Airport Restaurants Around the Globe We’d Like to Try Soon

Guest Post by Gregor McGleish

Just like flight delays and the occasional layovers, hunger can strike at the blink of an eye. Come to think of it, it’s probably one of the reasons why convenience stores are like an oasis in the middle of a desert at an empty airport terminal. We all know how the challenges of travelling entails more than just long plane rides, bouts of boredom, and unavoidable language barriers. Add those to a grumbling stomach, and we’ve got the perfect recipe for a ruined vacation.

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Maker’s Mark and Longman & Eagle

Post written by Sarah Callahan, Stephanie’s sister and the current Chicago food correspondent!

This March, I was thrilled to attend an event that brought together two of my favorite things, delicious bourbon and the exceptional Chicago dining scene. Maker’s Mark collaborated with Longman & Eagle bar and restaurant to host an intimate dinner that I was lucky enough to be included in. In addition to this stop in Chicago, Maker’s Mark traveled to three other cities across the United States, selecting individual, unique restaurants that complement the flavors of Maker’s Mark, to host these thoughtful drinking and dining experiences.

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New Menu Alert! Derby Chicago

Post written by Stephanie’s sister, Sarah Callahan, the current Chicago food correspondent!

Over the past several years since graduating college, my sister and I have been frequent visitors to Derby in Lincoln Park. It is our go-to spot to band together with fellow Mizzou alumni and cheer on the University of Missouri Tigers to victory. Therefore, when Derby reached out and asked me to try some of their new Southern inspired menu items, I was more than happy to pop by for a visit.

Derby, a bar under the Big Onion Tavern Group umbrella, sets itself apart from typical bar food by offering approachable Southern inspired food items with a modern twist. You may initially notice that several of Derby’s menu items are staples at all of the Big Onion restaurants and bars, like their mouthwatering skillet cookie, loaded nachos (so much excellent cheesy goodness!!) and their freshly baked Bavarian pretzel.

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Chicago Food Winter Roundup

brew lights a yearly beer event at lincoln park zoo

Between Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Years the past couple of months after the wedding have been packed with eating! Between planning and dieting I really had to put the food blog on pause and it’s been a lot of fun catching up with foodie friends the past couple of months! During my forced blogging break I really learned how to eat in moderation better as well as recognize that you don’t have to attend an event every night to stay in the loop. Here’s a recap of some of the restaurants I tried and events I attended this winter season since becoming a Mrs!

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2014 Taste of the Nation Chicago

This Wednesday August 13th, Taste of the Nation Chicago returns to Navy Pier for a delicious evening of food and drinks with over 85 of Chicago’s best chefs and mixologists. All of the proceeds including ticket sales will benefit Share our Strength and their mission to end childhood hunger in Chicago and throughout the nation. Master of Ceremonies Bill Rancic and event chair R.J. Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises), will lead an evening of live entertainment, delicious craft beer and wines, and a silent auction featuring many unique experiences and packages.

I had the chance to speak with R.J. Melman before the event about his involvement in the program.  His enthusiasm about the Chicago culinary community coming together in order to help end childhood hunger was infectious!

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My Audition for Check Please! Chicago

This week I submitted my audition video for the new host of Check Please! I was a little bit nervous to put myself out there but I figured I didn’t have much to lose!

I wanted my video to be a mini Check Please! episode and instead of focusing on a restaurant like the show does, focus on me and my signature dish…my chipotle fish tacos with mango salsa. If you remember, I used them for my Bobby Flay audition this past summer. I developed my script to be conversational, but at the same time added some things in that I knew I wanted to emphasize. I’m lucky enough that one of my coworkers is a video whiz and was willing to help me out film and edit the audition video. She really did a great job and made it look super professional. I had two of my friends and my sister help as well by joining me at the table and talking about why I’d make a great host and about my tasty fish tacos! My favorite part of filming and was coming up with my own Anchorman-style sign off…”Keep Eating Chicago!”

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Paris Club Chicago

Before Paris Club Chicago officially opened I had the chance to attend the restaurant’s “practice party”.  It was a wonderful opportunity to try a plethora of different things on the menu and I have to say each one was better than the next!

If you haven’t yet had a chance to stop in, and I’m sure most haven’t as it just officially opened two weeks ago, I highly recommend EVERYTHING. OK, well I didn’t have a chance to try everything, but I did get a chance to try a lot of different small plates and even a few cocktails, and I enjoyed all of them.

My friend Anne and I were escorted to our table which was right up against a window, which gave us prime viewing of the entire restaurant. I really enjoyed how open the space was, it was a large restaurant but didn’t feel overcrowded which was nice.

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