Wednesday, September 27, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Dines

Meals You Can Believe In - Wine That Tells a Story...

Everyone loves good cooking, and largely inspired by southern roots, it's hard to beat cooking (or restaurants) in Chicago.  Today, we're putting you onto fab partnership between Chef Monica J of Tasteful Manners and Love Cork Screw for a food and wine cookbook.  The book is a must-have, and essential to Sommelier-Foodies' guide to good eating.

Check it out!

Chef and wine enthusiast team up to create cookbook that pairs your palate with your pinot
September 20th, 2017 – CHICAGO – Bon Appetit magazine recently named Chicago the best restaurant city of the year, but there are chefs outside of brick and mortar buildings making moves as well. Chef Monica J of Tasteful Manners NFP has teamed up with her friend and vintner/owner of Love Cork Screw wine company, Chrishon Lampley, to create a cookbook that answers the always pertinent question: What wine should I pair with this dish? The book, “Your Guide to Tasteful Manners with Love Cork Screw” was just released on September 20th and is available for purchase at
Chef Monica J touts her meals to be easy, healthy and most importantly delicious and puts her food where her mouth is, so to speak. The chef has lost thirty-eight pounds within the last year eating her own culinary creations. Chef Monica J also has had the pleasure of cooking for a certain NBA MVP that used to reside in Chicago and now counts Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx as one of her meal plan prep customers.

“It is imperative that the food that I cook not only taste wonderful, but makes you feel wonderful as well,” Chef Monica J said. “I do not ask anyone else to eat anything that I am not eating, and I believe in my recipes and their results.”
Chrishon Lampley echoes Chef Monica J’s sentiments. “When I am out and about at events and such, people always ask me which one of my wines would I pair with a particular dish,” Chrishon said. “I thought that this book would be a great way to showcase my choices.”
The book pairs not only the five varietals Love Cork Screw offers but also Chrishon's choice picks from other wine companies. This is rare if not unheard of that a private wine label and a chef do a cookbook together, which adds to the cool factor of the project.

Chef Monica J also takes her healthy bites to the classroom where she teaches Chicago Public School students and their families how to make better choices. In her spare time, Chef Monica J mentors students in the popular “Cooking Up Change” competition where high school Chicago Public School students compete to have the healthiest and best-tasting recipes added to their school lunch menu.
“I am extremely passionate about bringing my meals to anyone who wants them or feels that they could benefit from them,” Chef Monica J said. “Nothing makes me light up more than seeing someone enjoy something that I’ve created.”

Instagram: @chefmonicaj
Twitter: @tastefulmanners

Your Guide to Tasteful Manners with Love Cork Screw is available for purchase at:
​For PR inquiries, contact: Traci Daniels 312-351-9670

Friday, September 8, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Workplace Style with an Expert--

Fashion Group International of Chicago is hosting a great event next week on fashion in the workplace.  Yes, you can be fashionable in the workplace.  Don't succumb to boring!  With image and branding strategist Aaja Corrine sharing tips and tricks, attendants will also experience the fabulous showroom of Style Room 326.

Don't miss this!!



While professional dress is always a must for the workplace, it never has to be boring! Being a leader in your industry is measured by both being the expert, but also by looking the part.

Aaja Corinne Magee is an Image and Personal Branding Strategist, who helps high-potential leaders to create game-changing, personal brands by teaching them how to package and platform their purpose. She will teach attendees how to develop their own signature style that compliments their personal brand, without compromising professionalism.

"Signature style begins with deciding how you want to be perceived." -Aaja Corinne
Click Here To Become An FGI Chicago Member

Saturday, September 2, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Empowers

The Girlboss Makes Her Next Move--

After launching a successful...and sometimes lawsuit-laden apparel brand, Nasty Gal creator Sophia Amoruso is expanding her Girlboss radio podcast.  As part of her Girlboss Media brand, Sophia is putting up just over $1M to take the podcast to the next level.  The podcast is just one nod to her Girlboss life.  

Amoruso wrote a great memoir, appropriately named Girlboss.  She laid out her path to creating a unique fashion brand, and the ups and downs she used to motivate her ascension to success.  Despite common challenges in the fashion and retail world, Sophia has continued to relent.  Leaving the Nasty Gal retail life for a stronger focus on female empowerment, the Girlboss brand now also includes a foundation.  As reported by Retail Dive, the foundation offers "breezy pieces showcasing advice like how to set up your LinkedIn profilehow to get a quick hit of happiness and how to make money in the gig economy". Girlboss Foundation seeks to guide young women in achieving their dreams in a seemingly contradictory "shame-free, lame-free zone."  Read her book--this is so Sophia!

It's always great to hear what women are doing for others.  We are greater when we help each other.

Go Girlbosses!

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