HEADING WEST: Hard to believe, but the 25th annual “Windy City West” party in California is fast approaching, set for March 5 at Jerrod and R.J. Melman’s M Street Kitchen & Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica — where Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts will be honored as “Man of the Year.”Co-sponsored by the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the food fare will include such Chicago-centric goodies as hot dogs, cheesecake, deep dish pizza and Italian beef. Among celebs with Chicago roots planning to drop by are Jennifer Beals, James Denton, Jim Belushi, Jane Lynch, Joe Mantegna, Amy Landecker, Richard Kind, Jeff Garlin, Peter Jacobson, Gigi Pritzker, Joel Murray, Ed Bernero and Adrian Zmed.
The Chicago Sun Times, a newspaper, saved by the creativity and vision of Jim Tyree, has a full page ad today mourning the loss of Jim Tyree from his associates at Mesirow Financial. The words are perfect and describe the tremendous impact that Jim had on Chicago and the loss that all of us will experience. Jim had a unique understanding of business and he really cared about his friends, his customers and the community. If it was a discussion about financing our business, the City Colleges of Chicago, our insurance or his ongoing support of the Happiness Club, Jim always made time for others and always helped others succeed.
The Mesirow Tribute to Jim states:
Always missed. Never forgotten.
No one could say it better!
The Chicago Sun Times Weekend (2.5.2010) profiles Chicago Top Food Tours in a cover story. Tours highlighted include Chicago Candy Tours, Chicago Chocolate Tours, Chicago Dine -Around, Chicago Ethnic Market Tours, Chicago Food Planet Tours, Goose Island Brewery Tour , Intelligentsia Coffee Roasting Tour, Two Brothers Brewing Company Tour, Your Love of Food Tour and Eli’s Cheesecake. Come visit us for our walk in tour on Monday through Friday at 1pm or or Tastings & Traditions on Saturday and Sunday also at 1pm.
Eli’s Cheesecake bakery tours
Food Network rated this tour No. 1 in its survey of tasty tours, and Eli’s Mary Gale says it’s no surprise.
“Everyone loves cheesecake,” she says.
Eli’s employee Margie Ware has been conducting the popular tours for the last couple of years and always starts with a historical overview of the company — how Eli Schulman came up with his signature dessert for his now-shuttered steakhouse. The tour is very hands-on, with factory workers politely fielding any questions as you trace what goes into a cheesecake and how they are made, decorated and packaged. Groups of less than nine can take a 40-minute tour of Eli’s Cheesecake World (6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.) at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday without a reservation. The $3 fee includes a slice of cheesecake. Call (773) 736-3417 or visit www.elicheesecake.com.