Bourbon & Oysters: Celebrate 142nd Kentucky Derby at Pearl Tavern Benefiting CCC 5.7

Izabela Sloma and Janet Lee Mandell would like to invite you to  Pearl Tavern Bourbon & Oysters celebration of the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Starting at 3:30pm and going until 6:00pm on Saturday, May 7th, at Pearl Tavern located at 180 N. Wacker, this event is benefiting the #CraveCCC campaign for the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Pearl Tavern

Co-hosted of the event include Leah Chavie, Jacob Neminarz, Alexis Kersey, Allison Howard, Heidy Best and Marley Kayden.

Place your predicitons on who will be taking home the win while spending the day filled with bourbon tastings, complimentary mint juleps, and small bites. Enjoy live coverage of the “fastest two minutes in sports” from anywhere in the room.

Derby party attire is required. Show off your inner southern fashion with over-the-top hats and seer sucker suits! Award for best hat, most dapper gentleman and best dressed couple will be award after the races!

We would love for you to include this in any articles of “where to watch” or on any calendar listings. Tickets are $45 per person and group reservations are encouraged. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Chicago Children’s Choir. Donations can be made here:
Tickets are available for purchase here:

Windy City Live -Things To Do For Mother’s Day Under $10

As seen on ABC’s Windy City Live! Mother’s Day Deals For $10 and Under!

Check out my appearance on Windy City Live here!

I gave viewers a few gift ideas and things to do with mom for $10 and under.

#1: Vintage Garage: Buy a pair of tickets to the Vintage garage ($5 admission) for you and mom
Over 75 vendors, Indoor/Outdoor Garage, buy mom tickets for the next show May 15th

Vintage Garage
5051 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Garfield Park Conservatory - Poor Girl's Guide Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago

#2: Garfield Park Conservatory: Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory (free admission, suggested $5 donation) Makes a great 2-part gift, bring the camera and snap photos with mom, grandpa and the kids in front of thousands of beautiful flowers

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60624

#3: Chicago Water Taxi:  Take a trip on the Chicago Water Taxi ($10 all day, unlimited pass / $5 one-way ticket) The two stops open on Mother’s Day weekend are Ogilvie to Michigan Avenue and Ogilvie to China Town. With purchase of a $10 unlimited pass you can take the taxi to and from brunch or lunch at one of those stops and then hop back on and ride to and from the other for a little extra time on the river. $10 gets you unlimited back and forth stops all day

400 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

#4: Chicago River Museum:  Buy mom tickets to the opening of the Bridgehouse for the 2016 season, May 14th ($5 GA Tickets, $10 Bridge Lift Viewing Tickets, open Thurs-Mon, May-Oct, FREE on

Chicago Water Taxi - Poor Girl's Guide Chicago

Chicago Water Taxi – Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
99 East Riverwalk
Chicago, Il 60601

Mother’s Day at Nana

Mother’s Day at Nana

3267 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Featuring a holiday brunch and Sunday Supper on Sunday, May 8

Executive chef Jeremy Kiens features a special brunch menu on May 8 including seasonal and holiday dishes, plus year-round bestsellers such as the Nanadict, the Bridgeport restaurant’s spin on eggs Benedict with chorizo, poached eggs and poblano cream over housemade pupusas ($13); and the Grilled Tofu Scramble with seasonal vegetables and choice of chorizo or soyrizo ($11).

The Mother’s Day lineup lists selections such as the Mom’s Benedict with griddled cornbread, beef brisket, poached egg and chipotle hollandaise ($14); Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes with rhubarb jam and fresh strawberries ($12); and Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast, coffee cake stuffed with dulce de leche and served with cinnamon syrup ($12). Treat Mom to brunch cocktails such as a Mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice or cranberry puree (both $10). The complete Mother’s Day menu is listed below.
Brunch is available from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served(reservations are not accepted).  The sidewalk café is slated to open prior to Mother’s Day and will be available for brunch seating (weather permitting). The weekend lunch menu will be offered from 2:30-5 p.m. and dinner service runs from 5-8:30 p.m. on May 8.
Chef Kiens augments the dinner menu with a multi-course Sunday Supper from 5-8:30 p.m. every Sunday, including Mother’s Day. The supper includes Slagel Family Farm fried chicken, seasonal vegetable, poblano-and-Cheddar cheese cornbread, arugula house salad, cabbage-lime slaw, creamy mac and cheese and featured dessert. $24 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations for all size parties accepted after 5 p.m. by calling 312-929-2486.  
Avocado Fries, cilantro, chipotle lime aioli, $8
Shellfish Bisque, $4 cup/$8 bowl
Empanadas, short rib, Chihuahua wild ramp relish, $10
Cauliflower Salad, crispy kale, fresh herbs, celery, black olive oil,
preserved lemon vinaigrette, $8.50
Lobster Deviled Eggs, chipotle, $10
Chickpea Frites, herb aioli, date agrodolce, chipotle honey, $8
Kale Salad, avocados, roasted peppers, tomatoes, lime vinaigrette,
Cotija cheese, $8.50
Blueberry & Lime Donuts, vanilla pudding, $4
Baked Chilaquiles, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, poblano cream,
two eggs any-style, $12
Nanadict, chorizo, pupusas, poached eggs, poblano cream, $13
Crispy Chicken Thigh, poblano cheddar grits, asparagus, bacon jus, $13
Garden Omelet, grilled zucchini, spring onions, roasted peppers, spinach,
goat Parmesan, $12
Chef’s Daily Omelet, smoked salmon, asparagus, capers, spinach, brie, $13
Mom’s Benedict, griddled cornbread, beef brisket, poached egg,
chipotle hollandaise, $14
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes, rhubarb jam, fresh strawberries, $12
Dulce de Leche Stuffed French Toast, coffee cake, cinnamon syrup, $12
Grilled Tofu Scramble, seasonal veggies, choice of soyrizo or chorizo, $11
Huevos Rancheros, crispy tortillas, two eggs any-style, onions, peppers,
refried pinto beans,poblano cream, guacamole, queso fresco,
choice of chorizo or soyrizo, $13


Mother’s Day Brunch at Cantina Laredo

Mother’s Day Brunch at Cantina Laredo 

Celebrate Mom with a Complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Maria
Sunday, May 8
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cantina Laredo in River North will offer a modern Mexican midday meal on Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Hector Rivera’s brunch dishes, outlined below, include Crab Cake Benedict; Chicken Fajita Omelet; Huevos Rancheros; French Toast served with Mexican brandy butter; Chilaquiles; Spinach & Artichoke Omelet; Asada y Huevos; and more. As an added bonus, all brunch entrees are served with a complimentary mimosa, bloody maria or non-alcoholic beverage. 

Cantina Laredo also offers an array of apertivos (top shelf guacamole; quesadillas; ceviche), ensaladas (fajita chicken; grilled shrimp), hand-rolled enchiladas (barbacoa; avocado), taqueria (pollo; pescado), especialidades (fajitas; chicken flautas; pescado del dia) and postres (Mexican Apple Pie; churros). To make Mother’s Day brunch reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit

Photos may be viewed here and here.

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Cantina Laredo, Brunch Entrees
Mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage included

Poached eggs on crab cakes topped with chipotle-wine hollandaise sauce, crumbled bacon and queso fresco $14.49

French toast topped with blueberries and strawberries, served with maple syrup and Mexican brandy butter $10.29

Scrambled eggs with Mexican sausage $10.99

Scrambled eggs with jalapeños, bacon and sautéed tortillas $10.99

Corn pancake topped with two eggs, one with guajillo sauce and the other with tomatillo sauce $11.29HUEVOS RANCHEROS
Traditional egg dish topped with ranchera sauce $10.99

Fajita chicken, peppers, onions and cheese with chile de arbol sauce $12.29

Artichoke hearts, spinach, peppers, mushrooms and cheese with poblano sauce $11.29

Chicken with sautéed tortillas in tomatillo salsa, topped with two fried eggs $10.99

Grilled steak with marinated onions and chimichurri sauce. Served with two eggs with guajillo sauce $14.29

Britt Roehm

Edible Ink PR

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Happ Inn

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Happ Inn

The Happ Inn
305 Happ Road
Northfield, Illinois 60093

Treat Mom to a Midday Meal with $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Sunday, May 8
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

$37.95 adults; $14.95 children

Treat mom to a midday Mother’s Day meal fit for a queen. The Happ Inn, located in Northfield, will hold a Mother’s Day brunch buffet on Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chef Freddy Sanchez’s menu features an unlimited array of appetizers, salads and desserts, along with the choice of entree (menu outlined below). Brunch cocktails will be offered, including $5 mimosas and $5 bloody marys.

The fee is $37.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (12 and under). The Happ Inn’s regular dinner menu will be served that evening from 3:30-9 p.m. Mother’s Day reservations may be made by calling 847-784-9200 or visiting

Mother’s Day Brunch Menu
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Appetizer Buffet

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Freddy’s Famous Guacamole

Potato and Mushroom Taquitos

Cheese Quesadillas

Shrimp Ceviche

Bagels and Lox

Mini Muffins

Southwest Chopped Salad

Caesar Salad

Fruit Salad

Caprese Salad

Greek Salad

Hummus with fresh veggies

Mini Spinach Quiche

Margarita Flatbread

Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Sun-dried Tomato Flatbread

select one per person

Corned Beef Hash

Happ Inn Prime Burger with Fries

Falafel Black Bean Veggie Burger with Fries

Eggs Benedict with Roasted Potatoes

Crab Cake Benedict with Roasted Potatoes

Short Ribs Benedict with Roasted Potatoes

Carlos’ Skirt Steak & Eggs with Roasted Potatoes

French Toast with Crème Anglaise & Raspberry Sauce

Easter Omelette with Roasted Potatoes

Eggs, Bacon, and Toast

Salmon or Tuna Nicoise Salad

Grilled Salmon and Garlic Spinach with Hollandaise

General Happ Fried Chicken with Fries



select one per child

Skirt Steak

French Toast

Chicken Fingers with Fries

Burger Sliders with Fries

Mac and Cheese

Eggs and Bacon
Dessert Buffet


Mini desserts (key lime, cheesecake, chocolate & H-apple Streusel Pie)


Assorted Cookies and Cupcakes