A Presidential Cooking Demonstration 11.15



Peggy Notebaert Museum 
2430 N. Clark St. 
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago chef extraordinaire Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Nico Osteria and others) will be teaming up with rising culinary artist Tess Boghossian, a 12 year old from Palatine, to do a cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 15 at the Green City Market’s indoor location, the Peggy Notebaert Museum (2430 N. Clark St.). The demonstration will feature Boghossian’s creation, Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup, a recipe that won the praise of First Lady Michelle Obama in her “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.”

As a part of the Let’s Move! initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles, the demonstration also will include a simple, affordable, and healthy recipe to make at home.

After being inspired by the duo’s healthy take on the soup President Lincoln was served after his inauguration, guests may shop Green City Market’s wide selection of fresh and local goods to spark their own creativity for healthy recipes. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About Paul Kahan 
Executive Chef and Partner Paul Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs. Passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine, Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria and most recently Dove’s Luncheonette. Awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs. For more information, visithttp://www.oneoffhospitality.com

About Tess Boghossian 
Tess is a 12-year old from Palatine, Illinois who swooned Michelle Obama with her “Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup Recipe” that she submitted to the First Lady’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Her winning recipe earned her a trip to the White House and a seat at the presidential dinner table with President Barack Obama and the 53 other winners, one from each state. An avid reader and history enthusiast, Tess was inspired by the soup her favorite president, Abe Lincoln was served after his inauguration. She approached the old recipe with a mission of making it healthier while paying tribute to Lincoln. After laboring in the kitchen for a few days, Tess perfected Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup by adding whole grains, lean protein, and lots of vegetables. See recipe below.

Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup Recipe: 
Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 small onion, peeled and diced 
1 small parsnip, peeled and chopped 
½ cup chopped green beans 
1 carrot, peeled and chopped 
1 quart low-sodium chicken broth 
½ cup cooked quinoa 
1 cup chopped asparagus (tough ends discarded) 
8 ounces canned white beans, rinsed 
½ cooked rotisserie chicken, skin removed, and chopped or 2 cups skinless boneless cooked chicken, chopped 
1 quart low-sodium chicken broth 
¼ teaspoon salt 
¼ teaspoon pepper

In a large pot, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion for 4 minutes or until soft. Add parsnips, green beans, and carrots, and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil and then add quinoa. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add asparagus, white beans, and chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes more, or until the chicken is heated through.

About Green City Market 
Green City Market is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization celebrating its 16th anniversary. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Green City Market values education about quality food and its source. Green City Market is funded by individual donations, corporation sponsorships, grants and fund raising events. For more information visit http://www.greencitymarket.org/.

Hotel Allegro Pop-Up Museum Exhibit Series Now-Labor Day

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Now that we’ve officially marked the start of summer and family travel will be at its peak, Hotel Allegro Chicago is offering their littlest guests something special this summer. Between Memorial Day (now) through Labor Day, the Allegro has a playground of perks available to kids including a new  Pop-Up Museum Exhibit Series called Magic of the Museums. Below are full details:

More information available here:  www.allegrochicago.com

“Kids Rule” at Hotel Allegro. All kid guests enjoy:

  • A Kimpton Kids bag including a mix of kid-friendly items
  • Kids 12 & under eat free at 312 Chicago for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Join us every Friday and Saturday between 4:30-5:30PM in the lobby for our Summer Museum Series: Magic of the Museums. Each week a different local museum will host a pop-up exhibit or activity for kids while they enjoy complimentary lemonade and snacks. Our museum partners include Chicago History Museum, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Adler Planetarium and more! More details provided below.
  • Request a pet goldfish during your stay with our Guppy Love program (don’t worry, we’ll provide the fish food)
  • Best available rates for the weekends between June and August start at $169/night!


More About Our Summer Museum Series:  Magic of the Museums*
Summer travel is meant for adventure, discovery and fun! This summer we are helping our littlest guests uncover the treasures of the City by bringing a small piece of the magic local museums have to offer right to their fingertips! Each week, a local museum will host a Pop-Up Exhibit in our lobby that will highlight a fun-filled exploratory experience both kids and parents alike will enjoy!

*Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Every Friday and Saturday from 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Beginning June 6 and ending August 30, 2014


Hotel Allegro’s  Living Room Lobby

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