The Downside of Customized Menus

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At FIG we take pride in our customized, unique menus. Sure, there are some items that are favorites and show up again and again, but, in general, ALL of our menus are different. Tweaked to reflect the season, adjusted to account for the venue (on-site kitchen or not?), and, most importantly, demonstrating a true understanding of our clients likes, dislikes, wants and …

Nice Day for a White Wedding

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Although we’re not having a white wedding for ourselves, FIG has recently paired with white CHICAGO, a designer wedding dress boutique, that does white right. All of their dresses are once wed (for the car buyers out there, think pre-owned) saving you money and cutting down on waste. For a recent segment on WGN, lovebird events & styling, white CHICAGO, and FIG …

Going to Jamaica…

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I knew I would take the easy way out. I’ve always imagined a small wedding, but I wasn’t sure if it would be possible to limit the crowd to the 10 or so people I really wanted there. Once my mom had realized her dream of a bigger wedding with my sister, I felt a little less pressure to have …

Going to the Chapel…

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Like many of you, Justin and I got engaged this holiday season and we’re busy thinking about our wedding plans. Unlike most of you, we already have a lot of experience with this kind of stuff. We have a better idea of what we want, what steps to take, and how much it will cost us in the end. So, …

Quick Tip

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When life gives you uncorked wine make vinegar. There is no need to throw that old wine down the sink, when you can turn it into homemade vinegar for gifts or just to make a killer vinaigrette. It’s simple, just follow these video instructions I dug up on YouTube and then order some mother of vinegar from here and get started.

FIG goes Fancy Schmancy

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Richard H. Driehaus. If you live in Chicago you’ve probably heard the name. Especially if you listen to Chicago Public Radio, went to DePaul, visit a museum, or walk through Millennium Park. Richard H. Driehaus is a local philanthropist who is a huge supporter of the arts, architecture, and local culture and a two time DePaul graduate. He also has his own …

That’s weird, wild, funny stuff

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Catalyst Ranch is a unique Chicago venue that you have to see to believe. For years (literally), I have been looking at their website thinking about how cool it would be to do events there. It’s like a playground for adults with bright colors, unique furnishings, hammocks, antiques, a sweet vintage photo booth, and a monkey mascot! I could not imagine an …

Much Ado About Bacon

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If you haven’t already noticed, people like bacon. In the past year alone, we’ve witnessed the bacon explosion, pig roasts in every nook and cranny of the city, bacon showing up in unexpected places like candy and chocolate, Cochon 555, and, of course, last weekend’s Baconfest Pro Cookoff. There is a good reason for this – bacon is delicious. It’s decadent and fatty. It’s …

Our Little Tomato

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Justin and I are notoriously bad with plant life. While we admire chefs who grow their own food and are especially in awe of Uncommon Ground’s rooftop garden, we have never had much luck keeping even houseplants alive. Our herbs have always died after their first harvest and we have never attempted to grow fruits or vegetables. Bearing that in mind, …

What a Difference a Year Can Make, Chicago Gourmet 2009

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Last year, we were invited to Chicago Gourmet as “press members” because of this blog. Even though we’ve been dismal at updating the blog and I doubt we drove any real traffic to the event, we were more than happy to get invitations again this year. Sure, we didn’t love the event and would definitely not have paid $150 for …