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.
Chicago's Restaurant Week is here and with hundreds of opportunities for delicious prix fixe menus it’s hard not to get excited! This is a wonderful opportunity to try those places you've been interested in, but just haven’t had the chance to get to. If you're not an adventurous eater, this is a great way to let the chef pick the very best meals for you. It's hard to go wrong with a prix fixed menu.
The historic Cape Cod is participating in Chicago Restaurant Week with a special menu for $44 (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity). If you have not yet been to the place where so much of Chicago’s history has occurred within these walls, now is a great time. If you are a regular to the famous Cape Cod, then you already know about the famed initials in the bar, but restaurant week is the perfect time to branch out of your go to on the menu and try the chef’s picks!
Our menu begins with your choice of creamy Maine Lobster Bisque with crème fraise and a touch of armagnac or our incomparable Oysters Rockefeller. For your main course, enjoy fresh pan seared Idaho River Trout with braised fennel, blood orange salad, parsleyed potatoes, beurre blanc sauce or pan roasted Flounder with celery root ragout, broccoli, red radish slaw, brown butter sauce. Finish your meal on a sweet note with your choice of house-made bread pudding with Bailey’s-flavored custard, brandied cranberries, vanilla crème anglaise or Traditional Crème Brulee.
Make your reservations today, as restaurant week, happening February 1 through 10, 2013, is well under way! Reservations can be made on OpenTable.com or by calling 312 787 2200.
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.