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BON VIVANT: June 7 – 12, 2013

For our culinary-addicted, dolce vida-loving readers, “24/7” tracks down and uploads the most delicious food fêtes and gastronomic happenings going on this week.

RibFest ChicagoFriday, June 7
WHAT: RibFest Chicago
WHERE: 4000 N. Lincoln Avenue
WHEN: Friday, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, Noon – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 10:00 p.m.
$$$: Entrance is free; food and drink tickets sold separately. A $99 3-day VIP pass available; includes $50 food and drink tickets, special wristbands, t-shirt, and other perks. To purchase, click HERE (http://ribfest-chicago.brownpapertickets.com). For event information, click HERE.
24/7 TIP: Even after fifteen solid gold years, this popular BBQ-slash-indie rock fest continues its solemn oath to honor all things piggy. The 3-day festival include rib-eating contests (fondly known as “RibMania”), live musical performances, interactive family activities, Big Bricks after-parties, and enough pork to satisfy your bottomless pig gut. Trust us, your cardiologist will be impressed.

E! News Catt SadlerSaturday, June 8
WHAT: Simply Stylist
WHERE: Dana Hotel & Spa
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$$$: Tickets $20 to $200. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
24/7 TIP: You call yourself a style junkie, but your friends think you need a serious intervention. Turn those crab-apples into true believers. This event – which includes your favorite pastime (shopping, you dirty birdy!) and gets you up-close with industry pros like E! News’ Catt Sadler, eDrop-Off’s Corri McFadden, and CBN’s Kelly Ryan O’Brien who will be answering questions, via Twitter, and offering up insider tips and expert advice – will put you on the pathway to becoming the fashion aficionado you know you are.

No Dessert Left BehindSunday, June 9
WHAT: Share Our Strength’s No Dessert Left Behind
WHERE: Little Goat; 820 W. Randolph, Second Floor
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$$$: Free to attend; cost of desserts vary. Click HERE for details.
24/7 TIP: We understand. The idea of canceling a workout session with your hunky personal trainer, simply to satisfy a sweet tooth!, leaves you looking for excuses. Think of it like you’re hitting the “snooze” button on your daily fitness regime only to indulge in some do-good calories. You’ll also be supporting a very important cause – monies from the Bake Sale, along with a portion of the drink proceeds, will benefit SOS’s No Kid Hungry campaign.



Smash CakeWednesday, June 12
WHAT: Smash Cake Mini Sessions
WHERE: Little Beans Cafe, 1809 W. Webster Avenue
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
$$$: $100 per session; includes choice of cake and 2 pre-designed backgrounds. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.
24/7 TIP: Normally, we’d keep stand-out confections, like the ones expertly prepared at West Town Bakery (we are actually diehard fans of their Triple Chocolate Cakeballs) well out of reach of tiny hands but it seems that getting down and dirty with the dessert tray is exactly the kind of photos TK Photography wants to take of your little one. Act fast though! These 30-minute mini-photo sessions are selling out like a six-pack of Crumbs cupcakes.



Have an upcoming event you don’t want “24/7” to miss? Contact Kerry Shorr at: silvershorr@hotmail.com

Kerry Shorr, 24/7 Contributing Writer
Co-Founder, Luxe File Chicago

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