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October 20, 2014Claim Jumper Restaurants is proud to thank U.S. military veterans by offering a free complimentary meal to those who have served our country on Veterans Day.
“We look forward to providing our nation’s heroes with VIP treatment and the opportunity to enjoy a great meal with friends and family,” said Tilman Fertitta, sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry’s, Inc. “Veterans Day is a special time of year when our country must recognize and commemorate the heroic service of those who dedicate their lives to protect us.”
On Monday, November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide the brave men and women who serve our country a complimentary lunch or dinner from a special menu complete with the restaurant’s signature dishes. Menu options include favorites such as fresh baked pot pies, Tilapia Bianca, Roasted Tri Tip Dinner, Roasted Tri Tip Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Black Tie Pasta and Chicken Fried Steak. 
The special complimentary menu will be available to those who have been honorably discharged from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Verification of service is required.
Inspired by California’s Gold Rush history, Claim Jumper Restaurants opened its first location in Los Alamitos, California in 1977. Today, the popular concept is an established family favorite, with 42 restaurants nationwide, including 24 in California.  With a modern twist on traditional American cuisine, the chain’s extensive menu offers a wide variety of food and beverage choices along with a number of unique menu items. Claim Jumper is a 100% trans-fat free restaurant offering vegetarian items and a gluten-free menu. Claim Jumper has been repeatedly listed in Consumer Reports as the No. 1 restaurant in each of the markets it operates for food, service, guest satisfaction and value. 
Known for their wide selection of fresh options, the American cuisine favorite offers guests tasty selections including burgers, sandwiches, fresh baked pot pies, specialty salads, pasta, baby back pork ribs, fresh fish, Certified Angus Beef®, USDA Choice steaks and more. Make sure to save room for their famous Six-Layer Chocolate Motherlode Cake! All Claim Jumper breads, soups, dressings and desserts are made from scratch daily.
Reservations are highly encouraged, as tables fill up quickly. Guests can visit
  to find a location near them and to call to make their reservations today.
Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro’s Restaurants. Landry’s also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Willie G's and others. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; and Biloxi, Miss., with a fifth location coming to Lake Charles, La. in 2014. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.

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SHOP SMART AND SUPPORT A LOCAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Lord & Taylor Hosts “FUNdraising Day: Shop Chic and Make It Count” Nov. 4

Lord & Taylor Hosts “FUNdraising Day: Shop Chic and Make It Count” Nov. 4
 Lord & Taylor at Oakbrook Center is teaming up with local, not-for-profit organizations to raise money in style. On Tuesday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to attend FUNdraising Day at Lord & Taylor to shop for the latest trends, support their favorite not-for-profit organization and enjoy food and entertainment. By purchasing a coupon book – for only $5 – from one of the participating not-for-profit partners or on site, shoppers will be entitled to exclusive deals throughout the store.
FUNdraising Day will allow Lord & Taylor to support not-for-profit organizations throughout the greater Chicagoland area while rewarding guests with special deals. Leading up to the event, participating organizations will be selling $5 coupon booklets – all proceeds of which will benefit the not-for-profit organizations. Lord & Taylor also will donate additional money to the two not-for-profits that sell the most tickets, as well as to the two not-for-profits that generate the highest event attendance.
“FUNdraising Day is a great event that gives guests the chance to donate to a not-for-profit of their choice while benefitting from amazing deals on the latest fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, and accessories,” said Ravi Paudel, general manager for Lord & Taylor at Oakbrook Center. “We are excited to host this event and to support worthy organizations in the communities where our customers live.”
Nine local, not-for-profit organizations will be participating in this event to raise money for a variety of deserving causes, ranging from animal rescue to housing support. 
  • Black Diamond Charities, located in Lake Zurich, equips underserved children with school supplies, and helps veterans transition back to civilian life.
  • Community Nurse Health Center is located in La Grange and serves residents of the western suburbs of Chicago. The organization helps those who have limited access to care, providing them with integrated health care services and education.
  • DuPage Habitat for Humanity is the locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization works in partnership with the community to build affordable housing for limited-income families.
  • DuPage Homeownership Center provides a full range of services to promote responsible, sustainable homeownership, with an emphasis on serving first-time homebuyers, low- and moderate-income households and homeowners in crisis.
  • Giving DuPage is an organization that connects donors and volunteers with local opportunities to give back and get involved. Giving DuPage also offers training opportunities and provides a board recruitment and placement program for local not-for-profit organizations.
  • Greyhounds Only, located in Carol Stream, strives to place retired racing and at-risk greyhounds into responsible, loving homes, educate the public about the breed and provide greyhounds access to high-quality medical care.
  • Hanover Park Community Resource Coalition offers a safe and supportive environment at several locations that provide multiple educational resources to both children and adults through tutoring, mentoring and advocacy by trained and dedicated volunteers.
  • Helping Hand Center, located in Countryside, serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. The organization offers a range of programs and services, including outpatient therapies, high school transition, residential homes, employment services, adult developmental training and special recreation programs.
  • Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry provides hunger relief to families in Oak Park and surrounding communities, including portions of the city of Chicago. In 2013, the organization fed 43,937 individuals.
More information about this event can be found online at
, or by calling 630-574-8000. To purchase FUNdraising Day coupon books, contact your preferred not-for-profit organization or visit Lord & Taylor at Oakbrook Center starting October 23. 
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About Lord & Taylor
Lord & Taylor is an upscale specialty department store that has built a reputation for attentive customer service and high-quality merchandise focused on apparel and accessories. Founded in 1826, Lord & Taylor is America's oldest department store and one of America's premier retailers.  Today, Lord & Taylor operates 49 full-line stores in 10 states and the District of Columbia, four Lord & Taylor outlet stores and, the company's online store.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Chicago’s premier culinary event provides many unique experiences this year.
 The Celebrity Chef Ball may be 26 years old this year, but each year is like a brand-new event and 2014’s bash is no exception.  Here are seven things you don’t want to miss at the Celebrity Chef Ball on Friday, November 7, benefitting Meals on Wheels Chicago:   
1)      Amazing new venue – The Celebrity Chef Ball will be held at Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago’s newest event space located at 401 N. Morgan Street.  Housed in a completely renovated, pre-Chicago Fire building, Morgan Manufacturing offers over 32,000 square feet of space and provides a stunning setting for this year’s event.
2)      Tasting Lounge Sponsored by Goose Island Brewery – Enjoy this great new feature at the Chef’s Tasting Party where six restaurants will be providing an interactive tasting experience featuring Goose Island beers specially paired with their dishes.  The featured chefs and restaurants are Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo from Fat Rice, Tanya Baker from The Boarding House, Guillermo Tellez from Mercadito Fish, Jared Wentworth from Longman & Eagle, Michael Scelfo from Alden & Harlow, and Rodelio Aglibot from Yum Cha/e+o Food and Drink.
3)      Out of Town Chefs – In addition to some of the finest Chicago chefs, the Celebrity Chef Ball hosts all-star chefs from across the country, and even from across the ocean.  Our special guest chefs cooking at the event are Matthew Accarrino from SPQR (San Francisco, CA), Jason French from Ned Ludd (Portland, OR), Tory Miller from L’Etoile Restaurant/Graze (Madison, WI), Michael Scelfo from Alden & Harlow (Cambridge, MA), and Nir Magalith and Guy Marom from Puzzle Israel (Galilee Region, Israel).   Your taste buds can take a trip without ever leaving Chicago!
4)      Cocktail Specialists – Be sure to enjoy fantastic drinks created and poured by cocktail specialists like Jaime Salas, National Ambassador for Milagro Tequila; Trevor Schneider, National Ambassador for Reyka Vodka; and Johnny Costello, Beverage Development Specialist for Wirtz Beverage Illinois.  These custom drinks featuring unique ingredients are guaranteed to please and surprise! 
5)      Hidden Cocktail Stations Sponsored by William Grant & Sons – Keep your eyes open for special cocktail stations hidden in the venue – one for men, and one for women.  There you will find offerings featuring Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky available nowhere else in the venue!
6)      Flip Books – Document your attendance at the Celebrity Chef Ball by making a flip book.  You’ll flip for this unique souvenir item created by taking a series of photos that can be flipped to look like a short film.  Visit the flip book booth on the main level of the venue to create a fantastic memento of your evening.
7)      Tarot Card Reading – Find out what your future holds at the Tarot Card table.  Stop by and sign up for a reading time, so there is no need to wait in line.   Your future will look bright with gourmet food and custom cocktails in easy reach!
The Celebrity Chef Ball will feature an interactive dining experience with some of Chicago’s best chefs; custom cocktails; silent auction; and entertainment.  Proceeds from the event support Meals on Wheels Chicago’s mission to promote independence for Chicago seniors and individuals with disabilities through meal delivery and home modifications.  This year’s event sponsors include Bankers Life; Wirtz Beverage Group; William Grant & Sons; Monahan Law Group, LLC; Tablescapes; Travelzoo; and Senior Lifestyle Corporation.
Tickets for the Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball are available online at
About Meals on Wheels Chicago
Meals on Wheels Chicago (MOWC) addresses the unmet needs of Chicago’s homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities through a collaborative, philanthropic effort focused on raising private funds to supplement limited public dollars for city programs that serve them.  This is accomplished by private fundraising efforts through special events, corporate and community partnerships, and individual giving to support in-home meal delivery for homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities, as well as home modifications to increase accessibility for individuals with disabilities.  MOWC helps these vulnerable populations maintain independent, self-sufficient, and dignified lives in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.