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Evanston, Chicago.  More than Meals Being Served at Mather Cafés!

The Evanston based, Mather LifeWays, operates centers in Norwood Park, Portage Park, and in the South Side of the City.    The cafés serve entrées such as salads and omelets throughout the day.   In addition to that they have make available class in piano, computer and chair exercises too.  They go on field trip to the City’s theaters and feature guest speakers to lecture on topics of interest.

A Chicago resident, Sandy Swift found her alone after the death of her husband to cancer three years ago.  She had a difficult time without him around trying to relive the fun and good times the two of them shared together, soon after his passing.   The 67 year old Swift, of Edison Park, found herself at a Mather Café at 7134 W. Higgins, Chicago.  The Mather’s More Than a Café was geared for people like Sandy and others aged 55 and older.

Sandy became involved in the classes and simply finding friendship there to help in her loneliness.  She actually got so wrapped up in her piano lessons that she’s forgotten her problems.  She finds herself frequenting the café three to four times a week.  Learn more about Mather Cafés by clicking here.

Niles, Home of a Sweet Treat!

It’s in the midst of fall festivities and with Halloween in the recent past and Thanksgiving upon us, we are most likely to have had the opportunity to engage in some seasonal taffy apple eating.   Since 1948, The Niles based company Affy Tapple has produced this delicious fall treat. 

The Company CEO, Stuart Sorkin says, “If you grew up in Chicago, it’s a household name.”  The company relocated from Chicago to Niles in 2002.  It expanded the size of it location by an additional 10,000 square feet being add to it’s factory space. 

Originally, Affy Tapple sold it s products through independent retailers.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s the company began to work in conjunction with schools to sell their goods as a fund-raiser, as shortly after in local grocers.  Learn more about this home grown goody, by clicking here.

 Des Plaines, Top Chef’s Recipe for Stuffing

Stuffing has become a staple at Thanksgiving.  If you dine in the comfort of your home, a relative’s, or even go out for dinner, most likely you will be eating stuffing with your dinner.  There are an amazing amount of variations of the delicious side dish since it’s beginning that first Thanksgiving in 1621.

Executive Chef Jeff Myers, of Café La Cave in Des Plaines,  talks about a special stuffing recipe he created.  While growing up in Downers Grove, Chef Jeff and his family never enjoyed turkey at their Thanksgiving meal.  But they always enjoyed home-made stuffing!

“We’d have something different every year – crown roast of pork or maybe standing rib roast or ham” said Myers.  He worked with family members and took over a restaurant in 2003 from their late mother, Rose, which she founded in 1976.  For the recipe chosen just for you, click here.

What's good in your neck of town this Thanksgiving weekend?  Let me know - and, enjoy the holiday! 



Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:53 PM by Dean's Team


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