Posts Tagged ‘contest’

Hungry Z, NBCChicago Street Team 

Most home cooks have a signature dish. You know that dish you make when you want to impress family, friends, or even that special someone. This dish is so good; everyone tells you it should be on a menu somewhere! What if you got that chance? Does your dish have what it takes?

The folks at Carlucci’s in Downers Grove had an open call out for people to submit their best pasta dishes with a chance to be featured on their menu. With nearly 50 entries submitted, executive Chef Kevin Provenzano whittled them down to six finalists. Dishes were scored on taste, appearance, originality, and difficulty to prepare.

The finalists each brought a guest to help judge each others dish. What they didn’t know was that Chef Pravenzano, Joe Carlucci, Suburban Life Publications assistant managing editor Jonathan Schuler, and yours truly were on hand as guest judges.

The finalists and their dishes were:

  • Dan Peloza — linguini misto
  • Colleen O’Leary — rigatoni with portabello bolognese
  • Joan Cerny-Cimaglia — tuna rotini pasta
  • Karen Price — crab bisque ricotta shells
  • James Griseto — rigatoni carbonara
  • Karen Whalen — farfalle with sausage

Coming in third were Karen Whalen’s savory farfalle & sausage. The runner up was Karen Price’s rich and creamy crab bisque riccotta shells. And the grand champion was Dan Peloza’s shrimp and sun dried tomato linguini misto.

Dan’s winnings include his dish being featured on the Carlucci menu for a month, a $200 gift card to the restaurant, and one night stay at the Doubletree. I want to thank the folks at Carlucci’s for asking me to be a guest judge and I would like to offer my congratulations to all the finalists for filling my belly with you terrific pasta creations!

Carlucci Restaurant is at 1801 Butterfield Road in Downers Grove, (630) 512-0990, www.carluccirestaurant.com

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC Chicago Street Team
Think you’ve got the stuff to join the leagues of such heros as Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier, Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, and Fatima “Rockness Monster” Hoang? Come prove it at the US Air Guitar Championships at the Metro this Saturday. All are welcome to enter. The winner from each city will go on to the national championships, and the national champ will represent the USA at the international competition in Finland.us_air_guitar

A stage name is (of course) required, and costumes or props are highly encouraged. No equipment or real instruments are allowed, and although you can bring your groupies and roadies, you must rock it alone onstage for the competition. Doors open at 8pm, with the competition starting at 9. Tickets to see the show are $15, and just $20 to enter the competition. Bring it!

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC Chicago Street Team

The hottest pepper in the world has a challenge for you tonight: “eat me and win a plasma tv”. Contestants at Lion Head Pub will start off easy with a mild bell pepper, eating their way through progressively hotter peppers (jalapeño, ancho, cayenne and habanero…) until the grand finale, the famed “Ghost Pepper”, the Naga Jolokia. The Naga Jolokia is the world’s hottest chili pepper, with a heat index of nearly 1,000,000 on the Scoville Heat Scale. (To give you an idea, your average bell pepper is only about 100-500 units.) Whoever can stomach the most Naga Jolokias will stumble away from the table with their own brand new 32” plasma TV. Bottles of Corona will be on special for $2.50. The contest is free, with free cover all night. The contest begins at 9 pm, if you can take the heat.

NudeHippoNBC5Email me a llodewyck@nudehippo.com with your favorite under-discovered Chicago events, and check out my reports with Nude Hippo at NBCChicago.com and NudeHippo.tv.

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She’s Back

Katrell Mendenhall, NBC5 Street Team

Chicago’s Grammy-nominated R&B Sensation, Syleena Johnson is back.  As if she could get any more beautiful and sound more amazing… I believe she’s done it.  The singer/songwriter is on her way to the top of the charts with her new single “It Is True”. Stay tuned for Syleena’slistening party (next month)… great interviews and hot pictures!  Until then, check out the single on her myspace- http://www.myspace.com/syleenajohnson

Labor of Pains Cover

The long anticipated album drops late summer/early fall and it’s FIRE!  Remember when you could sing every word to a song and it was made of substance.  There was meaning and love behind every ballet.  Syleena mixes all those ingredients with her fourth debut, Chapter 4: Labor of Pains.

To promote the new single, Johnson has partnered with Sybaris Pool Suites here in the windy city with “It Is True” Romantic Escape Contest.  The album’s first single “It Is True”, is a heavenly ballad about the love and romance she shares with her husband.  Syleena and Sybaris Pool Suites are bringing Valentine’s to the month of June!  In celebration of the newest single, submit your most romantic date or proposal story and win a special escape to the famous Sybaris Pool Suites.

Here are the rules:

-entries can be submitted via email (contest@sjmusic.biz) or mail (“It Is True” Romantic Escape Contest P.O. Box 1537 Harvey, IL 60426)

-must be 21 or older and contest ends June 25, 2008.  The contest is worldwide.

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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

Chicago has a reputation for political corruption and police brutality, and both have been in the forefront lately. There was a time when Chicago was entirely without a police force after the whole department was fired by an outgoing Mayor. When was this, and for how long?

676 Restaurant in the Omni HotelThis week’s prize is Two 5-course tasting menus at 676 Restaurant, Sun – Wed (Value $130).

Email your answer, and include your mailing address, to trivia@thelocaltourist.com by midnight on January 27.

Congratulations to Kelly Gorham, who knew that the Chicago Transit Authority was formed in 1947.

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February Flapjack Food Fight!

Justin Chen, NBC5 Street Team (video)

If you like pancakes, then this is your month. In a month-long tribute to National Pancake Week Feb. 18-24, Menuism.com is holding a Pancake Food Fight. Worried that your mom is going to nag you for playing with your food? Don’t. It’s a food fight of the online variety to find “The Best Pancakes in Chicago”.

All you have to do is go eat pancakes, and then write a review on Menuism. Make sure your review includes a rating of the pancake you had and you’re automatically in the running. The top pancake reviewer will win $50 to any restaurant along with other prizes. If you want to increase your odds of winning, write a pancake review that others will find entertaining or useful and write more of them – the top reviewer is whoever gets the most community appreciation for his pancake reviews.

Not great with words or a fan of pancakes? If you join and invite a friend that wins, you win too! So what are you waiting for? Pancakes are good for any meal 🙂

Happy eating!
Co-Founder, Menuism

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