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That's three girls in a row!
image_400. Introducing,
 Lily Ann Allocco 
 
Omaha is proud to announce it's 3rd and final baby of 2014.
 Juanita Allocco, our event coordinator and Biaggi's employee of 8 years, just gave birth to Lily Ann.   

She was born at 10:31 a.m. on Monday the 18th, weighing 6lbs -7oz and stretching to  19 3/4 inches long. Both ladies are doing beautifully.
 
Jeremy Beck
Managing Partner 
Biaggi's Omaha, NE

  
A new member of the family
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 Introducing,
 Lucy Elizabeth Halbig

Congratulations to Cory (dining room manager in Evansville) and his lovely wife Courtney on the arrival of Lucy Elizabeth Halbig.  
 
Born August 11 at 9:19pm weighing 7 pounds 9 .6 ounces and 20 inches long.  Both momma and baby are doing great.
 
Rumor has it, she will be attending her first Fantasy Football Draft this season.  

We can't wait to spoil her.
 
Sonya Gray
Managing Partner 
Biaggi's Evansville, IN

  
A new member of the family
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 Introducing,
 Shyanne Ilana Melinger

Congratulations to Chad Melinger, Chef Partner in Deer Park, on the birth of his beautiful baby girl.
Shyanne Ilana Melinger was welcomed into the world on Friday, July 25th at 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 19 inches. Chad's wife, Erica, and big sister Caelyn are both happy to have Chad home for the week. Now that Chad is seriously outnumbered in the female to male ratio, he claims all male dogs from here on out

Congratulations Melinger Family!!

Casey Gru
Managing Partner 
Biaggi's Deer Park, IL

  

Loveland Hosts Beer Dinner on Patio
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Here is a picture of a recent Beer Dinner on our patio. We had 36 guests and it went over great! This was taken from the rooftop overlooking the event.

Kevin Mitts
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Loveland, CO

New Babies !!

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A big congratulation to Sous Chef January Torres of Biaggi's in Bloomington, on the birth of her daughter
Luna Sofia Torres.

What a cutie!

benbaby_400.Also born to Benjamin Sutherlin-Gorsha (Sous Chef - Perrysburg) and his wife Erin , a beautiful son.
Remy Mitchell Gorsha. born on 7/8, weighing in at 8lbs 8oz. Mother and baby are both great.
According to Ben, " he is a healthy spitting image of his father".

Celebrity Sighting!
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Recently we had singer-songwriter,  record producer Andy Grammer dine at our restaurant after he performed at Jefferson Pointe for a summer kick-off (school's out) concert.  I am friends with the radio D.J. who was hosting the event, so we got them in to Biaggi's last minute and then I was able to snag a quick picture with him!

Ashley Harris
FOH Manager
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Ft. Wayne, IN

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Troy Wins Chef Competition  (From WJBC.com)
Chefs for PATH began in 2009 as a friendly competition between some of the top local chefs in the Bloomington/Normal area and fundraiser for
PATH Crisis 211.

Each chef is provided specific ingredients from Sysco Foods as well as a list of acceptable items that they may use from their restaurants.  Additionally, they are given a $100 gift card to Fresh Market where they can choose anything they would like, the only stipulation is that they must use the ingredient in every serving. 

Guests of the event enjoy tasting the preparations of each chef as they rotate through the stations during the gala.  After they have completed the rotations and voted for their favorite dish,  the votes are tallied and two finalists are announced.  The top 2 vote getters move to the “live cooking stage” with just their knives and one assistant chef.  A mystery basket is unveiled, the chefs have a few minutes to prepare their menu’s and then it’s time for the live cook-off.

This years participating chefs represented Biaggis, Baxters, Destihl, Westminster Village, and The Park Regency. After a live finale cook off between Baxters and Biaggis, Troy Tomlinson-Chef Partner at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano was declared the winner.

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New Biaggi's Family Members
  
 Please help me welcome  Hayden Christopher Roetzer
 Son of Bloomington Manager Derek Roetzer. Baby and Mother
 Brit are doing fine after an Emergency C-Section.
 According to his dad he is already showing signs of being a
 true Kentucky Wildcat's fan.


 Welcome to Biaggi's

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 Biaggi's Omaha is also thrilled to announce another
 addition to our ever growing family.

 Beverage Director Heath Matheis and his lovely bride,
 Heather, gave birth to Harper Marie this past Month. 
 Harper  was 6lbs and 13oz. and 20in in length.
 
    

 All are healthy and happy!
 
 Jeremy Beck
 Managing Partner - Omaha, NE

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 granddaughter Brooklynn Cienna born
 Saturday, May 17.

 She is so cute!
 

  
 Joan Eardley

 Accountant - Corporate Office

Celebrity Sighting
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John Elway joins the Colorado Springs team on
Saturday night for an after dinner photo.

Santa's Helpers
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Last Saturday, December 14th Biaggi's in Deer Park hosted our 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa benefitting the WINGS program. WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. The event was held from 8:00 - 10:00 am (I know, I was also shocked that servers could wake up that early too!). $2472 was raised at the door, while our servers donated over $300 in additional gratuities to the organization as well.
It was a long day for everyone during a busy holiday season, but our staff always ceases to amaze me with their generosity and tenacity!

Casey Gru
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Deer Park, IL

 

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Peter getting fresh with Squid

Celebrity Sighting!
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Jerry Seinfeld joins Perrysburg Biaggi's for lunch and a laugh!!!

Rossi Penny
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Perrysburg, OH

 

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Introducing, Roman Alexander Garcia

Son of Chef Partner Christian Garcia of Algonquin
born on Oct 31st, weighing in at 6 Lbs 5 Oz.

A Happy Holloween Baby

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Welcome to Biaggi's
Little one

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A warm Biaggi's welcome to Kendall Addison Gray. Granddaughter to Sonya Gray, Managing Partner of Biaggi's of Evansville, IN. You can see the resemblance to Sonya immediately... looks like she's about to correct someone's airlift.

Cory Halbig
Manager - Biaggi's Evansville, IN

Biaggi's of Carmel, IN Hosts
Their First Wine Dinner

We hosted our first wine dinner a few weeks ago and a good time was had by all who attended. Our RNDC rep, Lisa Butler helped Jeremy Beck in presenting Bonterra wines and highlighted the organic and sustainable practices used by Bonterra.

Our hostess, Kortney McLouth, led
the painting portion which turned out to be fun to watch as much as it was fun for those participating. We had 20 attendees, several of which had never experienced Biaggi's before and will definitely be back!

We are looking to get another dinner going before the end of the year, and already getting ideas for a "Beat the Crowds/ Pre-Valentine's Date Night" dinner the week before Valentine's day.

Cheers!

Scott Kennedy
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Carmel, IN

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Announcing this year's Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners!

MOST CREATIVE Aaron
King

Biaggi's Omaha


SCARIEST
Luis
Blanco

Biaggi's Deerfield


Funniest Christian Garcia

Biaggi's Algonquin
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Each Winner will recieve a $50 American Express Gift card.

John Leiendecker (Chef Partner of Biaggi's in West Des Moines) and his wife Lindsay adopt a beautiful young lady

Jasmine is 2 years old. My wife and I are very excited and feel very blessed to have this opportunity. We are remembering what it is like to have a 2 year old running around the house and Jasmine keeps us on the ball.
-John

Help us congratulate John on his new daughter.

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Bloomington Biaggi's - Winners Again
Bloomington's Pantagraph announces their People's Choice Award
Best Italian Restaurant - Biaggi's
Best Fine Dining Restaurant - Biaggi's

Best Overall Restuarant - Biaggi's
Quite and accomplishment after 14 years in the market.

Biaggi's Deerfield
Helps Food Pantry

Deerfield donated 10% of their Pronto Pak sales to the West Deerfield Food Pantry for the month of March.
This is a picture of Lee Farber giving Bob Rosenbacher from the Pantry a check for $330

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Celebrating a True Artist

Most of you know Luis Blanco as a Sous Chef in Deerfield, but I bet you did know that he is a gifted artist. In the medium of “Chocolate”. He has been a sculptor of scrumptious art for many years and soon
hopes to compete in Europe for international fame.

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Below are a few of Luis's creations (click on them to expand)
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If you have a talent or unusual hobby, tell your MP and let us celebrate it!

A New Member of the Family

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Hey guys- Here is our new edition, born on June 11. Roman Michael White, 6 lbs 13 oz. Alison and Baby are doing great. Gibson our three year old is in denial :)


Mike White
Chef Partner
Biaggi's Madison, WI

Deerfield Biaggi's Helps Local Charity
Chef Partner Chad Melinger, FOH Manager David Downs and
Line Cook Jose Alvizo participate in
Chefs' Night & More
.

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Chefs' Night & More!, one of the larges tasting events held in the Chicago area,

featuring culinary delights from the finest Chicagoland restaurants and food and beverage purveyors

This annual benefit for the Center for Enriched Living is to help provide programs and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities so that they are more fully included in the community, achieve personal success and enjoy a good quality of life.

This year, with Biaggi's help, the charity raised more than $515,000.

A new member of the family
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 Introducing,

 Caelyn Alyssa Melinger

 Daughter of Chef Partner
 Chad Melinger of Deerfield
 born on April 1 at 10:34 AM.
 Weighing in at 7 Lbs.

 Mother (Erica) is recovering
 
well and soon hopes to
 rejoin her Marine Corps unit.

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Welcome to Biaggi's
Little one

  
Davenport Participates in Martini Shake Off
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This month Biaggi's - Davenport participated in a Martini Shake Off, competing against 25 other restaurants and took home 2 out of 6 awards!

Bartenders Choice Martini for habanero infused lychee pineapple martini and,
Best Martini Presentation for our ginger mint mango and salted peanut butter.

This was a fantastic event benefiting the HAV Life foundation, which provides money for kids to pursue musical and athletic goals.
Despite the snow, the event was sold out with 1500 people attending. I am so proud of all who represented Biaggi's so well in our James Bond themed night!

Rachel Hart
Manager - Biaggi's Davenport, IA

Algonquin Gets Top Honors
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Congratulation to Jason Chablani, Christian Garcia and the entire Algonquin team on being voted both Best Dinner and Favorite Lunch Restaurant by the “My Sunday News” of Huntley, IL. Biaggi’s was selected best all-around winner from a group of 77 nominated restaurants.  This is a truly great honor in such a tough market.


A New Member of the Biaggi's Family!
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Introducing Skylar Rose Marie Goodhart, born to Peoria Sous Chef, Melissa Goodhart on January 15th 2013. 8 Lbs, 8 oz., 20 inches of pure loveliness.
Mother and child are doing great.

Biaggi's of Deer Park, IL
Hosted their '2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa' sponsored by
Deer Park Town Center and Biaggi's.

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Women In Need Growing Stronger.
WINGS helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for
shelter, education, guidance and support.

We also host a 'giving tree' in our lobby. Our guests and employees choose tags for the women and children to help provide a joyful holiday

This year, our Breakfast with Santa raised over $2500 in donations for the breakfast and our server's generosity in donating their gratuities.

We couldn't be more proud of a staff that donates their time, talents and treasure toward such a wonderful cause during such a busy holiday season.

Casey Gru
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Deer Park, IL

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Thanksgiving Ideas from
the desk of
Peter Schonman

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Below are some tasty notes from Peter on preparing your holiday meal.

Turkey:
A simple brine – 1 cup kosher salt, 1 cup sugar, 1 lg carrot, 1 lg onion, 2 bay leaves, 1 TBSP peppercorns, ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes.
Bring all ingredients plus 4 cups water to a boil – turn off,
allow to cool, and then add raw turkey. Chill for up to 72
hours.

Seasoning – Fresh rosemary, butter, soy sauce: combine and baste
every half hour during cooking

Focaccia/Leek/Wild mushroom stuffing

Sides:
Romano topped Brussels sprouts with pancetta
Oven roasted sweet potatoes and beets with spiced butter
Whipped potatoes with horseradish
Spiced bunt cake with apple caramel sauce

Notes:
Also Checkout this Link

There is a lot of good info on the link above.


Some of the things I would include are:

  • Turkey size, roasting time & temp
  • Letting the turkey rest
    • I like to flip mine over (breast side down) and allow the juices to run back into the breast instead of the back bone.
  • Carving –
    • Take the wings off
    • Take the leg/thigh off
      • Separate the leg and place on a platter
      • Debone the thigh and slice
    • Remove the breast from the carcass and slice (much easier off the bone)
  • Add pan drippings to your gravy.

Biaggi's Carmel, IN is Open!
Please join me in congratulating Scott Kennedy, Josh Farmer, Jeremy Beck, Jason Baker, Nicole Biddle, January Torres and the entire staff of our 24th Biaggi's

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Former US Senator Trent Lott stops
by Biaggi's of Ridgland, MS

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From left to right - Wilson Kruger, Trent Coleman, Senator Lott, Angie Weed
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Peoria Biaggi's Supports Easter Seals
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These pictures are from Easter Seals' Wines and Polo on the Prarie fundraiser to benefit disabilty service for kids. The event had just under 1300 guests and helped raise more than $140,000.00.

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We took second place in the best restaurant category with our beet, arugula, and herb goat cheese cristini.

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Here are all five of us (from left to right) Kristin, Misty, Sous Chef Rob, Lisa, and Jenny in front.

Robert Roche
Sous Chef
Biaggi's Peoria

A new member of the family.

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Introducing Madisyn Rose Lane. After a brief scare of a low heartbeat and a emergency c-section, mom (Ashley) and Maddie are doing great. 5 lbs and 2 oz, 17 1/2 inches, born at 1:00pm on Monday June 11th. Pictured, Tyler (8), Emma (7), and Maddie (1 hr.). Thank you all for the support.

Nate Lane

Managing Partner
Biaggi's Peoria

 

Ridgeland Biaggi's Contributes to Local Police Fundraiser

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A great job was done by our Biaggi's team in Ridgeland! Our team, consisting of Chef Patrick Harley and Event Coordinator Meredith Cooke, helped raise money for Jackson Police Department's "Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime" Fundraiser.

Dwayne Rainer
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Ridgeland

Fort Wayne Hosts Local Girls Scout Troop
Sous Chef Tim Moran entertains a local Girl Scout troop as they
completed pizzas and merit badges

fwtim_400 A local girl scout troop stopped in to work on their cooking merit badge and some needed, pun intended, "hands on" experience in a real world kitchen. During their visit, Tim discussed food safety, ServSafe food practices, as well as how things in a high volume restaurant should run. The girls were delighted to roll up their sleeves and put their own spin on the pizza program and even came up with some interesting options, the most common was adding chocolate crumbles as the final topping.

Overall they had a terrific time and the scout leaders were thrilled With Tim's attention.
Ken Davenport
Managing Partner
Biaggi's Fort Wayne, IN

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Rocky John Winnings.
Rocky makes the 5th baby born to the 9 month old restaurant.



Bob Bestgen
Manager - Peoria, IL

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