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Signature Drink: The Bean

Located across from Millennium Park, new steakhouse Remington’s is serving up classic American cuisine. Everything from seafood to rotisserie is offered, as is the perfect cocktail for every meal. The Bean is a mix between the elegance and punch from the Manhattan and the fruity taste of an Old Fashioned, with the name inspired by the iconic sculpture just outside the restaurant's windows.

Mix It Up With Bartending Event Benefitting Breast Cancer Charities

Hello readers,

Speed Rack returns to the Chicago area for the fifth year this Sunday, November 15. The national speed-bartending competition will kick off right here before continuing on the extended tour and will feature some of the city’s best female mixologists vying for the title of Miss Speed Rack. It all aims to benefit breast cancer charities, raising $350,000 globally since its inauguration, as well as raising the profile of women behind the bar, for which Chicago has plenty. The list of competitors includes:

Signature Drink: The Silent Partner

Chicago’s Barrelhouse Flat, part tavern/part speakeasy, focuses on a casual atmosphere and massive drink menu. Along with more than 60 classic cocktails, the bar prides itself on a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental drinks, like The Silent Partner, a fall-inspired twist on a Manhattan. The recipe was developed by Bar Manager Mark Brinker.

—1 oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy
—1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
—1 oz. Cocchi Di Torino Sweet Vermouth
—dash of Angostura bitters

Fab Floral Trends for Fall

Fall is a great time of year to experiment with different floral designs. Here are our three favorite trends for autumn 2015.
1. Textured Pieces: Unusual elements such as succulents, feathers and staves make floral arrangements more linear and dynamic. Foliage is also an important factor in creating more textured bouquets, while incorporating more stems adds a fun and contemporary flair.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

Signature Drink - Bitter Fizz

It’s a kegger at Wicker Park’s new gastropub Barley & Brass—and that means no waiting for your cocktail. Drinks like the refreshing Bitter Fizz are premade and served from a keg that keeps them fresh. It’s the vision of Mixologist Jan Henrichsen, who joins B&B after stints at Fat Rice and Evanston’s Found Kitchen + Social House. Of this citrus specialty, she says, “If this drink was a band, every note would be in perfect harmony.” Of course you can make it to order, too.

Tech on the Go

Life in the meetings and events industry means constantly being on the go. Whether it’s dashing to a remote location for a site visit or travelling across states for a conference, planners and suppliers are regularly away from their desks. We’ve rounded up some of the handiest portable technology tools for when you’re away.

Signature Drink - The Ten Mile

Get ready for a duel—this drink is meant to be reminiscent of walking into a saloon in the mid 1800s. “The flavors are very classic. The charred wood of the bourbon and the stone fruit of the apricot are deep and rich,” says Robert LaPata, co-owner of Evanston’s newest hot spot. The recipe is even further significant, reflecting on the history of the original Ten Mile House, the town’s “first gathering point,” which opened in 1836.

New Cultural Certification: Why Knowing South Asian Events is Important

Hello readers,

There’s a new certification course to put on your agenda. On April 7, 2015 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, Global Event Resources (G.E.R.) will offer a South Asian Event Certification Conference. G.E.R. is a division of Oliveaire Artisan Events & Meetings, one of the local leaders in producing these types of cultural affairs, who provides this rationale:


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