Pennsylvania-based Bookbinder Specialties recently added four new flavors to its line of gourmet, ready-to-serve soups packaged in 15 oz., resealable glass jars. The first four flavors in this line, which were introduced last year, recently received a gold medal in the 2011-2012 Gourmet Product Awards. The new flavors are Irish potato-leek soup, Cuban black bean soup, Tuscan minestrone soup and Sicilian tomato-zucchini bisque. See www.bookbinderspecialties.com .
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle St., has unveiled a late-night dinner menu. Items include Chicago Cut Steakhouse prime beef burgers ($12), prime beef sliders ($10), the sushi trio ($18) and lollipop lamb chops ($16). The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. seven days a week; see www.ChicagoCutSteakhouse.com .
onesixtybluethe restaurant once partly owned by basketball legend Michael Jordanhas closed, but will re-emerge with a new concept, the Chicago Tribune reported. The restaurant, on West Randolph Street, will undergo renovations while it is closed, and the new concept is scheduled to start in the spring.
Music/wine impresario Michael Dorf has announced the purchase of a 30,000-square-foot property in the heart of Chicago's West Loop to open the first offshoot of his City Winery New York location. City Winery Chicagoa fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall, and private event spaceis scheduled to open at 1200 W. Randolph St. this summer.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St., will hold the first installment of its 2012 Sommelier Dinner Series with an exclusive dinner hosted by Gina Voci Wed., Jan. 25. The dinner features wines from Opus One Winery and courses prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Huebschmann. The reception is at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $150 each; call Britt at 312-587-0508 or visit gibsonsrestaurantgroup.3dcartstores.com/Gibsons-Rush--Wine-Dinner_p_44.html .
Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., invites Chicagoans to enjoy their new specials. Specials will include Odd-Bit Mondays, featuring a rotating dinner special created by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Chef Brian Jupiter. Additionally, guests can enjoy the Wednesday "Hunter's Special" where they will receive 25% off the "hunted" section of the menu and $4 select craft beer cans including Big Sky Brewing Company's Moose Drool and Trout Slayer.
President Bill Clinton will address attendees at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show May 6 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Clinton will share insights into his presidency and his current work with the William J. Clinton Foundation. The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals.
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