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by Allyson Hoffman

The Wildlife Discovery Center will host its annual CROCtoberfest, a fun-filled family extravaganza featuring the amazing family of animals called the crocodilians. Join in and meet live crocs, including BUBBA, the giant American Alligator and talk with croc experts. CROCtoberfest will be held at the Wildlife Discovery Center located at 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest. Your $5 per person recommended donation, payable at the door, helps to maintain the high-level of care needed for the animals at the WDC. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds helps to support crocodile conservation. So mark your calendar and tell your friends about CROCtoberfest!

When:  Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information and driving directions, please click here.


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Art Fair on the Square

by Allyson Hoffman

Fill your Labor Day weekend with art! The Deer Path Art League's annual Art Fair on the Square takes place Sunday and Monday. The event, in Lake Forest's downtown Market Square, runs from 10am to 5pm both days. Last year, nearly 500 artists were on hand from around the nation and world. Special attention is paid to young and emerging local artists. While walking through the historic downtown area, you'll be treated to exhibits of painting, photography, sculpture, wood working, ceramics, glass, graphics and drawing, as well as mixed media, digital art and jewelry. Organizers like to say the show is "not too big and not too small."

You can download the entire program for the Art Fair on the Square here.

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Ravina Festival at Martin Theatre

by Allyson Hoffman

Come out to beautiful Highland Park this Saturday for the Ravina Festival and Martin Theatre.

This family friendly event will have an instrument “petting zoo” from 12-1pm!

Founded in 1979 by Ravinia Festival Trustee and cellist Larry Block, the Highland Park Strings is a local orchestra with a mission to provide community concerts where families, friends and North Shore neighbors can gather for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at the highest level. Led by Principal Director Francesco Milioto, the orchestra features top-notch soloists, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and gifted rising stars who are given the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience

For tickets and more information to this event in click here.

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Check out The Grille on Laurel This Weekend!

by Allyson Hoffman

When James “Dimitry” Govas, owner of The Grille on Laurel in Lake Forest, came to this country from Athens, Greece, as a strapping young lad in the late 1960s, he had every intention of going to college.

Having two uncles who were also executive chefs in successful restaurants at the time, however, altered that trajectory considerably.

Govas trained in kitchens alongside his uncles and learned on the job, slowly rising through the ranks in a trade that was as much a job as it was a comfort, for being surrounded by good, good friends and family was an integral part of Govas’ heritage.

Today, the Grille on Laurel is going into its seventh year in operation and is Govas’ third business, with two forerunners having also been situated on Chicago’s North Shore, in Evanston and Highland Park, respectively.

“He has succeeded in developing an upscale restaurant where people can feel comfortable on an everyday basis,” said general manager Greg Derman of the light and airy Grille which boasts a downtown-chic bar, a private banquet room, as well as a main room and outdoor patio. The latter is especially pleasant in warm weather when the honey locusts are in bloom and folks can dine al fresco surrounded by tulips, daffodils and jonquils while listening to live classical guitar.

The Grille’s continental cuisine includes appetizers such as baked Brie with Riesling Buerre Blanc. Topped with warm apricot preserves and served with toasted almonds and fresh fruit, it’s perfect as a starter or decadent finger food ($7.95). For a more substantial appetizer, the flatbread pizza is an all-in-one meal made with blackened shrimp, basil pesto and caramelized onions that will surely test your resolve to eat “just one slice” ($9.95).

The coconut shrimp spinach salad marries fresh spinach in raspberry vinaigrette with crunchy-soft, coconut-encrusted shrimp. The taste profiles deftly balance sweet and salty, insuring that the elements play well together and are heightened further by the varying textures of each ingredient ($9.95 appetizer/$13.95 dinner).

For dinner, try the succulent skirt steak, pounded flat, marinated, then grilled with garlic olive oil and served with red onions, avocado slices and oven-roasted red potatoes ($19.95).

And pescatarians can choose the salmon Greek style marinated and served with feta cheese, grilled tomatoes, red onions and black olives ($21.95).

The signature dessert, brought over from Govas’ two previous restaurants, is a bread pudding made from challah and dripping with a cinnamon, brown sugar and pecan sauce enriched with butter and spiked with Jack Daniels ($6.95).

“It’s good food at great prices, with a friendly atmosphere and nice ambiance,” said Grille co-owner Kathryne Govas.

Article from Evanston's Sun Times

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