Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Meal Sharing, Think Air BnB, But With Food!

Join Mary E. and Diane Blanchette as they welcome Jessica Smith Soto around the ArtSees Diner table, as they bring homecooking to the world! We welcome Meal Sharing and exlore a whole new kind of Global/Social Network

Meal Sharing is a website that connects people over home-cooked food. Think Air bnb- but with food. Our mission? To point to anywhere on the map, and be welcomed to a home-cooked meal. We are Chicago based and globally minded, and we facilitate the exchange of community through food connections. Meal Sharing is the pioneer in the food space in the collaborative consumption movement, and we are the thought leader in this unpaved market.

We have: +5,000 users +1,000 hosts +700 cities worldwide +300 hosting kitchens

Mission: Meal Sharing aims to bring travelers and locals to connect with each other over home cooked meals. Our mission is to build communities through shared resources, faciliate deeper cultural exchange, and encourage people to cook at home to enable a healthier lifestyle.

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Special guest tonight are ChowDownK3 and Southern Shore Art Association. Join hosts Diane Blanchette and Mary E. as they welcome Jaclyn Roof, CEO of Chow Down, Kankakee Illinois, and Susan Block, Curator of the "She" exhibit with Southern Shore Art Association, LaPorte County Indiana. Musical guests tonight are Johnny V, and Champagne and LaLuna.

Tonight's fun will bring us from food, flavor, form and function!

Susan Block, is curator and chair of the upcoming March exhibition at Southern Shore Gallery in Michigan City. Susan has been a cultural advocate for many years in Northwest Indiana. She is currently on the advisory board of the Southern Shore Art Association. The SSAA Gallery is a venue for regional artists to exhibit and sell their work. Block is the founding board of directors member of Lubeznik Center for the Arts. She is also a playwright and Poet Laureate Emeritus of LaPorte County.

Jaclyn Roof "ChowDownK3.com is an online ordering website for all restaurants within Kankakee County. Owned by Michael and Jaclyn Roof of Bradley, IL. Jaclyn has a background in community promotion and other areas of marketing and sales. She was the former President/CEO for the Bradley-Bourbonnais Regional Chamber of Commerce which then merged into the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about bringing residents together for the better of the community and to help people, businesses and organization reach their fullest potential."

Diane Blanchette resides in Bourbonnais Illinois and is very involved with the Arts Community there. Mary E. lives in Michigan City Indiana and is the producer, creator of ArtSees Productions. She is also an artist and musician.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Lazy Perch, Another Great Catch!

Congratulations to The Lazy Perch, one of Michiana's newest additions to the fine dining community. After 6 years driving between Michigan City and New Buffalo down Rt12, an empty restaurant graced the side of road. For 6 years I hoped that there would be a restaurant would open. Between the building capturing the beach side flair, it also intrigued me as it was the first business on the Michigan border! Well it is NOW OPEN! Lazy Perch found a home!

Tonight Steve and I enjoyed a casual dining experience. The service was friendly, energetic, and knowledgeable about the offerings of Chef Cheryl Bernacchi. Owners Pat Kowalski and his wife Rhonda have many years in the business and it shows in their presentation. Knowing the area and the people has proven to be the perfect marriage of venue, food and atmosphere.

On to the food! We enjoyed a signature jalapeno popper stuffed with pimento cheese and bacon. FYI, when you place an order, you really only get "one" popper per order! While it was a large pepper it may cause a couple to fight over their share. But, it was worth fighting for. We also enjoyed a Lake Perch dinner with fingerling potatoes, which were to die for. Whatever you do, do not neglect the potatoes! The pork sandwich was quite unique. It was without a doubt the best pork sandwich ever! A think ground pork grilled and topped with sauerkraut.

We could not ignore the recommendation of Russell, Tres Leche cake was the perfect topper to a wonderful night. A highlight of the night was the conversation with some of the other patrons on the way out. Lazy Perch gets 5 stars for location, 4.5 stars for food, and am ArtSees Diner, "Third Place" award as The Lazy Perch represents exactly what every community needs, a community gathering place. We will be back!

ArtSees Diner , Champagne and LaLuna, ArtSees Diner Radio, The Lazy Perch, 19799 US Highway 12 New Buffalo, Michigan 49117 Phone (269) 469-8001

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Johnny V at Ryan's Irish Pub Every Tuesday Night

Wonderful opportunity to enjoy great music, fine food, drinks, neighborhood fun and community every Tuesday Night! Ryan's Irish Pub is a quaint, yet grand neighborhood hang out on the corner of Franklin St. and and restaurant in an old world structure that boasts the large neighborhood pubs of days gone by. Located on the corner of Franklin St. and 4th Ave., in the heart of Michigan City Indiana only a "stone's throw" from beautiful Washington Park and Lake Michigan. The large 3 story building is reportedly haunted as it has seen many a decade of travelers and the locals who will be the first to admit that there is something very special about Michigan City Indiana. Like Ryan's Irish Pub, another regular featured icon is Johnny V., also known as John Vermilye. Local musician, acoustic guitarist, singer/songwriter. Johnny's finger picking style guitar playing and broad vocal range will capture his listeners attention and hold on to it like he holds effortlessly on to his guitar. It doesn't matter whether he is covering Dylan, Beatles, or his originals, he is a passionate, professional! Every Tuesday night beginning at 7pm, cst, you can catch Johnny play you a song, while you enjoy quality pub food, and libations served by Scott the bartender and served up by the kind spirited Christine. Click here for directions.