Dress Up Your Dog

Dress Up Your Dog

Ketchup, mustard, relish: classic hot dog toppings, right? Well yes, but there are so many more ways to top your perfectly grilled hot dog. For National Hot Dog Month, we thought you might like to get creative and try a less than traditional way to top your dog off....
The Perfect Pool Party

The Perfect Pool Party

Make a splash with these tips for a perfect pool party.   The Food When it comes to poolside catering, summertime favorites like hot dogs and cheese burgers, along with fresh salads and finger size apps are always crowd-pleasing bites. Another winning menu option...
The Making of an Italian Beef

The Making of an Italian Beef

The Italian Beef The Italian Beef is a sandwich that originated in Chicago in the 1930’s. It is composed of thin slices of seasoned roast beef simmered in Au jus (known to locals as ‘gravy’). The beef is roasted with garlic, oregano, dried red chili and...
Top 10 Favorite Foods to Enjoy at a Picnic

Top 10 Favorite Foods to Enjoy at a Picnic

It’s finally over, go away winter and never come back! Spring has sprung and warmer breezes are here. As the days are becoming visibly lighter for longer, we Chicagoans can start to look forward to the picnic season and all the great foods that come with it. So, what...
The Perfect Mint Julep

The Perfect Mint Julep

A Kentucky Derby Tradition The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at...
Dark Chocolate Toffee Potato Chips

Dark Chocolate Toffee Potato Chips

The perfect blend of salty, sweet, buttery, crunchy goodness to die for. This little ‘snack’ will take you five minutes to make… and, if you are like me, even less time to devour. Ingredients: 10 thick cut Kettle chips with sea salt 2 oz (1/2 cup) good quality dark...
Absinthe Minded Leprechaun

Absinthe Minded Leprechaun

Just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, this slight moderation of your typical martini results in a rich, intense botanical taste that’ll leave you and guests dancing the jig. Ingredients: 1/2 oz Grand Marnier 3 oz Gin 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth 1/2 oz Absinthe...
Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018

Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018

If the holidays brought a surprise gift of an engagement now is the time to sit down and set a date for the wedding. This will be the first of many important decisions you both, as a couple; will make leading up to the special day. This blog will hopefully steer you...
It’ll Warm You Up From Head To Toe

It’ll Warm You Up From Head To Toe

Whiskey With Brandied Cherries Nothing like Brandied Cherries and the warming of Bourbon Whiskey to bring out some holiday cheer in you. This cocktail is a favorite of our Chef, Opie. A twist on the Old Fashion by adding a taste of Carmel and switching out the ususal...
Spiked Root Beer Float

Spiked Root Beer Float

Spiked Root Beer Float! Creamy, smooth, and ice cold. The Root Beer Float is a unique treat unlike any other. To me, a good root beer float needs good ingredients. Quality ice cream, real Root Beer soda, and smooth, dark rum. I promise if you live for Root Beer Floats...