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Wine and Wildflowers Spotlights the Beauty of Lincoln Park Zoo

The Annual Benefit Paid Tribute to the Diversity of Chicago's Neighborhoods!

September 8, 2014
Samantha Nelson

I absolutely love the Lincoln Park Zoo. When the spring thaw makes going outside tolerable again, it’s one of the first places I want to go to stretch my legs and check out the inevitable rush of baby animals. It’s a perfect place to spend a summer day watching the lions bask in the heat and then retreat to an air-conditioned building like the Small Mammal House, where you can see some of my favorite critters like an armadillo and sand cat. Every winter, you’ll find me warming up with some cider while admiring the displays at ZooLights. So when I heard about Wine & Wildflowers, I couldn’t wait to go. …  Read more

Cupcake Vineyards Offers Great Wine for Less

Get a Food-Friendly Bottle for Just $11!

July 21, 2014
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

Summer Entertaining

The Best Local Eats for Your Summer Bash!

June 2, 2014
Summer Fun
Lakesha Rose

I was recently the guest co-host on You and Me This Morning on WCIU. We had a fun segment with Eric Steiglman, founder of Bonfire wines. He brought along some a red and white wine and delicious bites for a summer picnic in Chicago. Check it out! Notes: Wine from Bonfire, sold at Whole Foods and Mariano’s. American Spoon and “Q” BBQ sauce, sold at Blue Door Farm stand in Lincoln Park. Goddess and Grocer sell a variety of delicious prepared foods. Urban Accents is a local Grocery store. Magnolia Bakery is in Chicago. I hope you enjoy all of these local foods for the summer!