A few months ago, as I was getting ready for my 40th birthday party, I had the good fortune of having Adam Seeger of Hum Spirits and John Kinder of Death’s Door Spirits assisting me in the creation of the drinks to be paired with the miracle berry I was planning on handing out for my guest bartender gig at Pop’s for Champagne. Towards the end of the tasting, we spoke of getting together all of the local spirit producers and a bunch of chefs for a cocktail party in Potter’s – the bar here at the Palmer House.
With John’s assistance, we coordinated the spirit producers and met at the bar about a month later. Realizing how unique of an event this would be, the idea came to me of holding the event in the historic Empire Room – which used to be the center of the cultural community here in Chicago. I walked them over, the hotel ok’d it, and here we are.
The idea all along was to donate any proceeds to a charity, and some groups were thrown out at our initial meeting. About a week later, I met cancer patient Shawn Koch and his wife Katie when at long last, my daughter Talia and I brought over the donations from the aforementioned guest bartender shift. As I was driving home that afternoon, the idea of making a difference with a single individual hit me like a brick. It makes even more sense when one considers the tie in to the distilleries as Shawn was a bartender at the Paramount Room before being stricken with a rare form of brain cancer.
So without further ado, I am proud to announce what will be one of the better parties in Chicago this year. Hope you can make it and please spread the word! Reservations are now closed, but there is availability at the door. The entry is $95.
Unfortunately, Chef Curtis Duffy will not be able to join us this evening. He has been replaced by Chef Todd Stein from Cibo Matto. Patrick Sheerin from the Signature Room has also been added to the bill.