Chicago comes back from early deficit to continue undefeated start to season

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — After giving up two goals in the first period, the Chicago Steel (9-0-0-0, 18 pts.) battled back to a 4-2 victory Saturday over the Omaha Lancers (5-5-0-0, 10 pts.) at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Mitch Lewandowski tallied the game-winning goal late in the second period, while Johnny Walker extended his USHL-best goal-scoring streak to six games. Ales Stezka made 27 saves in net to record his fourth win of the season.

Up next for the Steel is a home game against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday, Oct. 28. Face-off is set for 7:05 p.m. It’s Momtober Night, featuring a celebration of mothers and a pre-game Hockey 101 session for women. For tickets or more information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit


Culinary Fight Club Challenges Chicago’s Street Food


This was my first Culinary Fight Club (CFC) competition! Let me tell you, this event was heaven for any Foodie. Being surrounded by fellow Foodies all while drinking, eating, and enjoying some healthy competition made for a memorable night!

This months theme was Chicago Street Food, CFC brought in six chefs from across the Chicago area to make their interpretation of Chicago street food. It was so incredible to watch as the chefs planed, prepped, and prepared their dishes in under 60 minutes. Watching them from setup of their stations, to stalking the pantry before the competition, to the drawing of the contestant number, and finally the race 45 second race to the pantry all leads up to the main event the competition to create the best dish.

I am most defiantly going to go to another Culinary Fight Club competition! It really sparked the Foodie inside of me!

What an exciting night at the @culinaryfightclub ~ each chef made a dish that represented chicago street food! #foodie

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This Months Chefs

CFC Chefs 10/17/16
Left: Chef Davis Rolon of Devon Seafood Grill, Chef Phil Wingo of Pork Mafia, Chef Nicholas Saponaro of ZED 451, Chef Mildred Ayala a Home Chef/Kitchen Inspector, Chef Ben Karawoski, Chef James Bernstien of the Lake Villa Fire Dept

I spotted some steak action earlier and it was delicious! Whatever you did is amazing! #CulinaryFightClub #StreetFood

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I spy some #Chicago pig plates! Favorite team? Maybe. #StreetFood #CulinaryFightClub in progress!

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What is Culinary Fight Club?

Culinary Fight Club dsc_8452hosts live cooking competitions. No two events are the same. The teams of cooks race for 45 seconds to choose 15 ingredients from the pantry of food provided by Reinhart Foodservice.

dsc_8424Once the ingredients are collected, each team has 60 minutes to construct a dish that depicts their take on the monthly theme. These Chefs and cooks of all levels around the area compete for a “Golden Ticket,” to advance to the Super Bowl of “food sport” events, the World Food Championships! Once the timer hit 60 minutes, the audience members and judges sample and vote on a winning dish.

Fight2Feed 50/50 TicketsThe most amazing part about this concept is that the Culinary Fight Club is partnered with Fight2Feed, which 20% of proceeds are donated.  This is an organization that partners with top restaurants and food trucks to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children.

And The Winners Are …….

Both winners received their “Golden Ticket,” to advance to the World Food Championships!

Audience Choice Winner - Chef Nicholas Saponaro of ZED 451

Audience Choice Winner
Chef Nicholas Saponaro
ZED 451

Judges Winner - Chef Mildred Ayala a Home Chef/Kitchen Inspector

Judges Winner
Chef Mildred Ayala
Home Chef/Kitchen Inspector


Which Chef are you supporting?

Come on out and cheer for your favorite Chef as they throwdown for #CulinaryFightClub “Chicago Street Food” at Concord Fifty Five located at 1355 West Concord Place Chicago, IL 60642 on Monday 10/17 at 6pm.

This month, we pay homage to the Chicago Street Food. They’ve put some amazing chefs head to head to see how they can create their signature Street Food to represent ChiTown  in one hour. You don’t want to miss this!


There’s still time to register for tonight’s Culinary Fight Club

Each Chef has a discount code:

This special chef code gets you $15 off the regular ticket price!

Registration link here:

Culinary Fight Club is a live cooking competition where chefs have 45 seconds to grab all the ingredients they can in order to cook the best dish they can. Chefs can also bring 3 secret ingredients to help their chances. Four judges will choose the official winner and our audience will choose a People’s Choice winner.

Learn More About Culinary Fight Club Here


Park Lane Jewelry

Recently my friend Julyn Panicola asked me to model some Park Lane Jewelry for men. Julyn was always talking about how fabulous Park Lane Jewelry was, but never mentioned they sold men’s jewelry. So I went online to check out their men’s collection. I was surprised there were some pretty cool pieces at affordable prices.  And Park Lane jewelry is backed by an unconditional guarantee.

Ready to Rock this amazing @parklanejewelry ~ I want all this amazing jewelry!

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Here are a few pieces I got to model.

new-yorker-neckNew Yorker Necklace

Suspended from a silver chain, the 2-inch long bar pendant features genuine tiger-eye stones. Pendant may also be worn on its brushed stainless steel side. For him or for her, to wear solo or layered. 24”

agent-brAgent Bracelet

Men and women alike will love this unique bracelet of stippled silver bars woven into black cording. Pull ends to adjust fit. 7 ½”

helix-braceletHelix Bracelet

A glittering pave crystal bar crowns the dark brown leather bracelet. Strap has contrast stitching and an integrated silver sliding closure. 8 1/2”

liam-watchLiam Watch

For the discriminating gentleman or the on-trend woman who is in search of the perfect “menswear-look”, LIAM offers a matte black simulated leather wristband and a bold, gunmetal gray watch face. 9 ¼ inches


Well I’m here to tell you after modeling some of their men’s pieces. All I have to say “I want the whole men’s collection”.

Real Men DO #parklanejewelry #accessories #guyfashion #dude #mensfashion #instagood #lovinglife

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Jewelry expresses your mood, your attitude, your personality. Jewelry places your signature on your outfit.

We all have our favorite piece of jewelry.

Well my new favorite piece is Park Lane – Is Park Lane yours?

To learn more about Park Lane Jewelry Click Here