Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lake Geneva Dream Vacation Contest

With summer just around the corner, Bella Vista Suites will grant one lucky winner and their guest a weekend vacation with all Lake Geneva has to offer.  From May 25 to June 24, participants can share their ideal, three-night, four-day Lake Geneva getaway with a submission that should highlight a variety of activities and dining options.  The winner will be granted their exact dream vacation to include three activities, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner (two of each) in downtown Lake Geneva along with a stay in a lovely Lakeside suite at Bella Vista; see below for a sample entry. 
Entrants can simply visit or go to  and click on the Lake Geneva Dream Vacation Contest to “Like” Bella Vista Suites and submit ideas for preferred activities, both on and off the lake, as well as dining.  From boating, zip lining, golfing and horseback riding to wine tasting, dining, and even a full-service spa at Bella Vista Suites, Lake Geneva has countless options to take part in for a relaxing and fun-filled getaway.
Entries will be accepted from May 25 to June 24 and the winner will be chosen on June 26.  Visit Bella Vista Suites on Facebook to enter and review complete details.  For more ideas on what Lake Geneva has to offer, visit
WHERE:          Bella Vista Suites
                             On the Waterfront Lounge
                             335 Wrigley Drive
                             Lake Geneva, WI 53147
                             (262) 248-2100

COST:  Complimentary

WHEN: Winner’s vacation: Weekend of choice from June 27 – Labor Day, September 5; Friday evening through Monday morning
               Submissions: taken online from May 25 – June 24

Sample entry:
“My dream vacation to Lake Geneva would start with arriving at Bella Vista Suites, followed by a relaxing afternoon at the spa enjoying a massage and mini facial.  On Saturday, I would love to hit the lake for a day of stand-up paddle boarding followed by an evening out at a great local restaurant like The Bakerhouse.  Sunday would be filled with a day of browsing through the many boutiques and art galleries along Lake Geneva’s downtown, brunch at another local favorite like Simple, followed by a Sunset Sail on the lake and a wonderful night cap on Bella Vista’s Veranda overlooking the lake.”


Koi Sushi Chef’s Table in June

Koi in Evanston’s new sushi chef Guosheng Yu’s passion for developing exciting sushi creations is demonstrated in this exclusive monthly dining experience.  Guests at the Chef’s Table are seated at the intimate sushi bar with a full view of the chef’s work area and will experience the creative process first-hand as they are treated to 8-courses.  They will watch as their menu samplings are handcrafted, paired with sake and explained by Chef Yu.  For added viewing, Chef’s Yu’s deft knife skills and artistic talents will be shown via live camera feed on an HD screen above the sushi bar.

This month’s Chef’s Table event will feature delicacies like Ebi Sonomono Seaweed SaladHamaguri Clam Soup, and Crispy and Crunchy Fire Maki among other creations.  Complete menu and descriptions are below. 

The first Tuesday of every month Chef Yu will showcase new recipes and creations for twelve lucky diners at the sushi bar.  The unique eight-course tasting menu will feature the freshest sushi in artful presentations paired with featured wines and sake.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM

TICKETS:   $45 per person, all-inclusive.
                        Tickets are required and available online:

NEXT:          Next Chef’s Table Events: 
                        Tuesday, July 5
                        Tuesday, August 2

Ebi Sonomono Seaweed Salad

Zipang, Sparkling Sake, Junmai
Slight sweetness with flavors of fruit and flowers, dry and clean on the finish

Yam Sweet Potato Tempura
Dewazakura Oka, Cherry Bouquet, Junmai Daiginjo
Highly aromatic with flavors of light fruit and flower petals and a long dry finish

Hamaguri Clam Soup
Gekkeikan, Nigori, Unfiltered Junmai
An unfiltered sake with a full body, and sweet tropical fruit

Baked Salmon Skin Salad
Ty-Ku, Black, Junmai Ginjo
Soft and creamy with a long, spicy, crisp finish

Chicago Maki
Masumi, Mirror of Truth, Junmai Ginjo
Aromas of flowers and herbs are followed by rich fruits and light minerals

Crispy and Crunchy Fire Maki 
Gekkeikan, Black and Gold, Junmai Ginjo
This is an exceptionally smooth Sake, hints of fresh melon and papaya flavors. 
Great finish accents just a touch of toasted nut.

Chirashi Assorted Fresh Cut Fish
Manbito, Kimoto, Junmai Ginjo
Mellow acids, dry with great richness

Ketsumatsu- Chef Guosheng’s interpretation of the classic fruit salad
Gekkeikan Plum Wine
Gekkeikan Plum Wine is different from standard umeshu (plum liqueur)which is typically made by adding plum fruit to shochu or other white liquor.  Gekkeikan Plum Wine is made by a unique recipe utilizing select fermented plums, which produce a refreshingly fruity fragrance and delicate taste.
WHERE:       KOI
624 Davis Street, Evanston, 60201
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:30-10 PM
                        Friday – Saturday: 4:30 PM-11 PM

“Live in the Dome” at Excalibur

Excalibur, Chicago’s venerable party castle, presents LIVE in the Dome every Thursday night featuring Chicago’s newest, up-and-coming Rock, Funk, Jazz and Alternative local bands.  The Dome room at Excalibur/Vision has been home to rock greats like Filter and Local H among others.  

Guests can enjoy the tunes along with rockin’ drink specials like $3 PBRs, $5 Jameson shots and a $5 combo PBR and Jameson shot.           

Thursday, June 16
Sidewalk Chalk
Actual Rhinoceros
Mos Scocious
Fly Phoenix

Thursday, June 23
Katz Company
Paper Thick Walls
Late In The Playoffs

More bands available upon request.

WHEN:  Every Thursday, beginning Thursday, June 9
Doors 9:00 PM, Bands 10:00 PM 

COST: $5 per person

WHERE: Excalibur & Vision Nightclub
632 North Dearborn Street, Chicago
(312) 266-1944

312 Wednesdays
$3 Cocktails, $1 Shots, $2 Domestic Beer, Build Your Own Nachos & Pizza, Board Games, Bagz and Wii Gaming with over 500 games. 

LIVE in the Dome Thursdays
Live bands and $3 PBR, $5 Jameson Shots every Thursday

Latin Street Dancing Tropical Thursdays
Learn how to dance to Salsa & Cha Cha from LSD’s top instructors weekly

Rat Pack Summit Review
Third Friday of every month, swing dancing post-show

Flash Back Fridays
Second Friday of every month

One Last Fling Saturdays
Every Saturday, Bachelorette Party/Ladies Night Out

Carlucci Summer Party and Fashion Show

Guests can celebrate the start of summer on the patio at Carlucci Restaurant for their annual summer kickoff event while enjoying a fashion show, ten specialty martini stations and small bites.  Complimentary appetizers will include meatball sliders and items from the grill such as backyard chicken skewers.  Live music will be performed by diverse cover band SODA ( 

In addition, up and coming Chicagoland designer, Britney Devaris will feature her Spring and Summer Collection in an exclusive fashion show that will take place outdoors on Carlucci’s patio (photos of fashion line available upon request).  Guests will be treated to several seasonal looks from swimwear and cover-ups to casual looks and cocktail attire.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 9
                  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM            



Carlucci Restaurant
1801 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Table fifty-two Weekly Farm-to-Crust Pizza

Beginning May 23, TABLE fifty-two will offer a weekly Farm-to-Crust pizza featuring a rotating, stunning array of fresh, locally grown produce from the Green City Market.  Chef de Cuisine Rey Villalobos and Sous Chef John Vermiglio will visit the market each week and select the fresh ingredients for that week’s pizza.  The selection will be announced via TABLE fifty-two’s Facebook page (, where fans will have the opportunity to weigh in and comment on each week’s selection.

In the coming weeks, guests can look forward to ingredients like Green Garlic and Ramps from Green Gate Gardens at Fair Oak Farms and Red Thumb Fingerling Potatoes from Nichols Farms among other locally grown produce and locally raised meats.  The Farm-to-Crust pizzas make an excellent shared appetizer or an entrée for one.

Guests can enjoy watching as their Farm-to-Crust pizzas are prepared then fired in TABLE fifty-two’s wood-burning oven while seated at the intimate bar or in the main dining room.  No reservations are taken for the intimate bar seats, which are available first-come, first served.

WHEN:  Farm-to-Crust pizzas available starting May 23, 2011

PRICE: All pizzas are $15, not including tax and gratuity.

WHERE:  TABLE fifty-two
52 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Texas de Brazil Silver Oak Cellars Wine Dinner in Chicago

Texas de Brazil’s Chicago location announces an evening of fine dining and wine tasting in partnership with Silver Oak Cellars of Napa Valley.  The evening will feature 3-courses of items from Texas de Brazil’s signature 50-item salad area and seasoned, flame-grilled cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage, and decadent desserts paired perfectly with select wines from Silver Oak Cellars of Napa Valley. 

Texas de Brazil will pour Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Pinot Noir as a welcome drink when guests start to arrive.  With the salad, they will pour Silver Oak Alexander Valley and with the meats, they will serve Silver Oak Napa Valley.  Guests will receive one six-ounce glass of the mentioned wines above.

Silver Oak Cellars has been crafting extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon for over 35 years.  Designed to be deliciously drinkable from the day it is released, Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon grows more supple and luxurious over time; it is a wine with intense, opulent flavors, velvety texture and the balance and depth to ensure superb longevity.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
7:30 PM Reception
8:30 PM Dinner

COST:  $99 per person, all-inclusive
Must be 21 or older           

RSVP:  RSVP to Isabel Correa at or 312.670.1006           

WHERE:  Texas de Brazil Chicago, IL
51 East Ohio 
Chicago, IL

Gibsons Oak Brook Hosts Charles Krug Wine Dinner

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook announces the next event in their 2011 Sommelier Dinner Series with a five-course Charles Krug Wine Dinner hosted by Peter Mondavi Jr. on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 PM.  Executive Chef Brian Key has created a special menu that is perfectly paired with a selection of wines from Charles Krug (complete menu is available below).  Reservations are required. 

The first winery in the Napa Valley was founded in 1861 by Charles Krug.  Charles Krug Winery concentrates on handcrafted red Bordeaux varietals from Napa Valley appellations under the stewardship of the Peter Mondavi Family.  Peter Mondavi Jr. is the second son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi and grandson of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic Charles Krug winery in 1943.  As co-proprietor with his brother Marc, he works closely with their father, Peter Sr., on issues of strategic importance, including stewardship of all the winery’s brands.

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011
                6:30 Reception, 7:00 Dinner 

COST:   $99 per person, tax and gratuity included 

WHERE: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – OAK BROOK
2105 Spring Rd
Oak Brook, IL  60523


2010 Sauvignon Blanc
King Crab Tacos
Avocado, Lettuce, Citrus Salsa
Baby Brie En Croute
Apricot Chutney, Toasted Almonds

2009 Chardonnay Carneros
Citrus Cured Halibut, Micro Radish Salad, Citrus Tobiko, Carrot Vinaigrette

2007 Pinot Noir
Pan Seared Breast of Duck, Duck Confit Ravioli, Parsnip Puree, Micro Asparagus, Cherry Reduction

2008 Merlot
Grilled Irish Organic Salmon, Roasted Cauliflower, Pea Tendrils, Miso Butter

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gibsons USDA Prime Angus Strip Loin, Bone Marrow Mashed Potato, Hon She Medji Mushrooms, Blackberry-Ancho Sauce 

Zinfandel Port Lot XIII
Vanilla/Honey Pound Cake, Wild Berries, Poached Meringue, Port Syrup