Want to add a fun element to your dinner but don’t want to spend a lot on an extra course? Serve your guests an amuse bouche! French for “mouth amuser” this bite-sized, hors d'oeuvre- like item is served as a starter before the meal. An amuse bouche is a lovely idea, especially if there is a long program or speeches before the main entrée is served. With “small-bites” becoming more popular, we expect to see the amuse bouche popping on menus more than ever. This is just another way to delight and engage your guests!
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Cape Cod is proud to announce its new Summer Menu created by Executive Chef Herve Cuyeu. The new menu highlights the young, natural, vibrant flavors of the summer including Patagonian Trout, Whiskey Grilled Main Lobster, and Skuna Bay Salmon.
In addition to its new menu, Cape Cod has implemented new flash sales beginning Monday, September 1st. These sales highlight Cape Cod’s extensive wine list and a new oyster bar. Join us on Mondays and Tuesdays for half off of Captain’s Wine List and on Fridays and Saturdays for the Oyster Bar Happy Hour.
More and more these days interesting grains are making their way onto menus. Dishes like polenta, bulgar, farro, and quinoa are starting to show up everywhere from the corporate break station to the bridal luncheon. Not only are many of these grains highly nutritious and high in protein, a number, such as wild rice or buckwheat, do not contain gluten. Many also have the benefit of a low glycemic index, therefore avoiding the spike in blood sugar that causes grogginess after eating, making them perfect for a mid-day meal or snack in between meetings. These grains also make a great vegetarian meal for your guests. Instead of serving your vegetarian guests a simple vegetable stack or plain pasta with marinara sauce, imagine if they were presented “Curried Couscous with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas.” In addition, weddings and other social events are a great opportunity to try these grains because of the presentation of the menu. What better way is there to create anticipation and conversation than seeing “Forbidden Rice” or “Amaranth” on a menu? (Incidentally, “amaranthine” means “eternal, unfading, and everlasting. How’s that for the perfect wedding grain?) Sure, potatoes will never go out of style, but for an alternative, give these great grains a try.
The Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck launches in Chicago this August on its cross country mail truck tour. Adorned in the Veuve Clicquot yellow hue and delivering exciting surprises in cities across the country, the Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck will be coming to The Drake Hotel's Cape Cod on August 7th from 4-7PM. Guests can enjoy Veuve Cliquot and by-the-glass seafood pairings to include Crab Cake Sliders, Crispy Calamari, and Green Garlic Shrimp.
Whether you're meeting for the first time, discussing business deal, or entertaining a client do so with Coq d'or's or Drake Bros' Business Power Lunch. Offering a menu and atmosphere ideal for any business meeting, this 3 course prix-fixe menus features your choice of a first course, entrée, and dessert. The Business Power Lunch is offered in The Drake Hotel's Coq d'Or and Drake Bros' restaurant, and is available from 11AM- 2PM for $16.95.
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Cape Cod is proud to announce its new summer menu created by Executive Chef, Herve Cuyeu. The menu features seasonal offerings that have an emphasis on freshness and high quality ingredients. The vibrant flavors have been perfectly matched by Chef Herve in a creative way, fashioning summer's best flavors. From The Hot Pot of scallops, shrimp and mussels topped in a succulent green garlic broth, to the Patagonian Trout seared and served with roasted heirloom tomatoes, there is something to please every palate.
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Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Ladybug Bash on June 12, 2014 at the iconic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago! The event promises an extraordinary night of pure delight, featuring Ladybug cocktails, dinner, dancing, raffles, live and silent auctions, as well as an array of celebrity appearances.
The gala kicks off at 7PM at the Drake Hotel at 140 East Walton Place. General admission tickets cost $100 or purchase VIP tickets for $150.Tables of six or eight can be reserved for $580 and $780.
The Ladybug Bash is the annual event where money is raised to fund national projects. This year, an additional goal of The Bash is to raise enough to give a grant to further pediatric cancer research.Each fund is dedicated in the name of a local child battling cancer with the goal of helping all children and families at that hospital. At The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the namesake of Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund is a young Chicago girl who was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 17 months old. After undergoing over two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy treatment, Atia is now six years old and in full remission.
Celebrity guests coming include Project Ladybug founder Dina Manzo, from the Real Housewives of New Jersey; Matt Forte, Running Back for the Chicago Bears; Tommie Harris, former Defensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears; and Meg Caswell, from HGTV.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit Project Lady Bug or email Christina Isherwood.
This month, dodge the heat and relax in the Palm Court as Classic Movie Mondays continue. On June 9th see French playboy Michel Marnet and American tourist Terry McKay fall in love aboard a ship in “Love Affair” (1939). On June 23rd, sit back and enjoy a timeless every-man-for-himeself thriller, “And Then There Were None,” (1945) as ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to be mysteriously killed off one-by-one.
Movie Monday is free and open to the public. Enjoy a themed movie menu including 1940’s cocktails and candy bars. Complimentary popcorn will be served. For more information or to reserve your table email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com or call 312.932.4619.
Join us in Palm Court this season for Summertide Tea. Weekdays from May through August guests will be offered our Summertide Tea menu and a glass of champagne for $40 by simply mentioning “PC14” to your server. Little Princes and Princesses will receive tea at half-price with the Summertide Tea discount.
A New Menu for Old Traditions
Chicago’s Cape Cod Room has been synonymous with fresh seafood since 1933. This year’s new summer menu features quintessential seasonal delights including: lobster cobb salad, cedar plank roasted Skuna Bay salmon, and crab stuffed shrimp. Also, beachgoers can grab an appetizer and specialty cocktail for $15—the best prices on the Gold Coast, just the way it was intended.
When Cape Cod opened, in an era of immense economic downturn, The Drake too was affected by The Great Depression: ownership was turned over, occupancy was down, and prohibition had led to crime throughout the city. The goal of the Cape Cod Room was to bring fresh seafood to the masses at a reasonable price, and raise the spirit of the city. In the early 20th century, travel was difficult and expensive, it was likely that a Chicagoan would go their entire life without seeing the ocean, let alone eat fresh seafood. Now, in a similar age of economic recovery, Cape Cod has reverted back to its earlier mentality: affordable fresh seafood, for the masses, seven days a week (4 PM – 10 PM Friday and Saturday, 5:30 PM—10 PM Sunday through Thursday). For reservations call 312.932.4337 or email.