Restaurant Scene: Ring in holidays at special food events

2012-11-09T00:00:00Z 2013-01-31T11:01:06Z Restaurant Scene: Ring in holidays at special food eventsEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Calling all cookie baking pros! The Downtown Hammond Council is seeking entries for its annual cookie contest.

The Downtown Hammond Council will present "A Christmas Story" Holiday Cookie Baking Contest Nov. 17 in downtown Hammond at Hohman, Sibley and Fayette. The contest is part of the 5th annual Holiday Kick-off Celebration: A Tribute to "A Christmas Story." The entire holiday event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while cookie contest judging runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at First Midwest Bank. Winner will be announced at 3:45 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Contest categories are Best Traditional, Best Texture, Chewy and Soft, Best Presentation/Decorating, and Creative Use of Ingredients. For rules and more information, visit

Wine, Spirits and Song

Get ready for the holidays  at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, in Munster. A variety of food and beverage-related events are scheduled to take place in conjunction with TAC's latest production "Plaid Tidings."

First event on tap is a "Beer & Wine Tasting & Theatre" on Nov. 16. Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. Please join me at this fun beverage gathering where I'll chat with attendees about entertaining ideas for the season. Hors' d'oeuvres will also be served to complement featured spirits. Performance of the musical production follows at 8 p.m. Cost is $15 for the tasting in addition to theater ticket.

On Dec. 6, TAC will celebrate with a Holiday buffet at 5:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. A 6 p.m. buffet will be served on Dec. 14 followed by 8 p.m. show. Cost for buffet/show is $56.

Theater fans will receive a half price ticket for "Plaid Tidings" on Nov. 20 if they donate a non-perishable food item. Donations will go to local food pantries and food drives. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Call for more information. FYI: (219) 836-3255

'Check Please' appearance

Local "After School Matters" cooking instructor Gloria Hafer, of Chicago's Southeast Side, was featured on WTTW's "Check Please!" recently. Hafer sang the praises of The Italian Village in Chicago on the television show which celebrates and informs viewers of local restaurants.

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