Restaurant Scene: Festivals star in summer spotlight

2013-07-12T00:00:00Z 2013-07-18T12:29:03Z Restaurant Scene: Festivals star in summer spotlightEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Visiting Fair Oaks Farms anytime soon? Don't forget to purchase   some of the farms' Gouda, Smoked Gouda, and Muenster cheese. This spring, Fair Oaks Farms' master cheesemaker Bruce Workman won awards  for the three cheeses at the 2013 United States Championship of Cheese Contest held in Green Bay, Wis. FYI:

Greek Festival

Saints Constantine & Helen Cathedral will present its Greek Festival through Sunday at the church, 8000 Madison St., in Merrillville. A variety of culinary offerings will be featured including  chicken, shish kebabs, fish, shrimp, stuffed grape leaves, baklava and more. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. today and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. FYI: (219) 769-2481 or visit

Celebrating with Chocolate Fondue

Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage, Chicago, will celebrate "National Get Out of the Doghouse Day" July 15 by offering feuding couples a complimentary chocolate fondue with the purchase of a premiere dinner. FYI:

Get ready for Pierogi Fest

Whiting's annual tribute to the tasty Pierogi will be held soon. Food fans won't want to miss the entertaining Pierogi Fest July 26 to 28 in downtown Whiting.  More than 250,000 visitors visit annually to sample pounds of pierogi and other foods. The travel Website TripAdvisor just placed Pierogi Fest on its Top 10 list of bizarre festivities. FYI:

Taste of Chicago winding down

If you're interested in getting new recipes and food ideas, stop by the Dominick's Cooking Corner at Taste of Chicago, running through Sunday. Among chef demos will be Shelley Young of The Chopping Block at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, pastry chef Gale Gand at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Paul Kahan of The Publican at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. FYI:

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