Z BAR, the globally inspired cocktail lounge atop The Peninsula overlooking Michigan Avenue, offers customized batch cocktails for groups in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere. The individual responsible for dreaming up and preparing these communal beverages is Vlad Novikov, who’s official title is director of cocktails and culture. Novikov’s travels frequently inform his mixology.
“Whether you love winter in Minnesota or hate it, a good winter drink can make the season more enjoyable. My favorite winter drinks are a whole category of cocktails called Flips. A cousin to the eponymous eggnog—but so, so, so much more delicious—Flips incorporate heavy cream with a whole egg, spirit, and sugar to make a dangerously delightful drink.
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Melissa Carroll was recently hired as head bartender at South Water Kitchen.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as head bartender?
theWit will return this summer for the second year with its summer season that has redefined travel.
During three marquee weekend Friday and Saturday nights, ROOF on theWit will host an exclusive immersion event including cuisine, cocktails and entertainment.
Westin Hotels & Resorts and Wischermann Partners, Inc., announced the official dining concept for The Westin Jackson: Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro.
Located adjacent to the hotel, the bistro Twill feature modern American fare fused with European influences. During the day it is a café bar, which transitions into a hotspot at night.
Get ready to eat (and drink) your heart out with these tempting new menus from two of Illinois’ popular hotels. First, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center now offers uniquely themed break menus, all inspired by local touchstones. For your next meeting or event you can choose from:
Illinois Farm Table: Local crops are the focus with fresh ingredients, such as kale carrots and beets used to make smoothies, juices and pastries. Chalkboard signs and straw accents round out the theme.
Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood is getting a new restaurant—Que Bueno Suerte! Restauranteur, Mission Yogurt, Inc. opened the place on Dec. 11, led by Chef Dana Rodriguez as a consulting chef alongside executive chef Vicente Sosa.
Last week, The Garland, a stylish hotel in North Hollywood, celebrated September’s National Yoga Month with a Sound Off Deep Flow Yoga Class. Held in their lovely outdoor venue Beverly Park, this was described as “taking classic outdoor yoga to another level.” The class combined traditional vinyasa yoga movements with an instructor and a live DJ spinning music that could only be heard through glowing, wireless, noise-isolating, three-channel headphones.
SelfEco recently revealed a new line of disposable, eco-friendly dishes called Compostable without Compromise. The line features more than 20 products with 12 separate designs that will allow event planners to go green in style.
The bioplastic products include a variety of drinkware, catering ware and utensils, which can be used for a range of different events.
Austin-based Second Bar + Kitchen will open a new location as the main restaurant for the new hotel, Archer Hotel Austin—both set to open Tuesday, Aug. 30.