Welcome to my first column in the Chicago Tribune! I hope you will enjoy my coverage of some of the most exciting events around Chicago each week.
Friends of Prentice celebrated at its 25th annual gala, "Reflections," with an elegant black-tie affair at Navy Pier on June 11 (photos, right). The gala co-chairs, Carol Bernick (founder, Friends of Prentice), Erica Goldman, Joanne DeSanctis Kirk, Christopher Newton and Stanley Pillman, did an outstanding job attracting over 700 guests to this event, which raised $860,000. This fun-filled benefit, which included over 750 silent auction items, toy giveaways, fireworks and dancing to the music of Lynne Jordan and the Shivers, is one of the most anticipated galas around town.
The Peninsula's 10th anniversary celebration, themed "Peninsula Past, Present and Future" was a visual feast for its 1,000 invited guests. Geishas on stilts stalked the property amid flying circus performers, while taiko drummers played on two levels on the packed terrace. Michael Kadoorie, chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, along with Peninsula Chicago's general manager and regional Vice President Maria Razumich-Zec, co-hosted this tribute that included performances by the Ken Arlen Orchestra and well-known blues performer Lonnie Brooks.
At NoMI at the Park Hyatt's recent reopening party, guests saw for themselves that NoMI is no longer only a special occasion restaurant. Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche has created a menu to match the new surroundings, with selections inspired by seasonal, regionally sourced ingredients.
Click here to see photos of the Friends of Prentice gala.
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