Posts tagged "Common Threads"

A dual celebration for Chef Art Smith's new Blue Door Kitchen & Garden and Common Threads

Chef Art Smith and Linda Novick O'Keefe, Common Threads founding CEO, at celebration luncheon at Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
It was a celebration, both for Chef Art Smith’s new Blue Door Kitchen & Garden and for Common Threads, his 13 year-old non-profit that educates kids on making better food choices. The private luncheon was held in the beautifully appointed upstairs dining room for longtime supporters of the organization as a way to introduce them... Read more »

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks
I love anyone and anything with a positive message. There’s enough madness and sadness in the world so we sure don’t need more of that. Oprah had the right idea with her Gratitude Journal and America’s Pastor, Joel Osteen, always delivers a feel-good message on Sunday mornings to his over 7 million followers. I never... Read more »

Consider Shopping Charities for Holiday Gift Ideas

PAWS 2015 pet calendar.
As you’re holiday gift shopping, don’t forget that a lot of top charities around town offer exciting items that benefit great causes.  Ronald McDonald House Charities has an entire selection of cool stuff.  My favorite was a knit winter cap for $30 and, the best part, for every hat sold a child/family at the House... Read more »
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Common Threads Celebrates 10th Anniversary at World Festival 2013 with 65 Top Chefs

Top Chef Gail Simmons at VIP party with Small Threads
Common Threads celebrated its 7th annual World Festival and the 10th anniversary of this non-profit organization, an after school cooking program that hopes to get one million American kids moving away from fast food and toward healthy meals with their families by 2017.  It’s a lofty goal, but with the dedication and passion shown by... Read more »

A Guide to Chicago's Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival and Fashion's Night Out: Stylish Fun Thru September 6th!

A Guide to Chicago's Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival and Fashion's Night Out: Stylish Fun Thru September 6th!
Fashion’s Night Out is a global happening on Thursday, September 6th,  but the ongoing 14 day celebration leading up to it has something for EVERYONE!   The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival (presented by MasterCard)  offers a full lineup of fashionable festivities from fashion shows to cooking demos to outdoor concerts.   Stores along The Magnificent Mile... Read more »

Where to Go and What to Do in Chicago: My TOP 40 Picks (Culture, Food, Fashion, Kids, Pets and More!)

If you wanted to attend two events a day in Chicago, you certainly could!  I have never seen a busier summer with lots of fun fall things coming our way, too!  So have your calendar handy and let’s get ready to party! 1) First up, this Saturday, August 18th, Dance for Life at the Hilton,... Read more »
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My Favorite Photo Memories of 2010

My Chicago Magazine feature was definitely a year’s highlight! The City of Big Shoulders had busy feet visiting the many fundraisers, cocktail parties, soirees, get-togethers, galas, launches, previews, openings, meet-and-greets, luncheons, dinners, events, fests and weddings that took place this year.  There were so many moments that will never be forgotten with friends that I... Read more »

Common Threads Premiere's "Paint Your Plate" Documentary at Gene Siskel Film Center

Documentary director/producer Charise Studesville, Jesus Salguiero, Linda Novick O’Keefe and Chef Art Smith. The Gene Siskel Film Center was packed recently with Common Threads friends and supporters to premiere their new documentary “Paint Your Plate.”  This hour long documentary showcased the importance of educating children about healthy eating and exposes today’s unfortunate but common realities:... Read more »

"Who Is Chicago" Honors 10 September 16th

  The first annual “Who is Chicago” event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16th, from 8-10 PM at Cuvee, 308 W. Erie.  Chicago Social, Cece & Melinda and Raymi Productions are hosting this event which will honor 10 Chicagoans for their philanthropic efforts in both the corporate and non-profit worlds.  Honorees include:   Paula... Read more »
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Top Chef Art Smith & Jesus Salgueiro Tie the Knot in DC (Complete Photo Album of Their Magical Day!)

Chef Art Smith and his longtime partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro, walk down the aisle to tie the knot in Washington DC this weekend. It was a day filled with love, happiness and surprises from beginning to end at the wedding of Chef Art Smith and his longtime partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro, in Washington, DC this... Read more »