BUONA, THE ORIGINAL ITALIAN BEEF, CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ITS 21st LOCATION IN OAK LAWN WITH FREE SANDWICHES

CHICAGO (December 5, 2017) – Buona, The Original Italian Beef, announces the opening of its newest restaurant location in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The last of the family-owned Italian beef restaurant groups will officially open its 21st location on Wednesday, December 6th at 6235 95th Street in Oak Lawn. The restaurant marks the group’s third new opening in 2017, a year that also saw Buona open its first downtown location near Chicago’s Gold Coast, expand its deep connections with Chicago sports, celebrities, grocers, local charities and more. Buona is celebrating this opening by giving away free Italian beef sandwiches to any one in line at the Oak Lawn location by 10:00 a.m. on December 6th – adding to the over 100,000 free sandwiches the company has given to its customers or donated to charitable causes and events benefitting organizations like JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Misericordia Heart of Mercy, Easter Seals Chicago, the United Rescue Mission (Los Angeles), and many more.
The family-owned fast casual chain serves a blend of old-school Chicago classics, including their signature Italian Beef, Italian Sausage, Beef & Sausage Combo, Meatball and Pepper & Egg sandwiches, alongside fresh, scratch-made fare including pizzas, salads and more. The menu also features Chicago-style hot dogs and seasonal shakes, sandwiches and more. 
Buona is the last of the 100 percent family-owned restaurant groups serving Chicago’s original Italian beef. The first Buona restaurant began with a secret recipe and a legacy that stems back to the beef stands that emanated from Chicago’s famous Union Stockyards. Founder Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. was among a group of Italian immigrants who made the Italian beef sandwich a staple of Chicago’s culinary scene, taking a second mortgage on his home in order to open the company’s first restaurant in Berwyn, IL. His focus on family and tradition, and his dogged adherence to the original method for making Italian beef have been essential in driving the company’s expansion. Today, Buona is the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, and is proudly served at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields, as well as at all home Chicago Bears football games.
The Oak Lawn location’s design is evocative of Chicago’s meatpacking district, with the exterior covered in turn-of-the twentieth-century style brick. The interior features an exposed industrial looking ceiling, polished concrete floors and subway tile throughout. The space is bright and inviting, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and seasonal outdoor seating. As with every Buona location, the Oak Lawn restaurant offers dine-in, carry out and delivery services, along with catering options that include ready-made sandwiches, heat-and-eat options and platters of Italian favorites such as Mostaccioli and Lemon Chicken.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday December 5th at 3:30 p.m. Buonavolanto family members will be joined by Oak Lawn Village President Doctor Sandra Bury and members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the opening, visit Buona.com.

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35 Sports Bar & Grill – now open!

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Where to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Buona Beef is Rounding up for a Good Cause

The holidays are the perfect time to give back, and that’s just what Buona Beef is doing! Buona Beef has been a major supporter of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) for many years. The 20-location family-owned restaurant group will be conducting a round up at the register fundraising drive throughout the month. On giving Tuesday (November 28th), Buona will match all round up donations dollar-for-dollar. The register round up program encourages customers to round up the total cost of their meal to the nearest dollar in support of the non-profit organization, which focuses on finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The Buona family plans to continue its relationship with the organization as it expands its footprint, and along with it, their ability to raise awareness and money for the causes it champions.

 

Find Buona Beef locations here:

http://buona.com/locations/

35 Sports Bar & Grill Grand Opening Celebration; Meet and Greet with Owner Frank Thomas

Friday November 17th – Starting At 4PM
 
35 Sports Bar & Grill invites the public to their grand opening celebration with owner Frank Thomas on Friday, November 17th. Fans and Foodies are invited to stop by from 5:00 until 8:00 to meet “The Big Hurt”, snap a few pix and more. 
 
What:          35 Sports Bar & Grill Grand Opening with Frank Thomas
When:         Friday, November 17 from 5PM until 8PM  
More:          Meet & Greets with The Big Hurt
 
35 Sports Bar and Grill | 6801 Cermak Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402
Open Sunday-Thursday from 12PM-12AM and Friday & Saturday from 12PM -1AM | 708-956-7174 | https://www.35sportsbarandgrill.com/

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Dinner & Wine with Jean-François Bourdy

Dinner & Wine Pairing with Jean-François Bourdy at The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Legendary 15th-Generation Winemaker Hosts Intimate Event At Randolph Street’s Acclaimed Wine Bar and Bistro

 

CHICAGO – OCTOBER 17, 2017 – The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet will host the legendary Jean-François Bourdy of Caves Jean Bourdy in Jura, France for a rare and special evening on Thursday October 26.

 

The event will take place from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., with a reception in the Skylight room, followed by an elegant four-course meal paired with selections from the wines of Domaine Jean Bourdy.

 

The wines of Domaine Jean Bourdy are unique and rare in the world of fine wine.   The domaine was created between 1475 and 1500 and the brothers Jean-Philippe and Jean-François represent the 15th generation to maintain the family legacy. Tucked away in a corner of the leafy village of Arlay in Western Jura, the working winery has been designated as a living library but the French government, honored for its longevity and its winemaking culture.

 

The wines of Bourdy are completely traditional – sparkling, still, vin du voile, distilled. How to describe the wines? They taste of sunlight and earth and of time. They are wise when they are new; they are forever young when they are old.

 

What: 4-Course Dinner & Wine Pairing

Where: The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet, 736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

When: October 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

 

Tickets are $125 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and are available for purchase by calling (312) 775-0069 or reserving at Eventbrite. Space is limited.

Buona Streeterville!

Buona, The Original Italian Beef, Opens Near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

New Streeterville Restaurant To Distribute Free Italian Beef When It Opens on November 4th

CHICAGO, IL (October 23, 2017)Buona, The Original Italian Beef, today announces the November 4th opening of its newest location at 613 North McClurg Court. The family-owned business, which has preserved the city’s great Italian beef traditions, is pleased to bring its take on Chicago’s iconic sandwich to Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, just east of the Magnificent Mile.

 

To celebrate the grand opening, Buona is giving out free Italian beef sandwiches to anyone who is in line at the McClurg Court location before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday November 4th. In addition, everyone in line will have a chance to will win free Italian Beef for a year.

 

Buona is the last of the family-owned restaurant groups serving Chicago’s original Italian beef. The first Buona restaurant began with a secret recipe and a legacy that stems back to the beef stands that emanated from Chicago’s famous Union Stockyards. Founder Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. was among a group of Italian immigrants who made the Italian beef sandwich a staple of Chicago’s culinary scene, taking a second mortgage on his home in order to open the company’s first restaurant in Berwyn, IL. His focus on family and tradition, and his dogged adherence to the original method for making Italian beef have been essential in driving the company’s expansion. Today, Buona is the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, and is proudly served at Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields, as well as at all home Chicago Bears football games.

 

“We’re proud of our father and the company that he founded,” says second-generation owner Joe Buonavolanto. “He has instilled a sense of pride and tradition in his children – values that we have passed on to our children. He also taught us how to make one helluva beef sandwich!”

 

Seating 75, the Streeterville location’s design features a mix archetypal Chicago materials and classic modern elements. The location will feature outdoor seating in warmer months, and offering catering and delivery services.

 

Join three generations of the Buonavolanto family as they celebrate the opening of their newest location on November 4th. Opening festivities will be taking place all day long.

 

Buona | 613 N McClurg Court (at Ontario and McClurg Court)

Open Daily from 10AM – 10PM | 312-643-0677 | Buona.com

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Chocolate Sanctuary Halloween

Calling All Princesses and Monsters This Halloween Weekend

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Chocolate Sanctuary on Saturday October 28th

 

 

LAKE COUNTY – October 24, 2017 – The Chocolate Sanctuary, Lake County’s acclaimed restaurant, lounge and chocolate shop, will be joined by some “real” princesses and monsters when it hosts its annual Halloween Tea this Saturday October 28th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to dress in their Halloween best, sip on Benjamin Tea, converse with costumed character actors and indulge in delightful treats both savory and sweet. Of course, there will be plenty of chocolate including seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pecan Bourbon Bacon and Chocolate Malted Milk Ball truffles (October 28th is, after all, National Chocolate Day!)

 

What: Princess & Monster Afternoon Tea
Where: The Chocolate Sanctuary
When: Saturday, October 28 from 2pm – 4pm
Price: Children: $12; Adults $21
Reserve: (224) 944-0808

Porkchop Halloween Party Release

Porkchop Chicago Wants You to go Hog Wild for Halloween
Costume Party and Competition with $900 in Prizes

CHICAGO – October 20, 2017 – Porkchop Chicago, an original Randolph Street establishment specializing in whiskey and classic American BBQ, is hosting a Halloween costume party on Saturday October 28th. The edgy late-night establishment is kicking off Halloween weekend with half priced food and drinks. A DJ will keep things bumping into the night.

All partiers must be in costume – and the most creative get-ups will win prizes at 11PM when the winner of the costume contest are announced. Prizes include a $500 gift card to for first place; a $250 gift card for second place, and the third-place winners gets $150 gift card.

What: Hog Wild Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Where: Porkchop, 941 W Randolph St
When: Saturday, October 28 – 9PM – 2AM
Reserve: Eventbrite put in the link

Admission is free for all in costume, but be sure to reserve a ticket! Costumes Required

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