Friday, February 26, 2010

An Absolut-ly 'Berri' Good Time

(Photo: Francis Son Photography)

What happens when you put Chicago's hottest nightlife insiders in a mega-sized room with free booze?! Madness, I tell you, madness.

Absolut Berri Açaí launched this week to much fanfare at a party at the W Hotel City Center, and we were on the scene to catch all the action.

Check out the slideshow here; maybe you'll spot yourself!

Plea: Bring This To Chicago!

(Photo: The Meatball Shop)

There have been many concepts that have done well (Five Guys, Berry Chill), while others never stood a chance (Cereality, Lunch Rolls), but there is one I am definitely rooting for to make its way to the Windy City.

The Meatball Shop just opened in New York, and what's not to love about it?! It's all meatballs all the time in a sleek setting that would definitely attract a clubby crowd.

The menu makes me want to book the next flight out to LaGuardia. First you choose your "balls," locally sourced ingredients that include spicy pork, classic beef, salmon, vegetarian and a weekly special. Then you pick your sauce; choose from spicy meat sauce, classic tomato, mushroom gravy and Parmesan cream. Then pair them up with freshly milled polenta, risotto or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal or tuck them in buns for a Slider or Hero sandwich.

Look, I'm making my plea, so someone, anyone make this happen in Chicago!