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Santa Makes an Early Stop with the Help of Some Levy Elves

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Each year, our Project Great Elf spreads holiday cheer and shares smiles with hundreds of local school children. For more than a decade, we have collected Letters to Santa from local schools and fulfilled holiday wishes on behalf of our entire Company and our partners. It is a celebration of the true spirit of the holiday season and one that warms the hearts of many. Happy Holidays to All!

 

Give the Gift of Great Taste

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Struggling to find that great last minute gift? Search no further! Levy Restaurants has what every Chicago foodie craves- a seat at the table! Send an e-gift card or slip a gift card into a pretty envelope and seal it with a kiss. We have a dish for all on your list- a nibble at Bar Toma, an evening out at Spiaggia, riverside dining at Fulton's and wings with friends at Jake's. Let them Dig In!

Jake's: Local Beer, Local Cheer

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This week, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, brought in eight of the best brewers in town for their Local Beer, Local Cheer beer tasting!

Benefiting the Fallen Firefighters Widows and Orphans fund, the event featured brews from a handful of local craft breweries, including Metropolitan, Wild-Onion, Local Option, Finches, 5 Rabbit, Flossmore, Half Acre and Two Brothers brewers.

 Each brewer will also create a special brew exclusive to Jake’s that will be available for a limited time only. The perfect refreshment to wash down those XXX Wings!

Ciao a Tutti! Bar Toma is OPEN

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With Chef Tony Mantuano at the helm, you can't possibly go wrong. This week, our latest restaurant opened to wild reviews and ravenous diners. There is something for everyone at this Mag Mile hot spot- a cozy corner for date night, a spot at the bar for a cocktail and snack or space for 10 of your closest friends to gather over pizza and Italian craft beer.

We would tell you about all of the fresh cheese at the mozzarella bar, or try to describe the savory aroma of wood fired pizza, but a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Feast your eyes on Bar Toma!

Simple espresso with the perfect crema

The freshest ingredients...

 

Look Out! The Sloppy Joelopy is on the Road

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The rumors on Twitter are all true! Our Sloppy Joelopy has hit the road, bringing our moveable feast to folks around the country.  The menu rotates, but includes sensational sammies, like The Joelopy, a classic sloppy joe made with ground beef, onions, pickle relish and delicious seasoning, The Pork Lizzie BBQ pulled pork with crunchy, tangy cabbage salad and the Cincinnati Traffic Jam: Ground beef cooked Cincinnati chili-style with shredded cheddar and onions. BooYah!

Right now this tank of taste tempting flavor is making its way to Purdue University this weekend, then on to visit Packer fans in Green Bay and finally heading down to the University of Missouri. Don't miss out! Keep track of the truck on Twitter: @sloppyjoelopy

Battle of the Bhut 2011: Hot Time in the Old Town

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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap in Chicago is turning up the heat in this November by teaming up with Major League Eating for their Third Annual Battle of the Bhut XXX Wing Eating contest happening on Sunday, November 6, 2011! Those daring enough to participate will have to take down Jake's signature XXX Hot Wings, which are made with two of the hottest peppers in the world, the Red Savina Habanero and the Bhut Jolokia, which currently holds the title of hottest chile pepper in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Jake’s will kick off this hotter than hot Sunday funday at 1 p.m. with a celebrity pre-contest featuring Chicago firefighters, Jake’s Bhut Camp winners and Chicago’s most recognized!  For every wing eaten during the first contest, Jake’s will donate $5 per wing to the Widows and Orphans fund, which benefits the families of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Firefighters will also be collecting donations for the Widows and Orphans fund throughout the event.

Chicago’s top two Major League Eaters, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Gravy Brown, will headline the event in an effort to bring the Bhut title back to Chicago. Seattle’s Erik “the Red” Denmark won last year’s Battle of the Bhut after eating 35 Bhut XXX Wings in 5 minutes for the title. Bertoletti and Brown finished second and third, respectively, in 2010.

What do Pack fans crave? Darren Rovell wants you to make the call!

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CNBC's Darren Rovell loves a good hot dog and he's launched a Twitter contest to name the best new hot dog topping for fans at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is home to the reigning Super Bowl champs and some seriously tasty food from cheese curds to sizzling hot brats. The winning dog topper will be featured when the Packers faceoff against the Minnesota Vikings on November 14. Learn more here.

Chicago Ideas Week Recap

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CIW week was a blast and we were excited to be a part of such a unique gathering. Fast Company’s Chuck Salter did a great wrap up of the event. Click here to get a snapshot of the sights and sounds of CIW.

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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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