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Celebrity chef Jimmy Bannos to appear at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital event
Hinsdale – Celebrity Chef Jimmy Bannos, of Chicago and Naperville’s Heaven on Seven restaurant, is scheduled to give a cooking demonstration at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Friends & Neighbors Open House on March 25.

Bannos will be preparing a fresh, healthy dish tailor-made with seasonal fare. The demonstration will take place at 3 p.m. as part of the open house celebration. The open house, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St., is a chance for community members to get an exclusive “sneak peek” of the hospital’s new state-of-the-art patient pavilion before it opens next month.

Bannos, a third-generation restaurateur, worked at his parents’ diner when he was growing up. After receiving his formal culinary education at Washburne Trade School, Bannos and his family opened a coffee shop on the seventh floor of the Garland Building in the Chicago Loop in 1980. The shop was reborn as “Heaven on Seven” in 1985 and has been one of the most popular eateries in the city since then.

Serving a highly personalized interpretation of Southern cooking, Bannos has smartly reinvented his food and his restaurant over the years to keep his concept fresh and vibrant. He appears regularly on “The Today Show.”

What separates Bannos from other chefs is his ability to season aggressively without overpowering the palate. While he uses cayenne-spiked seasoning blends and red chili pepper sauces, he also incorporates milder, well-rounded seasoning agents. The result is the complex layering of flavors present in his contemporary dishes.

About Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s open house:
Easy and convenient parking for the open house event will be available at the following locations: 1 Salt Creek Lane, 2 Salt Creek Lane/Clock Tower, 7 Salt Creek Lane, 11 Salt Creek Lane and 907 Elm (off Ogden Avenue, right off of I-294). Free trolleys will pick up and drop off guests and their families.

The open house and parking are free but advance registration is recommended. Register online or by calling 630-856-7525. The event also includes self-guided tours, Veggie Tales meet and greet from noon to 3 p.m., and a string quartet performance by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Enter a raffle to win a Big Green Egg grill and smoker. The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking product on the market.

About Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s patient pavilion:
Construction of the 100,000 square-foot pavilion began in 2010. The project was designed based on input from neighbors, patients, physicians and hospital staff and complements Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s world-class care and technological advancements.

Among the most notable changes:
• private patient suites including private bathrooms and space for overnight guests,
• updated nursing units,
• corridors that separate patient and visitor traffic for privacy,
• a new lobby and Calandra chapel,
• updated labor and delivery suites, including some with relaxation tubs,
• a new covered driveway on Oak Street providing easier access to patient services and registration

Each of the new private patient suites will feature a plasma TV, wireless internet access, comfortable rollout beds for family members, and oversized windows with beautiful views and plenty of natural light.

The pavilion is connected to the existing hospital, allowing for seamless patient navigation throughout. Each floor is divided into four “neighborhoods” that allow nurses to be a maximum of 50 feet from patients at all times.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org; 630-856-2354