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Somm-o-logue – Going beyond Napa

Somm-o-logue – Going beyond Napa

Before the 1970’s, California wine was considered table wine and of poor quality. The famous Judgment of Paris in 1976 changed the wine paradigm elevating California wines to world class quality. Now, Napa Valley is America’s most celebrated wine region and often referred to “Disneyland for Adults.” California’s Tourism Bureau promotes California as the “Land…

Choice of burgers at Jackson Ave. Pub

Choice of burgers at Jackson Ave. Pub

A Sunday afternoon burger always hits the spot. This one Sunday my mom, Brad and I went to Jackson Ave. Pub, located at 7 W. Jackson Ave. in downtown Naperville. Jackson Ave. Pub opened its doors on June 29, 2012. They created a menu that has numerous inventive selections–all the food is prepared from scratch…

Hop into Easter brunch around Naperville

Hop into Easter brunch around Naperville

Hop-to-it and celebrate Easter with friends and family at one of Naperville’s many restaurants serving brunch on Sunday, April 20. The Easter bunny will also be busy with many area egg hunts and festivities. Visit PN’s events calendar to learn more about area hunts. For starters, check out event information for the Jaycees Annual Easter…

Nutrition Knowledge – A lovely bunch of health benefits: coconut oil

Nutrition Knowledge – A lovely bunch of health benefits: coconut oil

Contrary to what we have been told for so very long, saturated fat is not quite the villain that we once thought it was, especially in the form of coconut oil. There are many benefits to coconut oil, but don’t think of it as the one “magic pill” for curing everything that ails us. It…

Cuisine for a Cause moving to Navistar

Cuisine for a Cause moving to Navistar

Naperville CARES invites the community to a fundraising event featuring tastings from over 20 of the best Naperville area restaurants. The 11th Annual Cuisine for a Cause, a benefit for Naperville CARES, will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 6:30-10:30PM at a new location, Navistar Corporate Headquarters. Individual tickets are offered for open seating…

Somm-o-logue – Careme let’s them eat cake

Somm-o-logue – Careme let’s them eat cake

Marie Antoine Careme greatly influenced the Grand Cuisine. He is one of the most important French chefs and lived 1784 – 1833. Careme is named for Marie Antoinette and was orphaned during the French Revolution. As the legend goes, he was rescued by a pastry chef at ten in the revolutionary torn streets of Paris….

Your Table is Ready – Eggs, Inc.

Your Table is Ready – Eggs, Inc.

Scanning the participating businesses in Naperville Restaurant Week, we were happy to find Eggs, Inc. Cafe on the list. Located at 220 S. Washington Street, Eggs, Inc. Cafe – specializing in “old school service and professionalism” – offers a breakfast menu full of omelets, pancakes, skillets, crepes, blintzes and much more for lunch. They are…

Teen’s Taste – Quigley’s Irish Pub

Teen’s Taste – Quigley’s Irish Pub

One of my favorite Irish Blessings is…“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.” My next dinning adventure took me back to a favorite of mine just in time for St. Paddy Day. Quigley’s…

Winter wines coming to Hotel Arista

Winter wines coming to Hotel Arista

Winter may be on the wane, but Naperville Winter Wine festival aims to chase away the chill with Naperville’s first international, high-end wine tasting to be held 1 to 4:30PM on Sun., Mar. 9 at Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane. Presented by Calamos Wealth Management, a portion of the proceeds benefit DuPage PADS. “This event…

Heritage Farm Dinner whets appetites for local history

Heritage Farm Dinner whets appetites for local history

The Naperville Heritage Society hosted its second in a series of Heritage Farm Dinners on Feb. 27 as an engaging way to introduce a new interpretation for one of its historic buildings to longtime supporters of Naper Settlement, the city’s outdoor history museum. “A Peek into the White House” promised a sampling of recipes from…

Shark your way to good BBQ

Shark your way to good BBQ

With a reputation for some of the best BBQ’d food in suburban Chicago, Sharko’s has established itself as one of the most alluring destinations when it comes to smoked meat, especially in Naperville and the Western Suburbs. A family-run operation since 1956, Sharko’s stands for everything that is great about the Naperville restaurant scene, offering…

Tap in, then carve your way to good pub fare

Tap in, then carve your way to good pub fare

Having passed the relatively inconspicuous Tap In Pub and Carvery at CityGate Centre on Ferry Rd. many times, it was with a great degree of curiosity and excitement I accepted a request to write this short review. I had no idea what to expect of this neighborhood ‘pub and carvery’, and was pleasantly surprised by…

Things to do around Naperville this Weekend

Things to do around Naperville this Weekend

Friday Naperville Woman’s Club Young Adult Artists Competition / 4 – 7PM / Naperville Woman’s Club will host public reception for young artists from 4 to 7PM on Friday, February 21 at the Clubhouse, 14 S. Washington St. Awards will be given out at 6PM. Live Music at CityGate Grille / 8PM / Jive away…

25 area restaurants to serve up support for Taste of Hope

25 area restaurants to serve up support for Taste of Hope

Foodies in the area are gearing up for DuPagePads 8th Annual Taste of Hope, a culinary explosion of signature dishes from more than 25 of the area’s most elite restaurants. This delicious event will be held on Thursday, March 6 at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. Guests of the event will also enjoy wine from…

Nutrition Knowledge – Heart healthy metabolism

Nutrition Knowledge – Heart healthy metabolism

One of the biggest questions that I am often asked is “How can I increase my metabolism?” Metabolism is the overall process of taking the calories we ingest and burning those calories for energy for all our body systems. The “metabolism” dilemma is one that usually deals with weight loss, or with someone that continues…

Teen’s Taste – Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Teen’s Taste – Five Guys Burgers and Fries

My next dining experience brought me to a summer-time favorite of mine, “Five Guys Burgers and Fries,” located at 22 East Chicago Avenue in downtown Naperville. Even though I knew it was one of the coldest days, I wanted to remind myself that summer is not that far away and how much I appreciate the…

Somm-o-logue – Choking confusion

Somm-o-logue – Choking confusion

Sunchokes are one of my favorite titillating tubers. Indigenous to North America, they are crunchy, white in flesh and are excellent sauteed or raw in a salad. They grow in the ground – like a potato – and above ground, they produce a yellow flower that shines like a sunflower. Cultivated and enjoyed by Indians…

Eat and drink local this February

Eat and drink local this February

Let’s celebrate February with some delicious food for thought. Or you literally could say, “Eat your heart out.” The tables are set, the special menus are planned and the service staff at dozens of restaurants are eager for culinary enthusiasts to dine out, sampling some of the best tastes in town. Why? The inaugural Naperville…

Nutrition Knowledge – Go with your gut

Nutrition Knowledge – Go with your gut

The New Year is always a time when we evaluate, assess and determine if there are any changes we should make. We often vow to be healthier, but we may be overlooking the biggest factor in our immune system, our gut. Over 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut and therefore, if…

Your Table is Ready – Fontano’s Subs

Your Table is Ready – Fontano’s Subs

Appearances can be deceiving. Tucked in the corner of the Jewel Plaza at Ogden and Aurora, the sign reads “Fontano’s Subs,” but inside we found an authentic Italian trattoria featuring some of the best homemade pasta we’ve tasted. Starting in 1996 as a branch of the famous Fontano’s Subs in Chicago’s Little Italy, Fontano’s of…

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