Friday, July 11, 2014

Prairie Grass Cafe to Host Dinner Featuring Recipes from New Green City Market Cookbook July 20 (Chicago)

Prairie Grass Cafe to Host Dinner Featuring Recipes from New Green City Market Cookbook July 20 

Share: ShareThis

Prairie Grass Cafe is hosting a special dinner featuring guest chefs and recipes from the new The Green City GCM Cookbook CoverMarket Cookbook, 6 p.m., Sunday, July 20, coinciding with the official cookbook launch. The cost for the Prairie Grass Cafe dinner is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Cookbooks will be available to purchase separately for $24.95 and all cookbook proceeds will go to Green City Market.

The delicious evening will feature many of the volunteers who have helped to make The Green City Market Cookbook possible.
Chef Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, co-owners of Prairie Grass Cafe, will orchestrate the dinner. Stegner is Green City Market's co-chair and a founding board member.

Joining Sarah and George are Sarah's longtime friends chef/farmers Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal of Three Sisters Garden, whose cookbook recipe takes center stage at the dinner; Karen Levin, cookbook author; Amelia Levin, author/journalist, and Kathy Paddor, marketing consultant who oversaw the cookbook's photography. The Chicago Tribune's former food editor and longtime market enthusiast Carol Mighton Haddix's cherry tart dessert recipe will provide the sweet finale of the evening.

Celebrating its 16th season, Green City Market (GCM) has become an institution and foodie haven since its inception in 1998.

"I am very excited and proud of The Green City Market Cookbook.  It represents a community of chefs, farmers, and shoppers that believe in supporting the local food movement coming together," said Stegner.

Karen Levin, cookbook author and award winning recipe developer and food consultant, volunteered to develop the cookbook with daughter Amelia, also an author and journalist. They were responsible for gleaning 88 recipes sent into the GCM website or given to her from the market's farmers, chefs, customers and volunteers.

They reviewed the recipes, shopped at the Market weekly and tested 80 of the 88 recipes. A team of volunteers tested the remaining 8 recipes, as well as, proofed and edited the manuscript and final galleys.
The mission of the cookbook was to inspire readers to cook delicious seasonal food from local farmers markets and to share home cooked meals with family and friends. The culinary talent of the Green City community is what makes this book so unique. It's like a giant recipe swap where professional chefs, customers, and farmers exchange their favorite things to cook with the best ingredients from each season.

The Green City Market Cookbook features 88 seasonal recipes based on ingredients from the Market; appetizers, entrees, soups and desserts for each season, and more than 100 delicious photos of the completed dishes and their key ingredient. Each recipe features a short story submitted by the recipe's author about why the recipe is special to them.

Sixty percent of the recipes are focused on fruits and vegetables; 40% use meat, fish and eggs.
The Green City Market Cookbook is truly local. The publisher is Evanston-based Agate Publishing, publishers of books from local and regional authors. Chicago top food photographer Chris Cassidy Photography donated his time to bring The Green City Market Cookbook to life.

The cookbook, which sells for $24.95, is scheduled for release this July, can be pre-ordered at

The July 20 meal will feature recipes from The Green City Market Cookbook summer section. 

July 20 Menu at Prairie Grass Cafe
Salads: (served family style)
Eggplant Caponata with Fennel and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
Contributed by Amelia Levin, Volunteer for Green City Market
Summer Bean Salad with Sun Gold Tomatoes, Market Herbs, Smoked Trout,
and Goat Cheese Dressing
Contributed by Jason Hammel, Chef/Co-Owner, Lula Cafe and Nightwood
Peach and Tomato Panzanella SaladContributed by Melissa Graham, Volunteer
Creamy Polenta with Braised Greens and Mushrooms
Contributed by Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal, Farmers of Three Sisters Garden
Grilled Skirt Steaks with Green Beans, Tomatoes and PestoContributed by Harriet Rosenman, Customer

Tart Cherry Pecan CrispContributed by Carol Mighton Haddix, Customer and Author

About Sarah Stegner
Two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Sarah Stegner is co-chair and founding board member of
Stegner_Grant Kessler_34786Green City Market, one of the country's best known sustainable farmers markets. Her commitment to sustainable practices goes beyond the market and is an integral part of her life at Prairie Grass Cafe, the restaurant she owns with husband, restaurant managing partner Rohit Nambiar and chef/co-owner George Bumbaris.

"My approach to ingredients developed over a long, slow process," Sarah says. "When I started out as a chef, I knew that the best, freshest flavors came from ingredients produced by local farmers. But I couldn't find farm contacts easily, so my friends in the business helped introduce me to some of them. The idea to create a green market was a natural progression. What a joy! The farmers turned out to be passionate about what they were doing and very perceptive when it comes to what quality means. I began to establish wonderful working relationships with these producers and the momentum grew from there. Stegner continues to incorporate fresh, seasonal produce from small, regional family farms into her menus at Prairie Grass Cafe.

"It's all about the quality of the product-its freshness, its flavor and the care by which it has been handled," she says. It isn't surprising that Stegner puts the ingredients first. She will talk about her [exceptional] technique when prompted, but she truly believes that it is her attention to quality and local, fresh ingredients that has provided the springboard for her success.

She is doing what she truly loves to do and over the years she has transformed a childhood filled with loving cooking memories into a very personal culinary mission that is honest and pure, yet far from simplistic.

About George Bumbaris
George Bumbaris's relationship as Chef/co-Owner of Prairie Grass Cafe with long-time friend and George Bumbaris PG05 wboardercolleague Sarah Stegner makes perfect sense. "We had worked together for so long, there are no surprises- and a lot of trust," he says of the partnership. Prairie Grass Cafe came at a time when both he and Stegner had reached a level of culinary maturity that was important for what they want to accomplish. "We don't carry the ego with us. We just wanted a good restaurant with good food."
The rest is history. After 10 years, Prairie Grass Cafe has done what the duo set out to do -- provide the area with outstanding, approachable food with a strong convection to locally grown, sustainable and delicious taste.
My vision was a restaurant packed with smiling faces, enjoying their experience with us and enjoying our food," he adds. Bumbaris always teaches his staff to cook the way one would cook for oneself. With a rule of thumb like that, they continue to have a winning formula at Prairie Grass Cafe.
About Karen Levin Karen Levin
Karen Levin, cookbook author and award winning recipe developer and food consultant, has specialized in recipe development for the past thirty years.  She has written numerous cookbooks for The American Heart Association, The American Medical Association and many major food companies. Karen is a frequent contributor to Cooking Club magazine and for five years wrote a syndicated weekly food column for Tribune Media Services entitled "The Seasoned Cook". She is currently the recipe developer for the ChefMD website. Karen developed all the recipes for "ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine" by John LaPuma, M.D. (Crown Publishers 2008) as well as The RealAgeDiet and Cooking the RealAge Way by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and John LaPuma, M.D. She resides in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband of 35 years.

About Tracey Vowell and Kathe RoybalTracey Vowell
Tracey Vowell (pictured right) and Kathe Roybal were employed in the restaurant industry until they grew tired of the hard work and decided on a career change. They bought their nine-acre farm in 2000, and named it after the Native American practice of growing corn, beans, and squash in the same mounds-a sophisticated, sustainable system that provided long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet then, and still does. The partners (that's Tracey on left, Kathe at right) focus on specialty vegetables like microgreens (which they grow year round), pea shoots, heirloom tomatoes, summer and winter squashes, herbs, fresh beans (shelled at the Market) and huitlacoche, a mushroom particularly prized in Mexican cuisine. "I don't know that we chose an easier line of work," says Tracey, a former chef at Frontera Grill, "but at least we're exercising different parts."
(Tracey Vowell photo at right)

About Amelia Levin Amelia Levin
Amelia Levin is an award-winning, Chicago-based freelance writer, editor, media consultant, certified chef (Kendall College), recipe developer and author of Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Windy City (Globe Pequot, 2012). A former hard news reporter and magazine editor, she is a regular contributor to Edible Chicago and a variety of restaurant industry trade magazines. Her writing and recipes have also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times newspapers, DiningOut and in cookbooks by Cooking Light, the American Heart Association and others. An active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), the International Food Editorial Council (IFEC) and the prestigious Les Dames D'Escoffier society for women, Amelia has also served as a member of the Green City Market Junior Board.
About Kathy PaddorKathy Paddor
Kathy Paddor, president and founder of Paddor Marketing and Green City Market board member is a dedicated "consumer empathist," Kathy Paddor's strategic branding sensibility has made her a respected leader in the retail and advertising communities for over her 15+ year career. 

Paddor set the vision and artistic style of the cookbook's photography and led its social media and marketing efforts.

Growing up in a family of retailers, Paddor discovered her career passion early. She held senior positions with Bloomingdales and Marshall Field's before joining Crate and Barrel. As C&B's Director of Marketing, her intelligent, creative innovations helped them hold a singular spot in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Green City Market's Board, Kathy led the development of GCM's current brand identity and integrated communication strategy, helping to communicate its mission and values to the community in a significant, consistent way.

When Kathy's not working, her great loves include her family, cooking, dancing, and a great cup of strong coffee.

Recipes:  Summer
By mid-July, the Market is in full swing.  From tomatoes and stone fruits as sweet as candy to peppers, zucchini and eggplant rich with the taste of the sun, the farm stands overflow with the bounty for which we've waited so long.
It's a busy time of the year for farmers, who work hard each day to keep pace with the harvest.  We, too, strive to keep up, visiting the Market regularly, with ambitious plans for making pickles, pesto, salsas and preserves we know we'll crave come winter.
Creamy Polenta with Braised Greens and Mushrooms
After we started producing cornmeal at Three Sisters, we discovered the magic of a bowl of slightly sweet Polentapolenta with a quick mix of whatever we have in the fridge. Short on time, we are always looking for a good way to get an appealing meal on the table as quickly as possible. I particularly like the earthy flavors of mushrooms and greens, so this dish is an easy choice after a day in the field. Paired with grilled chicken or pork, it makes a wonderfully rich and satisfying dinner, but can be ready to eat in under an hour. --Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal, Farmers, Three Sisters Garden
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 whole head garlic
1 bunch Swiss chard, kale or lamb's-quarters
1 pound fresh oyster and/or shiitake mushrooms
1 small white onion, chopped
1 fresh hot pepper, such as serrano or habanero, seeded, minced
4 cups milk
1 cup fine white cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
1/2 to 3/4 cup vegetable or chicken stock or broth
1 (2-ounce) piece firm grating cheese such as Brunkow Cheeese's Little Darling
Heat oven to 350°F. Separate garlic head into cloves; do not peel cloves. Roast garlic cloves in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until they begin to brown and garlic feels soft when squeezed, 8 to 10 minutes. Peel and finely chop garlic; set aside.
Wash chard; shake off excess water. Holding onto leaves, pull off and discard thick stems. Coarsely chop chard; set aside. Clean mushrooms discarding tough stems; cut mushrooms into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, bring milk just to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; pour in cornmeal slowly, whisking constantly. Whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt. When mixture is slightly thickened, cover saucepan and place in oven. Whisk after 10 minutes.
Continue to bake 10 minutes; whisk again. If polenta is too thick, stir in additional milk or water. If it is too thin, cover and return to oven for 5 minutes. Stir in pepper; keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large deep sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and reserved garlic; sauté until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion, hot pepper and thyme sprigs; continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Add chard and 1/2 cup broth; cook, stirring occasionally, until chard is tender. If dry, add remaining 1/4 cup broth. Season to taste with salt.
Spoon polenta into 4 shallow bowls; top with vegetable mixture. Grate cheese over each serving.

Tart Cherry Pecan Crisp
Tart cherry pie is one of my favorite desserts, but making and rolling out the crust is time consuming, so Cherriesthis easy crisp is a good substitute. The Michigan tart cherry season is very short; sometimes they are at the Market for only two weeks. When that happens, I like to buy them in bulk, pit them and freeze them in gallon-size freezer bags. For this recipe, I first soak the cherries in ice water for three hours in the refrigerator, which helps firm them up, making pitting easier. The versatile crumble topping can be used for any lightly sweetened fruit mixture, including peaches, pears or a mixture of berries.
 --Carol Mighton Haddix, Customer
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings
1 quart (4 cups) tart cherries, pitted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 400°F. Mix cherries and granulated sugar in a bowl; mix well.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter; mix with a pastry blender or quickly with fingers until small pea-sized pieces form. Stir in pecans.
Place cherry mixture in an 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan. Place the topping mixture on top of the cheeries. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

"Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat" Coming to the Broadway Playhouse (Chicago)


Begins Performances Saturday, November 22
 Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre are thrilled to announce the World Premiere of HANSEL & GRETEL: A WICKEDLY DELICIOUS MUSICAL TREAT, with music and lyrics by GRAMMY-nominated Justin Roberts and a book by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Ernie Nolan.  The classic story of Hansel & Gretel reimagined as a rock musical for all ages will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel!  Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he’s found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest.  Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. 
When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day.  This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score.  Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated ‘kindie’ artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.
Chicagoan Justin Roberts is one of America’s top children’s recording artists.  He performs more than 150 family concerts each year around the nation.  With a sound that’s more akin to Fountains of Wayne than Romper Room, Roberts blends his deft indie-pop sensibilities with a keen understanding of what it’s like to be a kid. He’s been variously compared to Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Weezer and Loudon Wainwright.  Music critics from the Washington Post to are invariably surprised at the musical sophistication and lyrical depth of the songwriting.  WXPN Radio’s Kathy O’Connell was quoted in USA Today, calling Roberts “the Paul McCartney of children’s music.”
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 14 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
Founded in 1996, Emerald City Theatre creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City is one of Chicago's most attended non‐profit theatres, with an annual programing reach of 80,000. Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading teaching artists, Emerald City develops new work for young audiences, with over 29 world premieres.  The company produces professional productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and the Little Theatre.  The Emerald City Theatre School serves over 3,000 children annually in schools throughout Chicago.

Group tickets for 10 or more for HANSEL & GRETEL are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for HANSEL & GRETEL will go on sale at a later date.  For more information, visit


"It's deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular.
Genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed."    -Daily Telegraph
Blockbuster Theatrical Show Has Dazzled Sold-Out Audiences Worldwide
CHICAGO (July 10, 2014)  – Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce that THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, will play Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for a two-week engagement March 10 through March 22, 2015.  The show opens on Broadway December 4, 2014 for a limited six-week run.

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, Road Show Entertainment LLC, and The Production Office.  Conceived by Simon Painter, the show’s creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan.
Having shattered box office records around the world, THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE is now coming to captivate New York. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.   Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages.    Creative Producer Simon Painter said, “We can’t wait to bring this electrifying show to Broadway for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage.”
The seven stars, each a master in their own field, are:
·         The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin.  Considered a rising superstar in the world of magic; Yu Ho-Jin was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and was the first Asian to win the Grand Prix at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, also known as the “Olympics of Magic.”
·         The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry. Described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, Dan combines the art of magic with the macabre and is one of the top-10 most Googled people, thanks to a legendary “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
·         The Trickster, Jeff Hobson is the epitome of glamour and showmanship. Don’t be fooled by his innocent appearance; Jeff has audiences laughing long after the curtain goes down.
·         The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy’s star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world’s most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.
·         The Inventor, Kevin James, known for innovative illusions, is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.
·         The Warrior, Aaron Crow, a strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic, has mastered some of the most dangerous acts without saying a single word. Belgium’s international magic sensation, a first place finisher at the World Championships of Magic, he uses swords, paintball guns and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
·         The Futurist, Adam Trent, shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques.

Group tickets for 10 or more for THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE, are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE, will go on sale at a later date.  For more information, visit

Simon Painter is a visionary creative theatrical producer who hails from London.  Simon started his career on stage as a classical violinist, and performed the lead role for Spirit of the Dance in Las Vegas. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. His two subsequent productions, Aerial Dreams and Adrenaline also broke records in Sydney and across the world and achieved critical acclaim. In 2010 Simon had five versions of Le Grand Cirque playing concurrently.  In late 2010 Simon joined forces with Australian producer and close friend Tim Lawson and began assembling the greatest magical minds from a wide spectrum of disciplines. His production of The Illusionists has already performed to record breaking crowds in theatres and arenas across the globe including Australia, Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, Simon’s current projects include Le Noir (The Dark Side of Cirque) and Illusionists 2.0, both of which are currently playing extensive international tours. Simon is also due to open a third installment of The Illusionists (The Illusionists 1903) in January 2015.

TIM LAWSON, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Tim Lawson is the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with first class musicals and family entertainment with productions spanning across over 100 cities in 20 countries. Australasian theatrical touring credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson starring Rob Guest, Spirit of the Dance, Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, It’s A Dad Thing!, Weary – The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Shout! The Musical, Brave Men Run In Our Family, Jekyll and Hyde starring Brad Little and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien. Tim's award winning production of A Chorus Line transferred to the prestigious London Palladium, and his production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recently completed a 13 month tour. With partner Simon Painter, credits include Le Grand Cirque, Ariel Dreams, Adrenaline, Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque, The Illusionists and The Illusionists 2.0, all enjoying record breaking success and extensive international arena and theatrical touring. The Illusionists 1903 - The Golden Age of Magic premieres in Australia in January 2015.

About Broadway In Chicago
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 14 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

About MagicSpace Entertainment
MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts and museum exhibits worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year.  Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot and RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway.  National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters - Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, and Fleetwood Mac to name just a few.  Museum exhibitions produced on the road include the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.

About Road Show Entertainment LLC
Road Show Entertainment LLC (Producer) is an innovative and progressive entertainment company that was formed through the merger of two established media and entertainment companies, Kilburn Media and The Production Office, with a design to operate and grow a new finance and production company in the live entertainment industry.  Road Show’s management team, Mark Manuel and Greg Young, have already achieved great success within their respective industries, namely filmed entertainment and live theatrical shows, respectively. Mark is a top tier Hollywood financier and has grown Kilburn Media into an elite Hollywood based finance and production company. TPO was built on decades of tenacity and ingenuity, offering a trusted boutique of artist management and producing services to the discerning artist. TPO has a longstanding history of producing and managing hits on Broadway, award winning Las Vegas residencies, major music theaters, stadiums, and television which includes live, digitally and streamed filmed distribution. TPO has subsequently built a trusted brand producing Tony Award winning productions as well as representing artists and events with a knowledge base and skill sets acquired from owning, operating and promoting through the most successful venues in America.
About The Production Office
The Production Office (Producer) is a top tier innovative, collaborative artist managing production company in the entertainment industry. Producing partners Greg Young and Atanas Ilitch built TPO on decades of tenacity and ingenuity, offering a trusted boutique of artist management and producing services to the discerning artist. TPO acquires, develops, and exploits entertainment properties with a focus on the artist's perspective. TPO has a longstanding history of producing and managing hits on Broadway, award winning Las Vegas residencies, major music theaters, stadiums, and television which includes live, digitally and streamed filmed distribution. TPO has subsequently built a trusted brand producing Tony Award winning productions as well as representing artists and events with a knowledge base and skill sets acquired from owning, operating and promoting through the most successful venues in America. TPO is known for taking an entrepreneurial approach for its clients, seamlessly blending their role of personal management services with properties in the live entertainment sector.  TPO strives to embrace the ever-changing dynamic of the music industry while discovering fresh and innovative ways to connect music fans with new artists as well as to reintroduce the prospects for established artists.  TPO has been an active member of the Broadway League since 1997.  TPO is currently bringing Mozart l’Opera Rock to the Broadway stage in 2015.  For other credits, see

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Just a spoonful of sugar...Come to Delightful Pastries July 9 for National Sugar Cookie Day! (Chicago)

Share ShareThis
Cookie Pops 300Some things never go out of style and sugar cookies are most certainly one of them. Delightful Pastries Square cookie 3 low reswants to celebrate the simple genius of a sugar cookie with all of Chicago during National Sugar Cookie Day. See how Delightful Pastries unleashes their creativity with their classic sugar cookies baked fresh daily. With whimsical flower and animal shapes, these cookies are both sweet to look at and eat ($1-$4 or 18.99 per lb.). Instead of a bouquet of flowers, grab as many of the sugar cookie lollipops as you can to make a bouquet of sugar cookies ($2.99).  

Check out these sugar cookies and other desserts at Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724; Jefferson Park at 5927 W. Lawrence, (773) 545-7215, and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. for more information.

Crusade Engagement,"Crusade For Art" Grant Popular Vote - your favorite wins $1000!

Like   Tweet   Pin   +1  
CfA madmimi 2

Vote for Your Favorite Grant Finalist (the winner gets a thousand bucks!)

grant 400sq
have now submitted their extended applications, and the selection committee is busy reviewing the programs to determine who will receive the $10,000 grant award. The winner of the popular vote will win $1,000 to help implement their project, regardless of whether or not they win the full grant award. Voting ends July 25.

Art CSA Sold Out in 2 Days!

CSA v2
Last month we launched Crusade Supported Art
. We commissioned six photographers to create an image in an edition of 50 and made 50 shares available to the public for $350 each. Shareholders receive one original, signed photograph from each of the six photographers. Only 50 shares were available, and they sold out in just two days! The first two pieces will ship to shareholders this month.

Sneak Peek

csa hes 1
"Reliquary" by Heather Evans Smith - one of two CSA images that will be sent to shareholders this month

In Other News, Keeping It Artful

Jennifer was invited to participate in the Center for Creative Photography
's Next Conversation in Tucson in February. Shortly after she co-led a Flash Powder workshop at Snap! Space in Orlando. Through Flash Powder Projects, she has co-led four photographic retreats so far this year. was published in March to great reviews and strong sales. Last month she was invited to the New England Portfolio Review at the Griffin Museum of Photography where she reviewed portfolios and gave a lecture (followed by a book signing). Other lectures and book signings have been happening throughout Atlanta with more on the horizon, including an event at the Leica Akademie in Washington, DC in August. She will also lead a workshop at Maine Media Workshops in August, another at Filter Photo Festival in September, and another at the Atlanta Celebrates Photography portfolio review weekend in October. She will be reviewing at Filter, Medium, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography this fall.
Crusade for Art is a non-profit organization whose mission is
to build artists' capacity to create demand for their work.
email facebook instagram linkedin tumblr twitter youtube