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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