• Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A French Twist

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

The black-tie event was held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel in May and was organized by the Women’s Board who hired HMR Designs to execute all the authentic details, from the Parisian flowers and décor to French-inspired cuisine. Live and silent auctions included international travel excursions, jewelry and other luxury items, and further entertainment was provided by the Stanley Paul Orchestra. Here is a look at sights from the night.

Hello readers,

Get ready to eat (and drink) your heart out with these tempting new menus from two of Illinois’ popular hotels. First, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center now offers uniquely themed break menus, all inspired by local touchstones. For your next meeting or event you can choose from:

Illinois Farm Table: Local crops are the focus with fresh ingredients, such as kale carrots and beets used to make smoothies, juices and pastries. Chalkboard signs and straw accents round out the theme.

 

True Food Kitchen Chicago, a health-driven restaurant co-founded by restaurateur Sam Fox and integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in November with a menu rooted in anti-inflammatory foods and seasonal dishes. Each has simple preparation with recognizable, nutrient-rich ingredients that support health and well-being—which is becoming more and more important in meetings and events with the increase in health-conscious attendees.

 

A few of our favorite things about the new Kimpton hotel.