Monday, September 1

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2014 Stage Schedule

The seventh annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet takes place in Millennium Park Sept. 27-28. It offers a schedule of programming designed to showcase Chicago’s culinary talent, deliver the latest epicurean trends and to satisfy the hungry minds (and stomachs) of attendees.

In the beginning, I listed the restaurants, chefs, sommeliers, etcetera. This foodie event has grown too big for me to continue that practice and there are so many other details for you to check out so here is the link.
For a complete list of restuarants click here.

Two days of food from favorite and famous restaurants; wine and spirits tastings courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois; beer sampling; celebrity chef demos; educational seminars; book signings, culinary competitions and more. Attendees have the chance to rub elbows with hundreds of culinary and beverage experts.  including Bon Appétit magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, more master sommeliers than ever before and renowned chefs like Carla Hall, Morimoto, Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Jeff Mauro, Takashi Yagihashi and Carlos Gaytan.

THE BON APPÉTIT MAIN STAGE LINEUP
 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

12-12:30 p.m.
Mexican Takeover
Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO), Carlos Gaytan (Mexique)

1-1:30 p.m.
Simple Meal Ideas from the Late Summer Farm Harvest
Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat/Little Goat Diner), Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa)

2-2:30 p.m.
The Whole Fish 
Masaharu Morimoto (Japonais by Morimoto)

3– 3:30 p.m.
Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World 
Carla Hall (“The Chew”)

3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Chicago’s Classic Italians
Jeff Mauro (“Sandwich King”), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due)

4:30-5 p.m.
James Beard Award Winners
Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), Justin Aprahamian (Sanford Restaurant)

5:15-5:45 p.m.
A Classic Chicago Roast
Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast), John Hogan (River Roast), Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven/The Purple Pig)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

12:30- 1 p.m.
Pastry Pillars
Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), Della Gossett (Spago Beverly Hills)

1:30-2 p.m.
Chicago’s Top Restaurateurs
Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality), Rohini Dey (Vermilion), RJ Melman (Lettuce Entertain You), Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm (BOKA Restaurant Group)
2:30-3 p.m.

Trans Atlantic Experiments
Sergi Arola (Arola), Homaro Cantu (Moto)   
3:30-4 p.m.

A Trotter-Inspired Dish
Graham Elliot (graham elliot/g.e.b.)
4:30-5 p.m.

Culinary Travel Inspiration
Bill Kim (bellyQ/urbanbelly/Belly Shack), Mindy Segal (Mindy’s Hot Chocolate)


WHAT’S NEW IN 2014

Primetime Pavilions
BBQ Pavilion, in partnership with the Illinois BBQ Alliance: Including Chicago q, Bub City, Old Crow Smokehouse, Sweet Baby Ray’s, Smoque BBQ and others.

Green City Market Pavilion: Featuring Farmhouse Craft Tavern, 2 Sparrows, CICCHETTI, Spritzburger, Karyn’s on Green and more.

Centennial Pavilion (in celebration of the Illinois Restaurant Association’s 100th Anniversary): Featuring Mike Ditka’s Chicago, Gibsons Restaurant Group, The Signature Room at the 95th, The Berghoff, Italian Village and others.

Neighborhood Pavilion: Featuring Hash House A Go-Go, Nana, Autre Monde Café and Spirits, Marion Street Market, The Chop Shop and more.

Mariano’s Pavilion: Featuring Trenchermen, Three Dots and a Dash, Piccolo Sogno Due, The Bristol, Three Aces, The Radler and others.

Street Eats. Travel the world at the newly added Global Street Food Market, developed in collaboration with Chicago’s Sister Cities, located in the South Promenade. Featuring internationally-loved foods from China, Ireland, Africa, Columbia, and 11 of Chicago’s sister cities, highlights include offerings from Bolat, K-Kitchen, Shokolad Pastry & Café, Vermilion, Red Butter, Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods and several others. The Global Street Food vendors share the pavilion with breweries, a newly added entertainment stage and an artisan market presented by Artizone featuring Chicago vendors selling their wares.

Craft on Draft. Beer geeks can ‘hop’ their way through the festival, and enjoy a refreshing offering of craft brews. Stella Artois, Goose Island, Lagunitas Brewing Company and New Belgium will be on hand to present pairings, tastings and extensive beer knowledge to interested attendees.

Glittering Grand Cru. The ultimate food and wine experience, the Grand Cru, offers attendees the opportunity to taste more than 90 of the finest wines in the world, as chosen by the event’s impressive and largest line up of Master Sommeliers. During these select tastings, each day from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Theater Rooftop, these leading wine experts will pour, present and discuss their picks.

Beard-Worthy Bites. Guests holding a golden ticket to the Grand Cru will also indulge in food pairings from the James Beard Foundation’s elite. Heralding from restaurants championed both locally and throughout the United States, the talent includes esteemed chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Visiting chefs have been paired with a Chicago-based counterpart who will present a side-by-side showcase.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, August 26

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre 2015 Season Lineup Includes Odd, Crazy, Kooky and Drowsy

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre opens its 2015 season with a classic romp with roommates of polar opposite personalities carrying through the year with music, adventure and holiday shows.

Indianapolis stage favorites Eddie Curry and Jeff Stockberger will team up for The Odd Couple. Check back here for a review as I do not plan on missing that one.

The classic South Pacific is also included with the year's offerings, reminding us love will always find a way. The lovable Addams family characters will creep across the stage and the northside theater will bring its traditional holiday show to round out the season.
Below find the full schedule with the link for tickets and full details by clicking here.



Beef & Boards 2015 Season

The Odd Couple
Dec. 28 – Feb. 2, 2015
Two Beef & Boards favorites will star in this tale of mismatched roomates, with Jeff Stockberger as the easygoing Oscar Madison and Eddie Curry as the uptight Felix Ungar, who moves in with Oscar after his marriage falls apart.

Crazy For You
Feb. 6 – March 30

The stage is filled with all things Gershwin as it presents the story centering around Bobby Child, who is sent to Nevada to foreclose on a theatre. When he falls in love with the local postmistress, he devises a plan to save the theatre. Songs include “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”


The Drowsy Chaperone
April 3 – May 11

This parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s makes its Beef & Boards debut. A middle-aged musical theatre buff plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, and the show comes to life – with two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, gangsters posing as pastry chefs and an intoxicated chaperone.

Peter Pan

May 15 – June 29

The imaginations of the young and young at heart will soar to Neverland. Fly with Peter and his friends in this musical adaptation of the play by Sir James M. Barrie to a land of mischievous fairies, an Indian tribe, a ticking crocodile, bungling pirates and the famous Captain Hook, played by Jeff Stockberger.

Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming 

July 5 – Aug. 17
The lovable – and imperfect – Singing Sanders Family returns for the third installment of the popular comedy series. The story takes place in 1945 – seven years since the Sanders Family first came to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church for a Saturday Night Sing. Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe has been called to preach in Texas and is giving his last service before he leaves with his wife June, who is eight months pregnant. Young Dennis Sanders will take over as the pastor, but not before more hilarious and touching stories, and two dozen toe-tapping Bluegrass Gospel favorites.

South Pacific
Aug. 21 – Oct. 5
Set in an island paradise, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of predjudice and World War II. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a French plantation owner, Emile, but is conflicted by what she learns about him. And a strapping lieutenant falls for an island girl, but battles his own fears and prejudices. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, South Pacific won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score for songs that include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Nothing Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”

The Addams Family
Oct. 9 – Nov. 23

On stage for the first time at Beef & Boards and just in time for the spooky Halloween season, it’s the Tony Award-nominated macabre musical comedy. Gomez Addams faces every father’s nightmare when his daughter, Wednesday, falls in love. What’s worse, she begs him not to tell her mother, Morticia. Everything will change for the family on the fateful night that they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.



A Beef & Boards Christmas 2015 

Nov. 28 – Dec. 23
The holiday season is celebrated with the theatre’s original production, featuring beautiful costumes, heartwarming songs, dazzling dancing and even Santa himself. A tradition at Beef &Boards for more than 20 years.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE
The Pyramid Players also announce their 2015 Live Theatre for Kids series. Designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Youngsters also have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show for pictures and autographs.

Charlotte’s Web
Feb. 20 - March 21
The beloved children’s tale kicks off the Live Theatre for Kids season. Based on E.B. Webb’s popular children’s book of the same name, this musical brings to the stage the tale of an unlikely friendship forged between a young pig and a spider.

Snow White
Oct. 16 - Nov. 14
This classic fairy tale, made popular by the Brothers Grimm, centers around a beautiful princess, who is forced to flee from her home and finds refuge in the forest with some new friends. This musical adaptation includes magic mirrors, seven silly dwarfs and a heroic prince.

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 5 through 21
Returning in 2015 is Beef & Boards’ one-hour adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, on stage for select performances. Enhanced with holiday carols, this iconic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is given a second chance is the ideal way to enjoy the holidays.
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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Sunday, August 24

Devour Downtown Cocktail Competition 2014 Winners and Recipes

Learnard, Yager and Waller
Judging cocktail and wine competitions is a favorite part of this job. The creative juices begin flowing
(literally) when cocktails are involved and watching the pride and enthusiasm of the competitors is pure joy.

I have been fortunate to judge the Devour Downtown Signature Cocktail Competition since its inception several years ago, and watching it become more well known is exciting.

The entries were, once again, innovative and it was wonderful to see what is happening in the Indy spirits scene. Specialty rims, fresh ingredients and detail-oriented drinks (right down to the type of ice) proved Indianapolis is bringing the best out in bartenders around town.


Held in the ~ absolutely gorgeous ~ Severin Bar in the downtown Omni Hotel, the competition was sponsored by Sauza Tequila, Bacardi Rum, Basil Hayden's Bourbon and Grey Goose Vodka. The bartenders competed for cash prizes in each of the four categories with one claiming the Overall Champion title. Below are the recipes for each winning drink with top honors overall going to Zach Learnard from Elbow Room.

Devour Downtown Summerfest 2014
Signature Cocktail Competition Winners

Category: Overall
Category: Basil Hayden

Name: Zach Learnard
Drink: Midwestern Mule
Company: Elbow Room
Recipe: 2oz Basil Hayden, 4oz Reed's Original Ginger Brew, 5oz Jalapeno Simple Syrup, 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 whole lime. Muddle one slice of jalapeno with 1/4 lime and 1 tsp sugar. Fill shaker 1/4 full with ice. Add muddled ingredients and .5 oz of jalapeno simple syrup. Add 2oz of Basil Hayden Bourbon and stir. Pour into rocks glass. Top with 4oz of Reed's.

Category: Bacardi
Drink: Limon Pie
Name: Jeremiah Strickler
Company: Morton's
Recipe: 1 1/2oz Bacardi Limon, 1/2oz Limoncello, 1 /2oz Grand Marnier,
1 /2oz Agave Nectar; Topping: 1oz Half and Half, 4 tbsp graham cracker crust, 1tbsp sugar, 1/2oz fresh squeezed lemon. Fill shaker 1/2 full of ice, add Bacardi Limon/ Grand Marnier/ limoncello/ Agave Nectar and shake vigorously Strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar/graham cracker mix.

Category: Grey Goose
Drink: Bruschetta
Name: Max Waller
Company: High Velocity
Recipe: 1 1/2 oz Grey Goose, 1/2 oz olive juice, 1 slice of garlic, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, 1 lemon wedge, 3 cherry tomatoes, 1 oz Zing Zang bloody mary mix. Muddle tomatoes, add Grey Goose, olive juice, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon wedge, and Zing Zang bloody mary mix. Shake and strain into martini glass and garnish with basil leaf.

Category: Sauza Blue Tequila
Spicy Blue Margarita

Name: Sara Yager
Company: Chef Joseph's at The Connoisseur Room
Recipe: 3 ounce Sauza Blue Tequila, 2 ounce Triple Sec, 2 ounce Sweet and Sour Mix, 4 Mint leaves 1/2 Lime Sriracha Sauce. Muddle 4 Mint Leaves and 1/2 Lime and add Sriracha to taste. Add Sauza Blue Tequila, Triple Sec and Sweet and Sour to the mix. Strain into a salt-rimmed high ball glass over ice. Garnish with a jalapeno-wrapped cherry, mint leaf and lime wedge.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker and consultant for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, August 22

19th Annual Indy’s Irish Festival Sept. 11-14, 2014


Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park Sept. 11-14 for its 19th-annual celebration of the state’s Celtic heritage.

Festival Highlights

Entertainment
The Elders
Burning Bridget Cleary
Hounds of Finn
Tallymoore
Tom Sweeney
The Kells

Animals
Sheep-herding exhibitions, Celtic Canine tents feature dogs representing Irish breeds, such as Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Red and White Setters and Kerry Blue Terriers.


Complete schedule and ticket information: IndyIrishFest.com

Cultural area
Information on Irish American Presidents, the history of Ireland, the Great Famine, origins of popular Irish songs, family genealogy, and notable Irish women. Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association will be onsite performing hurling demonstrations.

Kids Activities
Blarney Castle
Moonwalk
Olympic Run
Kerry Putt n’ Go
Celtic Bean Bag Toss
Donegal Duck Pond
Tralee Targets
Limerick Lollipop Tree
Sligo Fish Bowl Toss
GalwayGo Fish
Face Painting

Contests
Art Contest (Saturday)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm  (up to age 12)
Awards announced at 2:45 pm on South Stage
Reddest Hair - Greenest Eyes - Most Freckles (Sunday)
Sign-up 1:45 pm at Craft Tent
Judging 2:00 pm at North Stage
Winners Announced at 2:30 pm on North Stage

Irish Market Vendors

All Irish Foods
Imported packaged foods from Ireland
Bead and a Prayer
Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and bookmarks
Because I Like It
Misc Irish scarves, hats, handbags, jewelry, oghams, clay pipes, money clips, apparel, throws, linens
Celtic Clothing
Irish rugby shirts, tweed caps, Guinness caps, Irish t-shirts, Irish jackets, fragrances
The Celtic Croft
Kilts, accessories, Celtic clothing and jewelry
The Celtic Cross
Framed and unframed embroidery and rubbings of Celtic grave stone designs and ancient monuments
The Celtic Exchange
Bars, pewter gifts, ceramic porcelain, silver jewelry, crystal, leather journals, cloth bags, mirrors, soaps, cologne
Celtic Expressions
Shortbread, tea, jewlery, apparel, home goods, Irish woolens, bags, barware, dog clothes, leashes, collars
Celtic Fashions
Embossed, stonewashed, embroidered and printed t-shirts, tops, hats/caps, sweatshirts, kidswear and sport shirts
Chips Ltd
Pet, infant and adult Irish themed products
Classic Irish Imports
Shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, kids clothes
Dayton’s Celtic Connection
Silver jewelry made from stainless steel, leather and beads
Fireball Designs
Celtic airbrush tattoos
Frozen Light
Sterling silver jewelry with gemstones and exotic garments handmade by artisans all over the world
Giftworks Plus
Personalized custom irish design reverse engraved, etched, shaded wooden frames, heritage personality profiles, magnets, mattes
Green Man Pottery
Stone pottery with Celtic designs, Green Man faces, Celtic dog collars
Harpstone
Handcrafted Celtic jewelry
Highland Kilt Company
Kilts and Accessories, including several Irish Tartans, original t-shirts
Historical Research Center
Computer-generated family name histories and coat-of-arms crests, hand-made embroidered coat of arms crests, shields from Ireland by heraldry artist, key rings
Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society 
I.F.D. t-shirts, hats, mugs and bagpipe band CDs
Irish on The Square
Irish blessing prints, coats of arms, heraldry prints, Celtic fashion, jewelry, ceramic tiles, gifts
Ireland in Prints
Jewelry, sweaters, t-shirts, perfume, various other prints and photos, bodhrans
Irish Sisters
Sweaters, capes, scarves, mittens, hats, track jackets, Guinness products, rugby shirts, Christmas ornaments
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Miscellaneous crafts and Irish related gifts
My Celtic Treasures
Celtic jewelry
O’Caseys Irish Store 
Celtic gold and silver jewelry, county flags, misc gifts
Sean’s Celtic Creations
Handmade original and traditional Celtic jewelry design
Utilikilts
Men’s utility kilts, kilt belts, t-shirts, kilt socks, belt buckles
Wolf Den Leather
Sporrans, kilt belts, hair wraps, snoods, coin sashes, tails, bottles


Food Vendors

Claddagh Irish Pub
Soulshine
Circle City Spuds
Ben’s Soft Pretzels
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Northside Knights of Columbus
St. Barnabas Men’s Club

Beverages to be served
Soft drinks and water
Guinness/Harp
Killians
Angry Orchard Cider
Smithwicks
Coors Light
Chapman Englishman (Southern English Brown)
Chapman Pail (American Pale Ale)
Barefoot Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Merlot
Smirnoff Ice


Images: E.J. Musgrave

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, August 18

Restaurant Review: Top 10 Best Devour Downtown Summer 2014

Tavern on South
Devour Downtown Summerfest 2014 has returned and the number of Indy restaurants participating has increased to more than 60 for the foodie event running August 18-31. Some will create special menus just for the event, while others simply offer their usual food items at a reduced price.

The Daily Gift Card Giveaway is precisely what it says. Every day you can enter your email address and have a chance to receive a giftcard for one of the restaurants in this year's events.
Daily Gift Card Giveaway (click to fill out the form)

Continuing are the various price ranges, 2-for-1, and special menu options, such as gluten-free and vegetarian. When looking for who is truly giving a great discount, check out their DD menu and compare the items to their regular menu's prices. Just add the items up and you will see whether you are getting a so-so deal or one worth the drive.What's New?
Several restaurants are new this time, including the much anticipated Plow & Anchor, equally anticipated Union 50, and new to the event P.F. Chang's, a downtown staple.

I love how so many of the restaurants are creating a drink and meal combination menu, adding special-priced cocktails and/or noting wine and beer pairings to complement the menu options. The restaurants are having with this and that, in turn, creates a more exciting venture for the restaurant patrons. With GenCon finished, the summer continues to sizzle with the offerings of the downtown eateries.

Again this DDrather than putting out a separate post for the Top 10 Best menus I am linking to their menus and highlighting the "Top 10" restaurants in green.

The criteria includes those that seem to be the best combination of good value, innovative menu and going above the others (ex. offering beer or wine also). And, so I give you the ...

Top 10 Devour Downtown List 
Summer 2014

120 West Bar & Grill

1913 Restaurant

Acapulco Joe's

Adobo Grill

BARcelona Tapas

Bazbeaux

Black Market

Bluebeard

B's Po Boy

Bu Da Lounge

Buca di Beppo

The Capital Grille

Cerulean 

Champions

Champps Americana 
Menu not available

Chef Joseph's

Circle City Bar & Grille 

Claddagh Irish Pub

Colts Grille 

Columbia Club

Dick's Last Resort

Dunaway's

Eagle's Nest

Elbow Room 

Ember Urban Eatery

End of the Line Public House

Fogo de Chao Churrascaria

Forty Five

Giorgio's Pizza

Granite City Food & Brewery

Greek Islands

The Grub House

Harry & Izzy's

High Velocity

Iaria's

Iozzo's

Libertine

Maxine's Chicken and Waffles

McCormick & Schmick's

Mesh on Mass

Milano Inn
Menu not available

Morton's

Mo's

Napolese Pizzeria

Nine Irish Brothers Irish Pub

Oceanaire

O'Reilly's Irish Bar

Osteria Pronto

Palomino

P. F. Chang's

Pearl Street Pizzeria

Pizzology

Plat 99

Plow & Anchor

Pure Eatery

Rathskeller

R Bistro

Rock Bottom

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Menus
Website

Santorini'sMenu not available
Website

Scotty's Brewhouse

Severin Bar at Omni Hotel

Shoefly Pub House

Shula's

Skyline Club

Slippery Noodle Inn

Smokehouse on Shelby

St. Elmo

Tavern on South
(image at top)

TGI Fridays
Union 50
Menu
Website

Weber GrillMenu
Website

Winner's CircleMenu
Website

For more details, visit DevourDowntown.org
Images: E.J.Musgrave
Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.