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Suburban Life MAGAZINE


Go West

La Grange hosts annual West End Art Festival Page 8


FLUSH with FALL fashion

in Hinsdale, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Lemont Page 11


Burr Ridge man builds dining niche in heart of Hinsdale Page 34

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Inside 8 West End Art Festival: Go west to La Grange for an art exhibition that blends artisan craftsmanship with traditional fine arts, visual arts and this year…culinary arts!

Fashion & Beauty 11 fall into great style: Tempting tassels and funloving fringe. Cool colors and awesome ombres. This fall has it all, paired up with great jeans in countless styles and curve-hugging cuts. 19 Jewel of the Aisle: Hinsdale jewelry designer makes her name with beautiful bridal sets and bold bangles.

Family in Focus

23 Raising Stars: Young models learn lessons in time management, self-confidence and the reality of rejection. 25 playroom couture: Fashions for kids are filled with cool cuts and comfy fabrics, with loads of fun. 26 Ta-Ta tiara: Columnist Michelle Stien follows the trending fashion favorites of her young children.

Home & Lifestyle

28 Destination, Riverside: A quaint bedroom village just minutes from Chicago is finding itself, and building an image as a destination for weekenders and commuters. 32 Artist SHOWCASE: The artisans at Higgins Glass in Riverside use an ancient technique to create vibrant pieces of functional glass art.

Dining & Entertaining


Mass Appeal: Fashion designer Jennifer Massarelli-Bossier brings her own creations to clientele at her Glen Ellyn boutique. 4 | SEPTEMBER 2013 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

34 ON LOCATION: Developer builds clientele with family of high-profile, stylish Hinsdale restaurants. 37 Carne-vale: Chama Gaucha brings the flavors and traditions of a Brazilian ranch to Downers Grove. 38 high style bites: Sushi chefs have become the ‘fashionistas’ of food, with offerings as tantalizing to the eyes as they are to the appetite. 40 WINED UP: Clarendon Hills Wine expert Terrie Walker balances Old World to New in taste, profile and variety.

Health & Fitness 42 let them eat cake!: Gluten-free eating gains momentum, from grocer shelves to fine restaurants. 44 making the best of it: No one likes surgery, but at Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center, patients can experience it in an accommodating, convenient and customer-focused setting.

Out & About

48 SOCIAL LIFE: See the who’s who and what’s what of the community social scene, with photos from events, fundraisers and community functions. 50 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: All the best the suburbs have to offer this month is at your fingertips. Our calendar will have you stepping out all over the area.

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“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

You can’t have fashion without the models, and a wealth of opportunity exists in the suburbs, particularly for kids. You’ll hear from agency executives and the parents of child models about what to expect, and of what to be wary before your kids strike a pose.

Coco had it right, from my point of view. Fashion is anything but trivial... it’s a part of every day, a practical art form that’s always expressive and constantly evolving. Pulling inspiration from the modern and the conventional, from graffiti and gardening, architecture and the armed forces – fashion is the art you hang upon your own shoulders.

Perhaps you’ll find just the right piece to style your space at the West End Art Festival in La Grange, where artists and artisans from across the region participate in this annual juried event. Or discover a piece of stunning, functional art at Higgins Glass, in Riverside.

We celebrate fashion and the spirit of style which makes it great in this month’s issue of Suburban Life Magazine. The season's wardrobe is big on color, bold in pattern, and uncompromising in the cut of its clothes. But our greatest fashion find is that the hottest of haute hangs right here, in our own local boutiques. Anything you might want is just steps from your own front door, in Wheaton and Lemont, Downers Grove and Hinsdale, La Grange and Elmhurst.

Looking for style on the walls that surround you?

There’s so much going on in our communities this month - so whatever you do, do it with style. Thanks for reading -

Sherri Dauskurdas Editor

We’ve got great designers as well, fashion lines and jewelry creations by our own friends and neighbors, true artisans in their fields. We’ll introduce you to Jennifer Bossier, a Glen Ellyn boutique owner and designer of her own women’s fashion line, JBlonde. You’ll meet CJ Grad, who bought her jewelry store at just 19 years old, and became known for her beautiful bridal sets and elegantly edgy metal bracelets.

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Go West La Grange blends fine art and fanciful food into an annual suburban art experience


n end-of-summer celebration brings art in many forms to the annual West End Art Festival featuring an exhibit of fine artists from throughout the United States, plus demonstrations by local culinary and performing artists and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. Presented by the La Grange Business Association in cooperation with the Village of La Grange, the festival will feature the work of more than 50 jury-selected artists from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. The event is held in the shadow of the historic Stone Avenue Station along Burlington Avenue, between Brainard and Waiola Avenues in La Grange. Artwork will be available for purchase in a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, sculpture, woodwork, jewelry, photography, watercolor and mixed media. A variety of interactive children’s art activities will be highlighted throughout the weekend. Patrons also can contribute their talents to a community mural organized by Bottle and Bottega, which will find a permanent home in La Grange. New features this year are "Performing Arts Day" on Saturday, with live


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performances by acclaimed local dance, theater and music groups. Another addition, Sunday’s "The Art of Food" will offer demonstrations by noted local culinary artists from Prasino, Sushi House and others. Isn’t That Sweet Bakery will be creating tarts on site, and Chef Francisco Vasquez of Wild Monk, a trendy gastro pub in La Grange’s downtown, will offer up some in-house recipes and cooking techniques using beer. “Everything Chef Frankie does, he treats as an art form,” says Wild Monk manager Demetri Kopley. “He has such a passion for it.” The festival kicks off with "An Evening of Art & Jazz" from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Patrons can enjoy an artist preview and sale while listening to live jazz. A cash bar and food from local restaurants are also part of the event. For details, visit -Suburban Life Magazine

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with local bands Loose Change and Teknikal Diffikulties, or by competing in hula hoop contests and other games.

Artistic ‘bags’ boards to be auctioned this month

The eye-catching art exhibit, “Fun and Games in La Grange,” was presented this season by the La Grange Business Association to highlight the strength of the local business community and display the creative talent of local artists. Local businesses sponsored the whimsical boards and artists designed and painted them with unique themes like hockey and the Stanley Cup to the “Operation” board game to a Mexican Day of the Dead skeleton.

Dozens of bag toss board games that made up an outdoor exhibit in La Grange this summer will be auctioned for charity on Friday, September 6. The artistic games will be displayed for browsing on the front lawn of Village Hall beginning at 5 p.m. with a live public auction beginning at 7 p.m. Food from local restaurants, frozen treats from Tate’s Ice Cream and a cash bar will be available. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside the adjacent parking garage. Bidders can enjoy their own fun and games prior to the auction

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The public can vote for their favorite bag toss game online at and the boards with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award. Bidding by telephone also is available, with details on the website. SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2013 | 9

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"Tassles, fringe, leather laces, chunky infinity scarves, shawls and ponchos in bold patterns are going strong." -Elyce Rembos, Green Goddess Boutique in Hinsdale


Journey Poncho | Jen's Pirate Booty | $178 Rib Tank in tomato red | Dolan | $54 Agate Tassel Necklace | Nakamol | $85 available at Green Goddess Boutique, Hinsdale Aiko Boot Cut Jean | Silver | $98 available at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Wheaton and Downers Grove

Cool evenings need warm and cozy cover, so drape yourself in all the style fall has to offer, with a seductive shawl or a soft and sultry sweater.

Photo by Jodi Michelle Photography Hair and Makeup by Lindsey and Laura at Mario Tricoci Salon and Day Spa in Geneva

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"The ombre dyed effect is being done in more sophisticated color combinations for fall. Scarves, sweaters, jackets and even handbags all have unique versions of this popular trend." -Elyce Rembos, Green Goddess Boutique in Hinsdale

LEATHER TO DYE FOR Autumn's hues come alive in leather, from

bright solids to awesome ombres. This season's styles will have you looking your coolest, even if you're sweating on the inside.

Photo by Jodi Michelle Photography Hair and Makeup by Phoebe and Laura at Mario Tricoci Salon and Day Spa in Geneva


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Suki Skinny Jean | Silver | $78 available at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Wheaton and Downers Grove

} Leather and fringe trim jacket | Tulle | $75 Rouched tank in white | Last Tango | $46 Suki Straight Jean | Silver | $88 available at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Wheaton and Downers Grove


| Ombre Biker Jacket in Ash | Muubaa | $598 Knit Fringe Scarf | Missoni | $195 Blouse | Haute Hippie | $295 available at Green Goddess Boutique, Hinsdale

"Every gal should have a pair of jeans that makes her look and feel so amazing that she would even wear them to a class reunion." - Jill Card, Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Wheaton, Downers Grove

Goddess beads in black diamond and peacock | $45 each available at Green Goddess Boutique, Hinsdale Vanelli shoes in a variety of styles available at Geische Shoes, Glen Ellyn

BLAZING HOT STYLE Trim, fit and finished, fall's newest blazers cut

Miss Me Jeans, trimmed out in beads and rhinestones, hand-stiched and crocheted, available in a variety of cuts and styles at Jeans and a Cute Top Shop in Wheaton and Downers Grove. €

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At C’est La Vie by Sylvie we offer a completely unique shopping experience. Everything you see in the boutique is hand-selected by Sylvie when she shops in her home city, Paris, France. This fall, C’est La Vie features clothing lines with one-of-a-kind design inspiration. Clothes are an artistic expression. Our new fall collection is made by a fusion of new printing techniques, helping you express who you are through your clothing. This fall you will see rich earth and jewel tone colors. But, beyond the norm, you will find refreshing fabric choices in our jackets, tops, skirts, and dresses. At C’est La Vie, you will find clothing fit for any woman from a studded jean to a lace covered cocktail dress.

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Mass appeal

Style-savvy and determined to succeed, Jennifer Massarelli-Bossier builds a boutique following by Wendy Foster


t's been a whirlwind year for Jennifer Massarelli-Bossier. In the past 12 months she's married her great love, Brian Bossier, built her personal line of women's fashion across the United States, and traveled to buyers across the nation in search of classic womens fashions to fill the racks at her two suburban boutiques. "It's been a really busy time," she says. Thirteen years ago, Bossier’s dream was dramatically different than her reality. She had studied and successfully launched a career in medical research, but in the back of her mind, she’d always aspired to opening a fashion boutique. Fortunately for fashionistas everywhere, Bossier stumbled on a beautiful and available storefront in downtown Glen Ellyn, and decided it was the perfect spot to build her dream.


“I have always wanted to open a boutique based on great clothing, great jewelry and great accessories that were unique and affordable,” she says. “I didn’t want to wake up someday and think, ‘I could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.’ I didn’t want to have that kind of regret, so I took the opportunity.” Enchantments has enjoyed a presence in Glen Ellyn for the past 12 years, currently at 534 Crescent Boulevard. Three years ago it was joined by its sister shop in Naperville at 218 South Main Street. While lacking specific training and education for her chosen career, Bossier’s knack for fashion and innate sense of design combined with her determination to “figure things out along the way” provided enough drive for her to succeed. The result has been her two lovely boutiques carrying items that are fashionable, unique and accessible for chic females of all ages.

“I carry lines of independent designers primarily out of New York and L.A.,” Bossier said. “These are lines that you won’t find in department stores, and you’d be hard-pressed to find at other boutiques.” But that’s not all she carries. During the interim years between opening the two shops, Bossier launched her own clothing line – J•Blonde. Building once again on instinct over formal training, she sees the J•Blonde line as a natural evolution as she sought out “classic fashion with an updated twist.” “It’s a very fashion-forward style with great attention to detail and fabric and great fit, “ Bossier said. The line is produced outside of Los Angeles, and while it is a totally separate business enterprise for Bossier, J•Blonde is carried at Enchantments as well as at Nordstrom locations on the East coast, and dozens of boutiques across the country.

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"My store is a definite reflection of what I like and who I am. Whether the customers embrace that style or not is up to them." As important to Bossier as dressing and accessorizing the most chic of women, is providing a positive shopping experience. “That’s what we’ve always been known for we’re a fun store,” she says. “People come in honestly knowing they’re going to have fun. We’re a pretty place and a happy place and people leaving feel good, whether they’ve made a purchase or not.”

"I try to design clothing that is effortless, timeless, and ageless." -Jennifer Bossier

Photo by Mary Solberg Hair and Makeup by Laura and Mary Carol at Mario Tricoci Salon and Day Spa in Yorktown


“I love pretty and fashionable,” she says. “The best trend is a more classic trend. I am a strong believer in the importance of good fit, and fashion that makes you feel confident.”

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Hinsdale’s CJ Grad turns teenage dream into lifelong career By Elizabeth Harmon “You want to do what?” That was the reaction CJ Grad received from her parents when she announced at the age of 19 that she was buying jewelry store. But that initial investment turned out to be a wise one, enabling a teenage entrepreneur to launch a lifelong career. Grad, the owner of Caffray Jewellers in Hinsdale, specializes in custom jewelry design, diamonds and colored gems, and jewelry repair. In business since 1981, CJ is equally passionate about great design and the relationships she’s developed with many of her clients. “She has a positive, enthusiastic, fun personality and she always wears amazing jewelry,” says Kathleen Moody of Lemont, a friend of seven years, and also a customer. From an early age was fascinated with anything mechanical. “I worked on my bike, then on cars. I loved working with my hands,” she says. She also was earning money. At 13, she had a paper route, and a few years later, began working in a nursing home. Dating a boy whose parents owned a jewelry store led to another part time job, and as she worked away the hours soldering charms onto silver bracelets, a new passion was ignited. “I was like sponge, soaking up everything I could,” she says. During her junior and senior years at Oak Lawn High School, she attended beauty school through a cooperative program, and upon graduation in 1979, began a career as a hairstylist, while still working in the jewelry store. At 19, she had more than $8,000 in the bank, and began to look for a store to buy.

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Destiny came in the form of retiring North Riverside jeweler, Duke Celio, who not only sold his business to CJ and her future husband, Frank Grad, but also stayed on for a year to teach the couple to run it. “He showed me how to do all the paperwork, sitting beside me with pencil and paper. It was so valuable,” she says. Two years later, the couple changed the store’s name to Caffray Jewellers—a combination of their first names, Cathy and Frank, and moved the business to Hinsdale. Now divorced and the business’ sole owner, Grad’s passion is jewelry design. Though much of her work is fine and bridal jewelry, she also loves to create fashion jewelry, such as a puzzle bangle, formed from two interlocking bracelets. The custom design process starts with a conversation about the client’s preferences, and how they plan to wear the piece. Conversations lead to drawings, then to a wax model, with customer approval all along the way. Once the design is exactly what the customer wants, the piece is cast, cleaned, polished and presented. “She puts every ounce of creativity into her designs,” says Moody. “CJ has designed many pieces for me, which reflect my personality and style. I have been quite pleased with the quality and am proud to own one-of-a-kind jewelry.”



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Update your wardrobe with apparel from the past! Take a step back in time and discover a whole new style. Frock and Frills Vintage provides quality vintage clothing and accessories that date from the late 1880s to the 1970s. A premium selection of hand-picked, wearable vintage apparal and accessories available. Items include quality garments, shoes, handbags, jewelry, menswear, and additional pieces that cater to modern trends. The store is stocked with one-of-a-kind items that guarantee individuality. The quality and construction of vintage garments is unmatched, with superior tailoring, fabric and attention to detail ensuring a sophisticated appearance. Vintage gives you the quality of designer clothing at an affordable price. Drop by and discover your new wardrobe. 203 S. Hale St. | Wheaton, IL | 630-221-9400

Hot N Cool – Hot Fashion – Cool Prices! That's what you'll find at one of the promenade's newest stores. Stop in today to this one-of-a-kind novelty and fashion shop. Large selections of life size posters, magnets, hats, scarfs, candies, back packs, jewelry, clothing, sandals, head phones, body jewelry, sunglasses, cell phone accessories, T-shirts, purses, Anime and Hello Kitty collections. There's so much more at this fun, unique store. AT THE PROMENADE 635 E. BOUGHTON | BOLINGBROOK, IL 630-312-8354

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Raising STARS

Child models learn lessons in time management, self-confidence and the reality of rejection


By Melissa Riske

taring across the table at a youngster’s adorable eyes or cheery smile, every parent thinks their child is cute. But in the world of modeling and acting, cute doesn’t cut it.

experience. His daughter, Nadia, was 16 when she asked to attend a model search she learned about on the radio. Don and his wife agreed to let her audition, and were surprised when she was selected for a modeling opportunity.

Looks are just part of the equation when it comes to earning a modeling job or landing a part in an audition when hundreds of children are competing for the same role. Julie McMahon of Hinsdale knows first-hand about daunting auditions. She’s been through it with her older daughter, Kaitlyn, and now her younger daughter, Madeline.

“It turns out she has the perfect look for Japan,” he says.

“I think you have to understand that most of the time you are not going to get the part. (The casting director) has a certain look he wants. You learn there is a lot of rejection,” Julie says. Yet, she’s proud to say there have been no tears shed at her house. There is simply the desire to go on to the next audition. The Chicago area is a top market for acting and modeling, and an assortment of movies and television shows filmed in the area each year, Don Underwood of Babe ‘N Beaus model /talent agency in Hinsdale has no shortage of opportunities for his clients to pursue. Don and his wife, Joanna, have placed clients in commercials, print advertising and film for the last 10 years. “It’s all about chasing a dream,” Don says. And chasing the dream isn’t easy. Don admits luck plays a role in any audition. Being at the right place, the right time and having the right look can make all the difference. He knows this from personal

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She won a contract and worked in Osaka, Japan for two months. She took a break from attending Hinsdale South High School to pursue the work. She was invited back several more times for work in Japan and began to earn other modeling work. Not long after their daughter’s modeling career took off, Don left his work as a stockbroker and opened the Hinsdale talent agency. “As parents, we have a different viewpoint,” Don says. But while luck most certainly is at play in the competitive world of modeling, Julie says she knows her daughter Madeline’s personality is what keeps clients like Kohl’s and American Girl Doll asking to work with the 13-year-old. “All kids are beautiful in their own way,” she says. “It’s more her personality that sells her. She’s so easy to work with and she’s always positive, upbeat.” Children need to be able to take direction, and work well with adults and other children. Julie says sometimes Madeline needs to repeat the same pose over and over, or accept a pose that can seem silly or clothes that she might never want to wear to school. “They work really hard, sometimes three hours straight wearing 12 different outfits,” Julie says. “She has a good work ethic and

she’s not whining. She’s not complaining.” Pursuing work can mean a lot of time on the road for families, as they travel to auditions or to a photo shoot several hours away from home. For the McMahons, it all started when older daughter Kaitlyn pursued an interest in acting. She had been involved in school and community theater and wanted to do more. Initially, sister Madeline expressed no interest in following in her sister’s footsteps, but one day, she came to her mother and said she was ready to try modeling. “She loves to do it,” Julie says. “And I really feel like it helps her life skills, social skills.” The ability to work with others and the self-confidence boost are just two of the benefits that can arise from experience in both modeling and acting. Julie says she and her husband have used the opportunity to teach their daughters about finances and saving their money as well. But there are plenty of lessons for parents as well. Don says families should never pay an agency for services. While there may be costs for professional headshots for acting and a composition card for modeling, the agency shouldn’t charge fees. Rather, the agency earns a percentage based off the work of its clients. And don’t neglect the local opportunities. Look for ways to be a part of a community theater or volunteer for a local fashion show. These can be great ways to gain experience and build skills.


Brighten Your Smile

Hollywood Style W hen people think of cosmetic dentistry, the first thing that typically comes to mind is an expensive Hollywood smile. Although that may have been the case in the 1990s, times have changed. Simple cosmetic dental procedures, once available only at a highend boutique style dental office, are now becoming more and more mainstream.

One cosmetic solution, often overlooked, is orthodontic alignment of teeth. In the past, the only way to achieve straight teeth was with traditional braces (brackets and wires). There are now a plethora of systems that can correct crooked teeth and spaces without braces.

Cosmetic bonding, using tooth-colored fillings or bondings is the simplest and most inexpensive way to alter misshapen or chipped teeth, and close small gaps. Bonding is a single visit procedure, covered by most insurance plans, and best of all, it’s painless! Cosmetic bonding will look good for a few years, but eventually will need to be replaced as the material ages and stains. This is normal wear and tear.

Popularized by the Invisalign(tm) system, clear aligners are a great alternative to braces. The best part is that these systems are all removable! So if you have a party, or some other social engagement, you can just take them off, and pop them back in when you’re done. But keep in mind, while Invisalign(tm) is the most popular system out there, it is not the only system. And the most popular name brand may not be the best for you! Look around ask for alternatives and you just might save some time and money.

A longer-term solution to fixing cosmetic issues is the porcelain veneer. Again, a procedure that once was out of reach for most people is now a great alternative to bonding. A thin facing of porcelain is bonded over the existing tooth. This sometimes requires a small amount of tooth structure to be smoothed away, although it can occasionally be done without removing any tooth structure at all. The advantages of porcelain over bonding are many. Porcelain is color stable, it will resist even the most dark staining foods/drinks. You can correct larger gaps and chips, and even correct crooked teeth. The porcelain is very strong, and veneers can last decades without any problems.

Lastly, there is tooth whitening or bleaching. A common misconception about whitening is that it can do permanent damage to your teeth. This is false. Think of your teeth as having pores, like your skin. As a consequence of natural aging and wear and tear, your teeth will stain. When you use a peroxide-based whitening material, the pores in your teeth open up and the peroxide penetrates deep to remove the stain causing debris. During this time, while those pores are open, your teeth will be more sensitive to cold and hot. Don’t worry, this is temporary. Once you have completed your whitening treatment, the pores will close again and your sensitivity will be back to normal. Be wary of the cheap one-hour whitening procedures

offered nowadays. These tend to be a good boost before a special occasion like a wedding or graduation, but they do not last. Effective, long-lasting tooth whitening usually requires an at home component coupled with an office component. When done correctly, however, the results really can give you that “wow” factor! Finding the right dentist for you can be difficult and stressful. So, some things to look for when searching for a good dentist. Remember that there is actually no specialty in the dental field called “Cosmetic Dentistry.” Any general dentist can claim to be a cosmetic dentist. And while there are organizations that credential dentists in cosmetics, the largest being the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the best way to tell if a dentist has the skill and expertise to complete the work you want is to ask your friends. Word of mouth referrals remain the best and most reliable way to be sure you’ll be treated well. After you’ve found a dentist you’re comfortable with, talk to them! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If the dentist is not willing to sit down with you during a consultation and discuss your needs and wants, and thoroughly answer your questions, find one who will!

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n my six years of being a mom, I already have experienced a great number of “fashion trends” among my children. Colin remains the simple one. My only obstacle with him is making sure I have enough “easy pants” available since he prefers comfort and a quick ability to undress to go potty. Madelyn has had more ups and downs and fashion idiosyncrasies along the way. She denounced anything with a snap, wore nothing but dresses for a month and then refused dresses all together. Now, she has caught on to the mismatched sock phenomenon and can read brand names. Needless to say, leading up to this point, she has passed through several phases of fashion. Let’s break it down. Phase 1: Minnie Mouse 24-7 Madelyn, in her undying love for all things Minnie Mouse, preferred dresses that emulated Minnie’s signature polka dots. Her favorite was a Minnie Mouse nightgown that, even if I could get it off of her for part of the day, she would request to put it right back on again for nap time. Phase 2: Tutus and Tiaras Falling somewhere amid the Minnie Mouse phase was the tutu phase in which Madelyn

would don a tutu — the foofier, the better — for just about any occasion, even with footie pajamas. She also usually paired this with several necklaces, bracelets and sunglasses. I got so used to her wearing a tutu, I would often let her keep it on when we left the house, and it would take me a while to realize why so many people were smiling and complimenting her.

Phase 3: Lightning McQueen Jammies My little Gemini baby and her duality went right from Minnie Mouse and tutus to a penchant for Lightning McQueen pajamas. Right around the time Colin was born, she discovered the movie “Cars” and watched it ad nauseam. I think she secretly had a crush on Lightning McQueen, despite the fact that he was an automobile. I was concerned that when we went to Disney World when she was 3, she would be less interested in Cinderella’s Castle and more interested in the one “Cars” display the theme park had. Luckily, she soaked up all the “magic” and traded her Lightning McQueen jammies for a Sleeping Beauty nightgown and sparkly slippers. Phase 4: Princesses Galore This one lasted the longest and ebbed and flowed throughout her entire toddler and preschool years, even amid her love of boys’ pajamas. At any given part of the day, she would prance around in her princess dresses, shoes,

crowns and wands. She talked to her pretend animal friends, danced with a fake Prince Charming and sang songs about wishing, dreaming and magic. Her favorite thing to do at preschool was always to play dress up. She was a Disney princess for three consecutive Halloweens and took full advantage of the princess experience at Disney World when she got all done up at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Soon, however, tiaras and magic wands gave way to peace signs and hearts. Pink was only allowed if it was “hot pink” as opposed to “baby pink.” Her princess sleeping bag was no longer acceptable for slumber parties, and even her lunch box choice for this year’s back-to-school shopping had to be stylish and cute, but not babyish. Now, my 6-year-old has proclaimed she no longer wants her princess dresses, shoes, tiaras and wands, saying I should donate them or give them to her younger cousins. My little princess is growing up right before my eyes, and I can hardly believe it. People always say that time goes by so fast, but I wasn’t prepared for this one. It snuck up on me, and I forgot to soak up those final magical moments. Of course, there are plenty of pictures and memories captured, and my baby girl will always be a princess in my eyes.

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RIVERSIDE A once-quiet bedroom community raises its voice, and its profile By Sherri Dauskurdas

But Riverside’s access to the city, just a 15-20 minute train ride from the village to the Loop, makes it an attractive choice for commuters. Vintage apartments buildings line Burlington Avenue east of downtown, and trendy condominiums hover over Burlington in the heart of the business district. A draw for families lies just steps beyond

the rails, where historic homes and large yards line the village streets, leading to intimate parks, close knit schools and preserved natural spaces. “Riverside is not just a local gem, it is a national treasure,” says village president Ben Sells. “In addition to being one of the first planned communities in the United States, it is also a premier conservation design community. “Take a walk along our new path adjacent to the Des Plaines River, enjoy our parks and natural areas, or take a bicycle ride through our beautiful curving streets past the most eclectic grouping of landmark architecture you will find anywhere. 

The small village boasts more park and per capita than any community in America -- with the conveniences of urban life, Sells says. The growing downtown is anchored with an art district that includes renowned Higgins Glass, the active and energetic Riverside Arts Center, and the cuttingedge visual arts agency, Sticky. A commuter-friendly nightlife is evident at Riverside Taproom and Mollie’s Public house, and a trendy new gluten-free bakery, Fleur, sit just steps from the Metra. Today, this small suburb has big plans. An effort is underway to revitalize Continued on page 31

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ust minutes from the busy Chicago Loop sits a quaint village, filled with curving tree-lined avenues and stately historic homes. Known as the “Village in the Forest,” Riverside was built to be a community where people walked and talked, played and stayed together, and has remained an insulated refuge from the traffic that surrounds it.

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Continued from page 29 Burlington Street in Riverside’s central business district, which now features a growing mix of dining, office and retail space all in an intimate downtown, set a block beyond flurry of the railway. To help them get there, Sells and committee members have applied for an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant that will allow a major renovation of the area.


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“It will include sustainable infrastructure, a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly design, beautiful planters and streetscape, and more space for outdoor dining.” Part of that plan comes via a proposal Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, a nonprofit agency that works with neighborhoods and small communities on comprehensive economic development strategies. Earlier this year, Riverside adopted a CMAP plan, designed to hone in on specific, attainable priorities for the village.

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Beyond the nuts and bolts of streetscape and signage is a concerted effort to build a calendar of events in Riverside, increasing emphasis on its riverfront and its direct, mass transit connection to Chicago. Already, the village offers historic walking tours throughout the spring and summer, a well-known arts weekend in May, and a popular farmers market. But the future could offer up Ravinia-style concerts in the park, a fall Octoberfest event, and even more activities on the river itself. “We will build on our existing tradition as a pedestrian and bicycle friendly community, and bring more visitors and new residents to our village to enjoy our recreational opportunities, amazing architecture, and historic landmark landscape.”

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For Sells, who has called Riverside his home since 1987, his love of the village starts and ends with the people. “Riverside’s natural beauty, serene atmosphere, excellent schools, and civic pride attract people who care about making a difference,” says Sells. “It is a village where neighbors help neighbors, and where we all pitch in together to accomplish things we could never do alone."

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With Herb Otto and Brian Brandt, of Otto Brandt Wines, Inc.

The French Connection

those tastes had grown more subtle, and the wine finished softer on the palate.

At Otto Brandt Wines in Lemont, we’re a little shop with big ideas. After spending decades traipsing across Europe through vineyard after vineyard, we learned a few things about how the wines are made, what makes each region unique, and most importantly, which bottles the winemakers were pouring at their own dinner tables.

A similarly soft red on the tasting menu was the 2010 Cellier de La Comtessa, Vin de Pays de l'Herault, a smooth drinking wine from a region on the Mediterranean coastline. Basically it's a simple country wine blended from Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes, soft and fruity.

Now, after 30 years in the wine business, we can bring that knowledge, and a host of great wines, to our customers. This month, we held a tasting in our shop of wines from France. We sampled both red and white varieties of Bordeaux and Burgundy and two vintages of a Pinot Noir. We rolled a Vouvray or two over our tongues, and finished with a delightful French Liqueur of Cognac. Here are the highlights: A Bordeaux, be it red or white, is generally a blend of two grapes - cabernet and merlot. In the white version, the grapes generally are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion. The White Bourdeaux we opened, a 2012 Chateau Grand Rousseau, is light and semi-fruity, perfect for serving with chicken or seafood, or chilled on the patio on a warm summer night.

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We also tried a 2009 Domaine Le Capitaine, a Vouvray, named for the French region of the Loire Valley where the grape is harvested. (Most French wines are named for the vineyard, or region of their creation, as opposed to the type of grape.) This particular Vouvray was sweet and fruity, and because of its youth, the tastes of grape and apricot were clear and defined. In a 2003 vintage

One of the favorites of the tasting session wasn’t even a wine – Roullet-Fransac Liqueur of Cognac . (The owner, Herb Otto swears that his neighbors sense when he brings this one home, adding he keeps a bottle of it under his pillow, for safekeeping.) It started off with the liquor’s typical heat, but its velvety mouth feel was anything but ordinary. Best of all, its full vanilla finish left our group delighted and sipping happily, some not realizing they were cognac lovers until this very taste. Just another day in the wine shop. We love talking about wine with our customers, at Otto Brandt Wines, you will find varieties and vintages you’ll see nowhere else in the United States. You can taste and compare, so you’re sure to go home with a bottle you’ll enjoy. And along the way you can learn a bit about the grapes, where they come from and why they taste the way they do. But if you don’t want wine to be a lesson, that’s okay too. Just enjoy the bottle, and rest assured it was chosen with your best tastes at heart.

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On Location I Local restauranteur builds family of great dining in downtown Hinsdale By Sherri Dauskurdas

n the heart of the posh Hinsdale shopping district, a burgeoning dining scene emerges. Succulent sushi. Northern Italian pastas and braised meats. Latin favorites with French flair. And it's all in the hands of real estate investor turned restauranteur Peter Burdi, who saw an opportunity to bring his passion for food to the fabulous Hinsdale downtown, with the help of friends, family and great business partners. It all began when a tenancy fell through at 8 East First Street in 2007. Dining in Hinsdale, which had long been a dry town, was playing catch-up with surrounding suburbs, as restaurants and nightlife began slowly moving into an already well-established boutique shopping area. "I'm a real estate guy," Burdi says, "but I always wanted to be in the restaurant business. And here in Hinsdale, I really believed there was a need."

Il Poggiolo, 8 E. 1st Street


So Burdi joined his efforts with partner Jerry Kleiner, known throughout the Chicago area for his expertise in restaurant design, and began convert the downtown Hinsdale space that would become Il Poggiolo, the proverbial love child of Burdi's passion and his profession.

At Il Poggiolo, the balcony for which it is named beckons you to sit down, relax, and enjoy a great Italian meal with family and friends. Rich colors and luxurious fabrics fill the dining room with warmth, to match the graciousness of a staff that treats every diner like they are members of the family. This Hinsdale locale, rich in the flavors and personality of Northern Italy, would the first in a series of restaurant offerings from Burdi, and opened in 2008. "This is a neighborhood place. We're here everyday," says Burdi. "And I'll bet 85 percent of our customers are local as well." And that family-focused managerial style has served Il Poggiolo well, Burdi says, as he drives home his priorities to staff members. "It's service first, then food, then ambience," he says. Once welcomed through the door, patrons can begin their stay at Il Poggiolo with a menu of Northern Italian favorites created by chef Saul Maya. Favorites include the polpette, pork and veal braised meatballs, or arancini, saffron rice balls filled with crumbled bacon, fresh spring peas and parmigiano reggiano.

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Nabuki, 18 E. 1st Street

Roasted peepers and tangy capers grace the panzanella salad, filled with warm grilled ciabatta in a pickle vinaigrette. Thin crust pizzas, perfect for table sharing, highlight the best of the Mediterranean countryside, from fresh figs and hazelnuts to taleggio and truffle oil, alongside the finest Italian meats and sausages available. Course after course of fresh seafood and homemade pastas, succulent roasted meats and farm fresh vegetables fill the tables. To finish, delight in traditional Italian tarts, creamy panna cottas or homemade gelatos. "There's an awareness about food now, he says, and you have to be really good to survive."

years he would open Nabuki with partner Clay Naccarto, and bring contemporary Japanese cuisine and sushi to the table in this historic downtown neighborhood.

diners an adventure in food – a decidedly different excursion in taste, with the same service and quality that made Burdi’s first restaurant so successful.

"It's absolutely authentic, and completely relevant."

But this is not your classic sushi menu. In a fusion of Asian style and Latin flair, executive chef Juan Perez has developed a seasonal menu for Nabuki, which features hot and cold offerings, highlighted with the flavors of jalapeno and cilantro, soy and lime, wasabi and shitake mushroom.

Whereas Il Poggiolo is steeped in Old World tradition, Nabuki embraces the innovative, and creates for local

-Peter Burdi "It was two Italian guys, trying to do sushi with a Mexican chef," Burdi recalls laughing. "But it works. It's cilantro and it's lime, and it's spicy and it's sweet. It really works."

1925 by local architect William G. Barfield, the theater went through multiple phases of use and closure, from its heyday in the 1930s, to its rebirth as a subrun movie house in the 1980s and subsequent conversion to retail and office space in 2004. But despite its varied evolution, much of the building’s original Renaissance revival features had been maintained, including exposed brick and detailed custom molding. Its historic style and its footprint in downtown Hinsdale caught Burdi’s eye for development as his third restaurant project, CiNe. A modern day taqueria, CiNe features contemporary Mexican dining in a space delightfully designed to please every size and style of dining group. The bar calls out to commuters and shoppers seeking more Coninued on page 36

For Burdi, it’s also location, location, location. And no piece of Hinsdale real estate is more iconic than the classic Hinsdale Theater. Built in

Survive they did. As the Hinsdale community embraced Il Poggiolo, Burdi found further opportunity as a restauranteur. Within two

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piece of Colonial Mexico, with a charm and intimacy that leaves patrons feeling miles away from Hinsdale’s bustling shopping district. "People love the patio. There's something amazing about eating outside on a great night," he says.

Continued from page 35 than the ordinary happy hour with friends. The bar menu is an assortment of tapas, including tacos, ceviche, tortas and more. The freshest ingredients comprise CiNe’s drink menu, including margaritas, Mezcal cocktails, and CiNe’s signature Micheladas. In the dining room, a familyfriendly atmosphere offers a larger menu. Diners can enjoy Chef Yanni Sanchez’s unique selection of Mexican cuisine prepared in classic French style. Again, there's the fusion.

"Our chef is from Mexico, but also trained in France, so the foods she creates are Latin, but prepared in a French manner, or with a French twist," Burdi says.

chocolate sauce. For the more traditional of diners, a classic Tres Leche cake is reborn, filled with fresh strawberries and smothered in lime mousseline.

That means you can order up a wide array of traditional tacos and enchiladas, like steak, fish, or even a vegetarian version – or opt for something altogether different, like a chorizo-crusted grouper with CiNe's signature white chocolate mole.

"It's absolutely authentic, and completely relevant," Burdi says. "And I think that's why it's been so successsful."

Dessert promises delight, with a chocolate taco, topped with vanilla whipping cream, almond cocoa dust, berries, mint and

That, and the real estate, of course. A stunning outdoor patio was created earlier this year, the product of Burdi’s skilled eye for space. An adjacent alley, flanked in brick, would become a

But while the food may all be centered on Hinsdale's First Street, don't let the zip code fool you. "These restaurants, they are the kind of places you find in downtown Chicago," Burdi says, "Every restaurant has its own identity. But it's all family. It's not corporate, and that comes through. "There's a niche here, " he says. "We want to make Hinsdale a destination."

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Carne-vale! Chama Gaucha offers diners the best of Brazilian hospitality By Sherri Dauskurdas


t Chama Gaucha in Downers Grove, diners can experience the flavors and fare of a Brazilian ranch, where everyone is treated like family, and the carnivore is king. The restaurant is a “churrascaria” or Brazilian-style steakhouse, incorporating the traditional cooking of the South-American cowboy into an urban dining experience like none other.

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“We are the only authentic Brazilian steakhouse in the suburbs providing continually amazing food and impeccable service," says Chama Gaucha’s Stefano Rizzardo. “It’s an overall experience you won’t otherwise find.” “Chama”, which means “flame” in Portuguese, is the driving force behind the restaurant concept, which allows diners to feast on a never-ending supply of grilled meats, from beef sirloin and lamb to pork and chicken. Dining becomes sensory experience, as wandering chefs armed with soaring skewers deliver the seasoned meats and carve them tableside. “It’s more than just a dining out,” says Rizzardo. “Coming to Chama m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

Gaucha is the experience of traditional southern Brazil. From the moment you sit at your table our gauchos prepare and present 15 succulent varieties of meat, carved straight to your plate. Everything is seasoned and cooked to your preference, accompanied by perfectly-paired side dishes, and served to your heart’s content.” It’s an out-of-the-ordinary experience for most Midwesterners, but nothing new for Chef Ederson Cunha or the staff at Chama Gaucha, who say the churrasco tradition is simply Brazil’s typical family barbecue. The most popular cut is the picanha, a specific part of the top sirloin. An extensive wine list and Brazil’s national cocktail, the “Caipirinha,” (made with cachaça, sugar and lime) refresh diners, finished with the house dessert, a Brazilian papaya cream. But while the towering grilled meats take center stage, there remains plenty for the vegetarian to enjoy. A salad bar of vegetables and international cheeses is as expansive as the grilled fare, and Chama Gaucha even offers a salad bar-only option, so everyone can dine together.

“The key to our salad bar is the freshness that we provide. Our head chef always is assuring that all the produce coming through the kitchen doors is of the highest quality,” Rizzardo says. The fare may be reminiscent of a Brazilian family dinner, but Chama Gaucha’s ambience is nothing like a backyard barbecue. Instead, the spacious interior features an elegant wine cellar and private dining rooms that accommodate groups up to 80 guests. It is that balance of impressive and impeccable service with the rustic charm of the South American countryside that has kept Chama Gaucha set apart from any other steakhouse in the area. “We are confident in our menu and product, Rizzardo says. “Our menu does not change with the seasons, and we always offer our authentic Southern Brazilian Style of barbecue.” Chama Gaucha is located at 3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove 630-324-6002




makes for a chillingly sweet treat By AlLison Horne

Beautifully handcrafted. Intricately detailed. From start to finish, sushi is all about presentation, and the artistry that goes into creating the rolls. “Most guests will order something because of how it looks,” says Lizabeth Gonzalez, general manager at Elmhurst Wok’n Fire. “Sushi has become something so popular and fun to eat!” That appeal to both the eyes and the taste buds has Japanese sushi restaurants popping up across our communities, and the delicate entrée has become one of the most pleasing trends in west suburban dining. “I think sushi stands out because of all the fresh ingredients that are involved, as well as the artistic aspect of it,” says Sergio Mendoza, general manager of Nabuki in Hinsdale. “Honestly, when you look at sushi, whether it’s served


as sashimi, nigiri or as a roll, there are no hidden ingredients.” And speaking of the different types of sushistyled delicacies, it’s worthwhile to note the word "sushi" actually refers only to the sweet, vinegar rice served with many varieties of raw fish. Nigiri-style features slices of fish served on top of a small ball of vinegar rice. Sashimi-style offers thinly sliced, raw seafood, served without any rice at all, and it often is served on top of shredded daikon or other Asian vegetables. Maki sushi are the popular and artistic rolls, created by layering rice, fish and often vegetables on a sheet of nori (seaweed) rolled into a cylinder then cut into pieces. These rolls often are coated in more rice, sesame, and even fish eggs adding flavor, color and texture to an already intricate presentation. “For anyone trying out sushi for the first time, I would recommend starting off simple,” Mendoza says. “Perhaps a tekka roll (fresh tuna rolled in seaweed) or even our kicker roll (super white tuna, tangy crab, avocado and jalapeno topped with fresh tuna and dots of wasabi-potato aioli).”

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One of the most common rolls for sushi newcomers is the California roll, which is a fresh roll with cucumber, crab and avocado, in addition to rice. Whether you are a first-time sushi diner or a seasoned connoisseur, the ever-changing and experimental world of sushi offer something for everyone to enjoy.

Gonzalez also recommends that anyone eating at a sushi restaurant take a seat at the sushi bar to get the full experience of the chef working right in front of you. “Sushi chefs love to show how they work and love to help guests choose what to order,” she says. “You will be amazed at how great they are and how delicious trying new sushi can be!”

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Out of this World Wine In your wine travels, you many have heard the phrase "old world" and "new world" when describing the flavor or style of a wine. What does that mean, exactly?

Terrie Walker, Owner All Wined Up Wine Shop & Bar Clarendon Hills

Philosophy Old World wines come from the classic wine making regions in Europe - France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain - which can date their origins of wine production back to the Roman Empire and beyond. Throughout this 2000+ year period, growers figured out which grapes grew best and which areas of land consistently produced the finest quality grapes. These growers have pride in this history, and Old World winemaking philosophies emanated from a sense of place, known as ‘terroir.’ Mother Nature played her part as well, largely determining wine quality. New World wines come from everywhere else - Latin America, Australia, North America, South Africa and New Zealand. The philosophy of growers in these regions tends to place less sanctity on ‘terroir,’ and more on the preservation of varietal fruit character. Since they lack the history of their Old World brethren, and with it, the knowledge of what grapes perform best in a given piece of land, they have developed new technologies to help insure quality. Techniques include installing irrigation systems, relying heavily on oak, adding various natural compounds and mixing grapes from several locations to build the best bottle of wine.

Taste In a very general sense, (because rules are meant to be broken), Old World wines are more subtle and reserved in flavor than their bolder counterparts from the New World. They tend to be paler in color and lighter-bodied and usually have a lower alcohol level. They may be more earthy, taste of minerals, and sometimes have a much-appreciated “barnyard” aroma. New World wines may be bigger, fuller and more expressive in body, flavor and alcohol. Bold fruit flavors are “in your face” rather than playing a background role to the earthy and oaky flavors, as they so often do in the Old World wines. Wines in ancient Europe were made to go with the food from the regions where they were made. Wine was strictly an accompaniment to meals - not served on its own as a "cocktail” the way many newer drinkers see it. Keep that in mind, when looking for a bottle to pair with that special dinner you're planning or when you're perusing the wine menu at a restaurant. You can't go wrong with something European to drink with dinner and saving something "new" for sipping after your meal. Old or new, which are you? Soil, climate, purpose and personal preference all play a part in the satisfaction you'll find in Old World and New World wines. The beauty of it is, there is no right or wrong taste. Wine is meant to be drunk, whatever country you’re drinking from. Notice if you lean towards the Old World or New World wines and keep track of your favorites . . . you may be surprised!


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Appetizers: Store-bought dips are often loaded with preservatives, sugar, salt and/or fatty ingredients. Making your own is a great way to reduce fat and calories, amp up nutritional value and ensure fresh, organic flavor. Dips made with Greek yogurt add zest to vegetable platters, and can be a healthier complement to more decadent treats like chips and pretzels. Entrees and sides: Think of all the dishes that call for sour cream, milk, heavy cream or regular plain yogurt. From mashed potatoes and chicken salad to soups and marinades for meats, Greek yogurt can replace those less healthful ingredients, allowing you to reap its health benefits while making the flavor subtle (or even undetectable). Desserts: Cakes, bread puddings, pies, cookies - practically any dessert can work with Greek yogurt as an ingredient. Vegetarians and vegans have been replacing eggs with regular yogurt for years, and Greek yogurt is an even healthier substitution. Generally, if your recipe calls for a cup of creme fraiche, sour cream, mayonnaise or cream cheese, you can substitute a cup of Greek yogurt. Number to Know: 20 Kids should eat about 20 grams of protein before heading off to school to help avoid hunger pangs during morning classes. Breakfast also is a golden opportunity to feed your child brainboosting nutrients such as omega-3 fats and B vitamins, as well as vitamin D to help boost immunity. -More Content Now



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Looking to throw a gluten-free dinner or party? The chefs at Gusteau's can prepare gluten-free desserts and meals for your events. As doctors discover more and more people with gluten sensitivities, the need for high-quality gluten-free foods is rising, and there just aren't many places that serve that need. But for us, it's about more than just serving a growing market niche. We understand what it is like to have this restricted diet, because most of our staff live gluten-free every day. We know, firsthand, how limited the choices can be, and we consider ourselves experts on the best products and recipes available. Don't let a gluten intolerance get you down, Come to Gusteau's, where we make gluten-free living simple and delicious, every meal…every day.

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By Tom Witom Greater varieties of gluten-free foods, from cake mixes to breads, are showing up on more and more grocery shelves and in restaurant menus, reflecting a heightened interest in such fare. That’s good news for anyone who, troubled by celiac disease, must steer clear of wheat, rye, barley and oats or suffer painful, sometimes debilitating consequences. Others gratified by this development include those with low-grade gluten sensitivity as well as a segment of the population who have decided on their own that excluding gluten from their diets promotes a healthier lifestyle. Celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that can wreak havoc with the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten (a form of protein) are consumed. “Its diagnosis can be problematic, because the disease’s symptoms are so diverse and can strike an infant or the elderly,” says Kate Loman, a Downers Grove-based nutritionist and dietitian. Symptoms can range from gastro-intestinal distress and subsequent weight loss to the possible resulting fatigue, ulcers, painful joints, bruising and dermatitis. A number of people with a low-grade sensitivity to gluten who have had gastro-intestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome report


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But there’s no conclusive proof that a gluten-free lifestyle is good for everyone, Loman says, and stresses that a gluten-free diet never should be started before blood and biopsies are done, as this can interfere with making an accurate diagnosis. Many desserts and snack foods contain wheat or gluten, as do soy sauce, beer and even some medicines. A small amount is all it takes for those with celiac disease to react. For their own safety, to avoid crosscontamination those afflicted will keep two toasters at home, one for regular bread and another for gluten-free products. “Restaurants are getting better at having a gluten-free area in their kitchen to prepare gluten-free options for their customers,” says Loman. They take the necessary precautions, for example, like using a dedicated container for straining glutenfree pasta. Brian Goewey, chef-partner at Fire + Wine in Glen Ellyn, says little did he realize the high demand for gluten-free pizza and pasta when the place first opened in May 2012. “On some nights we sell 150 orders of pasta and 10 percent of that might be glutenfree,” he notes.


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“The restaurant buys corn and rice flour pasta and pizza dough because there’s so much flour in house for the pizza dough and pasta we make, we felt it was safer to outsource the gluten-free variety,”said Goewey. Those gluten-free ingredients come at a premium, running about four times the cost standard ingredients and resulting in a $2.50 pass-along up-charge on gluten-free pasta or pizza orders. Fire + Wine uses a separate oven for gluten-free pizzas and to guard against contamination, the staff wears gloves when handling pizzas and frequently washes their hands. “But we do caution our guests that we’re not a flour-free kitchen; if they have a severe allergy we want them to know that up front,” Goewey adds. “Anytime guests ask about gluten-free options, we can go through the menu, break it down and omit certain things. When customers order mussels, the dish usually comes with a crusty baguette, but we can substitute it with gluten-free bread. Still, some items, like arancini mozzarella (risotto cakes), aren’t possible to make gluten-free.”

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Make the Best of the Surgical Experience at Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center Convenience and Cost Savings Under One Roof By Martha Maddi


he average American will undergo 9.2 surgeries in his or her lifetime, according to a study presented by Peter Lee, MD, and Atul Gawande, MD, at an American College of Surgeons conference.

Even though patients ultimately appreciate the resultant higher quality of life, the fact of the matter is, no one relishes the actual surgical experience itself. Indeed, it can be nerve-wreaking, painful and downright disruptive. But patients can learn to make choices that will help them make the best of what could be a trying experience. Elmhurst Outpatient Surgical Center (EOSC) offers a variety of surgical services – all with an emphasis on convenience, quality and cost savings. “Surgery can produce a lot of stress for patients. There’s always some nervousness and trepidation when heading into an operating room – even if it is for a common, low-risk procedure,” says Tina Mentz, executive director of EOSC. “It's


our mission, though, to make the experience easier, more comfortable and a whole lot better overall for each and every patient.”

Dr. Boghossian’s approach to each patient is comprehensive and individualized. As a general surgeon who also performs his own endoscopies and colonscopies, he encourages For example, EOSC has partnered with patients take a “two-birds-with-one-stone” general surgeon Stephen Boghossian, MD, to approach, addressing a couple of issues at begin offering convenient Saturday surgery once. For instance, patients who have rectal appointments. Patients bleeding do not who have a difficult to have a “It's our mission... to make need time getting a day off or colonoscopy with securing transportation the experience easier, more one physician during the week now one day and comfortable and a whole have the opportunity hemorrhoid to undergo surgery on lot better overall for each removal with the weekend. Currently, a different and every patient.” Saturdays are offered physician -Tina Mentz, Executive Director on another approximately once every other month for endoscopy day. Instead, and colonoscopy patients, but weekend offerings Dr. Boghossian performs endoscopies and could expand as demand increases. colonoscopies in conjunction with hemorrhoid removals. That means there’s no need for two “The atmosphere in the surgery center on a separate bouts of bowel prep, anesthesia, Saturday is much more quiet and relaxed for surgery, recovery time and sick days at work. It’s surgeons and nurses,” says Dr.Boghossian. a win-win option for the patient. “Phones are not ringing. Pagers are not going off. As such, everyone can simply zero in and focus In addition to convenience, patients can undergo on the patients.” surgeries at EOSC with confidence, realizing that

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Hernia surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States, with more than one million procedures performed each year. Because so many people need the operation, it’s important for potential patients to understand everything that’s involved. “Patients often fear the unknown. But if they have an understanding of everything involved in a surgery, then they are apt to be much more comfortable,” Dr. Boghossian says. To that end, Dr. Boghossian offers the following answers to some common questions:

the surgery center offers a safe experience. At EOSC, infection rates and post-surgical complication rates are especially low. In fact, infection rates are less than one percent — compared to the five percent experienced in many hospitals. All of this comes at a relatively low cost as well. Consider the price for hernia surgery one of the most frequently performed operations in the United States (see sidebar). Median charges for hernia surgery, at EOSC are $3,822 while median charges at an area hospital are $15,311 and the average median charges at all other Illinois hospitals and surgery centers combined are $12,939. Even at this low cost, EOSC still offers patients a superior surgical experience, and meets the needs of a wide array of patients by offering both traditional open hernia surgeries as well as laparoscopic hernia repair. And, no matter what a patient chooses, EOSC does everything possible to make sure the experience is convenient and comfortable.

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What Is a Hernia? A hernia is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity or peritoneum. The sac bulges through a hole or weak area in the strong layer of the belly wall that surrounds the muscle. Hernias can develop anywhere on the abdominal wall but the most common areas are the groin (inguinal), the naval (umbilical) and a previous surgical incision site. People who are not experiencing discomfort can wait but the only way to repair a hernia is through surgery. Who Gets Hernias? Anyone can. Hernias can develop at any age, even before birth, and they affect both men and women although they are eight to 20 times more common in men, according to New York University Langone Medical Center. “Most of my hernia patients are male blue collar workers who do a lot of heavy lifting,” Dr. Boghossian said. “But hernias are common for anyone who has had abdominal surgery, such as women who have had Cesarean sections.” What are the Causes of Hernia? Besides heavy lifting and previous surgical incisions, hernias can be caused by straining on the toilet, advanced age, smoking, chronic coughing, obesity, family history, sudden twisting or pulling, pregnancy and connective tissue disorders.

A hernia becomes potentially life-threatening if the intestine becomes trapped in the hernia. Immediate surgery is necessary in this case to restore the blood supply to the bowel. If this situation occurs, symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, rapid heart rate, sudden pain and/or a hernia bulge that turns red or dark. What Types of Hernia Surgery are Available? There are two types of operations to repair hernias: • Open – Performed under moderate anesthesia, an incision is made near the hernia and if tissue is bulging out, it is pushed back into place. The healthy muscle tissue is sewn together and mesh patches of synthetic material are placed over the weakened area to reinforce the abdominal wall. • Laparoscopic – Performed under general anesthesia, a small incision is made, the abdomen is inflated with air so the surgeon can see the organs and a lighted scope is inserted through the incision. The instruments to repair the hernia are inserted through other small incisions in the lower abdomen and mesh is then placed over the defect.

About Dr. Stephen Boghossian Dr. Stephen Boghossian, MD, FACS is in his 19th year in practice as a general surgeon in the Elmhurst area and is located in the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health. Dr Boghossian is trained in advanced, complex abdominal wall hernia repairs. For more information about Dr. Boghossian, please call 630-834-7590.

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Hernia: Q & A with Dr. Stephen Boghossian

What are the Symptoms of Hernia? While overweight people may not notice a hernia, those who are active and in tune with their bodies will notice the onset of symptoms. These include pain, discomfort and a bulge in the abdomen, especially with coughing or straining. Certain hernias can cause heartburn, belching and difficulty swallowing.

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The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties held a host of new member socials this season, welcoming new and potential group members to the civic organization. At the socials, attendees assembled 180 "breakfast bags" that were distributed to kids in need through the group’s community partner organizations.


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Thursday, September 12

6-9pm – The Filling Station, Chicago OGD 8pm-12am – The House Pub, The Humble Organisms 8:30-11:30pm – McNally’s Irish Pub, Jeffers/Catalano Organ Trio

Friday, September 13

6-9pm – The Alibi, Andy Schlinder Trio 6:30-9:30pm – Isacco Kitchen, Chris Madsen Duo 9:30pm-1:30am – The House Pub, Frank Catalano Saxtet

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11am-2pm – The Office, Andy Schlinder Duo 6-9pm – Isacco Kitchen, Chris Madsen Duo 6-9pm – The Filling Station, Take Five 7-9pm – Biggby Coffee, Brothers Jazz Experience 7-10pm – Nuova Italia Ristorante, Rat Pack Jazz 8:30-11:30pm – McNally’s Irish Pub, The Maxwell Quartet 9:30pm-1:30am – The House Pub, Frank Catalano Saxtet

Sunday, September 15

8pm-12am – The House Pub, The Alyssa Allgood Quartet *All performances and venues are subject to change


SEPTEMBER EVENTS In The Suburbs September 2 – Labor Day Concert 3 p.m. at Cantigny Park, at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton The Chicago Outskirts, a jazz group, will perform at the bandshell, starting at 3 p.m. For seating, bring blankets or lawn chairs. Picnics are welcome, and Le Jardin and Bertie’s Café (in the Visitors Center) are available for preconcert meals and snacks. Parking fees are $5 per vehicle (or $2 after 5 p.m.). For more information, visit www. September 7 – DuPagePads 9th Annual Run 4 Home 8a.m. at 703 W. Liberty in Wheaton The new 10K and 5K CARA approved course will appeal to serious runners, casual joggers and walkers. Fundraising for this event will help provide critical support services to individuals and families who are homeless in DuPage County. Registration starts at $30. To register or for more information, call 630-682-3846 or visit www.dupagepads. org. September 7 – Poochapalooza 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, at 185 Spring Ave. in Glen Ellyn The day has gone to the dogs! Complete with live dog performances, agility training course, demonstrations and pet-related vendors! Each pooch receives a treat-filled goody bag! All dogs must remain leashed while in the park. For more information, visit September 7 & 8 – Chicago Pet Show 2013 10a.m.5 p.m. both days at the Darien Sports Complex, at 451 Plainfield Road in Darien Go for your pet's nutritional and wellness advice from local pet food and clinics. Stick around to meet loads of needy rescues that need your help! Cost is $7 for adults, and kids under 18 and seniors over 65 are free. For more information, call 630-385-4000 or visit www. September 7 & 8 – Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival 10a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the corner of Main Street and Burlington Ave. in Downers Grove A cherished community tradition for the past 36 years, the Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival draws stellar crowds of art enthusiasts annually. The festival features artwork of all mediums and price points. For more information, call 847-926-4300 or visit www. September 8 – Graue Mill Cornfest Family Picnic 11:30a.m.-4 p.m. at Graue Mill and Museum, at 3800 S. York Road in Oak Brook You and your family can enjoy a fun-filled day. Eat some delicious food, take a wagon ride, enjoy some music, and the kids can take part in fun activities like fishing or birdhouse building. Admission to the museum is $4.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children 4-12. For more information, call 630-655-2090 or visit www.grauemill. org. September 12 – A. J. LaRocca Memorial Golf Outing 10a.m. at the Bloomingdale Golf Club, at 181 Glen Ellyn Road in Blomingdale This golf outing raises funds for scholarships for persons seeking advanced education to prepare them for service in these two important fields. Cost for golf, lunch and dinner is $125, golf and lunch only is $85, and dinner only is $50. To register or for more information, call 630-936-1529 or email September 13 - “Playing for Miracles” 6:30 p.m. at The Carlisle, at 435 Butterfield Road in Lombard Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet presents "Playing for Miracles", a dueling pianos extravaganza. The casual event features open bar, gourmet dining stations, incredible silent and live auctions, and the antics and showmanship of the dueling piano players from Chicago's famous Howl at the Moon. Tickets are $100 each. For tickets or more information, call 815-724-1140 or visit September 14 – Mini Firefly 7:30 p.m. at McCollum


Park Miniature Golf Course, at 6801 S. Main Street in Downers Grove This is not your average game of mini-golf! Come play Downers Grove's finest mini-golf course covered in glow sticks. Each participant will receive two glow necklaces to wear as they complete 18 holes. Cost is $8. For more information, visit September 14 & 15 – 2013 Seasons of Color Quilt Show Saturday 9a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11am-4 p.m. at Jefferson Junior High School, at 7200 Janes Ave. in Woodridge Featuring over 350 quilts on display, plus a silent auction, merchant mall, raffle baskets, demonstrations, a bake sale, and more. Admission is $6 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 630-852-4267 or visit September 14 & 15 – West End Art Festival Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 10am-4p.m. at on Burlington Ave. in Downtown LaGrange This end-of-summer celebration features an exhibit of fine artists from throughout the U.S. plus demonstrations by local culinary and performing artists and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. For more information, call 708-522-6467. September 21 – Stephanie Mills 8 p.m. at North Central College, at 310 E. Benton Ave. in Naperville Don't miss renowned actress and performer Stephanie Mills. She is best known for singles such as “I've Never Known Love Like This Before,” “Home,” and “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'.” Tickets start at $45. For tickets or more information, call 630-637-7469 or visit www. September 25 – Selling Your Home in the Spring 6:30 p.m. at Darien Park District, at 7301 Fairview Ave. in Darien

Are you ready to put your house on the market, but don't know where to start? Staging a home results in fewer days on the market and a higher selling price. Be one step ahead of the competition. Cost is $24 for residents and $29 for non-residents. For more information, call 630-355-1983 or email September 27 – 3rd Annual Roy Olsen Pastapalooza 11a.m.-7 p.m. at the Pav YMCA, at 2947 Oak Park Ave. in Berwyn The event features pasta and other delicious food, as well as entertainment, raffles, and more. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors and $7 for carry out. For more information, call 708-749-0606. September 28 – Downers Grove Chilympics Chili Cook-Off 10a.m.-4 p.m. at Fishel Park, at 1026 Grove Street in Downers Grove Don't miss this day of chili, live music, beer, food vendors and fun for the entire family! This International Chili Society sanctioned, home-style chili competition attracts competitors from throughout the state of Illinois as well as nationally. For more information, visit

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