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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

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

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

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

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


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

Eat, Drink & Buy Local

Eat, Drink & Buy Local Local First Chicago in cooperation with the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Park Business Alliance invite you to Eat, Drink & Buy Local. Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Location: Uncommon Ground 1401 W. Devon Avenue
Posted on September 20, 2010

Check out our new neighborhood African Dining Jewel

At times I wonder if I ought to use this blog to promote an exceptional new restaurant. I've resolved to do it if I feel that a particular restaurant is exceptional - one that I hope that the community rallies behind I found one. Read the article here
Posted on December 07, 2009

Music, Theater, Food and More from the Heart of Rogers Park

Neighbors, Friends, Family- Everyone! • This week's Live from the Heartland Radio Show (view show live, visit or listen in at 88.7 FM): Featured guests include Dick Simpson, professor of Political Science at UIC and former alderman; Dan Hall, WBEZ coordinator; and Rita Webb, activist from the Nonviolent Peaceforce
Posted on October 16, 2009

Farmer Fridays Farmer’s Market - Farmer’s Market Every Friday

Farmer Fridays Farmer’s Market - Farmer’s Market Every Friday featuring: Harvest Moon Organic Farms, Goose Island Brewery, Slow Food Chicago, Mint Creek Farm, Seedling Farm, BarkBarkClub, Delightful Pastries, Local Micro-Distilleries Local Wine Tastings, Honky Tonk Happy Hour 6-8pm, Chicago Fair, Raven Theatre Chicago, Nomadic Ant, Edible Chicago.Com, Edgewater
Posted on July 05, 2009

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