Karen Gruber founded The Perfect Dinner to confront the dilemma she saw facing “working, commuting, chauffeuring moms”: either burn out trying to cook after long days, or grab fast food and end up feeling guilty. The Perfect Dinner aims to break the cycle with crowd-pleasing family dinners made fresh each day and available for pickup or delivery.
Convenient containers can go straight into the oven, microwave, or refrigerator, with three size options ensuring that there's enough for all family members and any dishwashers demanding sustenance. Each day's menu is marked to clarify which items accommodate special diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and nut-free choices.
The Perfect Dinner also caters feasts with platters, plated dinners, casual party fare, and other options tailored for each event, whether hosts need assorted quiches for a brunch event or 20 flank-steak sliders to fuel cheers during badminton matches.
Puree's is a family-owned-and-operated eatery that captivates hunger with a menu featuring thin and deep-dish pizzas by the slice and by the pie, authentic Italian fare, and an array of other comestibles. Feast your stomach's eyes on gourmet thin crust selections ($10.95–$19.95) such as the grilled pizza—bedazzled in grilled eggplant, grilled chicken strips, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella cheese—or the Italian pizza, a mozzarella-melting pot of tomato, prosciutto, ricotta, and pesto. Appetite-architects can also choose to build their own pizza, with more than 25 toppings available. Stay afloat in the pool of hunger by latching onto a pasta dish such as the handmade lasagna ($9.95), rotini with mushrooms and broccoli ($9.95), or chicken parmesan ($10.95).
The youngest of 10 in a family full of athletes, Chef Charmaine Johnson understands the relationship between eating right and staying healthy. She also knows how hard it can be for a busy family to eat right, especially when swim practice is held in a pool full of hot fudge. That's why Chef Charmaine founded Jazzy Bones?originally a nutritional service for professional athletes, it has since branched into everyday health services for clients of all ages. Her high-fiber meal plans are low in sodium, sugar, and fat, and they often include lean proteins or omega-3-rich seafood dishes. On any given day, a sample menu might include a breakfast of yogurt and housemade granola, a lunch of cedar breaded salmon and fruit salad, and a dinner of spicy enchiladas with taco salad and guacamole.
In Jimmy's Place's kitchen, chefs cook chicken vesuvio in a finely-tuned blend of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings. According to a December 2011 article in the Forest Park Review, this signature dish is a favorite of Food Network star Jeff Mauro, who featured it on his show Sandwich King. The crispy Italian-American meal uses a recipe passed down through owner Jim Jodoin's family?as does the rest of the menu. Years of culinary tradition are written into the homemade marinara sauce that blankets the restaurant's chicken parmesan, the meat that stuffs its homemade ravioli, and the weighty toppings that keep its pizzas from floating up to the ceiling.
Out in the dining room, these meals pair with a distinctly local atmosphere?newspaper clippings and photos of customers line the walls, and bartenders pour drinks at a full bar as flat screen TVs beam in sports.
Since 1977, Starship Restaurant & Catering has fed Chicago's unending need for sandwiches and soups. The cooks' most classic creation goes by the name The Starship, and, to make it, they load a sesame seed bun with ham, turkey, bologna, and two kinds of cheese, topping it with fresh veggies. The sizable sandwich pairs with more than 150 varieties of soup, including familiar staples such as French onion and split pea, as well as original recipes such as pepperoni pizza and Oktoberfest soup, which yells "Prost!" each time you take a sip.
With more than 31 years of experience filling Chicagoland's frozen statuary needs, Nadeau's Ice Sculptures makes party luges that offer aesthetic and tactile pleasure to drinkers of chilled beverages. Liquors and mixers poured down the ice-formed spouts will chill and combine, emerging at the end of their frozen journey as new liquids. When ordering, Groupon holders can choose between two options: the Party luge or the Suck It Up luge. The Party luge combines simplicity and elegance, with two entrances and two exits, each connected by a long trough, giving all poured ingredients plenty of time to learn one another's middle names. Those who value complexity will appreciate the Suck It Up: three pour areas with chutes running through solid ice down to a trough on the bottom, from which mixed drinks may be sucked up through a straw. Whichever luge is chosen, Nadeau will bag and box the ice for convenient pickup and transport and will include a drainage tray for mess-free ice amusement.