FLOTUS Michelle Obama Likes Chocolate? co co. sala Serves the First Lady Monday

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Third party report from the Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays column: First lady Michelle Obama an evening out with seven friends at Co Co. Sala on F Street on Monday night, November 28, 2011. The dinner featured an edible chocolate sculpture and house-made artisanal chocolates by Chef Santosh Tiptur. According to sources, Michelle Obama's favorite was Chef Tiptur's Moroccan Swordfish Sliders with chermoula marinade, fennel salad, aged pecorino and hazelnut coffee dressing.

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking -- usually used to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.

Pecorina is a hard Italian cheese made from dew's milk


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Arlington Heights Thanksgiving Food Drive Sponsored by Servpro of Arlington Heights


Servpro of Arlington Heights will be conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday, November 14 through Sunday, November 20 to benefit needy families in the Arlington Heights community. Please help make someone’s holiday special by simply dropping off non-perishable food items and/or paper products at your local Mariano’s Fresh Market - 802 E. Northwest Highway, at The Village of Arlington Heights Health Dept, 1st floor - 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, or at Panera Bread (downtown AH) - 31 S. Evergreen. Collection boxes will be inside the entrances of these locations.

Items needed include: Canned yams, canned vegetables, canned soups, boxes of mashed potatoes, paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates, and any other non-perishable food items.

Many of our valued customers are residents and business owners in this community. We thank you for your belief in the work we do for you, and for your support and kindness in helping to make a difference to others. We thank everyone in advance for your generosity, and we wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

SERVPRO of Arlington Heights/Prospect Heights specializes in water, fire, smoke and mold damage remediation, removal, repair, and restoration.

'The Grilled Cheese Truck' in Los Angeles; Special Ingredients with Grilled Cheese

The Grilled Cheese Truck serves slow-and-low-toasted ultimate comfort food

Dave Danhi and Michele Grant show their grilled cheese truck and some of their tasty creations. Video includes a few leads on their success -- a blend of butter and mayonnaise spread on the outside of the bread and toasted slowly on the grill. The truck brings out special breads and ingredients and local produce.

Guy Fieri's Stuffed Pork Chops-Food Network

Double-cut pork chops with Guy Fieri.

Ready to get stuffed? Guy shows you how to make double-cut pork chops. This video is part of Guy's Big Bite show hosted by Guy Fieri . SHOW DESCRIPTION :Guy Fieri's bleached blonde hair, goatee and skateboarder shorts make a strong statement -- you are what you eat! Whether it's his Mojito Chicken, Pepperoni Lasagna or Jambalaya Sandwich, one thing is certain -- Guy Fieri's food is as fun, fearless and fundamental as his larger than life personality. We hope you're hungry because this Guy's imagination knows no limits. Open wide for Guy's Big Bite.

Pork Kebabs With Romesco: Explained by Ann Burrell on Food Network

Anne Burrell shows off Pork Kebabs.

Grilled pork with romesco adds Spanish flair to the all-American tailgate. This video is part of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef show hosted by Anne Burrell . SHOW DESCRIPTION :Like your own private window into the kitchen of your favorite restaurant, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef reveals the concise, easy-to-master techniques of a top-level chef. By showcasing professional secrets to preparing food that is creative and full of flavor, - yet never frou-frou or scary, Anne Burrell translates your favorite restaurant foods into amazing at-home meals. With years of restaurant experience mixed with a pumped-up passion, Anne helps to take the mystery out of the professional kitchen and gets you making meals that are special enough for guests, but easy enough for a rushed weekday evening.

With Peeps and Jimmy's Closed, Check Out Great Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries at Wiener Take All, Buffalo Grove

Wiener Take All at a busy dinner hour during the Summer of 2011.

With Peeps and Jimmy's gone, where do Arlington Heights residents have to go to get the same Chicago style Hot Stand food?

Wiener Take All in Buffalo Grove.

Customer service can't be beat. And the food is the best.

Take a ride to the northwest corner of Weiland Road and Deerfield Parkway.

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Brats, Great Fries.

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Food Network 2011 New York Wine and Food Festival with Giada De Laurentiis and More

Watch highlights from Food Network's 2011 New York Wine and Food Festival featuring an all-star cast from Next Iron Chef, Food Network Star, Chopped and more, including Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, Duff Goldman, Jeff Mauro, Marc Forgione, Marcela Valladolid, Sunny Anderson, Pat and Gina Neely and more! 

The Food Network 2011 New York Wine and Food Festival was held from September 29 - October 2, 2011.

 The fourth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City, fighting hunger in the five boroughs; and Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America.

Mariano's Fresh Market Opens "Lakeshore East" Grocery Store on Benton Pl Near Millenium Park

Mariano's Fresh Market opened Tuesday at 333 East Benton Place, just north of Millenium Park in downtown Chicago. The store is the fourth Mariano's Fresh Market opened by Roundy's, a well-known major grocer from Wisconsin.

Following the opening of  the first store at 802 East Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights in summer 2010, Mariano's Fresh Market stores have popped up in Vernon Hills, and at Western and Roscoe in Chicago. Roundy's CEO Bob Mariano has said that up to eighteen stores are planned for Illinois, with one under construction next to the new Palatine Police Department Headquarters on the former Kmart location, just north of Northwest Highway and Hicks Road.

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. Ground Beef Recall After E. coli Detection

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has recalled about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that was distributed in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and other states; and is possibly contaminated with E. coli -- an organism with certain strains that can cause food poisoning.

The ground beef products being recalled include Kroger-brand ground beef; Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef, which were all packaged August 23, 2011.

The generic beef was distributed in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The Kroger beef was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana.

The Butcher's beef was distributed in North and South Carolina.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the problem Wednesday when Ohio health authorities reported a family in Butler County became ill with E. coli. Ground beef in the family's home tested positive for the bacteria.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that is commonly found in the lower intestine. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some serotypes can cause serious food poisoning in humans, and are occasionally responsible for product recalls.

Ironically, harmless strains are part of the normal flora of the gut, and can benefit their hosts by producing vitamin K2,and by preventing the establishment of pathogenic bacteria within the intestine.

The following products are recalled:

5-pound packages of Kroger-brand ground beef packed in 40-pound cases, with a product code of D-0211 QW, which was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana

3-pound packages of Butcher's Brand beef packed in 36-pound cases with the code D-0211 LWIF, which was distributed in North and South Carolina

3-pound packages of generic labeled beef packed in 36-pound cases with a product code D-0211 LWI, which was sold in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

The ground beef had a "best before" date of September 12 and the label number 245D inked on the packages. The beef had a 73/27 lean-to-fat ratio,

The ground beef was distributed to The Kroger Co., Food Lion, Inc.; SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Inc., Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency.

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GRAND OPENING: Added Caribou Coffee at 115 West Rand Rd to Taste-of-Arlington.com Directory

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – (September 22, 2011) – Caribou Coffee, the nation’s second-largest coffeehouse operator, today announced the opening of a new store located at 115 West Rand Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

“We’re thrilled to open up a new store in the Arlington Heights area,” said Dean Torrenga, director of operations for Caribou Coffee. “We chose Arlington Heights as one of the new locations because the community’s characteristics fit well with our brand and offerings. The redevelopment efforts of the nearby downtown and shopping area provide vibrancy and interest, making Arlington Heights a perfect destination for a Caribou Coffee.”

“Here at Caribou we are committed to providing guests with an extraordinary experience every time they visit our store,” said Torrenga. “We pride ourselves on being the community place guests love.”

"Chef's Collection Chicken Milanese" Recalled at Roundy's Mariano's Fresh Market Stores

Roundy's Supermarkets (parent company of Mariano's Fresh Market) recalled 360 pounds of breaded chicken breasts sold as "Chef's Collection Chicken Milanese" at select deli counters. While these products have been pulled from the stores, customers are alerted to beware of any product that might have been purchased them before the "Chef's Collection Chicken Milanese" were pulled on Wednesday. Roundy's and Mariano's Fresh Market is advising that customers discard the product and alert the store that the product has been discarded.

 The recall was initiated because the select batch of fully-cooked chicken was believed to have not gone through its final cooking stage. This recall affected a limited number of stores. There have been no reports of illness due to consumption of the products.

Arlington Heights Historical Museum Offers Children’s Workshops with Autumn Themes

Autumn is a wonderful time of year. Leaves are falling and it’s harvest time. Children can investigate and enjoy autumn themes in workshops geared just for their age.  All programs are held at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont, Arlington Heights.

How the Make an Apple Pie and See the World will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Children will read the story written by Marjorie Priceman, investigate ingredients in their original state before they are processed, and make a pie from scratch. A tour of the kitchens in the Museum’s two historic homes is included to see old fashioned kitchen tools.  For ages 4-6 years, $16 park district residents, $20 nonresidents.

Darden Restaurants: Olive Garden, Red Lobster and sister chains pledge to cut calories, sodium from meals; improved kids' meals

Darden Restaurants Inc. is pledging to cut calories and sodium in their meals at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and sister chains by 10 percent by 2016, and 20 percent over a decade. Among promised changes for children: the end of french fries on the menu. A fruit or vegetable side will become standard with kids' meals. One percent milk also will be served, with free refills, unless an alternative beverage is ordered.

The kids' menu changes have begun and are to be in place by July 2012 at Darden's 1,900 restaurants in 49 states. Darden also owns LongHorn Steakhouse (Florida only), The Capital Grille (nearest: Rosemont, Lombard, Chicago), Bahama Breeze (Schaumburg), and Seasons 52 (nearest: Schaumburg).

The Capital Grille and Seasons 52 do not have children's menus.

No Rocky Ford Cantaloupes at Mariano's Fresh Market

Mariano's Fresh Market has announced on their Facebook page that their stores are NOT involved in the current recall of cantaloupes from Colorado because they do not get the cantaloupes from Colorado.

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Owner of Gino's East, Ed Debevic's and Edwardo's in bid for bankrupt Giordano's?

Chicago restaurant owner Jeff Himmel, 62, of Bravo Restaurants Inc. and owner of the Gino's East, Ed Debevic's and Edwardo's restaurant chains is among the subjects interested in making a bid for Giordano's, the Chicago-based deep-dish pizza chain that filed for bankruptcy February 2011.

 The Giordano's chain is expected to be sold for about $40 million. Giordano's main creditor, Fifth Third Bank, is owed $45.5 million.

Jimmy's Closed, But We'll Keep It in the Directory with an Asterisk

Jimmy's Place, a favorite of Arlington Heights since about 1958, has been closed per a notice from the Illinois Department of Revenue posted on the door. Jimmy's Place was known for its hot dogs where students from the former Arlington High School used to come in crowds to eat lunch. Owners Jimmy and Mary Lou Stevens would cook hundreds of hot dogs in preparation for the lunch rush. The closing of Arlington High School hurt sales, but the restaurant managed to survive for 27 years following the closing of Arlington High School. After their divorce, Jimmy sold the business to Mary Lou. Jimmy recently returned to help Mary Lou run the business. Many people in town will miss their hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Beef and bratwursts and fries.

Google Buys Restaurant Review Service Zagat

Google announced on its company blog Thursday that it has acquired Zagat, the popular restaurant reviews service. Users will immediately start seeing Zagat’s content integrated in Google searches and Google Maps.

A new version to Google Maps version 5.10.0 now lets users add specific photos to Places and automatically shows places they’ve rated 4 or 5 stars on the map, which gives them a better look at places they’ve enjoyed in the past. Users can place photos of food or decor from a restaurant and attach it to the dining location.

As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2011, the three restaurants with the top percentages of "Like it" ratings on ZAGAT were La Tasca (92%), Wildfish (77%) and Salsa 17 (76%).

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Habanero Hot Sauce and Smokin' Shrimp Skewers from Marcela Valladolid on the Food Network

Spicy Crab Cakes and Guacamole-Food Network.

Habanero hot sauce lights the fire; creamy guacamole gets it under control. This video is part of Mexican Made Easy show hosted by Marcela Valladolid . SHOW DESCRIPTION :Professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid prepares a fresh take on Mexican food and shares simple and authentic recipes in her series, Mexican Made Easy. Marcela, inspired by her dual Mexican and Southern California upbringing, transforms stereotypes of the cuisine into healthy and easy-to-prepare Mexican meals. Whether serving home-cooked dinner for her son or entertaining friends and family, Marcela brings to the table fresh flavor that fits all tastes.

In another episode Marcela gives shrimp appetizers a kick with rosemary and chipotle powder. Look for the Food Network video, which is part of Mexican Made Easy show hosted by Marcela Valladolid . SHOW DESCRIPTION: Professional chef and cookbook author Marcela Valladolid prepares a fresh take on Mexican food and shares simple and authentic recipes in her series, Mexican Made Easy. See also ... www.foodnetwork.com

Jersey Mike's Added to Mobile Taste-of-Arlington.com Directory

Jersey Mike's Subs will officially open its doors in Arlington Heights next week on September 7, 2011. Jersey Mike's owners, John Griparis and Jeff Berns, know the importance of community relations and will celebrate their new ties with the area when they hold their grand opening on September 7.  This will be the fifth location that Griparis and Berns have opened in the Chicagoland area. This marks a new addition to the Bakery Cafe Fast Food page of Taste-of-Arlington.com

Jersey' Mikes Open's Sept. 7 2011
115 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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3 New Restaurants Taking Shape at Former Lone Star Steakhouse on West Rand Rd

Three new restaurants are taking shape at the former Lone Star Steakhouse including SmashBurger, Caribou Coffee, and Jersey Mike's Subs. Smashburger recently opened it's first Chicago-area restaurant in Batavia.

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Mariano's Shore to Store in 24 Hours: Ahi Tuna, Swordfish and Marlin

Mariano's announced Tuesday that Hawaiian fish just arrived at ALL THREE  Mariano's Fresh Market locations in Illinois -- well that's right all Mariano's are in Illinois right now. Mariano's "Shore to Store in 24 Hours" program has hooked some Ahi Tuna, Swordfish and Marlin. Available at the seafood counter.

Palatine Whole Foods Kicks Off the Harvest Season with Whole Foods Market County Fair

Whole Foods in Palatine is inviting the public to a free Whole Foods Market County Fair.

Staff and vendors are celebrating the start of harvest season! See all things country including antique tractors, farm animals, and friends from FlintCreek Wildlife and meet our local vendor partners who will be on site including:

- Heritage Prairie Farms
- Organic Valley
- Argo Tea
- Rushing Waters Trout Farm
- P.C. Plockey’s Chips
- Kissel’s Jam
- Matt's Cookies
- Frontera
- Bee Rescued
- and more!

The Whole Foods County Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Palatine Whole Foods Store from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Scandal? Worthy of Protest? Bacon in Chipotle's Pinto Beans

Chipotle news story had a teaser that they were involved in a scandal because they were accused of hiding the fact that they had bacon in their pinto beans. Apparently staff at some stores weren't informing people to avoid the pinto beans if they're a vegetarian.

Even though the website contains information about the bacon in pinto beans, some people felt it necessary to call it a scandal the information wasn't more readily provided locally at the stores

You should avoid our pinto beans (they are cooked with a small amount of bacon) and our meats. If you do eat dairy, our cheese is made with a vegetable-based rennet, and our sour cream is 100% cultured cream. 
-- chipotle.com (Special Diet Information)
Some Berkeley students were actually protesting the 'lack of information.'

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Jeff Mauro gets his own show as the next "Food Network Star"

Jeff Mauro, of Elmwood Park the “Sandwich King” was crowned the next  “Food Network Star” during the series finale Sunday night. His new show, also titled “Sandwich King” premieres Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on the Food Network.

Mauro formerly worked as corporate chef for a Chicago mortgage company, Guaranteed Rate, in Ravenswood. His last day at Guaranteed Rate was Thursday.

Mauro's new show will feature six episodes with footage shot in and around Chicago. On the menu: A Chicago steakhouse sandwich; a mortadella and fig “focaccianini”; and a play on a Chicago icon – a chicken Vesuvio sandwich on a French roll with peas, mushrooms and pepper.

Mauro is also busy promoting the first-ever book produced in conjunction with the series: “Food Network Star: The Official Insider’s Guide to America’s Hottest Foods Show” (William Morrow Cookbooks, $21.99). Mauro is scheduled to sign books at Macy’s, 111 N. State St., with fellow contestant Vic “Vegas” Moea” at 2 p.m. August 27, 2011.

Rose extravaganza at Mariano's Fresh Market

Mariano's Fresh Market is showcasing more than 3,000 stems of roses at the Arlington Heights and Vernon Hill stores Friday through Sunday.

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Kraft launches the Triple Double Oreo cookie; combined chocolate, vanilla creme layers

Kraft Foods, headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, has introduced the Triple Double Oreo, which combines a layer of vanilla cream, a layer of chocolate cream and the three familiar chocolate wafers.

Kraft's Nabisco unit, headquartered n East Hanover, New Jersey, will launch television advertising featuring Shaquille O'Neal, Eli Manning, Venus Williams and Apolo Ohno in early September.

DealMatch introduced at Dominick's; matches prices in competitors' flyers

Dominick's has introduced DealMatch. With DealMatch, Dominick's will match prices in competitors’ weekly ads. Customers visit Dominicks.com to choose the items they want. We’ll load those savings right onto your Fresh Values card.

Mariano's opening it's first store in Chicago at Roscoe and Western next week

Mariano Fresh Market will open it's first store in the city of Chicago, located at 3350 N. Western Avenue (Roscoe and Western) on Tuesday, August 23. 2011 at 6:00 a.m. -- one week from tomorrow. The Chicago  store will be the third Illinois store, after Arlington Heights and Vernon Hills.

Arlington Million Weekend: Mane Event “Million Dollar Block Party,” August 12 & The Taste, August 13

Celebrate the end-of-Summer with two back-to-back high-energy events coming your way in Downtown Arlington Heights on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13!

It all starts with Mane Event, our “Million Dollar Block Party” on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 5-11 p.m., at Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. The event kicks off the Arlington Million, Arlington Park’s showcase race that will be held on Saturday, August 13. At Mane Event, enjoy the non-stop energy and showmanship of “Libido Funk Circus,” or take the kids for a pony ride or enjoy other family entertainment, and fill up on great food and beverages from our local restaurants!



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