Saturday, March 07, 2015

Friday, March 06, 2015

Celebrate an Authentic Southern St. Patrick's Day Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20, at Luella's Southern Kitchen (Chicago,IL)


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Celebrate an Authentic Southern St. Patrick's Day Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20, at Luella's Southern Kitchen
Dublin Lawyer KCI_5069 300 pixels w border.jpgWhen most of us think of St. Patrick's Day, visions of traditional Irish food and drink are what come to mind. But leave your preconceived notions about St. Patrick's Day behind, because history tells us that a large number of Irish immigrants found their way to the Southern states, where they had significant influence over the culture and the food.
That's why Luella's Southern Kitchen (4609 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Square; 773-961-8196;, one of Chicago's hottest new restaurants, is going to celebrate St. Patrick's Day Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 with some delicious and authentic Irish-based Southern dishes. Dublin's Lawyer ($18) is an Irish lobster stew with Creole seasoned lobster, roasted mushrooms, Carolina Gold rice and whiskey cream that has become a traditional Darnell Reed 2 330 pixels w border.jpgSouthern favorite. Chef/Owner Darnell Reed also will prepare a savory Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Braised Ham Hock ($6). For dessert, you'll enjoy the luscious Calas, Southern rice beignet served with Irish oatmeal cookie ice cream ($5). The regular dinner menu also will be available.
So on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, bring your favorite Irish whiskey or craft beer to Luella's (Luella's is BYOB) and enjoy a spectacular Southern Irish celebration with outstanding and unique taste treats.
The Back Story: Irish immigration to the South
Most of the Irish who found a home in the South were from the Irish province of Ulster, and they were known as Scots-Irish, since they were descendants of Scottish and English tenant farmers who had been settled in Ireland by the British government in the 1600s. By the time they migrated to America, they had been living in Ireland for generations. Most considered themselves Irish rather than Scottish or British and that's how they view their identity today.
In addition to the Northeast, the Scots-Irish settled mainly in the colonial "back country" of the Appalachian Mountain region, and became the prominent ethnic culture that developed there. They began to make their way south to Virginia and the Carolina Piedmont. They formed a cohesive community with large kinship groups and a proud, adventurous, and sometimes brash, spirit. Their cultural influence is still felt today in folk and country-western music as well as Southern cuisine.
Gradually these Irish immigrants moved south to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which became a launching point for further migration to the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Eventually, with so many settling in the south, Charleston became the second most important arrival port (after New York) for ships from Ireland.
One of the more common businesses for Irish immigrants to start once in America was horse and mule trading, because this was a common occupation in Ireland. By the mid-1800s, these new entrepreneurs began trading in the Southern states because Southern farms heavily relied on horse and mule power. The traders would spend winters in the South, trading horses and mules, and return to the North for the warmer months.
As the need for horse and mule power decreased in the North but continued in the South, people of Irish descent began to set up their home bases in Nashville, Tennessee, and later Atlanta, Georgia, Once in Georgia, they began to migrate to other areas of the South.
Over time, many Irish descendants became concentrated in a few medium-sized cities, where they were highly visible, especially in Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans. Irish immigration to New Orleans was very attractive because the French ruled the territory and the Irish were traditionally anti-British. When a large population of French Acadians, later known as Acadians-Creoles or Cajuns, arrived there, the two groups formed a bond-they were predominately Catholic and shared their strong anti-British attitude. New Orleans culture was, and continues to be, heavily influenced by these two communities.
About Luella's Southern Kitchen
Luella's Southern Kitchen, located at 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago's Lincoln Square, is a casual independent restaurant owned by Chef Darnell Reed. The restaurant opened February 3, 2015. Luella's serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; dinner is served until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All major cards are accepted. Luella's is a BYOB establishment; no corkage fee is charged. Takeout and delivery service are available. For more information, call the restaurant at (773) 961-8196 or visit the website at
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Dublin Lawyer
Southern Irish Lobster and Roasted Mushroom Stew Recipe
Chef Darnell Reed
Luella's Southern Kitchen

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1 teaspoon canola oil
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chopped shallots
4 ounces cooked lobster tail and claw meat
2 ounces roasted mushrooms
1 ounce Irish whiskey
2 ounces heavy cream
1/2 tsp creole seasoning
1 ounce whole butter

1/2 cup cooked Carolina Gold rice
1/8 teaspoon toasted benne seeds
Micro green garnish

  1. Sauté the garlic and shallots until fragrant.
  2. Add the lobster and mushrooms and continue to sauté.
  3. Remove the pan from the fire and add the Whiskey.
  4. Return the pan to the fire and burn off the alcohol.
  5. Add the cream and creole seasoning and reduce by half, then remove from the fire and swirl in the butter.
  6. Season with kosher salt if necessary. Place in a bowl and top with rice, micro garnish and sprinkle with benne seeds.


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7th Annual "Get ShamRocked" bash, at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

Hard Rock Hosts Weekend Event with Live Performances and Food Specials
  Ring in the luck of the Irish at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago! On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Hard Rock Cafe hosts the 7th Annual “Get ShamRocked” bash, a free celebration featuring live music by The Hat Guys and bagpipe performances by The Chicago Pipe Band and The Shannon Rovers. The event will raise funds and awareness for Misericordia, a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of care for 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities many of whom are physically challenged.
As part of the day-long Irish celebration, Hard Rock Cafe will have a heated tent and guests are encouraged to participate in interactive entertainment such as face painting and balloon artists. In addition, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago will offer Irish fare such as the Irish Rueben, a sandwich featuring slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, layered with crispy sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese. Guests can celebrate the St. Paddy’s Day spirit with Green Beer and Irish Car Bombs!
For more information, visit
What:                                   Hard Rock Cafe Chicago Gets ShamRocked for St. Patrick’s Day
When:                                  Saturday, March 14, 2015
11:00 a.m.           Event begins
Where:                                Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W Ontario, Chicago IL
Admission:                         Free; all ages welcome
                                                All donations benefit Misericordia
About Misericordia
Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation providing help for those in need since 1921. With the support of affiliated groups, legislators and volunteers, and through the generosity of corporations, foundations, individuals and families, Misericordia will continue to work toward a bright future where persons with disabilities achieve maximum independence and realize their greatest potential - in an environment of dignity, challenge, respect and spirituality. For more information, visit

About Hard Rock International
With a total of 198 venues in 63 countries, including 152 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Rio de Janeiro and Marrakech. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit


Thursday, March 05, 2015

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

NCL: FTC Report Confirms That Illinois Consumers Are At High Risk of ID Theft


  New data confirms that Illinois remains a hotspot in the national fraud epidemic, warned the National Consumers League today. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s recently-released 2014 Consumer Sentinel Data Book, Illinois was in the top 20 states for per-capita identity theft complaints to the FTC in 2014 ranking in at number 12. Benefits, utilities and credit card fraud accounted for most of the 12,317 identity theft complains received in Illinois. Sixty percent of Illinois residents who filed complaints reported a loss.  The average amount reported paid was $2,122.
The vulnerability of Illinois consumers to fraud, and particularly identity theft, is exacerbated by the ongoing problem of data breaches. According to Javelin Strategy & Research, nearly 1 in 3 data breach victims will also experience identity fraud.  As information on tens of millions of consumers affected by breaches at companies like Target, Home Depot and Anthem continue to fall in to the hands of cybercriminals, it is likely that millions more will suffer from this scam.
“Data breaches regularly expose sensitive personal information about millions of Illinois consumers on cybercrime black markets,” said John Breyault, Vice President of Public Policy Telecommunications and Fraud at the National Consumers League. “Without reforms in Washington to better protect consumers’ data, high identity theft rates could become the ‘new normal,’ for consumers in Illinois and around the country.”
While there is no foolproof way for consumers to protect themselves from identity theft, there are steps they can take that will reduce their risk. Tips to protect your identity include:
·         Resist clicking on suspicious links or attachments in emails, text messages or on the Web. These often contain malware that can hijack your computer and steal sensitive personal information like Social Security Numbers, usernames, passwords and dates of birth.
·         File your taxes early in the tax season. The FTC identified tax-related identity theft as a top source of identity theft complaints. Scammers file in someone else’s name early in tax season and collect fraudulent returns before the legitimate taxpayer has filed her return. NCL has published a step-by-step guide
to spotting and recovering from this fraud.
·         Create strong and unique passwords using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Avoid using common words or names in your password and don’t use the same password across multiple websites. Take advantage of stronger security technology, like multi-factor authentication, particularly on sensitive accounts like email addresses.
·         Review your credit reports regularly and report any suspicious activity promptly. Consumers can obtain a copy of their credit reports from all three credit reporting bureaus for free at
·         Raise your voice in Washington to demand real data security reform! NCL’s #DataInsecurity Project is calling on Congress make data security a priority in 2015. Consumers can learn more and join the fight by watching this video
and visiting

About the National Consumers League
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America's pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Meet 'Arrow' Star Caity Lotz At Wizard World Comic Con Fan Fest Chicago