Meeting Munchies: 5 Desserts to Try This Season

Summertime in Chicago means it’s time to break out the chilly desserts. We tapped Starr Nordgren, also known as @chicagofoodiegirl to her 33,000 Instagram followers, to pick fi ve delicious ice cream treats to add to menus this season.  


Executive chef Jaysen Euler has become an Instagram sensation with his “Tacolato,” a waffle-shell dessert taco. The Cookie Monster and Unicorn Dreams flavors are the most popular. 


Forget hot chocolate; BomboBar’s version of this cozy treat is filled with gelato and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a mini doughnut.


Who doesn’t love Dairy Queen ice cream cakes? Smallcakes takes your favorite from childhood and condenses it down into a small bite, in flavors like Fat Elvis and red velvet. 


Irish-born Cone owner Sean McGuire takes his ice cream seriously, dishing up huge sundaes in flavors like salted caramel Kit-Kat. Up to you whether you share or let guests build their own.


Over-thetop shakes have taken Instagram by storm, and the Vanilla Stout Cake Shake made with JP Casper White Stout, vanilla ice cream, and confetti buttercream cake falls right in line.

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.