Holiday Gift Guide

6 Gift Worthy Coffees You Need to Try This Holiday Season – 2014 Edition

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Coffee’s brewing, are you listening? In the café, cups are glistening. A beautiful sight, The notes are happy and bright, Sipp’n on our holiday seasonal blend! We’ve hunted around the coffee winter wonderland and once again, we’re here to answer your most pressing question of the season – “what is the most note-worthy brew?” Caffe Unimatic San Pietro […]

Editor’s Picks: Annual Coffee Lovers Holiday Gift Guide – 2014

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What goes better with dessert than a great cup of coffee? Using the right brewing system, along with freshly ground beans, can make all the difference. For the second year in a row, the editorial staff at Crave Local had the chance to test some of the newest and best coffee makers and coffee gadgets […]

Quik Pik Me Up Coffee Cocktail

Coffee Drink

Five seconds into the holiday season and you’re already burning the candle at both ends.  By the time happy hour rolls around, you find yourself more prepared for a nap than festivities with friends.  This is a fine time for a “Quik Pik Me Up.”  Coffee-infused vodka with a twist will certainly perk anyone up […]

Hostess Gift Essentials for the Holidays

Tervis Entertaining Collection

Christmas music has already flooded the airwaves and your datebook is quickly filling with holiday invites.  While plenty of canapes and signature cocktails await, so too does a courteous “thank you” for the hostess who will toil over ever detail of merriment to pull off these gala occasions. It’s easy enough to bring a bottle of […]

Downtown Chicago Date Night at Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivans Bone In Ribeye

Downtown Chicago certainly has no shortage of food, festivities and entertainment but through all the noise and hulabaloo, it’s not always easy to find a laid-back suitable spot for an exceptional date night meal experience.  Sullivan’s is an oasis, offering a tranquil setting and some of the best steaks, jazz and martinis in town. Stepping inside the […]

5 Freedom Moonshine Cocktail Recipes to Heat Up your Holiday Season


Though its roots run back further, the word “moonshine” is most frequently associated with American bootlegging, where illegal whiskey was distilled at night, often by the light of the moon.   If there’s one way to fire up your nights and heat up your holiday gatherings, it’s serving up a signature cocktail with this all-American […]

Bowl a Turkey and Get a Turkey at Pinstripes This November

Pinstripes Turkey Platter

Turkeys aren’t just for eating this November! Bowlers of all ages are invited to participate in Pinstripes’ 4th Annual Turkey Bowl and aim for a ‘turkey’ or, three strikes in a row, to receive a complimentary turkey platter! This year, Chef Cesar Gutierrez gives guests something to be thankful for with his Thanksgiving-inspired turkey platter featuring all of […]

Chef James “JR” Robinson’s Butter Poached Lobster and Glazed Cider Plank

Chef James “JR” Robinson Glazed Cider Plank

New York native Chef James “JR” Robinson,  best known as the Founder and Executive Chef of Kitchen Cray first indulged his culinary creativity in his teenage years, putting his personal spin on his grandmother’s recipes.  The easy-going, inspiring chef grew up in and out of homeless shelters since the age of 12 but never let that […]

3 Must Try Seasonal Beers for Fall

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‘Tis the season of bonfires, pumpkins, hay rides and corn mazes.  Oktoberfest may have ended, but all of autumn simply begs to be accompanied by a great seasonal brew. Whether you are headed out to tailgate or simply want to savor the crisp notes of the season from the comfort of your patio chaise, we’ve discovered […]

Bobby Chez Roasted Harvest Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Harvest Cauliflower Recipe Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower 1/4 lb. lightly salted butter 1 tsp. turmeric 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. smoked paprika A pinch of cinnamon 1 tbsp. sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut Cauliflower into small pieces. Discard stem. Set aside. Melt butter, add all ingredients. Place cauliflower on a sheet […]