by admin | Jun 19, 2018 | IN THE NEWS
PROSECCO Ristorante Reopens in River North After Substantial Interior Refresh
Chicago, IL (June 18, 2018)–PROSECCO, River North’s neighborhood regional Italian restaurant and wine bar, will re-open its doors this week at 710 N. Wells Street. The restaurant quietly closed in March to allow Antunovich Associates to renovate the 10-year-old space. The designers have retained the restaurant’s familiar layout and installed new lighting fixtures, flooring, art instillations, furniture, stemware and a drastic new bar with a temperature-controlled walk in wine cellar and a hand crafted, 35’ long quartz-topped bar.
The refreshed restaurant builds upon its traditional Venetian theme with silky grey walls, a mother of pearl colored ceiling with faded gilding, silk paisley curtains, antiqued mirrors and masculine Holly Huntlight fixtures. The two Murano glass chandeliers, in the front of house and above the main dining room roundtable, were hand selected by the restaurant owners on a recent trip to Venice. The art throughout the restaurant is on loan from Arica Hilton of the neighboring Hilton Asmus Gallery. The most popular work of art is one of three The Wolf of Main Street photography prints, displayed behind the host stand, by world renowned artist David Yarrow.
Executive Chef Mark Sparacino, who draws upon his 30 plus years of culinary experience, made the current menu more consumer friendly, including headings for: antipasti (hot and cold), house made fresh pastas & risottos, colorful salads, fresh daily fish selections, a variety of both fresh and aged cuts of prime meats and even a dinner for two. New on the dinner menu is the Gamberi Primavera, a vibrant and delightful dish prepared with house made spinach tagliatelle, sautéed shrimp, baby spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of pesto olive oil. The new menu will be seasonal, focusing on fresh ingredients.
“As far as the menu goes, it will be updated, but the favorite dishes that put us on the map will remain,” said Sparacino, Executive Chef, PROSECCO. “If the customers want something they don’t see, we’ve always been the kitchen to make itif we have the ingredients.”
The restaurant will also feature a new and improved cocktail menu headed by Beverage Director, Brian Freeman. One of his favorites is the The Blackberry, which includes muddled blackberries, shaken with Chardonnay and Amaro grappa, ginger liqueur, topped with Prosecco and ginger beer and a fresh mint garnish. The restaurant will continue to offer an extensive Italian wine list, and has added a handful of new selections from France, South America and The U.S., all curated by Wine Director, Sam Geatti. The restaurant still prides itself on offering one of the largest selections of Prosecco in Chicago.
PROSECCO will also now be open seven days a week, serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11:30a.m. – 3:00p.m. and dinner service from 3:00p.m. to close. On Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will offer dinner from 5:00p.m. to close. PROSECCO is also available for social entertaining, corporate lunch and dinner meetings and in-home or office catering. For a special event, the entire facility can be bought out by calling 312.951.9500. Valet parking is available.
For more information about PROSECCO and to make a reservation, visit the restaurant’s new webpage http://proseccochicago.com.
“Like” PROSECCO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ProseccoChicago/and follow the Company on Instagram @proseccochicago710.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30a.m. – 10p.m.
Friday: 11:30a.m. – 11:00p.m.
Saturday: 5:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Sunday: 5:00p.m. – 9:30p.m.
PROSECCO is a regional Italian restaurant and wine barlocated in the heart of Chicago’s River North Gallery District. The restaurant servesupscale comfort food from all 20 regions of Italy in a recently refreshed atmosphere. The Venetian inspired space offers one of the largest selections of Italian sparkling wines in Chicago.
About Antunovich Associates
Antunovich Associates is an Architectural, Planning and Interior Design Firm with offices located in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1990 by Joseph Antunovich and employing in excess of 125 design professionals to support projects nationwide, Antunovich Associates is deeply rooted in the belief that creating exceptional buildings is a collaborative process between the Client, the Builder and the Architect.
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by admin | Jun 4, 2018 | IN THE NEWS
Bardstown, KY (June 4, 2018) – The Bardstown Bourbon Company (“BBCo”), the largest new distillery in America, announced today the opening of Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar (“Bottle & Bond”), the first full-service Kentucky Bourbon Trail restaurant and bar in a distillery. Bottle & Bond showcases gourmet fare from Executive Chef Felix Mosso, formerly with the historic Greenbrier Resort, West Virginia, and more than 200 vintage American whiskeys curated by renowned whiskey author Fred Minnick, including some dating back to the 1800s.
Located on 100 acres of active farmland inside one of the world’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries, Bottle & Bond’s scratch kitchen combines seasonal, local ingredients with regional flair. Comfort food, exceptional salads, and farm fresh meats and cheeses along with a craft cocktail program, one-of-a-kind whiskey and vintage spirits library, curated wine collection, and a selection of local draft beers, provides the perfect foundation for a memorable afternoon or evening.
To bring its vision to life, the Company assembled a highly experienced food and beverage team, led by John Donnelly (“JD”), BBCo’s Executive Director of Food & Beverage. Most recently, JD was the Director of New Restaurant Openings for the Matchbox Food Group, where he was responsible for opening 15 restaurants, developing a culture of hospitality, and ensuring the highest quality experience for guests.
“We practice refined simplicity,” said Donnelly. “Our dishes are simple, yet exceptional and made with the finest ingredients sourced from the highest quality vendors. At the end of the day, our number one job is to ensure that each and every guest returns to Bottle & Bond.”
Bottle & Bond’s Executive Chef Felix Mosso has a celebrated culinary career spanning more than three decades. Chef Mozzo is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and served as a Professor and Course Coordinator in its Culinary Arts and the Food & Beverage Program. BBCo recruited Dan Callaway as its Director of Beverage Operations and Bourbon Education. Dan was recently the General Manager at Decca Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Bottle & Bond’s team of expert mixologists are all Certified Executive Bourbon Stewards by the Stave & Thief Society. They will not only create exceptional drinks, but they will also focus on educating the consumer about bourbon. BBCo encourages guests to enjoy an extensive range of whiskey, bourbon, and rye brands from across the globe, in addition to its own products.
For the vintage whiskey library, Minnick curated extremely rare gems, including an 1890s Cedar Brook whiskey and a pair of early 1900s Overholt Rye. As part of his Fred Minnick Signature Spirits Series, in which he builds vintage spirits menus, Bottle & Bondis Minnick’s debut library. The Bottle & Bond collection tells the story of American whiskey, through each bottle, from the late 1800s and pre-prohibition through the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. In addition, Bottle & Bond showcases handmade cocktails, a wine list featuring artisanal wine makers, and craft beer on tap.
“Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar is an experience,” said David Mandell, President & CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company. “We’ve created an inviting, fun, and approachable environment where people can enjoy an exceptional meal, great cocktails, and try a wide variety of brands from our unique whiskey collection. Just like our signature Collaborative Distilling Program, Bottle & Bond is designed to bring people together.”
Furthering its philosophy of collaboration and education, BBCo participates in U.S. State Department’s J-1 Visitor Exchange Program and brings hospitality and culinary students from around the world to work at Bottle & Bond. As part of the program, BBCo houses the students, provides transportation, and ensures a year-long curriculum designed to teach them about local culinary arts, bourbon culture, and Kentucky.
“We are proud to bring the spirit of international collaboration into our kitchen and bar,” said Garnett Black, Vice President of Hospitality, Tourism & Community Outreach. “We have 17 students from three nations working side-by-side with our highly-talented food and beverage team. When it comes time for them to return to their native countries, they will be ambassadors for bourbon, Bardstown, and the state of Kentucky.”
Housed within BBCo’s spacious visitors center with sprawling views of the property, the barrel warehouses, and the distillery, Bottle & Bond is open for lunch every day of the week and for dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Hours of operation are as follows: Sunday-Wednesday (11am-5pm) and Thursday-Saturday (11am-close; last dinner seating 10pm). Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling Bottle & Bond at (502) 252-6331.
Bottle & Bond has several unique spaces that can be reserved for private events, parties, and corporate functions, including a spacious outdoor patio with firepits and a private dining room that overlooks the main floor of the restaurant with a view into the distillery. To book a private event, please contact Garnett Black, Vice President of Hospitality, Tourism & Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Bottle & Bond, please visit www.bottleandbond.com
ABOUT THE BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY
The Bardstown Bourbon Company is a celebration of the art of making whiskey. No secrets, mythical stories, or fabricated legends, the Bardstown Bourbon Company celebrates the craft of making great whiskey and the Bardstown community that brings bourbon to the world.
The company was founded in 2014 by Peter Loftin, David Mandell, Daniel Linde, and Garnett Black.
To learn more about The Bardstown Bourbon Company visit:
Fred Minnick Signature Series
An acclaimed spirits author, Fred Minnick debuts Fred Minnick Signature Spirits with Bottle & Bond. Fred Minnick Signature Spirits will be featured at restaurants and bars around the country and includes Minnick’s curated selections of rare spirits. A Wall Street Journal-bestselling author, Minnick “bourbon” headlines the annual Bourbon & Beyond Festival that in 2018 features Sting, Robert Plant, and John Mayer, among others. When he’s not hanging with rockers, he’s a student of bourbon and brings the same intensity to his Signature series that he has to his popular books Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious, Bourbon, Rum Curious, and Mead.
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