Food

GEL NEWS: New Restaurant to Open at Former Grattos Restaurant Location

Gratto's Restaurant on the corner of Duane and Main Streets in downtown Glen Ellyn to close and new restaurant to open. The name of the new restaurant is Flour + Wine.

This restaurant location has witnessed multiple restaurant concepts fail over the past decade since the closing of Glen Ellyn Brewery over 10 years ago.

GEL EVENT: Glen Ellyn’s 3rd Annual Backyard BBQ Continues to Sizzle

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Glen Ellyn’s Backyard BBQ Cook-Off returns for a third year of food, fun and festivity in a relaxed, downhome atmosphere. Glen Ellyn’s 3rd Annual Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Competition takes place Saturday, September 10th in the Glenwood Avenue lot in downtown Glen Ellyn. The event is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and there is no cost to attend. Judging is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, relax, and hang out for the afternoon.

Event Start Date: 
Sep 10 2011 10:00am
Location: 
Glenwood Ave Lot, Glen Ellyn

GEL EVENT: Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts 2011

Come and enjoy this FREE, 2-day fine arts festival, showcasing the work of more than 70 juried fine artists offering their art in various mediums: WATERCOLOR, ACRYLIC and OIL PAINTINGS, PHOTOGRAPHY, JEWELRY, POTTERY METAL, WOOD and more...

KIDS PAINT FOR FUN! Paint for Fun is a FREE, supervised area set aside, where kids of all ages can display their own artistic talents; available all day Saturday and Sunday in Lake Ellyn Park.

Throw down a blanket and spend a day - or two - listening to great music
under the stately oaks of Lake Ellyn Park.

Event Start Date: 
Aug 27 2011 10:00am
Location: 
Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn
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(Continued) Executive chef, Pete Loehrke, (with an extensive background that includes Lettuce Entertain You's Avanzare, as well as the Cheesecake Factory and The Clubhouse in Oak Brook), has taken great pains to learn the old favorites, such as the Athenian Skirt Steak and Glen Oak's famous Broiled Pork Chops, at the same time bringing in some new taste tempters such as the mile-high Hilltopper burger.

And yes, the restaurant serves dinner, which patrons can enjoy with that signature martini or a favorite glass of imported beer, every evening (who knew?).

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California transplant and Wheaton native Pam Duffy, and her photographer husband Ken Little, decided to venture into the restaurant business. They began searching for a business location and theme that seemed right to them.

What they found brought them back to Pam's roots and her early childhood memories of sitting in the brightly lit windows of Glen Ellyn's Glen Oak Restaurant with her grandma, waiting for her uncle to walk by on his daily commute to the city.

Those early memories spawned an interest to buy the Glen Oak restaurant.

GEL SHARE: Grace Lutheran Church to Collect 100 Bags to Celebrate 100 Years

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Grace Lutheran Church’s, church members embark on a project to benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

Grace, located at 493 Forest and Pennsylvania Avenues in downtown Glen Ellyn, has been the home of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry for 30 years. During this time the members of the church have served as volunteers, food collectors, clerical helpers and numerous other positions that help the operation of the Food Pantry. Many local residents, community organizations and schools have actively contributed to the success of the Food Pantry.

GEL SHARE: Glen Ellyn church seeking help for Haitian orphans

Glen Ellyn church seeking help for Haitian orphans - For about five years, parishioners at Glen Ellyn Bible Church have been trying to make life a little better for the 50 children living in a Haitian orphanage. [News from Daily Herald]

GEL FUN: Ladies Enjoy Night Out on Snowy Glen Ellyn Downtown

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow Tuesday night kept over two hundred ladies from making the rounds in 26 stores and 4 restaurants in downtown Glen Ellyn. (View Photos Here)

GEL NEWS: Glen Ellyn Snackery to Exhibit Scenes of Glen Ellyn Photography

Glen Ellyn Photos Exhibited by Erik R Peterson

Bells & Whistles Snackery will unveil a new photo exhibition beginning Friday, November 13 from 7pm to 10pm. The Scenes of Glen Ellyn exhibition features Glen Ellyn photographs by local resident Erik Peterson.

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It wasn’t just hot dogs and hamburgers cooking at Glen Ellyn’s Inaugural Backyard Barbecue Cook-Off held last week on October 10th, on the 700 block of Willis. Eighteen teams competed for first and second place trophies along with bragging rights for the year. View photos from event courtesy of Sue Nelson.

Pictured here are Mike Redding (left) of Western Springs who won first place ribs and Gabriel Montiel of Hanover Park who placed second. This was their first food competition.

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