Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.
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
SPiN:Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association of senior-level planners (those with 10-plus years of experience). The network offers two membership levels along with branch events around the country, such as online learning opportunities (SPiN:Labs and SPiN:Roundtables) and virtual hosted buyer appointments. We pride ourselves as being an association by planners and for planners.
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Lisa Dalton was recently hired as the director of catering for the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Summer can bring people together in the most unexpected of ways, but sometimes those events (like family reunions and church retreats) need some more forethought and planning. Here are a few tips to get you started on the path to a successful soiree.
» Decide whom to invite. Will it be immediate family only or do you want to include descendants of your great-great grandparents? As you branch out on the family tree, you will undoubtedly have more people. Don’t exclude part of a branch. You don’t want hurt feelings.
The cows are tipping themselves over at Fair Oaks Farms after seeing how amazing the new Farmhouse Restaurant and Conference Center looks. Located just 90 minutes from Chicago in Fair Oaks, Indiana, it’s the nation’s first large-scale “Our Farm, to Your Plate, In Our House” dining concept with 18,000 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 280 guests for lunch and dinner every day in addition to brunch on weekends. About 80 percent of the menu includes ingredients raised on the farm itself or supplied by a few other local growers.
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.
Delivered snacks are a simple solution to time-crunched meetings. They are convenient, quick and allow everyone involved to continue working uninterrupted. The downfall? Delivery options are typically unhealthy, greasy and have the potential to hinder productivity, rather than jump-start it. That’s where these three companies come in.