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Afternoon Tea in the City

Ditch the Noisy Bars for Tea Time: A Must-Do During the Holidays

December 2, 2014

Sometimes I think I’m part British–I’m absolutely lost without my morning Earl Grey tea latte. I have a small but much loved collection of tea pots. Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows, and going out for an elegant afternoon tea in Chicago is a must-do during the holidays. As much as I would love to serve a proper afternoon tea at my home for a group of cherished friends–and of course the veddy proper Dowager Countess from Downton–who has time to prepare all those exquisite tea sandwiches, crumbly scones, delicate cookies and pastries? It’s so much easier to go out, and of course, great fun to get all dressed …  Read more

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

The Cheeky Fall Special You Can’t Miss

By: Dana Hartung

September 8, 2014
Cheers Crafthouse Special
cheeky speaks

It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over–where did summer go, Chicago?! Now it’s time to welcome fall, and Cheeky obviously has the perfect plan for you to celebrate the new season. Hint: it involves the perfect bottled cocktails handcrafted by the recently named Bartender of The World, Charles Joly, and some of the hottest BYOBs in town!  Are you ready to celebrate, ladies? The Contest All summer long, Cheeky has been buying cocktail lovers a bottle of Crafthouse Cocktails to be delivered to their BYOB table every Wednesday night. Well, with summer ending and the start of fall, Cheeky has stepped up the competition to offer you an even juicier prize. Yes, that’s right–think of …  Read more