Buona Beef Opens Restaurant at New Location

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Buona, The Original Italian Beef, Opens in Schererville, IN
Family-Owned Restaurant Group Opens First Location Outside of Illinois

CHICAGO, IL (March 20, 2018) – Buona, The Original Italian Beef, announces the opening of its first location outside of Illinois at 324 US 41, Schererville, IN 46375 on Tuesday March 27, 2018. The opening represents a significant milestone for the family-owned business, as it signals its intent to spread the “national” sandwich of Chicago beyond Illinois’ borders. The restaurant will be the group’s 23rd location.

“This move is the first wave of spreading some Buona Beef love outside of Illinois,” says second-generation owner, Joe Buonavolanto, Jr. “We’re excited to share Chicago’s original Italian beef sandwich with the residents of Schererville – made exactly like it was in 1930’s Chicago, spiced just right and free of additives and preservatives.”

To celebrate the opening, Buona is giving a free Italian beef sandwich to anyone who is in line at the Schererville location before 10:00 a.m. on March 27th. In addition, 1,981 prizes (a number that commemorates 1981, the year the family opened their first restaurant in Berwyn, IL) will be given away on opening day and on Friday and Saturday March 30th and 31st. Prizes include free beef for a year, SWAG and more. Buona is also hosting a beef-eating contest at 11:00 am on Saturday March 31st that pits athletes from Griffith and Highland High Schools who will compete for a $250 catering package.

The family-owned fast casual restaurant group 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. The new restaurant is in a comfortable modern setting, and offers dine-in, carry out and delivery services. The restaurant also offers catering services that include ready-made sandwiches, heat-and-eat options, and platters of Italian favorites such as mostaccioli and lemon chicken.

Seating 130, the Schererville location’s design features a mix archetypal Chicago materials and classic modern elements. The location will feature additional outdoor seating in warmer months.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:00AM on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Buona | 324 US 41, Schererville, IN 46375
Open Daily from 10AM – 10PM | 219-515-6486| Buona.com

About Buona Restaurants

The first Buona restaurant began serving Chicago’s original Italian beef in Berwyn, IL in 1981. Founded by Buonavolanto patriarch Joe Buonavolanto, Sr., the group is the last standing 100 percent family-owned Italian beef chain. Buona is the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, and is proudly served at Soldier Field. Buona has evolved from a “beefstand” to a restaurant that serves a perfect blend of old-school indulgence 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 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. 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 on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Comics and Cosmos

WGN-TV Morning Show Announcer Mike Toomey with Jim Flannigan at Carlucci Restaurant

February 22nd, 7-8:30- Carlucci in Downers Grove will host Mike Toomey and Jim Flannigan for an evening of laughs and drinks at Carlucci in Downers Grove. Tickets are $10, and that includes one Tito’s Vodka Martini. During the show, well drinks, beer, wine and appetizers are only $5!

Mike Toomey
Mike Toomey will bring his sharp delivery, quick wit, and unique style; Toomey has been a favorite at comedy clubs and special events since 1982- he has appeared in concerts with such names as Wayne Newton, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Reba McIntyre. All the more, Mike has performed on numerous television programs including: HBO’s U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado; MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour; and A&E’s Comedy on the Road.

Jim Flannigan
Over the past few years, Jim Flannigan has become a mainstay at the top comedy clubs around the country, including Zanies, The Improv, The Laugh Factory and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Hailing from Chicago, Jim’s quick wit and smart humor have made him a favorite at colleges, comedy clubs and corporate events alike. In 2016, Flannigan was invited to perform at some of the biggest comedy festivals in the country, including Gilda’s LaughFest and The Great American Comedy Festival, honoring the late Johnny Carson. Jim also co-hosts the official Chicago White Sox Podcast, The Cycle, available on mlb.com and iTunes.

Jim Flannigan @jimmyflann @jimmyflann

Blast! attends America’s favorite Travel & Adventure show event in D.C.

This past weekend, our CEO and producer of Taste of Travel Chicago took a trip to D.C. to see some of the top culinary performers serve some of their favorite meals for attendees. Of the chefs that were at the event, Kevin Etenson, executive chef at Retson’s Red Table is pictured preparing a meal below, as well as one of the chefs from Carmine’s. Some of our other favorite chefs were there, including Cooper’s Hawk’s executive chef, Matt McMillin, who prepared and served a very tasty brussel sprout salad. Cooper’s Hawk will be at Taste of Travel‘s event in Chicago on February 10th & 11th, serving up some satisfying vino for all. Blast! Marketing produces all of the Taste of Travel stages in DC, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Philly, and welcomes travelers from all over the world who enjoy food as much as us.

Carmine's SteakhouseCarmine's Dessert DishChef Kevin Etenson






















For more information about the upcoming event in Chicago, visit:


Try The City’s Best Chicago-Italian Cuisine During Restaurant Week

Enjoy the best of Chicago-Italian food for Restaurant Week (January 26 – February 8) and into the first weekend of Theatre Week (February 9 –11) at Victory Tap Chicago (South Michigan Avenue).

Chef Joe Farina is a Chicago icon known for delighting diners with his finely tuned versions of the classics that brought notoriety to Chicago’s Italian neighborhood restaurants. Utilizing the finest and freshest ingredients, Farina honors the Italian tradition of keeping it simple and letting the flavors shine through. Chef Farina’s Restaurant Week is offering selections for lunch ($22) and dinner ($33). Menu items include: Minestrone Soup, Italian Wedge Salad or Cesar Salad; Petit Filet, Salmon or Chicken Vesuvio or Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan (a Chef Joe classic); Cannoli, Gelato or Tiramisu. Chef Joe, a certified sommelier, is offering a three-ounce wine pairing with his dinner menu for an additional $18 (Ferrari Brut Sparkling, Far Niente Estate Chardonnay, Moscato D’Asti Saracco).

The Blanchard Brings A Modernist Taste of France to Restaurant Week

Foodies looking to try something different during Restaurant Week (January 26 – February 8) and into the first weekend of Theatre Week (February 9 –11) can look to the Jean-Banchet-Awarded restaurant, The Blanchard (Lincoln Park).

Chef Ryan Burns is giving diners a rare and delicious taste of his French-inspired culinary masterpieces. The prix fixe menu includes items that are at once familiar and modernist – while many of the tastes and techniques are classic French, the presentation and ingredient pairings gently break a few traditions. Select Restaurant Week dinner selections ($44) include: Crudo (smoked oyster panna cotta marinated in trout roe; Foie Gras Torchon (Banana, cocoa nib, brioche); Chef’s inspired and must-try Carrot (orange, juniper, licorice); Short Rib (smoked dates, black garlic, shitaki mushroom); Seasonally inspired Dover Sole; Banana and Pear Roasted Sorbet Puree; Chocolate “Pot de Crème”.



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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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.


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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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