Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood this Holiday Season & Fill Your Stockings -- Buying Local! (Chicago,IL)
Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood this Holiday Season &
Fill Your Stockings -- Buying Local!
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
It’s Here! The 2014 Holiday season is upon us and it’s the most important season for small businesses. The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and SSA 21 is investing in its businesses this holiday season and encouraging residents to shop local. The north side chamber is once again working with Local First and the City of Chicago to spread the word about the importance of shopping local.
“In 2013 the results of the Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood campaign were amazing. Just with the receipts we collected, we were able to track more than $76,000 in spending in our local businesses,” said Rudy Flores, executive director of the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. “The majority of that money is recirculated right back into our community in the form of salaries, rentals, taxes and more. The more you spend locally, the more money stays in your community helping it flourish.”
The program concept is simple: spend $300 at a minimum of three local businesses, turn in your receipts to the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and you could get a present yourself. The first 150 shoppers to turn in their valid receipts by January 10, 2015 will be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant in the community.
“The gift certificates will be valid after January 15th, in order to encourage spending in a normally quiet first quarter. Restaurants and businesses are typically a bit slower right after the holidays mainly because of spending fatigue. We want to give a little incentive to people to go out have a bite to eat and spend a little money in that first quarter,” said Flores.
The local initiative works, according to a study by the Institute for Local Self Reliance in 2012. Neighborhoods with a “buy local” program have an uptake of more than 5 percent in revenue. The 2013 campaign contributed over $76,394. 00 back into the neighborhood.
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Tree Lighting
The Holidays will kick off in Lincoln Square with the Unwrap campaign beginning Black Friday, November 28th. Small Business Saturday will be celebrated in style this season with shoppers in Lincoln Square Ravenswood community entered to win a $50 gift certificate just for shopping on Small Business Saturday. We’re topping off the shopping weekend with the Tree Lighting in Giddings Plaza and the Kinderchor providing Christmas carols festivities kick-off at 5:00.
“Small Business Saturday helps to highlight the contributions that small businesses make to their communities,” said Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle, Small Business Saturday spokesperson. “As a former resident of the Lincoln Square community myself, I know first-hand just how much charm and impact the small businesses bring to this fantastic community all year round. The activities happening there on Small Business Saturday are an amazing way to remind shoppers about the value of spending locally with small businesses throughout the holiday season and into the New Year.”
How Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood Works
LSRCC will award the first 150 shoppers that spend $300 at a minimum of three local businesses a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant in the community. Qualified shoppers have to collect their receipts starting Friday, November 28th – Wednesday, December 24th and turn them into the Chamber office. Copies of receipts must be turned in by January 10, 2014. Full details on the program can be found online at www.LincolnSquareRavenswood.org
About Lincoln Square Ravenswood Communities
Lincoln Square Ravenswood seeks to create a close-knit community feel within the big city of Chicago. Enjoy everything great about apples, the fall season and being surrounded by community. Proceeds from this event will go right back into the Chamber of Commerce to support community events, projects and businesses.
The acclaimed coffee table book Of Beards and Men by Minnesota artist Joseph D.R. OLeary explores the fascination society has with bearded men and the personas they project to the world around them – from Brooklyn hipster to priest and everything in between.
Of Beards and Men is filled with 150 visually rich and detailed portraits along with a brief biography of each bearded gentleman. The 212-page book includes essays by photographer and educator Douglas Beasley; photography historian, writer, consultant, and curator George Slade; arts writer Andy Sturdevant, an insightful interview by Beardrevered, and a statement by the New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg.Portraits in Of Beards and Men have appeared in national and international exhibitions and have gone viral on numerous social media forums. They have been featured by online news sources such as the Daily Mail UK, Design Taxi, and The Huffington Post. In addition a portfolio from the project recently made OLeary a finalist in both the 2013 and 2014 prestigious Critical Mass Award from Photolucida.
Of Beards and Men also received the 2014 IPPY (Independent Publishers) Award and the 2014 AIGA/MN Design Award. To view the book’s promotional video, visit https://vimeo.com/96646427
Note: The book was printed and bound in the United States using traditional/UV offset printing on cover weight premium paper. The hardcover edition incorporates foil stamping, debossing, and a tip-in photo. The hardcover slipcase edition includes a fabric-wrapped slipcase with debossing and a tip-in photo. The softcover edition uses soft-touch laminate and foil stamping and includes a special French fold dust jacket. All editions are smythe-sewn.
Availability: Amazon.com, ofbeardsandmen.com
Like many projects of renown, Of Beards and Men was born in a period of loss, transition, and artistic growth. In 2011, OLeary’s brother was killed in a car accident. A short while later, the artist contracted a debilitating bout of Lyme disease that put him on crutches for five months.
To cope with his crushing grief and amended abilities, OLeary immersed himself in his longtime hobby – photography. Specifically, he began taking photographs of bearded men in the converted barn-turned-studio of his hobby farm outside of Minneapolis.
Nineteen months later, OLeary found he had a portrait series offering a visual record and celebration of contemporary bearded men in the early twenty-first century. He states, "While this book began with facial hair as a point of departure photographically, it is evident that the ‘beard’ was merely a thread to connect what we now see: portraits of individual men and the manner in which each defines, expresses, and presents himself."
Author: Joseph D.R. OLeary was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After receiving his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1992, he opened Veto Design, a small but prolific graphic design studio whose clients include a variety of arts, cultural, and educational institutions and organizations, including the Walker Art Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, San Francisco Symphony, and Northern Clay Center.
OLeary is active in the Twin Cities art and design communities, and his professional work has been recognized by the American Center for Design, the Type Directors Club, the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Graphic Design USA, and Print, among others.
In 2005, OLeary moved to a hobby farm outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he restored a small barn and converted it into the studio where he now practices his lifelong love of photography, specifically portraiture and self-portraiture.
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West Town Bakery & Dark Matter Coffee bourbon barrel aged chocolate bars and toffee bark collaborations on sale on Cyber Monday (Chicago,IL)
West Town Bakery & Dark Matter Coffee bourbon barrel aged chocolate bars and toffee bark collaborations on sale on Cyber Monday
West Town Bakery executive pastry chef Chris “Tex” Teixeira has created three different limited-edition chocolate bars utilizing bourbon-barrel aged coffee from Dark Matter Coffee and espresso toffee bark that will go on sale on Cyber Monday which is December 1.
The three chocolate bar types are the “Black Splash 35%”, “Black Splash 41%”, and “Black Splash 64%”. The percentages in each of the names are the cocoa concentrations of the chocolate with the 35% tasting most like coffee with a heavy addition of cream and sugar with bourbon notes, the 41% tasting like coffee with a splash of cream with bourbon notes, and the 64% tasting more bittersweet like black coffee with bourbon notes.
The Unicorn Blood Toffee Bark is made with finely ground Dark Matter Unicorn Blood espresso, 64% cocoa, and pink peppercorns.
Teixeira -- along with West Town Bakery chocolatier Ian Regino – worked the last three months perfecting the recipes for the chocolate bars and toffee bark.
The coffee that Dark Matter Coffee procured to use in all three coffee bars is from the El Rosario Bourbon farm in El Salvardor that was harvested by farmer Federico Pacas. The Pacas family are sixth generation coffee framers known for growing experimental coffees. The normal notes of this coffee are cocoa, spice, and lemon. Once this coffee is aged inside the bourbon barrel, the notes will change to pear, oak, and vanilla.
Each of the individual chocolate bars will cost $4.50 each and a set of all three will cost $12. The Unicorn Blood Toffee Bark costs $6.50. All will be available for purchase at midnight on Cyber Monday (December 1) at both WestTownBakery.com and DarkMatterCoffee.com.
Also all three of the chocolate bars and the toffee bark will also be on sale starting December 1 at West Town Bakery & Diner (1916 West Chicago Avenue), West Town Bakery (15 East Ohio Street), Dark Matter Coffee The Mothership (738 North Western Avenue), Dark Matter Coffee Star Lounge Coffee Bar (2521 West Chicago Avenue), and Dark Matter Coffee Osmium Coffee Bar (1117 West Belmont Avenue).
Teixeira – who is also the executive pastry chef at Homestead On The Roof – will also incorporate the bourbon barrel aged coffee chocolate into both a tasting menu and a prix fixe menu at the literal-farm-to-table restaurant.
The chocolate will be featured in Teixeira’s new seven-course dessert tasting menu that costs $25 per person with an optional alcoholic beverage pairing that costs an additional $15 per person. Homestead On The Roof executive chef Chris “Chip” Davies’ new five-course prix fixe dinner will feature the chocolate as the fifth course dessert. The five-course prix fixe dinner costs $50 per person with an optional alcoholic beverage pairing that costs an additional $25 per person. Reservations for Homestead On The Roof (located at 1924 W Chicago Ave) can be made via HomesteadOnTheRoof.com.
About West Town Bakery & Diner: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner (The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead On The Roof, The Berkshire Room) co-own this West Town sit-down breakfast and lunch spot and bakery that specializes in local, organic, and sustainable far where Chris Teixeira is the executive pastry chef and where Chris “Chip” Davies is the executive chef. A 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant, West Town Bakery & Diner diner-style brunch fare. West Town Bakery & Diner prides itself on its Dark Matter Coffee program, fresh-squeezed juices, cocktails, and canned beer. The bakery portion of West Town features scratch-made and organic cupcakes, cake balls, scones, whoopee pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, muffins, breads, whoopie pies, fruit bars, gelato, custom cakes, and more. Located at 1916 W Chicago Ave (773.904.1414), West Town Bakery & Diner serves sit-down brunch from 7am until 3pm daily. West Town Bakery & Diner is open for counter service pastry and coffee service from 7am until 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, and from 7am until 10pm Friday thru Saturday. Additional information, full menus, and online ordering available at http://www.WestTownBakery.com. Follow West Town Bakery & Diner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WestTownBakery
Friday, November 21, 2014