Renowned Chicago Artist Unveils the City’s First Screen-Print Sports Gallery ALL STAR PRESS on June 2

May 17, 2017

Sports fans who love art and art fans who love sports can rejoice as ALL STAR PRESS, 2775 N. Milwaukee Ave, is opening in Logan Square on Friday, June 2. For over 11 years, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff has been a recognized artist and entrepreneur in the screen-print industry as the owner and creator of FugScreens Studios and former co-owner of Galerie F.  Tasseff-Elenkoff is now opening his first retail and gallery space focusing on sports posters, framing and merchandise making ALL STAR PRESS Chicago’s first ever gig poster and street art gallery.

Tasseff-Elenkoff wanted to combine his experience running various businesses with his love for illustration and print media to create a new store and gallery devoted to honoring the creativity of sports through posters, shirts, pins and more. The 900-square foot space will showcase hundreds of hand screen prints that delve deep into the rich history of sports. Illustrated by Tasseff-Elenkoff the art will feature jerseys from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL and international soccer players.

Tasseff-Elenkoff has his hand in every step of the process from illustrating and designing the posters to printing them on-site at the gallery. Each unique print will be a limited edition, numbered and signed on archival recycled paper, and will be available for custom in-house framing. The prints will line the gallery walls along with a large range of local and international artists showcasing amazing original prints and multimedia work.

On Monday, June 5, the ALL STAR PRESS website will launch with even more limited edition sports prints available for purchase and shipment all over the world.

“ALL STAR PRESS is an ode to my sports idols, new and legendary. It’s an extraordinary feeling to be able fuse my passion for art and sports in a way that others may also share my enthusiasm. I’m really looking forward to growing this new body of work over the upcoming years and becoming a fan all over again” comments Tasseff-Elenkoff.

The England native graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started his screen-printing business, FugScreens Studios, over 11 years ago making gig posters for local bands, major artists and businesses all over the world. Most recently, Tasseff-Elenkoff teamed up with the Nike/Jordan brand to illustrate and screen-print posters of all 29 original Air Jordan shoes. Working with the mecca in sports apparel and traveling to America to attend Phillies games as a kid since he was 4 years old, Tasseff-Elenkoff had all the inspiration he needed to start up ALL STAR PRESS.

ALL STAR PRESS will open its doors to the public on Friday, June 2 and the website will launch on June 5.  The grand opening party will be June 2 from 6-10 p.m. Store hours include Wednesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call 773-766-4060 or visit the ALL STAR PRESS website www.allstarpresschicago.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @allstarpresschicago.


Wild Garden® Announces Nationwide Food Truck Tour, First Stop: Chicago

April 25, 2017

Wild Garden® Foods is hitting the road and sharing its love of Mediterranean food by giving back to the community with free meals. It’s all part of an epic four-day food truck tour, May 15-18, through the city of Chicago, including stops at popular destinations and places in need. Facebook “likes” will power the Social Kitchen Tour so for every new “like” on the company’s page, a free lunch or dinner will be served. Four local celebrities will be onboard to hand out the free meals and exciting giveaways to lucky patrons dining at the truck.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch the Wild Garden® Social Kitchen Tour to share our food with those searching for new flavors and to those in need of a meal. It’s a remarkable feeling to help feed someone no matter where you live through the power of social media,” comments Co-Founder of Wild Garden®, Nezar Ziyad.

Wild Garden® hopes to serve over 5,000 free hot, Mediterranean meals made with the company’s foods, snacks and sweets. The truck’s schedule will be announced each morning on the company’s Facebook page and the first 50 people in line will get a tote bag full of Wild Garden® goodies. Patrons will also have a chance to win free Wild Garden® food for a year!

Members of the Wild Garden® team along with local celebrities will serve Chicagoans during two shifts. During the lunch shift, the truck will be parked in busy lunch areas, while the evening shift will focus on a soup kitchen or shelter.

Food Truck Tour Tentative Schedule:

May 15 

Lunch- The University of Chicago 11:30am-1:30pm

Dinner- Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Celebrity- Monique Volz, Founder of Ambitious Kitchen

May 16 

Lunch- The Loop (Michgan/Monroe) 11:30am-1:30pm

Dinner- You Can Make It Women and Children Shelter

Celebrity- Elizabeth Atkinson, Time Out Chicago’s Restaurant and Bars Editor

May 17 

Lunch- Daley Plaza Food Truck Fest 11am-3pm

Celebrity- Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp

May 18 

Lunch- The Loop (Wabash/Jackson) 11:30am-1:30pm

Celebrity- Alicia Roman, Meteorologist at NBC Chicago

For more information on Wild Garden® and the company’s upcoming food truck tour in Chicago and around the country, visit the Wild Garden® website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WGSocialKitchen.

About Wild Garden

Wild Garden® prides itself on bringing the authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table through its popular snack boxes, hummus, and new marinades and pilafs. Thanks to the Ziyad Family, who has spent 50 years servicing the ethnic community through food, and Culinary Director, Chef Maher Chebaro, indulging in the finest flavors and spices of the Mediterranean has never been easier and healthier. The Wild Garden® products can be found at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on the company’s website.


Celebrate Mother’s Day During National BBQ Month at Kinfork & Rack House

April 24, 2017

Moms are invited to indulge in their most favorite things (including ice cream, flowers and BBQ!) this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, at sister restaurants, Kinfork BBQ & Tap and Rack House Kitchen & Tavern.

Kinfork

The restaurant will open its massive build-your-own ice cream sundae bar, normally free for kids with the purchase of a meal, and on Mother’s Day only, free for moms! The sundae bar is complete with Magic Shell, rainbow sprinkles, coconut, Oreo crumbles and so much more. And special for Moms with dining reservations, a complimentary flower!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can also feast on a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar along with Chef Bryant’s holiday inspired brunch specials like:

Cinnamon Roll Griddlecakes with whipped vanilla butter. $11

Florentine omelet with fresh arugula, tomatoes and goat cheese with breakfast potatoes $12 

Rack House

Moms can sit back and relax as her family serves themselves at the BBQ inspired lunch and dinner buffet complete with carving and omelet stations, cheese and sweet tables and more. The brunch buffet will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the dinner buffet will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both are priced at $36.99/adult and $14.99/kid 12 and under (gratuity not included).

Reservations at both restaurants are recommended. The regular dining menu along with the BBQ Month Bubba Burger will also be served at Kinfork and a select dining menu and BBQ Month regional specails will be offered at Rack House.

Kinfork American BBQ & Tap

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173

847-610-3958; kinforkrestaurant.com

Facebook and Twitter @dinekinfork

Instagram @kinforkrestaurant

 

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern

222 E. Algonquin Road , Arlington Heights, IL 60005

847-640-7225; rackhousetavern.com

Facebook and Twitter @rackhousetavern

Instagram @rackhousebbq

 


Truco Taqueria & Margarita Bar Unveils New Menu, All-Day Breakfast, Décor & Daily Specials on April 24

April 10, 2017

Randhurst Village will become even livelier when Truco Taqueria & Margarita Bar reveals its new menu, décor and specials on April 24. Just in time for one of the biggest Mexican celebrations, Cinco de Mayo, Truco will be slinging street tacos and shaking up the suburbs’ coolest margaritas. A funky goddess mural, decorative skeleton folk art and a massive television, showing up to five different American/Mexican sporting events, will set the stage for this newly updated Mexican outpost.

About Truco

When Truco’s Chef Juan Luis was approached to create a concept suitable to be next to the AMC Theatre, Mexican street food was the obvious choice. Movie goers would appreciate a quick, quality meal and a stellar margarita before or after the show. Truco, meaning “little trick” in Spanish, became the project name for a spin off from Mago, the restaurant’s sister restaurant, meaning “magician.”

The Menu

The lighter, more casual menu features Mexican Flatbreads including Costilla with braised beef short rib, tamarind BBQ sauce, Serrano peppers, avocado and radish ($12) and Camaron with shrimp, adobo salsa, goat cheese, cilantro, purple onion, avocado and arugula ($12). Over a dozen Tacos will be highlighted like Chicken Pipian Verde with pulled chicken, tomatillo pumpkin seed and sesame seed sauce, queso fresco, cilantro and toasted seeds ($3) on double corn tortillas.

The menu will also feature a Milanesa Torta ($11), El Gringo Burger ($10) and Burritos available gluten free served over lettuce. Plus, diners can rejoice, Mexican Breakfast will be offered all day, everyday! Favorites like Chilaquiles ($11), Breakfast Burrito ($10) and Huevos Rancheros ($11) will be available day through night.

The Bar

Truco’s new cantina bar will feature freshly made margaritas including the Oh My Gato with Herradura Blanco, orange liqueur, muddled cucumbers, jalapeno and lime juice ($10) plus four frozen margaritas flavors, mojitos and local draft beer.

The Daily Specials

Diners looking for weekday specials are in luck, as Truco will offer Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm with $5 frozen margaritas and $3 Mexican drafts. Other specials, available all day, include: Mondays $5 margaritas; Tuesdays half off tacos; Wednesdays $5 sangria; and Thursdays $18 Coronitas Extra buckets and half off burritos.

Truco will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Friday, May 5 with the new menu and DJ Marco Herrera will be spinning tunes from 6 to 11 p.m.

Truco Taqueria & Margarita Bar will unveil its new offerings at 211 Randhurst Village Drive in Mount Prospect on Monday, April 24. Hours include Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information, call Truco at 847-577-TACO, visit the restaurant’s website or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages @trucotaco.