• Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Dr. Abdel and Farah Fahmy.

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    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Nicole Grimaldi places her bet.

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    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Rusty Stan and M. Keema suit up.

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    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Gail and Carl Ruesch.

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    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    A car on display from Napleton’s Aston Martin of Chicago.

  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Guests enjoy the casino tables.

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    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Erin Boheme performs. 

Guests came together for two important reasons at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center last October: to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 007 James Bond franchise and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The first annual “En Noir: A Casino Royale Masquerade” event was designed to benefit Imerman Angels, a one-onone cancer support community that pairs a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer. Guests dressed in black-tie or masquerade attire and were treated to themed cocktails from a premium bar and chef-driven hors d’oeuvres. The night’s entertainment included casino tables, aerialist performances and singer Erin Boheme, who delivered renditions of Bond’s most memorable movie songs. 

Gain insight from a professional who increased room block bookings by 30 percent over three years. 

 

Scott Castillo-Milburn, owner of mobile bartending service Classic Cocktails by Scott, developed this recipe last summer for a client who was looking for a bourbon-based drink that would feel seasonal and light for an evening party. The night ended with everyone who’d tried it asking for the recipe, and Castillo-Milburn has since replicated it at 10 events. He’s kept the drink a secret—until now. You can hire his company to create this drink for an event, create a new signature cocktail, or even obtain general liability or liquor liability insurance for your venue.  

 

Centrally located in Illinois, about a two and half hour drive from Chicago, the city of Peoria has many exciting developments happening this year. Here are three to put on your radar.

1. The rustic-themed Bearded Owl Brewing opened in January with a variety of unfiltered beers ranging from stouts to India pale ales to sours, using locally grown ingredients wherever possible. While it doesn’t have designated event space, the brewery makes for a good post-meeting gathering spot for a round of beers and various homemade soft pretzels.