Regional Dining Guide - 18
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.

David Kuo (far right), with some of the chefs and wait staff at Kochi Japan. (Rebecca O'Malley photo)
Kochi Japan: An Authentic Taste From Land of the Rising Sun

Guests crown it the best sushi in town, but that’s not all that’s on the menu. Learn about Rockford’s newest Asian restaurant and discover how its inventive manager keeps customers coming back.

The newly rennovated Gage Marine lakefront includes: Pier 290 restaurant, gift shop, surf board & kayak rental and a relaxing sandy beach as pictured in this artist rendering.
Pier 290: Gage Marine Christens Dockside Dining Project

Restaurant Profile: A brand new dining experience opens this summer at Lake Geneva’s Gage Marine. Get a sneak peak at the new dockside restaurant and see when it opens to boaters and landlubbers.

Gail Nordlof and daughter Jaimie Nordlof Dewey show how to taste wine. (Karla Nagy photos)
Northleaf Winery: Taste Wine Like a Pro

Meet a family that takes its wine seriously, and loves to show visitors the homemade varieties crafted in an 1800s-era grain warehouse.