Highland Park Restaurateur, Joey Morelli of Max’s Deli, Spreads Joy via Funny Cookies at Local Suburban Hospitals

March 24, 2020

Third generation owner, Joey Morelli, of Max’s Deli, located at 191 Skokie Valley Rd in Highland Park, is taking care of hospital workers so they can take care of those in need during this demanding time. His message is to spread love and smiles through the Chicagoland area by creating amusing masked frosted cookies and sharing his scratch-made Jewish deli food with those on the front line.

Morelli is working closely with Highland Park Hospital and its nearby NorthShore affiliates, Evanston, Glenbrook and Skokie Hospitals, to provide food for the staff while the cafeterias are taking precautions to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Max’s Deli has created humorous and animated custom cookies decorated with doctors and nurses wearing protective masks. Morelli has already delivered over 200 cookies to the Highland Park Hospital employees. Max’s delivered lunch to the Glenbrook Hospital Emergency Room and dinner to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville including the deli’s well-known corned beef, pastrami, matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, bagels and challah.

“Myself and my unbelievable staff are proud to be a part of all that is good in the world right now,” comments Joey Morelli. “Our goal is to get food to the hospital workers and our customers and spread all of the love we can with our funny cookies and the best Jewish comfort food.”

Max’s Deli is also selling the masked cookies along with other bakery items like masked cupcakes at the Highland Park restaurant. The proceeds from the small ($2) and large ($4) masked cookies will go towards the food prepared for the hospitals and the hard-working Max’s staff. The restaurant is also offering free delivery and curbside service.

“One of my 87 year old customers called me yesterday and that’s all she wanted was her favorite Max’s dishes without leaving her home. I personally cooked her food, packed it up and delivered everything right to her door,” says Morelli. “If I can show up and bring smiles to people’s faces during this problematic time, then I’ve done my job right.”

Max’s Deli is open for carryout, catering and delivery Monday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local hospitals can reach out to Joey Morelli directly to setup cookie/food deliveries at joey@maxs-deli.com. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Get a Taste of Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday at Hey Nonny

February 20, 2020

On Tuesday, February 25, Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights will host a party to rival Bourbon Street itself, featuring New Orleans-inspired food and drink specials plus live entertainment.

Mardi Gras is all about the music and at Hey Nonny, J-Livi & The Party, a Chicago-based brass band, will kick off the festivities with funk and hip-hop. The song list will include tunes by Chicago, EWF, Jean Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Kanye, and Macklemore. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The biggest New Orleans’s festival in Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a Mardi Gras feast. Chef Tony Hernandez has created a special menu with all of the Cajun and Creole staples accounted for, including:

Classic Gumbo chicken, shrimp and Andouille sausage in a dark roux over rice $10

Cajun Crabcakes spring mix salad with jalapeño remoulade $10

Braised Escarole bacon, Roma tomatoes, red onion, and balsamic soy dressing $12

Shrimp Po’ Boy crispy shrimp on a French roll with Cajun remoulade and tomatoes $14

Cornbread Muffins $2

Louisiana BBQ Ribs slow-cooked ribs in a bourbon barbeque sauce, with home made French fries and New Orleans cole slaw $17

Shrimp and Grits Cajun shrimp on stone ground smoked cheddar grits $17

Bananas Foster $8

Hurricane Hey Nonny’s twist on the classic Mardi Gras cocktail $10

*Reservations for dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for J-Livi & The Party can be purchased here.

Hey Nonny
10 South Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
224-202-0750, heynonny.com
Facebook and Instagram @heynonnyah

About Hey Nonny
Hey Nonny is the new Chicago-favorite music venue and farm-to-table bistro, which opened in Fall 2018 in Arlington Heights. It’s already established a reputation as the best small music venue in the Midwest. Hey Nonny was awarded the 2020 “Emerging Business of the Year” award by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Hey Nonny and its upcoming shows visit heynonny.com.

Hey Nonny Brings Cabaret to Arlington Heights During Chicago Cabaret Week, March 20-30

February 18, 2020

Life is often a cabaret at Hey Nonny, Chicago’s best new music venue, but never more so than during Chicago Cabaret Week, March 20-30. This year Hey Nonny is a featured venue, which will bring the biggest and most dazzling theatrical shows to the suburbs from Broadway superstars to Arlington Heights native, Carly Stocking.

“We’ve been producing great cabaret shows since we opened,” said Hey Nonny Co-Owner Chris Dungan.  “Chicago Cabaret Week is when the rest of Chicago will find out how wonderfully cabaret shows work in Hey Nonny’s music venue room.”

Chicago Cabaret Week is the brainchild of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and some of its related show producing organizations. “For fans of cabaret as well as those who have never been to a show, this is a great opportunity to experience some of the best artists in the country,” says Anne Burnell, President of Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

Hey Nonny’s Chicago Cabaret Week schedule includes:

Friday, March 20- performance by Aubrey Logan, American pop and jazz singer (and trombone player!)

Tuesday, March 24- Paramount Theater music director Tom Vendafreddo and Broadway veteran (Le Miz) Marya Grandy returns to Hey Nonny with an array of musical theater nuggets

Wednesday, March 25- brings Adam Heisler and Nick Cox of the band Seventh Heaven back to the Hey Nonny stage with their intimate takes on their (mostly) original songs.

Thursday, March 26- Blues Hall of Fame legend Joe Louis Walker will perform his slashing blues tunes

Friday, March 27- presents soulful singer-songwriter Toby Lightman

Saturday, March 28- two shows (at 7 pm and 9:30 pm) feature the wildly popular Cabaret Carly series. Cabaret Carly is a monthly cabaret show hosted by Arlington Heights native, Carly Stocking, with a changing cast of young Chicago musical comedy stars. Each Cafe Carly show is focused on a particular theme, with “Sweet Dreams” guiding the songs and bits for the March 28 shows.

Tickets for all of the Hey Nonny Cabaret Week shows are available at www.heynonny.com.

Hey Nonny will also be open for dinner for Cabaret guests interested in dining before the shows. Reservations are recommended.

About Hey Nonny
Hey Nonny is the new Chicago-favorite music venue and farm-to-table bistro, which opened in Fall 2018 in Arlington Heights. It’s already established a reputation as the best small music venue in the Midwest. Hey Nonny was awarded the 2020 “Emerging Business of the Year” award by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Hey Nonny and its upcoming shows visit heynonny.com and on Facebook and Instagram @heynonnyah.

Hey Nonny to Host New Hot Dram! Whiskey Festival

January 6, 2020

On a cold night in January, Arlington Heights bistro Hey Nonny, located at 10 S. Vail Ave, will host its inaugural Hot Dram! Whiskey Festival. The Hot Dram! Whiskey Festival will offer patrons the chance to taste over 50 different whiskeys on Wednesday night, January 22, 2020.

“We have lots of guests who are really interested in whiskeys and would like to taste and compare,” said Hey Nonny co-owner Chris Dungan. “We thought it would be fun to set aside a night where the tastings could be interesting and organized.”

Whiskey types will be grouped in the Hey Nonny Bistro room, so that bourbons are in one area, rye whiskeys in another, non-bourbon American whiskeys in yet another area, and of Scotch whiskeys in their own location. “We’ve assembled an impressive collection of spirits that all fall under the “whiskey” label,” said Hey Nonny General Manager Garrett Supples. “Our community is going to love this. This festival will be an annual event at Hey Nonny.”

Technically, a “whiskey” is alcohol distilled from a grain-based sour mash. A real “whiskey” may not have flavorings. The tastes are governed strictly by the grains used, filtering and barrel aging process and length of the aging. A “dram” is a small taste of whiskey.

“Just the Scotches are an amazing collection,” said Head Bartender Zac Bizub. “We’ll have all the usual suspects, but also some obscure favorites, including Craigellachie, Auchentoshan, Monkey Shoulder, and that really smooth Macallan 15.”  In addition, the Hot Dram! Whiskey Festival will feature twenty bourbons, and nearly a dozen rye whiskeys.

Hey Nonny’s Hot Dram! Whiskey Festival will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and is priced at $50 per person, which includes the tastings and hors d’oeurves.

Hey Nonny is the new Chicago-favorite music venue and Midwest bistro, which opened in 2018 in Arlington Heights. It has already established a national reputation as the best small music venue in the Chicago area. For more information visit heynonny.com or on Facebook and Instagram @heynonnyah.