For us, going to the Drake in Chicago was coming home for the holidays…
With the the kitchen as their workshop, spatulas and mixers their tools, Drake Hotel chefs and students from the French Pastry Sch0ol worked tirelessly this season to create a holiday display that makes our visitors drool. So what to your wondering eyes should appear when you enter into the magical atmosphere? A gingerbread village scene, an edible winter wondrous holiday dream.
During the Magnificent Mile's Festival of Lights Drake staff revealed the stately gingerbread village where toy locomotives circle through tunnels and bridges of chocolate, marzipan and wondrous sweets. Stained glass windows made of sugar, ice-cream cone snowcapped pillars, and old fashioned Necco® candy roof tiles are among the edible details four building snowed-in village.
Executive Chef Baasim Zafar remarks that it’s “one of the most detailed gingerbread villages I’ve ever seen. Our team and the students from the French Pastry School did a spectacular job.” Textured exterior walls, frosting evergreen trees throughout and crystal glossed sugar snow are just some of the details that Pastry Chef Christina Schubert was adamant about including to make this a truly, one of a kind, gingerbread village.
Each month the Drake Hotel hosts Cocktails4Causes in the Palm Court, which is a charity cocktail event that helps raise awareness for an organization. Last night, we were honored to work with Linda Zagar to help promote the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Linda lost her brother, Lew, in August of 2009 to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). AML a form of cancer that affects your myeloid line of blood cells and only has a 34% survival rate. Linda has devoted her life to raise awareness and funds for this dreadful disease so no one has to go through what her brother did.
There were free hors d’oeuvres and 50% of the bar tab went directly back to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are so pleased with the number of people who attended last night’s Cocktails4Causes and a thanks to Linda for shedding light on this disease.
We hope to see you all next month for August’s Cocktails4Causes.