Life Without Rosie Dickens

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we've got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, … [Read More...]

Splurge With Fleming’s $100 Margarita

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Thanks to The Network Niche today’s post is sponsored by Fleming’s Steak House & Wine Bar.

$100 Margarita will conjure up the image of gold flakes and you wouldn’t be too far off base.  There is gold involved in the creation of this margarita.  Gold sugar coats a sparkling diamond cut highball glass made by Baccarat.  I should back up though and tell you that you can only get this festive drink at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.  teq 7


They are celebrating Cinco de Mayo in luxury with this traditional margarita.  If you’re looking to be classic and yet with a night worth remembering then Fleming’s has you covered by pairing Tequila Herradura and Baccarat. Served in a unique Diamant Highball glass, this margarita is far from average.  Why not treat yourself and your friends with a swanky Girl’s Night Out? teq 1

For a limited time May 4th-6th you can order this one of a kind $100 Margarita.  The ingredients are simple 2 ounces of Tequila Herradura Seleccion Suprema, the ultimate tequila. Casa Herradura has been producing tequila since 1870.  Their tequila is ultra-premium using only 100% agave.  Hand harvested mature blue agave slow cooked in traditional clay ovens.   teq 4

Add in some Grand Marnier Centenaire, fresh lime juice and simple syrup.  Finished with some gold sugar and kosher salt on the rim and you have the $100 Margarita.  You can make your own with the recipe below or be like me and let someone pour you the perfect margarita into a gorgeous crystal highball glass.  thumbnail_$100 Margarita

All to highlight the flavors of the tequila.  Prepare to taste your margarita in an entirely different way.  This line of tequila is meant to be savored one sip at a time.   Much like a whiskey or bourbon the depth of flavor includes a variety of tasting notes.  You should expect to taste notes of vanilla or dried fruit in Tequila Herradura.   teq 5

All of this shaken and poured into a gorgeous crystal Baccarat glass.  Expect your night to focus on the details as you sip your margarita alongside the delectable menu at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.  You can reserve your encounter with the $100 Margarita here.  Treat yourself to all that glitters this Cinco de Mayo with the $100 Margarita.

Culinary Fight Club: Bacon King Edition

cfc 7 In case you haven’t heard there is a new bacon king of Chicago.  His name is Chef Lance Avery, creator of Big Fork Bacon Sausages.  He won the title at our Pork Fight in March at The Chop Shop in Wicker Park.  Serving up a savory dish with mushrooms, pasta and bacon, he managed to win over the judges.  I can say this was a dish that had depth of flavor and for a mushroom lover like myself couldn’t go wrong. 

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Along with four other chefs, the competition got a little smoky with some illegal wood chips from Team Kimski headed by Chef Tony Balestreri.  Their pork was fabulous but the sauce hit or miss in heat for some us.  They did win fan favorite though and I can understand that their pork was perfectly executed. Hands down their pork was the best solo, but together the dish wasn’t our winner.   cfc 4

Chef Ross Johnson from Carriage Greens Country Club crafted an amazing egg roll concoction.  Balanced and crispy a feat in itself to make so many servings in the time limit.  Every person got to taste that freshly fried roll.  Absolutely well rounded.  Not only did he compete, but he also donated back the pork he didn’t use to FIGHT2FEED to feed our hungry friends.  You can see him battling it out again tomorrow night at Culinary Fight Club Taco! cfc 2

The runner up on overall points was Chef George “Geo” Phelps from Ohio.  He is a heavy competitor in the BBQ world and traveled to be in this fight.  Again his flavors were on point.  The execution was there but personally I was won over by Chef Lance’s dish.  Perhaps the judges were as well.  It’s hard to know when mere points separate the winning scores what really counted against them. cfc 3

The most well rounded plate had to be from the front of the house, Chef Matthew Morin.  Working under Rick Bayless, he clearly learned perfect plating.  Even his sample plates were flawlessly plated.  With delicate orange slices and perfectly assembled towers.  

cfc 8 Let’s be honest though, even if you learn something that doesn’t mean you can pull it off.  I’d like to see more of our chefs plating up fabulous samples like Chef Morin.  He may just be managing the front of the house, but he has what it takes to throw down with everyone else.  We certainly thought he might just take 1st place, but we hope to see him at another fight.  

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Join us again this Monday April 17th for another Culinary Fight Club.  Taste every dish including the winners like the one pictured above. This time the battle of the Taco is taking place at Cesar’s Killer Margaritas on Clark Street in Wrigleyville.  Be prepared to see another epic battle as our chefs compete to take home the title of Killer Tacos! Ok, so it’s not killer tacos, but they will be to die for delicious!

As always you can learn more about Culinary Fight Club here and FIGHT2FEED here.  

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That is correct!  This month’s Culinary Fight Club is themed around chocolate.  No matter what your opinion is regarding that holiday on the 14th, all that matters is that you enjoy chocolate!  So far, I’m hearing that 4 chefs have signed up to serve you savory chocolate dishes.  The heated battle will take place February […]

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