We are happy to announce that Rock the House is officially sold out! We look forward to seeing you at the event this Saturday!
UPDATE: The event is from 7pm – 10pm on February 1st (one hour longer!)
6 Craft Beers, 5 Special Chef Recipes, and 2 Rockin’ Bands make for a fun evening to support two great causes.
This evening is strictly fun. No speeches or awards. Just a good time and a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t forget. Sip craft beers from accomplished home brewers and taste culinary delights from chefs that call Oak Park home.
Music by Golden with the School of Rock band opening.
Melissa Elsmo – Melissa makes you believe you can enjoy every meal just as she does: fully and enthusiastically. A trained chef and cook with passion, Mel, is a local crackerjack on cooking and dining. Shortly after winning a Jambalaya contest in 2011, she was tapped as contributing food writer for Sun-Times Media and she is currently developing her own cookbook. Mel may have an affection for fine dining, but loves kicking back with a craft beer just as much.
Karl Bader- Karl’s Craft Soup is an Oak Park-based custom homemade soup service that specializes in fresh, small-batch soups prepared thoughtfully with the season’s best ingredients. A longtime Oak Park resident, Karl Bader owned a small eatery (S3 Kitchen) where soups were a mainstay and also the foundation for a variety of healthy-eating lunch projects at several OPRF grammar schools. Karl’s Craft Soup can be delivered locally or available at seasonal farmers markets, a variety of retail stores and on-line. www.karlscraftsoup.com for details.
Su Jang – Owner of New Rose Catering grew up in her family’s Chinese restaurant. Her father told her to learn to cook and she would always have a job. New Rose Catering was formed 4 years ago out of necessity after Su was laid off from her healthcare marketing position and remembered her father’s words and quickly began helping Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park busy families answer the dreaded “What’s for Dinner?” question. In addition to providing weekly dinners as a personal chef, New Rose Catering also provides delicious and fun twists on classic dishes for small events catering. Search for New Rose Catering on Facebook.
Rich Klevgard – Graphic Designer Rich Klevgard, from Oak Park has been recreating BBQ classics for well over a decade. His obsession with southern barbecue traces back to his boyhood boarding school days in Chattanooga, Tennesseea car ride down an unpaved road through trees to a shack in the woods where the only smell was burning hickory and the sweet awe inspiring flavors of pork. Today Klevard’s dry rubs vary from sweet to savory with a hints of coffee, caramel, coriander, and a touch of smoked anise. His sauces, often based from locally harvested honey or herb infused rye whiskey, satiate but never overplay the deliciousness of smoked pork. Generous and enthusiastic, he enjoys using his culinary skills as a means to support various causes in the community.
Ron Martin – Cooking Instructor for Cheney Mansion
And now a 6th Chef!
Steve Skrine of Skrine Chops
Craft Brews include:
Session IPA – Dave Kahlow has been brewing for about 23 years and enjoys learning nuances about the brewing process and sharing the brewing experience with people throughout his life. Dave enjoys taking what appear to be simple ingredients and converting them into a variety of beer styles that can be shared with friends and family. Oh yeah, and Dave lived in Portland where he picked up a lot of good tips.
Rye IPA – Nate Hutchinson likes the smell of grains steeping, hops hopping, and the fermentation happening in his home. Sharing his homemade brews is something he has enjoyed for some time. “Sharing your own brew is better than sharing a store-bought brew.”
Hoppy Wheat Beer – Doug Schenkelberg started brewing because of his love of craft beer and wanting understand the art and science behind making a good beer. He has been known to use spreadsheets to keep track of beers. He continues to brew to learn, share, and come up with fun names for the things he create. It also gives him a reason to use the word “saccharification.”
Belgian Blonde – Rick Boltinghouse, Renaissance Man. Father of Seven. Devoted Husband. Ardent Homebrewer.
Milk Stout – Tom Hollinden says there isn’t just one reason he likes to brew – its a combination of having fun, trying new things and the excitement around always ending up with a something that tastes great.
American Brown Ale – John Chapman-Reinstra This brew has dense layers of malt, caramel, baking chocolate, and a hint of roast coffee. John Chapman-Rienstra was inspired to home-brew due to his love of craft brews and increasing beer snobbery, insistence on learning how to do everything, and desire for a new expensive hobby. He is a living testament to, “If this guy can brew craft beer, anyone can.” (He will also have some bottles of Autumn Amber Ale, his first craft brew, on hand, to prove how easy this is.)
April marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Housing Act. For National Fair Housing Month numerous groups throughout the region and nationwide are celebrating the passing of this law through fair housing lectures, workshops, and other events.
The Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) is a consortium of fair housing and advocacy organizations and government agencies committed to the value of fair housing, diversity, and integration. This group grants you access to fair housing leaders within Illinois and provides sound insight on how to implement fair housing practices within your jurisdiction. If you work within the fair housing field, we highly recommend that you connect with CAFHA and become a member.
To increase the awareness of affirmatively furthering fair housing, CAFHA is hosting many National Fair Housing Month events to get the community involved. The first event is April 3rd at the James R. Thompson Center. The meeting will feature a recap of the momentous Campaign to Amend the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to include Source of Income. Panelists include guests from:
This event is open to all, RSVP to save your seat.
CAFHA is also hosting is a member’s only event at the end of the month, located at Charter One in Downtown Chicago. If you are already a member of CAFHA or are interested in becoming one to attend this meeting, email CAFHA for more information.
If you happen to be in the Springfield area, the Illinois Department of Human rights (IDHR) is planning a two-day conference at the capitol. It’s a great opportunity to connect with groups advocating for fair housing all throughout the state of Illinois. To receive updates about this event, email IDHR.
Make sure that you know your rights when it comes to renting or buying. Advocate for fair housing so that your neighbors, friends, and families are aware of this law and have equal access to opportunity and quality housing. Utilize the events offered through the month of April. Join the fight for fair housing!
By Kathryn Miner, Fair Housing Policy Intern
The West Cook Homeownership Center is hiring a Foreclosure Outreach Specialist to conduct door-to-door outreach in Oak Park, Forest Park, Maywood, Bellwood, and Austin. Supportive outreach tasks including preparing mailings, making phone calls, and other follow-up activities. The Specialist will also provide office support, including database entry and maintenance.
Click the link below for details: