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30 | April 12, 2018 | The frankfort station life & arts frankfortstation.com Featuring 20+ fun things to do in your town over the summer! Publishes May 17, 2018 Space Reservation Deadline: May 2nd Ad Approval: May 8th 2018 Guide PLEASE CALL: 708.326.9170 TO RESERVE YOUR AD Lincoln-Way students and advisor attend leadership conference Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 From March 9-11, 2018, the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Key Club International (referred to as the I-I District) held its annual Leadership Conference and District Convention at the Crown Plaza in Springfield, Ill. Each year at the event, elections are held for various positions on the executive board as new divisional lieutenant governors are sworn in. Three outstanding Lincoln-Way students and one excellent Lincoln-Way leader were highlighted during the conference. Amanda Pohrte, a graduating senior from Lincoln-Way East, turned over her leadership responsibilities to a fellow District 210 student. Pohrte served as lieutenant governor of the I-I District for the 2017-2018 school year and successfully assisted Key Club members within Division 23, which covers 12 high schools including Bloom, Bloom Trail, Joliet Catholic, Joliet Central, Joliet West, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln- Way West, Rich Central, Rich East, Rich South and Watseka. “She has made more club contacts and was able to make more club visits than any I’ve seen in ten years as advisor,” Lincoln-Way East Key Club advisor Matthew Jordan said. As a 12-school division, the I-I District is one of the largest in the state. Abigail Caskey, a Lincoln- Way West sophomore, was also highlighted during the conference as she was sworn in as lieutenant governor; Caskey’s appointment marks the first time in Lincoln-Way West history that a Warrior Amanda Pohrte (left) a graduating senior from Lincoln-Way East, turned over her leadership responsibilities to Lincoln- Way West student Abigail Caskey (right) at the Illinois- Eastern Iowa District of Key Club International annual Leadership Conference and District Convention in March. photo submitted has assumed the lieutenant governor’s post. “I am ecstatic to start my term,” Caskey said. “I plan to unite all of the Key Club schools in my division. I am elated to see how this year shapes me as a person going forward.” Her Lincoln-Way West Key Club advisor, Brian K. Willis Jr., said, “We are proud to have our first ever lieutenant governor elected from Lincoln-Way West. Abigail’s perseverance was the ‘key’ to her success, and we know she will do a great job in her new position.” David Vargas, a Lincoln- Way East sophomore, was also elected to be the new treasurer of the I-I District. This marks the first time in 30 years a District 210 student will be part of the executive board. Over the weekend, Vargas held ten caucuses ahead of voting in order to introduce himself and answer questions from other Key Club members across the state. Vargas says, “Words can’t describe how excited I am to be the Illinois Eastern Iowa district treasurer for Key Club. It’s totally surreal to me. My job as I-I treasurer is to look over the financials for the district and make sure that everything is in order. I know it’s a huge responsibility, however, I know with my energetic personality, my bubbly attitude and my ability to work well with others, I am able to accept the challenge and get the job done!” It wasn’t only District 210 students who received appointment and recognition at the event; during the conference, Lincoln-Way East Key Club advisor Matthew Jordan was surprised to learn that he had been chosen as the Illinois-Eastern Iowa Faculty Advisor of the Year. “The kids surprised me by submitting a nomination and writing letters,” he said. “One of the most rewarding parts was actually getting to see the letters they wrote.” Unbeknown to Jordan, Pohrte began spearheading the nomination packet in November. “Mr. Jordan has been a wonderful support for me and many students throughout my time at Lincoln Way,” Pohrte said. “Our Key Club would not be anywhere near as strong as it is without him. I wanted to show him just how much he means to our club, and other students were excited to write letters to help with the application and show just how amazing of an advisor Mr. Jordan is.” Jordan was announced as the recipient of the Advisor of the Year award during Saturday night’s Governor’s Banquet and awards ceremony.
frankfortstation.com dining out the frankfort station | April 12, 2018 | 31 The Dish Chuy’s Tex-Mex offers a different kind of fusion Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor True or False? Traditional Mexican tacos are served topped with cheese? If you guessed true, you would be wrong according to Jose Salazar, general manager at Chuy’s in Orland Park. Lucky for those cheeselovers out there, Chuy’s serves both traditional and Texan-inspired dishes, and some with a little bit of both. The chain started in Austin, Texas in 1982 and has nearly 100 locations, mostly spread across the South, East Coast and Central Great Plains. Hallmarks of the chain include a nacho car, a selfserve nacho bar situated in the trunk of a Buick 1958, and the chihuahua bar, where visitors can bring a framed picture of their dogs to hang up and receive a free appetizer to boot. Salazar said last week there were almost 300 pups adorning the walls and bar area, but he is hoping to get that number up to at least 1,000. One room is reserved as the hubcap room, where the ceiling in the original location was painted purple, and — because of the owners’ displeasure with the color — consequently covered with a variety of hubcaps. Upon closer inspection, the iconic purple paint can be seen between the gleaming hubcaps at the Orland Park location. Many of the same things can be found at all Chuy’s locations — including the menu, nacho car, chihuahua bar, indoor palm tree decor and hubcap room — but the artwork adorning the walls, the design and layout are unique to each location. Most of the decor in the restaurant is brought in from Mexico, where Salazar said The Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom chicken enchiladas ($12.29) at Chuy’s feature freshlyroasted, hand-pulled chicken and cheese inside homemade tortillas and topped with Boom-Boom sauce. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media the company tries to support local artists, including those who have been making the more than 1,000 hand-carved wooden fish on the ceiling in the bar area. Chuy’s opened March 27, and so far Salazar said the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom chicken enchiladas ($12.29) have been among the most popular menu items. He said what sets the dish apart are the fresh ingredients, inhouse roasted chicken and, of course, the Boom-Boom sauce. The Boom-Boom sauce, one of a variety of sauce options at Chuy’s, is made with cheese, roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro and lime juice, as well as some “secret spices.” The creamy jalapeño sauce, although originally served as only a salad dressing, has become a favorite, Salazar added. It is a ranchbased sauce with a jalapeno kick, and people put it on everything from tortilla chips to burritos and tacos. Chuy’s even sells the creamy jalapeño sauce in 32-ounce take-home containers for those who cannot live without it. Their burritos ‘big as yo’ face,’ tacos, house specialties and enchiladas are served with freshly cooked Mexican or green chile rice, and house-made refried or charro beans. Their burritos are made with homemade tortillas stuffed with refried beans and cheese ($9.99), seasoned ground sirloin ($10.29), oven-roasted chicken ($11.29), or fajita chicken or beef ($11.99). The Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken ($12.29) is a popular Chuy’s original recipe, featuring a chicken breast breaded with Lay’s potato chips, deep fried and topped with green chile sauce and cheddar sauce. Chuy’s connection to The King includes a small shrine within the restaurant and an annual celebration in January, during which patrons who dress up as Elvis or Priscilla Presley eat for free. Happy Hour at Chuy’s is Chuy’s 15610 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park Hours • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday • 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday For more information … Web: chuys.com Phone: (708) 403-5334 from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, when visits to the fullyloaded nacho car are free of charge. Happy Hour also features drink specials including traditional or strawberry house ritas ($5.95) served frozen, on the rocks and made with fresh squeezed lime juice; the grande house ritas ($8.95), served in a pint glass with 1800 Silver tequila and extra Grand Marnier; the house Texas martinis ($9.75), made with top-shelf premium tequila and a choice of Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Patron Citronge, and served with jalapeño-stuffed olives; and domestic beers ($4). The purple ceiling in the hubcap room at Chuy’s is adorned with hubcaps from various cars of various eras, providing a uniquely shiny and interesting focal point. The blended strawberry margarita is made with freshsqueezed lime juice. Other specialty drinks on the menu at Chuy’s include the Chuy’s Brew, a frozen lime margarita topped with a 7-ounce Corona, and seasonal sangrias made with fresh fruit. Salazar said Chuy’s regularly partners with local organizations such as The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park and area schools for fundraisers. For more information on upcoming events and fundraisers, visit www.chuys. com/community.