Tiptoe through the garden, breathe in aromas of good food
The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 195, at St. Victor Church, 553 Hirsch Ave., Calumet City, will have its “Tavola” dinner, aka St. Joseph’s Table, from noon to 4 p.m. March 14 in the church hall. Cost is $12 for the all-you-can-eat dinner. The menu features mostaccioli and meatballs, Italian sausage, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. A glass of wine is included. The meal honors the Feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on March 19. FYI: Call Jo Merlo at (708) 895-7725
Gaucho’s Brazilian Steakhouse, 597 U.S. Highway 30, Valparaiso, features various specials during “Wild Wild Wednesdays.” Specials include crab legs, shrimp and perch for $22.95 and a meat menu featuring top sirloin, roasted chicken breast, filet wrapped in bacon and more for $24.95. FYI: (219) 759-1100
Beer and food specials will be in the spotlight during March Madness games March 18 through 21 at O’Donovan’s Pub and Restaurant, 2100 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Among dishes, prepared by chef Victor DeLeon, will be tacos for $1.50. A “Big Game! Big Cup” special features a 22-ounce cup of Coors Light for $5.50 and $1 refills. Guests can watch the basketball games on 20 54-inch TVs at the restaurant. FYI: (773) 478-2100
YOGA FOR FOODIES
Stretch your healthful eating options by checking out the culinary-themed tour “Jam Sessions: Yoga for Foodies.” The event is presented by David Romanelli, aka Yeah Dave, who is the co-founder of the chain of At One Yoga studios. During the event, Romanelli collaborates with various chefs across the country to create a dining and yoga experience.
In Chicago, “Yoga for Foodies” will take place at 6 p.m. March 8 and 9 at Province, 161 N. Jefferson St., Chicago. Chef Randy Zweiban will team up with Romanelli for the program. The agenda includes a one-hour vinyasa flow yoga class and a post-yoga dinner and guided tasting. Cost is $95. FYI: (312) 669-9900 or www.yeahdave.com
The aromas at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be coming from more than the lush flowers and plants on display. The show’s “Garden Gourmet” stage stars a variety of Chicagoland chefs who’ll demonstrate signature dishes. Free cooking demos will take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. plus 6:30 p.m., except for Sundays. The show runs today through March 14.
The Garden Gourmet stage is sponsored by Gordon Food Service.
Among chefs on the demo schedule are:
* Gale Gand of Tru Restaurant, Chicago, at 3:30 p.m. today
* Ina Pinkney of Ina’s Chicago at 1:30 p.m. Sunday
* Michael Koury of Rebar at Trump Tower, Chicago, at 6:30 p.m. Monday
* Laurel Boger of Eli’s Cheesecake Company, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
* Brian Huston of The Publican, Chicago, at 6:30 p.m. March 11
* Matthew Reichel of The Berghoff at 1:30 p.m. March 12
* Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, “The Hearty Boys,” at 11:30 a.m. March 14
FYI: www.chicagoflower.com. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission for adults is $15 on weekdays and $17 on weekends. Tickets for children 4 to 12 years old are $5.
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