Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Unwrap Lincoln Square Ravenswood this Holiday Season & Fill Your Stockings -- Buying Local! (Chicago,IL)

Fortune Fish & SeaShare Fight Hunger for the Holidays (Bensenville, IL)


  For the fifth year in a row, Fortune Fish & Gourmet is making the holidays a little merrier for the Chicagoland community by teaming up with SeaShare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the nutrition of individuals served by food banks across the United States. Throughout the holidays, Fortune Fish will join forces with SeaShare to donate thousands of pounds of seafood and gourmet foods to Feeding America, the network of more than 200 US food banks that includes the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Food for Greater Elgin, and many others.

"Several times a year, we go through our inventory and make donations through SeaShare to our local food banks like Care For Real. We also help SeaShare with logistics when we can.  It's important to give back to the community, especially during the holidays when there are so many that go hungry. SeaShare is an important partner for us and we are proud of the support we can give them," says Fortune Fish & Gourmet CEO Sean O'Scannlain.

About SeaShare
SeaShare is the only organization that focuses on seafood, and the seafood industry, as a source of nutrition for hunger-relief. Their board of directors represents the breadth and diversity of our seafood industry. SeaShare's donation model leverages the help of fishermen, processors, service providers, and financial donors who want to give back in their communities. Many of their donors could not participate if SeaShare did not coordinate and combine donations into a single finished product. Together, they have provided over 200 million seafood servings to Feeding America's food bank network since 1994. For more information, please visit www.seashare.org

About Fortune Fish & Gourmet
Fortune Fish & Gourmet is a Bensenville, Ill.-based seafood processor and distributor providing white-tablecloth restaurants, private clubs, elegant hotels, and independent, gourmet retail stores with the finest quality fresh, live, and frozen seafood and gourmet foods.  Fortune Fish & Gourmet's key associates have more than 150 years of combined experience in the seafood and gourmet business, with a worldwide supplier base ranging from individual fishermen and small family farms to multi-national aquaculture and agriculture firms. Headquartered only minutes from O'Hare International Airport's cargo docks, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has the world's markets at its fingertips.  Fortune handles more than 8,000 seafood and gourmet products, selected to exceed the high standards embraced by their quality driven customer base. Fortune currently services customers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan with a fleet of over 43 refrigerated vehicles and nationally through its Flying Fish program. Since 2001, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has brought innovation to seafood and gourmet food distribution, consistently raising the bar for integrity, quality, sustainability, and service. To learn more about the company, visit www.fortunefishco.net
 or call 630.860.7100.



Award-winning fine art book offers a visual record of the contemporary bearded man, circa 2013

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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
. Of Beards and Men by Joseph D.R. OLeary; Veto Design; Limited Edition; Nonfiction; Photography/Art; Soft Cover $69.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-2-8; Hard Cover $89.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-0-4; Slip Case Edition $125.00 ISBN 978-0-9898231-1-1
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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Head to Karma in Mundelein for Cashew Crusted Lamb and Oyster Specials This Week; Inspired Asian-Style Thanksgiving on Thursday (Mundelein, IL)

Head to Karma in Mundelein for Cashew Crusted Lamb and Oyster Specials
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Mundelein, IL -  Dining at Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine (510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL; 847-0970-690) in Mundelein is always special and folks who frequent the restaurant have grown to follow its weekly specials as a way to experience delicious new offerings.
Oyster lovers will be thrilled with this week's Oyster Duo featuring four East Coast oysters prepared to show delicious contrast. Two are served raw to experience its true flavor and two are served Rockefeller style. Adding an Asian twist, Chef Yé serves the oysters on a bed of seaweed salad and accompanies it with soy pearls and a wasabi aioli, $16. Karma's second special is Cashew Crusted Lamb, perfectly grilled and served on a bed of quinoa with sautéed sweet and sour Brussels sprouts with a mint and cucumber yogurt chutney, $24.
Cashew Crusted Lamb 300Karma and Karma Pub allow guests to order from each other's menu. The result is that guests can have the best of two worlds-a choice of food and a choice of atmosphere. Both restaurants focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and purchase from local sources as much as possible.

Join Karma for an Asian-Inspired Thanksgiving in Mundelein Looking for something different to celebrate this Thanksgiving? Karma has it all. Great food served in a beautiful setting. This year why not try an Asian-inspired full harvest feast perfect for family and friends. Karma has created an incredible four-course menu, $30 per person; $18 for children ages 5 to 12 (reduced portion), and $12 for children under 5 years (one course), served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 27. To make reservations and for more information about Karma, call (847) 970-6900 or visit www.karmachicago.com.
Karma's Thanksgiving Menu includes:
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First Course
• Ginger Scented Pumpkin Bisque -Saigon Cinnamon Crème Fraiche, Scallions, Toasted Sesame
Second Course
• Karma Salad - Seasonal Greens, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot Noodles, Red Onion, Szechuan Peppercorn Vinaigrette
Third Course
• Slow Roasted Turkey Breast - Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Seven Herb Gravy, Orange Scented Cranberry Compote, Tahitian Vanilla Scented Haricot Vert
• Asian BBQ Salmon - Shitake, Napa Cabbage, Spinach, Sesame Rice, Asian BBQ Sauce
• Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
• Tahitian Vanilla Whipped Cream Triple Chocolate Cake

Shuttle Available from Metra Stations
Guests wishing to travel to Karma by Metra may do so with ease. Confirm arrival time before departure with the restaurant and notify them of the station, Mundelein or Vernon Hills, and Karma will provide a complimentary shuttle pickup. The shuttle runs until 9 p.m.

About Karma and Karma Pub
Karma, a stunning contemporary restaurant serving fine Modern Asian Fusion cuisine from Executive Chef Yé Tun, is open seven days a week 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for dinner; and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner.
Karma Pub, a casual American restaurant and pub, is open 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Karma is located adjacent to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Libertyville-Mundelein at 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060. For reservations or more information, call Karma at (847) 970-6900 or visit www.karmachicago.com and www.thekarmapub.com. Remember to like Karma and Karma Pub on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karmamundelein and follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karmamundelein.


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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

ArtPalmBeach Announces Dates for 18th Edition(West Palm Beach, FL )