Restaurant Scene: Time for chorizo, chili, and anniversary celebrations

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z 2013-10-17T11:14:06Z Restaurant Scene: Time for chorizo, chili, and anniversary celebrationsEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

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

The 2nd annual Lansing Autumn Fest Chili Cookoff will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in downtown Lansing. First place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and entry into the ICS Chilly Willie Chili Challenge in Orland Hills. For more information, visit

Wine Dinner

Asparagus restaurant, 7876 Broadway, will have a "Wine Pairing Dinner" featuring Hartford Family Wines Oct. 17. Cost is  $55 for a four-course dinner and wines. FYI: (219) 794-0000.

Toast to Historic Miller Bakery

There'll be a "Birthday Celebration" today at Miller Bakery Cafe honoring the 72nd birthday of the Miller Bakery. Drink and dinner specials will be featured. Half price appetizers will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. The restaurant is located at 555 S. Lake St., Gary. FYI: (219) 427-1447

Wine Tasting

Santori's Lansing Liquors, 3529 Ridge Road, Lansing, will have an Oktoberfest Tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12. There will be assorted wines and beers to sample. Cost is $5 for non-members. FYI: (708) 474-0334

Olive Tasting

The Tasty Olive Co., 2014 45th Ave, Highland, will have a fall tasting from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Among flavors highlighted will be figs and apples. FYI: (219) 924-7881

Note to Siam Marina Fans

Chef Tammy Pham and her husband Sam, owners of Asparagus, are preparing to open their new Siam Marina Thai restaurant sometime in November in Tinley Park. Stay tuned.

Anniversary Specials

Glenwood Oaks Rib & Chop House, 106 N. Main St., Glenwood, Ill., is celebrating its 39th anniversary with various specials through Oct. 15. FYI: (708) 758-4434

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