Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Receives 2013 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award

Asian BBQ Pork Belly Nachos Named Menu Trendsetter

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. (Feb. 28, 2013) – Nation’s Restaurant News has announced Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants as the 2013 MenuMasters Award winner in the category of Menu Trendsetter for their Asian BBQ Pork Belly Nachos.  The Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Awards, sponsored by Venture Foods LLC, identify and recognize outstanding achievements in the restaurant industry based on menu innovation, unique use of ingredients, unusual cooking methods, and menu extension.  Cooper’s Hawk will receive their award at the 16th Annual MenuMasters Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Selected for its Far East and Latin fusion, the Asian BBQ Pork Belly Nachos employ the centuries old method of Shanghainese Red Braising, an ancient technique using soy rock sugar and spices to slow cook the pork belly for five to six hours for a reddish brown glaze.  The pork belly is then placed on thin, crisp tortillas and topped with scallions, sesame seeds, cilantro, radish, and sweet chili BBQ sauce.

“This is a dish that took us three months to perfect,” said Director of Culinary & Beverage Operations and dish creator, Matt McMillin.  “We did multiple tastings and testing at nine different locations until we got it just right.  It got rave reviews from guests right away and all that hard work paid off—we can now call it the country’s Menu Trendsetter!”

On the Cooper’s Hawk menu, the Asian BBQ Pork Belly Nachos ($8.99) have been paired with a Cabernet Zinfandel blend for its ideal wine match.

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

An eclectic combination of winery, restaurants, and retail stores, Cooper’s Hawk is the brain-child of entrepreneur, Tim McEnery, who opened the first winery and restaurant in 2005. Operations have since expanded to eleven locations, with Tampa, Florida slated as their twelfth this March.  The uniquely modern yet casual dining experience coupled with an exclusive and active wine club has led to revenues over $71 million for 2012.

Cooper’s Hawk has earned over 200 wine awards in seven years and was named  a 2013 “Breakout Brand” and “Hot Concept 2010” Winner by Nations Restaurant News.  To learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, visit www.chwinery.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk Poised for Growth

Southtown Star

December 4, 2012 5:34PM

Updated: December 5, 2012 2:13AM

Countryside-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant said Tuesday it has added five corporate executive team members to accommodate the company’s aggressive growth strategies.

David Grooms was named senior vice president of information systems. Grooms was a former vice president and chief information officer at McDonald’s Corp. Michael Moore, formerly with China Grill, was named vice president of operations.

Jill Golder, who formerly worked as senior vice president of finance at Darden Restaurant’s specialty restaurant group, was named chief financial officer at Cooper’s Hawk. She will replace Dee Sortino, who assumes a new role at Cooper’s Hawk as executive vice president of production.

Ron Dee has joined the company as senior vice president of development, while Robert Hartley has been named director of culinary operations.

In January, Peter D’Amelio, former president of The Cheesecake Factory, joined Cooper’s Hawk as chief operating officer.

Cooper’s Hawk said the team expansion will support plans for eight to 10 new restaurant locations through 2014.

The company now has 10 locations in three states, including one in Orland Park, and has plans to open new restaurants in Florida, Missouri and Ohio. Cooper’s Hawk said it expects 2013 revenues will surpass $100 million.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Expands Corporate Team

press release                                                                                                                      Dec. 4, 2012, 9:45 a.m. EST

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Expands Corporate Team

Former McDonald’s, Bravo Brio, China Grill, and Darden Group Executives Join Cooper’s Hawk Team to Support Growth Plans

COUNTRYSIDE, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, a multi-unit winery, restaurant, and retail concept, is ringing in the holidays with the addition of five corporate executive team members to accommodate the company’s aggressive growth strategies.

David A. Grooms, former Vice President and Chief Information Officer at McDonald’s Corporation (USA), has been named the Senior Vice President of Information Systems.

Michael Moore, former Corporate Director of China Grill Management, joins the team as Vice President of Operations.

Jill Golder, former Senior Vice President Finance of Darden’s Specialty Restaurant Group, will be replacing Dee Sortino as Chief Financial Officer, as Sortino steps into her new role as Executive Vice President of Production.

Ron Dee has joined the team as Senior Vice President of Development, after relinquishing his role as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development for Bravo Brio Restaurant Group.

Robert Hartley, former Director of Food & Beverage at Border Cafe/Jose Tejas Restaurants, has been named Director of Culinary Operations.

The team expansion will support plans for eight to ten new Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant locations through 2014, with four to five new units each year thereafter, including particular focus on Ohio, Virginia, and Florida markets. Each new location will create more than 150 jobs for their respective communities.

“Attracting and retaining great talent within the industry is one of our most important goals,” said Cooper’s Hawk Founder and CEO, Tim McEnery. “We realized we need world class leaders to support our growth and lead an innovative team as we expand beyond our Illinois roots and beyond the Midwest.”

CFO Jill Golder explains, “I made the decision to leave a very successful and well respected organization, Darden, for what I see as a unique concept within the industry with exciting and challenging growth plans, and enormous opportunities.”

The corporate expansion comes on the heels of Peter D’Amelio, former President of The Cheesecake Factory, who joined Cooper’s Hawk in January 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. All team members will work out of the corporate offices headquartered in Countryside, Ill.

Today Cooper’s Hawk produces over 175,000 cases of wine per year, making them the fifth largest U.S. wine producer outside of California with projected revenues of over $100 million for 2013.

About Cooper’s Hawk Winery & RestaurantsAn eclectic combination of winery, restaurants, and retail stores, Cooper’s Hawk is the brain-child of entrepreneur, Tim McEnery, who opened the first winery and restaurant in 2005. Operations have since expanded to ten locations, with Kansas City, Missouri slated to open December 2012 as their eleventh. The uniquely modern yet casual dining experience coupled with an exclusive and active wine club has led to over 200 wine awards. In 2010, Cooper’s Hawk was named “Hot Concept” Winner by Nations Restaurant News. To learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, visit www.chwinery.com

CONTACT:Melanie Pierce1-708-215-5660mpierce@chwinery.com

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