Friday, September 29, 2017

Rack House Kitchen & Tavern to Host Smoketoberfest

Oktoberfest season is in full swing and if you're itching to put on your lederhosen and raise a stein, Rack House Kitchen and Tavern is Arlington Heights is the perfect place! The First Annual "Smoketoberfest" takes place on Saturday, October 7 from 1 - 5 p.m. in the restaurant's beer garden and parking lot with a portion of the proceeds going to the 100 Club of Chicago, a non-profit organization offering assistance to the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Highlights of the fest include:

-Chef Bryant Anderson's grub: Chef Martin's Old World Sausages, Oak Smoked Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese with smoked cheddar, German Potato Salad and Giant Pretzels
-Sam Adams National Stein Hositing Competition
-$5 Oktoberfest brews
-Free bounce house for kids
-Raffle and door prizes
-Free entry

Rack House will be open for regular dining from 11 a.m. to Midnight. For more information, visit Prost!

Rack House Kitchen &Tavern
222 E. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @rackhousebbq #Smoketoberfest

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Celebrate National Cachaça Day at Texas de Brazil

If you have ever been to Brazilian steakhouse, you have probably tried the signature drink of Brazil - the Caipirinha. It's a refreshingly sweet cocktail made of limes, simple syrup and Cachaça (the third most consumed spirit on the planet.) Cachaça is a distilled sugar cane product that is considered the first distilled cane spirit in the Americas, pre-dating rum by about a century.

If you haven't had the pleasure of trying a Caipirinha, September 13 is a perfect time to do so as Texas de Brazil will be offering $5 Caipirinhas all day in celebration of National Cachaça Day. 
I had the pleasure recently of dining at Texas de Brazil, a family-owned churrascaria restaurant where you can eat to your heart's content with an overflowing market table of salads and other specialties and a variety of fire-grilled meats. Churrascaria dining is always a fun, elevated dining experience and one that isn't complete without a Caipirinha.

As part of our dinner, myself and other media professionals were given a mixology class where we learned to make this delicious national cocktail of Brazil. It was incredibly easy and looked impressive and I was quite proud of myself. I shared my newfound cocktail making skills at a recent party at my niece and nephew's and wowed the gals with my muddling technique. :) Just a couple easy steps - Put your limes in a glass, add sugar or simple syrup and muddle, add ice and Cachaça and shake. That's it. 

We actually made three separate drinks at our mixology class as they had flavored syrups that could be added - so we made a traditional Caipirinha, a strawberry one and a passionfruit one. The strawberry was my fave.

Join in the celebration of National Cachaça Day and also celebrate Texas de Brazil's second anniversary with cocktails and a dinner experience. 

For more information on Texas de Brazil, visit They have locations in Chicago and in Schaumburg.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Brewfest in Highland, IN

I've been to a good number of beer fests and what I love about them is that I get to try so many varieties of beers from so many craft breweries. I'm not a chugger or a two-fisted full-pint drinker. I'm a sipper and a sampler and that's why I absolutely LOVE Brewfest in Highland, IN (Just south of the I-80/94 at the Kennedy exit.)

You get to pick. You get to pour. And they have about two dozen on tap an any given time, so there are lots of choices. It's even better than a flight - which is what I usually do, because, like I said, I'm a sipper/sampler type of gal. Because you control the pour, you can start out with a few sips and if you like it, you can fill it up. If you don't like it, you only invested like 58 cents to try it out. You simply pay by the ounce - pure beer brilliance! When you arrive, you get a card that you insert for each pour and you only pay for what you pour, it's a win-win-win - for the drinker, the venue, the craft breweries. It's a good way to get introduced to new breweries and try out beers you normally wouldn't be bold enough to order a 16-ouncer of.

They don't have a full food menu. There's popcorn to munch on and you can bring in your own grub. They do have the "Big Ass Pretzel." Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what it was called when I ordered it. It came in a pizza box and fed three of us with some leftover. 

It's a great place to hang and linger with friends. There are board games for some friendly competition (They had Connect Four - one of my faves!) They also have an outdoor beer garden.

Stop by and give them a try if you like beer and lots of it - even if you're just a sipper like me. Tell them the Chicago Foodie Sisters sent you.

8347 Kennedy Ave.
Highland, IN