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Meet the Cheeky Guys Behind Crafthouse

By: Dana Hartung

July 28, 2014
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Every Wednesday night, cocktail lovers have been tweeting, Cheeky has been buying and our friends at Crafthouse have been delivering you the best premium all-natural bottled cocktails to enjoy at your Chicago BYOB spot. Now, meet the revolutionary brains behind the bottled Moscow Mule, Southside and Paloma Crafthouse cocktails. Meet Charles Joly A Chicago native, Charles Joly is a bonafide rock star in the mixology world. Charles currently serves as the Beverage Director at the Aviary, which recently won the award for the Worlds Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans. The creative and progressive Aviary cocktail menu, produced by Charles, beat out finalists from …  Read more

Make it Your Own at MAK

By: Debra Lipson

July 28, 2014
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Still searching for creative, go-to Chinese food in Chicago? Look no further than MAK! Opened in 2012, the fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant is carving out quite a name for itself in Wicker Park. Owner Tommy Wang serves up Chinese, Japanese and Korean-influenced fare peppered with a personal touch: Recipes are passed down from Wang’s family (his father owned Tien Tsin in the Northern suburbs) and meals are motivated by his cultural heritage. The MAK premise is an eastern riff on the Chipotle assembly line counter model; however it far exceeds a robotic point and pay experience. Order your meal at the register and a friendly MAK employee brings the searing dish to …  Read more

Leah Caplanis: A Cheeky Chick You Should Know

By: Debra Lipson

July 14, 2014
Leah Caplanis
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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