• 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. 

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.

 

Embrace cool weather and warm colors with this autumnal drink.