Posts Tagged "events"

Looking Back at 2013 00

Looking Back at 2013

Looking Back at 2013

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Happy New Year! Goodbye 2013 and hello 2014! 2013 was a great year, but I’m happy to see if go in hopes that 2014 will be even bigger and better! Here’s a quick look back at the last year. Food Festivals and Events! – I had a great time in 2013 attending plenty of food festivals and foodie events. From the Chicago Food Festival and Chicago Gourmet to the Rick Bayless Garden Tour and...

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Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

Food Tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown

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Hello Chicago! Today I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had this weekend at the Chicago Food Planet Food Tour of Wicker Park/Bucktown! I found out about the tour through Vimbly and have been anticipating the event all month! I had such a great time tasting my way through the neighborhood and wanted to share every moment of it with you! Disclaimer: the foods eaten in this post...

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Chicago Gourmet 2013

Chicago Gourmet 2013

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This was my first year attending Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park and I had the most amazing time! I came perfectly prepared (see my event tips) and enjoyed a day full of delicious food, elegant wines, and talented entertainment! The park opened at noon for the event, and there was quite the line at the entrance! However, the weather was a beautiful 80 degrees and the crowds were in great...

Tips for Chicago Gourmet 2013 00

Tips for Chicago Gourmet 2013

Tips for Chicago Gourmet 2013

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Are you going to Chicago Gourmet this year? The Bon Appetit Chicago Gourmet celebration of food and wine at Millennium Park is soon approaching! This will be the first year attending the event and I simply cannot wait! I’ve been reading up on some tips and tricks to help make my trip as efficient as possible. Here is what I’ve come up with: Arrive early. As one of the biggest food festivals...

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The Big Ten 10K

The Big Ten 10K

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Earlier this summer, we participated in the 2nd annual Chicago Big Ten 10K! It’s so fun living in the South Loop and only a hop, skip and a jump away from the start line to so many amazing races this summer! Representing Will’s alma mater – Northwestern University!   Me and my sister-in-law  Laurel at the start line. Will and David as finishers looking cool in their...

Reebok Spartan Race Challenge and Giveaway! 00

Reebok Spartan Race Challenge and Giveaway!

Reebok Spartan Race Challenge and Giveaway!

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Like us on Facebook or leave a comment below for a chance to win a free entry to a 2013-2014 season Reebok Spartan Race! For more information about the Spartan Race, read on! A couple years ago in efforts to increase our running and athleticism, I participated in the Warrior Dash and Will participated in the Tough Mudder. But now there’s a new obstacle race gaining...

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog 00

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog

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My sister is getting married! April 2014 I will be out on the beach in Florida celebrating her exciting day and I cannot wait! In the meantime, there are plenty of parties to be had – including an engagement party. Earlier this month, Will and I traveled back home to Omaha, Nebraska for this wonderful celebration at one of Omaha’s most amazing restaurants, The French Bulldog in the heart of...

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Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

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On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive harvest dinner with James Beard Award winning chef and Food Network star, Alton Brown. Hosted by Welch’s, the dinner took place at Table Fifty-Two in the heart of Chicago. Restaurant owner and former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith cooked a brilliant southern dinner celebrating the Concord grape harvest season!...

Chicago Food Swap – Green Home Experts 00

Chicago Food Swap – Green Home Experts

Chicago Food Swap – Green Home Experts

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Today was my very first Chicago Food Swap! Back in March, I heard all about the Chicago Food Swap through the Good Food Festival and a couple weeks ago, my talented “foodie friend” Sarah and I decided to register and see what it was all about! We wanted to make something innovative, something unique, something all the swappers would be talking about long after the swap was over. And above...

Taste of Chicago Weekend! 00

Taste of Chicago Weekend!

Taste of Chicago Weekend!

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A couple of weeks ago my whole family came into town from Nebraska to visit for the Taste of Chicago! They visited for an entire 5 days – we had so much fun! First stop upon their arrival, The Gage! We sat out on the patio and had a few drinks to start. My sister is getting married in April so we had all sorts of wedding planning to discuss! We ordered the infamous Scotch Egg and Cherries...

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Rick Bayless Garden Tour

Rick Bayless Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful! Located on three adjacent city lots in Bucktown neighborhood, Rick Bayless’ private garden secretly grows organic lettuce, herbs, peppers and more organic for his local restaurants.   Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was...

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Viva Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas!

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For our 1 year anniversary Will and I took a weekend trip to Las Vegas last weekend!     Unfortunately our flight was 2 hours delayed out of Chicago Thursday night. But we rolled into our hotel at Caesar’s Palace around 1AM and got a lovely free upgrade to a nicer room! Leaving for the airport in Chicago around 5PM, we were starving by then so we hit up a new place  called Secret Pizza in...