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. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Chicago restaurant entrepreneur John Grbac has another hit in the making with the new Buena Beach Bar & Grill (Chicago,IL)


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4250 North Marine Drive . Chicago      Telephone: 773.880.9115 @BuenaBeach4250
Text BUENA to 33733 to get our app!
Chicago restaurant entrepreneur John Grbac has another hit in the making with the new Buena Beach Bar & Grill
Dining Room 15235596537 300John Grbac, a longtime Chicago restaurant entrepreneur who was the first to pioneer Wicker Park when it was yet to be cool, has now set his sights on Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood, opening Buena Beach Bar & Grill at Imperial Towers (4250 N. Marine Drive; 773-880-9115), across from Montrose Beach at Lake Michigan. Buena Beach is an eclectic American gastropub serving made-from-scratch comfort food at extremely reasonable prices. The restaurant, housed on the main floor of a high-rise condominium building, has already gained a following among building residents and increasingly, the neighborhood.
John Grbac 15399093776_300"Our goal is to become a regular neighborhood favorite. This area is lacking in good basic food and we are confident that folks from the Buena Park neighborhood will think of Buena Beach as quite a find: A  fun, casual gastropub that serves really delicious food at very reasonable prices," said Grbac. "We're serving a wide range of styles so that our guests will have a varied selection from which to choose. Daily specials are really daily specials." Buena Beach also plans to schedule regular "pop up" fine dining with visiting chefs and wine pairings. Their popular weekend brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, Saturday and Sunday.
The restaurant is a comfortable and stylish hangout featuring a sparkling marble floor and red, black and white color scheme. Buena Beach exudes an air of pleasant sophistication that befits its attractive neighborhood, but without any pretentiousness. It's a very down-home place and guests enjoy lingering over a beverage. There are several large HDTVs and a generous bar area, making Buena Beach an excellent after work, dinner or late night place to relax and enjoy good company.
Pizza 15235387149_300The food selection is geared toward everyday favorites, and the prices are so reasonable given the high quality that guests may simply opt to enjoy a meal there rather than cook at home. Brick-oven pizza, burgers, pasta dishes, sandwiches, wraps, and numerous appetizers are all there, as well as the homemade desserts. The bar features a good selection of craft beers, wines and creative cocktails.
"We're here to serve everyone," says partner Craig McWilliams. "Guests can dine in or take out, and we're happy to cater for groups. As you would expect, we're getting plenty of pizza and burger orders which we are happy to deliver. But we're also noticing that there are many people who enjoy our dinner entrees and will take them to-go if they're in the mood to eat at home. To aid people in ordering for delivery or take-out, we've created a smartphone app. Simply text BUENA to 33733 to get our app!"

The menu begins with freshly made classic appetizers and sides that can serve as a beginning or a snack. Onion rings ($5) are crispy and the hand-cut potato fries ($3) are tasty and perfectly prepared. Other tasty choices include Hummus with Pita ($6); chunky Guacamole with Chips ($6); Chicken Tenders ($6); Fried or Grilled Calamari ($9); Buffalo Wings ($6) and Quesadillas ($7.50).
Dakos Salad and Beer 15235393309_300Salads are freshly made with top ingredients. The House Salad ($5) is a good accompaniment to any meal and features a spring mix of greens with tomatoes and cucumbers. There is also a delicious Classic Caesar Salad ($6; $8 with chicken); a fresh Caprese Salad ($6) and a Greek Dakos Salad ($7).
Guests who want a lighter sandwich can choose from three Wraps (all are $8): the Indian-spiced Chicken Tikka; the Chicken Caesar Wrap or the Grilled Vegetable Wrap. Heartier sandwiches are served with hand-cut potato fries and include baked options such as the Roast Beef & Cheddar Au Jus ($8); Turkey and Swiss ($8); and Ham and Swiss ($8). Hot sandwich choices include Italian Beef ($5, no fries); Blackened Chicken ($8); Italian Sausage ($5, no fries) and Pulled Chicken ($8). A Classic Club sandwich ($7) is also available.
Burger 15418965841_300Burger lovers can feast on several special recipes or can build their own. All burgers start with ½ lb. of ground beef and are served with the hand-cut potato fries. The basic burger is the Classic ($8). There also is a Turkey Burger ($8); the Kicker with jalapeno peppers ($8); the A1 with mushrooms and steak sauce ($8) and a vegetarian Garden Burger ($7). Guests can add their choice of cheese for $1, bacon for $2 and additional toppings for fifty cents.
Buena Beach's pizza menu starts with crispy thin-crust, brick oven, Sicilian-style 10-inch and 16-inch crusts, and is designed with the build-your-own pizza lover in mind. 10-inch cheese pizzas with one topping are only $6, and 16-inch cheese pizzas with one topping are only $9. Extra toppings, priced from fifty cents to $2, include a variety of meats and vegetables.
Entrées feature Italian and American preparations to please any palate. Italian Pastas are also house specialties. Choices include Penne Arrabiata ($8); Penne Pasta ($8); Four Cheese Ravioli in Vodka Sauce ($8); Linguini Primavera ($8); Linguini Carbonara ($9); Rigatoni Bolognese ($9) and Seafood Pasta ($13).
Chicken Parmesan 15235394129_300Italian entrées include Chicken Saltimbucco ($9); Chicken Vesuvio ($8); Chicken Parmesan ($8); Pan Seared Salmon Florentine ($12); Pan Seared Whitefish Florentine ($12); Chicken Limon ($9); and Chicken Marsala ($9). American entrees include Baked Whitefish ($9); Skirt Steak ($10); and Pork Chop ($9).
The house-made desserts are excellent and surprisingly inexpensive, all priced at $3.50: Tiramisu, Chocolate Layer Cake and a selection of homemade ice creams are the signature items.Tiramisu 15399090166_300

About Buena Beach Bar & Grill

Buena Beach Bar & Grill, located in Imperial Towers at 4250 N. Marine Drive in Chicago (773-880-9115) is an eclectic American casual gastropub. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner service on Sunday goes until 9 p.m. Buena Beach Bar & Grill accepts all major cards. Limited parking is available in the garage at 4250 N. Marine Drive. For more information, please contact the restaurant at (773) 880-9115.
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