Friday, January 24, 2014



 Launching exclusively at Nordstrom stores and on February 28,
2014, the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is a new collection of shoes crafted by artisans in Italy and imported
handbags, reflecting Sarah Jessica’s personal looks and feminine style. The line will also feature the Manhattan
trench coat to complement the collection as a whole.
"I've taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain
accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late 70's and early 80's. I'm a firm
ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower
believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for
years to come," said Sarah Jessica Parker, President SJP USA LLC.
As a reflection of Sarah Jessica's childhood, grosgrain ribbon detail is intricately featured on each shoe, emphasizing
the feminine design of the collection. With a story behind the name of each shoe, the collection is infused with fashion
influences of Sarah Jessica’s life - from “Carrie”, understandably so, after her acclaimed character on Sex and the City
to “Maud”, named after legendary designer Maud Frizon.
and can be seen in the collection ranging from her spring favorites such as coral, mint, teal and pink, to classic colors
including purple, red and navy. With a wide variety of heel heights, the collection of twenty-five shoes reinvigorates the
classic single sole with a range of silhouettes that fit the styles and personalities of women of all ages.
Colors, as Sarah Jessica has often said are "the new neutral”
The shoe prices range from $195 to just under $500. The entire shoe collection is made in Italy from high quality
leathers and materials.
The SJP handbags are functional pieces but with a fun and fashionable twist. They can be carried by the everyday
woman on the go and transition easily to night out. The line features versatile styles from the “New Yorker” hobo
shoulder bag, the “Waverly” cross body and the “Beekman” clutch, all named after some of her favorite NYC spots.
They will retail from $245 to $375.
The SJP “Manhattan” trench coat was created to highlight the shoe and handbag collection with its A-Line fitted
silhouette and skirting design that is sure to accentuate a woman's figure. Maintaining the integrity of the collection, the
trench coat incorporates the signature blush color grosgrain detail, exclusive SJP buttons, and a signature print lining.
The SJP trench comes both in natural and navy and retails for $495.
The SJP Collection is a personal endeavor for Sarah Jessica as a realization of her enduring affection for fashion as she teams up with business partner George Malkemus to launch her namesake collection exclusively at Nordstrom stores. Nordstrom, which began as a shoe retailer, is a fitting partnership for Sarah Jessica’s new collection as the retail store is a staple among fashion driven consumers with the retailer’s vast knowledge of the industry and what the customer wants.
“We’re honored that Sarah Jessica chose to work with Nordstrom to launch the SJP Collection. It has been a true collaboration and a pleasure working together. Sarah Jessica’s aesthetic and style is so inspiring to so many women, and this collection reflects her unique point of view.
“I thought about launching my own line for a long time,” Sarah Jessica says. “It just feels like an enormous privilege to be doing it now with George and with Nordstrom.”

The SJP Collection will be available on and in the following stores: 

Fashion Valley, San Diego
San Francisco Centre, San Francisco Santa Anita, Arcadia
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
The Grove, Los Angeles
Topanga, Canoga Park
Valley Fair, San Jose 

Aventura, Aventura
International Plaza, Tampa
Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables 

Ala Moana, Honolulu 

Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
Woodfield Shopping Center, Schaumburg 

Natick Mall, Natick 

New Jersey
Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Garden State Plaza, Paramus 

New York
Manhattan Pop-Up, New York Roosevelt Field, Garden City 

Washington Square, Tigard 

The Mall at Green Hills, Nashville 

Houston Galleria, Houston NorthPark Center, Dallas 

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington Tysons Corner Center, McLean 

Downtown Seattle, Seattle

The Berkshire Room to roll out a new upscale bar snacks menu on Tuesday, January 28,2014

The Berkshire Room to roll out a new upscale bar snacks menu on Tuesday, January 28
Completely new menu from executive chef Chris “Chip” Davies and executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira

The Berkshire Room – a craft cocktail lounge from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group located at 15 East Ohio Street inside the ACME Hotel Company in River North – will roll out an entirely new upscale bar snacks menu on Tuesday, January 20 from executive chef Chris “Chip” Davies and executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira.

The new upscale bar snacks menu is more substantial in offerings than the opening Berkshire Room bar snacks menu. The menu is broken down into five sections: “Dealer’s Choice Bar Snacks”, “Dealer’s Choice Meats & Cheeses”, “Mini Sandwiches”, “Bigger Bites”, and “Desserts”. A PDF of the new menu is attached to this press release.

The "Dealer’s Choice Bar Snacks” and “Dealer’s Choice Meats & Cheeses” sections of the new upscale bar snacks menu focuses on mimicking the popular  “Dealer’s Choice” cocktails at The Berkshire Room (where patrons pick a spirit base, a flavor profile, and glassware).

Now patrons can select from a trio from seven upscale bar snacks offerings in the "Dealer’s Choice Bar Snacks” section for $6 from Davies that mimic the many flavor profiles of the Dealer’s Choice cocktails (smokey, spicy, fruity, herbaceous, etc) such as Tobacco Onion Dip with Poppy Seed Crackers, Pickled Grapes, Candied Peanuts & Almonds, and Bourbon Cured Olives. Guests can select their own offerings or ask their bartenders or servers to pair the snack selections to what they are drinking.

Also, Davies will offer a Dealer’s Choice “Meats & Cheeses” where he will showcase five rotating artisanal charcuterie offerings sourced from around the country and five rotating artisanal cheese offerings sourced from around the country where patrons can pick either three or five of the offerings that are all served with house accouterments and crostini. Guests can select their own offerings or ask their bartenders or servers to pair the meat and cheese selections to what they are drinking.

Many of the “Mini Sandwiches” and “Bigger Bites” sections feature Davies’ riffs on Southern cuisine meant to compliment the 400 American whiskies, ryes, and bourbons that line the back bar at The Berkshire Room.
Menu highlights from these two sections include Cider Braised Pulled Pork Slider (with pickled fresno pepper slaw & BBQ aioli on a potato bun), Pimiento Cheese (with Jamón Serrano, bourbon soy mash & herbed crackers), Fried Chicken Skins (with smoked bleu cheese & house hot sauce), Pimiento Cheese Stuffed Arancini (with salsa verde), and Grade A Foie Gras Torchon (with black truffles, bourbon barrel aged maple syrup, preserved white grapes & crostini).                     
Teixeira has also amped up the dessert options at The Berkshire Room — expanding his original singular dessert to five dessert offerings. Highlights include Frangelico Butterscotch Pudding (with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, candied hazelnuts & crème fraiche whipped cream), Key Lime Panna Cotta (with oat crumble & key lime caviar) and Truffled Chocolate Excess Cake.

Davies was promoted to executive chef for The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group after former executive chef Chris Curren and the restaurant group mutually parted ways on January 8. Davies is now the executive chef at both Homestead On The Roof and The Berkshire Room.

Davies — who joined Homestead as the chef de cuisine when Curren took over the restaurant over the summer— jointly collaborated on the opening menus at Homestead with Curren. Davies has been reworking portions of the Homestead menu over the last few months and all of the savory menu items on the new Berkshire Room menu are his creations.
Prior to joining Homestead over the summer, Davies, 31, was a sous chef under Ryan McCaskey at Acadia, the chef de cuisine at Blue 13 under Curren, an opening sous chef under Dirk Flanigan at Henri, and was a line cook under John Manion at Branch 27. Before arriving in Chicago, Davies was a sous chef at Olea in Portland and cut his teeth as a line cook in his native Seattle. 
Davies and Teixeira are both jointly running the West Town Bakery & Diner kitchens. 

(RED), U2 and Bank of America Partner to Fight AIDS

(RED), U2 and Bank of America Partner to Fight AIDS

Partnership will deliver more than $10 million to fight AIDS and launch with free download of new U2 song debuting during Super Bowl
(RED), U2 and Bank of America today announced a partnership that will generate more than $10 million to fight AIDS. Details are available at
The partnership will kick off with a commercial during the Super Bowl, (Sunday February 2) that will feature U2 performing a new song, “Invisible.” The song will be available as a limited edition release on iTunes for free download during the game and for the following 24 hours. For every download during that timeframe, Bank of America will donate $1, up to $2 million total, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services to tens of millions of people in the world’s poorest countries.
(RED) has already generated more than $240 million for the Global Fund since being founded in 2006 by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver in order to drive corporate donations to the fight against AIDS. The additional funding from Bank of America will help (RED) surpass a quarter billion dollars raised.
Bono said, "Bank of America coming on as a (RED) partner to help the Global Fund's efforts to eliminate AIDS is great news.  It's the kind of game-changing influence that will not just deliver millions of dollars but raise consciousness and keep public pressure on putting an end to this devastating pandemic which has already taken the lives of 35 million people.  And just in...the bank's commitment of $10 million has resulted in the Gates Foundation, SAP and Africa's Motsepe Family matching for a total of $22 million.  Incredible."
Key to the success of this initiative will be raising awareness among Bank of America’s vast customer base and more than 240,000 employees, and providing opportunities for them to take action at this critical moment in the global effort to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Bank of America serves one in two U.S. households with a network of approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and 16,300 ATMs, has one of the most visited websites in the world, and more than 30 million online banking users and 14 million mobile users.
Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America, said, “Just as we dedicate all of our resources to serving customers and clients in the U.S. and around the world, we can
bring these capabilities to (RED) and the global health community in the fight against AIDS. Most importantly, we’re encouraging our customers and employees to join the fight.”
(RED) funds are fighting AIDS in eight African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia – and are used to support HIV/AIDS grants which provide treatment, testing and prevention and care services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS-free generation. Of the more than $240 million generated by (RED), 100 percent has gone directly to the Global Fund for on-the-ground services, with no overhead taken out by (RED). (RED) and its partners – from Bank of America, to Starbucks, Apple and more – are united in a global push to end mother-to-child transmission of the deadly HIV virus by 2015, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals
Mark Dybul, executive director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said, “We’d like to thank Bank of America, (RED) and U2 for this innovative partnership to deliver much-needed funds and awareness to our fight to eliminate AIDS. This partnership will have a tremendous impact over the coming years.” 

Penske Truck Rental’s 2013 Top Moving Destinations List;Chicago #8

Penske Truck Rental’s 2013 Top Moving Destinations List

JANUARY 22, 2014
Over the last four years, Penske Truck Rental has produced an annual list of its top moving destinations in the United States. Once again, the Atlanta metro area remained No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year.
In the list below, last year’s ranking is noted in parentheses. New to the 2013 list is Las Vegas, coming in at No. 10. Sarasota, Fla., No. 10 in 2012, was combined with the Tampa, Fla., metro area for this year’s list.
1.     Atlanta (1)
2.     Tampa, Fla./Sarasota, Fla. (new combined entry)
3.     Dallas/Fort Worth (2)
4.     Orlando, Fla. (4)
5.     Phoenix (3)
6.     Houston (6)
7.     Seattle (8)
8.     Chicago (5)
9.     Denver (7)
10.   Las Vegas (new!)

“We have seen a continued migration of Penske Truck Rental customers from the Northeast and Midwest parts of the U.S. into these areas,” said Don Mikes, Penske senior vice president of rental.
Penske Truck Rental, based in Reading, Pa., has created a series of infographics to complement the list. The main infographic can be seen below. The infographics include popular destination points within each of the markets, additional factoids, and average home listing prices with data courtesy of
How is the Penske Truck Rental Top 10 Moving Destinations list created? It is procured through an analysis of our one-way consumer truck rental reservations made via
 and through our central reservationscall center
, 1-800-GO-PENSKE, as well as reservation requests we’ve received for one-way moves.
Penske Truck Rental is a leading provider of consumer moving truck rentals
 and offers do-it-yourself movers discounts, ranging from AAA to military moves. Click here to view additional services and savings from our moving partners, too.
Where are you moving in 2014 and why?

Morgan Freeman to be Honored by Gene Siskel Film Center June 7,2014 (Chicago)



  The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will continue in its legacy of saluting important leaders in cinematic achievement by honoring Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.) The festive evening will celebrate Freeman’s legendary career as an actor and director as well as give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a candid and insightful conversation as Freeman reminisces about his favorite performances, key influences and most powerful experiences, as well as discussing upcoming projects and his creative process.  A retrospective of film clips from his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Freeman by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey

“Morgan Freeman is a true living legend,” said GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “In a film career that spans more than four decades and an incredibly diverse canon of roles, audiences have come to expect that Mr. Freeman will deliver performances that are insightful, moving and always memorable.  The instantly recognizable, deep resonance of his voice brings a distinctive richness to every film he appears in or narrates. It is a great honor for us to be able to welcome him to Chicago as we salute him for mesmerizing movie-goers for so many years.”

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim.  All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s eclectic film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.  This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.

Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Bob Balaban, John Woo, Michael Mann, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

The Renaissance Award was designed specifically for the Gene Siskel Film Center by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.

About Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman was awarded the Academy Award® for best actor in 2005 for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby,” and has been nominated four additional times.  The Golden Globes awarded him the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and he also won a Golden Globe for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy.”  He won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2005 and has thrice been nominated for acting awards by the Chicago Film Critics Association. His first credited film performance was in 1971's “Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?” and television audiences came to know him for his appearances on “Another World” and “The Electric Company.” Equally adept in dramatic and comedic roles, some of his most memorable film performances include “Batman Begins,  “Bruce Almighty,” “The Bucket List,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Glory,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Seven,”  “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Street Smart,” and “Unforgiven.” He directed the critically acclaimed “Bopha!” in 1993, the story of a South African policeman during apartheid. He frequently serves as the narrator for films and television programs, notably for “March of the Penguins.”

Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of the Academy Award ®-winning actor and director Morgan Freeman Saturday, June 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson Street. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000.  Call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates cutting edge film programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 70,000.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also enables adults, high school students, middle school students, and children to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.  For more information, please visit

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit




Thursday, January 23, 2014


One-of-a-Kind Experience Brings Together Chicago Greats

 The new Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group (HCRG) venture at Water Tower Place set to open in April 2014 will be a must-experience mecca for all sports fans. Combining dining, entertainment, private event venues and retail, the high-energy complex will anchor Level 7 of Water Tower Place.  The 22,000+ square foot complex will include Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum.
“We’re excited to bring this new breed of dining, entertainment and retail to Chicago,” says Grant DePorter, HCRG CEO. “You won’t have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy yourself, but for superfans like me, it will be nirvana.” 
Sports fans and foodies alike will appreciate this new addition to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. In designing the menu, HCRG Corporate Executive Chef Joe Rosetti has put his own spin on classic American comfort food.  Inventive burgers, farm fresh salads, oven-fired pizzas and hand-dipped milkshakes dominate. The menu will be complemented by a wide selection of local craft beers, Chicago-inspired cocktails and a carefully curated wine list. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner.
Designed by Barker/Nestor Architecture + Design, the walls of the 250-seat restaurant and 60-seat bar will be covered with photographs from Harry Caray’s private collection as well as authentic sports memorabilia. HDTVs throughout the dining room and bar will be tuned in to all major sporting events. Newly installed floor-to-ceiling windows will provide diners with stunning city views. The urban industrial aesthetic, characterized by the use of  turn of the century decorative metal work detailing, Edison bulbs, steel piping and concrete, is an homage to Chicago’s historic Water Tower—one of the city’s most familiar and treasured landmarks for which Water Tower Place is named.
The 8,000 square foot Chicago Sports Museum will offer a highly interactive experience for visitors to explore the legends and lore of Chicago sports. It will combine hi-tech interactive experiences—including skill challenges and simulated experiences—with unique sports memorabilia (think Sammy Sosa’s corked bat), and an impressive collection of game-used treasures and other artifacts. A rendering of the Museum can be found at
“In such a sports-friendly city, The Chicago Sports Museum fills a cultural void that will please young and old alike,” said Mitchell Feldman, senior general manager of Water Tower Place. “This new anchor venue on Level 7 will give local and out-of-town guests an unparalleled sports experience.”
The exhibits, designed by Lincolnwood, Ill.-based Luci Creative and Chicago-based Next/Now, will be organized around five major zones:
Measure Up
Visitors will start their tour with a series of one-of-a-kind interactive experiences where they can compare their abilities to the extraordinary strength, size and agility of many of Chicago’s finest athletes.  Examples include measuring vertical leap compared to Michael Jordan (reportedly an astonishing 48 inches) and testing reaction time compared to the lightning speed of Hawks goalie Tony Esposito. 

Forensic Sports
This area of the Museum will demonstrate how CSI-type techniques can be used to unravel sports mysteries and separate fact from fiction. Over the years, Harry Caray’s has worked with the FBI, radiologists, chemists and other specialists to show that in the world of sports, things are not always as they appear.  Visitors will be able to look inside Sammy Sosa’s corked bat, see how baseballs have changed over time and find out what happened to the puck that scored the winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in the last game of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 
Fan Zone
The center of the Museum celebrates Chicago sports fans. Harry Caray himself was known as the greatest Chicago baseball fan of all time. A replica of the Wrigley Field broadcast booth will allow visitors to call a game like Harry, sing ”Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, or do their best Harry impersonation. Fans will also put their Chicago sports knowledge to the test with a giant interactive trivia game.
Curses and Superstitions
As guests enter this stone-clad room, they will be immersed in the phenomenon of popular and lesser known sports “curses” as well as player superstitions and rituals. Visitors will learn about curses that have plagued Chicago sports teams as well as those around the world, and can then test their new knowledge with the Curses! game. They will also hear directly from well-known Chicago athletes about their personal superstitions and rituals.
Hall of Legends
This gallery highlights Chicago’s Hall of Fame athletes and offers an array of “play with the legends” baseball, basketball, football and hockey interactive games, including:
·         All-Star Home Run Contest as Hall of Fame White Sox slugger Frank Thomas
·         Quarterback Challenge where players must avoid getting sacked by Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XX MVP Richard Dent
·         Defending the Goal as Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane takes slap shots
·         Shooting Hoops as Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.
·         Learn to Pitch with Kerry Wood, one of the most celebrated pitchers in Cubs history.
Admission to the Museum will be $6 ($3 for seniors and children 3-11; free for children 2 and under). Restaurant guests will be admitted free of charge.

The Chicago Sports Museum will be one of the city’s most unique and memorable event venues. Several spaces within the Museum and restaurant are available for private events:
The Hall of Legends
The Hall of Legends, located within the Museum, accommodates 260 guests for seated events and 500 for receptions. It can also be divided in half for smaller events. Massive windows with breathtaking lake views flood the space with natural light and also offer great views of the Navy Pier fireworks. Two jumbo screens roll down from the ceiling for exceptional video viewing.
Entire Museum
The entire Museum can be rented as an exclusive playground for a reception of up to 700 guests or as added entertainment (and a great spot to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres) for seated events of up to 260 guests. The broadcast booth can serve as a DJ booth and the photo booth can be customized to match the theme of the event.
The restaurant offers a more intimate private dining room for groups of up to 50 guests seated.
The retail store will offer autographed memorabilia, licensed Chicago sports team gear and collectibles. Many items can also be personalized for private event giveaways.
For more information and details about the project as they become available, visit,, or follow updates through social media:

At One Year Anniversary, Da Lobsta is on a Roll Da Lobsta celebrates this January and February (Chicago)

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At One Year Anniversary, Da Lobsta is on a Roll
Da Lobsta celebrates this January and February
Da Lobsta Traditional Lobster Roll
 Chicago's lobster lovers have good reason to celebrate. This January, Chicago's own Da Lobsta restaurants mark their first anniversary and business is-forgive the pun-on a roll.  Last winter, owner and founder J Wolf brought his unique, inspired take on the Lobster Roll sandwich to the world, opening his first location at 12 E. Cedar (telephone 312-929-2423) in Chicago's Gold Coast. A second location, at the Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton; telephone 312-207-5705), opened this past autumn and more locations are planned for 2014 but no dates are set.
"We've had a great run thus far, and it's only the beginning," said Wolf. "We are thrilled, but it was not unexpected that we would build a fan base pretty quickly. We knew Chicagoans love their lobster and there was pent-up demand for lobster served at an affordable price. We have solved the riddle as to how to do it really well at a reasonably low price point." Da Lobsta's Lobster Roll sandwiches are priced at $12.95, and they have clearly raised the bar on fast casual dining.
The key to Da Lobsta's success has been its ability to prepare an amazingly good Lobster Roll sandwich, with big pieces of lobster claw meat, while keeping the price in line with what the average diner can afford. Served in a fun, colorful atmosphere, with a wide range of flavor combinations to choose from and accompanied by a host of tasty comfort-food side dishes, Da Lobsta's sandwiches are delicious and satisfying for people who want to move beyond hamburgers and sub sandwiches and still enjoy a very casual meal.
Da Lobsta's success also has been due to J Wolf's foresight about Chicago food lovers. He understood that Chicagoans were sophisticated about food and would appreciate creative takes on the traditional Lobster Roll sandwich. He created a menu that features a variety of regionally and globally inspired renditions of the sandwich, such as The Greek (photo, above left). He also offers blue crab ($10.95) and shrimp ($8.95), which bring the prices down even further.
"Until Da Lobsta came along, Chicagoans had basically two options for enjoying lobster: first, sit down at a pricey restaurant and spend a lot of time and money or second, buy live lobsters and prepare them at home," said Wolf. "Neither of these options is convenient nor inexpensive. Our goal was to change all that. We made it possible for people to satisfy their lobster craving while on the go and in a budget-friendly way. Da Lobsta is a guilty pleasure, without the guilt. Our customers feel like they're part of a lobster-loving community of people in the know and it makes the experience really enjoyable."
Much more than the traditional New England Lobster Roll 
Da Lobsta Roll Da Lobsta "The Skinny"
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Da Lobsta Lobster Mac and Cheese
Among the sandwiches choices are the Traditional, with tarragon mayo and garlic butter; the Asian with soy mayo, Asian slaw, Szechwan sauce and scallions; The Mexican, with salsa, Chihuahua cheese, avocado and lettuce; the Greek, with feta, tzatziki sauce, cucumber and tomato; the Indian , with cilantro mayo, mango chutney and potato-paneer salad; the Surf & Turf, with tarragon mayo, apple smoked and maple glazed bacon; and the Skinny with low fat mayo, whole wheat pita, garlic oil, celery, tomato and slaw.
The Lobster Grilled Cheese sandwich is $12.95 and Da Lobsta also serves up daily specials, such as the Lobster BLT with bacon, lettuce, tomato and lobster ($14).
For those who really want to indulge, the signature sandwich is the Gold Coast, a large combo piled high with all three sea foods (lobster, blue crab and shrimp) and truffle mayo ($28). It's meant for sharing but  more than a few guests have gobbled it down single-handedly. 
Da Lobsta SaladLobster fans who want to try something different can choose the Lobster Mac-N-Cheese (photo above right, $8) or the Lobster-Crab Spinach Dip ($6.50).
Salad lovers can also enjoy their lobster with Da Lobsta's Chopped Salad (photo left), which comes with a choice of lobster ($12.95), blue crab ($10.95) or shrimp ($8.95) and Romaine lettuce, hearts of palm, ricotta salata, chickpeas, tomato, garlic croutons, tossed with green goddess or balsamic dressing.
Every day is New England Clam Chowda day ($6 small; $8 large) along with a daily soup special. Potato chips, coleslaw and spicy butter pickles round out the menu. Da Lobsta's Whoopie Pie ($3) is the sweet finale. For more information about Da Lobsta, please contact J Wolf at (312) 929-2423 or visit the website at

3 Photography Exhibitions Open at RayKo Thursday, January 23rd! (San Francisco,CA)

Ann Jastrab - 3 Photography Exhibitions Open at RayKo Thursday, January 23rd!



3 Photography Exhibitions Open at RayKo Thursday, January 23rd, 6-8pm!


Three fantastic shows open the new year at RayKo Photo Center. From the mysterious and strange, to the small and sublime, to the traditional and classic, there’s something for everyone in these exhibitions. 


Vanishing Point: Exercises in Perspective curated by Rachel Phillips.

Madge Cameron, Tabatha Misty, Dee Max, Frances Pane, Abe Rah-Kadabra and Will Fox

Lost and Found, works by Heidi Kirkpatrick

Come join us at RayKo for Heidi's artist's talk!

Saturday, February 8th, 1pm

The CCSF Photography Department in collaboration with SF Camerawork and Rayko Photo Center is proud to present 75 Years: Selections from the City College of San Francisco Photography Department, An exhibition of work at three venues by current and former students, faculty and staff 1939-2014. RayKo will be showing “New Visions, contemporary photography from the 81 Bees Collective of CCSF. Works by 25 devoted students and faculty of City College.

Image by Gordon Szeto

Come help us celebrate the 2014 gallery season on January 23rd

- Ann Jastrab

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