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Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorLINCOLN PARK

Bratwurst flavored with a burst of chipotle from the local butcher shop is a sure hit on the grill.   Enjoy the end of summer with this spicy link (look for them at Gepperth's Market in Lincoln Park) which takes on an extra dimension when they are grilled over hardwood lump charcoal.

Why not try and top the brats with chopped red bell pepper and red onion?  You can char the bell pepper right on the coals, then grill thick slices of red onion alongside the brats. Try it with or with a bun.  What a treat.    Click here for more ideas.


Do you think you've got the talents to decide what should end up on this Gold Coast restaurant's wine list?  Trained or not, come and cast your vote after sampling more than 20 varieties of champagne and sparkling wine.  Rank your picks on a score card.  In the end, the most popular will go on the list.  Admission includes appetizers prepared by executive chef Dominique Tougne.   6-8 PM, reservations are recommended.  Bistro 110, located at 110 E. Pearson St.   Click here for additional information.


Jessie Oloroso is 32 and grew up in Rogers Park.  She attended Johnson & Wales culinary school in Rhode Island.  Last year she began making remarkable ice cream all day, by herself.  She was pastry chef for Stephanie Izard and Scylla restaurant-before Izard became "Top Chef" and Scylla closed (in 2007).

Now she is turning out 60 gallons a week of inventive gelato and sorbet for local restaurants and shops and sells 20 of her flavors by the scoop which include whiskey, goat cheese and caramel.

Oloroso calls her line Black Dog Gelato and recently began selling it on a retail level at Cippolina, 1543 N. Damen Ave.   She plans on opening a Black Dog ice cream shop sometime later this year in Rogers Park.   Click here to read the entire article.


Sunday Parkways runs along Chicago's boulevards connecting Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Garfield Park, North Lawndale and Little Village.  This event will be held on Oct. 5 and 26 and will close streets to cars from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open them for walking, biking, skating, dancing and playing.   It is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.  Go to just  north of Madison Street along Central Park Avenue, Franklin Street, Sacramento Avenue, Palmer Street and Kedzie Avenue on Oct. 5.   The route Oct. 26 is south of Madison along Central Park, Harrison Street, Kedzie, Roosevelt Road, Marshall Boulevard and 24th Boulevard.    Click here to learn more.


Just because the Hammerschmidt House was denied landmark status this week doesn't mean the Naperville mansion will soon be history.

The City Council cast a 5-3 vote Tuesday night to deny historic status to the Queen Anne home built in 1893.  Many people still want to keep it around, despite an estimated cost of $2 million to buy and restore it.

Several area residents who are trying to save the home at 432 E. Chicago Ave. petitioned to have it declared a landmark, in hopes of putting off the wrecking ball.  Although the city's Historic Sites Commission recommended in August to have it designated as such, the City Council denied that status because property owners Chris and Susan Cobb oppose it and the mansion sits outside the city's historic district.   Click here to find out all about this story. 


Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:54 AM by Dean's Team


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