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Life house inn newly renovated just in time for travel season via 360 Magazine

LIFE HOUSE

Following extensive renovations, three-storied boutique properties located in downtown Lenox are reopening together as part of The Lenox Collection, a newly reimagined family of inns connected by their deep historical roots in the town and elevated contextual design. As part of the reopening is Ophelia’s, a 66-seat restaurant and bar offering farm-to-table comfort food in an intimate indoor-outdoor setting, with locally sourced ingredients and a curated cocktail list. New York-based firm 388 Ventures acquired the properties in 2021 and brought on an independent hotel management company, Life House, to lead design and branding, as well as oversee all hotel and F&B operations leveraging their tech-enabled management platform. 

“We’re pleased to announce the launch of The Lenox Collection, with a design language that pays homage to each property’s history while catering directly to the clientele visiting the increasingly popular four-season destination that the Berkshires have become. With Ophelia’s reopening right downtown, we’re excited to be a mainstay in the already impressive Lenox culinary scene,” says Russell Lange, partner at 388 Ventures. 

At the heart of the collection is the Whitlock – formally The Church Street Inn – built-in 1771 by John Whitlock, a local farmer who turned his two-room farmhouse into an inn for stagecoach travelers. The property now takes cues from its natural surroundings with a rustic and warm feel reminiscent of its farmhouse origins. The Whitlock’s bar and restaurant, Ophelia’s, pays homage to the ingredients and labors of the hotel’s namesake. With locally-inspired farm-to-table cuisine with dishes featuring herbs & garnishes from local purveyors, Ophelia’s is already becoming a favorite among locals, guests, and downtown bypassers.

Located in the historic center of town is The Constance – formally the Rookwood Inn – which was built in 1825 as The Williams Tavern. In the 1880s it was purchased by Frederick Constance Peters, a businessman from England, who turned the property into ancillary lodging for owners of Lenox’s famed Gilded Age estates. The inn has been completely reimagined with an extensive renovation to restore and enhance the elegant charm and whimsical character of the storied property with the benefit of modern guest amenities. 

On the north side of town is The Dewey – formally the Birchwood Inn – which was originally built by Israel Dewey, a founding member of Lenox’s Continental Congress Committee when the town was incorporated in 1767. Over the years, the site has taken on many lives, owned by various influential figures in the Berkshires. Today, the newly-reappointed inn carries on its rich tradition of hospitality with elevated guest room interiors and stately common areas.

“We are thrilled to reintroduce The Lenox Collection as the Berkshire hospitality landscape continues to mature,” says Bryan Dunn, Managing Director and Head of Growth at Life House. “In the past year alone, the market has seen luxury lifestyle brand Miraval open their first East Coast property, world-renowned designer Ken Fulk acquire the Blantyre, and Life House breathes new life into the Wheatleigh, a Leading Hotels of World property. The Lenox Collection delivers a locally-rooted boutique experience at a more accessible price point than these Five Star luxury hotels, catering to a large and diverse audience that is currently underserved by existing options in the market.” 

Life House is a vertically integrated hotel software & operations platform focused on increasing profitability and reliability for independent hoteliers. Life House was founded in 2017 as one of the only vertically integrated asset-light hotel companies backed by institutional venture and private equity investors. The company is ambitiously investing in operational systems to make it far more profitable, predictable, and seamless for owners while making the guest experience more reliable for travelers. Today the company has nearly 60 hotels in its portfolio across North America. 

For more information visit www.life-house.com.

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Benjamin Restaurant Gifts

There’s no denying that finding the perfect present for the father figure in your life is no easy feat and it seems like gift giving is just getting harder each year! Well, look no further because Benjamin Restaurant Group in New York City is here to make gift giving a lot easier.  For the steak lover in your life, Benjamin Restaurant Group has an array of gifts. 

The Basics

  • Benjamin Classic Steak Sauce: Unlike other steak sauces on the market Benjamin’s Classic Steak Sauce is made with brown sugar (instead of white cane sugar), creating a distinct sweetness that pairs well with most fish and steak dishes. 
  • Benjamin Steakhouse Steak Knives: (5″ Robust Steak Knife) Each knife features a large robust handle with beautifully crafted Pakkawood inlay to create an elegant and distinctive look.  The handle is exposed on all four sides, giving the knife a unique and gorgeous design while also improving balance and comfort in the hand.  The rivets are silver and nickel so they do not expand or contract with the heat of your hand and the blade is composed of High Carbon, German, Ice-Hardened Carbon Steel and features a Rockwell hardness of 57 and is designed to last a lifetime. Gift box included. 

Meat 

  • Thick Cut Canadian Bacon: 1 inch thick, 8.5 inches long and 9 ounces a piece. 
  • Dry-aged USDA Prime Bone-In NY Strip Steak, Center Cut: One of the most popular steaks, this NY Strip is dry-aged for a minimum or 28-days, is well-marbled, and beautifully tender and delicious. Prized for its buttery flavor, the NY Strip is as flavorsome as it is juicy. 
  • Prime Filet Mignon: Notorious for being the most tender cut of beef, The Filet Mignon is luxurious and lean with fantastic marbling, lending to its delicious flavor. 

Gift Cards 

Give the gift of a dinner on you! Available at all Benjamin Restaurant Group locations, Benjamin Steakhouse (41st Street), Benjamin Steakhouse (Westchester), The Sea Fire Grill and Benjamin Prime.  

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ATZARÓ GROUP beach club and restaurant in Ibiza via 360 MAGAZINE

Atzaró Group Beach Club

The sensational Atzaró Group beach club and restaurant Atzaró Beach, situated on the sparkling beach of Cala Nova in Ibiza’s North-East, is now open for Summer 2022. Listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of “the best beach clubs in the world for summer 2022,” Atzaró Beach has become a firm-favourite of the discerning traveller, as well as an A-list hotspot. It’s the perfect place for an upscale beach lunch or dinner hideaway with unparalleled aquamarine sea views.

The food concept at Atzaró Beach is new this year. Top London chef James Adams has created a mouthwatering menu with the emphasis on sharing plates, and grilled choices, using produce grown on the Atzaró estate. James Adams has been a chef and food consultant for over 16 years in some of London’s top restaurant kitchens and is famous for his work with Skye Gyngell at Spring within Somerset House, at celebrated country hotel Heckfield Place, chef at River Cafe, menu and planting direction at Petersham Nurseries.

The new menu this year is full of wholesome, light and delicious dishes, with plenty of seafood and vegetarian choices, created with organic fruit and vegetable ingredients harvested from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden. Sharing plates can be enjoyed on the comfortable daybeds or sofas beachside.

Watch the morning sun rise over the sea and enjoy a healthy breakfast of either chia pudding with coconut and raspberries or perhaps an acai bowl with banana and pineapple. For something a bit more substantial try the grilled chorizo with fried eggs, roasted pepper and rocket salad on toast or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

For a sharing plate lunch with friends, choose from a delicious selection including tuna ceviche with mango, cucumber and lime, burrata with sourdough and pesto, baby squid with lime allioli, padron peppers, grilled asparagus with romesco sauce and chopped almonds or beef carpaccio with parmesan and rocket. Salad options include watermelon salad with feta and mint or a tasty beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with pumpkin seeds. There are a range of pasta dishes and from the grill you can order lobster with garlic butter, sea bass, and T-bone or Entrecôte steaks. For the more traditional there are a choice of four paellas to share.

Sweet treats include San Sebastian cheesecake with a raspberry compote, grilled pineapple with coconut ice cream and chilli or orujo panacotta with strawberries as well as homemade ice creams and sorbets.

In 2019 the interiors and exteriors of Atzaró Beach were refurbished by Atzaró Design, the group’s talented in-house interiors team. The concept is paired back boho style, with a super- relaxed authentic mood, reminiscent of 70’s Ibiza. The look is designed to work with the environment and combines natural woods, terracotta pots, an abundance of local plants, cacti and palms. The colour palette of soft neutral sand tones with pops of vibrant compliments the pristine beach and crystal-clear waters of the sea beyond.

Straw cacti and potted plants frame the tables, the rustic wood pergola provides dappled shade and the thirty double daybeds are perfect for those long hot summer days. Hanging rattan lampshades add some low-key atmosphere to balmy nights. Relax on a comfortable mix of sofas, stools, tables and chairs with hanging bamboo swing seats as well as iconic rattan peacock armchairs. An Ibizan wooden fishing boat provides an extra seating area with cushions to create a casual and relaxed feeling.

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Tennessee Tourism × Earth Day

Known for its natural beauty, unique culture and southern hospitality, Tennessee strives to be at the forefront of sustainability efforts to preserve its wonder and charm for future generations to come. In honor of Earth Day, Tennessee Tourism created a roundup of clean, green and sustainable ways to eat, explore, lodge and travel across the state. Find Tennessee Tourism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

A More Sustainable Tennessee

The Solar Farm Welcome Center: The Solar Farm Welcome Center is surrounded by a 25-acre, five-megawatt solar farm, overseen by the University of Tennessee. The center features a circular interactive spectrum exhibit bringing solar power to life for visitors. Here you can learn how solar energy really works, how the sun is keeping the lights on, and the innovations and opportunities solar power brings to Tennesseans.

Tennessee Sustainable Spirits: Tennessee is home to world-class whiskey, wine, beer and fine spirits. Tennessee Sustainable Spirits is a voluntary recognition and technical assistance program by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation which seeks to reduce operational costs and environmental impacts for wineries and wine-growers, breweries and distilleries as well as serve as a gateway to sustainability through popular brands.

Tennessee Sustainable Hospitality: Along with generating economic activity, Tennessee’s hospitality industry has an environmental impact on the state through resource usage and waste generation. Tennessee Sustainable Hospitality and TDEC provide a sustainability roadmap for businesses to follow which includes tips for energy and water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, food waste reduction, communication, education and greening the supply chain.

Keep Tennessee Beautiful: Keep Tennessee Beautiful is the state-level affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and serves as a state resource for litter prevention, community greening, and recycling and water education. They are also partners with TDOT’s Nobody Trashes Tennessee, the state of Tennessee’s official litter prevention campaign.

Chattanooga Airport: The Chattanooga Airport became the first and only U.S. airport powered by sustainable solar energy with a 2.74-megawatt solar farm consisting of over 9,000 solar panels and battery storage technology that allows the system to run off the grid. Additionally, it has LEED-certified facilities, and the world’s first LEED Platinum Certified aviation terminal.

Celebrate Earth Day with These Statewide Events

EarthDayz at Rock City: Join Rock City Gardens in Chattanooga this April for EarthDayz, a naturally fun outdoor Earth Day celebration. Be mesmerized when vines and trees come to life with methodical movement, hear live percussionists and go on a virtual scavenger hunt while enjoying the great outdoors.

Museum of Science & History’s Annual Plant Sale: This Earth Day weekend the Museum of Science & History (MoSH) in Memphis will host its annual Volunteer Plant Sale on April 22 and 23, 2022 at the Lichterman Nature Center. During the celebration guests can explore the 65-acre nature center and arboretum that is home to lush gardens, wildlife exhibits, and trails through lake, meadow and forest habitats.

Ijams Nature Center’s Sustainable Fashion Event: On Sunday, April 24, the Ijams Nature Center and Natural Alternatives Salon and Spa in Knoxville will present Fleurish: A Sustainable Fashion Event. It will include 12 local designers, along with hair stylists and makeup artists, who will create looks using both recycled and natural materials.

Seed Lending Library at Stokes Brown Library: Dig in the Dirt! Check out free seeds to plant a garden through the Seed Lending Library at Stokes Brown Public Library in Springfield and while you’re there, check out some fun Earth Day reading for all ages, whether children-friendly Earth Day crafts, juvenile and family gardening, or adult sustainable living skills. Try your hand at a window-seal herb garden, porch container garden, raised beds or inground garden and discover your green thumb.

Earth Day at Wolf Gap: Celebrate Earth Day at Wolf Gap in Pulaski by getting on in nature with a Native Plant Walk, observe and assist with freshwater testing, get crafty and make native wildflower seed bombs. There will also be a special Earth Day scavenger hunt, Tenn Pin Alley’s food truck and more.

Where to Stay

David Crockett State Park Cabins: The David Crockett State Park Cabins in Lawrenceburg are the perfect, family weekend getaway. Equipped with geothermal-powered HVAC units and gas fireplaces, these LEED-certified vacation homes are ahead of the curve on energy conservation. The state park also has the Tennessee Naturalist Program which serves as an educational training program to provide service and outreach efforts to help preserve Tennessee’s natural beauty and resources.

The Greenbrier Beechhouse: Enjoy unique, earth-friendly lodging at the luxury treehouse rental in Greenbrier which features tongue-and-groove pine ceilings, a spacious deck, swing bridge, fresh eggs and much more. Visit the magic and check availability HERE.

The Crash Pad: Located in Chattanooga, this eco-friendly, LEED-certified glamping spot is unlike any other. Offering 24 bunk beds or five private rooms, complimentary DIY breakfast and walking distance to some of the area’s best restaurants and bars, this classic yet charming hostel provides visitors with a blend of reclaimed and renewable resources to ensure the best of energy efficiency while supporting local sustainable businesses.

Where to Eat & Drink

The Polk County Tramp Festival: The 64th annual Ramp Tramp Festival in Reliance will take place April 22-23 with two days of live music, crafts and traditional Ramp Meals which includes ramps in eggs, white beans, cornbread, fried potatoes and streaked meat bacon.

Lupi’s Pizza Pies: Lupi’s Pizza Pies in Chattanooga makes their pizzas and salads from local ingredients purchases from local farms and vendors in the community, or from their own Flying Turtle Farm. In addition to producing most of their own meats, vegetables and flowers. Lupi’s recycles everything possible from glass and plastic to trimmings and food waste from the kitchen to feed the pigs at the farm.

The Farm House: The Farm House in Nashville is an innovative farm-to-table restaurant located in downtown Nashville. Prepare your taste buds for Chef/Owner Trey Cioccia‘s ever-changing seasonal menu. This spring enjoy delicious dishes ranging from trout to southern carbonara, bone-in porkchop and much more. 

Get Outside

Memphis Riverfront Park’s Arbor Day Tree Planting and Pollinator Party: On April 29, head to Mud Island to volunteer in planting replacement trees along the river at its Arbor Day Tree Planting. Stick around the next day to participate in the Pollinator Workshop Garden party at Beale Street Landing to learn more about local pollinators.

Springfield Greenway: Springfield Greenway is a scenic 4-mile paved trail that meanders along the historic and business districts, we well as tree-lined Sulfur Creek and public playgrounds. The flat and wide terrain accommodates walkers, runners and bike riders. This greenway has been honored with a 4-star Award, the highest award granted from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association

Gatlinburg Skylift Park: Take in Tennessee’s stunning beauty at Gatlinburg Skylift Park’s launch of its special VIP Sunrise Access event. Here, ticket holders will be granted early access to the park to see the sunrise over the stunning Smoky Mountains.

Mirimichi Lakes Golf: Bring your “A-game” this Earth Day at Mirimichi Lakes Golf in Millington. This award-winning course of more than 7,400 yards provides its visitors with an eco-friendly experience. From integrated pest management and water conservation, Mirimichi offers championship-worthy views and environmentally friendly practices for both amateur and professional level players.

Immerse Yourself

Cheekwood Estate and Garden: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum and art museum with an extraordinary historic 1930s estate, 55 acres of cultivated grounds and expansive vistas, 12 distinct gardens and a 1.5-mile-long woodland trail. Visitors are invited to come and celebrate Earth Day by enjoying this year’s Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, a free 30-minute audio tour of the 1.5-mile-long Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, pick up an arboretum map to learn about the 120+ distinct species that live on the property, experience the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden and partake in Cheekwood’s Wellness 360 which is an initiative in partnership with Vanderbilt Health that encourages visitors to take advantage of Cheekwood’s 55-acres of breathing room to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

Hatchie BirdFest: Head to Brownville to partake in 3-days of bird watching and escape to the great outdoors at the ninth annual Hatchie Birdfest (April 22-24). The event will offer a variety of activities for all ages and skill levels, including nature hikes, educational seminars, a canoe trip down Oneal Lake and much more.

Spring Garden Fair: The Spring Garden Fair in Kingsport is a true celebration of heritage farming and heirloom gardening. From April 30-May 1, come and experience the oldest garden fair in the region where attendees can hear from master gardeners, buy from a wide selection of heritage and native perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs.

The Art Project: Keep the sustainable, family-friendly fun going in Memphis at The Art Project, a studio where kids dive into their craft skills and get creative with a wide array of supplies and recycled materials for their very own DIY piece of art.

The Homestead Festival: The Homestead Festival takes place June 3-4 at a 100-acre historic farm in Columbia and will feature a variety of entry-level homesteading activities, talks and demonstrations during the day and then musical performances on the main stage at sunset. The festival was created for those interested in getting started in homesteading or living more sustainably by teaching them the skills of food preservation, raising chickens, making soap, homeschooling and more. 

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Chef Adrianne Calvo

Highly acclaimed chef, author, television personality and YouTube host Adrianne Calvo embodies the essence of the American dream. Opening her very own restaurant at the age of 22, she has become a living legend and a source of inspiration for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

Receiving smashing success with her first venture, Chef Adrianne has since branched out with an array of restaurants, has been named Miami New Times Best Chef, appeared on an array of Food Network shows and is the youngest professional to cook for the United Nations.

During April of 2007, Chef Adrianne opened her first restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar, also referred to as “Chef Adrianne’s.” Having graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004, the new restaurant was a risky decision, but it sure did pay off. Swiftly, the restaurant grew and gained widespread notarization due to Chef Adrianne’s signature Maximum Flavor.

Guests and Critics alike fell in love with her cooking; and Chef Adrianne’s was awarded Best Restaurant by Miami New Times’ Readers’ Choice Awards in 2014 and 2017. Continuing to receive praise by being named one of the 17 Most Important Restaurants in Miami by Thrillist, Chef Adrianne was only just beginning her career.

Chef Adrianne has cooked for the United Nations and its ambassadors, competed on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay via Food Network and has been acknowledged for her cooking in Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens, USA Today and Saveur.

Her passion for the culinary world and spirit of adventure inspired her to launch Emmy Nominated YouTube series “Searching for Maximum Flavor,” which has been nominated for an Emmy Award. In the show, Chef Adrianne meets with creators while reviewing iconic dishes and adding in her namesake Maximum Flavor.

360 had the opportunity to chat with Chef Adrianne about her success thus far, what made her interested in becoming a chef, and what we can expect to come in the future.

Q: When did you start dabbling in cooking and when did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the field?

A: I have always loved food. I used to come home from school and watch Great Chefs of The World, followed by more cooking shows. But at that time, I thought I wanted to be a journalist. Watching cooking shows was just entertaining until my junior year of high school. I was placed in home ec by mistake, and I had to wait two weeks for schedule to change. During those two weeks, Johnson and Wales University came to do a demo and talk about how they’re the leading culinary school. It was what I call the lightning strike. From then on, I knew I wanted to be a chef.

Q: What was the most difficult part in opening your own restaurant at such a young age?

A: 22 is too young to open anything much less a restaurant. Restaurants are equally demanding as they are rewarding (if successful). I didn’t have normal 20’s. I didn’t have my first real drink till I was 25. I didn’t go on a vacation for 8 years and I spent every day working the line for 11 years straight. I had to stay focused and determined. Looking back at that exchange to where I am today, it was all worth it.

Q: What has it been like receiving so much praise from critics, social media all the way to your beloved customers?

It’s a beautiful thing. I thank God for it every day. I believe I don’t deserve it which is why I keep working harder and harder. This industry doesn’t stop. And want to feel like have earned their love.

Q: How did the pandemic affect your businesses?

A: Thank the good Lord, our loyal customers kept us afloat doing take out.

Q: Tell us a little bit more about your signature maximum flavor.

A: When I decided to go to culinary school, I entered culinary competitions to raise money for college. I started winning, a year later I kept winning. By this time, the judges were talking amongst themselves about how I was winning. The answer was – Flavor. One judge advised me to write a cookbook with all my winning recipes. I took his advice and thus was born my first cookbook, ‘MAXIMUM FLAVOR,’ making me the youngest cookbook author at the time. That lead me to be on the Montel Williams show. He held my cookbook in the air and told his audience and all of the country glued to their TV screens, that they had to buy my cookbook because the scallop recipe he tried from [the book] changed him. He spent all his life hating scallops until he had them Maximum Flavor Style. The book sold like crazy.

Q: Tell us about “Baked,” one of your newest concepts, and what more we can expect from this expansion.

A: Baked by Chef Adrianne started as a Bakehouse I acquired to make bread and desserts for all my restaurants- an internal operation. I’ve always been in love with everything from scratch. I think you can just tell when something is made by hand, or chemically doused. I could buy desserts from any vendor and just defrost, slice, and throw on a plate. But that’s not Maximum Flavor. I am currently working with GoldBelly on a national direct to consumer campaign.

Q: What can we expect next from Chef Adrianne?

A: God willing, I hope to expand my wine label “A Family Vineyards.” After the wild success of “A Cabernet,” I think a Rose’ or Sauvi B is next.  

Article by: McKinley Franklin

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Fifth Street Gaming × Ojos Locos

Las Vegas-based Fifth Street Gaming (FSG) and Dallas-based Ojos Locos Sports Cantina announce their agreement to collaborate on the first U.S. hotel-casino dedicated to the Latino community. Replacing the Lucky Club Hotel & Casino at 3227 Civic Center Drive in North Las Vegas, the renovated and rebranded resort will feature Ojos Locos Sports Cantina as its dining, entertainment and nightlife centerpiece. Renovations are scheduled to be complete in December 2022.

We are gratified to join together on this endeavor with Ojos Locos, a vibrant and growing brand which has, over the last 12 years, established itself as a national leader in providing authentic hospitality experiences to the Latino community,” said Seth Schorr, chief executive officer, Fifth Street Gaming.  “Their expertise, combined with our 15-year record of producing successful events designed for the Latino audience in Southern Nevada, makes them the ideal partner in this first-ever Latino-focused integrated gaming, dining and entertainment venture.” 

When the renovation is complete in December, the revamped property will house a 10,000-square-foot casino, 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor entertainment space and a restaurant able to accommodate nearly 300 guests. The hotel-casino will continue to offer a robust calendar of concerts featuring Latino artists, Mexican rodeos and food festivals.

We are excited and honored to collaborate with Fifth Street Gaming on this project, allowing us to bring the Ojos experience to Nevada,” added Laura Caudillo, vice president of marketing, Ojos Locos Sports Cantina. “We look forward to adding to the Latino community experience with our excellent service, delicious food and fun atmosphere.”

For more information about Fifth Street Gaming, visit HERE, and for more about Ojos Locos Sports Cantina, visit HERE

ABOUT FIFTH STREET GAMING
Fifth Street Gaming (FSG) is a full-service hospitality and casino management company based in Las Vegas. Recognized as one of the gaming industry’s top local independent management companies, FSG delivers excellence in guest experience, leadership and profitability. With a diverse portfolio of thriving Las Vegas casinos and gaming taverns, innovative restaurants and bar concepts and a revolutionary new eSports platform, FSG remains grounded in its foundation of entrepreneurial spirit and integrity. The company has catered to the Latino market since 2006, most notably through the operations of the Lucky Club Hotel & Casino and Silver Nugget Casino. For more than 15 years, FSG has served the Latino community and produced hundreds of concerts with Mexican and Colombian artists, Mexican rodeos and food festivals.

ABOUT OJOS LOCOS SPORTS CANTINA
Ojos Locos was founded in 2010, opening its first location in Dallas, Texas. Built to cater to the Latino community, Ojos Locos offers comfortable laid-back sports cantina where guests can sit back and relax after a hard day’s work, watch their favorite team play, party with friends, dine with family and enjoy outgoing and friendly service by one of the cantina’s “chicas coquetas y Bonita.”  

¿Qué es Ojos Locos? Ojos Locos means Crazy Eyes in inglés. When guests enter, they see state-of-the-art, wall-to-wall HD TVs broadcasting deportes all day. Not the typical sports cantina, Ojos Locos offers delicious, made-from-scratch Mexican comida, ice-cold 29-degree-Fahrenheit cerveza and crazy drinks to keep patrons coming back for more. With 18 locations in three states across the country, Ojos Locos is growing rapidly.

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Fendi Caffe and Aventura Pop-Up

FENDI announces the return from March 17 through May 1, 2022, of the iconic FENDI CAFFE at OTL Restaurant in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Design District, located across from the FENDI Boutique, following the great success of the FF Vertigo-inspired iteration in Summer 2021.      

In a celebration of the spring season, the new creative concept for the FENDI CAFFE draws creative cues from the FENDI Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 Collection, and its inspiration from the figurative drawings of visionary fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. In collaboration with The Estate and Archive of Antonio Lopez and Juan Eugene Ramos, the artist’s work has been freshly revived for the FENDI Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 Collection, bringing a modern perspective on disco-age glamour, and a spotlight on the diverse and powerful femininity that underscores the FENDI name.

With a bold sunset graphic in hues of red, orange, and yellow, the FENDI CAFFE takes over the outdoor corridors of the restaurant and FENDI Boutique. The concept comes to life with illustrations of ‘Lopez Girls’–focusing on Lopez’s innovative vision on femininity, diversity, inclusivity, and unconventional beauty–emblazoned across the outside of the space.

Upon entering, guests will immediately discover the space transformed into a world of FENDI and Antonio Lopez.  The space will be adorned with rainbow graphics and the sketches of ‘Lopez Girls’ come to life in 3D billboard sculptures. The FENDI CAFFE tables embrace the 70’s aesthetic, with the colorful sunset graphics topping each surface. The theme is continued throughout with custom FENDI table settings and takeaway elements, as well as decorative details for the menu’s food and beverage. The hand-sketched version of the FENDI logo inspired by Lopez’s original work for the brand appears throughout elements of the café.

The FENDI CAFFE menu includes a fusion of local and Italian favorite breakfast and lunch items, as well as beverages including a signature FF logo cappuccino served in porcelain cups decorated with FENDI’s signature Pequin striped motif.  An evening Aperitivo menu will also be offered. Sweet and savory bites will include special FF logo toast and paninis, as well as a variety of pastries and baked goods in special FENDI packaging.

Fendi Aventura Pop-up

FENDI also announced the opening from March 18 through April 20, 2022, of an exclusive pop-up in the Aventura Mall, just outside Miami, to celebrate its Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 Collection.  

For the FENDI Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 Collection Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear Kim Jones revived Lopez’s work, bringing a modern perspective on disco-age glamor, and a spotlight on the diverse and powerful femininity that underscores the FENDI name.

The dedicated 576 square foot FENDI space draws from the vibrant inspiration of the collection, with Antonio Lopez’s graphics emblazoned across the exterior of the metal structure. The pop-up conceptualizes vintage billboard displays, with ‘Lopez Girls’ showcased in 3D across the structure. Neutral tones pulled from the art works create a clean palette, juxtaposed against the splashes of colorful red, oranges, and yellow hues of the collection. An all-pink fitting room for clients is also included inside the new space. The standalone pop-up store presents the FENDI Women’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection across categories, including the introduction of Ready-to-Wear to the market. A selection of the signature accessories, from the First bag and shoes to the iconic Peekaboo and Baguette bags are displayed on shelves and counters throughout the space. Through powerful mixes of colors, layers, materials, and workmanships, icon accessories are transformed into graphic artworks featuring ‘Lopez Girls’, becoming the best expression of luxury and a desirable series of collector’s items.

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Bentonville Restaurants × James Beard Awards

Three Bentonville food establishments were represented among the James Beard Foundation® 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists list in advance of the returning James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One.  

“There is no doubt in our region that Bentonville possesses an impressive food culture, and this national esteem is key for continuing to grow our reputation as a true culinary destination,” said Kalene Griffith, Visit Bentonville President. “The collaborative culinary scene here continues to establish its national influence.”

This semifinalist recognition acknowledges their contributions to the national food culture in the United States, according to the Foundation. Bentonville was represented in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines: The Preacher’s Son
  • Best Chef, South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR): Rafael Rios, Yeyo’s
  • Best Chef, South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR): Matthew McClure, The Hive

Notably, the James Beard Awards are considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors. The Awards recognize “exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive,” according to the Foundation.

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards were established in 1991 and is one of five separate recognition programs of the Awards. For more information on this year’s Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, see HERE. For more information on Bentonville’s innovative culinary scene, click HERE.

About Visit Bentonville

Visit Bentonville is funded by the Bentonville Advertising and Promotion Commission which was established in 1996. The Commission is supported by a 2% tax on lodging and meeting space and a 1% tax on restaurant and dining establishments. The organization’s mission is to brand, promote and sell Bentonville as a tourism destination, stimulating economic development. Visit Bentonville leads the planning of sports, meetings and group tours while also marketing leisure experiences that include arts, cycling, culinary, film, music, and aviation. Visit Bentonville also collaborates with tourism offices throughout the state of Arkansas to create positive economic impact while increasing tourism amenities for both visitors and residents. For more information, click HERE.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Chicagoans, rejoice! Arguably one of the best days of the year in Chicago is quickly approaching—St. Patrick’s Day! From special cruises down the Chicago River during the river dyeing to delicious specials throughout Chicagoland, here are some of the best ways to celebrate the festive holiday this year. 

Chicagoans and out of towners are invited to cruise the newly dyed river on Saturday, March 12 with a selection of St. Patrick’s Day cruises with City Cruises Chicago! City Cruise’s Seadog cruise will be up close and personal to the river dyeing on the morning of March 12, allowing a unique viewpoint unlike anywhere else in the city, all while also providing unforgettable views of the city’s architecture down the Chicago River. Boarding for the cruise begins at 7:45 AM, so patrons don’t miss out on any of the festivities. For those who would prefer to cruise the lake instead, themed cruises down Lake Michigan will also be available, that include Irish-themed menu items such as a Corned Beef special, along with Irish tunes playing and St. Patrick’s Day décor throughout to keep the party going. To book a cruise today, please click HERE.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Kennedy Rooftop, fittingly named after the First Irish-Catholic President, JFK. Known for spectacular, unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline from the John Hancock to the Willis Tower, the rooftop boasts both a vibrant ambiance and a wide variety of delicious drinks and dishes to enjoy atop the Hyatt Place Wicker Park. For a limited time, the rooftop is also offering private igloo reservations with special food and drink packages and a rooftop curling rink for a little friendly competition and fun. For more information or to make an igloo reservation, please click HERE

Thorn Restaurant Lounge, located inside The Rose Hotel in Rosemont, is offering a classic Rueben special on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 for those traveling in and out of town, with house braised corn beef, sauerkraut, aged swiss, Thousand Island dressing, rye bread, and a side of fries; plus, their draft beers will all be available to turn green, along with Guinness beers on special for $5 and $8 Irish Car Bombs. 

Ocean Prime, located on the iconic corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on the second level of the LondonHouse at 87 E. Wacker Dr., invites guests to watch the Chicago River dyeing in style on Saturday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open for lunch for one day only with a special Green River Day menu, guests can indulge in a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood and steak entrees, signature cocktails, and a Wine Spectator honored wine list. For the best views of this year’s festivities, guests are encouraged to make a reservation on OpenTable.

North Shore Chicagoans are in luck! Oaken Bistro + Bar will be offering specials perfect for celebrating on Thursday, March 17. Enjoy delicious Stout-Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips with Colcannon Potatoes, Candied Bacon Green Beans, and a variety of drinks on special including Irish Mint Juleps with Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey, margaritas, and Green Draft Beer. For more information and to make a reservation, please click HERE

St. Patrick’s Day calls for all things festive, and Paper Source offers a wide variety of products to take the celebration to new heights this year. Offering everything from a wide selection of themed greeting cards for those you’ll be missing to supplies to get the party going including themed photo props, cocktail napkins and more, Paper Source is a one-stop shop to make the holiday one to remember.

Luft Balloons is SHAMROCKING Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of seasonal balloon offerings. For a limited time only, the premier balloon store is offering festive items including rainbow balloons, colorful balloon bouquets, and more. To place an order, Chicagoans can call the storefront directly or visit the Luft Balloons website to schedule a pickup or delivery.  

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The Bourbon Room Hollywood

 The Bourbon Room Hollywood is set to officially reopen this Saturday, Feb. 5 as Hollywood’s hottest new live music, entertainment, and dining destination, debuting two new rock supergroups and a lineup of the best in rock n’ roll tribute acts in the country. Kicked off by the global sensation Rock of Ages, The Bourbon Room brings the best in live music, nightlife, comedy, and theater to Hollywood with the same edgy, rock and roll attitude that built The Sunset Strip. If Joe’s Pub and The Troubadour had a baby, it would be The Bourbon Room. 

Originally built for the hit musical Rock of Ages in July of 2019, The Bourbon Room was also home to a 10-week, sold-out run of Tarantino Live in partnership with For the Record. The venue was off to a great start until July of 2020 when Covid hit and Rock of Ages tragically lost the lead star, Nick Cordero after complications from Covid, and everything came to a screeching halt.

“After the loss of our talented, dear friend Nick, and being denied financial assistance from Save our Stages, and repeated shutdowns; it has been an uphill battle,” said Matthew Weaver, Owner of The Bourbon Room Hollywood. “Although the pandemic has been devastating, we used the opportunity to remodel and rebrand; and are ready to present locals and tourists with the ultimate live music and culinary entertainment experience.” 

This stunning 8,000 square-foot entertainment venue is unlike any other venue in Los Angeles paying tribute to The Sunset Strip and bringing together the best in rock n’ roll music, great food, live entertainment, and craft cocktails. Overlooking the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Bourbon Room is a gateway to a 200-seat custom theater, flooded with neon lights and signs from iconic clubs that made The Sunset Strip. It features a million-dollar, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and cutting-edge production for the ultimate live music experience. The walls display guitars and platinum records with zebra print carpet, paying further homage to The Sunset Strip.

The February entertainment line-up starts on Saturday, Feb. 5, with Travis Haley (Lexxi Foxx), the ex-bassist from Steel Panther with the LA debut of Hollywood Gods N’ Monsters (HGNM)—”the biggest smash-up band in the world.” The band features Travis along with singer Dave “Diggity Dave” Aragon (“Pimp My Ride”), rapper HYPE, singer Kris “7even” Aragon, drummer Daniel Adam Parker, and guitarist Brian Jennings. HGNM smashes together the songs every generation has grown up with, mixing songs of the ’70s bands Chic with Queen, Aerosmith, The Sugarhill Gang, Blondie, and DMX.

Starting Wednesday, Feb. 23, Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses) debuts his new band The Keef Richards with a weekly Wednesday residency. The supergroup features Kenny Arnoff (Smashing Pumpkins, Chickenfoot, etc), Teddy Zig Zag (Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper) and Sean McNabb (Dokken) along with different big named special guests weekly. Early arrival is recommended. You never know who is going to show up!

Other confirmed shows include Spazmatics on Feb. 18; Pettybreakers on Feb. 20; English Beat on March 4 & 5; The Dan Band on March 18; and Punk Rock Karaoke on February 25th featuring an amazing line up of punk rockers including Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks) Stan Lee (The Dickies), Randy Bradbury (Pennywise), and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger, Sum 41). 

The venue will also introduce new residencies such as Broadway at The Bourbon Room, a brand new monthly musical cabaret celebrating the songs, stories, and stars of Broadway. Guests can sing along to their favorite songs, discover new talent, and hear stories from artists’ time spent on and off the stage. 

Designed by BUILT Inc., the same team behind popular LA venues such as Guy’s Bar, Trousdale, The Nice Guy, The Peppermint Club, and Pink Taco, The Bourbon Room is by far one of the sexiest venues in Hollywood. Upon entering, you head through a nondescript set of wrought iron doors and up a set of stairs before being greeted by an edgy, full-service speakeasy cocktail lounge adorned with exposed brick walls, HD TVs, swanky chesterfield sofas, and a leopard print stage. The Lounge is the perfect place to sip cocktails and enjoy a bite before the show. 

The menu features upscale comfort and bar food from Executive Chef Frankie Guerrero, craft cocktails, and a large selection of fine wine. Chef Frankie brings years of culinary experience with a focus on bar and comfort food. He has worked at some of Los Angeles’s most notable popups and restaurants supporting high-profile chefs like Tim Hollingsworth at Field LA and Free Play, Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Familia, and Ludo Bird and at Neal Fraser’s Fritzi Coop, later morphing into Arts District Brewery. His most recent project was supporting B.J. Novak‘s pop-up restaurant Chain for Tim Hollingsworth.   

Some of Chef Frankie’s signature items on The Bourbon Room menu include Frankie’s flavorful Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich that is brined and served with an in-house spread of slow-roasted garlic confit, olive oil, and herbs and The Bourbon Room Cheeseburger built with a mixture of Snake River Farms Wagyu beef and brisket on a potato bun.