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  • Midday Fix: Robert Mondavi Winery winemaker Joe Harden with wines to pair with takeout food

    Joe Harden, winemaker Robert Mondavi Winery www.robertmondaviwinery.com Pairing Suggestions: Fume Blanc ($20) & Spring Salad: Fume Blanc’s lively palate (acid profile) and grassy notes are great with spring salads to go (think: fennel and orange salad, grilled pasta and veggie salad, etc.) Chardonnay ($20) and Indian Chicken Curry (Yellow): The mild curry flavors and creamy notes are a good match with chardonnay’s fruity flavors and delicate, refreshing palate. Pinot Noir ($27) & Spicy Tuna Roll: Because tuna is a slightly […]

  • Midday Fix: Chicken tortilla soup, prepared by Jane McKay, the zen of slow cooking

    Jane McKay the zen of slow cooking www.thezenofslowcooking.com The zen of slow cooking Slow Cooker Spice Blends available in Whole Foods Markets, Paulina Meat Market, Sunset Foods, Peapod. They just were awarded a 2017 SOFI Award (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) and they provide employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients: 1 Tbs olive oil 1 cup / 1 small onion, diced 1 cup / 1 small red bell pepper, diced 1 Southwest Fiesta blend 1 1/2 lbs […]

  • Midday Fix: Chic spring & summer fashions and details about the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control Tuxes and Tails event

    Erica Strama The Shops at North Bridge 520 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago Event: Tuxes and Tails April 29 Reception – 6:00 p.m. Dinner – 7:30 p.m. Waldorf Astoria 11 E. Walton Chicago For tickets: fcacc.com/ The fashions shown today are available from: Charming Charlie’s Forever 21 Neiman Marcus Last Call http://www.theshopsatnorthbridge.com/

  • Lunchbreak: Broccoli and feta salad, prepared by Ballaro Restaurant chef Mark Newman

    Chef Mark Newman Ballaro Restaurant 214 Green Bay Road Highwood (847) 780–3396 www.Ballarohw.com Broccoli and Feta Salad Ingredients: 1 cup broccoli florets and peeled and dice stem 2 Tablespoon Feta cheese (French feta at the restaurant) 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons roasted pistachios 2 Tablespoons re-hydrated golden raisins 1 cup arugula 1/2 cup chopped roasted or grilled Shishito peppers (sub roasted bell peppers of choice) 1-2 oz pistachio vinaigrette 1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste […]

  • Lunchbreak: Pastel 3 Leches, prepared by Chef Atzimba Perez and details about the St. Jude Four Stars of Chicago Restaurant Extravaganza

    Chef Atzimba Perez Atzimba Catering and Events 4726 N. Kildare Chicago chefatzimba.com Event: St. Jude Four Stars of Chicago Restaurant Extravaganza May 2 5:00 p.m. Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 E. North Water Street Chicago For more information: www.stjude.org/fourstars Pastel 3 Leches Relleno de Fresa y Envinado con Rompope Cake: 9 eggs yolks 9 eggs whites 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup of sugar 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1 cup of sour cream 1 cup of condensed milk 1 cup […]

  • Focus on Family: The Gynecology Institute of Chicago founder Dr. Nicole Williams on Fertility Awareness Week

    Dr. Nicole Williams The Gynecology Institute of Chicago 845 N Michigan Avenue Chicago (312) 929-9191 www.gynecologyinstitute.com National Fertility Awareness Week (April 23-29) Tips: Avoid alcohol and smoking Decrease caffeine intake Healthy weight Avoid TOO vigorous exercise (can stop ovulation) Get enough sleep (night shift workers have lower fertility) For men: avoid tight fitting underwear (decreases sperm count) Recent Study: A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that women in the U.S. and other developed […]

  • Midday Fix: Prom fashions from Harlem Irving Plaza

    Mara Russiaky Harlem Irving Plaza 4104 N. Harlem Avenue Norridge www.shopthehip.com

  • Midday Fix: 30 Years of Healing: Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit details

    Mary Lynn Everson, MS, LCPC, M. Zaher Sahloul, MD Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1300 Chicago (312) 660-1300 www.heartlandalliance.org Event: 30 Years of Healing: Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit April 27 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Art Institute of Chicago 230 S. Columbus Drive Chicago To purchase tickets: tickets

  • Lunchbreak: Achiote braised pork tostadas, prepared by Travelle Kitchen and Bar chef Ricardo Jarquin and details about Cochon555

    Chef Ricardo Jarquin Event: Cochon555 Sunday, April 23 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Morgan Manufacturing 401 N Morgan Street Chicago For tickets: cochon555.com/ Travelle Kitchen + Bar 330 N Wabash Avenue Chicago www.travellechicago.com Achiote Braised Pork Tostada Ingredients: 2 fried tortilla shells 1 oz smashed avocado 5 sliced pickled onions 3 oz/6 Tbs braised achiote pork 1 Tbs grated cotija garnish picked cilantro Directions: Warm achiote braised pork in small saute pan. While achiote pork is warming up. Spread the […]

  • Midday Fix: Singer/author Jimmy Webb performs live

    Jimmy Webb www.jimmywebb.com To purchase a copy of the book: The Cake and the Rain