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Stephanie Izard “Girl In The Kitchen” Book Release Party

Girl in the Kitchen Release from Stephanie Izard on Vimeo.

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY is almost here!!! it has been a while since i have had a reason to throw a big-ass fun-filled party, so we are going all out. with my first book, girl in the kitchen, hitting shelves october 5 and the goat tour about to get underway, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate. some of my favorite chefs are joining me to create dishes inspired from the book, joined by four craft brewers and cocktails by benjamin schiller… it’s going to be a great night! tickets are going on sale this wednesday. come join me and my good friend and co-author heather shouse as we celebrate the launch of our book and whatever else we feel like raising a glass for.


Girl in the Kitchen Book Launch Party\

Date: October 5, 2011

Time: 7:30pm

Salvage One
1840 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Chef’s Attending:
Chris Pandel – Balena, The Bristol

Paul Virant – Vie, Perennial Virant

Charlie McKenna – Lillie’s Q

Rick Gresh – Primehouse

Koren Grieveson – avec

Roger Herring – Socca

Rusty Hamlin – Zac Brown Band

Giuseppe Tentori – BOKA, GT Fish & Oyster

Dale Levitski – Sprout

Gilbert Langlois – Chalkboard

Stephanie Izard – Girl & the Goat
only in VIP Area
 – Jared van Camp, Old Town Social

Jesse Oloroso – Black Dog Gelato 

Sarah Levy – Sarah’s Candies
*Chefs will be preparing dishes inspired by recipes from Girl in the Kitchen

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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Dining


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Beethoven Festival 2011

Beethoven as Man and Muse


     5 days + 5 nights

100 + musicians

80 + pieces of music

20 + living composers

12 + contemporary artists

  4 + scholars

  3 + filmmakers 

  3 + actors  

  2 + dancers

  1 + poet

     + food and drink

Be there.

Buy tickets.

In this complex world, art and music are more meaningful than ever, but sources of funding are scarce. The only way to make the arts work is to attend and spread the word! This Festival is completely artist-driven, built from the ground up, and intended for the people! So come out and play your part in proving that arts are an important part of our culture and civilization. 


BF2011 features a unique exhibit of new portraits of Beethoven commissioned for Beethoven Festival 2011 · Short film premieres and art installations · 20 + new works for piano solo composed for IBP · Music from baroque to rock, solo to orchestra, with Beethoven full center in a magical 18th century-modern setting   

We are extremely excited to introduce Chicago’s newest Food Truck sensation, Homage Street Food, which will be at Beethoven Festival 2011 selling delicious items for all to enjoy during our receptions!


We are also excited to welcome Gentile’s Wine Shop and Printers Row Wine, providing Festival goers with great wines at the bar.



Chicago Urban Art Society · 2229 South Halsted

Easily accessible by CTA bus/train and Metra, by car via street/highway (90/94) Parking Available on site


Google map here.


Festival Passes  

$20/$30/$50 per day


$80/$100/$180 Complete 5-Days  

(Student / Unreserved Seating / Prime Reserved)  

VIP All-Access Passes 250 and up

(Includes Closing-Night Celebration and Beethoven Spirit Award ceremony, honoring the late Dr. Otto von Habsburg, last Crown-Prince of the Habsburg Dynasty who was a key architect of the European Union and helped engineer the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. The prize will be received by Prince Piotr Galitzine of Russia on behalf of the Habsburg family)

Purchase passes NOW at   

For more information, or to request a VIP invitation by postal mail,

email or call 773.644.1316

The latest up-to-date downloadable short and long schedule is available for download on our website.


Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Dining, Social


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NowYouKnow Presents KX Photography’s Fine-Art Fashion Gallery Show – OPENING NIGHT SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT – Opening Night – SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT – Opening Night – SOLD OUT


Event Date:
Opening Night Reception – Friday, September 23rd I 6:00-9:00PM
Gallery Exhibition – Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th I 12:00-6:00PM

Where: 216 S Jefferson St. Chicago, IL (The Fashion Market)

Come celebrate Now You Know Events (NYK) 1-Year Anniversary as we host our first official event and honor one of our very own!

NYK Events is proud to announce its first sponsored event, a gallery of fashion and fine art photography by Kayoua Xiong (

Kayoua will be displaying the collection on September 23rd-25th at the Fashion Market studio in Chicago.

The event will feature live music by Steve Sebby and Sewing Pattern Music and will be sponsored by You Swoop, YumSquared Bakery, and Bun Mi Express.  Wine and hors d’ouevres will be served.

We will be accepting donations at the door, from guests who wish to support Kayoua, and giving half the proceeds to the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.

Space is limited and RSVPs are NOW CLOSED

This gallery is 18+, must be 21+ on the night of the show opening.

Kayoua, a primary member of NYK, will be presenting her work in a gallery for the first time this September. Kayoua is a local fashion photographer who graduated from the Art Institute in 2009 and was recently featured in “Me In Focus Magazine”. As Kayoua describes this gallery:

“I started this project because I see the human body as an art form of its own, art we should not be ashamed to show. This gallery is an expression of that belief, inspired by publications like Purple Magazine and my own fashion photography. I chose to photograph fashion models who were not afraid to create art with their body, and imbue it with a daring yet elegant femininity. In some images, we sought a light and playful tone, in others created images of quiet beauty framing candid, unashamed allure.”

Big thanks to Omar Villalobos and The Fashion Market for making it possible to host the event. The Fashion Market is studio that opened recently that caters to artists and fashion. We wish them best of luck for future events.

Check out Steve Sebby live in Wicker Park below:

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Fashion, Social


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Slagel Family Farm Tour and Dinner with Girl & the Goat!

Slagel Family Farm is excited to announce the Farm Tour & Dinner on September 11, 2011 with Girl & the Goat. Owner LouisJohn will begin the afternoon with a tour of his family’s livestock farm. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old fashioned production practices the Slagel’s use to produce their farm fresh meat products.

Following the tour, a farm dinner will be served family style in a new barn right next to the livestock pastures.  The dinner will be prepared and served with seasonal ingredients and Slagel Family Farm meat products, by Guest Chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat. Please BYOB, lemonade and water will be provided.

Bus transportation to and from the farm will be provided, when purchasing your ticket please select if you would like that option.  The Bus will pick everyone up at 809 W Randolph St, Chicago IL, 60607 at 12:00 noon on September 11th.

Children are FREE and are welcome with an adult. Tickets are limited so purchase today!

Price: $150

Start: Sunday Sep 11, 2011 2:30 PM
End: Sunday Sep 11, 2011 9:00 PM

Click Here to purchase tickets.


 Click Here for more info on Slagel Farms.

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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Dining, Social


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SQNK Events Presents: Groom Service


A night all about men (and the ladies that love them…)


October 20, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

John Allan’s
111 W. Jackson Street, Penthouse

Chicago, IL

 Guest Speaker
Chris Easter, founder of
The Man Registry

Special Appearance by
Dan Bernstein of WSCR-AM, 670 “The Score”


 Participating Vendors (as of 9.2.11):

Tunes spun by Cage + Aquarium

Carasco Photography

Erickson Design

Haberdash Men’s Shop

John Allan’s


Catered by Smoque BBQ

SQN Events

Groom’s Cake by TipsyCake


Unique Sweets by Truffle Truffle


To purchase tickets, go to
Advance Sale Tickets: $15 (through 10/17)
After 10/17 and at the door: $20
All proceeds will go to One Step Camp

We’ll have something for the ladies as well (mini manicures),
so feel free to bring your gal pal with you!

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Fashion, Philanthropy


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Calm Before the Storm: Fashion’s Night Out at The Drake Hotel

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Fashion


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Moon Mountain Vodka and Nightwood Restaurant join Slagel Farm and Bash Events for an evening of gourmet food and original cocktail pairings.

One week ago NYK received an invitation from our friends at Bash Events that we simply could not refuse: A complimentary gourmet dinner at Slagel Family Farm hosted by Moon Mountain Vodka. We guarantee that there is no better way we could have spent a Monday evening out!

Our trip began at Pilsen’s Nightwood Restaurant (whose Executive Chef, Jason Vincent would be in charge of the evening’s feast)  where we enjoyed a taste of what was to come. A large table was set with a sampling of Charcuterie, smooth creamy brie and a selection of seasonal fruit paired with an extremely enticing pitcher of Moon Mountain Vodka lemonade.

At 3 pm 33 dinner guests and our hosts jumped on the Windy City Limousine charter bus and began our 2 1/2 hour trek down to Slagel Farm in central Illinois. We had the opportunity to sit back and relax while sipping on more Moon Mountain Vodka (which had it’s very own VIP seat).

What really made this dinner special was the quality of the food and spirits used to make our meal. Some of you may be skeptical about eating organic products… Let us assure you that if it was grown on Slagel Farm, poured by Moon Mountain Vodka and/or prepared by Nightwood Restaurant you will taste the difference and you won’t be the slightest bit sorry that you did!

Slagel Family Farm is dedicated to producing quality meats and produce without hormones or chemicals. They are truly experts in their field who have been using the same natural and sustainable techniques since the mid 1800’s when the first Flagel settled on the land that is now their farm.

Moon Mountain Vodka is handcrafted in small batches by Master Distiller Gerry Webb. He uses a state-of-the-art filtration system that transforms organic grain and purified water into the smooth and tasty spirit we sipped and savored throughout the evening. The best part is not the simple fact that Moon Mountain is an exceptional vodka. It also contains no impurities and leaves a minimal carbon footprint! (Go, Go Green Production)

Before our tour of Slagel Farm we were presented with fresh hors d’oeuvres and seasonal cocktails.

Passed Appetizers:

Grilled Short Ribs, Butter Lettuce, Chilled Noodles, Chiles, Peanut

Tomato Tarts, Goat Cheese, Basil, Aged Balsamic

Marinated Shellfish – oysters, clams, lobster, potato, lime, cilantro, vodka

Paired with:

Four Under Par: Moon Mountian Vodka, Sweet Tea, Lemon Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Cocchi Americano

Spiked Summer Shandy: Moon Mountain Vodka infused with Hops Grains of Paradise, Lemongrass, Apricot, Beer, & Lemonade

As Lewis Flagel led the tour and explained the specifics of the farm’s operations and showed us the animal’s accommodations.  Allowing the animals space to move and exposure to natural sunlight, Flagel can insure the health of and therefor the quality of his live stock.

Afterward, we settled in for an amazing yet casual family style meal.


First Course:

Tomoato Salad, Melon, Prosciutto, Buttermilk

Paired with:

Take Ivy: Moon Mountain Citrus Vodka, Cucumber Shrub, Lemon Juice, Soda, Rhubarb Bitters

Second Course:

Wild Roasted Freshwater Bass, Beets, Dill, Crème Fraiche

Paired with:

Seersucker: Moon Mountain Vodka, Pear Brandy, Dill Fennel Syrup, Lemon Juice, Soda, Lavender Bitters

Third Course:

Spit Roasted Beet Sirloin, Aioli, New Potato, Roasted Garlic, Baguette

Paired with:

MMV Bloody Mary: Moon Mountain Vodka infused with Mirepoix, Tomato Water, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Lemon Peel, Celery Bitters

In between courses the rhyme and reason behind the food and vodka pairings were explained and each person behind the meal’s preparation was introduced.

Fourth Course:

Peach & Blackberry Pie, Sabayon, Moon Mountain Vodka Spiked Watermelon

Paired with:

Blackberry Limoncello: with Moon Mountain Vodka

Interested in checking out Moon Mountain Vodka for yourself? Here’s a list of some great local restaurants who proudly serve their products:

Bar On Buena
The Exchange



To treat yourself to an amazing, organic dinner and spirit pairing at Slagel Family Farm   Click Here.

Check out the rest of our fab farm pictures on Facebook.


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