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Naperville Ale Fest draws nearly 5,000 patrons

Naperville Ale Fest draws nearly 5,000 patrons

Some 4800 craft beer enthusiasts strolled the grounds of Naper Settlement at the second annual Naperville Ale Fest on Saturday, July 19, enjoying craft beers from 100 brewers, munching on gourmet grilled cheese, curry and pizza and burgers, discovering a variety of hard ciders and enjoying the music of Dirty Ernie. They came from all…

Nutrition Knowledge – Healthy habits from around the world

Nutrition Knowledge – Healthy habits from around the world

Good nutrition knows no boundaries. While the current trend in this country is toward healthier eating habits, other countries around the world have traditional eating habits that teach us healthy lessons. Japan has always been known for their healthy lifestyle and very low obesity rate. Japanese cuisine has a big emphasis on seafood and veggies,…

Naperville Ale Fest offers large selection of craft beers

Naperville Ale Fest offers large selection of craft beers

As the second annual Naperville Ale Fest approaches, plans are being finalized for the popular event to be held on the grounds of the Naper Settlement in Downtown Naperville on Saturday, July 19 from 1-5PM.  Over 4,000 visitors are expected to stroll the tree-lined grounds of the living-history museum, sampling over 200 craft beers, artisan craft ciders, great food…

Video Voice – Dine outside while you Dine Around Naperville!

Video Voice – Dine outside while you Dine Around Naperville!

As I sat outside on the patio of Mesón Sabika this past weekend enjoying some good food and a nice glass of wine while celebrating Father’s Day with my Dad who is currently visiting from England, the chill of winter seemed a distant memory. But as any long-term Midwesterner can tell you, summer is a…

Teen’s Taste – Centennial Grill is calling your name

Teen’s Taste – Centennial Grill is calling your name

School’s out and summer’s in full swing. There are so many fun things to do in Naperville in the summer! One of my favorite things to do with my friends is hop on our bikes and head to Centennial Beach. Interesting history on The Beach – it was actually a quarry and the building foundation…

Arranmore Ale Fest canceled due to weather

Arranmore Ale Fest canceled due to weather

Arranmore Ale Fest, a production of Lou Dog Events, scheduled to be held at Arranmore Farm in Oswego this Saturday, June 28, has been canceled due to standing water at the site and the prediction of additional inclement weather in the coming days. Lou Dog Events and ArranmoreArts, the beneficiaries, are working to find a suitable date…

Kicking off the World Cup in Naperville

Kicking off the World Cup in Naperville

As the first fixture of the 2014 World Cup kicked off last Thursday afternoon in Brazil, many exhaustively exuberant soccer fans gathered at Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville. Croatia scored the first goal of this year’s Cup, but Brazil striked back taking the match 3-1. The 32 team World Cup is held every four years…

Nutrition Knowledge – Get grillin’

Nutrition Knowledge – Get grillin’

Grilling out is a great way to make the most of summer meals while keeping the oven off inside. The trend in grilling goes beyond the typical burgers and brats, and includes fish, veggies, fruits, marinades and even stir-fry. Try grilled Mahi-Mahi with a Mango-Avocado Salsa, Portobello mushrooms in place of ground beef, or veggie…

Father’s Day brunch and grilling around Naperville

Father’s Day brunch and grilling around Naperville

Whether tapas or brunch offerings or dinner, families can take out Dad to one of Naperville’s 240 restaurants this Father’s Day on June 15.  Naperville also offers many fine markets for procuring items for the grill. Heaven on Seven will spice up palates with an a la carte Cajun inspired brunch, 10AM to 3PM. Live piano will…

Naperville Ribfest now offers iPhone App

Naperville Ribfest now offers iPhone App

The Naperville Ribfest marketing team has introduced news of the creation and launch of the innovative Naperville Ribfest app, available now for free from iTunes to help visitors connect with the event planned July 3-6. “We set building an iPhone app for the Ribfest experience on your smartphone as a new and effective way to…

Teen’s Taste – Tasty Egg-cellence!

Teen’s Taste – Tasty Egg-cellence!

With school ending and summer break beginning, I decided to write about a delicious breakfast sandwich that’s easy for anyone to make. The ingredients are one tablespoon butter, one egg, one English muffin, one piece of American cheese and salt and pepper to taste. I start by heating the butter in a small skillet pan….

Emerging Markets – Grilling & farming local fare

Emerging Markets – Grilling & farming local fare

Changing tastes changing accents Naperville’s secret sauce has merged from humble farm beginnings into a melting pot of exotic foodstuffs and locally-sourced specialties. The selection of grocers and specialty markets has evolved from roadside farmstands to supermarkets and gourmet food shops. Local markets have emerged to reflect the growing demands of ethnic populations and shifting…

Casey’s fires up its grill Memorial Day weekend

Casey’s fires up its grill Memorial Day weekend

Casey’s Foods fires up its grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM through October. Patrons can purchase the reliable grilling stand-bys — burgers, brats, steak and chicken tacos, etc. — and enjoy grilled specials every weekend throughout the summer and fall. Picnic tables provide seating under cover, too. Casey’s has everything you need…

Standard Market now open for business

Standard Market now open for business

Naperville’s newest artisan market, Standard Market, is now open for business at 1508 Aurora Ave. The 40,000 square foot facility offers fresh and prepared foods as well as Standard Market Grill, a casual restaurant featuring fresh ingredients from the Market. The chef driven market features several stations and food shops throughout the market including a coffee…

Standard Market is set to open May 20

Standard Market is set to open May 20

Standard Market, a chef-driven market featuring fresh and prepared foods, will open for business in Naperville at 1508 Aurora Ave. on May 20. “We look forward to opening in Naperville, and providing our customers with a top quality food destination,” said Standard Market Executive Chef Brian Wright. “For people who love to cook, we offer the highest quality produce, meat, seafood,…

Naperville Ale Fest returns July 19

Naperville Ale Fest returns July 19

The Naperville Ale Fest’s summer edition returns to the popular west suburban community on Saturday, July 19 showcasing over 200 unique beers from craft breweries from around the country.  The fest, to be held on the grounds of Naper Settlement from 1-5PM, will feature live music and a variety of food from some of Naperville’s…

Your Table is Ready – Burrito Parrilla Mexicana

Your Table is Ready – Burrito Parrilla Mexicana

Holy molé! Our first visit to Burrito Parrilla Mexicana was so good, we had to go back. Step up to the counter and select from Salads to Fajitas, Tortas to Tacos, Burritos to Enchiladas, Parrilla Grills to Desserts. Once you place an order, watch (through a large glass window) your food being prepared in a…

Naperville Gardener – Fennel aka sweet anise

Naperville Gardener – Fennel aka sweet anise

I have spent hours and hours during this long winter perusing garden catalogs, reorganizing my spice cabinet and trying new recipes. And so I came to the conclusion that my garden absolutely must include fennel! It’s a beautiful plant with fragrant feathery fronds topping pale green stalks that mature and thicken to form a bulb-like…

Nutrition Knowledge – Order up!

Nutrition Knowledge – Order up!

Spring has finally sprung, and with it all the outdoor activities that our families are involved in. This can often involve the need for quick meals and snacks, or eating at the activity location, itself. Don’t despair! There are plenty of quick, healthy options. For packing a meal or snack, choose protein options that are…

Mother’s Day brunch around Naperville

Mother’s Day brunch around Naperville

From traditional buffets, tapas and brunch offerings, spoil mom at one of Naperville’s 240 plus restaurants this Mother’s Day on May 11. Be sure to plan ahead and make reservations to avoid disappointment. Catch 35 is serving up a sumptuous seafood. Adults are $35.95, Kids 6-12 $14 and kids under 5 are free. Reservations can be…

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