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Picture24 You want your wedding day to be amazing and unique, just like you and your fiance!  Personal touches don’t have to limited to just decorations or favors.  Why not add personality and creativity to your food and drink?  It’s unexpected and will leave guests wowed and keep them talking!  Some fun new trends we offer are action stations and late night snacks.

No boring hors d’oeuvres table for guests to pick at here!  Instead, we can provide interactive culinary kiosks!  From pasta to carving stations, each menu item is served at a station featuring a chef preparing and combining components on site.  The chef can explain the elements of the dish and entertain your guests while providing them with their own personal preference dish of their own combination of sauces and ingredients.  The key is to personalize it!  Are you and your fiance huge brunch fans?  Why  not serve breakfast for dinner with an omelet station?  This trend provides a very unique and interactive experience for guests.

Fotor0911112140Another trend we have recognized is the need for late night snacks for those guests who have worked up an appetite dancing the night away!  It’s also great for guests who have had a bit too much to drink and need some munchies.  This will replenish them before they need to head home!  From sliders and fries to cookies & milk, the options are endless.  This is your chance to serve food that may be a little less formal, but every bit as yummy!  Again, the key here is to personalize this trend.  Are you throwing a big Chicago wedding?  Why not treat your out of town guests to some Chicago style hot dogs or pizza?  Maybe you and your fiance met at summer camp falling in love over campfire s’mores, why not feature this by serving them as your late night snack and let everyone know why.  Since everyone has their own favorite late night indulgence or comfort food, the options are endless: donuts, grilled cheese, chili, fried rice  & egg rolls, fried chicken, waffles, and more!

Let the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place help you plan your perfect day with just the right food and beverage touches!  Contact our Wedding Coordinator Stacy at 312.528.4168 or at stacy.terpsma@hyatt.com, or click here to view her online wedding brochure.

You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234

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HolidayBarI know, I know, it’s still September.  It’s not even Halloween yet!  But for those in charge of planning corporate events, planning starts months in advance!

This season, why not let us do all the planning?  With our “Extend the Bar On Us” promotion, our catering team will not only plan a flawless event with you, they’ll extend you bar package for free!  It’s true, hold a holiday party with us before December 31st, 2013 with a 2-hour bar package or more, and we will extend your bar an extra hour complimentary.  That means if you’re planning a 3-hour bar, it would become 4 with the last hour on us!

Interested in extending the bar on us? Please give us a call in our Catering Dept at 312.528.4050 and be sure to mention that you saw the extend the bar on us special in our blog!

 

You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234

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Is your son or daughter the next Top Chef? Are they always making up fun recipes for your family to try?  Hyatt is looking for a new breakfast dish to feature on their For Kids By Kids menu, and they’re hosting a Cook-Off!  Not only could your child’s recipe be featured on Hyatt’s next version of the For Kids By Kids menu found in all Hyatt Hotels and Resorts throughout North America, the lucky family will also win a $2,000.00 American Airlines gift certificate as well as 5 free nights at any Hyatt Hotel or Resort in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean!  Talk about an amazing prize!

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But winning won’t be easy.  There’s some great entries already posted and you only have until July 31st to enter by posting your child’s recipe, ingredients, and a photo of the finished product.  Avery from right here in Niles, IL submitted this breakfast, a Chocolate Chipwrecked Banana Boat! Ahoy!

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You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234

madeinchicagoAs we mentioned before, our Daily Grind Market has undergone a complete renovation this year!  The renovation wasn’t just about the look of Daily Grind, our menu offerings have also been revamped with more focus on local, made in Chicago products.  Not only are we able to promote great Chicago businesses through these partnerships, but buying locally helps us to lower our carbon footprint by reducing transportation!  We’ve made a commitment to help our local community thrive by helping to reduce congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.  Here’s a few of the products that we source from local Chicago vendors:

DGMadeInChicago    For the full list of Made in Chicago products available at Daily Grind Market, click here!

You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234

chicago-300x175Chicago Restaurant Week is February 1st-10th!  Have you made reservations at your favorite restaurants yet?  Here’s a link to all the tasty restaurants from our South Loop neighborhood that are participating and see their menus: CLICK HERE.  There are some great restaurants, like Flo & Santos, Zapatista, Chicago Firehouse, and Tapas Valencies to name a few!

 

Need a place to stay after you wine and dine?  Use special offer code CHIFUN to save 15% on your Chicago Restaurant Week  accommodations.

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The goal of Hyatt’s global food and beverage philosophy, Food, thoughtfully sourced, carefully served, is to serve food that is good for your health, community, planet.

The Daily Grind recently focused on the community aspect of that mission, by sourcing only local vendors to stock it’s shelves.  One such vendor is Ruth and Phils Gourmet Ice Cream, a Chicago duo specializing in homemade French style ice creams and sorbets using organic dairy and local ingredients.  With interesting flavors like Sour Cream Cinnamon Ice Cream or Strawberry Lemon Basil Sorbet, Ruth & Phils is one of a kind and we are proud to serve this and other exciting local vendors!  Stop by Daily Grind today to check out our new options!

Learn more about Hyatt’s food and beverage mission at www.hyattfood.com

Today we are proud to introduce Hyatt’s new children’s menu “For Kids By Kids”!  As the title would suggest, the menus were designed and taste tested by nearly a dozen kids ages 5-12.  As part of Hyatt’s Partnership for a Healthier America, the menu is designed to make the healthier choice, the easier choice.  Kids today have a more sophisticated palate, and these dishes are fun, fresh, and flavorful, using simple (not frozen) ingredients.

Flavors aside, For Kids By Kids also gives children the opportunity to have a culinary experience and stay entertained while they eat.  Hyatt’s new menus include interactive elements such as QR codes that lead to games and menu items that include some preparation such as salad shakers or build your own tacos.

Heading up the taste panel was 11-year old cooking enthusiast Haile Thomas, who is spearheading a campaign for kids to eat right through her Kids Can Cook website and Healthy Girls Adventure Club.  Haile says she had never seen a children’s menu that she likes, until now!  No more burgers and fries, instead, Hyatt is serving up fruits and veggies as side dishes with natural beef and fish.  There are also healthy takes on kid favorites such as whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and a sunbutter, jelly, and banana sandwich (PB&J).

Click here to see a copy of our new For Kids By Kids menus