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Cooking with Chef Tong August 5th

COOKING WITH CHEF TONG!

Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market

The demonstration is on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course,
be able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark).
The event is free.

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

 

The story behind the Market….After visiting European sustainable farmer’s markets in 1998, Abby Mandel, chef, author, and entrepreneur, returned to Chicago determined to create a similar market in her own city. Green City Market was her brainchild and began as a small startup with nine local farmers in the crosswalk next to the Chicago Theatre. The Market quickly outgrew the location and moved to the south end of Lincoln Park where it currently operates May – October. In 2008, the Green City Market became year round, remaining open November-April, first in the Lincoln Park Zoo and now in The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The message has come through loud and clear: Chicago wants and needs a year round farmers market and, most importantly, one that supports local farmers and sustainable agricultural practices. The Market continues to experience crowds of over 175,000 visitors per year. From that first year in 1998 next to the Chicago Theatre to the present time, Green City Market has morphed into Chicago’s most vital farmers market. Industry leader Alice Waters calls it “the best sustainable market in the country.”

Green City Market showcases sustainable practices and is proud to be the first farmers market in the country to require all of its farmers to be certified by a nationally recognized 3rd party agency. Our farmers preserve the land and their growing practices make Green City Market a vital food and environmental enterprise.

Green City Market’s incredible momentum comes from our broad base of support, including conscientious and caring farmers and producers, consumers, chefs, restaurateurs, and other culinary professionals. By supporting local artisan farmers and producers Green City Market increases the density of fresh, high-quality, locally produced food in Chicago, and provides the basis for a regional cuisine.

Fogo de Chao Fights Childhood Hunger

From Internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão

 

DINE AT FOGO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

 

Receive a $25 Dining Card by Visiting any Fogo de Chão Restaurant through July 23 and Donating $5 to No Kid Hungry

 

 

Fogo de Chão invites everyone to dine at any of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations this July 10 – 23 and receive a $25 dining card (which can be applied to the purchase of two dinners upon future visit) with every $5 donation made in-restaurant to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.

 

Every dollar counts, and each $5 donation can provide up to 50 meals to the children who need it most (each dollar connects a child with up to 10 healthy meals). Learn more at nokidhungry.org. There’s much work to be done as one in six kids struggles with hunger every day in the United States.

The $25 dining card is only valid with the purchase of two dinners and can be redeemed from July 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017.

 

WHEN: NOW thru Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

WHERE: All locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (click here for details)

 

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 48 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

 

Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests may also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit Fogo.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

 

Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

The Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

It’s one of the most prominent features you have: your nose. And many people would prefer theirs be, well, a little less prominent.

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, has been popular for decades – and around for much longer. An article on  The Atlantic website says one of the first recorded rhinoplasty procedures was performed in ancient India in the 6th century B.C. The patient had a patch of skin removed from their cheek to sculpt a new nose.

Thankfully, rhinoplasty surgery has evolved since then. Those who want to change the size or shape of their nose now have access to more refined (and safer) surgical techniques and much better results.

If you’re unhappy with the look of your nose, you’ve likely considered this common procedure. But before you bite the bullet and change your appearance for good, it’s important to do a little homework. That’s why we’ve put together your beginner’s guide to rhinoplasty.

 

What It Can Do

The goal of rhinoplasty is fairly straightforward: It’s used to change the size, shape and overall appearance of your nose. Many people are hoping to make their nose smaller, thinner, or straighter, while others want a more defined nasal tip.

According to the website of Dr. Thomas Mustoe, a plastic surgeon in Chicago,  rhinoplasty  is commonly used to:

  • Narrow a wide nasal bridge
  • Alter the angle or shape of the nasal tip
  • Smooth and straighten nasal humps or indentations
  • Reshape nostrils that are wide, large, or upturned

But that’s not all. Dr. Mustoe notes that rhinoplasty can also improve the function of your nose, as well as the appearance. Breathing problems, congenital defects, or damage caused by illness or prior injury can all normally be improved with nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can also correct a prior nose job gone wrong.

 

Who It’s For

While it’s easy to think of rhinoplasty as a luxury reserved for the Hollywood elite, it’s actually a very common surgery. Last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® reported that  nose surgery was up 2%  from 2015, with 223,018 procedures performed.

Those who are the best candidates for nose surgery are people who want to improve the look or function of their nose (or both), and who have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations. There are a number of circumstances in which a  plastic surgeon won’t operate – including when a patient suffers from a psychological disorder, such as body dysmorphia. But as long as you want what can realistically be achieved, and you have a stable self-image, rhinoplasty should be a good option.

 

How It’s Done

Each surgeon has his or her own preferred techniques for surgery, but typically, rhinoplasty can be performed using an open or closed approach.

Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nose. This is advantageous because it results in a faster recovery and less scarring, but it also does not allow the surgeon full visibility into the nose during surgery. This can make surgery more difficult for the surgeon, and may not allow for more precise changes.

An open approach allows the surgeon to see the structures of the nose much more clearly because an additional incision is made along the columella, or tissue between the nostrils. Of course, this could result in a visible scar (although not always, if you choose a skilled surgeon), and may require a longer recovery. The benefit of open surgery is that the surgeon can make more exact changes, often down to the millimeter, because more of the nasal structure is visible.

Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, but a skilled surgeon should be able to give you the results you want using the best technique for your anatomy.

 

What to Expect after Surgery

Don’t anticipate immediate improvements after your rhinoplasty. In fact, expect the opposite. Swelling, bruising, and soreness will persist for several weeks after surgery. You will likely wear a nasal splint for 1-2 weeks to help stabilize your new nose and hold it in place for proper healing. If you are trying to be discreet, you may not want to schedule any social gatherings for 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure.

Ultimately, it may take up to a year or longer to see your final results. This is because it takes time for all post-surgical swelling to subside and for the final shape of your nose to emerge. However, most people are happy with their results within a few months.

To learn more about the techniques used for rhinoplasty procedures in his practice, be sure to call Dr. Thomas Mustoe at (312) 788-2560 or visit his office at 737 North Michigan Avenue #1500, Chicago, IL.

 

 

 

City Living with Dogs and Cats

ARE YOU USING PEE PADS  FOR  YOUR  DOG?

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All are first quality pads with sealed edges, tear-resistant top sheet and leak-proof backing. Our scented pad will attract your pet for easier training. Please note scenting is not a fragrance it’s an attractant only the dogs can smell.

Our special construction absorbs up to twice as much as the leading competitors. And our pads are up to 35% less expensive!

PooPeePads™ will save you money, protect your floors and make house training a breeze!

 

GOT A CAT?   Change the way you think about cleaning your cat’s litter box with the Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System starter kit.

This system features powerful odor control to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, and the specially designed, cat-friendly litter pellets minimize the litter your pets track throughout your home. With a pass-through system, the pellets capture solid waste on top, letting urine pass through to the absorbent litter pads below.

This easy-to-maintain system takes the guesswork out of changing litter while giving your cats a comfortable place to seek relief. A protective drawer holds the litter pads securely in place, keeping them away from your cats while they use the BREEZE litter box. The Purina Tidy Cats BREEZE Litter System starter kit comes with everything you need to get your cats started on this convenient and odor-controlling all-in-one cat litter system.

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BRUNCH Run Walk June 17th 2017

GET YOUR BRUNCH ON!
Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk
​Saturday, June 17, 2017​

This is not your ordinary 5K!

 

The Brunch Run is a 5K with a reward worth running (or walking) for. Because when you reach the finish line, you will be treated to an amazing brunch from Chicago’s award-winning Blue Plate Catering.
​And that’s not all – every participant receives:

​On-Course Gourmet Surprises
Ice Cold Beer at the Finish
Mimosa Bar (must be 21 years old or older)
Iced Coffee Station
Lifestyle T-Shirt (gender specific)
Signature Brunch ​

REGISTER TODAY!

What is…What Are Those things in Lake Michigan?

Is that a cruise ship out there?

Is that the new Cirque du Soliel out there?

Water cribs are offshore structures that collect water from close to the bottom of a lake to supply a pumping station onshore.

The name crib is derived from the function of the structure—to surround and protect the intake shaft.

Cities supplied with drinking water collected by water cribs include Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Oregon, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio;and Monroe County, Michigan.

 

 

The water cribs in Chicago are structures built to house and protect offshore water intakes used to supply the City of Chicago with drinking water from Lake Michigan. Water is collected and transported through tunnels located close to 200 feet beneath the lake, varying in shape from circular to oval, and ranging in diameter from 10 to 20 feet.

The tunnels lead from the cribs to one of two water purification plants located onshore, the Jardine Water Purification Plant (the world’s largest) and the South Water Purification Plant, where the water is then treated before being pumped to all parts of the city as well as 118 suburbs.

The city has had nine permanent cribs of which six are still standing and two are in active use.

Cooking event for People with Cancer March 21

The popular appearances of Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, continue in March with some wonderful menu ideas emphasizing healthy eating so essential for Gilda’s Club members and their families. The meals in this cooking series are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve beautiful food and stay healthy.

This healthy cooking demonstration is on Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm at Gilda’s Club Chicago. The club is located at 537 North Wells Street, Chicago.

Free to anyone touched with cancer.

For more information about this event, contact Gilda’s Club Chicago at 312.464.9900 or visit www.gildasclubchicago.org/calendar

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Free Thanksgiving Meal Chicago

A Church 4 Me MCC will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24. located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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ART AIDS AMERICA in Chicago Dec – April

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Art AIDS America Chicago

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

 

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful,
and vitally important… — Advocate.com

 

Art AIDS America will culminate its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery, established for this presentation by the Alphawood Foundation, at 2401 North Halsted Street (at Fullerton Avenue). The exhibition – opening on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, and continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017 – will be free and open to the public.

Tino Rodriguez (born 1965), Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood, Overall: 18 × 24 inches.

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Chicago’s WORLD OF CHOCOLATE Dec. 1st

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The biggest and best way to kick off the holiday season!
On Thursday, December 1, Revel Fulton Market is the place to be. Transcending traditional boundaries, World of Chocolate 2016 commands full sensory attention. This year, prepare to awaken your spirit as you discover the pleasures of FIRE and ICE.

From classic confections to surprising savories, 20 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at Chicago’s premiere World AIDS Day event. Admission grants you more chocolate than in your wildest dreams; an open bar with cocktails that will warm your spirits; and music to get you in the holiday groove—all the makings of an unforgettable night.

Purchase your general admission ticket for $135 or join us for premium tastings in the VIP Lounge for $235.