• Meeting Munchies: Chicago's Sugary Treats Sweeten Any Event, Near or Far

    Sweet Tooth

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

XO MARSHMALLOW offers gourmet marshmallows and can bring s’mores bars, hot cocoa bars and marshmallow-inspired dessert tables to your events. These shippable sweet treats can be sent nationwide and make for the perfect party favors. The OMG (Ooey Marshmallow Goodness) crème also presents an opportunity for team-building—it’s the perfect glue for gingerbread houses (and used as fruit dip or scooped on cocoa, ice cream or brownies), according to Kat Conner, shop cofounder. 

For a twist on an all-American treat, head to BIG FAT COOKIE for cookies you can barely fit in your hands. Owner Linda Friend and her team can bring hundreds of their gooey creations to pop-up events. The cookies can also be cut up for dessert stations or goodie bags, or shipped anywhere in the world. 

There’s something for everyone’s palette with a classic candy station, and AMY’S CANDY BAR has all the confections you need to sweeten up an event. Hand-crafted chocolates and caramels, vintage candies or something bright to complement a theme are all within reach of any event in the U.S., says Amy Hansen, owner of the shop. 

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Nearly 200 guests convened in the lobby of the stunning Builders BLDG at 222 N. LaSalle in Chicago on May 10 for the Illinois M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards. DJ D. Jones spun upbeat tunes, while MDM Entertainment provided A/V and Tag Prints hosted a photo booth. The event was co-hosted by DineAmic Group and Builders BLDG and emceed by one of the magazine’s associate publishers, Susan Rose. It was a night to remember for all the Best of winners and finalists and Hall of Fame recipients.