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James Beard Awards

James Beard Awards Reception Brings Out Culinary Elite

James Beard Foundation Awards and the culinary community was out in full force the weekend leading up to the Monday, May 4, ceremony extravaganza.  One of the most anticipated pre-award parties was Sepia’s reception hosted by owner Emmanuel Nony and JBF four-time award nominee, Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman.  Past award …

We Saw What Was Possible at the Chicago Lighthouse Gala

“Seeing What’s Possible” was the theme for this year’s Chicago Lighthouse Gala, a very honorable event which raises significant funds to enable individuals with visual impairments. Eyesight is something we all take for granted every day, yet a gala such as this one raises sharp awareness towards those who are …

Alliance Française de Chicago Hosts “Ready, Set, Fête”

Alliance Française de Chicago Fête accomplished its mission to bring Americans and French-speaking cultures together for a beautiful evening of taste, style, and class. Set in the Cooper Technica auto storage garage downtown, Alliance Française de Chicago chose an unlikely location for a glamorous event and filled it with art …

Luminary Award Dinner

Luminary Award Dinner

Luminary Award Dinner, held at the Union League Club on Thursday, May 7, honored Alderman Edward Burke & Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke for their work as child advocates. During their 40 years of distinguished service, the Burkes have tirelessly worked to keep children safe in Chicago and throughout …

The Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala Raises Alzheimer’s Awareness

Though Rita Hayworth’s legacy to the world will forever be her beauty, the famous life-size poster of the Hollywood “love goddess” is now an image of awareness. Like a scene out of an old black and white movie, this past weekend the Chicago Hilton welcomed the Who’s Who of the …

Driehaus Design Initiative

Over $170,000 Raised By the Driehaus Design Initiative

The Driehaus Design Initiative has been working “to promote and encourage design education and to foster public appreciation and understanding of all aspects of fashion design and history” for over a decade. Since 2002, the nonprofit has organized the Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, a fashion and award show that …

Roslyn Kind Returns to 54 Below

Roslyn Kind’s two-decade absence from the New York stage ended last year when she performed a sold-out run at 54 Below, the intimate Manhattan restaurant and lounge.

Bill Hogan & “Battle for Free Speech”

Bill Hogan has been an inspiration to the film industry in Chicago for decades. When I first met him, I was impressed by how devoted he was to fostering the growth of the film industry in our city. As an actress at that time, I thought how wonderful it would …

Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night

It wasn’t the Thriller in Manilla, but it was a Muhammad Ali extravaganza: the 21st Annual Celebrity Fight Night event at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix ….

A Silver Lining Foundation : “Glitz and Glamour”

A Silver Lining Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing mammograms and additional diagnostic testing to those in need. Last month I had the pleasure of attending a fashion show fundraiser and luncheon that benefitted a very worthy cause. On Wednesday, March 18th, guests filled the Gold Coast Room of the …