The Melman Family
It was a very special party in Santa Monica, California on March 5th seeing so many great Chicagoans at the new Melman restaurant M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar. The Melman boys are on fire. The foodies went hog wild on the favorite restaurants from Chicago. Harry Caray's, Elis Cheesecake, Gibsons, Joes Stone Crab, Lou Malnati's Pizza, Portillo's Beef, Paris Club, Hub 51, RPM, and of course, it wouldn't be a party without Garrett Popcorn.
Brenda Sexton produced this exceptional night along with The Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
It was so much fun to see the celebrities who have made it big ( in the hardest industry in the world ), to be stuffing their handsome faces with pizza, beef sandwiches, hot dogs, and popcorn. Michael Mann, Ernie Banks, Joe Mantegna, Dennis Farina, Dick Butkus, Jim Belushi, Billy Zane, only to mention a few. This party has taken place since 1987.
The highlight of the evening was Tom Ricketts, Chicago Cubs Chairman, who received the 2012 new " Man of the Year Award " acknowledging his accomplishments both with the Cubs and the business community surrounding Wrigley Field. Photographers were even flown in from Chicago for the M Street party.
Tom Dreesen, a favorite of Chicago hosted the party. There we're over 500 people who came in and out during the evening. Everyone left with a smile on their face, a fabulous goody bag, and a stuffed tummy. Me too!
There is nothing like Chicago and it's people. You can take the people out of Chicago, but never can take Chicago out of the people.