The Drake Hotel is pleased to announce a new menu at Coq d’Or. This month, executive chef Franco Diaz will introduce a fresh take on the old classics. While some timeless creations will always remain untouched, like The Drake’s celebrated Bookbinder Soup, other menu items will be updated to celebrate the Coq d’Or’s 80th birthday this December.
For generations Coq d’Or has boasted a menu that has become a model of Real Chicago™ dining— Enjoy a Reuben, Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake and an Old Fashioned while listening to smooth jazz in the Arcade Level of The Drake Hotel any day of the week, 365 days a year.
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 On December 5th, 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the National Prohibition that had left the country dry for thirteen years.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.
The Drake welcomes its newest addition, Executive Chef Franco Diaz. Born and raised in Bensenville, Ill. Diaz is excited to bring his worldly talent back to where his lifelong passion for cooking began –Chicago.
Diaz’s passion for food and the culinary arts was ignited at a young age. This passion stayed with him when he began his culinary studies at Kendall College, earning his degree in Culinary Management. Throughout the years, he was able to hone his skills and depth of knowledge. He most recently was involved in the launching of two St. Regis luxury properties in Princeville, Hawaii and Bal Harbour, Fla. Under his guidance, the St. Regis Resort Bal Harbour was named a AAA five diamond hotel three months after opening. Before his time with St. Regis, Diaz was the banquet chef at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. It was there where he was selected to explore and perfect his craft participating in an exchange chef program at the Michelin rated Victoria Young Frau Hotel in Switzerland.
Moving back to the state where his culinary roots were planted, Diaz is focused on bringing in the best quality of ingredients from around world to incorporate in the development of new menus. “To be welcomed into such a well-known establishment within the industry and community is an honor,” Diaz stated. With his seasoned talent and extensive experience in the culinary world, Chef Diaz is committed to delivering great food and excellent service for guests.
Introducing a Gluten-Free Menu in the Palm Court:
The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court is delighted to introduce a new gluten-free alternative to the traditional afternoon tea menu. The menu, including gluten-free sandwiches, pastries, and scones will be effective May 31, 2013. Today, an increased amount of people have special dietary needs and food allergies, yet very few options cater to their needs.
“We are pleased to be expanding our menu offerings to fit the health needs of all clientele,” says Food and Beverage Director Eric Benamara. “We wanted to ensure that the Drake offered them somewhere they could still indulge in the luxury of Afternoon Tea.”
Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily, gluten-free menu options are available upon request.
Revisit the Palm Court for Special Summer Price!
This summer is the perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle and revisit the Palm Court for afternoon tea. Starting in June, an exclusive customary tea will be offered in the serene Palm Court atmosphere, just mention the Summertime Tea code to your server and receive a special summer price. For an extra touch of luxury, enjoy a glass of champagne with afternoon tea and make your experience every inch the elegant and refined occasion it should be.
Make your afternoon tea reservation, visit OpenTable or contract Shaun Rajah at 312.932.4619 or Shaun.Rajah@hilton.com
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.
Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the freshest menus of the season. The Drake Hotel is welcoming spring with fresh menu items in the Cape Cod and Coq d’Or.
Coq d’Or is known for the seasonal Quiche and this spring is no different. The featured savory baked egg custard with seasonal vegetables in a homemade crust, is served with petite gem lettuce and an heirloom tomato vinaigrette making this fluffy quiche a flavor you’re sure to enjoy.
Also new on the menu is a Mezze Platter which features the freshest flavors of the season with a unique duo of dips. The Fava Bean Hummus incorporates all the jewels of spring with mint, cilantro, green onion, jalapeño, and rice wine vinegar. The Spiced Eggplant Spread is blended with caramelized onions, dark roasted eggplant, and has a tartness that comes from dried mango and pomegranate. Served with vegetable crudite and warm Naan bread.
Cape Cod also has a fresh menu featuring grilled Mahi Mahi topped with a variety of spring vegetables, making this dish not only a tasty choice but a healthy one too. The 8 oz Mahi Mahi is grilled and served with a mix of toasted orzo, including red pepper coulis, haricot vert, roasted red bell peppers and served with capers and chopped kalamata olives.
Vibrant spring colors shine in the new seasonal Mussels. The mussels are from Prince Edward Island's mussel industry, which is Canada’s top producer and exporter of rope cultured blue mussels. The one pound of mussels are cooked in white wine, leaks, garlic chips and served with a grilled crostini.
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.