The Drake Hotel is proud to present February’s Movie Monday classics in Palm Court. First, on February 10th at 7PM witness Scarlet Street. Watch as Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea portray the story of a man going through a mid-life crisis only to be scorned by a woman who believed not in him, but in his presumed fortune. Then, on February 24th witness the ineffable silent film that started it all, Gold Rush. Charlie Chaplin plays the Lone Prospector who not only finds his fortune in the Klondike, but so much more.
Enjoy complimentary popcorn, a special menu and themed cocktails from 6PM-8:30PM. Movie Monday is always free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended by calling 312.932.4619 or emailing.
February 10: Scarlet Street (1949) with Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett
February 24: The Gold Rush (1925) with Charlie Chaplin
March 10: My Favorite Brunette (1947) with Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour
March 24: Meet John Doe (1941) Frank Capra’s film with Barbara Stanwyck
April 14: The Stranger (1946) an Orsen Welles film
April 28: Suddenly (1954) with Frank Sinatra & James Gleason
When The Drake’s Cape Cod Room was envisioned, prior to the 1933 World’s Fair, architect Benjamin Marshall and, at the time, unknown folk artist Peter Hunt set out to create a transformative East Coast atmosphere. Between Marshall and Hunt they created an urban hideaway where the atmosphere was fine, but not refined.
Over 80 years later everything remains as originally imagined by the two founding visionaries: the old-fashioned, faded, tavern signs; hanging lobster traps and chowder kettles. But, now, dozens of national culinary awards reside next to those curiosities.
Re-opening its doors on February 1, 2014 with renewed flooring, replacing the original 1930’s tiling, and a revamped menu to match – the Cape Cod has hit its stride once again. Chef Franco Diaz has flipped old favorites alongside innovative new creations. Cure your hankering for East Coast cuisine with The Drake’s signature Bookbinder Soup, Beer Battered Oysters, Prosciutto Wrapped Crispy White Fish Saltimbocca, or any one of the delicious Drake dining options.
Join us for dinner Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually. This year, be original and proclaim your love over the tried and true tradition of Afternoon Tea. The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court will continue to proudly serve up the world’s most fashionable and fragrant teas in an atmosphere fit for a queen. However, for the weekend of February 14th through the 16th, champagne and a lovely array of Valentine’s desserts will be added to the traditional tea menu. The Palm Court provides the perfect atmosphere to celebrate friendship, family and love.
Tea starts at $40. Reservations are recommended, please visit thedrakehotel.com/dining for details.
For almost 100 years The Drake has stood at the top of the Magnificent Mile as a pillar of high society. Built in 1920, The Drake Hotel was considered the most luxurious hotel in Chicago. Benjamin Marshall, the original architect, designed the grand dame of hotels with unusual magnificence – it was said there was nothing like it in appearance. Throughout the years, we’ve helped friends and family turn moments into memories, and memories into traditions. Everyone has their Drake story and with that, some have their Drake “souvenir”.
In the last century countless items from the Historic Landmark Property have gone missing. Understanding that our history is part of your history The Drake Hotel is giving guests the opportunity to Go Back in Time and Give Back the Crime with an official pardon. The stories, the memories and the items returned will all be on display – your story will live on within The Drake walls. For the next two months, items will be accepted by mail or in person and without guilt or suspicion—no questions asked. This amnesty program is in preparation for The Drake’s official history tour which will launch on April 1st. Please address your submissions to 140 East Walton Place, Chicago IL 60657, Attention: Marketing Department.
FashionBar Chicago presents the first annual Fall/Winter Women’s Wear Fashion Show, exclusively showcasing designer collections for 2014, in The Drake’s Palm Court on February 13th. The show will feature twelve piece collections from five of Chicago’s emerging and talented fashion designers: Gabrielle Zwick of Gabrielle Zwick Designs, Sarah Fitzgerald of Sugarcoma Clothing, Satoko Mizuno, Apolinar Castillo of Apolinar Castillo Designs, and Prina Bagia of PRIN. Doors open at 6:30, tickets are available here.
Famed as Chicago’s first resort hotel The Drake has been called “a city within a city”, offering every convenience without having to venture out into the cold. This winter warm-up with our Just Chillin’ Package and waste no time getting from your car into the warmth of The Drake Hotel with $20 valet parking, over 50% off regular pricing. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with deluxe accommodations and two Drake mugs filled with hot chocolate packets to get you going. You’ll also receive complimentary access to the fitness center to tone up for summer, and 25% off drinks and dining at any of our hotel outlets: Coq d’Or, Cape Cod, Drake Bros’, and Palm Court. With complimentary high-speed in-room Wi-Fi, you won’t have to worry about missing a thing out in the cold of the real world. Book your Chillcation getaway now through the end of April and wake up in the comfort of your home away from home.
This May marks the one year anniversary of Coq d’Or’s official whiskey club. Membership will remain free throughout the inaugural year. However, in May, The Drake will institute a nominal membership fee to sign up. Join now at thedrakehotel.com.
The next quarterly event will be February 27th and will feature Scotch whisky—without the “e”. Historically, Scotch whisky was aged wooden barrels that were purchases from the British Isles. The intention of the barrels was to take the harsh edge off of the “fire water”. However, since these casks had been used prior to the whisky being poured they began to take on the flavor of the previous liquid—giving the whisky a “finish”.
Popular finishes included whiskies that came from sherry and port casks. Through the centuries, however, many other types of used casks have been experimented with, such as Bourbon, Madeira, Sauternes, Cognac and others.
This February Coq d’Or will present three examples of these finishes using the classic Glenmorangie single malt scotch, but finished in three different casks, port, sherry and sauternes. See if you can taste the difference by signing up for Whiskey Club now and emailing Nora.Heneghan@hilton.com your RSVP.
This year the Art Institute of Chicago proudly introduces the area’s leading chefs with their exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine. You are invited to feast your eyes on famed fare painted and sculpted by the world’s most prominent artists.
The Drake Hotel is aptly represented by nationally acclaimed Chef Franco Diaz whose mouthwatering recipe for “Turkey and Chanterelles” can be perused on the Art Institutes online cookbook while museum goers gaze at Norman Rockwell’s 1942 Freedom from Want. Exhibition curator Judith Barter truly brings the symbolism of cuisine within art and places the topic on the table.
The exhibition lasts through January 27th, 2014.
Though tea has been popular since its introduction to Europe in the 17th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that afternoon tea became a high society tradition. A common misconception is that The Drake Hotel has maintained “high tea” since it opened its doors nearly a century ago. In fact, The Drake has served “afternoon tea” since opening. “High tea”, coined in the Industrial Revolution, referred to working class families consuming their bread, butter, and tea at their high tables in their less affluent communities. Low tea, or the afternoon tea that is served at The Drake, consists of low tea tables, sweets and sandwiches—exactly the atmosphere the creator of afternoon tea time, Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, would have adored in the 1800’s.
The Drake's Palm Court has always hosted curious patrons from around the world who wanted to know more about the history of the famed tea room. Last year Palm Court, named one of the best locations for afternoon tea in the nation by Good Morning America, began "Historic Afternoon Tea" in an effort to inform loyal guests of its profound past.
This year the Palm Court will once again introduce "Historic Afternoon Tea". First, guests are invited to enjoy a leisurely lunch with traditional tea then they will be invited on a brief excursion through the hotel with one of The Drake's expert historians. The tea and tour starts at $35, tours are given at 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Reservations are highly recommended, call 312.932.4619 or email Lalla.ElAlaoui@hilton.com.
Martin Scorsese stated, “Film in the 20th century, it’s the American art form, like jazz.”
The Palm Court, long famed for introducing the nation’s next big jazz artist, will now bring back America’s most beloved entertainment: motion picture classics from the early to mid 20th century. Names that resonate through generations like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Audrey Hepburn will once again return to Chicago for Movie Mondays at The Drake Hotel. Fall back in time with a 40’s themed cocktail while gazing at Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” January 13th or sip on a gin sour while watching Frank Capra’s suspense filled “Meet John Doe” with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.
Films will be shown biweekly, the second and fourth Monday of every month. Please visit our entertainment page for a full schedule. Admission is always free, and complimentary popcorn will be served.
This year, capture the magic of the holiday season at The Drake. With festive pastries, cocktails, menus and carolers there is no shortage of holiday merriment. Executive Chef Franco Diaz and his team of nationally renowned culinary artists will be serving up The Drake's signature dishes - guaranteed to satisfy everyone's taste buds. There are still plenty of festive options to create wonderful winter memories. We invite you to create traditions of your own this December when you partake in REAL CHICAGO festivities at The Drake Hotel.
Holiday Afternoon Tea
November 29 - January 5, 11am - 5pm
Adults $40, Children $20
New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 9:30pm
Black Tie New Year's Eve
Charles Dickens Brunch
Dec 14,15, 21 and 22, 12 - 2pm
Adults $75, Children $32, under 5 complimentary
Christmas Eve Buffet
December 24, 12 - 7pm
Carolers and a visit from Santa
Adults $102, Children $50
Christmas Day Dinner
December 25, 12 - 7pm
Plated dinner, carolers and a visit from Santa
Adults $102, Children $50
New Year's Brunch
January 1, 11:30am - 3pm
Live jazz entertainment
Adults $80, Children $39
Christmas Eve Dinner
December 24, Seating at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30pm
Adults $96, Children $45
New Year's Eve
December 31, 9:30pm - 1am
New Year's Eve
Prix fixe menu and bottle of champagne
80th Anniversary Celebration
December 6, 11am - 2am
Featuring live entertainment, trivia and $.80 whiskey shots
Every year The Drake Hotel chefs team up to create a confectionery masterpiece for the holidays. In the past they've created villages, beaches, castles, and cities. This year the theme takes us back almost a century to 1920's Chicago. The 1920's "Greetings from Chicago" theme, unveiled last month, features Chicago's iconic buildings and symbols: the Wrigley sign, the Art Institute Lion, Frank Lloyd Wright's home, and, naturally, The Drake. However, there are three sweet pieces of real estate open for the winners of Pastry Chicago's 8th Annual Gingerbread Competition. Over fifty professional and amateur chefs throughout the Chicagoland area have submitted their iced ideas. Sunday, December 8th, all of the delectable designs will be on display for the public from 2PM- 4PM in the Gold Coast Ballroom. For such an occasion, light food and beverages will be provided. The best gingerbread architecture will be exhibited in the lobby through the holidays.
Celebrate the commencement of 2014 in The Drake Hotel with Chicago Scene, AKIRA Chicago, Dance Floor Junkies, and DJ Sye Young. There is no better place to celebrate the New Year. Red Eye Chicago voted The Drake's party the #1 New Year's Party in Chicago. Voted one of "The Top 10 New Year's Party in the USA" by AOL City Guide, The Drake and Chicago Scene team up to provide the most memorable celebratory experience. Ring in the New Year in three ballrooms with 45 bars and bartenders, a buffet, circulated hors d'Oervres, and, of course, champagne. For more information: http://chicago-scene.com/new-years-eve-chicago.htm
Coq d'Or has an extensive history and a special connection to the "water of life": whiskey. Opening on December 6, 1933 the day after the repeal of Prohibition, the high demand and long lines for drinks only allowed time to serve 40 cent whiskies. In honor of Coq d'Or's 80th Anniversary, join us December 6th for our liquor license celebration featuring trivia from 5:30 - 6pm, live entertainment and shots of whiskey prices at 80 cents -- a penny for each year we've been serving Chicago.
The Drake Hotel is pleased to announce the launch of The Drake Hotel’s newly branded website: thedrakehotel.com. The new sophisticated site offers a contemporary look and a streamlined user experience. With improved navigation and functionality, the website provides quick and easy access to essential information. The enhanced experience features all major aspects of The Drake Hotel: meetings, weddings, dining and accommodations. Event planners can explore, examine and email requests with enhanced resources. Visitors can stay informed with the latest hotel happenings and announcements in the press section. Menus can be surveyed, galleries can be perused and arrangements can be made all with the click of a button. The improved site also provides a brief history of The Drake Hotel as well as an overview of the Gold Coast.
Furthermore, users can share information that interests them with others on social media outlets. The exacting efforts to which The Drake Hotel and Killswitch Collective have developed this website are evident from the first click. The REAL CHICAGO experience is showcased through the impactful design and rich history creating a story that complements the content with photos, leaving users informed and connected. "From business travelers to corporate groups to couples planning their weddings, The Drake Hotel has provided countless experiences to remember, and we think it’s time that the website does the same,” comments Meredith Reshoft, creative director and principal of Killswitch. “Anyone who walks into The Drake will find themselves ensconced in old Chicago style, from the architecture and décor to the gorgeous hallways, warm and rich with history. We were able to take the vision of The Drake Hotel Team and create a unique, highly captivating website that showcases The Drake Hotel as a historic icon, while bringing it in to the modern day.”The Drake Hotel, a national historic place and Chicago original, has become synonymous with luxury – thedrakehotel.com personifies that luxury to a tee. The website is nearing the relaunch date, so be ready to click refresh.
Media can access additional information about The Drake Hotel at news.hilton.com/drake.
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
This summer, education and vacation will go hand-in-hand for families that embark on a Real Chicago adventure at The Drake Hotel. Whether raising an aspiring professional athlete or a budding historian-to-be, parents can extend learning opportunities and fun adventures for their curious children by visiting www.thedrakehotel.com and booking their stay.
Starting June 17, the historic Cape Cod and the Shedd Aquarium will partner to offer families a one-of-a-kind experience exploring the underwater grace and wonders at the Shedd Aquarium with the exclusive hands-on Stingray Touch exhibit and a unique family style meal designed specifically to complement this experience in the Cape Cod restaurant at The Drake Hotel.
The menu, created by Chef Gee Cuyugan, features sustainable seafood items that continue the interactive learning experience from the Shedd exhibit with the introduction of an array of seafood dishes. The menu is served family style, encouraging families to enjoy each other’s company all while exploring these new foods with one another.
“As a father I understand the importance of opening your children up to new experiences,” said Eric Benamara food and beverage director at The Drake. “We feel this partnership will provide families with a unique opportunity, one that encompasses the learning about new species and exploring new cuisines.”
The package includes a 15 minute tour of the exhibit at the Shedd that includes access to the Stingray Touch Exhibit located in a new 20,000-gallon pool, under a tented structure on the aquarium’s south terrace. Here visitors will experience first-hand how a 3 ft long diamond-shaped ray feels as it glides under water, and the movement of approximately 40 cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) and yellow rays (Urobatis jamaicensis).
To make reservations contact the Cape Cod Manager, Ted Daskalopoulos at 312.932.4347
Other Recommendations for hands-on experiences this Summer include:
We invite you and your special girl in for an experience filled with pampering, bonding and memories with our American Girl Package. The special experience starts on Michigan Avenue exploring all that the American Girl Store has to offer. At night, you and your special girl will return to our deluxe accommodations where fresh baked cookies and milk will be waiting at turn down service with a special bed waiting not just for you, but also a special sized doll bed for your American Girl!
Create family fun with your little ones when you explore the endless possibilities of our Explore with LEGOs Package. Your family is sure to build lasting memories with this package, which includes our deluxe accommodations, a personalized welcome letter, fresh baked cookies and milk at turn down service, breakfast in Drake Bros', a voucher for a Roy Rodgers in any of our outlets, complimentary internet and a $50 Gift Card to Lego Store.
If the weather outside is frightful, inside it’s delightful at The Drake Hotel’s Palm Court. Here kids won’t just play tea, but actually get to have the real deal! Starting July, every Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. is story time, and present children will be invited to gather around the story wyvern to learn about The Adventures of Drake Bear.
Drake Bear is the special bear that if shown in outlets, special rewards are given. Bring your bear to Cape Cod and receive a scoop of ice cream or bring your bear to Palm Court and receive a Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers just for bring your Drake Bear along!
If the kids are feeling a bit more adventurous, it might be time for The Drake scavenger hunt! Seeing all the parts of the hotel and learning a bit of history along the way is a fun way to spend some time!
Looking for some warm sunshine? Head on over to one of the city’s finest beaches to catch some rays or play in the sand. In fact, The Drake Hotel is the only beachfront hotel in the city!
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!
Have you met The Drake Hotel's Drake Bear? Drake Bear has been around for many years, but over the last few years he has been hibernating. This summer he will be back and out in the city! Drake Bear will be making appearances throughout the hotel and even some outside the hotel, so keep your eyes peeled or check out his adventures on Facebook and Instagram. To learn about his story and how he came to the hotel, join us on Thursdays in Palm Court for afternoon tea story time. Every Thursday, June 15 through August 14 at 2:30 p.m., children will be invited to listen to the special Drake Bear story.
To make your afternoon tea reservation, visit OpenTable or contact Shaun Rajah at 312 932 4619/ email@example.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.
A $15,000 wedding ring was returned to a guest after being retrieved by a Drake team member from five tons of garbage in the hotel’s trash compactor.
“It feels amazing to have it back on my finger,” said the giddy Jodi Eastgate while showing off the wedding ring she feared she would never see again.
Eastgate had taken it off the night before, and in the rush of checking out Sunday morning, she forgot to put it back on. It wasn’t until 15 minutes later that she realized it wasn’t on her finger. She rushed back up to her room, thinking she might have knocked the ring into a Cheesecake Factory bag by the bed, but the room had already been cleaned.
She described feeling sick and being in tears when the family departed the hotel for the airport. Once at Midway International Airport, Eastgate couldn’t bring herself to leave. Her husband and daughter boarded their flight home, and she headed back to The Drake in hopes there still might be a chance of finding her ring.
Back at The Drake, it was confirmed that the Cheesecake Factory bag from her room was already in the hotel’s trash compactor, and couldn’t be searched safely until Monday.
Hank Hawerbier, Director of Operations at The Drake said, “I thought it was worse than finding a needle in a haystack, and a lot messier”.
Once the compactor was disconnected, Hawerbier asked staff member David Lyons to help search for the ring. Lyons agreed and suited up, but after three hours, hope started fading. Eastgate took a step away and just moments later when she returned, Lyons had started finding pieces of everything Eastgate said might be found in their hotel room trash, including the Cheesecake Factory bag with the ring inside. Lyons took the ring out of the bag and handed it to Eastgate, who immediately put the ring in its rightful -place back on her ring finger- and as of a week later, she still hasn’t taken the wedding ring off.
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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.
Off to a great start with The Makaya McCarven Trio, the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Drake Hotel continue the NextGenJazz concert series at The Drake Hotel with the Marquis Hill Trio on May 2, 9 and 16. Join the Thursday evenings in Palm Court and enjoy the Jazz sounds over a cocktail from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For reservations, please contact Shaun Rajah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-932-4619.
Marquis Hill Trio
A well-known name on the Chicago Jazz scene, trumpeter Marquis Hill has toured the U.S. and abroad with Dee Alexander, Ernest Dawkins and Willierm Delsifort, and leads his own group the Marquis Hill Black-tet. With a distinctly clean, clear approach, Hill helps define the sound of Chicago’s new generation of jazz artists. He released his debut album “New Gospel” in 2011, and recently released his sophomore album “Sounds of the City” to critical acclaim.
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.
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.
Romance, power, beauty and desire converge at the ChicagoStyle Wedding magazine bridal fashion shoot at The Drake.
The Drake Hotel recently hosted ChicagoStyle Weddings for a photo shoot highlighting bridal trend fashion for an upcoming issue of the magazine. The photo shoot was inspired by the romantic pairing of The Drake’s old Hollywood glamour and latest sensual looks in bridal fashion. Several local salons, stylists, and makeup artists will be showcased in the 2013 July issue showcasing the favorite looks.
The eight gowns featured in the ChicagoStyle Weddings July fashion spread vary from a classic ball gowns to form fitting sheath gowns. Specifically, some of the gowns display soft colors, the most recent look coming off the runway with a light ombre, which has become increasingly popular. Ombre is a French term that represents the appearance of tones, with colors graduating from light to dark. It’s a simple concept but with a dramatic, romantic impression, which explains the ombre wedding trend and pairs well with the theme of the ChicagoStyle Wedding shoot.
These looks were completed with current makeup and hairstyles trends to match. One hairstyle featured at the shoot was the incorporation of simplistic braids into the style, which was inspired from the red carpets of this year.
2013 most sought after bridal looks can be found in the upcoming issue of ChicagoStyle Weddings, coming out July 2013.
Easter egg hunts, floral dresses, and smiling faces were all present at The Drake Hotel's annual Gold Coast brunch. The affair provided friends and family an opportunity to enjoy each other without the worry of cooking and cleaning up. The adjacent children's room was also a success, where parents could let their sugar filled children play and laugh with the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist and other activities.
"The goal of our Easter Brunch is to provide an event that is relaxing for our guests but also very memorable," commented Ann O'Riordan, Director of Catering.
If you missed out on the Easter Brunch, you can still make reservations for our Gold Coast Mother's Day Brunch!