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20 | February 16, 2017 | The lake forest leader life & arts SAVE THE DATE 10am - 2pm Saturday, Feb. 25th Sunset Ridge School 525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield Activities include: • Meet with day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps and more! • Free Face Painting and Balloon Artist (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) • Free cotton candy • Games for children FREE PARKING! FREE ADMISSION! LF Symphony hosts annual fundraiser Staff Report Lake Forest Symphony held its annual fund raising event, Hot Jazz on a Cold Night on Feb. 4 at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. The event was Vice President of Lake Forest Symphony (left) Gail Sturm and Lynn Bruce were the co-chairs of the event. Among the attendees were Beatriz Nonzero (left) and Lake Forest Symphony board member Lisa Deiter. Photos by Jill Dunbar/22nd Century Media held to benefit the Lake Forest Symphony Educational and Community Initiatives. The evening started with cocktails and appetizers, followed by an elegant dinner and Golden Baton Award presentation, concluding with dessert, music and dancing. Lake Forest Bank and Trust sponsor John Hines and Teresa McSee were also in attendance at the event. The evening featured a performance by violinist Stefan Milanovich and was hosted by Alex Maragos of NBC 5 News. Susan Lape (far left), the executive director of Lake Forest Symphony, stands with the event host Alex Maragos (center) from NBC 5, and Michelle Cronin. For more info: (847) 272-4565 MEMORIAM From Page 18 He was the beloved husband of Carol Jean Bubala and of the late Carol Moran Bubala, loving father of John (Linda) Bubala, Elizabeth (Matt) Engels, Mary (Doug) Smith, stepfather of Erika (Eric) Jones, Lindsay (Adam) Bather and honored grandfather of nine grandchildren. He was the devoted brother of Liz Gregor and the late Lou Bubala. Paul was born on Sept. 6, 1934 in East Chicago, Ind. Paul graduated from Wabash College in 1956. He attended Northwestern University Medical School (now Feinberg School of Medicine), class of 1959. He completed his residency in Boston and returned to Chicago where he established an OB/GYN practice in Des Plaines. Dr. Bubala was beloved by his patients at both Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview. Paul loved teaching medical students as a professor emeritus at Northwestern University and was a volunteer doctor for the free clinic at Lake County Health Department. In recent years, Dr. Bubala enjoyed tutoring children in the Reading Power Program. He was an active member of the spirited Men of Corinth bible study group and the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dr. Bubala’s name may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Feinberg Medical School or The Needy Family Fund at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview, IL. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor Alyssa Groh at alyssa@ with information about a loved one who was part of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff communities. dining out the lake forest leader | February 16, 2017 | 21 High-end cuisine in a snap Mirani’s At Home offers restaurantquality food for busy eaters Jacqueline Glosniak Contributing Editor For North Shore residents who find themselves in a jam when it comes to preparing a delicious and unique menu for dinner, Winnetka couple Kaveh and Madeleine Mirani have just the perfect solution — a dining concept that concocts fine restaurant quality food for either deliver or pickup. The Miranis, who have owned and operated eateries in Winnetka for the past three decades, recently introduced their newest venture, Mirani’s At Home, in an effort to tap into a dining market they say exists too far and few between. To understand the Miranis’ passion, one must get to know the couple’s background. Kaveh, who was born in Tehran, Iran, has a doctorate in economics and began his career as a university professor, and Madeleine, who hails from the Netherlands, originally worked in the field of foreign affairs as a diplomat. More than 30 years ago, when Madeleine’s parents came to visit the couple in the U.S., Madeleine says her parents remarked about how shocking it was that there was a vast lack of European-style coffee shops, eateries and overall places of old-fashioned European hospitality. It was at that point the Miranis decided to change the course of their careers and venture into the world of being restaurateurs. The fettuccine alfredo ($12 naked, $16 with shrimp) is topped with a creamy sauce, Parmigiano-Reggiano and peas. Originally, the Miranis opened their first establishment, aptly named Mirani’s, 24 years ago on Green Bay Road as a gourmet delicatessen, French brasserie-type restaurant. “Gradually, customers that would come and take out food would say, ‘The food is so good, why not open for lunch?’” Madeleine said. Eventually, Mirani’s became more of a lunch restaurant, later expanding to a location on Elm Street in 2006. There, the Miranis were able to focus on a full-fledged French bistro menu. After closing Mirani’s last year to focus on their new concept, they officially opened Mirani’s At Home on Jan. 16, offering a combination of French, Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. Additionally, the Miranis ensure hints of their Persian and Dutch ethnic foods are also present on the menu. Diners can choose from a variety of a la carte chicken, seafood, pasta, rice and salad dishes and then stop by the business in person or place orders online or over the phone, with speedy delivery ensured within 20 minutes of ordering thanks to a collaboration with Uber- RUSH. Deliveries have a $7 flat fee. With food from Mirani’s At Home, Madeleine ensures the quality of the food is just as stellar as the old Mirani’s, but with the perk of prices being drastically slashed because of less overhead. “We want people to feel that there is that comfort of staying at home [and] don’t need to go anywhere,” Madeleine said. During a recent visit to Mirani’s At Home, 22nd Century Media editors gladly chatted with the Miranis while sampling savory menu items. The chicken Parmigiano ($12), which includes breaded chicken breast and spaghetti with marinara sauce, is a staple Italian dish that’s good for adults and kids alike. The spaghetti is lightly sauced and the thin chicken slices are Mirani’s At Home’s chicken Parmigiano ($14) features breaded chicken breast atop a bed of spaghetti in marinara sauce. Photos by Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media not heavily breaded, lending to both great noodle texture and appropriate meat portion. The mustard crusted salmon ($15), one of the restaurant’s staple dishes, features a breaded salmon with mustard sauce served over French lentils and fresh vegetables. The outside of the fish is crunchy but lends a soft and firm inside, and the dish undoubtedly stands out for its mustard flavoring that’s not too strong or overwhelming for the natural flavoring of a well-cooked salmon. The Northbrook Tower Editor Matt Yan’s favorite dish was the Mediterranean chicken kebab ($11), which includes diced chicken marinated in olive oil and signature Mirani’s spices and served with grilled vegetables. Sour cherry saffron rice can also be added to the plate for $6. The chicken’s light grilling lends great balance to the uniquely cooked grains. For $17, the steak classique features thick, 8-ounce cuts of prime sirloin simmered in a red wine sauce. Our portion was served with a side of bistro frites ($4), or french fries, which were not overly greasy and not salty. The fettuccine alfredo ($11) was much tastier than your average alfredo dish, since the noodles were perfectly cooked al dente and unlike many alfredo sauces, was not a heavy cream leaving you feeling overly stuffed. For an additional $4, shrimp can be tossed in, offering a nice balance between a seafood and pasta comfort favorite. The beet salad ($7), including greens, walnuts, blue cheese and vinaigrette dressing, made for a great option for vegetarian and The Glenview Lantern Editor Chris Pullam. For an additional $6, shrimp or salmon can be tossed in the mix. Finally, the Kurdish red lentil soup ($5 for a small, $11 for a large) offers a hearty and warm complement to be served alongside any of the Mirani’s At Home dishes. MIRANI’S AT HOME 567 B Lincoln Ave., Winnetka www.miranisathome. com (847) 446-4646 4-8 p.m. seven days a week Pre-ordered meal deliveries begin at 3:30 p.m. Mirani’s At Home is also happy to accommodate orders for small or large catering events and is currently building a larger menu for corporate fine dining. Additionally, the restaurant caters to glutenfree, allergy requests and dietary restrictions as requested by diners. With the masterpiece menu served by head chef Alvaro Chavez, the Miranis offer fine food for a reasonable price. “We’ve had comments from our customers already that said, ‘I might as well have been in a restaurant, it was so amazing,’ and that’s exactly what we want,” Madeleine said.