Beyond the Kitchen

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Weekend in Omaha

Weekend in Omaha

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Will and I spent this past weekend in Omaha visiting friends and family! We had a busy weekend scheduled with a football game, a wedding and food and drinks aplenty! I didn’t bring my camera with me on the trip, so please enjoy the following Facebook and Instagram montage… On Friday, I went to Urban Wine Company in the Old Market with my mom and sister. We ordered a giant charcuterie...

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Fall Apple Picking!

Fall Apple Picking!

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It’s that time of year again – autumn! Check out the beautiful trees changing color right outside our window! The season calls for all things involving apples, pumpkins, mulling spice, apple cider, winter squash and hot tea. What better way to celebrate then a trip out to Kuiper’s Family Farm to pick some delicious apples right from the orchard! Last weekend I went apple picking with my...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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!...

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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...

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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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06-16-12

06-16-12

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First of all, a big Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband Will! I cannot believe it has been a years since we got married! Boy does time fly. There are so many loose ends to tie up after a wedding, that we finally almost feel caught up. One year ago today we were off in the Greek Islands! What I would give to be back there today instead of here in Chicago dealing with all this crazy flooding! I...