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Cesar “Augusto” Izquierdo 5.22.57 - 2.11.12

Cesar “Augusto” Izquierdo 5.22.57 - 2.11.12 Though most people associate Rogers Park's famous Peruvian restaurant Taste of Peru with his more gregarious older brother Cesar, those of us who frequented the restaurant have always been charmed by Cesar's mellow younger brother, Augusto. Indeed, Augusto was the welcoming face at Taste of Peru for more than ten years. A quiet and gentle man who was always ready to make sure guests experienced the wonderful flavors of a family-owned Rogers Park eatery. Most would not get the opportunity to know that behind the efficient professional, was the heart of a man who worked hard every day to provide for his family back home in Peru. ....
Posted on February 13, 2012

Windy City Beekeepers

Windy City Beekeepers Barbara Ryan is a member of the Windy City Beekeepers. WCB has beekeepers who are looking for a place to put their hives. They have all the equipment and knowledge necessary to install a hive on public (community gardens) or private (back yard or roof top) places, and are looking for possible sites. If anyone is interested in hosting a hive in exchange for some honey, contact Barbara at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Posted on February 02, 2012

The Growling Rabbit and Taste Team up for Dinner

The Growling Rabbit and Taste Team up for Dinner Join Taste at The Growling Rabbit for an evening of dinner and wine as Taste pairs wine with The Growling Rabbit's dinner menu
Posted on November 11, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market Moves Indoors

Glenwood Sunday Market Moves Indoors Mark your calendars for a wonderful series of Holiday Markets to be hosted by the Glenwood Sunday Market at The Glenwood Bar. November 13 and 20 will be devoted to Thanksgiving preparations with your favorite farmers and food artisans. December 10 and 11 will be a special Winter Holiday Farmers and Craft Event with all kinds of items both food and gifts! More details to come or feel free to contact Market Director Sheree Moratto at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 773-508-5885, ext 13.
Posted on November 10, 2011

It’s Time to Close :(  Thanks for a Great Second Outdoor Season!

It’s Time to Close :(   Thanks for a Great  Second Outdoor Season! It's been a wonderful second outdoor season of the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to you, their farmers and food artisans. First, of course, a huge thank you to all of the farmers and food artisans who make such a sincere commitment to their farms, food and the Market. GSM can never thank all of them enough for their important work in bringing the best in local, sustainable and - whenever possible - organic foods directly to the customers from their local food shed.
Posted on October 14, 2011

Kegs for Kids: Drink Craft Beer to Help Kids Read Good

Kegs for Kids: Drink Craft Beer to Help Kids Read Good The annual Kegs for Kids benefit for Edgewater's Helen C. Pierce Elementary is coming up on Saturday. The craft beer tasting festival has grown out of its previous location at Metropolis Coffee, and this year's event will be at Loyola University's Mundelein Auditorium. Read the whole post on Chicagoist here>>
Posted on October 04, 2011

Bears vs Packers on new 126” Screen

Bears football is often more enjoyable if viewed at a local watering hole. Rogers Park has many fun filled locations to catch a game, drown in sorrows when the offensive line isn't doing their job; or to celebrate when it does. This week, consider viewing it at Jarvis Square's Poitin Still *, 1502 W. Jarvis, watching it on their 126" new tvs. Kick-off at 3:00PM.
Posted on September 23, 2011

Sip savvy: value wines at recession prices

By Mara Grbenick - The recession has drained demand for wine and other luxuries, but one Rogers Park wine shop is sustaining its business by sourcing quality wines at value prices for its customers. Taste Food and Wine opened in 2008 and has maintained its business during the economic downturn by pricing quality wines affordably. This is what most customers want. During a recent visit to the store, most of the clients were casual wine drinkers who often spend less than $15 to $20 per bottle.
Posted on August 23, 2011

Fresh for less at neighborhood grocers by Mara Grbenick

If you are one of the many people who struggle to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, look no further. Three local groceries offer an impressive rainbow of produce at low prices, and provide other perks like organic or unusual ingredients.
Posted on August 09, 2011

Chez Violette offers a taste of Haiti

Chez Violette offers a taste of Haiti By Megan Millard for Violetta Adrien always had a passion for cooking, and Chez Violette, a restaurant located at 2311 West Howard Street specializing in Haitian food that she owns with her husband, Samson is simply a dream come true. But the story behind this couple and their restaurant extends further back than its opening date, December 3, 2010. Violetta’s love for cooking came at an early age in her native country of Haiti, where it is traditional for the oldest girl to cook for her family. “When people eat and compliment her food, she likes it,” Samson said.
Posted on July 21, 2011

Rogers Park harvests plan for open land that could become urban farm

Densely and diversely populated, could Rogers Park on the city’s North Side soon be the site of an urban farm? It’s an idea getting a serious push, and deservedly so. Capital to build on vacant lots is hard to come by, so why not use the land to grow produce and teach agricultural and business skills? Rogers Park could get a farm at 7501 N. Ashland, a two-acre site that 20 years ago was the home of Lerner Newspapers. Royal Bank of Canada is foreclosing on the land. The city invited developer proposals for the property a few years ago, but nobody responded. Get the entire Sun-Times article here>>
Posted on July 07, 2011

SP Kebab offers taste of Europe

SP Kebab offers taste of Europe By Megan Millard for It’s not a gyro place. In fact, it’s not even a place you could compare to the hundreds and hundreds of other restaurants in Chicago. Tucked away in at the intersection of Pratt and Sheridan with vacant lots on either side, SP Kebab offers a taste of Europe that its owners say is unique. Peter and his wife decided to open the restaurant together. “One of the first things we did was we painted the walls orange,” she said. “We didn’t have any signs or advertisements outside that we were opening soon.”
Posted on July 01, 2011


DIVIDE AND DONATE SPRING SALE - SUNDAY, JUNE 5 It's not too late to contribute to the success of this sale! Donations accepted until June 3 -- Location: 1434 W. Greenleaf Pots and tags available for you to prepare your donations. As you walk your garden this Spring and plan out the season, before throwing that invasive fern into the compost pile, pop it in a pot and donate it for the RPGG's Spring Sale, "Divide and Donate." So come out of the shed, you trowel digging garden enthusiasts and help the RPGG's plant sale with your extra plants! The garden you may be helping with your fern donation could be the parkway across the street from you! Plant donations will be accepted through June 3 at 1434 W. Greenleaf. Pots will be available at same location if needed. All plants can be left by the west side of the garage. When donating plants, please leave a description of the plant (name, color, whether it's a shade or sun plant, etc.) and your name. You can also email the information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)or respond through the RPGG web site.
Posted on June 01, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market - This Weekend!

Glenwood Sunday Market - This Weekend! The last Winter Market of the season gave us a taste of what is to come this summer! Freshly picked asparagus from Hardin Family Farms in Michigan, watercress from Oriana's Orchard, eggs from the best fed chickens in Illinois from Midnight Sun (Nick says he is going to start feeding the chickens flax seed), and amazing mushrooms from River Valley. And that is just a sampling of what was available. For vegatable gardeners, there were beautiful starter heirloom tomato and herb plants, fertile compost and more. And let's not forget about the TREATs from Katherine Anne Confections and amazing baked goods from Bennisons Bakery among others.
Posted on May 31, 2011

A Taste of RogersEdge - April 14th

A Taste of RogersEdge - April 14th Tickets Now Available! A Taste of RogersEdge, Featuring More Than 20 Restaurants A Taste of RogersEdge will be on Thursday, April 14th from 5 to 9 p.m. Registration will be held at The Morgan at Loyola Station, 1209 W. Arthur (5 to 8 p.m.) Presented by Loyola University Chicago, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and Rogers Park Business Alliance, a Taste of RogersEdge is a walking crawl celebrating a world of flavors from a diverse mix of restaurants in Rogers Park and Edgewater. This year's Taste of RogersEdge has over 20 participating restaurants! You probably won't get to them all, so choose your route wisely!
Posted on April 05, 2011

Spotlight - Gruppo di Amici

Spotlight - Gruppo di Amici Lori Alderete and Phaedra Divras, Rogers Park residents since 2002 opened Gruppo di Amici (1508 W Jarvis) in June 2006. Their vision was to have a place to simply “bring people together” and serve great Roman style Italian food along with a very specialized Wine & Beer List. Everything that is served has been carefully tasted and approved by both owners. The focal point of the dining room is the floor-to-ceiling wood-burning pizza oven. The oven is set in an open display kitchen, giving diners great views of the pizza chef(s) prepping and making the authentic Roman style, thin crust pizzas. In addition to the pizza, the menu includes such favorites as the Capricciosa salad, Sautéed Mussels in a garlic and white wine, tender baby octopus marinated with lemon, capers, kalamata olives and celery, Calzones, Cornish hen served with mushrooms in a white wine sauce and roasted potatoes. There are also several nightly specials prepared daily by the Chef. Website here>>
Posted on March 31, 2011

News from the Rogers Park Garden Group

News from the Rogers Park Garden Group The RPGG's mission is to promote gardening in the Rogers Park community (from Devon north to the city limits, Lake Michigan west to Ridge Avenue) through education and by assisting in the growth and development of green places. The RPGG meets monthly, usually the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm from April through October (with special events in July and September). Please visit the Calendar for updates to our schedule.
Posted on March 23, 2011


FIRST RPGG MEETING OF 2011 - FEBRUARY 22 Spring Lies Beneath: What's Behind the Yearly Miracle Tuesday, February 22, 7pm Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon It may still be cold and snowy but it's never too early to think Spring, blooms, and share the joy of gardening. Join us for the first meeting of the season at Uncommon Ground where long-time Chicago Tribune gardening writer, master gardener, and Openlands Treekeeper Beth Botts will talk about all the good things happening in the frozen landscape, even during the depth of winter. Tours of the frozen "landscape" of the Uncommon Ground rooftop garden will also be available.
Posted on February 09, 2011


MANY WAYS TO ENJOY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IN ROGERS PARK We surveyed owners and managers of local bars, pubs and restaurants in Rogers Park and came up with a compelling choice of enjoyable options. Support local businesses. Hit 'em all!
Posted on February 04, 2011

The Glenwood Bar Art Show

The Glenwood Bar Art Show Artist Showing - Tom Holland Location: The Glenwood Bar Abstract oil paintings, works from 1984 -2010. For more information visit the glenwood bar
Posted on January 29, 2011

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