• 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.

Alpana Singh knew she wanted to be in the restaurant business since she was a little girl. Growing up in Monterey, California, her father was a professional chef, and her mother, a server. “Truth be told, I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s in my blood,” she says. At the age of 15, she was working in her first restaurant; by 23, she had remarkably landed a sommelier position at Chicago’s four-star gem Everest; and by 26, she became the youngest female to ever pass the Master Sommelier Exam. 

 

Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.

“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”

 

Hello readers,

If we’re lucky, winter will be wrapping up soon. But there’s still time to get in one last seasonal excursion with your group at one of the Midwest’s top five ski resorts. This curated list was provided by travel expert Radek Mista. He’s also the founder of FastToll, an app that allows non-IPASS users to bypass the tollbooth lanes on Illinois roadways and pay later.