Harley Helping Hands for Cancer at Galleria Marchetti

Thanks to all who connect with me on Twitter and Facebook about amazing events around town- especially about foundations and organizations focused on raising funds and awareness for good causes, like the following event to fight cancer..

Meet Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods!”

From dung beetles and rotten fish to fertilized duck eggs and brain tacos, we've watched Andrew Zimmern freak us out eating unthinkable things we didn’t even know existed on Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods!" But let me tell you from a personal relationship, he is far more than just able to shock & excite. He's worldly, intelligent, entertaining, magnetic, funny and well versed in all things culinary & culture- and I really think you should meet him while he is in town next week!


Just as I landed in South East Asia, the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan (where I was supposed to land shortly after). Upon seeing the immediate destruction on twitter, I knew I needed to somehow help the victims upon my return, where I figured I could do the most good. Simultaneously, an overwhelming amount of requests from my kind & generous facebook & twitter friends asked that I put together an impactful event that they too can join, so that we can all help the victims of this tragedy together.

Billy Dec cambodia, vietnam, laos, thailand & hong kong 2011 travel / food pictures!

I'm back from exploring South East Asia! After so much amazing feedback from my pictures on Twitter & Facebook, I wanted to accommodate requests to share my pics here as well- enjoy! Not only will you see that I returned again to do a tremendous amount of new food research & development, but you will more so feel how blown away I was by the amazing the people, nature, temples, beauty, animals, culture, & experiences!

Chicago’s First Annual Red Dress Party to create awareness & visibility for dedicated research and care of HIV Patients!

April is the month of red! Chicago’s First Annual Red Dress Party is a national event that draws over 800 to create awareness and visibility for dedicated research and care of HIV patients. The Chicago Red is honored to have the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Equality Project as the official beneficiaries-BUT! There is one requirement- ALL MUST WEAR RED! Everyone is encouraged to attend wearing a red dress- men are invited to join in the fun!

Former Bravo Houswife Dina Manzo’s Project Ladybug in Chicago for the first time!

Just this past December, Laura launched Atia's Project Ladybug Fund at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. Project ladybug is a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving financial and emotional support to families to help ease the struggle of childhood cancer that was founded by Dina Manzo, a former star on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Artists Central Exchange: Chicago’s Local Artist Co-Op & Community Center

Whether you're in downtown or Uptown, you can see that part of what makes up Chicago is its amazing art and artists. One organization in Chicago is helping give local artists a place to come together: the Artist Central Exchange (A.C.E.). We got to meet with John Burks, the A.C.E.'s creative director, and check out the space.

Interview with Jerry Bryant of JBTV!

Hey all! Amy Shah here from Billy’s office sharing this story on JBTV. A few month back, Rockit Wrigley hosted a panel of social media experts including Jerry Bryant, the founder of JBTV. Our interactive marketing coordinator, Tim Toomey, had the chance to interview the dynamic Jerry Bryant- check it out!