Mmmm...Mariano's at the Chicago Flower Show!

I have always wanted to go to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show...and this weekend, thanks to Mariano's I finally did!
Chicago Flower Show
The kiddos were SO excited to run around and enjoy some springtime...even if it was inside.

The first thing we did was head over to check out what Mariano's had cooking (#MyMarianos).
Mariano's at Chicago Flower Show
So many lovely flowers!
Goodies at Mariano's
How nice it was to see some fresh flowers and colors after the drab winter we've been having. While that would have been enough, we turned the corner and found the smoothie's!
Mariano's Nutritional Smoothies
"What kind of smoothies are these?" I asked. When she said Kale...I was super psyched, but I didn't think for a second I'd get my kids to try it...

"They taste like bananas!" I said...and they tried them...LOVE! Both kiddos.

Then, we headed over to the Garden Gourmet Stage learn how to make Eggplant Parmigiana from Executive Chef Marcello Petrini.

I'll tell you right now, I have never liked Eggplant Parmigiana....but the kiddos and I agreed, we'd keep an open mind, and try it out.
Mariano's Eggplant Parmigiana
I was surprised how interested they were in watching the cooking demonstration...

and it looked doable...very doable.

When the samples came out...they looked SO yummy...
Roundy's Sauce Mariano's Eggplant Parmigiana
...And. It. Was. Super. Yummy!

To quote The Little Man "This is the best thing I've ever put in my mouth!"

I don't know if it was the Roundy's sauce, or just the fact that the chef really knew what he was doing...but I will be trying this recipe at home.
Mariano's Flowers
After attending the Chicago Flower Show, I am convinced Spring is coming...and until then, I'll be hanging out at Mariano's Market, pretending it's already here;)

Check out more pictures from the Chicago Flower Show.

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  1. Oh my, the Eggplant Parmigiana looks great. It seems the kids liked it too.... think I have to go to Marianos tomorrow and get some for dinner.

    1. It was SO good. The Chef said to use their Roundy's sauce:P

  2. I love smoothies. Never thought of making them out of Kale, guess I have to get the recipe. You have some cute kiddos there.

  3. Hmmmmm.....I wonder if that recipe is available at the Mariano's website? I'm going to have to check that out, it looks delicious!

  4. has anyone found the kale smoothie recipe?


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