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Harvest 2014 Santa Barbara Style

Enjoy the Harvest Among the Vines from Winemaker Steve Fennell

September 30, 2014
Steve Fennell in Vineyard
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The Cheeky Wine Guide

Readers of Cheeky Chicago know the scoop when it comes to fall–the latest fashion trends, not-to-be-missed new restaurants, etc.–but I’ve got some news on the latest vintage just harvested. Now, as Cheeky Wine Guide readers know, I usually share my explorations of the harvest in Napa; this year I’ll share with you some tidbits from the wine region north of Santa Barbara known as Sta. Rita Hills. Referred to as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country, I’d like to let you hear from a winemaker who specializes in both varietals. Steve Fennell from Sanford Winery–yes, the Sanford that was in the movie Sideways–just finished picking his last Pinot Noir grapes from the amazingly beautiful vineyards that surround the …  Read more

Pizano’s Lincoln Park Opening

By: Jen Pircon

August 11, 2014
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cheeky speaks

Chicago is serious about its pizza. And Pizano’s is no exception. Founded in 1991 by Rudy Malnati Jr., Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta is cooked up with rich, Italian tradition topped with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant opened its newest location in Lincoln Park last week, marking its fifth location in the Windy City. What keeps Chicagoans’ appetite thriving for Pizano’s? Although its deep dish gives Chicago-style pizza a run for its dough, it’s Pizano’s famous thin crust pizza that keeps people craving more. Oprah called the pizza “her favorite” and USA Today listed it as Top Ten in the Nation. Cheeky’s opinion? A resounding “Agreed!” as the pastry-like thin …  Read more

Punch Drunk Love

Test Out Your Punch Making Skills and Enter Our Brunch Punch Party Contest!

August 5, 2014

If you’re like us, you probably love a good refreshing drink, especially when the weather heats up. But what about a forgotten classic — a big old glass of punch? Perfect for summer, there are a million variations you can try for this ultimate fruity cocktail. While punches vary, what typically goes into this zesty drink? Traditionally, punch is made with a fruit juice (pineapple, lemon, orange, cranberry, etc.) ginger ale or other carbonated drink, and an alcohol of choice (vodka, rum, tequila, or all three…oh my). If you love punch, we’ve got just the challenge for you. Cheeky is hosting a Brunch Punch Party at Summer House for festive foodies, where …  Read more