by Margaret Williams
Let’s discuss a very important matter…summer cocktails! Summer is a great time of year to relax on your patio or rooftop with friends and family and what better way to enhance the experience but with signature drinks!
Or maybe you’re hosting something a little more extravagant this summer, such as an engagement party, bridal shower or wedding. Caterers are more than happy to incorporate 1-2 signature drinks into your bar selection.
We’ve listed a few of our favorites, filled with flavor and gorgeous colors.
To keep up with tradition, it’s always good luck to have something blue on your wedding day. “The Something Blue” with blueberry vodka.
Lavender Lemonade (spiked or not) is always refreshing. The sprig of lavender adds an extra touch not to mention, a beautifully fragrant aroma.
Mango Mojitos pair nicely with a DIY taco bar for your guests. Invite us!
The shimmer and pop from a champagne flute is always one of our faves. Mix it up a little by adding some fresh raspberries and pair with a cheese plate. The Raspberry Sparkler.
Enjoy a Sparkling Pear with fresh pear garnish.
Follow our Pinterest Friday Favorite 5 board for drink recipes.
Experience Chicago’s best rooftops this summer!
by Kikanza Harris
We’re probably beginning to sound a little bit like a broken record talking about the seasonal shift into summer, but we just can’t help ourselves. After surviving “Chiberia” we keep finding reasons to celebrate summer over and over again. This week’s Friday Favorites are inspired by one of our favorite summer activities–eating, drinking and socializing on the rooftop.
Little Goat Diner – We’ve been following the rise of owner, Stephanie Izard since she became the first woman to win Bravo’s Season 4 of Top Chef. And we’re so happy to have her most recent edition Little Goat Diner, the fun little sister to the grown-up The Girl and The Goat, added to Randolph’s “Restaurant Row” corridor.
The Little Goat Diner hosts dining experiences (next up, an actual pig roast), cooking classes and specially selected days of good old fashion fun that’s open to the public in their private dining and rooftop space.
Suitsupply Co. – Ever thought about mixing men’s fashion with your rooftop soiree? Well this Amsterdam-based men’s retailer did when they created a store with a rooftop terrace that doubles as a private event space.
The Terrace at the Conrad – We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious mojitos to sip on as you lounge on the comfy couches to enjoy their “Sunday Night Movies” series with your honey.
III Forks – Looking for a good “Girls Night Out” space? Then we say “yes” to enjoy good cocktails and an equally appetizing menu on this contemporary rooftop serving up amazing steak and seafood.
Drumbar – You’ve hit the jackpot if you’re looking for visual variety, this space is like three in one. Upon entering into the dark and very masculine bar (dubbed on GQ.com as one of 10 Best Whiskey Bars in America) you may feel as though you should be sitting down on one of their traditional leather sofas to light-up a cigar with Mad Men’s Don Draper. But turn the corner and you’ve entered into a semi-private hallway sitting area with bright white subway tiled walls and a modern décor. And the modernism continues onto the rooftop patio, perfect for enjoying the summer breeze and lit by the city skyline.
Magnolia Atelier Attends the Chez Grand Opening Event
by Margaret Williams
Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago at 247 East Ontario is a modern spin on a historic venue. From 1932-1960, this space was home to the popular nightclub, Chez Paree. Guests of the Chez Paree enjoyed the musical talents of Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Tito Puente and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. The club also hosted famous comedians such as Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett and Mae West. This month, the space was unveiled to the event industry as a new venue of choice for weddings, cocktail receptions, corporate events and beyond.
At the grand opening event, the red carpet was rolled out for event planners and vendors to experience all that Chez has to offer! Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a couple adorned in traditional 1920s evening attire. The now modern, loft-like event space was drenched in beautiful magenta, violet and cerulean lighting. The glowing magenta bars flanked the large event space, with a specialty bar offering delectable cocktails from the all-women mixologists of Femme du Coupe. Moulin Rouge inspired arrangements flanked the bars with glistening crystal chandeliers towering high above from The Revel Group. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres circulated around the room from some of our favorite caterers in the city including Limelight, Food for Thought, Entertaining Company and Wolfgang Puck. The pièce de résistance of the evening: the incredible cancan dancers who entertained in their all-black, feather embellished costumes, all upon the circular, multi-tiered stage in the middle of the room.
We are always excited to see a new venue enter the scene and our heads filled with ideas on how to transform Chez for any event. We look forward to the creative events this space will inspire along with hosting an event there in the future!
by Kikanza Harris
We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.
Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.
If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.
Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.
And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.
We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.
But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.