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TGI Fridays LOVES Moms!!


Calling all moms! You do so much for us, it’s time for you to take a break and unleash your wild side at TGI Fridays. Now through Sunday, May 10, FridaysTM will be celebrating Mother’s Day (one day is just NOT enough) with exciting new food items and drink specials.

Fridays is offering half-priced bottles of wine* and great new shareable appetizers, giving Mom two reasons to get all of her friends together for a night to cut loose and get away at Fridays. Some of the new appetizers Fridays is unveiling include Bacon-wrapped Jalapenos, JackTM Sliders and Boneless Wings with new flavors, including Memphis BBQ, Sweet Heat Cider, Sriracha, PB&J and Ghost Pepper.

Fridays also has everything you need to celebrate with the family on Mother’s Day. Just in time for spring, Fridays is bringing back its popular Strawberry Field Salad, a delicious choice Mom will love, topped with fresh Balsamic marinated strawberries and a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.

Still searching for the perfect present for Mom? Give her the gift of $50 in Fridays gift cards and you will receive $10 in Bonus Bites.

*Offer excludes Rodney Strong, Santa Margherita, Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot. Promotional pricing end times may vary based on local law. Offer valid 5/5/15-5/10/15 at participating restaurants; 5/4/15-5/10/15 in Massachusetts. Select items only. Dine-in only. One bottle per person. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon, promotion or discount. Void where prohibited by law.

Black Friday for Goose Island Beer

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013 2Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. is debuting its popular Bourbon County Brand Stout lineup for 2014 with a series of Black Friday events in key U.S. markets. Set to initially debut in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco on the Friday after Thanksgiving, this year’s Bourbon County Brand Stout range features five barrel-aged variants, including the original Stout, Coffee Stout, Barleywine, Vanilla Rye Stout and Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout. Each entry will be available nationwide, with the exception of the Proprietor’s Stout, which will be exclusive to Chicago.

Wait didn’t they do this last year?

THANK YOU Charles Joly

Photo courtesy Diageo World Class

Charles Joly, acclaimed by many as the best bartender in America, is resigning as beverage director at The Aviary in Chicago, effective November 1.

Joly will be succeeded by Micah Melton, who started at The Aviary as ice chef several years ago.  Joly is the winner of a James Beard Foundation Award, was named best bartender and best cocktail menu at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and in July won the Diageo World Class 2014 competition in London where he faced off against 48 other mixologists and won with a creation called Above the Clouds that featured a tiki cocktail theme.  Joly will devote more time to his ready-made beverage line called Crafthouse Cocktails, which will soon have its own bottling facility in Michigan City, Indiana. He also intends to travel widely as a cocktail ambassador and contest judge.



Branded Spirits Ltd. Expands to U.S. Market


Branded Spirits raises a glass to the introduction of its five premium alcohol brands to the U.S. this July following three successful years of distribution in Hong Kong and China. The sourcing and distributing company of small-batch artisan liquors launches five spirits in Chicago: Ice Fox vodka, Hana gin, Motu rum, HM The King blended Scotch whiskey, and two cognacs – Majesté XO and Majesté VSOP.

“After extensive test market research in Hong Kong, we knew our products were ready for the U.S. market by way of Chicago, a city with a prominent cocktail culture,” says Nick Chen, chief of staff for Branded Spirits. “Chicago can often influence trends in the spirit industry for the rest of the country, making it the perfect location for our brand launch.”

The distinctive flavor profiles of each of the spirits launching in Chicago include:

Ice Fox is 100% American product that has been triple-distilled from premium American ingredients, including corn from the Corn Belt and pristine water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Branded Spirits’ master distiller watches over the production of every batch on Treasure Island, CA, where it is bottled in small batches. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

Hana is named after the Japanese word hana, meaning “flower,” which is the inspiration for the gin’s botanical profile of juniper and lemon citrus, among notes of lavender. The bottle design features an etched glass orchid on the back. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

Motu, rested in French Oak and created using Polynesian sugar cane molasses, provides this rum with its signature sweet nose and taste. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

HM The King, produced in the Highlands of Scotland, provides notes of vanilla and honey on the palate that give way to a smooth and round aftertaste with light smoke and peat. The HM on the bottle stand for “His Majesty” the King, as the final blend was signed off on by the late King of Tonga. 40% ABV, 750ml, $24.99 SRP

Majesté XO, made in Cognac, France by one of the region’s most storied families, Dupuy Bache-Gabrielsen, the spirit is aged for 10 years or more. The spirit won the Gold Medal award from the 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition. 40% ABV, 750ml, $109.99 SRP

Majesté VSOP is matured for four years before being bottled and offers a discreet, well-balanced bouquet with both fruit and floral notes. It is available in limited supply. 40% ABV, 750ml, $47.99 SRP

Branded Spirits’ premium beverage alcohol line is now available, and can be purchased at Cardinal Wine & Spirits (multiple locations throughout Chicago area), Tony’s Finer Foods (multiple locations throughout Chicago area), Brookhaven Market (located in Darien, Mokena, and Burr Ridge, IL), among many other individual liquor stores.

Branded Spirits initially launched in Hong Kong in 2010 after CEO and Founder George Chen, who has worked successfully in distribution in Asia for more than 25 years, decided to branch into production. In late 2010, Chen founded Branded Spirits with the goal of creating a product line, then he and his team spent the next two years in research and development of every aspect from the packaging to the types of liquors in the portfolio. After three successful years of in the Hong Kong and China markets, Branded Spirits began distributing to the U.S. with the goal of launching in 10-15 states by the end of 2014.