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Cupcake Vineyards Offers Great Wine for Less

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July 21, 2014
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by:
Samantha Nelson

It’s easy to be intimidated by wine when you’re looking at $60 bottles at a store, or a restaurant wine list where a glass of premium Pinot can be pricier than your entrée. But you don’t have to break the bank or settle for some subpar grapes. Cupcake Vineyards has been growing steadily since it started in California in 2008 (in the middle of the cupcake craze) with a goal of providing quality wines for an affordable price. They recently hosted a three-course dinner at Lincoln Park’s Boka that showed off how well their wines pair with food and how good they taste by themselves. The event was held in the …  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

Savor Mexican Flavor and Live Más!

By: Debra Lipson

July 14, 2014
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I’ve never met a fish taco I didn’t like. Tortilla wrapped, charred seafood goodness layered with zesty toppings — it’s edible paradise on a platter! Last week, a girlfriend and I sank our teeth into the city’s latest offerings at Más. The recently opened West Loop spot is helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Yanitzin Sanchez (Sabor Saveur, CiNe). Sanchez’s modern Mexican menu riffs on culinary fusion with savory tacos, fresh crudos, an array of dips and shareable plates featuring Latin and global influences. The food focus is undoubtedly fresh, seasonal fare with an authentic kick evident in playful presentation and unusual flavor pairings. Less is truly more at Más. A swanky, …  Read more