Cooper’s Hawk second location to open Sept. 1

Paul Brinkmann
Orlando Sentinel

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants has set an opening date for its second Orlando location, on International Drive, of Sept. 1.

The company is hiring 200 new people to work at the new restaurant, in the I-Shops location at International Drive and Sand Lake Road.

A job fair will feature full-time and part-time positions on Wednesday (July 16), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Wyndham Hotel, 8001 International Drive, Suite 1332. Positions include bartenders, kitchen staff, dishwashers, hosts, retail/tasting room staff and servers.

It’s a 12,400 square-foot restaurant, the third in Florida. The first Orlando location opened inWaterford Lakes on April 28. Between the two locations, Cooper’s Hawk will have 380 employees.

Applications are also being accepted online.

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I-Shops business to hire 200-plus workers

Orlando Business Journal

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is holding a job fair on July 16 to fill more than 200 positions at its I-Shops locations opening later this year.

The restaurant, which will fill 12,400 square feet of space at the I-Drive development, is looking for full- and part-time bartenders, kitchen staff, hosts, retail/tasting room staff, servers and more.

The I-Shops development, alongside the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, will create hundreds of new jobs, as well as provide new options for tourists to visit and spend money locally.

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The I-Shops restaurant is the second Central Florida location for Cooper’s Hawk, which opened another eatery at Waterford Lakes on April 28.

The Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive on the corner of I-Drive and Sand Lake Road will host the job fair between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also, Cooper’s Hawk will collect applications online at

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Winery to open at Ashburn’s Belmont Chase

By Ryan Clancy
Loudon Times

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has signed a lease for a new location that will be opened in the Belmont Chase retail center by Whole Foods.

Ashburn will be getting a new winery and dining location in February. Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has signed a lease for a new location that will be opened in the Belmont Chase retail center by Whole Foods.

Cooper’s Hawk combines a variety of businesses into one building including a restaurant, bar, barrel aging room and tasting room. The restaurant and menu is designed for the younger and affluent market that the company caters to.

“It’s a very high quality chef driven menu,” said George Galloway of Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, the real estate firm that represents Cooper’s Hawk.

The company currently has 15 locations across the country. They sell only their own wine, which is made from grapes imported from vineyards in four different states and produced at their facility in Chicago.

One unique aspect of Cooper’s Hawk is that it is designed to help novice wine drinkers become more accustomed to the different varieties of wine. The restaurant has both tasting rooms and staff that can help customers discover more about the wines they’re drinking.

“People are aspirational,” Galloway said. “People want to learn more about wine and Cooper is an ideal place to learn about wine.”

Cooper’s Hawk also has its own wine club, which Galloway said is one of the largest in the country.

“The wine club creates a sense of devotion to a restaurant not often found in the restaurant industry,” Galloway said.

Galloway said that the restaurant’s proximity to Whole Foods will increase business for both locations.

“The customer that comes to Whole Foods is a Cooper’s Hawk customer,” Galloway said.

While Cooper’s Hawk did not decide to put a location in Loudoun because of the increasing number of wineries in the area, Galloway said that it is a bonus.

“I think it happens to be a nice dovetail that there are more wineries in Loudoun County,” Galloway said.

This will be the second Cooper’s Hawk location in Virginia, and the first in the D.C. Area.

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Restaurant review: Cooper’s Hawk in Orlando

By Heather McPherson, ORLANDO SENTINEL FOOD EDITOR12:24 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2014

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is the newest addition to the Waterford Lakes Town Center enclave.

What makes Cooper’s stand apart from the usual chains that thrive in east Orange County is its format: A combo platter of dining destination, winery, wine-tasting room and gift shop.

The concept, which originated in a suburb of Chicago, pairs Cooper’s Hawk wines with creative turns on upscale-casual fare. There is not a lot of new ground broken in the kitchen, but the food is good.

All guests pass through the gift shop and tasting room to be seated. For those who like to shop, the path can be somewhat distracting, but I found the staff to be gracious and accommodating.

A tasting includes eight pours and starts at $7, a fair price and a nice way to spend your time if you have to wait for a table.

The dining room has an eclectic décor of brown tones with a good mix of booths and regular tables. There is more seating in the bar.

We started with the Cooper’s Hawk appetizer sampler ($21.49), a platter with four over-the-border egg rolls, several chicken pot stickers, two crab cakes and so-so calamari. There was too much fill in the cakes for my taste, but they were pretty good. The tender calamari had no flavor; a little salt and pepper or herbs in the breading mix would have helped. The egg rolls had a pleasant shot of heat and the pot stickers rocked.

On a second visit we tried the Asian pork belly tostadas ($8.99), which our server described as “life-changing.” For me that is going to take a Lotto win, but the appetizer was wonderful. It had a nice balance of flavor and texture from sweet pork, rough-chopped scallions, sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, radish and a sweet chili barbecue sauce.

For entrees, the soy ginger salmon ($20.99 dinner, $14.99 lunch) with wasabi buttered potatoes and Asian slaw was perfection. The rich salmon bordered on a juicy medium rare, the potatoes were enlivened by the wasabi topping and the Asian slaw had just the right mix of sweet-and-sour crunch.

Anne’s chicken saltimbocca ($17.99 dinner, $13.99 lunch) with prosciutto, provolone, sage, artichoke hearts and capers in a white wine lemon sauce is a to-go-box worthy selection. My only quibble is that the sauce made the overall flavor more like a piccata rather than the wallop of flavor a saltimbocca always promises.

The country rigatoni ($15.99) is a hearty mix of Italian sausage, mushrooms, chicken, fresh herbs and roasted grape tomatoes tossed in a tomato garlic cream sauce. The only thing I would add to the equation is a little more sausage.

The chicken giardiniera ($16.99 dinner, $12.99 lunch) featured Parmesan-breaded poultry topped with shaved Parmesan and served with Mary’s potatoes (whipped with butter and cream).

Of the wine portfolio, I only sampled the barrel red, a serviceable blend that pairs nicely with beef or pasta. I am leaving a more extensive review of the wine for when I return with my colleague, night-life reporter Tod Caviness.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Where: 529 N. Alafaya Trail in Orlando (next to Pier 1 Imports in Waterford Lakes Town Center)

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EY announces winners for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Midwest Award

Exemplary entrepreneurs were honored at program’s gala event

CHICAGO, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — EY has announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in the Midwest. This group of leading entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners were revealed at a black-tie gala on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 28 years,” said Todd Novak, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Midwest region. “These business leaders are accomplished entrepreneurs who have contributed a tremendous amount to the community.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Midwest Award winners are:

  • Tim McEnery, Founder and CEO, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants (Countryside, Illinois)
  • Jerry Jendusa, Founder and CEO, EMTEQ (New Berlin, Wisconsin)
  • Kevin Conroy, President and CEO, Exact Sciences Corporation (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Tim Beaudin, President and CEO, IndCor Properties (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Jim Hallett, CEO, KAR Auction Services (Carmel, Indiana)
  • James Cutillo, Founder and CEO, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Kristi Ross, President and Co-CEO, and Tom Sosnoff, Founder and Co-CEO, tastytrade (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Patrick Allin, Chairman and CEO, Textura Corporation (Deerfield, Illinois)

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Midwest, sponsors include LaSalle Network, Benefitdecisions, PNC Bank, Becker Professional Education, Merrill Datasite and Smart Business magazine.  Local sponsors include 1871 and The Big Picture.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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​Cooper’s Hawk Winery comes to Ashburn and other new restaurant news

Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal


Loudoun County, known as D.C.’s wine country, will have a new, imported vintage come 2015. Illinois-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will open its first D.C. area location in Ashburn.

The restaurant, which serves American fare and house-branded wine in an upscale

The barrel-aging special event area at Cooper’s Hawk set for an event. The Illinois-based winery and restaurant chain plans an Ashburn location.

casual setting, will open late next year in Ashburn at the Whole Foods-anchored Belmont Chase retail center at Claiborne Parkway and Russell Branch Parkway, according to a statement.

Founded in 2006 by Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk makes wine at an Illinois-based production facility using grapes it purchases from the West Coast. The group’s blanc de blanc was the exclusive sparkling wine served during Michelle Obama’s toast at the Illinois inaugural ball,according to the restaurant’s website.

Cooper’s Hawk has 16 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, with several more planned for the next year, including one in Richmond, Virginia. The Ashburn location will include a bar and restaurant, barrel aging room for special events and a full-service tasting room with retail store and chocolatier, according to a release.

Next Realty’s Andrew Rose and George Galloway represented the tenant, and H&R Retail’sGeoffrey Mackler and Bradley Buslik and Regency Centers’ Jack de Villiers represented the landlord.

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Fourth annual West County Restaurant Week to benefit Autism Speaks

By: Mary Shapiro,

Satisfying area residents’ taste buds ‒ and their desire to help others ‒ will be on the menu during the fourth annual West County Restaurant Week, set for June 9-15.

Some of West County’s finest restaurants will take part in the event, including Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar, Charlie Gitto’s From the Hill, Gianfabio’s Italian Cafe, the Mediterranean Grill, McCormick & Schmick’s, Surf & Sirloin, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, and Villa Farotto. A complete list of participating restaurants and their menus can be found at

Participating restaurants will feature a special three-course, fixed-price dinner menu highlighting their best dishes for $25 plus tax and gratuity. When paying their bill, diners can consider donating an extra $5 to Autism Speaks.

Rob Muckler, a managing partner of event marketing firm R&B Productions LLC, said the event was created four years ago to “help drive business into our local restaurants and to create something fun for our local community.”

“The $25 price will allow customers to revisit classics or explore new favorites,” Muckler said. “There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch – diners simply attend the restaurants of their choice and select from a special three-course dinner menu.”

“This is the third year that we have been fortunate enough to be a part of West County Restaurant Week, which has raised over $2,000 for the Autism Speaks St. Louis chapter,” said April Bloom, senior coordinator – St. Louis for Autism Speaks.

Each guest who donates to Autism Speaks will be entered into a raffle to win four tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game in the Grey Eagle suite, courtesy of Grey Eagle Distributors.

Matteo Terzo, an owner of Gianfabio’s Italian Cafeº in Chesterfield, said his business has taken part in West County Restaurant Week since its inception.

“The event is great exposure for us, lets people see the good value and taste a nice three-course meal from restaurants in the West County area, and also benefits a good cause,” he said.

Event sponsors include West Newsmagazine, St. Louis Magazine, Feast MagazineOut & About Magazine, Money Mailer, Stella Artois, Wildhorse Fitness, and KLOU 103.3 Radio.

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Gluten Free in Orlando: Disney & BeyondAlexis Salerno

Our daughters had their last day of school today, so we went to Cooper’s Hawk for a celebratory lunch.

I knew they had an extensive gluten free menu because I had looked at it online, but I was still blown away by how many pages and choices there were.  You can view all of Cooper’s Hawk’s gluten free options here.  They have a gluten free wine list, drink & beverage menu, appetizers, salads, chicken, seafood & beef entrees, burgers & sandwiches, lunch-sized entrees, sides, and house made desserts.

There were so many wonderful things to choose from, I didn’t know what to order.
The gluten free bread we started with is the same bread they use for their hamburgers.  It was heated perfectly, and tasted quite good.
From the appetizer menu, I ordered the Mexican drunken shrimp, which is described as bacon wrapped shrimp, tequila lime butter sauce, and fresh guacamole. My shrimp were cooked perfectly, and I loved all the flavors of this dish.
I also ordered a lunch portion of the Dana’s Parmesan-Crusted Chicken.  It was one of the best entrees I have had at a restaurant this year.
I loved the combination of parmesan-crusted chicken with tomato basil relish and lemon butter.  My garlic green beans, which are hidden under my chicken, were cooked and seasoned perfectly.
My chicken dish was served with a bowl of Mary’s Potatoes, which are whipped potatoes with butter and cream.   They were just as delicious as my chicken!
My friend Shelley loved her Anne’s Chicken Saltimbocca with prosciutto, provolone, garlic, artichoke hearts, capers, tomatoes, white wine lemon sauce, Mary’s potatoes, and asparagus.
Her daughter Bella enjoyed her burger, and said the Mary’s potatoes were the best mashed potatoes she had ever had.
For dessert, my daughters and I ordered a gluten free chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice cream, and chocolate, caramel, raspberry and vanilla sauces.  The brownie is an OMG…It’s Gluten Free Fudge Brownie, a brownie we are familiar with from Disney.  They are always fudgy and delicious, and we loved the brownie with the ice cream and sauces, which we ordered on the side.
I tried a sample of Cooper’s Hawk’s sangria white and loved it so much, I purchased a bottle of wine before we left.
Cooper’s Hawk takes gluten free food preparation seriously, and the manager and chef are informed when someone with a special diet orders from the gluten free menu.  After reading amazing reviews on Pretty Little Celiac and Gluten Free Living Now, I was so excited to go to Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant & Winery.  The food was all incredibly delicious, and our server Katie H. did an amazing job.  We will definitely be going back.
Have you been to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant?  You can view their restaurant locator here.

Downtown Oak Park ready to uncork wines from across Illinois

Oak Lawn Leaves – A Sun Times Publication

Lovers of vino unite to sample Illinois wine at Downtown Oak Park’s third annual wine festival, Uncork Illinois on Saturday, May 31, from 1-9 p.m.

With the purchase of a $20 souvenir glass ($15 advance tickets available at participants receive seven tastings from local wineries including Alto Vineyards, August Hill Winery, City Winery, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Fox Creek Winery, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars, Illinois Sparking Co, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Spirit Knob Winery, Village Vintner, Waterman Winery, Wild Blossom Meadery & Wyldewood Cellars Winery.

In addition to wine, the event will showcase locally produced gourmet food items to purchase and taste. While sipping away, Uncork Illinois participants are also encouraged spend a leisurely afternoon dining al  fresco at one of Downtown Oak Park’s ethnic eateries or cozy bistros, and shopping the mix of local boutiques. Live jazz selected by WDCB, a local premiere jazz station, will be provided on the WDCB Jazz Stage located at Westgate and Marion Street.

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