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Openings Thu Apr 17 2008

Opening Soon: Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil, a family-owned, Texas-based Churrascaria, is set to open mid to late May on the Magnificent Mile. Gapers Block had a sneak peak of the restaurant, which is still under construction. The two-story, 24,000 square foot space is impressive; the restaurant will house a high-end liquor room, cigar humidor, luxury bar and lounge, and seven private rooms.

Welcome to the meat eater's paradise; 15 grilled meats will be served table side by gaucho-clad servers. An elaborate salad bar will offer over forty items. We sampled TdB's signature cocktail, the Caipirinha, which was deliciously shaken with Brazilian Cachaca, a sugar cane rum.

How will this spot compete with Chicago's established Brazilian steakhouses? Three words: Aerial Wine Artist. Texas de Brazil plans to unveil a two-story, glass wine room that will hold over 700 bottles of wine. A pulley system, installed by Chicago Flyhouse, will allow the aerial artist to "gracefully retrieve bottles, Cirque du Soleil style, as diners watch through the glass doors."

Dinner: $47.99, Lunch: $27.99.

Texas de Brazil
51 E. Ohio St.
Opening Mid to Late May 2008

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George / April 23, 2009 5:42 PM

Great Daily Herald Newspaper web site story ( you can use) on "Wine Aerialists " at Texas de Brazil in Chicago. One of only 3 places in the world this is done.
Hanging from a wire in front of a 40 foot wine cellar wall she does flips and tricks while retrieving bottles of wine.

Story with photos

2 min. Video of her hanging from wire on wall doing tricks. No ad plays.

29 photo of Aerialist you can look at.

Thank you
George LeClaire
Let me know if you are interesting in using this story in print.
You can of course use these links on your web site.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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