The Drake Team was delighted to participate in the judging of After School Matters Beginner & Advanced Culinary Program Competition on August 1st at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Afterschool Matters Culinary Program helps kids find and discover their talents for future employment.
Student chefs were asked to create a dining experience themed around Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel. 80 students, that have a passion for the culinary world, were tasked to create their own scones, pastries and tea sandwiches. Students then presented their culinary creations to the judges where they were then scored on table display, presentation and service.
The Drake is thrilled to welcome the Beginner & Advanced winning teams to The Drake to take learn more about the culinary world with our Sous Chef, Christina Schubert, as well as enjoy the experience of Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court.
The Coq d’Or hosted Bulleit Bourbon to its summer tasting last month. The event focused on rye whiskies. Guests were given the opportunity to ask questions to Bulleit’s Master Taster Lisa Selman while trying a variety of whiskies and complimentary appetizers. The Whiskey Club will continue to take new members at no charge through the New Year to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Coq d’Or.
In December of 1933 the world had taken a huge step forward. In the aftermath of the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago the nation was presented with a new sense of optimism. On the heels of that optimism was a thirst. On December 5th, 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the National Prohibition that had left the country dry for thirteen years. Coincidentally, the Coq d’Or opened its doors the very next day offering the only drink it could easily serve to quench the thirst of a mob of people with a line wrapping around the block: whiskey. Whiskey was served until dawn for $.40 a drink.
To celebrate the Coq d’Or, our loyal guests and our anniversary together we will be offering select whiskey at $.80 for a limited time and, as stated, we will continue to offer the Whiskey Club through 2014 gratis versus libre.
The kick off to Chicago Jazz Festival starts with the Annual Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 28 from 6PM to midnight. The Jazz Club Tour, sponsored by The Drake Hotel, takes its patrons for a ride to venerable jazz clubs, small joints, and community centers throughout Chicago. Explore and enjoy the longstanding bebop traditions of the Jazz Showcase in the South Loop, the upscale environs of The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court and Coq d’Or, and everything in between.
Jazz Club Tour participants buy a promotion button which grants access to all participating clubs and trolley transportation between clubs. General admission is $25 in advance and $35 at the doors. Advance tickets are available on line at jazzinchicago.org beginning July 15 and at participating clubs beginning August 1. The Drake Hotel will feature bands in both Palm Court and the more intimate Coq d’Or, in additional to providing special signature drinks and menus for the occasion.
The Jazz Club Tour is one of the best nights in Chicago Jazz. It’s a perfect get together with jazz fans across the city and a gives you a chance to enjoy one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the nation.
Tickets can be purchased online at jazzinchicago.org or at The Drake Hotel.
With Summer winding down, there is no better way to spend your last family hurrah than at the annual Air & Water Show. August 17th and 18th the largest free show of its kind will be hitting the beaches of North Avenue from 10AM- 3PM. For your convience The Drake’s Lavazza Café will be offering a $13 “Grab and Go” boxed breakfast and lunch options to take with you to the beach. If you prefer to watch the Air & Water show inside, visit us in our namesake restaurant Drake Bros’ and enjoy a Breakfast and Omelet Stations featuring a Bloody Mary Bar, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Oak Street Beach.
Will you have a large amount of children attending your wedding or event? You might consider setting up a kids’ room. Once the party gets started in the main room, invite your younger guests to their own room. You can set up TVs with movies or a gaming system, have crafts or coloring available, and set out some board games and toys. If you really want to go all out, consider having a sundae buffet just for them! Hiring a professional babysitter to watch the kids and supervise their activities will ensure a fun night for all. Not only will the parents appreciate you welcoming their children (while giving them a night "off"), the kids will love getting to play with cousins and friends they may not get to see very often. And they don't have to hang out with the grownups!
Want a classy dessert for your wedding but don't love cake? A new idea that we see taking off is the "Cheese Cake" though you won't find these at everywhere. Literally, it is a cake made of cheese. Your cheese cake maker will fashion wheels of different types of cheese to make create a presentation that is barely distinguishable from a traditional wedding cake. It can be garnished with flowers just like a traditional wedding cake, as well as served with accoutrements such as preserves, crackers, or grapes that add to the presentation.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and The Drake Hotel's Palm Court are pleased to present the Masters of Design and Post-Baccalaureate 2013 Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a cocktail hour and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Forgoing the traditional runway show in favor of a more dynamic in-the-round presentation, models on elevated platforms will present three to five looks from each of the 12 designers in a display created around the Palm Court fountain. For tickets, visit saicmdespost-baccfashion2013.eventbrite.com.
The 12 student designers represent two degrees offered through SAIC’s Fashion, Body and Garment program. Collections by Master of Design students demonstrate the culmination of technical skills and conceptual themes cultivated throughout the curriculum. Designs by Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students expand on one of two themes—sustainability and historical costumes—explored through semester-long studios.
Coq d’Or invites whiskey fans to join the new Coq d’Or Whiskey Club this May 2013. Interested individuals can complete the initial complimentary registration anytime online at www.thedrakehotel.com/dine/coqdor. Once enrolled, members will receive a membership card entitling them access to quarterly events and featured quarterly whiskies in Coq d’Or.
“We know Chicago is home to many whiskey drinkers with sophisticated tastes,” explains Kai Wilson, The Drake Hotel beverage manager. “By starting the Coq d’Or Whiskey Club, we hope to provide everyone with a special opportunity to sample some new whiskies and meet people with similar tastes and interests.”
Each quarter, members will receive an update, via email, with information on the quarter’s event, including when it will occur and what the featured whiskey will be. These events, hosted by Coq d’Or, will provide an opportunity for members to taste, learn and ask questions about different types of whiskies. The event program will vary from event to event depending on the featured product.
The quarterly email will also update members on the custom tailored whiskey collection for the quarter. These whiskey collections are only available for purchase by current Whiskey Club members when visiting Coq d’Or. These collections will change quarterly with the seasons in mind and will revolve around a common theme. The first collection features a select grouping of rye whiskies including Old Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond and Templeton Rye Small Batch.
Coq d’Or has had long history and a special connection to whiskey from the very beginning. Opening on Dec. 6, 1933, the day after the repeal of Prohibition, high demand and long lines only allowed time for the serving of 40 cent whiskies. In honor of the opening day of Coq d’Or and the 80th anniversary approaching this December, the Coq d’Or Whiskey Club was born.
Coq d’Or Whiskey Club members must be 21 years of age or older. There is no membership fee. Interested whiskey lovers can online at http://www.thedrakehotel.com/dine/coq-dor/.
Instead of giving individual favors to each guest, many couples are choosing alternate ways to thank their guests for coming to their wedding. A donation to a charity of the couple’s choosing has been very popular lately, and is a lovely way to spend the extra cost you would have spent on favors. If you do choose to give favors, think about items that are meaningful to you as a couple, such as huckleberry jam from your family’s huckleberry bushes or coffee beans from Starbucks where she first caught his eye. Anything that reminds your guests of you as a couple will be cherished and taken home, rather than discarded by the end of the night.