COMFORT FOOD

Comfort me with cheeseburger pizza, hotdogs and other summer irresistibles

2013-05-30T00:00:00Z 2013-05-30T18:21:17Z Comfort me with cheeseburger pizza, hotdogs and other summer irresistibles nwitimes.com
May 30, 2013 12:00 am

The patios are open; Aurelio's employees present limited edition pizzas; Water Street Gallery in Douglas has Food for Thought and chefs sign up now for Taste of Michigan City.

Two Openings and a Rumor: Soda Dog in Michigan City and Stop 50 in Michiana are open as of Memorial Day and a rebuilt Stray Dog is re-scheduled to re-open next weekend. Stay tuned.

From the Shore Inbox: Aurelio's employees make comfort food even more comfortable. Starting tomorrow—June 1Aurelio’s Pizza , based in Homewood, Illinois is launching two new limited-edition specialty pizzas created by their employees– the Mac & Cheese Pizza and the Cheeseburger Pizza – in a series of six new limitede edition pizzas debuting two at a time and available for two-month periods. The Mac & Cheese Pizza, created by 37-year Aurelio’s veteran employee Jeff Binette, combines mozzarella and cheddar cheese, mostaccioli noodles, bacon and alfredo sauce on Aurelio’s crispy thin crust. Binette’s inspiration came from a late night conversation with one of his suppliers."When you’ve been in the pizza business for 37 years, you’re always looking for something interesting and different – your ears are always perked," says Binette who is general manager of Aurelio’s in Homewood "There are lots of neat little pizzas that people haven’t tried. I put my tweaks to the Mac & Cheese pizza a supplier told me about – adding the alfredo sauce, blending the cheddar cheese with our mix – adding bacon and my co-workers loved it. I’m excited for our customers to try it."

The Cheeseburger Pizza, created by 6-year Aurelio’s veteran Dylan Kulikowski, mixes up cheddar cheese, ground beef, onion, chopped pickle spears and a ketchup and mustard sauce on Aurelio’s crispy thin crust.

He explains: "One day I was really in the mood for a cheeseburger, but since we are a pizzeria, we didn’t have any, so I decided to make a pizza version.” Kulikowski, kitchen manager, Aurelio’s Pizza Hobson West adds, "My co-workers were suspiciously curious, and most all of them absolutely loved it. It tastes like a really incredible cheeseburger."

Water Street Gallery's Art Looks Good Enough to Eat: A reception for the gallery in Douglas, Michigan's show, “Food Food for Thought,” is set for next Saturday, June 8th. ARTini with the artists is part of Water Street's Art and All that Jazz series , but that's not the point. The point is the art is really fun . The paintings and sculptures show mages of doughnuts, sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, although my favorite is still chefs hunched over their culinary presentations like elves. The show is open through the beginning of July.

Michigan City Searching for Vendors: Vendor applications and event sponsorships are now available for the 2013 Taste of Michigan City. New this year, the Taste will be a two-day event taking place during the Super Boat Grand Prix weekend, August 2nd and 3rd. The Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Parade rides into the event as well.Last year, the Taste of Michigan City had over 15 food vendors, 5 live bands and local brews on tap for a great fundraiser for the Michigan City Mainstreet Association. The Michigan City Mainstreet Association is a 501c4 membership nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization and promotion of the Uptown Arts District. The Taste of Michigan City serves as their annual fundraiser, bring thousands into the downtown area.

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