Chef Emilio Gervilla, owner of Emilio’s Tapas in Hillside, will present a short cooking demonstration while discussing Spanish food, wine, and culture at 7 pm tonight at the Main Library. Enjoy a small taste of an authentic Spanish dish and a cash bar of Spanish wines. This after-hours event is free and open to the public.

The Main Library will reopen at 6:40 pm in advance of this special event. Parking will be available in the underground parking garage.

Born in Granada, Spain, Emilio Gervilla worked at his grandfather's bakery and tapas bar. In 1988 Emilio opened his own restaurant, Emilio’s Tapas, in Hillside, Illinois. Both a culinary and cultural experience, the restaurant serving authentic European Spanish tapas was an instant success. It was named one of Chicago's Ten Best New Restaurants by the prestigious Chicago Magazine; a host of awards followed. He later opened Emilio’s Tapas Sol y Nieve near Navy Pier in Chicago. Emilio proved that dreams do come true, and if you can't go home again you can bring home along with you.

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