Regional Dining Guide - 17
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Making Medal-Winning Midwestern Wines

The Illinois winemaking scene is slowly coming into its own, and our area includes some impressive displays of talent. Discover some of our local medal-winning wines.

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Ristoranté Brissago: ‘The Next Best Thing’ to Dining in Italy

This high-class restaurant at Grand Geneva Resort goes out of its way to bring an authentic taste of Italy. Meet the culinary brains behind this operation, and savor some delicious dishes.

Co-owners John Branyan (left) and Kyle Vavra have brought comfort food with a twist to MashUp. (Rebecca O'Malley photo)
MashUp: Serving Comfort Food with a Twist

Comfort food is what it’s all about at MashUp, where standard fare is mac and cheese, chicken pot pies and other gourmet twists on our favorite dishes.

Josh Delamater and Melanie Haas, cafe supervisors, prepare beverages at Restoration Cafe. (Rebecca O'Malley photo)
Restoration Cafe: Repairing Broken Lives, Serving Good Food

This social enterprise for the Rockford Rescue Mission is about far more than a great cup of coffee and sandwich. Discover how every purchase helps your neighbors.

Chef Vito Olszewski (right) with son Adam and mother Barb, who handmakes meatballs fresh daily. (Rebecca O'Malley photo)
Vito’s Ristorante: Following His Roots, and Fulfilling a Dream

Restaurant Profile: Meet a chef who went from his family’s diner to Chicago’s elite, and now returns, to lead his own family-operated eatery.