Cancer and Healthy Delicious Foods with Chef Tong

 Healthy Tastes Great!


 For eight years, Chef Christopher Tong
of the upscale Chicago private gourmet dining service,

My Private Chef, has been demonstrating
to Gilda’s Club members and friends how healthy meals can offer gourmet quality
and excitement. The idea is that people living with cancer can enjoy every bite
knowing they are supporting their healthy lifestyle. The meals in this cooking
series are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve
beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chicago House Benefit Returns to Willis Skydeck January 23rd


Chicago House and Event Chairs J.P. Anderson, Matthew Harvat, David
Kaufman, Dennis Remer, Tom Segal and Sean Ward invite you to our
favorite winter tradition – Absolut Wrapture – now celebrating 12
fantastic years!


Enjoy signature, sky-high cocktails while tasting
delicious hors d’oeuvres. Procure one-of-a-kind works of art from our
silent auction. No matter how you enjoy the event, you’ll be directly
supporting Chicago House!


Take your experience to the next level with VIP tickets, which include early admission, a keepsake photo and a VIP swag bag.


When: Thursday, January 23rd

Where: Willis Tower, Skydeck         233 S Wacker Drive

Time: 5 p.m. VIP admission        6 p.m. General admission

Tickets: Limited VIP tickets – $160 (only 60 available)

General tickets – $99       Door Tickets – $120

Holiday Cooking with My Private Chef December 21st


Looking forward to the holidays, Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, has developed a marvelous assortment of recipes that your family and guests will applaud. 

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, Deecmber 21, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit their web site:

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Shy Town Girls Book Signing! November 19th

You’re Invite to the Shy Town Girls Champagne Book Signing!

When: Tuesday November 19

 Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Viktoria’s Closet Boutique: 2482 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614 


Come meet and mingle with Katie Leimkuehler author of the new book series Shy Town Girls

(Shy Town Girls is a romance novel series about four 

shy yet brave young working women in Chicago.)

Enjoy champagne and deserts while shopping at one of the hottest boutique’s in Lincoln park!

RSVP to this event!

Can You Cook? You Could Win $10,000!

The team behind the successful show Man vs. Food featuring Adam Richman  are currently casting a brand new fun competition series called
Frankenfood for SPIKE TV.

 Each episode, one contestant will win $10,000
and have a deal worked out with their unique winning dish featured on a
restaurant menu!

We are looking for all kinds of cooks from experienced chefs to
home cooks in the Chicago. 

There will also be a casting call in the Chicago area on December 6th & 8th but if people apply to the link below, we can move them along quicker without them having to attend.


Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8 

10 am to 5 pm 

Theatre Momentum      1800 Cornelia Avenue      Chicago, IL 60657 

If you personally know unique and creative cooks, or you are one
yourself, please have them submit their info and tell us what their
creative dish is at or apply at this link. 

Winter Weather Could Cause You Plumbing Problems

It’s  Here!  WINTER!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Here are some tips that you can do to prevent or at least minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

Brought to you by the plumbing experts  GOODE PLUMBING.

Please DO NOT Feed the Pigeons in Chicago

  Please do not feed the pigeons. There are dozens of reasons why, but
mainly: feeding pigeons harms our neighborhoods and also harms the

Large population of pigeons is a health hazard.
Our huge feral pigeon population is a health hazard and creates many
problems in the city. Pigeon droppings dirty public spaces, do costly
damage to buildings, and can spread life-threatening diseases,
especially to the elderly and immune-deficient. Their nesting materials
block drains and harbor parasites like bird mites. Pigeon food makes a
mess and attracts rats.

Feeding pigeons promotes overbreeding.
Pigeon feeding produces overbreeding. Pigeons normally breed two or
three times a year, producing two eggs per brood. Overfed city pigeons
can breed up to eight times a year.

Pigeons are harmed when fed.
When you feed pigeons, you are not doing them a favor. They lose their
natural ability to scavenge and survive on their own. Pigeon over
population leads to overcrowded, unsanitary conditions and produces sick
and injured birds. A smaller flock is healthier and does less damage.

Stubborn pigeon feeders in Chicago might soon be pinching their
pennies in order to pay the fines as high as $1,000 proposed Wednesday
by Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in response to what he sees as a massive
problem in his Uptown ward.

Cappleman introduced an ordinance that would make feeding pigeons in the city an illegal act punishable with up to six months in jail along with a hefty fine, NBC Chicago reports. A similar fine was previously proposed in New York in 2007 but has not been implemented.

The alderman told the Chicago Sun-Times that the massive pigeon
population in his ward, buoyed by bread and rice-armed enablers, has reached a height that is “scaring people” near area CTA “L” stations. Pigeon droppings are actually destroying roofs of buildings. 

SOFA EXPO returns October 31-Nov 3

Latchezar Boyadjeiv      Freedom-1, 2013
Cast glass     40 x 25 x 6 in       Habatat Galleries

YEAR  20!   Sofa is BACK!  One of the most highly anticipated art shows returns to Chicago later this month!  GORGEOUS ARTWORK  at  SOFA  EXPO  2013! 

Atlanta‐based show management company Urban Expositions has acquired the
international Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA)
from The Art Fair Company. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this
year, SOFA is the largest and longest continually running art fair in

Urban Expositions plans to build a division specializing in art
fairs and SOFA is their first such acquisition. The Art Fair Company
will continue to run the fair during a transition period and Urban
Expositions will take over at the completion of the upcoming 2013 event.
SOFA will take place at the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in Chicago,
October 31 – November 3, 2013.

Vivian Beer     Low Rider, 2013
Steel, patina and ferrocement     (concrete)     48 X 42 X 34 in         Wexler Gallery

Nancy Josephson   Killer, 2013
Fly ashtray, insecticide spray pump, glass beads, rhinestone, Scrabble letters,
assorted embellishments          5 x 8 x 24 in       Judy Saslow Gallery

“We are thrilled to take ownership of an event that is so well known and
respected by galleries, collectors, museum curators, artists, dealers
and countless other members of the international art and design
communities,” says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “With the
expert guidance and invaluable industry insight of Mark Lyman, Donna
Davies and the entire SOFA team, we will initiate a seamless transition
process through to the 2013 fair that builds upon the event’s solid
foundation and impressive reputation by continuing to grow its exhibit,
educational, and networking opportunities.” 

“Urban Expositions is the perfect management team to take over
the ownership of SOFA,” explains Mark Lyman. “Urban partners Doug Miller
and Tim von Gal have built their own company through a hands-on
management style and keen desire to truly understand and serve the
specialized needs and business goals of their customers. When we began
talking about the acquisition opportunity, they instantly understood
that this fair’s distinctive focus, unique educational programming and
sense of community were the underlying keys to its longevity. I have
every confidence they will continue to enhance the SOFA experience for
the international art community.” 

Caprice Pierucci      White Seafoam
pine     36 x 54 x 12 in        Diehl Gallery

Lyman launched SOFA CHICAGO at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in 1994.
The first edition drew 58 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. Located at
Navy Pier since 1995, today SOFA CHICAGO attracts around 80 exhibitors
each year and its average attendance is close to 34,000. 

The artwork exhibits are presented from dealers around the world
in a host of media, including glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and
metalwork by artists at every stage of their careers. SOFA CHICAGO
features a signature lecture series, including presentations by renowned
artists, collectors, curators, critics and designers. In addition, a
number of special exhibits, tours and live demonstrations further
enhance the educational outreach of the fair.

OPENING NIGHT  is  October 31st!

7 – 9:00 pm

Friday  11am-7pm,  Saturday   11am – 7pm   and  Sunday Noon – 6pm

Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Cash and credit cards (VISA, American Express & Mastercard) are accepted.

Groups (10 or more) 
$12.00 (in advance)


El Mariachi to Host Lurie benefit September 21st!


Join LURIE CHILDRENS MARATHOM TEAM  for an amazing fundraiser at El Mariachi in Chicago.  3906 N Broadway!    $40 per person gets you all you can drink house margaritas, Miller Light, and Coronas plus an amazing appetizer buffet! 

This is a prepaid event. Please pay by September 14. You can pay by cash or check to Lavender or me or pay on-line using PayPal (ask and I’ll email you a link). Sorry but there’s no refunds. For more information please email me at

We want to encourage everyone to utilize the mode of transportation that is safest for them. Public transit and cabs are readily available. Also, one of the owners of a nearby parking lot has agreed to donate free parking for our event! His lot is 832 W Sheridan. Greeley school. He’ll have a guy there to guide people in.

And remember, it’s for a great cause! The Lurie Children’s Marathon Team is a highly motivated group of runners who show their dedication to improving the lives of sick children and their families by raising funds for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago while training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. This will be the second time that I have the privilge of running on this great team!

And a huge thank you to El Marachi for hosting us!

COSMIC RUN Comes to Chicago!

Push the limits of your imagination.


September  20th! 


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