New Year, New Menu at Shiraz on the Water

Shiraz on the Water, the contemporary American restaurant located on the grounds of the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort, has recently launched a new menu. Executive Chef Carol Buckantz has created dinner selections comprised of seasonally-inspired fare (full menu outlined below). Buckantz offers such dishes as Winter Salad, Seafood Bisque, Tempura Shrimp Cocktail, Seared Scallops Over Butternut Squash Risotto, Wild Mushroom Braised Short Ribs, Seared Duck Breast, Steaks and Chicken Satimbocca. Pastry chef Simonette Gallardo has crafted new sweet offerings for dessert, such as Rustic Apple Gallete, Bananas Foster Cheesecake and Vanilla Salted Caramel Crunch Cake.  Shiraz on the Water features an extensive wine list with hundreds of labels from various regions around the world.

Dinner and lounge service is available Monday-Saturday, from 5-10 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 630-671-5013 or by visiting Shiraz on the Water is located at 250 West Schick Road in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Shiraz on the Water’s New Winter Menu


Tempura Shrimp Cocktail
Jumbo shrimp lightly coated with gluten free rice flour batter, avocado puree and chipotle tomato sauce 11.75

Short Rib Wonton
Tender short rib meat and smoke gouda cheese are filled into wontons, pan fried, served with a sweet chili mustard sauce 9.5

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Stone ground mustard aioli 12

Spinach, Artichoke and Asiago Fondue
Wood grilled ciabatta and flatbread crackers 10.5

Calamari Roma
Fried calamari, tossed with bruschetta tomatoes and served with lemon basil aioli 10.5

Tuna Tatakki
Seared sesame crusted tuna, wasabi cream, sweet hoisen and wontons 11.5

Grilled Mediterranean Flatbread
Pesto sauce, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, spinach and sprinkled with oregano 11.5

Cheese Plate
An array of local cheese, fig jam, dried fruits and nuts, served with flatbread crackers and bread 12.5


Three Onion Soup Gratinee
Toasted garlic crouton, melted gruyere cheese 5.5

Gerry’s Seafood Bisque
Seafood folded into a rich stock and finished with cream Cup 4.5, Bowl 6

Soup of the Day 5


Roasted Beet Salad
Duo of red and yellow beets, sliced thin with orange segments, crumbled goat cheese, over mixed greens, candied pistachio nuts, orange basil vinaigrette, balsamic syrup drizzle  7.5

Caesar Salad
Tender romaine hearts tossed in our creamy dressing, served with shaved parmesan and garlic croutons 6
add grilled chicken 12, grilled shrimp 16, grilled salmon 19

Wedge Salad
A wedge of crisp iceberg lettuce is topped with diced tomato, apple wood smoked bacon, scallions, diced cucumber and chunky bleu cheese dressing 7

Caprese Salad
Sliced beef steak tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, chiffonade of basil, balsamic reduction and olive oil 7.5

Winter Salad
Spinach salad tossed with bleu cheese, roasted butternut squash, granny smith apples, candied pecans, tossed in a warm cherry white balsamic vinaigrette 7.5

House Salad
Mixed greens, shaved carrot, tomato, cucumber, red julienne onion, with choice of dressing 5

all steaks are served with choice of sweet potatoes mashed, chive mashed, or multi-grain rice pilaf and Chef’s choice of seasonal vegetable
6oz Filet 34
8oz Filet 37
14 oz Rib Eye 38
12oz New York Strip Steak 35

Crusts & Sauces
Blackened, Horseradish, Bleu Cheese, Béarnaise or Cabernet Demi 2.5
Forestiere Style 4.5
Oscar Style 10
Shrimp Scampi side 8.5


Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Blackberry demi, fresh peach relish, sweet potato, bacon and corn bread pudding 26.5

Wild Mushroom Braised Short Ribs
Slow cooked and braised, served with natural jus and roasted mushrooms over Wisconsin sharp cheddar polenta 25 

Crab Stuffed Alaskan Salmon
Salmon filet, filled with our lump crabmeat stuffing, topped with mango-avocado relish 27.5

Chicken Saltimbocca
Semi-boneless breast of chicken stuffed with prosciutto, gruyere and sage served with marsala glaze and crispy polenta 24

Surf and Turf
Two three ounce Black Angus filets topped with two lump crab cakes, cabernet demi and beurre blanc 32 

Maine Lobster Ravioli
Tender pillows of pasta are filled with chunks of Maine lobster, cognac and brown butter, served with a sherry cream sauce and chunks of lobster meat 27.5 

Sesame Crusted Asian Ahi Tuna
Served rare, sweet hoisen sauce and wasabi cream with sushi rice 29

Seared Duck Breast
Dark cherry balsamic port, sweet potato, bacon and corn bread pudding 28

Shrimp and Scallop Scampi
Seared jumbo scallops and shrimp over angel hair pasta, blistered tomatoes, capers, asparagus tips, baby spinach and shallots, tossed in a creamy lemon-chardonnay beurre blanc 24.5

Roasted Artichoke Ravioli
Tossed in a pistachio pesto, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, asparagus tips, shallots and a touch of cream 19.5

Seared Scallops Over Butternut Squash Risotto
Creamed corn and bacon emulsion 28.5


Passionfruit Crème Brulee
Our house specialty 6.50

Death By chocolate
Chocolate lover’s delight! Rich, smooth flourless cake is served with raspberry sauce 8 

Layers of kahlua soaked lady fingers, whipped mascarpone cheese and cocoa 8 

Bananas foster cheesecake
A creamy banana cheesecake swirled with ribbons of caramel on a crunchy cookie crust, topped with white chocolate mousse and swirled with caramel 7.50

Vanilla Salted Caramel Crunch Cake
Light buttery vanilla flecked cake holds waves of rich caramel cake, and an additional layer of salted caramel cake with creamy custard, topped with caramel 8

Rustic Apple Gallette
Layers of buttery, flaky French puff pastry layered with fresh ripe apples, baked to a golden brown, topped with a vanilla bean gelato 8

Gelato 6
Cappuccino Hazelnut
White Chocolate Raspberry

Sorbet 6
Black Raspberry Pomegranate

Ice Cream 6
Vanilla Bean

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Crawfish Eating Contest for Charity at Cactus

Second Annual Fat Tuesday Event in the Financial District

Fat Tuesday, February 21
6 p.m.

Contestants: $25 entrance fee (will be donated to Habit for Humanity)

Cheer Them On: event is free to attend

Cactus Bar and Grill will hold their second annual crawfish eating contest for charity on Tuesday, February 21. This Fat Tuesday event, taking place in the Financial District, will encourage competitors to consume three pounds of crawfish in the fastest amount of time possible. All proceeds, including the $25 entrance fee, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans.

Contestants will be divided into four heats, and the winner of each heat will compete in a final round. All competitors will receive a Cactus t-shirt. First place will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Cactus Bar and Grill, second place a table top grill, and third place a Corona metal beer cooler. Plenty of Mardi Gras accessories, such as beads and masks, will be delved out to the crowd.

Cactus will offer a variety of specials throughout Fat Tuesday week (February 20, 21 22, 23, 24):

$5 pints of Louisiana’s local beer, Abita Purple Haze – $1 from each Purple Haze sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity NOLA;

$5 Hurricanes;

$5 SoCo Lime shots;

$4 cup, $6 bowl Shrimp and Crawfish Gumbo;

$10 Shrimp Po Boy with side;

$12 Crawfish Boil Platter.

To reserve a spot in the crawfish competition, please visit For more information, call Cactus’ event line at 312.922.8025.

Since its inception in 1983, NOAHH has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. The program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes.New Orleans continues to rebuild housing that was destroyed by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina. NOAHH has become a beacon of hope in this rebuilding process by recruiting and deploying tens of thousands of volunteers to construct new homes in damaged, blighted neighborhoods. With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners across the country and even the world, NOAHH’s homebuilding capacity has increased annually since 2005. New Orleans is a city with historically low rates of homeownership and high levels of poverty, yet it is a place of resiliency, hope, and cultural vibrancy.With a spirit of renewal, NOAHH is rising to the challenges presented by a substandard housing stock and is helping many to realize their dream of homeownership.

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL

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III Forks Continues Complimentary Monthly Wine Tastings

February’s Sip and Swirl Event Features Terlato

Monday, February 6
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will hold their next monthly wine tasting event on Monday, February 6. From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., guests are invited to sip, swirl and sample three of Terlato Wines International’s varietals. The tasting, led by Proprietor Danny Payne and Wine Director Lance Gresak, will feature Terlato Family Vineyards’ Pinot Grigio, Chimney Rock’s Elevage and Flor de Campo’s Pinot Noir. Executive Chef Tommy Nevill will pair the pours with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres.

Following the event, participating guests are then welcome to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine at half-price.

The tastings will continue to take place the first Monday of every month (March 5, April 2) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601


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“National Margarita Day”

Five Area Restaurants and Bars Offer Magnificent Margs

Wednesday, February 22
Times and prices vary

Salt, or no salt?  That will be the question of the day on Wednesday, February 22, also known as “National Margarita Day.”  The margarita ranks as one of America’s most popular drinks, and National Margarita Day is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy the tequila and lime libation (as if you need a reason). Whether you prefer them on the rocks, straight up, frozen or fruity, these five local restaurants and bars offer mouthwatering margaritas:

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar

ZOCALO Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of pomegranate, prickly pear, passion-mango or guava; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Partida Organic Margarita – Partida Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $12

LeBlon Guava Margarita – LeBlon Cachaca, fresh lime juice and guava nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Nacional 27

N27 Margarita – El Jimador Reposado, Bacardi Anejo, Grand Marnier and lime $11

Cantina Laredo

Casa Rita – Signature margarita, premier blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices $9

Cabo Margarita – Cabo Wabo Reposado blends seamlessly with Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur $12.50

Pomegranate Margarita – Add an extra splash of Sauza Blanco and pomegranate puree to the Casa Rita $10

Herradura Margarita – Herradura Reposado and Cointreau Orange Liqueur $11.50

Perfect Patron Margarita – Patron Silver and Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur $12

Cinco Rita – Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Hornitos, Herradura and Cazadores Silver Tequilas with Cointreau Orange Liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar $11.50

Mango Margarita – Frozen Casa Rita with fresh mango puree and an extra splash of Sauza Blanco $10

Milagro Blackberry Smash – Milagro Silver, lime and mint, muddled with blackberries and agave nectar $11.50

Cactus Bar & Grill

12 oz. Margarita $7; 16 oz. Margarita $9; 20 oz. “Man vs. Margarita” $11

The Cactus Classic – Cactus’ world famous classic recipe; frozen or on the rocks

Guiltless Margarita – A slimmed down version of Cactus’ classic, made with silver tequila, fresh lime and orange juices, agave syrup and club soda; served on the rocks

Frosty Fruit – Made with real fruit purees and served frozen; available in strawberry and mango

NOTE: Add a floater of Patron silver tequila to any margarita for $3

Taco Joint

ZOCALO Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of: prickly pear, passion-mango, blood orange or guava; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Herradura Organic Margarita – Herradura Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Black & Green Margarita – Negra Modelo beer over frozen ZOCALO Margarita $8

Grapefruit Margarita – Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, citrus-chile infused agave
nectar, fresh ruby red grapefruit & lemon juice, dash of bitters; served on the rocks with a chile piquin rim

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610

Nacional 27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60607

Taco Joint
1969 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457

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Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Purple Carpet, Live Oscar Statues, Celebrity Photo Shoot and Swag Bags

Sunday, February 26
5:30 p.m. red carpet arrivals
7:00 p.m. the 84th Academy Awards

No fee to attend

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual, over-the-top Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 26. Upon arrival, party guests will walk Hpnotiq Harmonie’s “purple carpet” and will be escorted into the lounge by purple and gold painted, Oscar statue models.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., seven large screens will air the E! network’s red carpet arrivals, while a feel-like-a-star celebrity photo shoot takes place at Kit Kat’s “step and repeat” wall featuring Madonna, Cher, Meryl Streep and more. Guests will be encouraged to take complimentary photos as a fun Oscar party souvenir. The 84th Academy Awards will be shown live, with sound, at 7:00 p.m.

While admiring the gorgeous gowns and “oh no she didn’t” dresses, enjoy complimentary cocktail samplings from Hpnotiq Harmonie, along with half-price martinis and champagne cocktails. Diva Sunny DeeLite will fly in from New York City for the event, and she will perform as various Hollywood hotties in red carpet-worthy attire. At the end of the evening, Kit Kat will hand out complimentary Hpnotiq swag bags (feathered boa, t-shirt, glow sticks, mints, glow pens, glow rings and more).

Table reservations are available by calling Kit Kat.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657

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Academy Awards Viewing Party

ZED451 Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Sunday, February 26
6 p.m.  Red Carpet Coverage
7 p.m. The 84th Academy Awards

Free to attend

Now that the nominations have been announced, the anticipation begins. Find out who will be awarded with an Oscar during ZED451’s Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 26. Guests are invited to walk the red carpet into Zed451’s urban-chic lounge, where both the celebrity red carpet arrivals and awards ceremony will be shown on the 10-foot projection screen. A ballot contest will be held to predict the evening’s winners, and the party guest with the most correct guesses will win a $150 gift certificate to the restaurant.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the awards festivities and fashion statements while sipping one of the special, Oscar-themed cocktails (menu outlined below). Additional Sunday drink specials include $3 mimosas and $3 pints of craft beer (Goose Island Green Line, Goose Island Matilda, New Belgium Fat Tire, Victoria Vienna Lager, Metropolitan Krankshaft, Bell’s Best Brown, Dark Horse Amber Ale, Finch’s Threadless, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout and Stella Artois).

ZED451’s “Big Screen” Burger will be offered for $5 (8-ounce Angus burger on homemade pretzel bun with butter pickles and pickled shallots, or with maple Cajun bacon and choice of cheese) and the full “Cravings” lounge menu will also be available.

Table reservations are welcome, please call ZED451 at 312.266.6691 or visit

Academy Award Winning Cocktails

Hollywood Stars Sangria 10 glass, 38 pitcher
Red apple sangria

The Artist 12
Rock Sake, Canton ginger liqueur, rosemary-infused simple syrup, lemon juice

Moneyball Muddle 10
Muddled cucumber and sage, grapefruit juice, Hendrick’s gin, Chartreuse liqueur

…And The Envelope, Please 10
Rosemary, El Tesoro tequila, agave nectar, splash of soda, rosemary sprig garnish

Midnight in Paris 11
St. Germaine liqueur, Vita coconut water, floating orchid                                                 

The Red Carpet 12
Muddled strawberries, blackberries and lime, Pyrat rum, splash of Sprite

War Horse Woodford Reserve 11
Woodford Reserve Distiller Select infused with green apple syrup, caramel, green apple garnish

Hugo 11
Muddled blueberries and mint, house made simple syrup, Hendrick’s gin, lime juice, splash of soda

The Tree of Life 12
Pear-infused Svedka vodka, pumpkin puree, cointreau, nutmeg, cinnamon

739 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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“Open That Bottle Night”

Five Restaurants Participate in Annual Uncork-It Celebration

Saturday, February 25

Stop saving that bottle for a special occasion! Since the year 2000, on the last Saturday night in February, friends, couples and groups get together to enjoy particular bottles of wine and champagne. The bottle selected is traditionally one that you have been saving for a special event that, so far, hasn’t happened.

“Open That Bottle Night” was created by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of the Wall Street Journal as a great way to feel entitled to uncork that cherished bottle. It doesn’t matter if the wine is expensive or reasonable, red, white or bubbly – what matters are the memories.

Five local restaurants are inviting guests to bring in their special bottle without being charged a corkage fee. If you don’t have a bottle on hand, two of the participating restaurants will offer nice discount on select bottles of wines from their house list.

Participating Restaurants

no corkage fee, one bottle per table

BLT American Brasserie

no corkage fee, one bottle per table


no corkage fee, one bottle per table

Due Lire

no corkage fee, one bottle per table
20-percent discount on select bottles of wine

Park Grill

no corkage fee, one bottle per table
50-percent discount on select bottles of wine
Quince at The Homestead, 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, 847.570.8400,

BLT American Brasserie, 599 West Superior, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.948.8744,

Elate, 111 West Huron, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.202.9900,

Due Lire Vino & Cucina, 4520 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, 773.275-7878, 

Park Grill, 11 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60602, 312.521.7275,

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