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Good Eating: Kinzie Chophouse Announces February Charity of the Month

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by

Kinzie Chop HouseDuring the month of February, you can help others by simply dining out.

Kinzie Chophouse – recently named one of concierges’ favorite 50 restaurants – and a local charity have teamed up to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a four-course, prix fixe menu with 50 percent of the proceeds benefiting One for the Kids.

Established in 1993, One for the Kids has raised over $500,000 for various children’s charities in the Chicagoland area, including Special Children’s Charities of Chicago, Benton Community Settlement, and The Heart Institute for Children at Hope Children’s Hospital.

Available Feb. 1 through Feb. 28*, guests may enjoy the four-course menu for $95 ($150 with wine tastings). Menu items include:

First Course:

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
Tender gold and red beets stacked with goat cheese and topped with arugula and a garlic thyme vinaigrette

Second Course:

Winter Chowder
A creamy, hearty blend of roasted corn, bacon, and diced tomato topped with smoked gouda cheese

Third Course (choice of):

Pork Tenderloin Scallopini
Served with apple risotto and steamed asparagus topped with a gorgonzola cream sauce

Customized 10-oz New York Strip
With your choice of crusts or toppings served with a Brussels sprout, bacon and red onion hash

Prosciutto, Spinach & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Served with Rosemary mashed potatoes in a tomato-basil cream sauce

Dessert (choice of):

Pistachio Semifreddo or Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie a la mode

Kinzie Chophouse is located at 400 N. Wells St. For reservations and additional information, please call 312-822-0191.

*The menu will not be available Feb. 14-17.  Pricing excludes tax and gratuity.

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Concierge of the Week: Anthony Gates

Posted on January 11th, 2012 by

Hotel Allegro Concierge Anthony GatesConcierge at the Hotel Allegro – A Kimpton Hotel, located in the heart of Chicago’s theater district, Anthony Gates is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves to keep himself informed on the best happenings around town in order to tailor his guests’ experiences accordingly.

“I love helping to create a great experience in Chicago,” he says. “Helping to organize guests’ sightseeing itineraries so they get the most out of their visit in a specific time frame is incredibly rewarding, challenging and fun.”

And when those guests return to the hotel and have nothing but positive feedback on their experiences? Well, that’s just icing in the cake for Anthony. “It’s what makes me feel especially passionate about my job,” he adds.

So, how did he get his start as a concierge? “I was working at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue as a night auditor and when I would leave at 7 a.m., I noticed that there would be a line at the concierge desk,” he says. “I took the initiative of going over there and helping with basic questions and really discovered my passion for hospitality and the profession.”

Anthony Gates’ MyChiGuide

When it comes to helping his guests explore all that Chicago has to offer, Anthony excels at staying current on what’s happening in Chicago. Whether it’s street closures due to construction and giving his guests’ directions to avoid the hassles to knowing the top places to see and be seen.

“As a concierge, it is so important to be on top of the timely events that are taking place around town,” he says. “From watching the news and reading the newspapers, keeping yourself informed is a necessary—and fun—part of the job.”

What tops his list of things to do and see in Chicago right now? “Ice skating outdoors at Millennium Park or indoors at the John Hancock Observatory is an absolute-must,” he says. “I also encourage my guests to catch Buddy Guy when he performs at his eponymous club.”

When it comes to dining options, Anthony is passionate about our hometown eats. “You can’t be in Chicago without trying some of our specialties like a Chicago-style hot dog, deep-dish pizza or indulging in a steak,” he adds.

Looking for more of tips and advice from Anthony? Make sure to check out his MyChiGuide.

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Sunday Prime Rib Dinner at Fleming’s

Posted on July 5th, 2011 by

Sunday nights. A time reserved in American tradition for barbeques with neighbors, gatherings of friends and sitting around a table with family, enjoying a meal together. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar recognizes this bit of culture, and is honoring this hallowed meal with their summer-long Sunday Prime Rib Dinner.

Throughout July and August, steak lovers are invited to Fleming’s for a special three-course dinner that includes a succulent 12 oz cut of Prime Rib, served with a trio of sauces. The one price ($29.95) also treats guests to a choice of salad—The Wedge, Fleming’s or Caesar—a choice of a side dish and a dessert.

For those a little less meat-inclined, Fleming’s has a nationally acclaimed menu featuring other delicacies, such as fresh fish and poultry. You may also want to pair one of the 100 wines Fleming’s serves by the glass with your meal.

There is also a Fleming’s location at 960 Milwaukee Ave. in Lincolnshire offering the same summer deal.

So bring those friends, neighbors and family to Fleming’s this Sunday and let the chefs do the work while you relax and enjoy the last hours before the next workweek begins.

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