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World Music Festival: Chicago 2011

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture presents the 13th annual World Music Festival: Chicago this September 15 – 22, 2011. A celebration of music from around the globe continues this year at the city-wide, multi-venue, week-long festival. Presented at area museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, clubs, and other venues, events include a combination of free and low-cost ticketed concerts, many of which are family friendly.

Check out the schedule here.

World Music from Illinois to Italy and beyond…


Illinois-born, Nashville-based, clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and as attuned to the global as she is to the local. Abigail pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the result is both traditional and exotic..


Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is the foremost and longest standing traditional music band from Salento, Italy, located in the Puglia region. Playing the energetic pizzica, a style of music and dance native to this region, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino features drums, violin, guitar, bass, tamburello, accordion, flute, Italian bag pipes, harmonica and vocals to form a sound full of energy, passion, rhythm and mystery.

$5 Wine Tasting Open House at The Chopping Block

Join Wine Goddess Diana Hamann at The Chopping Block on Monday, October 11th at 6PM to bid a fond adieu to the stock left over from their last wine list.

Registration is only $5 and it is recommended that you sign up NOW as this event does sell-out.

Diana will be on hand to pour through the lot, dishing about which wines go with this and that, and which is the best value for the money.

Enjoy 30% off the regular retail price, which basically translates to not finding a better wine deal anywhere on the planet!

Fine Print: You must be 21 or over to attend this class. Please present valid ID at the time of check-in. 1-week cancellation policy.

Festa Italiana: Taylor Street

Chicagoland does not disappoint with it’s plethora of street fests. Beer and wine tents, some mini-carny rides for the kids, yummy local food and just plain ‘fun’ music.

My husband and I never “plan” to make our Taylor Street Festa Italia an official date night since we always seem to wind up there somehow. This year we’re making it real, getting a sitter, and I’m scoring a couple of dances, under the street lights… to someone covering Frank or Dean.

Check out the details and join us please. This weekend, August 5th-8th. They’ve planned some culinary demonstrations, Italian Dancers… there are sure to be a few local arts booths. The casual atmosphere is great, the fun of a festival without the craziness of an uncontrolled crowd.

Oh and did I mention the Italian street vendors? Yum!

Springtime Date Night Couples Cooking Classes at The Chopping Block

The Chopping Block has a four yummy couples cooking classes lined up this Spring:

Couples Cooking: Middle East Feast

We all know that genies and flying carpets are just make believe… Come experience the real magic that is the Middle Eastern kitchen.
Persian Beef Kebabs with Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Relish; Fesenjan (Chicken Braised in a Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce); Saffron Basmati Rice; Baklava Pastries.

Couples Cooking: Paris in the Spring

Ooh la la! Enjoy a night out preparing elegant and romantic French cuisine.
Caramelized Onion and Fennel Tart; Soupe au Pistou; Seared Tuna Steak with Zesty Tapenade; Quick Strawberry Napoleon.

Date Night: Havana Nights

It will be a hot tropical night in our kitchen as we cook up some rich Cuban cuisine. Even Fidel never ate so well!
Ropa Vieja (Flank Steak Braised in Tomato Sauce); Yellow Rice with Pigeon Peas; Platanos Maduros (Fried Plantains); Cuban Flan.

Date Night: Mangia!

Enjoy a fun night out while preparing and feasting on the goodness of Italian food.
Grilled Mushroom and Radicchio Salad with Balsamic Truffle Vinaigrette; Italian Wedding Soup; Linguine al Vongole (Clam Sauce); Fresh Ricotta and Chocolate Filled Cannoli.

Classes are $75 per person.