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  • Lunchbreak: Lidia Bastianich’s rigatoni pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage

    Lidia Bastianich Her new memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food http://lidiasitaly.com/ eataly.com Event: Lidia Day at Eataly Chicago (43 E. Ohio) – Saturday, April 21st 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Ticketed cooking class with Lidia – sold out! 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Book signing with Lidia – still room! Today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), special dishes envisioned by Lidia herself will be available in each restaurant of Eataly Chicago. A few spots may be available to enjoy dinner […]

  • Midday Fix: Voice Lessons For Parents

    Dr. Wendy Mogel www.wendymogel.com Event: Wendy will present her new book, VOICE LESSONS FOR PARENTS, at: April 20, 7:00 PM       FAMILY ACTION NETWORK New Trier High School 385 Winnetka Ave Winnetka, IL *event is free & open to the public*

  • Adopt-A-Pet: Animal Care League

    Kira Robson, Executive Director Jen Devine, Development & Events Manager Animal Care League 1011 Garfield St Oak Park, IL 60304 www.animalcareleague.org Event: Sunday, April 29th 11am-3pm Oak Park Country Club (2001 North Thatcher, River Grove, IL) Luncheon guests will enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch at the Oak Park Country Club, meet and mingle with adorable ACL adoptables, bid on fantastic live & silent auction items and meet Oak Park icon Val Camiletti as she emcees the annual live auction!  This […]

  • Lunchbreak: Chicken and waffles and details on Dining Out For Life

    Chef Brandon Veitch, Sous Chef for The Lobby Restaurant | The Peninsula Chicago The Lobby Restaurant | The Peninsula Chicago – 108 E. Superior, Chicago http://chicago.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/the-lobby-afternoon-tea Event: Dining Out For Life returns to Chicago on April 26 with 60 participating Chicagoland restaurants – proceeds to benefit Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).  Founded in 1991, the annual, international event raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their daily sales to DOFL and diners contribute simply by enjoying their meal […]

  • Midday Fix: Plant based eating for meat lovers

    Christy Brissette, registered dietitian and President of 80 Twenty Nutrition 80TwentyNutrition.com Recipe: Flexitarian Sloppy Joes By Christy Brissette, MS, RD, President of 80 Twenty Nutrition www.80TwentyNutrition.com Serves: 6 Ingredients: 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 1 cup (192 g) brown lentils, well rinsed Optional: 1/2 lb extra lean ground beef 1 Tbsp avocado oil 1 medium yellow onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 bell pepper, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider […]

  • Chicago Scene: Sound the alarm. Save a life.

    Celena Roldan, CEO, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern IL www.soundthealarm.com/chicago Events: “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” is the campaign of the American Red Cross kicking off on April 28, 2018 in Englewood at 513 W. 72nd St. in Chicago. Installation events: Date    Location        April 28        Englewood April 28        DeKalb May 5   Schaumburg May 5   Ottawa May 5   Streator May 5   Naplate May 12  North Chicago May 12  Rockford May 19  Auburn Gresham May 19  Joliet  

  • Lunchbreak: Authentic fish tacos

    Chef Jonathan Zaragoza Birrieria Zaragoza 4852 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL   60632 – (773) 523-3700 http://www.birrieriazaragoza.com/ Check out their website for information on upcoming pop-up dinners. Recipe: Ensenada Style Fish Tacos by Birrieria Zaragoza Serves 8 2 garlic cloves, microplaned 1 teaspoon, Mexican oregano 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard 2 teaspoons bouillon 2 cups beer 2 eggs, whole 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 cups all-purpose flour Corn oil for frying 2 pound fish fillets, cut into 2 ounce strips (for example, […]

  • Style Files: How to build a more sustainable wardrobe

    Ashlee Piper www.ashleepiper.com Event: Earth Day Fashion Pop Up with Fauxgerty Saturday, April 21st 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Robey – 2018 W. North Ave., Chicago Sustainable makers like Fauxgerty, Lindsay Lewis jewelry, Norman Leigh, and Lena Rose Beauty will be there to sell their awesome eco-friendly duds. This FREE event also features bouquets from Youth & Yarrow, goodies from Social Sparkling Wines, Pie Pie My Darling, and I Heart Keenwah, and 10% of proceeds go toward The Anti-Cruelty Society! http://www.ashleepiper.com/speaking-engagements/2018/4/9/fauxgerty-earth-day-fashion-pop-up-shop […]

  • Lunchbreak: Steak wraps

    Melissa Graham, Founding Executive Director and Head Spear of Purple Asparagus Purple Asparagus, a non-profit which benefits underserved CPS students by providing education about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. https://purpleasparagus.com/ Event: Purple By Night is a fundraising evening in support of Purple Asparagus, the award-winning nonprofit that educates children, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. The event will be hosted at The Ivy Room (12 East Ohio St. Chicago, […]

  • Midday Fix: Dog walking tips

    Expert Chicago dog trainer Laura Monaco Torelli http://abtconcepts.com/ What to Look for in a Dog Walker: – Consistency – Noticing Good Behavior – Creates positive associations Evaluation Exercises for Dog Walker: – All Four Paws on the Floor (absence of jumping) – Hands and Walking Equipment Mean Good Things – Let the Dog Sniff & Notice When They Look to the Handler