• LondonHouse Plays on Nostalgia Factor with New Sweets-Inspired Break

     
    POSTED October 22, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography
  • LondonHouse Plays on Nostalgia Factor with New Sweets-Inspired Break

     
    POSTED October 22, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography
  • LondonHouse Plays on Nostalgia Factor with New Sweets-Inspired Break

     
    POSTED October 22, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography

    Photo courtesy of Rebecca Marie Photography

If Willy Wonka planned a meeting break, this is what it might look like: blueberry treats that can be plucked from the walls, cheesecake pops dipped in Nerds, everlasting gobstobbers in every flavor and strawberry (or snozberry?) smoothie shots. This sweet idea comes to life complete with an accompanying soundtrack at LondonHouse Chicago this fall, thanks to Executive Chef Jacob Verstegen, who was inspired to create the package after an interactive dining and music experience at Elizabeth Restaurant.

The break includes all of the items mentioned above, as well as other options like made-to-order cotton candy. Because it wouldn’t be a true Willy Wonka experience without a golden ticket, LondonHouse can create ideas around them for groups. If a planner wants to raffle an item, for example, the culinary team will make custom-wrapped chocolate bars, with a few golden tickets hidden amongst them for raffle prizes.

It’s a sweet idea, for sure, but at a time when many planners are asking for healthier menu options, does candy still have a place in meeting breaks?

“That’s like asking why we still offer dessert menus at the end of a meal,” says Verstegen. “Is it a necessary part of a meal? Of course not, but dessert and sweets have a way of connecting you back to your childhood.”

Several planners have booked this casual breakout as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up already, much to the delight of attendees. “It doesn’t feel as stuffy as a more basic break, with smoothies or trail mix,” says Verstegen. “It allows event-goers to be playful.”

Chicago Marriott Schaumburg is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation to elevate the overall guest experience. All guest rooms, public areas, new restaurant and bar, lobby, function areas, fitness room, indoor and outdoor pools as well as the exterior of the building and the parking lot will be renovated.

 

Already a go-to for striking views of the Chicago River and Magnificent Mile, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is offering guests a whole new way to soak in the city this summer with a luxe urban glamping experience.

Now in full-swing, glamping season at The Gwen gives guests a chance to sleep under the stars on its 16th floor Gwen Lux Suite terrace from June through September.

 

Chicago’s Steak 48 has been awarded a place on OpenTable’s 2019 list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for a Big Night Out. Scanning more than 12 million reviews from verified diners, the list considered more than 30,000 restaurants across the country.