Get Close to the Kitchen at Bread and Wine

Grab a Seat at the Chef's Counter and See How Your Meal is Made!

July 28, 2014
Samantha Nelson

One of the best things about cooking is getting to see how ingredients combine to make something impressive (culinary chemistry in action). You can get that same pleasure when you grab a seat at the chef’s counter at Bread & Wine in Irving Park, but it’s even better than in your own kitchen since here, you get to just sit back, watch and then eat the results with a glass or two of wine. The small space seems to draw couples of all ages and has even hosted a wedding for two frequent customers. It’s decorated with candles and flowers in mason jars. Half-booths are strewn with pillows and overhead lamps …  Read more

Leah Caplanis: A Cheeky Chick You Should Know

By: Debra Lipson

July 14, 2014
Leah Caplanis
cheeky speaks

Leah Caplanis is the 31-year-old CEO of SOCIAL Enjoyments, a deliciously refreshing, sparkling sake line hitting Chicago area Whole Foods, Mariano’s and The Goddess and Grocer shelves this month! Not only is this entrepreneur a sharp gluten-free cookie (she just finished her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business), but Leah is also a survivor. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010. Instead of complacency, Leah turned what could’ve been a setback into a successful startup. Now primed to dethrone Bethenny Frankel as the reigning queen of female-empowered alcohol, she discusses her journey through perseverance, holistic healing and the true meaning of life balance. What’s Cheekier than …  Read more

Ani is Top Tier

By: Symone Tripodis

July 7, 2014
cheeky speaks

For months, we have only heard amazing things about Lakeview’s newest gem, Ani. The Arami sister restaurant has been creating rave reviews among some of the biggest publications in Chicago since its opening in March this year. It has even impressed our city’s most dedicated foodies (and that’s saying something). So although we haven’t had a chance to try out our chopsticks at the new Japanese hot spot, here’s what we know: The Menu As said to be in the top tier of sushi in Chicago, the quaint venue is open for lunch and dinner, offering an extensive menu of authentic and favorite Japanese dishes. Choose from cold plates that include items like …  Read more