Wild Garden Blooms with “Taste of the Mediterranean”: Marinades & Pilafs

January 25, 2017

Wild Garden  is expanding their brand of hummus and snack boxes by bringing authentic flavors of the Mediterranean right to your kitchen table. Due to the huge success of their specialty product line and the growth in popular demand at the retail level for Mediterranean foods, Wild Garden  brings world flavors to consumers with the launch of their new Quick Marinades and Heat and Serve 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, healthier and is sure to become a pantry favorite. “We believe that the world is connected through food,” comments Partner Nezar Ziyad. “We want to be able to share some of the finest cuisines ranging from simple grains with delicious flavors to complete meals with our new Marinades and Pilafs.”

The chef-driven Taste of the Mediterranean  line introduces three all natural Marinades and three delicious Pilafs, perfectly blended with over 13 Eastern Mediterranean spices and oils.  In just ten-minutes, proteins are fully marinated and in 90-seconds the heat and serve pilafs create mouth-watering side dishes.

Savor a delicious cultural Mediterranean experience in minutes with the full-flavored quick marinades. Just pour the marinade on beef, poultry, lamb or seafood, chill, and ten minutes later, bake, grill, pan fry or roast. Ranging from delicious spit roasted street food to traditional Mediterranean fare; Wild Garden  has created three delectable marinades to capture a taste of the region:

  • Shawarma: blend of cardamom, cumin and herbs famously known throughout the Mediterranean.
  • Persian: blend of spices and herbs with notes of garlic, sumac and fennel.
  • Turkish: Turkish kebab recipe with an exotic blend of tomatoes, cumin and garlic.

The heat and serve pilafs add robust flavors and classic Mediterranean spices and can be conveniently ready in 90 seconds in a microwave or skillet. Replace ordinary side dishes with a tasty popular Mediterranean pilaf:

  • Bulgur: hearty bulgur wheat cooked in tomato sauce and Mediterranean herbs.
  • Couscous: a traditional Mediterranean dish known as Maftoul, made with pearled couscous and chickpeas in a zesty tomato sauce.
  • Rice and Lentils: a savory Mediterranean dish known as Mujadara, made with Basmati Rice, tender Lentils and caramelized onions.

Impress your family and friends with the Quick Marinades and Heat and Serve Pilafs by turning your average meals into simmering exotic Mediterranean dishes with just a few simple steps. Wild Garden’s  Taste of the Mediterranean  line is now available at an affordable cost at various grocery stores around the country as well as on their website.

For more information about the new Wild Garden  Taste of the Mediterranean  products visit the Wild Garden  website or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  @WildGardenFoods using hashtag #WildGardenEats.

CrossTown Fitness Announces Crowdfunding Opportunity to Open Third Location

January 25, 2017

Illinois investors for the first time ever can invest in Chicago’s premier high intensity interval training gym, CrossTown Fitness (CTF). CTF is one of many local companies raising capital through “crowdfunding”, made possible through a new Illinois intrastate crowdfunding law. The monetary contributions will help the boutique gym add an additional third Chicago location, contribute to the local community and provide extra reward perks to investors.

With crowdfunding now ready to be utilized by businesses, patrons have the exciting opportunity to help CTF grow through their own investments. CEO of CTF, Charlie Graff, comments, “We’re thrilled to offer our loyal clients and fans a hands-on way to join the company and the CrossTown Fitness family.”

How to Join the CTF Family
CTF is conducting a $500,000 debt crowdfunding offering through the crowdfunding portal, VestLo.com to open a new location. Those who participate in the offering will not only become investors in the new CTF location but will be entitled to receive certain perks including discounts on membership, guest passes, child care, and more. Investors must be Illinois residents and for details on the offering please go to VestLo.com.

Community Benefits
By opening an additional storefront, CTF will also contribute to the surrounding community. The new location will create 20 sustainable jobs necessary for operation. Similar to CTF’s other gyms, the new storefront will also further the area’s healthy lifestyle with wellness classes and local partnerships.

More on CrossTown Fitness
CTF opened its flagship location four years ago in Chicago’s West Loop and in 2015, opened a second location on the NorthSide. CTF offers members hundreds of different total body group fitness classes, one-on-one personal training programs, an open gym and opportunities to workout at locations around the city. Both locations have additional amenities, such as childcare and an indoor/outdoor café.

For other questions including pricing, schedules and more, visit the website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ctfchicago.

Fois Gras & Fondue for fourteensixteen’s 1st Valentine’s Day Weekend

January 23, 2017


La Grange’s hotspot will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a five-course dinner holiday-goers will be sure to fall in love with. fourteensixteen will be buzzing with Chef Bret Bohning’s menu, available in its entirety or a la carte, featuring Valentine’s Day’s diners’ most sought-after ingredients.

Valentine’s Day menu includes:
Red wine poached pear, foie gras, Swiss chard, marcona almonds, roasted butternut squash $16

Mussel pot, tomato saffron broth, fennel, baguette $12

Pan seared duck breast, cranberry glaze, grilled sunchokes, citrus, house greens $26

Grilled beef tenderloin medallions, red wine reduction, roasted heirloom carrots, fried parsnip shavings, potato gallette $36

Interactive chocolate fondue served with seasonal fruits $10

The Valentine’s Day dishes are available as a 5-course tasting menu for $55 per person and with wine pairings for $75 per person. fourteensixteen’s new winter menu and cocktails will also be available. The Valentine’s Day Menu will run Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14. Valentine’s Day menu is available for dine-in dinner only. Reservations are available beginning at 5 p.m.

14 West Calendar Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1416lagrange


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue $5 Moonshine Cocktails are Cheaper than Dinner for Two!

January 23, 2017

Sister restaurants Kinfork BBQ & Tap and Rack House Kitchen & Tavern will be shaking up Valentine’s Day week with Moonshine Cocktails and holiday-inspired specials.

All of the restaurants’ signature Moonshine Cocktails, featuring Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, will be priced at only $5 each. Plus, Chef Bryant Anderson will be dishing up three specials perfect for sharing amongst families and couples.

$5 Moonshine Cocktails include favorites like:
Rack House
Full Moon- Blackberry, White Lightnin’, Apple Pie and Peach Sour Moonshine

Snap, Crackle, Pop- Hunch Punch Moonshine, pineapple, ginger ale

For the complete list of Rack House’s Moonshine Cocktails, visit here.

Front Porch Punch- Blackberry Moonshine, St. Germain, lemonade, soda

Harvest Apple- Apple Pie Moonshine, cranberry juice, ginger ale, Angostura bitters

For the complete list of Kinfork’s Moonshine Cocktails, visit here.

Valentine’s Day Specials include:

Shrimp & Pesto Flatbread Appetizer $9

Smoked Bleu Cheese Crusted Strip Steak with whipped garlic potatoes and smoked mushrooms with leeks $24

Chocolate Fudge Layered Cake $7

The $5 Moonshine Cocktails and the menu specials will be available for lunch, dinner and carryout in addition to the restaurants’ regular dining menus starting February 10 through 14.

Kinfork American BBQ & Tap
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Twitter @dinekinfork
Instagram @kinforkrestaurant

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
222 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @rackhousetavern