Tuesday
Sep012009

Easy Dip Recipes for Your Next Picnic

Here are a couple of easy and delicious dip recipes to try out for your next picinic. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to backstage@ravinia.org. Include a photo if you can too!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

2 packages thawed, chopped frozen spinach 

1 can artichoke hearts in water, roughly chopped

6 ounces light cream cheese 

1/4 cup light sour cream 

1/4 cup light mayonnaise 

1 cup grated Parmesan (set aside 1/4 cup for topping)  

1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Directions

Put spinach in bowl in microwave on high for 2 ½ minutes.  Let cool, then wrap in paper towels to wring out water.  Put spinach and cropped artichokes in large pot and saute for 5 minutes.  Add cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise and saute until cream cheese melts.  Mix in red pepper flakes, parmesan, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Put mixture in ceramic dish and top with extra Parmesan and put under oven broiler for 10 minutes (or until brown on top).  Serve with veggies, crusty bread or pita chips.

 

Onion Dip

 2 tablespoons olive oil 

5-6 diced onions 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt  

2 gloves minced garlic into a paste (directions below)

2 cups light sour cream

3/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper  

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons chopped chives

Directions

In a large saute pan over medium heat add oil, onions and salt (stirring regularly). Cook the onions until they are transluscent and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. To make garlic paste, mince garlic and sprinkle with a little salt, use back of knife to mash it until it becomes paste-like. Add garlic paste and cook for five minutes. Remove from heat and mix the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate and stir again before serving.  Best if made the night before so the flavors can become friends.  Serve with potato chips or as a topping for burgers, paninis, wraps, etc.

 

Germaine Maschoff

Communications Intern

Tuesday
Aug252009

This Week in Tweets: August 19 - 25

Each week this summer, we post the top tweets of the week about Ravinia Festival under the heading This Week in Tweets. During the last week we scoured the depths of the twittersphere to bring you the best tweets that mention your favorite outdoor music festival. Log on to Twitter, follow @RaviniaFestival, tweet about us or twitpic your lawn set-up and you might wind up in our blog feature!  

  1. Kartemquin Films
    Kartemquin Team is back from a big shoot w @BTJAZDanceCo in NYC. Less than a month the piece debuts @RaviniaFestivalKartemquin.com/films/in-progress
  2. Andrew Patner
    andrewpatner My Sun-Times review of Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilja in all-Russian song recital Tuesday at Ravinia: http://tinyurl.com/ndcrgo
  3. Linda B.
    lindab142 Saw Jonny Lang and George Thoroughgood at Ravinia tonight; perfect evening. Fun and rockin' w/the girls. Sweet dreams tweeples. I'm out
  4. MLV
    mamasan1966 Just home from Ravinia. Great time! Good music and friends. I laughed so hard all night my jaw hurts. Time for bed. 6am is 5.5 hours away.
  5. Andrew D. Goodfellow
    80g is hanging out on the lawn at Ravinia. Mmm...Boursin.
  6. Abby T. Miller
    krabigail I'm @Raviniawith a slanket, family, @WoodchuckCider, and Bonnie and Taj. Needless to say I'm remarkably happy.
  7. Abby T. Miller
    krabigail http://twitpic.com/exdbk- My little cousin and the slanket hit it off. @Ravinia
  8. Mark Ingraham
    ingycreative Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt were awesome last night at Ravinia. Great atmosphere, friendship and musicianship. What a beautiful venue.
  9. Tim Strube
    timmyjoe dear chicago: it's been a long, long time but tomorrow we shall reunite. love, Tim p.s. say hi to sark's, malnati's, ravinia, & wrigley
  10. Susie Park
    sparkstar9 Whew, that was quite the workout, Ravinia has the greatest audience!! Thank you!!!
  11. Welz Kauffman
    welzkauffman Saw private run-thru of @ BTJAZDanceCo in NY - amazing - SO evolved from May at Ravinia - people in tears.
  12. Sarah Hatter
    sh Making fried chicken for Ravinia and considering opening my own chicken shack. @srobbin and @chronicbabe better bring their appetites!

A lot of Twitter buzz building up to the Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray world-premiere on September 17th! Also, we now have a sleeved blanket at Ravinia count: Slanket 1 - Snuggie 0. If you are featured above, you can claim your prize by emailing your name and address to backstage@ravinia.org with the subject THIS WEEK IN TWEETS. Click here to view all entries from This Week in Tweets.

Matthew Dolkart
Development Writer

Friday
Aug212009

Ravinia Pic of the Week

Jonny Lang is solid gold—this guy plays with undeniable skill and ability.  My pic this week is one of many I took last night at Jonny Lang's Ravinia Festival concert.

Don't forget to check out the Jonny Lang Backstage Gallery for more pictures from last night's show.

Well done, Jonny!

Russell Jenkins
Manager of Graphics and Photography

Thursday
Aug202009

Ravinia's Most Steadfast Concertgoer

There is one woman at Ravinia Festival who is always ready to hear a wonderful musical performance. She enjoys all genres of music and watching all the picnickers and music lovers alike, although she comes alone, she does not picnic by herself.

Whether it is a pop concert, or the Gala Benefit evening, she wears the same outfit: a hat, heels, skirt, and nice polka dot blouse. She stands above the crowd with her purse in one hand and gloves in another. Ever since taking her place at the end of the “sculpture walk” on the north lawn, she has never missed a concert. Thousands have taken a picture with her or meet their friends by her.

Of course I’m referring to Woman/Standing Womanby Fernando Botero; generously donated in 2004 by two art lovers, Avrum and Joyce Gray, in memory of his parents.

Photograph by Patrick Gipson

Fernando Botero is one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century, known for his robust figures. After traveling throughout Europe and studying infamous artists, he moved to Mexico City and began to experiment with size, volume, and proportion making common objects or scenes from life seem totally new. Describing his art, Botero said, “Art is an ever different vision of the same.”His trademark paintings are almost cartoon-ish using bright colors, little texture, and round outlined forms. Continuing to develop his own style, later in his career he honed his skills as a sculptor using molds out of clay pieces to make massive bronze statues like the Woman/Standing Woman.

Ravinia is certainly blessed to have a art from such talented artists. Make sure to check out all 25sculptures around the park on your next visit including Woman/Standing Woman--located by the East Gate and The Carousel!

Germaine Maschoff
Communications Intern

Wednesday
Aug192009

This Week in Tweets: August 12 - 18

Each week this summer, we post the top tweets of the week about Ravinia Festival under the heading This Week in Tweets. During the last week we scoured the depths of the twittersphere to bring you the best tweets that mention your favorite outdoor music festival. Log on to Twitter, follow @RaviniaFestival, tweet about us or twitpic your lawn set-up and you might wind up in our blog feature!

  1. Tony Mantuano
    tmantuano Lamb racks from WisconsinPinnOak farms on the grill for Spiaggia menu at Parkview restaurant Ravinia.
  2. Amber Porter Cox
    amberportercox Heading to Ravinia to see Yo-Yo Ma! I love cute frogs, check my shirt! http://mypict.me/lyfI
  3. Justin Fox
    justinmicklefox I bet Yo Yo Ma brought the potato salad RT @BrianCamenPicnic @ ravinia with yo yo ma
  4. mike simonsen
    mikesimonsen At Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Yo Yo Ma. http://mypict.me/lByO
  5. Mike Evans
    m_evans Christine and i are Celebrating our 10 year anniversary at ravinia listening to YoYoMa. My wife is awesome.
  6. edible chicago
    ediblechicago A heartfelt happy 105th birthday today to Ravinia Festival! Chicago's "sound of summer". If you've never been, you must! www.ravinia.org
  7. stefanie lyons
    sllplatform On the train home from Ravinia. http://twitpic.com/e3175
  8. Nancy McClements
    McGaylor Noshing on the lawn at Ravinia
  9. Bob Stern
    bobstern1 Going to celebrate our 6 anniversary at Ravinia. Blondie and Benatar tonight. Rain expected but I bought a wonderful anniversary cake.
  10. Ruth Spiro
    RuthSpiro #musicmonday Heading to Ravinia for Pat Benatar/Blondie concert. Must find my shoulder pads and lace leggings...
  11. Michael Hoffman
    Michael_Hoffman The donnas. Live right now at ravinia. My view of the screen. http://short.to/n2xv
  12. Silk Road Project
    silkroadproject Chicago Classical Review: At Ravinia, Yo-Yo Ma "has listeners consistently on the edge of their seats” http://bit.ly/sKMT4

There were two anniversaries celebrated at Ravinia Festival in one week?! Anyone else celebrating and not telling us? Fess up. Send your anniversary/celebration story to backstage@ravinia.org. If you are featured above, you can claim your prize by emailing your name and address to backstage@ravinia.org with the subject THIS WEEK IN TWEETS. Click here to view all entries from This Week in Tweets.

Matthew Dolkart
Development Writer