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EddieMerlotGardenGarden Outreach

Reading about the union between Eddie Merlot’s in Burr Ridge and the Helping Hand Center, a local non-profit organization serving children and adults with disabilities, is the kind of story that can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

Earlier this year Merlot’s began working with Helping Hand to provide vocational opportunity for their members inside the restaurant. Last Spring, General Manager, Mike Rufo and Chef Dan Tucker took the program outside when they decided to start an herb and produce garden for the restaurant and enlisted Helping Hand workers to participate in the process.

The project has proved a win-win for both sides. Chef Tucker says his hardworking Helping Hand team takes great pride in the garden now and the fact that Merlot’s gets to feel good along the way is “just a cherry on top”.

LanghamLobbyTravelle Opens at the Langham

Named one of the year’s best “up and coming”, the Langham Chicago made its Windy City debut last month. Located in the landmark building by Mie van der Rohe on North Wabash, the luxury hotel seamlessly blends modern amenities with historical elegance.

Floor to ceiling windows throughout, (including all guest rooms), 55” TVs, and Himalayan salt saunas are just some of the things you can expect to experience at the Langham. Locals and hotel guests can also enjoy the brand’s signature afternoon tea service inspired by its grand hotel namesake. The birthplace of afternoon tea service is attributed to the five star Langham London, which the Prince of Wales opened in 1865.

TravelleMainDiningRmLast Friday, Langham’s much anticipated premiere restaurant, bar and lounge, Travelle, opened with Executive Chef, Tim Graham, at the helm. Travelle is positioned as a Mediterranean-inspired cuisine which will draw influence from numerous countries across the region. TravelleSeacuterie

In an early review by TOC, special mention was made about Chef Graham’s creation of “seacuterie”. Likened to (meat) charcuterie, Graham describes their seafood version as a “terrine made of smoked salmon and herb butter”.

Travelle is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner till midnight and until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. You can take advantage of Open Table access via their Facebook page for reservations.

Miracle Weekend for Kids

Marriott’s (19th annual) Miracle Weekend starts tomorrow at the Lincolnshire Marriott. The Miracle Weekend is a charitable event dedicated to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial). To date, Marriott has raised over $1 million dollars for the hospital which depends upon philanthropy to help children and their famMarriottMiracleilies.

Marriott Rewards members can also donate their points through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help families of sick and injured children stay at a Marriott hotel nearest to where their children are being treated. Check donations, are equally welcomed!

Buedel Fine Meats is extremely proud to lend support to the Miracle Weekend golf tournament which kicks off the event.

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