Levy Restaurants

Eadie Levy – The Original

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The heart that beats behind our passion for great food and warm hospitality is our Company Mom, Eadie Levy. More than 30 years ago she brought her family recipes and shared her knack for welcoming every guest with open arms and a big heart. She has been an inspiration to all of us at Levy Restaurants from the very first day and she continues to share her love of food and people with everyone she meets.

Happy Birthday Eadie! We love you!

Eadie Levy

The Infineon Experience

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Napa Valley…the vineyards…fine wine…the verdant countryside…and the roar of the Raceway! 

Infineon Raceway is one of the most unique venues in all of sports. Nestled in the Napa Valley, surrounded by fields and home to a heard of sustainably raised sheep (who needs lawn mowers!), the NASCAR speedway is a one-of-a kind experience for racing enthusiasts and anyone up for a unique experience. Recently, authors of the popular wine country blog Cardigan and Cook visited the track and enjoyed an afternoon of food and fun. Check out their post.

Cheers to Spiaggia!

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This week we raise our glasses to toast Spiaggia honored this week by Wine Spectator Magazine. The celebrated, award-winning Chicago restaurant helmed by Tony Mantuano received the “Best of Award of Excellence” an award recognizing restaurants with outstanding wine lists.

The restaurants that earn the “Best of Award of Excellence”  have wine lists that display either vintage depth, with offerings of several top producers from major regions or excellent breadth spread over several winegrowing regions. This year’s honors mark the 30 year anniversary of the publication’s international restaurant award.

Congratulations Spiaggia!

Wine Spectator Magazine

Kids Stir Things Up in the Kitchen

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Cooking is our business, but it’s also at the heart of who we are. Making great food together with family, sharing recipes and heartfelt hospitality is how we got our start more than 30 years ago. Today we have the opportunity to pass on our tradition in the kitchen with a whole new generation of chefs.

This summer, our Downtown Disney locations created a unique three-part Kids Cooking Class, a program designed to share fun, practical and creative cooking skills with a class of aspiring young chefs.  The dishes on the menu included a chicken finger “sushi roll” from Wolfgang Puck Cafe,  ravioli gigante inspired by Portobello, and a chocolate chip cookie sundae from Fulton's Crab House. Participating kids donned proper chef toques and crisp white aprons and received special instruction from Levy chefs. Each child got a chance to create and taste their own dishes while our chefs had the opportunity to share their passion for cooking. Everyone had a lot of fun. (No food fights reported.)

Kids Stir it Up in the Kitchen

Baseball Heats Up for the MLB All Stars

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This year, we will host our fourth MLB All-Star game in sunny Arizona at beautiful Chase Field. Of course we are gearing up for fans and preparing to serve up ballpark classics like hot dogs and burgers. (In fact, we expect to serve more than 80,000 hot dogs during the All-Star weekend!) But we know our guests like variety and the menu is filled with taste tempting options and Southwestern fair to satisfy the cravings of every die hard baseball fan at the ballpark. Here’s a look at what All Star fans can enjoy:

 

Snake Bites: Introduced exclusively for All-Star Weekend, Snake Bites are tasty taquitos filled with habanero chicken and pepper jack cheese served with ancho-lime dipping sauce.

 

Enchilada Dog: A Phoenix specialty, this chargrilled, footlong sausage is locally made and filled with cheese and three types of chilies and topped with a spicy remoulade and fresh pico de gallo.

 

The All-Star Summer Heater: This grandslam worthy sandwich is made with mortadella, smoked ham and salami, topped with jalapeno-olive relish and pepper jack cheese, and served smoking hot on grilled focaccia bread with onion rings and fried pickles.

Gameday Dining Has Gone to a Whole New Level

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There is nothing like the excitement of game day- the spectacle on the field, the roar of the crowd and of course the favor of a perfectly prepared sausage. Seems impossible to improve on that right? Well the folks at CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) Field have taken the experience down to a whole new level. Field Level dining during Sounders MLS games at CenturyLink is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Last week, we welcomed the folks from Food and Sports.com for a visit to enjoy the sights, sounds and true flavor of world class soccer. Check out the post and more great pictures here.

Happy 4th of July!

So What’s the Deal with “Gluten-Free”?!

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Food makes everything more fun, especially game day. Savory snacks like, hot dogs, nachos and a refreshing beer can be key components to a great day cheering on your team. But for folks with Celiac Disease, fun food can be a challenge. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 2 million people in the United States have Celiac Disease, or about 1 in 133 people. Last year, we added gluten-free snacks and beer to all sports venues to accommodate guests that follow a wheat- and gluten-free diet, and the response was tremendous. This year we expanded our menus to make sure gluten-intolerant guests can enjoy traditional game day favorites and more great snack items. The new expanded gluten-free options include:

  • Hot Dog – Certified gluten-free hot dog, Kinnikinnick bun, Heinz ketchup and French’s mustard
  • Chili Cheese Dog – Certified gluten-free hot dog, Kinnikinnick bun, Ghel’s chili sauce and cheese
  • Nachos – Mission tortilla chips, Ghel’s cheese, Embasa jalapeños
  • Loaded Nachos – Mission tortilla chips, Ghel’s chili sauce and cheese, LaVictoria Alamo salsa, Embasa jalapeños
  • Red Bridge Beer – Gluten-free beer made without wheat or barley
  • Taste Good Tortilla Chips – Olive, sweet potato flavored tortilla chips
  • Classic Snacks Gluten-Free Carmel & Cheddar Popcorn Mix
  • Eden Organic Pumpkin Seeds
  • Eden Organic Berry Mix
  • Larabars – Cherry pie flavor gluten-free fruit and nut bar
  • NuGO Free Dark Chocolate Bar – NuGO FREE bars are gluten, soy, and dairy free, certified OU Pareve, and made with real dark chocolate
  • Skittles
  • Classic Snacks Gummy Bears

The ballparks and stadiums that will debut these new offerings include Chase Field in Phoenix, Nationals Park in Washington, DC, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, US Cellular Field in Chicago, Qwest Field in Seattle, Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City and Toyota Park in Chicago.

So dig in to some seriously tasty gluten-free options this season!

Here Comes the Bride…Now Play Ball!!!

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There is always a lot of “I do-ing” around the country in June. Flower orders flood the local florists, bridesmaid dresses fly off the racks and grounds crews are busy dragging the infield before the reception…wait what?!

In pursuit of the ultimate wedding day some couples find inspiration in the great American pastime. Sure it’s an unconventional location, but what could be a more appropriate setting for such a special day than fields of perfectly manicured green grass, summer sunshine and the beauty of a Major League ballpark?! We often host weddings, receptions and all kinds of great family events at our ballparks around the country and we’ve seen it all- bridal parties sporting team jerseys, receptions decked out in team colors, you name it. But some couples just enjoy having a traditionally themed wedding in an incredible location. Getting married at home plate? Now that’s a memorable day!

Surf’s Up!

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From arenas around the world to fine dining by candlelight, where there is a need for great food and warm hospitality, we are there! New to the Levy family this summer is Oak Street Food + Drink, Chicago’s most fabulous beachside oasis.

There is nothing like the “third coast” and when the weather is warm, summer in Chicago can’t be beat. What could be better than a refreshing cocktail and a savory snack while enjoying a beautiful view of the sand and surf? Oak Street Beach serves up resort-inspired cocktails like the Little Bee Margarita, made with Jose Cuervo, lime juice and Belfry Farms honey. Menu highlights include the Aerial Tuna Burger made with hand-cut Ahi tuna stacked with guacamole, cilantro, lettuce, tomato and tortilla chips, Chowder of the day and the Taco Stand, serving up three tacos stuffed with any featured filling, such as Grilled Fish Veracruz, Chipotle Shrimp, Seared Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Steak or Black Beans & Corn. I’ll take one of each please!

If you can’t get out of town for beachside break, take a moment or two to relax and unwind with a tasty drink and a good nosh. A little respite is just what the doctor ordered after a long winter. Cheers!

For Levy, it’s GAME ON

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Game 1 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks garnered the highest playoff ratings since 2004! NBA fever is clearly sweeping the nation, but did you know that seven out of the eight teams in the NBA semifinals were also Levy locations? This week as the Heat and the Mavs continue to battle it out, Levy teams at both arenas will also be hard at work serving up some champion worthy food for ravenous basketball fans.

Only time will tell if the Heat can stay “White Hot”

Dig In!

Levy will always stay as fresh as the ingredients we use in every dish we plate. Here you’ll see everything we’re doing to bring you what’s deliciously new in the world of Levy. Look in on culinary creations often, and try them out at home for yourself!

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