'Windy City Weekend': Black Women's Expo returns to Chicago and more

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Samantha Chatman joins Ryan to host 'Windy City Weekend'
Sam and Ryan sit down for some Host Chat!

CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week on "Windy City Weekend," Sam Chatman joins Ryan for some Host Chat!

Merry Green is the founder and executive producer of the Black Women's Expo.


The Black Women's Expo is the nation's largest and longest running exposition aimed at black women and their families. It truly is a place where sisters gather information, inspiration and elevation!

Founder and executive producer of the expo, Merry Green, talked about the exciting weekend jam-packed with events.

Keynote speakers such as Iyanla Vanzant, and performances from singers such as Kurt Carr and TWISTA & Shawna will fill the halls of the McCormick Center.

There will also be breakout discussions and panels on a variety of topics including small business, healthy living, maternal health and Black doctors, fashion, a natural hair show and more!

You can experience this weekend of sisterhood from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6 at McCormick Place. You can purchase tickets and learn more at bwenext.com.

We're back to the kitchen with a recipe for a delicious summer farro salad and a bonus recipe!


We're back to the kitchen with a recipe for a delicious summer farro salad and a bonus recipe for field greens with fresh fruit, caramelized pecans and raspberry vinaigrette.

Chef Laura Valcour from Brookhaven Marketplace in Burr Ridge is teaching viewers how to make these fresh and colorful meals, while using high quality and affordable Alessi products.

Summer Farro Salad Recipe


1 Cup Alessi organic farro

2 Cups low sodium chicken broth

1/4 Cup Alessi sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1/4 Cup Alessi artichoke hearts, rinsed and pressed dry prior to grilling

1/2 Cup celery, diced

1/2 Cup seedless cucumber, diced

1 Cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained well

1/2 Cup fontina or smoked mozzarella cheese, cubed

1/4 Cup kalamata olives, seeded and rough chopped

1-2 Tbs. each flat leaf parsley and basil, cut into small slice (chiffonade)

1/4 Cup Alessi extra virgin olive oil

2 Tsp. Alessi white balsamic vinegar

Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste


In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the broth with Alessi organic farro to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until grains are tender and have absorbed all of the liquid.

In a large bowl, gently mix Alessi sun-dried tomatoes, Alessi artichoke hearts, cucumber, olives, celery, cannellini beans, cheese, and all herbs. Stir in Alessi organic farro.

In a small bowl, whisk Alessi white balsamic vinegar and Alessi extra virgin olive oil with wire whisk until well blended; pour over mixture and toss. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.

Bonus Recipe!

Field greens with fresh raspberries, peaches, caramelized pecans and raspberry blush vinaigrette:


4-6 Cups field greens, washed and spun dry

1/3 Cup caramelized pecans

1/2 Cup fresh raspberries, rinsed

1-2 Large peaches, cut into small wedges

1-2 Slices red onion, paper thin sliced

Raspberry Blush Vinaigrette

1/4 Cup Alessi extra virgin olive oil

1 Tsp. Alessi raspberry blush balsamic vinegar

1/2 Tsp. dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the ingredients together for the vinaigrette. Season to taste. Pour over the tossed salad, and enjoy!

You can visit Brookhaven Marketplace to gather the freshest summer ingredients for your family, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

You can find more Alessi products by visiting the Alessi website. And follow their socials @AlessiFoods.

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