RESTAURANT SCENE: Cooper’s Hawk preparing to soar in NWI

By Eloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Get ready for the debut of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant at Westfield Southlake Shopping Center in Hobart.

In February, we shared news of the upcoming opening in the region.

The restaurant, starring American cuisine, features its signature wines, a tasting room, retail shop and wine club.

Established by Tim McEnery in Orland Park, Ill., in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has expanded to various cities throughout the last seven years.

Other Cooper’s Hawk locations include Burr Ridge, Ill.; Wheeling, Ill.; South Barrington, Ill.; Indianapolis; and Brookfield, Wis.

Coppers’ Hawk Merrrillville is scheduled to open Aug. 13. The company is currently seeking employees to staff the new business. To fill out an application, visit  Click on Join our Team and you’ll find application information. Positions currently open are server, host, bartender, tasting room attendant, houseworker, cook, and dishwasher.

The winery/restaurant makes more than 125,000 cases of wine annually. Its main production facility is in Countryside, Ill.

Polish Heritage Night

U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, will celebrate Polish Heritage Night July 3. During the celebration, MJ Polish Deli, of Hammond, will sell pierogis at the park. Half price tickets for the game are available on the Chicago White Sox website. FYI:

Pizza on the grill

Chicago’s Home Run Inn’s executive chef Jeff Hursh has come up with a variety of creative ideas for pizza on the grill. The pizza company’s frozen pizzas, which are available at major grocery stores in the region, are easy to work with on a home grill.

“Start with a plain cheese, sausage or pepperoni pizza and show your creativity,” Hursh said.

Among his ideas? Create a Taco Pizza, with baked beans, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato. For BLT Pizza, top with small bits of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. Prefer Bruschetta Pizza? Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes, basil and Parmesan then drizzle with balsamic. Try your hand at a Gourmet Pizza with stir-fry caramelized onions and/or pear and gorgonzola. FYI:

Gluttony Tour

The Glutton Force Five will present Gluttony Tour 2012, featuring  four of Chicago’s eating challenges over three days by  competitive eaters Gravy Brown and Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti.

Competitions by the duo will be held at 7 p.m. June 29 at Fifty/50 Bar, 2047 W. Division St.; 2 p.m. on June 30 at Paddy Long’s, 1028 W. Diversey Parkway; 7 p.m. June 30 at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior; 2 p.m. July 1 at Lucky’s Wrigleyville, 3472 N. Clark St.; and 6 p.m. July 1 at Ultra Lounge, 2169 Milwaukee Ave., for after party. FYI:

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