RSSRestaurant Scene By Eloise Marie Valadez
A look at various happenings, reviews, chef info and other food talk from the region and Chicagoland.
My readers have been busy sending in their favorite tips for shopping, couponing, saving money and more. Here’s a roundup of some of the best emails I’ve received lately.
This tip is so easy but I’m afraid many people don’t take advantage of it. If you carry a coupon wallet or binder, put a return address label inside the cover with your name and address on it. If you lose your coupons (and face it, a lot of us carry many coupons around) you have no way to get those coupons back to you without some info on it. You wouldn’t take a suitcase on a trip without a luggage tag, right? Couponers are generally pretty good people and I sure would mail someone’s wallet back if I found it left in a cart. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention.
Personnel behind Meatheads, the casual eatery with the slogan "thoughtful food by caring people" recently brought the restaurant to Northwest Indiana.
Meatheads' Munster location opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2. The restaurant chain, which began in Bloomington, Ill., will also debut a Schererville eatery on Indianapolis Boulevard sometime this summer.
At Meatheads, burgers, sandwiches, fries, salads, milkshakes and more star on the menu, which boasts "high quality, fresh and never frozen" ingredients.
Fresh, quality ingredients, innovative preparations and a chef-driven menu star at Sage Restaurant in Chesterton.
The restaurant, owned by executive chef Joe Gaal, opened three years ago. Its menu features a variety of American/Italian offerings from specialty salads and pizzas to homemade pasta, seafood, risotto, sandwiches, flatbreads, cheese selections, innovative desserts and more.
"We want to continue bringing a quality product to people," said Gaal, adding he strives to offer recipes that stand out and are different from other restaurants.
Blue Chip Casino's It's Vegas Baby presents "Vegas Italiano" from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. Guests may create their own entree for $12.95. Visit bluechipcasino.com.
Lobsta Fest # 24 will be held Saturday at Town Club Steak and Seafood, 2904 45th Ave., Highland. Cost is $44.95. Call (219) 924-5227 or visit townclubon45th.com.
Freddy's Steak House has been a Northwest Indiana culinary mainstay for the last five decades.
The restaurant, owned for the last nine years by Jim and Tammy Kamradt, originally opened in 1962. Freddy's menu, from the beginning, starred quality steaks, ribs, chops, seafood and more.
With it's supper-club like feel, the restaurant has long attracted food fans from not only Northwest Indiana but Chicago and its suburbs and other locales.
Time for new season of 'Check, Please!'
Catherine De Orio steps up to the table as the new host of "Check, Please!," and has her debut at 8 p.m. today on WTTW-Channel 11.
A Chicago area native, De Orio, is a food, travel and features writer, and has been a spokeswoman for national brands. The new host was one of 17 finalists to vie for the role. Also in the finalist mix earlier this year was Frank Brunacci, of Munster. Brunacci and his wife Lillian are the co-owners of The Chef's Diamond Company, a truffle importing business. He was also the former executive chef of Sixteen Restaurant at Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago and has worked in kitchens around the world.
Bring on the chorizo creations
The El Popular-Ivy Tech Chorizo Contest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Ivy Tech Community College's East Chicago campus, 410 E. Columbus Drive. Professional chefs will be among judges for the event. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $250, $150 and $75. Tickets to taste the chorizo creations are $2. Tickets can be purchased at the finance office. No tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call (219) 392-3600, ext. 245. - Eloise Marie Valadez
Autumn Fest Chili Contest
Crown Point Oktoberfest
Mayor David Uran of Crown Point and Crown Brewing have announced the upcoming sixth annual Oktoberfest from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday on South Main Street. Featured will be a Chili Cook-Off, various food for purchase, live entertainment, bean bag tournament and more. FYI: (219) 661-2271
Chili Cooks in Munster
Chicago Gourmet, one of the year's top culinary events, moves into Millennium Park this weekend.
The event, presented by Bon Appetit and The Illinois Restaurant Association runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Chicago Gourmet 2013 will include a variety of culinary offerings and special activities. Food, wine, spirits and beer tastings as well as educational seminars, celebrity chef demos, book signings and more will be featured.
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