Apr 29, 2013Filed under News
May 1st Concert with Pianist Luciano Laurentiu and special guest Tenor Bradley Schuller
To my Chicago friends– I hope you will be able to come out to my very first show at Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret this Wednesday evening at 8 PM. It will be a fusion concert of opera, pop, musical theater, original tunes, and the introduction of an electrifying new genre that will be debuted at the show! Davenport’s is an intimate venue with limited space, so it is recommended that you make reservations in advance. This can be done online or by phone: (773) 278-1830.
Can’t make it and still want to support? As I prepare to compete in the Miss Illinois pageant (and hopefully MISS AMERICA this September), I am raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I have another $250 to raise before the state competition this June, and any support (even a $5 or $10 donation) would be greatly appreciated! View the donation page here.
Also check out the feature post on NowYouKnow Events.
Apr 4, 2013Filed under News
Feb 28, 2013Filed under News
Marisa Buchheit is the new Miss Heart of Illinois 2013!
Marisa is currently raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals before she hits the Miss Illinois stage this June. Help Marisa make it to Miss America in Atlantic City this September. Your support would be so greatly appreciated! Click here to visit her Donation Page.
On to Miss Illinois 2013!
Marisa will be competing for the title of Miss Illinois this summer.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
- TUESDAY, MARCH 5th: Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, IL. Marisa will be addressing the Illinois Senate regarding her service platform of Fine Arts Education
- SATURDAY, MARCH 9th: Healthy Initiative’s “Celebrate Yourself Healthy Gala”. Marisa has been invited by Shea Vaughn (Vince Vaughn’s mom) to be a special guest performer
- MONDAY, MARCH 18th: Classical Monday Series Concert: Soprano Marisa Buchheit in Concert with Pianist Luciano Laurentiu — Free concert, NOT TO BE MISSED! (Details below)
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th: “Spring Awakening” Fashion Show at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, produced by Benjamin Cottrell Designs. Marisa is Music Producer and Vocal Performer for the show
- SUNDAY, APRIL 7th: OperaRocks 2013! An Unconventional Opera Gala. Marisa is Head Producer and Performer for this event at Monastero’s Ristorante, in conjunction with Verismo Opera Theater (Details below)
- SATURDAY, APRIL 13th: Chicago Veggie Pride Parade fundraiser. Mari Therese & Kevin Kramer of Ahymnsa team up to provide a fun evening of indie rock music and delicious vegan food
Chicago Cultural Center Concert
Classical Monday Concert Series: Soprano Marisa Buchheit with Pianist Luciano Laurentiu
March 18th, 2013
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St, Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago, IL 60602
More info here
An Unconventional Classical Gala
Producer Marisa Buchheit
Verismo Opera Theater
Rachel Frank Designs
April 13th, 2013
Monastero’s Ristorante & Banquets
3935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Tickets $50, including dinner. Cash bar
Feb 2, 2013Filed under News
Need a warm and cozy place to beat the cold this winter? Look no further– Bello Tea has just what you need to keep yourself warm and satisfied during the wintry months! A lovely, cozy tea shop with 2 locations–downtown Chicago and downtown Downer’s Grove–Bello Tea carries over 80 Loose Leaf Teas, 30 delicious drink varieties, beautiful tea gift sets, and much, much more. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the charming tea shop yet, I can assure you that it is well worth the trip.
The drink specialties served at Bello Tea include Hot/Iced Teas, Tea Lattes, Fruit Smoothies, Bubble Tea, and Matcha Drinks. Most of these drinks are 100% organic and essentially all menu items can be made vegan. My personal favorite beverages are the Rooibos Chai Latte with Soy Milk and Agave and the Coconut Taro Bubble Tea with Tapioca. YUMMY!
Enjoying Coconut Taro Bubble Tea w/ Tapioca
Many flavors to choose from!
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, consider getting your loved one a heartfelt gift from Bello Tea (or get one one for yourself for that matter!). Also feel free to bring your loved ones to Bello Tea to enjoy the glowing ambiance and the delectable tastes of this incomparable tea destination, not just for the holidays but anytime.
Feel free to use the coupon above in-store or online. You may also use the promotional code “Mari10″ online to get 10% off any purchase.
Bello Tea has been exceptionally supportive of me during my reign as Miss Chicago 2012, and for this I am very thankful. The owner of Bello Tea is my aunt, the inspirational and incredibly sweet Tammy Reddy. From the time of my preparations for Miss Chicago 2012 up to this day, she has supported every one of my efforts and has sponsored several ad pages in my pageant program books. Thank you so much, Aunt Tammy! May your lovely business continue to thrive and prosper.
Jan 23, 2013Filed under News
The verdict is in.
Keen One Quinoa is officially… DELICIOUS!
The Food: So far, I have tried the Chocolate Nut Krunch and a homemade creation made with the Keen One Quinoa original-flavored organic quinoa packet.
The Mission: “Keen One Quinoa promotes creative meals, healthy diets, and sustainable communities at home and in Bolivia. We maintain this commitment by only sourcing fair trade quinoa from cooperatives of the Altiplano highlands, outside of La Paz. As we grow, we aim to educate consumers about the benefits of choosing nutrient rich foods from sustainable sources.”
The Backstory: I was recently approached by “Captain” Christopher Algea of Keen One Quinoa. Through a mutual contact and good musician friend of mine, Christopher had heard about the existence of a vegan/health-conscious Miss Chicago, and much to my enjoyment, decided to drop a package of Keen One goodies in the mail for her to test out.
My Review: After trying them, I certainly give the healthy and tasty food products of Keen One a great review with two thumbs up, and recommend them to everyone I know. While all of their products are vegan, you certainly do not need to be a veg-head like myself to enjoy their deliciousness. What’re you waiting for? Give Keen One a try!
Nov 25, 2012Filed under News
Miss Chicago promotes Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes on FOX Chicago News. Interviewed by Corey McPherrin, anchor for “Good Day Chicago”. Marisa teamed up with PETA and the Chicago Diner to show Chicago the many wonderful vegan options for a healthy and fulfilling holiday meal.
Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News
Corey McPherrin and Anna Davlantes from Good Day Chicago
Nov 25, 2012Filed under News
Miss Chicago talks turkey — or rather no turkey
Beauty pageant queen campaigns for vegan Thanksgiving dinners
By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune reporterNovember 22, 2012
Marisa Buchheit is fighting for change this Thanksgiving, one tofurkey at a time.
As Miss Chicago 2012, Buchheit, a vegan, is using her position to encourage people to try a meat-free Thanksgiving, or to incorporate a vegan dish into their holiday spread. The 22-year-old knows asking people to forgo the traditional bird and stuffing won’t be easy, but she’s still optimistic.
“I’ve noticed some resentment to discussing this kind of vegan movement, but I think now is also a really good time to bring it up,” Buchheit said. “People are conscious about what things are served at the table.”
To help open people to the idea, Buchheit, of Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood, tells them her own story.
Buchheit became a vegetarian at age 8 after learning about animal abuse and suffering in farms and factories. Four years later she made the switch to veganism, partly influenced by her older cousin, also a vegan.
Shortly after, she dropped 30 pounds within six months and enrolled in singing lessons. She’s now a soprano hoping to pursue a career in opera.
Buchheit, who started competing in pageants five years ago to earn money for college, acknowledges she might have had a hard time turning vegan had her family not embraced the lifestyle.
For example, her father followed in her meat and dairy-free footsteps several years ago. And her mother, a meat-eater, loves to whip up vegan dishes in the kitchen.
The family has even hosted special Thanksgivings for the past four years, with an animal-friendly spread including tofurkey and sweet potatoes made with vegan ingredients. At first, some relatives gave funny looks, but no one has ever fought against it.
“We’re accustomed to it now. It’s really fun,” said Buchheit’s mother, Amorn.
Mentor and friend Karyn Calabrese, also a vegan, said advocating for veganism around the holidays is difficult because food-related occasions like Thanksgiving are ingrained in traditions.
So many people put importance on the details of the meal, rather than giving thanks for what’s going on in their lives, added Calabrese, who owns three vegan restaurants — Karyn’s Raw Bistro, Karyn’s Cooked and Karyn’s on Green — and a grocery store, Karyn’s Fresh Corner, in Chicago.
But that makes Buchheit’s advocacy work more important, fellow activists say. It’s unusual for a queen to reach out in support of the vegan lifestyle, they said.
“We’re really thrilled to see her using her platform to show people how easy it is to have a delicious cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal,” said Danielle Katz, a manager at PETA, which is working with Buchheit.
On a recent afternoon, Buchheit hosted a turkey-free Thanksgiving dinner with PETA at The Chicago Diner, a vegetarian eatery. On a nearby table sat fixings including veggie turkey roast, beefy Wellington made with seitan and a pumpkin chocolate cheesecake made with a vegan, nondairy cream cheese.
Decked in her silver crown and a white sash, the pageant winner walked around the room, noting that the ingredients in the menu items can be bought at most mainstream grocery stores. She sat and chatted with the restaurant staff about the recipes as she sampled their entrees.
“We (vegans) consider ourselves down-to-earth. But she comes in so refined and really takes us to that next level,” said Michael Hornick, general manger of the diner. “She makes it so that it’s not just one culture.”
Buchheit said that when her run as Miss Chicago is over, she plans to continue promoting veganism.
Then she grabbed a spoon and served herself pumpkin ravioli with butternut squash gravy.
“Vegans have fun with food too,” Buchheit said with a smile. “It’s not boring. It’s not eating lettuce and grass.”
Nov 21, 2012Filed under News
November 21, 2012 at 7:00pm
Enjoy an evening of Broadway, pop and opera favorites with Marisa Buchheit, Miss Chicago 2012. The event is free and open to the public,. For additional information call Donna at (847) 884-5000 x4254.
Oct 17, 2012Filed under News
Fashion of the Opera 2012, an event conceptualized, created, and hosted by Miss Chicago Marisa Buchheit, has been noted as “one of the most prestigious events of the season” -Jorge Zavala (Le Prestige du Monde) and an event that “impressed from start to finish” -Katie Cahnmann (NowYouKnow Events).
Marisa presented this event with her opera company American Chamber Opera (in collaboration with OperaModa), and the event benefited the Merit School of Music. The Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Chicago hotel on the Magnificent Mile served as the gorgeous venue for the fashion show/opera performance, and the Official Media Sponsor for the event was the Chicago Sun-Times.
PRESS & CRITICAL ACCLAIM:
Full page spread in the Chicago Sun-Times advertising the event (sponsored)
“High fashion met high art as local Chicago designers paraded their latest collections, accompanied by sweeping arias from the world’s most famous operas. Designers included: Borris Powell, Rachel Frank, Fraley Le, Stix and Roses by Sararose Krenger, and Anastasia Chatzka.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-barbin/fashion-of-the-opera-phot_b_1956932.html
“Charm, style, opera, and plenty of divine folks came together for Fashion of the Opera on October 5th, 2012. The American Chamber Opera (ACO) presented this chic benefit hosted by reigning Miss Chicago Marisa Buchheit and Jeff Conway of NBC’s 24/7 Chicago at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue.” http://www.prestigedumonde.com/12/post/2012/10/fashion-of-the-opera.html
“Fashion of the Opera, a benefit supporting the Merit School of Music combined fashion and opera for the first time on one stage for a spectacular display of sound and design. Guests, too, fascinated with allure and charm as they stepped out for an unforgettable evening of style and sound amidst grandiose beauty and glamour.” http://nowyouknowevents.com/where-weve-been-fashion-of-the-opera/
Oct 17, 2012Filed under News
Marisa Buchheit ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7th. This was her first full marathon, and she completed the race in just under 4 hours!!! She was proud to represent her city as Miss Chicago and as one of the finishers of this year’s race.