Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year’s Eve is a big night for drunk driving enforcement and arrests.
The slogan “Don’t Drink and Drive” can become trite until you consider the numbers. Numbers like the 258 lives lost in drunk driving crashes in 2012. It is one of the statistics that local and state police hope makes you think twice about drinking and driving this holiday weekend. Police throughout the area, including sheriff’s deputies in Lake, Cook and McHenry County, will be doing special drunk driving enforcements for New Year’s Eve. Illinois State police will be conducting roadside safety checks and special alcohol enforcement on highways and tollways. The patrols will focus on four areas that often cause fatal crashes: speeding, DUI, seat belt compliance and distracted driving, according to a release. “Alcohol or drug impairment is…
Choosing the appropriate sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can make you dizzy before the first sip. Here's a handy guide to the intoxicating world of bubbles on a budget.
The pop of the Champagne cork is as much a part of the New Year’s Eve soundtrack as "Auld Lang Syne" and fireworks. The tiny, tickling bubbles evoke celebratory moods. With so many sparkling wines to choose from, picking the best bottle can be daunting. Prices for sparkling wine range from less than $10 to more than $500 per bottle. Keep in mind that while you usually get what you pay for, there are some great options for those of us on a budget. Large “negociant” champagne houses that purchase much of their fruit, such as Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger, Perrier Jouet and Nicolas Feuillatte, dominate the market. However, in the last decade or so, Champagne from small growers has gained some traction with Champagne …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A list of bars and restaurants hosting parties or dinners on New Year's Eve.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Carlos and Carlos http://carlosandcarloschicago.com/ Reservations starting at 5 p.m. offering regular dinner menu selections. A DJ and dancing starts at 9:30 p.m. with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Call 847-259-2600. Atlantis Banquets http://www.atlantisbanquets.com/new-years-eve.php ‘A Night in Vienna’ Strolling violinist, seven course dinner, open bar, concert by Viennese Symphony of Chicago, dancing, champagne toast, party favors and sweet/fruit table. Call 847-693-1119. Clementi’s http://clementirestaurant.com/ Dinner alone, and dinner/alcohol packages available while The Fair Lanes perform hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Late night packages also available. Starting at 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Call 847-253-3544. …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The American Academy of Ophthalmology offer some advice for a safe New Year's celebration.
The following public service announcement was provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A champagne toast is a great way to welcome 2013, but be mindful as you uncork the bottle: warm bottles of champagne and improper cork-removal techniques cause serious, potentially blinding eye injuries every year. The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch – more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire. This pressure can launch a champagne cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle — fast enough to shatter glass. It's also fast enough to permanently damage vision. Champagne cork mishaps can lead to various, serious eye injuries, such as rupture of …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The event will be held at the Libertyville Sports Complex.
Parents, are your children looking for something fun to do on New Year's Eve? Why not drop them off at the Libertyville Sports Complex for the first-ever New Year’s Eve All Night Party? The event is being hosted by the Libertyville 12U Orange baseball team and will be chaperoned by team parents, said Colleen Scopacasa, one of the event organizers. Open to children in fifth through eighth grades, the night will feature a DJ from the Music Now DJ Group, which is part of Improv Playhouse in Libertyville, along with activities and food. The children will be able to use the sports facilities on the first floor of the Libertyville Sports Complex, including the climbing wall. The cost is $60 per child, with additional siblings at $40 each. "It'…
Monday, December 27, 2010
Champagne is the drink of choice to ring in 2011.
Break out the bubbly! New Year’s Eve is the night that champagne takes center stage. Although there are many sparkling wines made all over the world, to be called Champagne, the wine must be produced in the Champagne region of France. Blanquette de Limoux, the oldest recorded sparkling wine, was invented in 1531 by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire in France, debunking the myth that Dom Perignon invented sparking wine. According to Steve Berry, Owner of the Park Avenue Wine Bar, one of the latest trends in champagne is grower-produced Champagnes. “Instead of selling all of their grapes to other champagne makers, growers are directly producing Champagne from the grapes they grow. Joël Falmel and Nicholas Feuillatte are …