{Trib Local} Morton’s Steakhouse Winemaker Dinner Series with Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery (pics)

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On the evening of March 3, 2012, Morton’s Steakhouse on 65 East Wacker Place along with Peter Mondavi, Co-Proprietor of Charles Krug Winery, hosted the first of four dinner series in 2012 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation . This event has been ten years running and a popular (and insiders) draw at Morton’s...

Cooking for Rae (@raelt): Four Burners Going

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Photo courtesy of Rae Lewis-ThorntonMany of you may not know Rae Lewis-Thornton. Rae is a woman I met last summer at the Brands & Bloggers Summitin Chicago.  She was radiant, beautiful, well-spoken and extremely dynamic.During a question and answer session with the panel speakers, I then learned that she was the “Diva Living...

{pics} #FoodieChats Celebrates its One Year Anniversary at Union Sushi (@eatatunion)

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#FoodieChats and creator Steve Green (@steveGOgreen) celebrated it’s one year anniversary yesterday in popular Chicago sushi and barbecue restaurant, Union Sushi (@eatatunion).#FoodieChats is a weekly Twitter chat with a community that reaches well over 150 million impressions with hundreds of followers every week.  With this much community support and followers from all over...

Hyatt Regency Chicago & Momma Cuisine: Dinner Benefiting @FoodRev & Purple Asparagus (@purpleaspchi)

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{lifestyle} Kids Live Well: Healthful Choices, Happy Kids

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) created the Kids Live Well program to help both restaurants and consumers have better access to healthier choices when eating out, making “the healthful choice, the easy choice” for parents.In collaboration with Healthy Dining, a group of registered dietecians who have worked with the NRA for over two...

{Trib Local} Interview with Chicagoland Food Swap curators @frenchfoodiemom & @westoftheloop

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On Sunday, June 3, 2012, Chicagoland Food Swap will be hosting their third swap at Hinsdale’s Savory Spice Shop on 42 South Washington Street from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.The idea of a food swap is nothing new. Taking your own handmade foods and swapping, or bartering it for another’s dates back...

{technology & fashion} Motorola and Bloomingdale's team up for #MotoChic event (pics)

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Motorola teamed up with luxury and high-end retailer, Bloomingdale’s at 900 N. Michigan in Downtown Chicago, for an event called #MotoChic; combining the best of fashion and technology in Bloomingdale’s the New View on the 4th floor.Hosted by Motorola’s Director of Global Social Media, Blagica Blottigliero and Bloomingdale’s personal shopping manager, the fashion show showcased...

{lifestyle} #CadillacRock event by Social Rev Up

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This past summer, Cadillac invited me to be a guest judge at their Cadillac Culinary Test Drive event at Oakbrook Center, an upscale shopping center just outside of Chicago.Tonight, I got another opportunity to partner with Cadillac in an event called #CadillacRock; an event hosted by Cadillac and Social Rev Up, a company that connects influential bloggers...

{lifestyle} Do's and Don'ts of New Year's Resolutions

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Tis’ the season for resolutions!Anything from the typical weight loss and smoking challenge, to mending broken relationships, reconnecting with long-lost passions, and finally finding the guts to  start a small business, the new year always helps to make people start anew.However, with setting new challenges, many people fall off the...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market

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I love going to markets like a fashionista loves Oak Street, and quite the grocery store connoissuer. Every week, sometimes even twice a week, I take a trip to the market that takes at minimum two and half hours.I have spent my entire adult life around food, working in restaurants....

{lifestyle} Virtual Cooking Class w/ TheMotherhood.com and ConAgra Foods

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What: A virtual cooking school class called Game Day and Slow CookerRecipes.  The class is part of the Cooking Connections series on TheMotherhood.When: Thursday, February 2, at 1 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.Where: TheMotherhood ­ here is the link to the page where the class will beheld: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show?id=62363About the...

{Twitter Party} #lifestylechat with @Loaves_Fishes on Wed 2/8; 7pm CST

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Join #lifestylechat guest host @maritramos, founder of  A Savings Wow for an hour long live chat with@Loaves_Fishes during our fundraising event to raise money to help them continue to help feed local families in need.We will be discussing The Power of Community To Change Lives, and share ideas about we can all serve and support our...

{virtual cooking class} Slow Cooker Game Day Recipes w/ Chef George Duran

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On Tuesday, January 31st, TheMotherhood.com hosted a Virtual Cooking Class with Chef George Duran (@GeorgeDuranEats), and sponsored by ConAgra Foods.Chef George talked about simple game-day recipes that can be made in the slow cooker. The slow cooker was unanimously a favorite for preparing meals for although the process “slow”, it saves tons of time in...

{lifestyle} "Because We Care Event" for Loaves & Fishes

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Amazing food prepared by event co-host Johanna Cook of Momma Cuisine and Jennifer Cannon of Cupcake Whimsy. A downtown Naperville home opened to a good cause and beautifully decorated by event co-host and homeowner Doreen Schweitzer of Doreen Schweitzer Interiors, Ltd. An evening to raise money for Loaves & Fishes set to the tunes...

#TalkStew on Tout: How can we support our local food pantries?

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On Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, I co-hosted an event “Because We Care” for a local food pantry called, Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. The event turned to be a huge success where I met my goal of raising at least $1,000 for Loaves & Fishes.Food is obviously something that I not...

{virtual cooking class} Turning Left-Overs to Left-Uppers with Chef George Duran and TheMotherhood.com

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 Join me with nine other bloggers for a virtual cooking class at TheMotherhood.com on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm EST, with celebrity chef and host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” , George Duran.What: A virtual cooking school class called Turning Leftovers into Left-Uppers.¹ The class is part of the Cooking...

Recap: {virtual cooking class} Turning Left-Overs to Left-Uppers with Chef George Duran and TheMotherhood.com

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With celebrity chef, George Duran as the guest host and sponsored by ConAgra Foods and their new campaign Ready Set Eat in TheMotherhood.com, the topic of the day was how to turn Thanksgiving “Left-Overs to Left-Uppers”.Live streaming from his own kitchen, Chef George Duran, took turkey left-overs and turned them into completely new meals,...

{recipe} Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies by Contributor Elaine Mullowney

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Every fall as the weather grows colder I find myself craving my favorite childhood treat! There is something irresistible and comforting about the aroma of cinnamon and spices filling the air when the leaves start falling off the trees and I begin looking forward to the holiday season!Because many holiday...

{recipe} Gluten-Free Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

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This fast and easy chicken salad has become a household favorite! My 5 year hates chicken but asks me to make this almost every week, and I am happy to do it! Its incredibly easy and though it yields enough to last for a few days, its usually gone in...

{lifestyle} Real California Milk: Modern Day Dairy Farm Tour 2011

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The Modern Day Dairy Farm Tour 2011 was hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board, who’s “Happy Cows Come from California” ad campaigns made celebrities out of their talking cow characters.The tour was staged in Southern California where a group of food writers and bloggers received the chance to see and...