Concert Between Courses Dinner Series continues at Niche restaurant

I've never been to Niche Restaurant in Geneva, Illinois, but it is definitely on my restaurant bucket list. I love getting updates on the creative and fun events at the eatery. Just thought I'd repost this press release I got to give you an idea of what they offer there. Doesn't this sound fun?



GENEVA, Ill. (July 17, 2012) – Niche restaurant ( continues its 2012 “Concert Between Courses” series with a country music themed dinner on August 8 featuring vocalist Mary Hunt and guitarist Brandon Thies. Influenced by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton, the exceptional duo teams up with Niche for an evening of fine food and music. The August 8 country performance begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., and dinner and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening is priced are $60 per person, and reservations can be made by calling Niche at (630) 262-1000.

The Menu
Guests at the Mary Hunt Duo “Concert Between Courses” country dinner will experience country music themed cocktails like the Alabama Slammer, Tennessee Jed, and Rebel Within. In addition, a custom three-course meal will be served prepared by executive chef Serena Perdue, inspired by her favorite country music artists and fresh ingredients from the continuing harvest of Niche’s farm on the Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill. Following Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” legs fried frog legs with curry and cabbage slaw and Gene Autry’s “Back in the Saddle” beef saddle with wild mushrooms and parsley vinaigrette, guests will enjoy desserts that will cool and delight with Sweet Tea ice cream and apple tatin.

The Performer
The Mary Hunt Duo has been performing music in the Chicago land area for the past seven years.  Mary Hunt, vocalist, is a Berklee College of Music Graduate and currently has her own voice studio in St. Charles.  Brandon Thies, guitarist, studied at Roosevelt University and DePaul University, and is a guitar instructor at PM Music in Naperville. 
The duo performs many music genres, including: jazz, blues, rock and are now taking on country.  This past January, the band recorded a 4 song EP.  The music was written and arranged by Mary and Brandon.  They hope to return to the studio in the fall to begin recording their first full length album.

Upcoming “Concert Between Courses” dinner series dates include:
·      September 25: Nicole Kestler Jazz Concert
·      November 13 & 15: Niche on the Broadway - Larry Dieffenbach and Friends for a night on Broadway
·      December 20: Naughty Christmas
·      December: Candlelight Dinner

 About Niche
Niche is a fine dining restaurant in Geneva, Ill., serving a constantly evolving menu of American contemporary cuisine based on the freshest Midwest ingredients.  Chef Serena Perdue skillfully blends her traditional French training with her love of newly picked, seasonal products from local suppliers as well as from Niche’s own sustainable farm at The Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill.   Niche has earned accolades for its all-American wine list, handpicked by general manager and wine director Vince Balistreri.  With 270 different wines that highlight the best in American wine, Niche was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2012.  Visit