Battle of the Beefs Hinges on Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Series

Buona, The Original Italian Beef and the official beef of the Cubs and the White Sox, and Philippe’s, The Original French Dip and beloved LA staple since 1908, are putting their money where their mouths are: If the Cubs win the series, Philippe’s foots the bill for Buona to help the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation feed Italian beef to 200 people at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. If LA wins, Buona pays for 200 people at Union Rescue Mission to enjoy The Original French Dip.

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Buona Beef and Ben’s Chili Bowl Up The Ante for the Cubs-Nats Playoffs

In This Corner Representing the Cubs
Buona – Chicago’s Original Italian Beef In This Corner Representing the Nats:
DC’s Half-Smoke From Ben’s Chili Bowl

CHICAGO (October 4, 2017) – Buona, Chicago’s Original Italian Beef and the official beef of the Cubs and the White Sox and Ben’s Chili Bowl, a beloved DC staple since 1958 and the “official dog” of the Washington Nationals, are raising the stakes during the upcoming National League Division Series. The winning team will serve “humble pie” in the form of two sandwiches to the losing team’s culinary captain, who will be forced to wear the winning team’s cap and jersey while he’s filmed eating the other city’s famous street food. David Kaplan of ESPN Chicago 1000 (Kap & Company) and Host of SportsTalk Live Host and Cubs Pre- and Post-Game analysis on Comcast SportsNet, will represent the Chicago Cubs, and Bruce Johnson, WUSA 9 Anchor, will represent the Washington Nationals.

During the five-game series, which will take place between October 6 and October 12, fans from each city can rally around their famous local sandwiches made their favorite way: in Chicago, it’s Italian Beef, Hot and Baptized, and in DC it’s a half smoke “All the Way”.

TRANSLATION: an Italian Beef sandwich is composed of thin slices of slow roasted beef simmered and served in its own natural gravy on Italian-style bread; “Hot and Dipped” (aka “Baptized”) means it’s served with Chicago-style giardiniera (an Italian relish of spicy pickled vegetables) and dunked in the gravy; a Half-Smoke is a quarter-pound smoked pork and beef sausage served “All The Way,” which means it’s topped with mustard, onions and Ben’s Spicy Homemade Chili Sauce..

Watch the NLDS and feel free to talk some trash during the payoffs! Use #NLDSSandwichBattle

Local Restaurants Support Breast Cancer Awareness With Pink Drinks and Chocolates

Raise Awareness By Raising A Glass of Rosé at Randolph Street’s The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet
The Lunatic, the Lover & The Poet (“Lunatic”) will donate $1 from every glass of award-winning 2013 vintage Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé sold during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Lunatic is a bar and bistro that is noted for its superior wine list and inventive menu. The concept, inspired by the three character facets explored in Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a neighborhood gathering place that serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet | 736 W Randolph St | 312-775-0069 | http://thelunaticloverpoet.com/

Wet Your Whistle With a Pink Whiskey Drink from Porkchop
Enjoy a classic Boulevardier cocktail (bourbon, sweet vermouth, campari) at Porkchop restaurants throughout Chicago and the suburbs during the Month of October. For each cocktail sold, Porkchop will donate $1 to the Lynn Sage Foundation. Porkchop is a restaurant and bar that dishes out an urban interpretation of a Southern comfort food and BBQ accompanied by whiskey and ice cold beer.
Find the Porkchop locations at http://www.chicagoporkchop.com

Lake County’s Chocolate Sanctuary Creates Pink Chocolates for the Cause
The Chocolate Sanctuary offers a sweeter way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They are offering a miniature assortment of four housemade chocolates (pink of course) and donating $1 from each purchase to The Lynn Sage Foundation. The boxes sell for $9 each. The Chocolate Sanctuary celebrates the cocoa bean in its many forms with entrees and desserts for brunch, lunch and dinner.
The Chocolate Sanctuary | 5101 Washington Street, Gurnee | http://www.thechocolatesanctuary.com

Runners’ Recovery On Randolph Street

The Chicago Marathon is this weekend. Here’s where runners (and their friends and family) can recover on Randolph Restaurant Row.

Runners’ Rewards: BBQ, Brunch and 1cent Beers
Runners can enjoy an amazing southern style brunch to refuel after the grueling 26.2 mile run. While you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy their brunch, but they are rewarding runners with select beers for a penny if they bring their Chicago Marathon Bib! In addition diners can enjoy $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Porkchop is a restaurant and bar that dishes out an urban interpretation of Southern comfort food and BBQ accompanied by whiskey and ice cold beer.
Porkchop Chicago | 941 W Randolph St, Chicago | http://www.chicagoporkchop.com

Brunch for the Runners, Lunatics, Lovers and Poets
Enjoy one of the city’s best brunches at Randolph Street’s The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”). Brunchers can enjoy a sandwich made with prosciutto from the Herb and Kathy Eckhous farm in Norwalk, Iowa served with a fried egg and cheddar cheese on a croissant…or indulge the Lunatic’s take on French Toast – a delicious dish with raspberry cream cheese stuffed brioche. Bring in a bib and get a glass of bubbly! The Lunatic is a bar and bistro that is noted for its superior wine list and inventive menu. The concept, inspired by the three character facets explored in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a neighborhood gathering place that serves brunch, lunch and dinner.

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet | 736 W Randolph St | 312-775-0069 | http://thelunaticloverpoet.com/

Buona, Chicago’s Original Italian Beef, Comes To Soldier Field

CHICAGO (September 5, 2017) –Buona is pleased to announce that Chicago’s original Italian beef and other classics are now available during Chicago Bears games. As part of a three-year agreement with the Bears organization, Buona is the exclusive purveyor of Italian Beef, Italian Sausage, Beef & Sausage “Combos” and Meatball sandwiches during all of the Bears regular season games at Soldier Field. The deal expands Buona’s support of Chicago sports teams, as the brand also offers its classics at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields, and is the “Official Italian Beef” of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.

“The Buona family is proud to be a part of this city’s great traditions,” said second-generation executive Joe Buonavolanto, “Nothing says ‘Chicago’ like sports and the food that fuels its fans. We’re thrilled that Chicago’s original Italian beef is now offered at Soldier Field.”

Here’s where fans can find the Buona classics on the menu at Soldier Field:

· Buona Italian Beef, Italian Sausage and Beef & Sausage Combo carts are located in Sections 144 and 334
· Buona Italian Beef sandwiches are available at nine of the stadium’s Second City concession stands, and Buona Meatball sandwiches are sold at 14 of its Windy City concession stands
· All of the sandwiches, including Buona Italian Beef, Italian Sausage, Beef & Sausage Combos and Meatball sandwiches, are on the suites menu
· Pricing: Italian Beef – $9, Italian Sausage – $8.75, Beef & Sausage Combos – $13, Meatball – $12

Buona is the only family-owned restaurant group serving Chicago’s original Italian beef. The family’s legacy stems back to the original beef stands that emanated from Chicago’s Union Stockyards, where Italian beef was invented during the Great Depression – not too long after Soldier Field was erected and around the time of the Bears’ victory of the New York Giants in the very first NFL Championship game.

About Buona Restaurants
The first Buona restaurant began serving Chicago’s original Italian beef in Berwyn, Ill. in 1981. Founded by Buonavolanto patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr., the chain has expanded nineteen locations while remaining family-owned and furthering a legacy that is equal parts family values, innovation, and adaptation. The family is defining the next-generation beef stand as a place that is the perfect blend of old-school indulgence in Chicago classics and next generation menu choices – made with a focus on fresh, scratch-made food. While the menu has expanded, the original beef recipe has not been compromised – for the three generations of Buonavolantos who are active in the company, comprise and quality are never uttered in the same breath. Buona retail products are now sold at Target, Jewel, Mariano’s, Aldi and Peapod.

Buona is the Official Beef of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, and is proudly served at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate and Soldier Fields. The restaurant’s Italian beef sandwich has won several awards and accolades since its inception, including USA TODAY’s 10Best, The Chicago Tribune’s Best Italian Beef in Chicago, Steve Dolinsky’s Essential Italian Beef Joints in Chicago(land), Eater’s 11 Essential Chicago Italian Beef Restaurants, Berwyn’s Best, West Suburban Living’s Best of the West, The Daily Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award, For more information, visit Buona online at www.buona.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

For more information, visit Buona online at www.buona.com, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Toast Labor Day at The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet All Weekend Long

CHICAGO – August 30, 2017 – The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”), a wine bar and bistro that celebrates life with wine, spirits and culinary delights, is celebrating the unofficial last weekend of summer by uncorking some very special large format bottles of rosé – the official wine of summer.

“We’re serving $10 glasses of exceptional AIX Rosé all weekend long,” says the restaurant’s Managing Partner Tom Powers. “We’re uncorking a few 15- and 3-liter large format bottles of this delightful wine from the historical city of Aix-en-Provence, which is known for making the best rosés in the world.”

The AIX Rosé $10 glasses of wine will be available throughout the weekend while supplies last.

About LLP:
The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”) is a bar and bistro that celebrates wine, spirits and culinary delights. The concept, inspired by the three character facets explored in Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a three-level establishment and neighborhood-gathering place that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. The space is ideal for private events with unique spaces that can accommodate from 12 guests at the Poet’s Table in the Wine Room to 50 in the Skylight Room. The restaurant was named “One of the Best New Wine Bars” by Food & Wine Magazine, “One of the Hottest Places to have a Cocktail” by Eater Chicago, One of the Hottest Restaurants by Chicago Magazine and Zagat, was recommended for lunch by Crain’s Chicago Business, and recognized for serving one of Chicago’s best burgers in the annual Red Eye “Battle of the Burgers” competition.

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661. Reservations: (312) 775-0069 or on OpenTable

Hours of Operation:
Fri & Sat 5PM–12AM
Sun 11:30AM-2PM & 5–9PM
Mon-Fri 11:30AM–2PM & 5–10PM

Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop

Watch as chef Jessica Nowicki from The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet prepares a variation of The Lunatic’s burger for Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop!

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/worth-the-trip/Cafe-5-The-Lunatic-Burger-440743503.html

Celebrate National Sandwich Month Buona, The Original Italian Beef

 

CHICAGO – August 10, 2017 – August is National Sandwich Month and Buona is celebrating the roots of the Italian beef – the National Sandwich of Chicago. Opening his first restaurant in 1981, Buonavolanto family patriarch, Joe Sr., was among a group of Italian immigrants who made the Italian beef sandwich a staple of Chicago’s food culture. Earlier this year, Buona family members joined fellow Italian beef pioneers from Al’s Beef on National Italian Beef Dayfor a roundtable discussion on the origins of the sandwich. The group shared stories about the early days when Al’s was called “Al’s BBQ”, and gave credit to Pasquale Scala for making it possible for many family business to open beef stands (see infographic) and to Joe Sr.’s brother Carlo (“Uncle Junior”), who founded the iconic Mr. Beef on Orleans and was instrumental in helping Buona develop the authentic, all-natural recipe its family follows to this day. Watch excerpts from the roundtable discussion here.

Buona will feed Chicagoans’ love of their local sandwich with these specials during the month of August.

  • From August 9-August 15: every “Big Hurt” sandwich ordered the way White Sox great Frank Thomas likes it, earns an entry into a competition for a Frank Thomas autographed jersey.
  • August 16 – August 22: every “Rizzo Way” sandwich ordered the way Cubs Firstbaseman   Anthony Rizzo likes it, earns an entry into a competition to win an Anthony Rizzo autographed jersey.

About Buona Restaurants
The first Buona restaurant began serving Chicago’s original Italian beef in Berwyn, Ill. in 1981. The Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, Buona has direct ties to the origination of Chicago’s iconic Italian beef sandwich, and has helped bring it some national attention by spearheading the creation of National Italian Beef Day. Founded by Buonavolanto patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr., the group has remained family owned throughout its expansion – furthering a legacy that is equal parts family values, innovation, and adaptation. Today Buona is a next-generation beef stand – a place that is the perfect blend of old-school indulgence in Chicago classics and next generation menu choices – made with a focus on fresh, scratch-made food. While the menu has expanded, the original Italian beef recipe has not been compromised – for the three generations of Buonavolantos who are active in the company, compromise and quality are never uttered in the same breath.

Buona’s Italian beef sandwich has won several awards and accolades since its inception, including USA TODAY’s 10BestThe Chicago Tribune’s Best Italian Beef in Chicago, Steve Dolinsky’s Essential Italian Beef Joints in Chicago(land)Eater’s 11 Essential Chicago Italian Beef Restaurants, Berwyn’s Best, West Suburban Living’s Best of the WestThe Daily Herald’s Reader’s Choice Award. Buona retail products are now sold at Target, Jewel, Mariano’s, Aldi and Peapod.

For more information, visit Buona online at www.buona.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
For more information, visit Buona online at www.buona.com, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Kudos to the city, the chefs, the restaurateurs, and all front-and back-of-the house folks who make the Chicago culinary scene awesome!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/restaurants/ct-chicago-bon-appetit-restaurant-city-of-year-2017-story.html#nws=true

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