• Meeting Munchies: 5 Desserts to Try This Season

     
    POSTED June 12, 2018
     

Summertime in Chicago means it’s time to break out the chilly desserts. We tapped Starr Nordgren, also known as @chicagofoodiegirl to her 33,000 Instagram followers, to pick fi ve delicious ice cream treats to add to menus this season.  

PARLOR PIZZA BAR’S ICE CREAM TACOS

Executive chef Jaysen Euler has become an Instagram sensation with his “Tacolato,” a waffle-shell dessert taco. The Cookie Monster and Unicorn Dreams flavors are the most popular. 

BOMBOBAR’S COOLER CHOCOLATE

Forget hot chocolate; BomboBar’s version of this cozy treat is filled with gelato and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a mini doughnut.

SMALLCAKES’ ICE CREAM CUPCAKES

Who doesn’t love Dairy Queen ice cream cakes? Smallcakes takes your favorite from childhood and condenses it down into a small bite, in flavors like Fat Elvis and red velvet. 

CONE’S GIANT SUNDAES

Irish-born Cone owner Sean McGuire takes his ice cream seriously, dishing up huge sundaes in flavors like salted caramel Kit-Kat. Up to you whether you share or let guests build their own.

PUBLIC HOUSE’S CAKE SHAKES

Over-thetop shakes have taken Instagram by storm, and the Vanilla Stout Cake Shake made with JP Casper White Stout, vanilla ice cream, and confetti buttercream cake falls right in line.

You don't have to spend a fortune on a corporate outing to make a big impact. Texas-based Small Giants Community founder Paul Spiegelman’s corporate picnic at the Lonesome Dove Ranch was so inspiring, he wrote an article about it for Inc.com. “Oftentimes, employee perks are the fi rst cuts to improve margins,” Spiegelman writes. “Don’t do it. Here’s why.” 

 

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.

 

Break out the red-andwhite checkered tablecloths and paper lunch bags!