Regional Dining Guide - 18
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.

Salamone’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is a family affair. Benny and wife Rosalie (left), are the owners; Benny’s twin brother, Phil, is the manager.
Salamone’s Italian Restaurant and Bar: Italian Cuisine With Passion

Restaurant Profile: Meet a couple whose family restaurants led them to their own establishment in downtown Cherry Valley.

Joe Quaerna and his uncle, Ed Quaerna, co-own this Irish eatery.
O’Riley & Conway’s Irish Pub: Specialty Beer, Family and Good Food

Restaurant Profile: Meet a restaurant owner and his uncle, who are keeping the family establishment alive and well in its new life as an Irish Pub, and discover what makes this location so authentic.