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193. Deer Park Town Center Kicks Off Season of Sizzling Summer Events

 Things are about to heat up for the summer season with a series of outdoor social and shopping events coming up at Deer Park Town Center! If you like to score discounts on fabulous merchandise and listen to live jazz in a peaceful patio setting, grab your calendars and get ready to add these hot happenings events to your list of things to do this summer.
Deer Park Town Center’s schedule of summer shopping events kicks into full swing next weekend with their annual Summer Sidewalk Sale followed by the highly anticipated return of their popular “Jazz Patio” concert and “ARTumn Harvest” art festival as fall approaches.
Frequent Deer Park Town Center visitors like Kerry Diminuco say the summer events add great energy to the overall shopping experience. “Deer Park Town Center expertly balances great shopping and dining with a variety of entertainment options and events to encourage a real community feel. It has become my “go-to” place not only for great shopping, but for something new and different to do.”
Here are the upcoming summer event highlights and the reasons why they come so highly recommended……

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167. New VIP Tent & Chicago Blues Band Booked for 10th Annual UnCork Barrington

 Organizers are planning some exciting new features to mark the 10th anniversary of the annual UnCork Barrington wine and food tasting event coming up from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 11th.
From a new VIP Tent to a different spin on how wines are featured to a bigger stage for a classic Chicago blues band, UnCork Barrington 2014 is shaping up to be one summer event you do not want to miss!
Tickets are available now and you’ll find prices and details below.
But first, here are FIVE AWESOME HIGHLIGHTS that will make this year’s UnCork Barrington the best one ever:
1. New VIP Tent & Top Shelf Wine Tastings

For the first time ever, there will be a VIP tent at UnCork Barrington offering rare top shelf wine tastings. Event Chairman Doug Skor says they’re only selling a limited number of VIP tickets priced at $90 each.
“There’s been a demand at our event by wine enthusiasts who want to have more of an upper shelf taste offering so that’s what we’re answering with the VIP tent. It’s for the super wine connoisseurs who want to experience a few of the $50 to $150 bottles of wine.”
VIP ticket holders will receive access to a special VIP entrance, they’ll be able to taste all 50 wines offered to the General Admission ticket buyer. They’ll also be treated to tastes of 10 additional PREMIUM wines and food items only available to VIP ticket members. Plus, they’ll have access to the VIP deluxe tent plus special outdoor seating with extra comforts.
2. New General Admission Tasting Categories

UnCork will feature the same wine “passports” this year which you’ll have stamped with each tasting, but they’re also reorganizing how the wines will be grouped. Instead of arranging wines by region, organizers have created new wine categories for a fun and different spin on this year’s tasting. To wet your whistle, check out some of their new tasting categories…
Napa Valley Knockouts * Fantastic Food Pairings * Big Juicy Reds * White with Everything * Smooth Blends * Best of the US * Great for Grilling * Wine for Entertaining * Old World Wonders and Summer Sippers
3. Bigger Stage & Live Chicago Blues Band
They’ll also be setting up a larger stage than ever before making live music a bigger focus of this year’s UnCork. Organizers have booked the popular Chicago BK READ & the Really Big Deal Blues Band to really elevate the entertainment for the evening. I spoke with lead guitarist and vocalist Brian “BK” Read who says they’ll be bringing a whole new energy to this year’s outdoor event.

“We’re going to be uncorking the blues for Barrington on July 11th. Just like fine wine, blues classics get better with age.
We put our own spin on those songs by blending traditional blues sounds with more modern arrangements. We’re primarily a blues band but we like to show the audience a range of music influenced by blues roots. We play some rock, some country, some reggae, a lot of blues and a lot of danceable music. We like music that has a really good groove that you can tap your foot and get up and dance to.”
There will be five BK Read & Friends performers up on stage during UnCork, including Brian Read (lead guitar/vocals), brothers Warren Lathan (bass) and Tommy Lathan (keys), Myron Katz (drums) and, for some horns, they’re bringing in longtime friend Beau Barry (sax) who Brian says just might steal the show.
“The crowd’s going to love Beau because he’s a seasoned player and a great entertainer who gets out there, dances and really moves while he plays. He’s a lot of fun to watch.”…

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155. #HeinensSundaySupper – Dinner with the Donleas

 With stone fruit back in season, fresh peaches are reappearing in recipes around Barrington.  They’re playing a special role in this week’s Heinen’s Sunday Supper, shared by none other than Kelly Donlea, the Chief Operating Mom of one of our favorite foodie families.
For a look at Sunday Suppers around Barrington, Heinen’s Grocery is offering a gift card to one local family each week to shop for ingredients and prepare a special Sunday meal.  In turn, each participant will share their photos and thoughts at 365Barrington about their family’s favorite dishes and the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.
Dinner with the Donleas

by Kelly Donlea, Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author & founder of
Family dinner is one of the most honored traditions at the Donlea house. While what goes on the table is important to me, it comes second to the goal of how many times we make it to the table as a family each week. The stress of a perfect dinner can mean that you miss the moment, or that the cook can’t sit, and we value, above all else, the time together.
For me, the key is being organized and having Heinen’s Grocery on my chauffeur route where I can get organic produce and the best meats, making dinnertime easy. When the ingredients are high quality, the amount of preparation, or “masking” is minimized, as they can be served after simple cooking with light seasoning.  And with the fresh packaged extras available at Heinen’s, I can easily supplement a course or two with prepared items that will make an ordinary meal extraordinary.
For Sunday Suppers I do try to make things a little more special. Even if we are landing at the table after a long day of church, birthday parties and baseball, a fresh flower arrangement, some candles, or using our good china can add festivity to the night.
Seafood is always a draw for a special occasion dinner and, for that, there is no better place than Heinen’s. They source their fish from the best possible ports, and have them shipped overnight for the freshest fish-to-table option in our area. One of my favorite fish-accompaniments is Peach Pepper salsa and, with peaches coming into their season, I knew that would be the base of our Sunday meal.
This salsa can top most any type of whitefish or shellfish prepared with a honey-lime-soy sauce and garlic marinade.  When I saw the size of the scallops in the case at Heinen’s, I knew that would be my choice.
Their peaches were perfect, which can be hard to find up until this time of year, and the rest of the produce, including onions, garlic and green peppers were, of course, perfect too. I grabbed some baby artichokes from the prepackaged vegetable case, some fresh organic cilantro and a bag of Heinen’s brand organic brown rice. One cheese they had out for sampling was Vermeer by Beemster.
I am always on the hunt for a perfect dry Gouda, and this full-flavored Gouda variety is one of the best I’ve ever tried.
A Vermeer has lower sodium and fat than a traditional gouda, so even better. I grabbed a block to use in my artichoke stuffing and enjoy as a meal appetizer.
I blended the Vermeer with panko, garlic cloves, fresh basil and cream cheese for the artichoke stuffing.
I served the scallops and artichokes with a side of Cilantro-Lime Rice.
I enjoyed a fruity, crisp La Merika Chardonnay that Heinen’s had on special for just $7.99/bottle.
For dessert, I made a stop at Heinen’s Bakery and my kids loved every bite of  Heinen’s Raspeberry-Stuffed Pillow cookies.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit
CLICK HERE for Kelly’s Sunday Supper Recipes……

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154. CrossFit and ChiroFit Team Up for Student Athletes

 Calling all middle school, high school and college athletes: It’s time to get fit! ChiroFit chiropractor Dr. Dave Crosson and CrossFit Barrington co-owners/coaches Brian Niven and Chris Bluse have joined forces to create a new summer Athletic Enhancement program to help you improve your game – whatever that game may be. Their goal is to provide a structured, safe, and properly coached program that addresses the whole athlete.
All three coaches are former college athletes: Dr. Dave Crosson played basketball, and CrossFit Coaches and Co-Owners Brian Niven and Chris Bluse were Division 1 and professional lacrosse players. Their athletic and professional experiences equip them with an exceptional knowledge base, all of which they applied in the creation of this program.
Dr. Crosson, who goes by “Dr. Dave” at ChiroFit, found CrossFit Barrington through a patient. He was immediately hooked on the diverse workouts, and has worked out there 5-6 days per week ever since. “In two years of working with CrossFit, I’ve personally seen more gains in strength and overall athletic ability than anywhere since I got out of college,” he says……

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