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Upcoming Speaking Engagements, TV Appearances and Articles

  • Cary Area Public Library, Cary, IL, November 5, 2014, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".

Past Speaking Engagements, TV Appearances and Articles

  • Presbyterian Women of the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, March 20, 2014, 1:00 PM.  "Take Your Entertaining from Nice to WOW!
  • Rolling Meadows Library, Rolling Meadows, IL, November 20, 2013, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Palatine Library, Palatine, IL, November 14, 2013, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Nortbrook Women's Club, November 7, 2013.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Park Ridge Public Library, Park Ridge, IL, October 23, 2012, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".

  • Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, IL, November 1, 2012, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Barrington Public Library, Barrington, IL, November 6, 2012, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Elk Grove Village Public Library, Elk Grove Village, IL, December 13, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • ChicagoExaminer.com names Debra Kavalos-Delaney, MemorableEntertaining.com as contributing home entertaining expert. June, 2010

  • Diva Toolbox picks up 'Dear Debra' column and monthly series of home entertaining articles from MemorableEntertaining.com.  Email your questions to 'Dear Debra'. Every month 3 questions will be selected. Email your questions to 'Dear Debra'.  May, 2010

  • "Dear Debra" column launched!  There's 'Dear Abby' for your personal dilemmas and NOW there's 'Dear Debra' for your home entertaining dilemmas!  Email your questions to 'Dear Debra'. Every month 3 questions will be selected. Go to HobNob Northshore to learn the answers. March, 2010.
  • Glenview Public Library, Glenview, IL, December 6, 2011, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Oak Brook Public LibraryOak Brook, IL, December 1, 2011, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Algonquin Public Library, Algonquin, IL, November 9, 2011, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Fremont Public Library, Mundelein, IL, November 3, 2011, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Lake Bluff Library , Lake Bluff, IL, November 1, 2011, 1:30 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining".
  • Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District, Winnetka, IL, June 18, 2011, 3 PM.  "Take Your Entertaining from Nice to Wow!"
  • Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL, July 20, 2011, 7 PM.  "The Little Black Dress Principle for Entertaining."
  • Lake Bluff Public Library, Lake Bluff, IL, November 1, 2011, 1:30 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining."
  • Algonquin Public Library, Algonquin, IL, November 9, 2011, 7 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining."
    • Glenview Public Library, Glenview, IL, April 2, 2011, 2 PM.  MoneySmart Week, "Affordable Entertaining Ideas".  

    • Vernon Area Public Library District, Lincolnshire, IL, December 14, 2010, 7 PM.  "The Little Black Dress Principle for Entertaining".

    • Women in Business, Hyatt, Rosemont, IL, November 19, 2010, 11:30 AM.  'Holiday Entertaining' with Debra Kavalos Delaney, Memorable Entertaining.com and  Deborah Oberschelp, Affordable Interiors


    • Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, September 23, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. "Transitioning from Outdoor to Indoor Entertaining".  Listen!  The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!--Humbert Wolfe-- Soon we will be wearing our sweaters and sipping cups of hot chocolate.  Spend the hour with MemorableEntertaining.com and enjoy creative eco-friendly ideas to transition from outdoor to indoor entertaining. You’ll also be introduced to some inspirational ideas for the holidays that are only a few months away.
      • Chicago Botanic Gardens1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, August 10, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. The “Little Black Dress” Principle for Entertaining.  What woman doesn’t have the little black dress that can be pulled out at a moments notice and accessorized to fit the occasion? The “little black dress” principle can be applied to entertaining, too.  Learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style. MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to take a few basic pieces and create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes, along with tips for foolproof menus. Join us for an hour packed full of eco-friendly and time-saving ideas, tips and inspiration.  

    • Celebrate good times ... Debra Kavalos-Delaney in Philly.com.

    • Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, July 14, 2010, 1:30 - 2:30 PM.   "Take your Entertaining from nice to WOW!"  Short on inspiration? Looking for new ideas? Learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style, regardless of your budget or experience. MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes to enjoy for indoor and outdoor entertaining this summer. Join us for a full hour, sprinkled with eco-friendly and timesaving ideas, tips and inspiration. 

    • HobNob NorthshoreMarch 2010.  "An Introduction to Our Entertaining Coach, Debra Kavalos-Delaney".   Launch of "Dear Debra Column" and monthly articles on entertaining.
    • Northwest Circle of Friends (Members Only), McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, 1140 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL, April 12, 2010, 11:30 AM.  The "Little Black Dress" Principle Applied for Entertaining.  
    • Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL, April 25, 2010, 2:00 to 2:30 PM.  Owner, Debra Kavalos-Delaney of MemorableEntertaining.com asked to speak at Arboretum's Green Boutique & Garden Expo.
    • St John's Council of Catholic Women, Winfield, IL, March 2, 2010, 7 PM.  "The Little Black Dress Principle for Entertaining".
    • ME:  in Focus Magazine:   December, 2009 issue enjoy a feature article about MemorableEntertaining.com.
    • She Scribes: In the months of November & December, 2009,  MemorableEntertaining.com will be featured along with several of our articles on holiday entertaining. 

    • TheFabulousFinds.com:  The month of November, 2009 look for a feature article on MemorableEntertaining.com, 'Entertaining Making You Stressed? Memorable Entertaining is Sure to Please'

    • Ela Area Public Library District, Lake Zurich, IL, November 30, 2009, 7:00 PM.  "Holiday Entertaining"  Give yourself an early holiday present.  Spend the hour with MemorableEntertaining.com. Together we will unwrap some great holiday tablescape and centerpiece ideas to wow your guests and tie it all up with tips for stress free entertaining!  Register on line or call 847-438-3433.

    • Palatine Library, Palatine, IL, November 5, 2009, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. "Take your Entertaining from nice to WOW!"  Short on inspiration, looking for new ideas, want your invitations coveted ... Spend an hour with MemorableEntertaining.com and learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style, regardless of budget or experience. MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to take a few basic pieces and create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes along with tips for Holiday Entertaining. Learn how to create multiple centerpieces using glass cylinders & baskets.  Enjoy viewing 4 different Tablescapes created by using one basic dinner plate. Join us for an hour packed full of timesaving ideas, tips and inspiration. Register on line or call 847-202-1194.

    • Woodley Garden Club (Members Only), Winnetka, IL, October 28, 2009, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM:  "Holiday Entertaining"  Give yourself an early holiday present.  Spend the hour with MemorableEntertaining.com. Together we will unwrap some great holiday tablescape and centerpiece ideas to wow your guests and tie it all up with tips for stress free entertaining!  

    • Celebrations.com Radio, October 13,2009: Halloween ideas from MemorableEntertaining.com will be shared on Celebrations.com Radio. 
    • http://www.designed2date.com:  "Cooking for Two":  'A Fabulous & Simple Summer Dinner', 7 PM at Double G's, 4868 RFD Rt. 83 & Gilmer Rd, Long Grove, IL  60047  Members Only 
    • http://www.celebrations.com:  MemorableEntertaining.com will be featured on Celebrations.com the week of July 6, 2009.  'Outdoor Decor Party Ideas'
    • Hawthorn Gardens, 24481 N. Old McHenry Rd., Hawthorn Woods, IL.  June 26, 2009, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  "Ladies Night Out" Enjoy a relaxing evening with your friends while you visit with local businesses that cater to women. Light food, refreshments and prizes. Call 847-726-0627 or visit http://www.hawthorngardens.net
    • Ela Area Public Library District, Lake Zurich, IL, May 13, 2009, 7:00 PM.  "Take your Entertaining from nice to WOW!"  Short on inspiration, looking for new ideas, want your invitations coveted ... Spend an hour with MemorableEntertaining.com and learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style, regardless of budget or experience.  MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to take a few basic pieces and create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes along with tips for outdoor entertaining. Learn how to create multiple centerpieces using glass cylinders & baskets.  Enjoy viewing 4 different Tablescapes created by using one basic dinner plate. Join us for an hour packed full of timesaving ideas, tips and inspiration. Register on line or call 847-438-3433. 
    • Sur La Table, 100 West Higgins Rd., The Arboretum of South Barrington, IL, May 9, 2009, 12:30 to 2:00 PM.  847-551-1090   "Outdoor Entertaining" - Enjoy a demonstration on place setting and centerpiece ideas for your 2009 Summer Entertaining. 
    • Schaumburg Township District Library, Schaumburg, IL,  May 6, 2009, 7:30 PM.  "Take your Entertaining from nice to WOW!"  Short on inspiration, looking for new ideas, want your invitations coveted ... Spend an hour with MemorableEntertaining.com and learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style, regardless of budget or experience.  MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to take a few basic pieces and create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes along with tips for outdoor entertaining. Learn how to create multiple centerpieces using glass cylinders & baskets.  Enjoy viewing 4 different Tablescapes created by using one basic dinner plate. Join us for an hour packed full of timesaving ideas, tips and inspiration. Register by calling 847-923-3347. 
    • Cucina Della Rosa, Barrington, IL, May 1, 2009, 7:00 PM to 9 PM.  $75.00  Call 847-650-9463 for reservations.  Cucina Della Rosa and MemorableEntertaining.com partner to bring you, "The Ultimate Bridal Shower".  Mary Rose Hoover, owner of Cucina Della Rosa and Debra Kavalos-Delaney, owner of MemorableEntertaining.com will show you how to plan a beautiful bridal shower!  In her usual hands on fashion, Mary Rose will focus on how to plan and cook a lovely menu and Debra on planning, ideas  and inspiration so you can create "The Ultimate Bridal Shower". 

    • Woman's Athletic Club, Chicago, IL, April 29, 2009, 12 PM to 1 PM  Members Only. "The Little Black Dress Principle Applied to Entertaining".  What women, doesn’t have “the little black dress” that can be pulled out at a moments notice and accessorized to fit the occasion.  She knows she looks like a million bucks and enters a room confident, ready to take on the world.“The Little Black Dress” principle can be applied to entertaining.  Spend the lunch hour with MemorableEntertaining.com and learn how to create memorable dining experiences with ease, grace and style. MemorableEntertaining.com will share with you how to take a few basic pieces and create fabulous centerpieces and Tablescapes along with tips for foolproof menus. Join us for an hour packed full of timesaving ideas, tips and inspiration.  
    • Sur La Table, The Arboretum, 100 West Higgins Rd., The Arboretum of South Barrington, IL, April 18, 2009.  "The Anatomy of A Bridal Shower" with Mary Rose Hoover of Cucina Della Rosa Cooking School and Debra Kavalos-Delaney of MemorableEntertaining.com.  847-551-1090.
    • The Complete Wedding Expo, Renaissance, O'Hare,  April 19, 2009, 11 AM to 4 PM.  MemorableEntertaining.com will be exhibiting at The Complete Wedding Expo.  Stop by and visit us.   
    • The Great American Cooking Expo, Palatine, IL, November 14, 15, 16, Harper College Expo Center Building M, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. MemorableEntertaining.com will be exhibiting.  Check us out at booth number 303.  We have also been asked to create holiday tablescapes for the two main presentation stages.  Log on to www.thecookingexpo.com to purchase tickets. 
    •  Barrington Area Library, Barrington, IL, November 5, 2008 (7:00 to 8:30 PM). “Memorable Holiday Entertaining":  Join party diva Debra as she offers inventive ideas for holiday entertaining.  Whether you're planning a cocktail party, buffet or sit-down dinner, Debra's ideas for settings, linens, centerpieces and menu items will help you create a warm and unique holiday scenario.  Total-look table settings will be set up for viewing.  Refreshments served.  Register online or by phone, 847-382-1300 for reservations.
    • Chico's, Deer Park, IL, September 16, 2008. “Explore how to maximize your fall fashion wardrobe & china inventory. We will create fabulous multiple looks both for you and your table!” Call 847-438-2585 for details.


    Articles Written by MemorableEntertaining.com 
    • Chicago Home Improvement Magazine, December 2008:  "Centerpiece Basics: Ideas & Tips"

    • Our Family Magazine:  Look for us in upcoming issues.  September/October - 'Hosting a Soup Buffet', November/December - 'Tips for Stress Free Holiday Entertaining', January/February - 'Hostess & Housewarming Gift Ideas'. 
    The Press & Magazines

    • From Sparkle & Hustle, October, 2011

      Daring Doer: Debra Kavalos-Delaney

      MemorableEntertaining.com of Barrington, Ill., launched in 2008, is a one-stop online resource that gives people access to everything they need to entertain with grace and style regardless of their budget or experience as a host or hostess.

      'Ah ha' moment that led to launching the business: After 32 years in corporate America and a milestone birthday, I asked myself what I loved doing and the answer was that I loved to entertain and help others successfully entertain. That's how MemorableEntertaining.com was born.

      Ideal customer: Young professionals, newlyweds, or anyone entertaining challenged, short on time, money or inspiration.

      First customer: From an email I crafted to friends, family and business associates announcing the launch of MemorableEntertaining.com.

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    • From The Hinsdalean, by Ken Knutson, July 7, 2011

      Ask an Expert: Debra Kavalos-Delaney, Entertainer Extraordinaire
      How can people make home entertaining manageable and memorable?


      During the summer months, nearly two-thirds of Americans prefer to host parties rather than meet at a restaurant or bar, according a survey cited by entertainment expert Debra Kavalos-Delaney.

      But with changing lifestyles and tighter budgets, home entertaining can be an intimidating proposition. Kavalos-Delaney is working to change that.

      "I want to really inspire people to bring people back in their homes again," said the creator of the Memorable Entertaining website.

      Assembling a well-rounded guest list is important. The gathering should be of a size and diversity that fosters vibrancy. For example, a mix of work colleagues, neighbors and friends is certain to generate fresh conversations.

      "Think about the group, because that is one of the key elements of success," she said. "Will they be interesting to each other?"

      Prospective guests can even help shape the schedule, Kavalos-Delaney said. Send out three or four date possibilities to see which is most popular. That will help ensure optimal attendance and focus the planning phase.

      "(Consider the) time constraints, and then back into it. You want to think about the environment, the seating, It's all about the experience. It's the music. It's the lighting, it's the complement of guests that you bring into the evening," she said.

      The menu, of course, is key. Kavalos-Delaney said a prospective host should first determine his or her culinary boundaries.

      "Be really thoughtful about what you choose to serve. Don't get over- whelmed. You can make a bowl of chili sexy," she said.

      For smaller gatherings, a formal dinner may be preferable. Consider buffet- style eating if the group is larger. As for themed events, Kavalos-Delaney advised caution.

      "I've never thrown a theme party in 30 years of entertaining. I think we have gotten so overblown with themes. It's more about creating a wonderful environment with delicious food," she said.

      With a greater prevalence of food allergies and vegetarianism today, ask- ing about diet restrictions in the invitation may avoid embarrassment later.

      Kavalos-Delaney said electronic invites are fine for casual gatherings and often more convenient for both host and invitee. If the party is formal in nature, a mailed invitation is preferred.

      Greet guests as they arrive, making introductions as you take drink requests. If presented with a hostess gift, such as a bottle of wine, set it aside but make sure to jot the giver's name on the label so you know who to thank after enjoying the selection.

      She also offered some guidelines for prospective party attendees: RSVP as promptly as possible and try to arrive on time.

      "If you're going to be late, have the courtesy to call and share that with your host or hostess. And be sensitive to how long to stay," she said.

      Kavalos-Delaney said she hosted par- ties over 30 years while working full- time in the corporate world and under- stands the pressures. But she said having people rave about a party she threw 10 years after the fact is worth the effort.

      "I worked, but I found time to do it — not only to solidify business relation- ships, but to create special times with the special people in my life," she said. "It's all about creating memories."

      Kavalos-Delaney will impart her party-planning profundity during a free program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St.

      Entertaining at home doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate, according to Debra Kavalos-Delaney. The founder of memo- rableentertaining.com will offer her hosting tips during a July 20 program at the Hinsdale Public Library.

    • From the Pioneer Local Press, by Joanna Broder, September 4, 2008

      Barrington hostess shares her expertise on new Web site

      First, take coats.

      Next, make introductions, mixing in items of common interest among guests to jump start conversation.

      Finally, take drink requests while putting aside hostess gifts to open after guests leave.

      Who knew guests still brought hostess gifts?

      Apparently, Debra Kavalos-Delaney did. She wrote these tips for being a good hostess (in more straightforward terms) for her new Web site, MemorableEntertaining.com.

      Kavalos-Delaney, of Barrington, traded in her full time job as a managing director for a private bank group of Harris Bank three years ago to found the site, which offers paid subscribers what Kavalos-Delaney terms "a one-stop resource for hostesses and hosts."

      Getting it right

      Among its many other offerings, the site offers full dinner menus with downloadable grocery lists, a time-saver section with links to her favorite store-bought appetizers and sauces and a library of how-to videos (there are three on napkin-folding alone).

      The fee to join the site is a substantial $75 for the first year, more than some professional associations charge, but Kavalos-Delaney hopes that members will find a wide variety of useful information from which to choose, from the helpful tried-and-true places to locate hard-to-find food items to the more esoteric offerings like her book recommendations to help spark "toasts and sparkling conversation."

      "Here is a site that gives you everything in one place," Kavalos-Delaney said, "plus you've got somebody out there working to constantly find exciting ideas ... to make entertaining easier for you and as spectacular as you want it to be."

      There is a section called "Debra's Diary," where Kavalos-Delaney blogs on any topic that strikes her fancy like a recent post about recipes for sophisticated, summer barbecues. Another section, called "Contributing Chefs" profiles chefs.

      The web site presents vibrant pictures (of various tablescapes for example), videos and sideshows. New information is added weekly, and after the first year, the membership fee drops to $50. (Kavalos-Delaney readily admits that while the site is dynamic, because certain sections stay static from year to year she doesn't want her subscribers to feel that they are repaying for the same material).

      Parties remembered

      It was her passion for entertaining that led Kavalos-Delaney to start the site, she said. Over the years, people who came to her home for parties would call afterward asking for her entertaining tips. One woman, whom Kavalos-Delaney ran into recently, had been to her home for a party nearly 10 years ago but still remembered every detail from the party including the food, the table and the candles, Kavalos-Delaney said.

      "It's amazing to me when we do take the time to create those special moments that involve all the senses, they truly create memorable experiences," she said.

      What makes Kavalos-Delaney qualified to dole out entertaining advice? In addition to her years of throwing parties, that would be her Greek heritage, she said. Growing up, almost all of her aunts and uncles owned a restaurant. "Cooking and entertaining was a big part of life in my family," she said.

      Kavalos-Delaney referred to the lessons Americans can draw from Europeans, who know how to enjoy their dinner, which is often a three- to five-hour experience, she said.

      Enjoying life

      "I think entertaining the way I'm talking about is creating a safe haven for your friends and family," Kavalos-Delaney said, "and giving them time to just sit back, rest and unwind and remember what it's like to just live and be."

      Colleen Clare, a lawyer from Kildeer and a friend of Kavalos-Delaney, joined the site last April when it launched because she loves to cook and entertain.

      "It's just one central Web site that has a lot of ideas and information and tips regarding entertaining and cooking. It's all in one spot," she said.

      Ronna Streiff, from Vernon Hills, got a subscription to MemorableEntertaining as a birthday gift from her brother and sister-in-law last April.

      She uses the site for ideas on table settings, recipes, ideas for parties and invitations. "If you're somebody that does entertain a lot it's really a great site," Streiff said.

    • From the Daily Herald, by Anna Marie Kukec, May 24, 2008

      Barrington woman launches entertaining Web site

      A long family tradition for entertaining has helped Debra Kavalos-Delaney of Barrington create a Web site for people who enjoy hosting parties.

      MemorableEntertaining.com launched in April and offers an extensive guide for home entertaining, from casual get-togethers to ultra-elegant events, with new ideas posted weekly.

      "As a society, we're just so busy, we've lost some of that grace and beauty of life," said Kavalos-Delaney, 53. "We don't always have time for the process of planning a party."

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