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Famous Holiday Tasting Forest Park

My Thanksgiving turkey, sausage and bacon dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce will be the featured at a 120 bottle tasting event Saturday November 12th at the Famous store on Madison in Forest Park. The V.I.P hour will feature a new recipe, a tasty shrimp spread…

The Best Gets Beery

Loyal readers will remember a recent Woody’s Whine that rated Italian beef sandwiches in our northwest part of the city and if you were paying attention you’ll remember that Buona Beef was the tasty winner. Well recently they went one better and did a beer…

The Grate Cheese Tasting

While always looking for new and tasty ways to make better pizza I came across a pizza cheese blending article in of all things “Pizza Today” magazine that referenced 11 possible cheese blends: Mozzarella and provolone Mozzarella and fontina Fresh mozzarella and Parmesan Mozzarella, fontina,…

The DMK Burger

Most locations take the fast food concept and spin it up smartly to an adult level with semi or full table service and in most cases some sort of beer and wine or even a full bar. We’ve sampled Meatheads and Smash Burger and find…

BAC Grilling Classes

Sessions are scheduled for the following dates; Chicken and Pork July 14 – Previous sessions have featured BBQ chicken thighs, Asian flavored turkey burgers and a brined and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, with matching white and red wines and a craft beer. Red Meats August…

Famous VIP at Famous Liquors

I also did my usual six items on a time schedule including Asian slider burgers with spicy peanut sauce, Italian Stromboli, and a terrific new recipe, beef meatballs Ala Bourguignon with mushrooms and wine sauce. We’ll do it again in April at the Lombard store….

First Bites Bash kicks off Restaurant Week in Chicago

The event was staged in the grand waiting room of Chicago’s Union Station home to Metra commuter rail and Amtrak but really dressed up for the event My truly favorite of the evening was a deviled egg stuffed with a Sriracha flavored lobster mayo, get…

Woody the Wine Guys Suggestions for Holiday Sparklers and House Wines

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava/Rose’ Spain – Here’s your party wine, great ratings $9/10 Segura Viudas Reserve Brut – Shows very well as one of several terrific Spanish “Cava’s” $8/9 Roederer Estate NV, Mendocino – ’91 points Wine Spectator, “Best Sparkling wine for $20” (WSJ…

The Future of Wine-by-the-Glass

On our recent trip to Traverse City MI. we happened into a local establishment and were pleased to find Mawby sparkling by-the-glass on the drinks list, but were shocked and amazed to see our server pour it from a tapper in the wall next to…

Summer Grilling and Wine Matching

We’ll begin on Thursday July 16th with “chicken and pork”. Register at www.beverlyartscenter.org  More details on the secret Lombard location very soon.    

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