A Guy's Guide to Creating the Best Sweetest Day Weekend Ever

Guys, a great way to make and impression sweetest day weekend is to actually remember when it is.. So to help you with this, Sweetest Day is October 16th. Also to help you look like you really had things together and want to make it a whole weekend of activities I have a few suggestions.  Read my instructions carefully I know what I'm talking about because I've forgotten sweetest day at least 10 times and paid dearly for it!!  So now I'm prepared and I want you to be successful. (Like that Michael Jordan commercial where he's missed the game winning shot so many times, and that failure drives him to succeed...kinda like that..) So here is your surefire guide to success. And please don't use the excuse that it was created to give greeting card companies and florist an extra money making day  so you're going to boycott it (I tried that one too). While sweetest day is mostly a "midwestern thing" my claim of ignorance because I grew up in the south only lasted my first few years of living in Chicago. So read carefully, bookmark this, send yourself the link. Whatever you need to do to remember this because it will save you months of pain (to both your head and your wallet).

Friday: (Sweetest Day Kickoff)
"Chocolates For Charity" Wine and Chocolate Tasting Featuring Food Network Pasty Chef Omar Martinez
 Phoenix Gallery (Arts District)
1829 South Halsted

Chef Omar Martinez of Dessert Concepts (and from the Food Network's Dessert Challenge Show), will be cooking up delectable desserts
in a very special wine and chocolate tasting in support of The Primo Center For Women and Children. Guests will enjoy gourmet chocolate creations as well as pastries from the talented chef. Wines supplied by Wines For Humanity as well as Southern Wine and Spirts. Learn about the right wines from expert wine host and philanthropist Paula Sarkansingh. Author Yanni Brown will be signing copies of her book  "Making Love Better Begins Within" and will have some special surprises from her company Kiss and Make Up With Intimate Evenings (www.intimateevenings.com). Also learn about the relationship game Authenticity from its creator Sheila Brown (www.playauthenticity.com) great for dating and newly married couples. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Primo Center a shelter for homeless women and children (www.primocenter.org).   Tickets are $35 each  $40 day of event special couples package $100 (includes Authenticity Game and Copy of  "Making Love Better Begins Within").

Tickets and more information:

Saturday (Sweetest Day)
"Diamonds In The Rough"
7PM -11PM
DIRTT Environmental Solutions Architectural Showroom
325 North Wells

On that special day take her to an event that recognizes women. The Aparecio Foundation, a nonprofit organization, designed to accelerate the academic achievement for low-income, high-potential, minority women throughout Chicago, will host its "Diamonds In the Rough" fundraiser
The benefit will highlight a spectacular runway show, a variety of silent auction and raffle packages, signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, seasonal desserts, an evening of music, deluxe gift bag giveaways, an exclusive VIP package, and much more.
$ 60 main floor and evening events
$175 VIP package
*VIP tickets will include a private champagne and gourmet chocolate cocktail hour on DIRTT showrooms deck overlooking downtown Chicago, a professional portrait session with photographer and ultimate gift bag

Purchase tickets at www.apareciofoundation.org



(Post Sweetest Day Recovery Day)
Football Food and Fun...
Cafe Ciao
939 West Madison
11AM - 6 PM

Yes Football..believe me if you take my advice for Friday and Saturday you'll get to do whatever you want by Sunday! But its not just football, Chef Aleta Williams of Loquacious Catering has created an appealing concept combining football, gourmet food and open bar. Her menu reflects the cuisine of the city of the team opposing the Bears that week . In past weeks she's featured Texas barbecue (Dallas Game) with and southern gourmet specialties (Carolina Game). Each week your taste buds are pleasantly surprised. Cafe Ciao is a cozy West Loop Wine Bar that provides a great intimate setting to watch your favorite team maul their opponent. It will be great to be a guy once again after 2 days of catering to your significant other's every wish. And you still keep her happy with great food and wine all without losing your manhood and missing the games.  It's almost unfair to be able to do both, kind of like cheating the system  (her weekend ends with you enjoying your favorite sport) but hey, you earned it!  If you're lucky, she'll be so overwhelmed she may pick up the tab. O.K. that was wishful thinking but you must admit it makes for a great end to a weekend she will not soon forget.

For more information

While I'm no relationship expert (I leave that up to people like Yanni Brown) I think this package idea has some merit. And you'll thank me on Sunday when you don't have to hear the words "I can't believe you forgot Sweetest Day" and you're left scrambling trying to think of something for a make up day.  After all, I didn't name this blog "Stop Look and Listen" just cause it was catchy! Just don't come to me looking for advice every time.  Remember it took me years of screwing up before I learned to get it right!

Look forward to hearing how your weekend went.



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