If you'd like to sample varied cuisine from the area, plan to visit the 39th annual Arts and Crafts Festival and Taste of the Region from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today in Crown Point.
Thirty restaurants and caterers will set up their fare along streets surrounding the Old Lake County Courthouse while more than 80 arts and crafts vendors display wares on the courthouse lawn. A beer garden, live entertainment, kid's activities and more will also be featured. FYI: Visit crossroadschamber.org
Waiting for New Siam Marina
Siam Marina/Asparagus owner/chef Tammy Pham recently closed her Siam Marina River Oaks Calumet City location and is planning to open the new Siam Marina in Tinley Park. Stay tuned for opening date. FYI: siammarina.com
Blending Sweet Ingredients
Gayety's Chocolate and Ice Cream in Schererville recently added a new item to its menu. The shop is now carrying cupcakes from Designer Desserts in Valparaiso. FYI: Call Gayety's at (219) 322-4041.
Cook-Off for Cancer
The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will have its first "Cook-Off for Cancer" from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 14 at Cafe Brauer in Chicago. The event will feature ballpark fare prepared by famed Chicago chefs and served by members of the Chicago Cubs.
Guests will vote on favorite dishes by tipping Cubs servers. Tips and proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, care and support. FYI: Visit Cubs.com
New El Salto Debuts
El Salto Mexican Restaurant recently debuted its newest location in Merrillville. The family-owned business has four El Salto eateries. To check out the menu, hours and other info, call the eatery. FYI: elsaltorestaurant.com or call (219) 940-9955.