SOURCE: Monastero's


September 01, 2009 12:57 ET

Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets Celebrates 40th Annual Wine Making Festival, September 19, 2009

All Guests Who Turn 40 in 2009 Dine for Just $40!

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 1, 2009) - Sensitive about turning 40 this year? Monastero's is celebrating the 40th annual wine making festival and wants anyone turning 40 in 2009 to join the fun. Of course, guests of all ages are welcome, however guests turning 40 in 2009 will pay their age ($40) to join the celebration in the most anticipated and looked-forward to event of the year.

Ever wondered what it's like to jump barefoot in a barrel of grapes? Ladies, this is your chance! Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets is launching an official search for four women to compete in the much-loved annual Wine Making Festival taking place on Saturday, September 19, 2009, 6:30 p.m., at Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets. The restaurant is located at 3935 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago. If you're interested, call the restaurant at 773-588-2515 and be prepared to give up your shoe size and some other specific information to see if you qualify. If you qualify (and even if you don't), make your reservation for one of the most enjoyable nights of your life.

That night, the Monastero family will select four names at random from all qualifying entrants, to climb into the barrels and crush grapes. The woman with the fastest feet and best stomping technique resulting in filling a liter bottle with juice from the crushed grapes will be crowned Wine Making Festival Queen, and will be presented with a cash prize of $500.

This year marks the 40th annual Wine Making Festival. Monastero's is proud to continue bringing this annual tradition that celebrates the grape harvest to life. At the event, guests will celebrate the occasion with a four course, prix-fixe Harvest Menu dinner, comprised of fresh grapes and tomato bread on every table, a glass of red or white house wine, Pasta e Fagiole Soup, salad, Chicken Breast alla Vendemmia with platters of homemade Italian sausage, followed by Sicilian cannoli cake, and coffee. Throughout the meal, diners will be entertained by singing from the Monastero family, live music and dancing. Before desert is served, the much-anticipated grape-crushing contest will take place and the selected grape crushers will compete feet-to-feet to the bitter, juicy, end. The event is priced at $50 per person including tax and gratuity. However, guests who can prove they were born in 1969 and therefore turning 40 this year, will only be charged $40!

Founded in 1962 by Joe Monastero and his late siblings Salvy and Gina Monastero, Monastero's is a Chicago tradition that continues to serve delicious "food with flavor" to its guests. Monastero's prides itself on transporting guests to the family's beloved homeland of Sicily through the original family recipes served daily and the traditional décor in the restaurant. Under the direct culinary supervision of Joe Monastero Jr. and using only the freshest produce brought personally from the market by Joe Monastero Sr., Monastero's kitchen continues to delight its clients. The Monastero's pride of family involvement and commitment continues as the second generation takes the helm.

The Wine Making Festival celebrates life in rural Italy and the autumn grape harvest. Monastero's began this traditional celebration in 1969, and it has continued to remain one of the most festive and looked-forward-to occasions in the restaurant's history. The event is priced at $50 per person, including tax and gratuity. Space is limited for this event. Call the restaurant at 773-588-2515 to reserve your space today, and submit your name to be selected as a grape crusher.

Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets, located at 3935 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monastero's is wheelchair accessible and offers plenty of free parking.