemas, the ultimate cinema experience and a new way to go to the movies; L.L.Beans first Midwest outdoor gear and apparel store; and the incomparable Pinstripes Bowling/Bocce/Bistro.

Its all less than a mile from the four-way interchange at I-90 at the intersection of Illinois Routes 59 and 72. Stores include Arhaus, Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, Chicos, Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank, Ann Taylor LOFT, Victorias Secret, DSW, Panera Bread, Ruths Chris Steakhouse and more.

Friday, September 26
9:30am2:30pm Puppet People
10am Grand Opening Ceremony
10am5pm Sandcastle Artisan
10am9pm JDRF at The Arboretum
12:30 & 2pm Aerialists and Pole Performers
1pm & 2:15pm Local Variety Singers
7pm Blooze Brothers in Concert

Saturday, September 27
10am2pm Face Painters
10am4pm Kohls Childrens Museum StoryBus
10am4pm Balloon Twisters
10am5pm Sandcastle Artisan; Puppet People
10am9pm JDRF at The Arboretum
10:30am12:30pm Meet & Greet characters from Madagascar Escape 2 Africa
11am12noon Storytime with Mother Nature
12:306pm Characters from Madagascar Escape 2 Africa roam The Arboretum for impromptu visits
15pm Caricature Artists
1:302:30pm Radio Disney Road Crew
2:304:30pm Meet & Greet stars from Disneys Camp Rock
7pm Chris Isaak in Concert*

Sunday, September 28
10am2pm Face Painters
10am4pm Kohls Childrens Museum StoryBus
10am4pm Balloon Twisters
10am5pm Sandcastle Artisan
10am4pm Characters from Madagascar Escape 2 Africa roam The Arboretum for impromptu visits
12noon1pm Gospel Choir
12noon5pm JDRF at The Arboretum
12pm Storytime with Mother Nature
15pm Caricature Artist
2:303:45pm The Ides of March in Concert
4:305:30pm Babagage in Concert
6:307:45pm The Buckinghams in Concert
7:458pm Fireworks Finale

Grand Opening Ceremony
Friday, September 26
10am in The Plaza in front of Gold Class Cinemas

Join us for a spectacular Grand Opening Ceremony in The Plaza, with lizard acrobats, butterfly aerialists, music and mystique. Then get ready for three days of festive fun, with concerts, street performers, kids activities and more at an extraordinary new destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Complimentary Gift Bags
Friday, September 26 beginning at 5pm

Be one of the first 500 shoppers to visit the Guest Services Center located in Building J east of the Munao Fountain (see site map) and youll receive a free folding chair, and a gift bag filled with surprises and valuable coupons from many of our wonderful stores. You could be one of the lucky shoppers to find
A $500 gift card from The Arboretum
One of five $100 gift cards from The Arboretum
One of five $100 gift cards from L.L.Bean
One of five $100 gift cards from Gold Class Cinemas
A $100 gift card from Arhaus
One of ten gift cards from Swoozies

The Blooze Brothers in Concert
Friday, September 26 7pm

Those wacky but soulful Blooze Brothers take the stage at The Arboretum along with their 12-piece World Famous Show Band. Get ready for a high-powered performance featuring a lively selection of Motown, R&B and Blues Classics.

Chris Isaak in Concert
Saturday, September 27 7pm
on The Plaza Stage at The Arboretum

The Spice House

1512 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Tuesday, September 23, from 12-2:00pm.
Kate Gooding, author of "Black Fly Stew: Wild Maine Recipes" will be holding a book siging - come meet this interesting chef/writer.

RSVP at:

check out her eclectic book:

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar
1/2 Price Glasses of Wine

1100 N Milwaukee Ave
Glenview, IL
(847) 375-6986
Thursday, September 25 2008, 4:00pm

Jolane's is a new Viennese coffee house by day and wine bar by night. They feature over 20 wines by the taste/glass plus a well-thought out Reserve & Dessert wine list. Wines are also available for cash & carry. The menu includes light fare as well as a delectable selection of Viennese pastries and cakes.

Thursday evenings they feature 1/2 price glasses of wine (every wine except the house wine).

Jolane's Cafe & Wine Bar is located 800 feet south of ABT Electronics in the design center next to Kohler, California Closets, The Viking Cooking School and Fox Lighting.

RSVP at:

Tea Time with Eva Eliscu at Chalkboard

Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 2 - 4 P.M.
Taltarni Brut Tache Ros Champagne Reception Followed by Tea Time with Eva

Eva Eliscu, writer, restaurateur, world traveler and expert on the history of dining customs, will explain how three beverages - tea, coffee and cocoa - drastically changed the history and culture of the Western world. Discover why coffee houses were the World Wide Web of the Age of Reason. Hear how the insurance company Lloyds of London began its history serving coffee and tea to ship captains. Learn the original recipe for hot cocoa (wine, pressed cocoa beans and hot peppers). Discover Coco Chanel's favorite cup of chocolate, and find out where you can still get the creamy, comforting treat today. Chalkboard Chef Gilbert Langlois will prepare a delicious afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Eliscu will bring her stunning collection of historic coffee,tea and cocoa serving pieces to accent her talk.

$39.00 Member / $49.00 Nonmember - all inclusive Click here to pay online

Click here for more event information Tea Time!

ChicaGourmets! members are introduced to a wide variety of our area's best and most intriguing dining establishments. Our exclusive events feature showcase menus and signature dishes that reflect the restaurants' strengths, prepared especially for us by their top chefs and served in a private group setting. We take full advantage of the Chicago area's culinary diversity, enjoying cuisines from Argentina to Thailand, from down-home Creole to French haute cuisine, from simple charcuterie to full dgustation, from provenal tapas to the latest in fusion cuisine.

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Eli's Cheesecake Factory

Eli's Cheesecake Festival - To benefit the New Horizon Center for Developmentally Disabled and the Greater Chicago Food Depository
September 20, 9am-5pm
September 21, 11am-5pm

6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 308-7000

On the Main Stage:
* Jesse White Tumblers
* Cobalt and the Hired Guns
* The Teflons
* Band on the Run
* Karen Hart Band
* Neil Rose Band
* Moscow Nights, part of World Music Festival Chicago 2008
* Trinity Irish Dancers
* Horner Park Jazz Band
* The Happiness Club

Fun for the whole family with Nagurskis Kiddie Rides, Dancemates, Chicago Childrens Museum, Portage Park Center for the Arts, New Horizon Carnival Games, OLearys Antique Fire Truck Rides, Yo-Yo Bob, Midwest Rails Modular Railroad & more

Live Culinary Demonstrations in the Michigan Apple Culinary Tent:
(where you can meet the 2008 Michigan Apple Queen!)

Saturday - September 20, 9am-5pm
Dock Sale - Saturday Only
* 11:45am Chef Laurel Boger, Executive Chef, the Eli's Cheesecake Company
* 12:45pm Chef Aaron E. Flores, Executive Chef/Sommelier, Doubletree Chicago Oakbrook
* 2:45pm Chef Gloria Hafer, Director, Washington RJD Culinary Institute: Healthy Eating - Asian Chicken Salad

Sunday, September 21
Classic Car Show - Sunday Only
* 11:45am Chef Don Zajac, Executive Chef, Harborside International Golf Center: Ficcolini penne tossed with shaved fennel, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and baby spinach and cheese manicotti
* 12:45pm Chef Robert Walter, CEC, and Chef Mark Dowling, CEC. CCE, Goodwill Great Lakes: Warm salmon cheesecake aside freshly picked wilted field greens, accompanied by savory caper and roasted red onion vinaigrette, finished with crispy garlic bagel chips
* 1:45pm Chef Linda Rosner, CEC, Lexington College
* 2:45pm Chef Diana Moles, Director, Research and Development, The Eli's Cheesecake Company

IKEA Schaumburg, IL: Free Breakfast and Sale

Three days only!
September 19th-21st

Click here for more details:

Billy Bookcase
31x80 4 colors
Reg $89.99 NOW $59.99

Sater Leather Sofa
Reg$399 NOW $299.00

All Kassett Storage boxes 50% off!!

Persian Rugs 30% to 50% off

PLUS FREE BREAKFAST Til 10:30am all three days!!

Lake Michigan Salmon Fishing
Open House
at Waukegan Harbor House

September 27 and 28 from 9am to noon

Lake Michigan Salmon fishing is in full swing at Waukegan Harbor House. This weekend special prices on Shimano Spinning Combos - $19.99 - as well as bait - 3 dozen large fatheads for $5.00.

The Harbor House is the center of activity for some of the finest Lake Michigan salmon fishing, boating and sailing. Waukegan Harbor House provides some of the best available fishing opportunities whether you are shore fishing, skipper of your own rig or crewing for some of the most experienced captains on the Great Lakes. Stop in and visit to chat about Lake Michigan salmon fishing and boating.


The next series of Indian vegetarian cooking classes will begin on Wednesday, September 16.

Each week you will focus on a different region of cuisine. You will learn dishes that are rooted in India's age old vegetarian culinary traditions. All recipes are adapted to today's kitchen and lifestyle - authentic, quick and healthy.

The classes are hands-on and interactive. Indian cooking is not about following a recipe. It is about doing. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Each three hour class concludes with everyone eating together. Classes are held in the comfort of Ranjana's kitchen on the south side of Chicago. Classes begin at *6 pm* and are held on *Wednesdays until October 8*.
$240.00 for four class series; Couples $220.00 each.
More information is at:

German American Fest

Celebrate German culture in Chicago with brats, beer, and brass bands. Join in the fun at the festival tents located at Lincoln and Leland Avenues.

Date: Friday, September 05, 2008 At 5-11pm
Date: Saturday, September 06, 2008 At 12-11pm
Date: Sunday, September 07, 2008 At 11-11pm


Urban Harvest

15 S Dunton Ave.
(between Campbell St & Davis St)
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 632-0860

Urban Harvest will be holding a Wine 101 class. Enjoy an evening of wine tasting for Novices and those who appreciate good wine. This introductory course focuses on a general knowledge of wine, including wine selection and evaluation through samplings of both reds and white varietals. Proper tasting techniques, food and wine pairing and wine terminology will be discussed. Come join Mary Ellen Hogan of Urban Harvest, An Indulgent Food Store as we explore the basics of wine.

Dave's Specialty Foods

Italian Cooking Class
Tuesday September 9, 2008 from 6-8pm
Cost is $45 per person

We will learn to prepare:
Eggplant Parmesan

If you were at the Spanish Tapas Cooking Class in June you will also enjoy this class.

Dave's Specialty Foods
105 W. Prospect Ave. Mt. Prospect, IL60056
(847) 259-9510


Red Bull Flugtag USA - Chicago

September 6, 2008 at North Avenue Beach

Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day, airshow) is an event owned and operated by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly homemade human-powered flying machines. The flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet (9.1 m) high into the sea (or suitably sized reservoir of water). Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all.

Flugtag is the brainchild of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz,[1] although it bears a striking resemblance to the International Bognor Birdman. The first Red Bull Flugtag competition was held in 1991 in Vienna, Austria. It was such a success that it has been held every year since and in over 35 cities all over the world. Anyone is eligible to compete in the Flugtag event. To participate, each team must submit an application and their contraption must meet the criteria set forth by Red Bull. Each flying machine must have a maximum wingspan of 30 feet (9.14 m) and a maximum weight (including pilot) of 450 lbs. (204 kg). The craft must be powered by muscle, gravity, or imagination. Because the aircraft will ultimately end up in the water, it must be unsinkable and constructed entirely of environmentally friendly materials. The aircraft may not have any loose parts and advertising space is limited to 1 square foot.

Teams that enter the Flugtag competition are judged in three categories; distance, creativity, and showmanship. The record for the longest flight is 195 feet (59.4 m), set in 2000 at the Flugtag Austria event. The United States record for longest flight stands at 155 feet (42.2 m), and was set in 2007 in Nashville, TN.

The Red Bull Flugtag USA events have been scheduled for 2008. On Saturday, July 19, 2008, Flugtag will be held in Tampa, Florida. On Saturday, August 2, 2008, Flugtag will return to Portland, Oregon. On Saturday, September 6, 2008, Flugtag competitors will take to the skies in Chicago, Illinois.

Capannari Ice Cream Shop

10 S. Pine St.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
August 12, Tuesday Movie Night, Hairspray PLUS Rock, Paper, Scissors Dusk
August 17, Sunday Concert In The Park, Lee DeWyze 6pm - 9pm
September 6, Saturday Ice Cream Idol 3pm
September 13, Saturday Storytime 12pm - 12:30pm


Dave's Specialty Foods - Monthly Tasting

CHEESEHEAD Club - Stop by for our monthly tasting of imported cheeses, good conversation, lots to learn and store discounts. Our cheese tasting last month was an awesome success! Please stop by and become part of our CHEESEHEAD CLUB. It's free; what can go wrong?
THURS. AUG. 14, 5-6 PM
Cost? Free!
105 W. Prospect Ave.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
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IKEA Schaumburg's 2nd Annual Crayfish Party

Friday August 15th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Join the annual Crayfish party at the IKEA restaurant on the third floor for a feast of Swedish cheeses, breads, butter and of course lots of Crayfish!!
$9.99 per adult. One Free kids meal with the purchase of an adult pass.
To purchase tickets see an IKEA Restaurant or Bistro cashier or call (847) 969-0210 ext 1200

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Crayfish is a hugely popular Swedish food, especially during the main fishing season which falls in August.
"Swedes celebrate the arrival of the crayfish with parties and they decorate their tables. Its a hugely versatile seafood and can be used in many ways.

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Serb Fest Chicago

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
5701 North Redwood Drive
Chicago Illinois 60631

Serb Fest at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
3-Day Festival of Food, Music, Sports and Family Fun
Friday Aug. 1 from 7pm to 1am
Saturday Aug. 2 from 3pm to 1am
Sunday Aug. 3 from noon to 9pm

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Tag Der Donauschwaben

Donauschwaben Society in Chicago
Lake Villa
Sat, 08/03/2008, 10:00am

The Society of Danube Swabians of Chicago is a German ethnic and charitable, educational, cultural society whose original members are mainly immigrants who came to the United States after WWII. The Society was formed to keep the traditions, culture and German language alive among its members and to foster among its youth a sense of pride in their heritage.

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