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Home Wine Maker’s Contest
Baxter's Vineyards & Winery will host its 21th Annual Home Wine Making Competition Awards Celebration on June 27, 2015 at Baxter's Vineyards & Winery in Nauvoo, Illinois. Non-commercial wine makers are invited to enter their best wines into this competition, which is split into five distinct categories: (1) red grape (2) white grape (3) blends (4) fruit wines and (5) other. The deadline to enter wines is Thursday, June 25, 2015. The wines will be judge in a closed, blind judging that will be held on June 26, 2015. The public is welcome to visit baxter's Vineyards on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Entry forms, along with rules of the competition are posted at www.nauvoowinery.com.
Relax, this place has a winning combination of fine dining and exciting atmosphere. OTB, cozy fireplace, fine wine, gourmet burgers. American eclectic menu that changes with each season. Whether in one of their three dining rooms, lounge, wine bar or track room you're assured of a great experience. So relax and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere, friendly services and most of all the unique gastronomy.
CITY: North Aurora
A great place in the downtown historic distric to enjoy a nice glass of wine or your favorite cocktail.
RM Champagne Salon
The nationally-revered nightlife visionaries of Element Collective created this opulent, accessibly elegant wine and Champagne salon. The lavish 1,500-square-foot space off Green St. is discreetly tucked-away at the foot of a secluded cobblestone alley. Sit among flowers, topiaries and tea lights in the 150-seat courtyard in this popular city hideaway.
Acquaviva Tasting and Wine Bar
Wine tastings, delicatessen meats, cheeses, craft beers, wine bar. Inside and outside garden seating. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with friends in a relaxing atmosphere.
CITY: St. Charles
The Terrace at Trump
A sophisticated outdoor oasis showcasing superb al fresco dining amidst the iconic views of Chicago's dramatic landscape is The Terrace at Trump. This Chicago rooftop restaurant and bar offers a specially crafted menu served alongside a variety of boutique wines and hand-crafted cocktails. With a serene ambiance highlighted by vivid, green landscaping guests can relish in the summer sun while taking in vistas that are quintessentially Chicago including the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and Chicago River. Sit and enjoy a cocktail while watching the fireworks from The Terrace at Trump on Wednesdays and Saturdays after Memorial Day.
The BoodaLu Steakhouse / Muddy Dog Bar is located in Quincy, IL a few hundred feet from the Mississippi River in a beautiful, old, restored building. Our staff is dedicated to consistently providing great service, delicious food, and superb beverages all within a warm and inviting place with a view of the Mississippi River. We want our guests to have a satisfying dining experience every time they visit. Our menu is “classic steakhouse” and features great steaks, chops, seafood and salads. We serve only aged, certified Angus beef, which includes prime rib eye and KC strip steaks. We buy the best we can and cook it the way you like. We have an extensive wine list and offer classic cocktails like a Rob Roy or a Harvey Wallbanger but we can make nearly any libation you want.
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
Donnybrook Bakery Cafe
They offer a bakery & café in a beautiful historic building. Check out their specialty ice cream, a coffee & smoothie bar. as well as a retail shop and beer/wine bar.
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC.
Just as you were converted to craft beers after sipping that first microbrew, you’re sure to be won over by the quality of craft whiskey. You’ll never go back to gulping run-of-the-mill whiskey after experiencing the smooth, warm flavor of our whiskey and bourbon made in small batches in pot stills. At J.K. Williams, our passion is your pleasure. Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays for group-friendly tours and tasting!
CITY: East Peoria
Great food. Relaxed atmosphere. Attentive service. A casual dining spot in mid-town Quincy, Illinois where you’ll enjoy new American cuisine with international influences such as French and Mediterranean. Our Executive Chef, Kelley Basinger, has realized her dream of opening her own restaurant! She combines her Le Cordon Bleu training, experience, and creative flair to present a sensational menu for lunch and dinner. We’re a perfect spot for a business lunch or a romantic dinner for two. We offer a full bar, uniquely flavored homemade syrups for refreshing non-alcoholic drinks and wonderful wines. Our menu changes seasonally to take advantage of fresh ingredients. Download it to see what we’re cooking up now! You’re gonna love 2thirty4!
“We cook what we sell, and we sell what we cook.” Eataly is an original “marketplace” model inviting consumers to be active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience where they shop, taste and savor high-quality, traditional, Italian food products and beverages along with local produce and artisanal products. This multifunctional marketplace includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center and a diverse slate of boutique eateries. Eataly ambassadors are here to provide a high-quality experience to all of our guests, whether you are here to shop or enjoy a meal.
An exceptional neighborhood cocktail bar. A menu of creative craft cocktails, unique wines and local beers is accentuated by a menu of small plates. Also offering retail sales, private event planning, and wine and spirits tasting classes.
Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located in The Glen Town Center and recognized as one of the North Shore's most popular eateries, Flight's urban chic ambiance, extensive wine list and innovative menu (best described as American Contemporary Comfort food) will take your senses to greater heights. Customer favorites include the Duck Mac and Cheese, Pan Seared Scallops, Beef Tenderloin, Skirt Steak Flatbread, the Flight Burger and Herb Fries. Save room for dessert...the Chocolate Fondue paired with a Ruby Port is a must!
Grand Rivers Distillery
A locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois, Grand River Spirits creates a selection of spirits that showcase the delicious fruits and grains of Southern Illinois. This national award-winning micro-distillery offers brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Don't let their small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof. See the action for yourself — Grant Rivers Distillery offers free 30-minute distillery tours for up to 10 people by appointment only, available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Offering an authentic French dining experience unlike any other amid the bustle of downtown Evanston. The wine list features a wide selection of reasonably priced French wines. Serving dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sunday. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award from Time Out Chicago Magazine.
Cru Cafe & Wine Bar
Cozy neighborhood wine bar with exceptional wine list and light food. Two fireplaces in winter and a bustling sidewalk cafe in the summer.
Martinis on the Water
Located in a rennovated railroad station, Martini's is Peoria's original martini bar. They feature over 120 types on their menu with delicious flavors such as German Chocolate Cake, Peppermint Patty, Candy Red Apple and more. Martinis also offers live music five nights a week.
Savor the pleasures of an intimate cocktail lounge located just off the lobby of the Homestead. This warm, cozy spot is perfect of a quiet drink, light supper, or an impromptu cocktail gathering with friends. Guest can order from either the eclectic bar menu or from the Quince dinner menu.
Pops for Champagne
Pops for Champagne is the nation's most acclaimed champagne bar and Chicago's most elegant live music club. We offer over 100 bottles of champagne and sparkling wines along with full bar service and a freshly prepared shared plate, raw bar, and dessert menu in a uniquely designed 2-level space with a street level main bar, and a lower level intimate live music club, featuring the best of Chicago's live jazz entertainment. Also considered as one of the city's most unique private party/special event venue locations. Pops for Champagne on State Street continues to be Chicago's premier destination for after work and nighttime entertainment. It's where Chicago has celebrated for 25 years.
The Frenchman's Widow
The Grand Opening of The Frenchman’s Widow in Herrin, IL was officially May 20, 2013 but the story and journey of the new restaurant and bar began long before this date. Located at 201 N 16th St. in Herrin, IL the establishment sits at the same address and in the same building as the well-known former Berra’s Tavern. Our menu features wings in a variety of sauces, bruschetta, queso & spinach artichoke dips, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta and our specialty burger, The Widow Maker, piled with bacon, cheese and onion rings.
Jimmy the Greek's
This family-owned restaurant has become a staple of fine-dining in our community. Our warm, intimate atmosphere, combined with the love and dedication put into every dish we serve, continues to provide us with what brings our family the greatest satisfaction: happy, loyal patrons. Whether it be our delicious selection of Greek dishes which have been handed down from generation to generation, or our selection of both modern and classic fine-dining staples, we strive to ensure that every dish leaving our kitchen is of the absolute highest quality. It is our hope that you may come, eat, and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. OPA!
Historic Midtown Restaurant
Enjoy food in either the quieter dining room or the lounge, with a long bar, pool table and a 50” TV. Listen to live music and DJs. Special discounts for senior citizens. Check out Taco Tuesdays, wings on Mondays, wine-down Wednesdays or all-you-can eat fish on Fridays or chicken on Sundays.
Come and enjoy the region's most exquisite culinary experience, from the open kitchen, to our Wine Room with 1000+ wines from all over the world, to the unique culinary cuisine prepared by the one and only Chef Liz. Exceptional Food and even better service await your palate here at RARE Chophouse!
CITY: Mount Vernon