Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wine & Dine At Willett's Winery

As usual, we get a few cancellations for the Wine & Dine Experience at Willett's Winery. However, for some reason, there have been a lot of them PLUS people who signed up and haven't paid up.

If you have ever wanted to to one of these there are many spots now open for the September 13th dinner. Cost is $45 per person and starts at 6:30 PM. There are four courses (prepared by yours truly, Chef Kevin) paired with four of Willett's wines plus music provided by Joe Metzka.

Currently, there is no menu as I found out which wines of theirs will be available. I know for certain that I will most likely using the new bottling of Traminette (riesling-like), Frontenac (a semi-dry blush that just won 3 gold medals and the Governor's Cup - best blush wine in Illinois in 2008) and Chambourcin, a dry red that is Petite Sirah-like. Winemaker Dan is thinking he may have a strawberry wine ready, but if not, we will go with Vignoles - a semi sweet dessert wine.

Call 968-7070 or e-mail Chris at for reservations.

See You Around The Table....

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mickie's Pizza

Not to be confused with a former post of Mikey's Pizza, Mickie's Pizza is located in Westlake Shopping Center behind Beef O' Brady's in the newly revamped area that was across from the theaters.

My D.A. and I arrived at about 7:00 PM on Wednesday night. There were about 4 other tables. The place is pretty uniquely decorated: The three main walls are each a different, but well thought out and matching colors and the rest will remind you of a retro Italian theme.

We ordered a "pick your own 5 ingredient" pizza. We thought the 4M pizza (four meats - bacon, canadian bacon, sausage and pepperoni) sounded really good so we picked those 4 meats and added mushrooms. I know...heart attack platter.

It took about 20 minutes. The crust reminded me of a really thick version of Penquin Tap\Davis Brothers "cracker" style of crust. It was thicker than those but thinner than say a Dominos regular crust. Its "bite" was more the lines of the "cracker" style crust but never cracked, broke or crumbled when you bit into it but never was limp to let all the ingredients slide off onto your lap. The crust's flavor itself, however, was nothing special. The sauce is tasty and is not going to offend anyone as there isn't any "heat" in it; just a nice, robust flavor. The topping quantity was above average, bordering on generous. The server was pretty "happy-go-lucky" but was attentive and there when we needed her.

This was pretty good pizza and it is one of very few places that makes a shrimp pizza which I am going to have to go back and try soon.

Mickies has all sorts of sandwiches also.

We spent $20 with pizza, ice tea and tax.

See you around the table.....

Friday, August 08, 2008

Why It Is Difficult To Do Business In Peoria

As it has been reported, Hy-Vee Supermarkets wants to take over the north "wing" of Sheridan Village. In this story the city zoning committee wants the back of the building to look like the front because Sheridan Village has always looked this way.

Really? The back of Cohens (when it existed) looked like the front? How about Ing's? Village Plantation? Radio Shack? The front entrance to CEFCU looks a whole lot better than the rear.

So, if you compare apples to apples, why should the back of Hy-Vee resemble the front while Radio Shack does not?

Disclaimer: I'm not a spokesperson, employee, consultant or paid "voice" for Hy-Vee. I just find it a bit odd that the only store that REALLY applies to the "front looks like the back" mentality is Bergners. Why is the future Hy-Vee being singled out?

New Restaurant?

Word on the street says that a new Indian restaurant is going to take over the space that used to be Copperworks Restaurant in the same strip mall that is home to 2 Chez, Blimpie and Heartland Bank at the corner of Knoxville and Pioneer Parkway.