Pomegranate-Champagne Punch- New Year’s Punch Recipe

This easy punch is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne

Directions:
In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.

Recipe adapted from: www.marthastewart.com

New Year’s Eve Dining at Quince 12.31

Quince

Quince

Chef Motto Features Four Course Menus

Monday, December 31
5-10 p.m.

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
847.570.8400
QuinceRestaurant.net
Cost: $70
Executive Chef Andy Motto has created two, special set menus for New Year’s Eve guests dining at Quince. Celebrants may choose a four course menu that features oysters, pork belly, New York Strip and dessert, or, a four course vegetarian menu that includes goat cheese pierogi, risotto, mushroom tart and dessert (detailed menus outlined below). The fee is $70 per guest (tax and gratuity not included) and each guest will receive a flute of champagne with their meal. New Year’s Eve dinner service will be offered from 5-10 p.m. (last seating at 10 p.m.). Please call Quince at 847.570.8400 to arrange dinner reservations.

Quince restaurant is located inside The Homestead Hotel. A 20-percent discount off hotel accommodations will be awarded to guests dining at Quince. Please call The Homestead for room reservations, 847.475.3300.

New Year’s Eve Menu
flute of champagne
Oysters – Sabayon, Caviar, Framboise

Pork Belly – Cranberry, Potato, Mushroom
N.Y. Strip – Gribiche, Endive, Horseradish
Chocolate – Fruit Caviar, Peanut Butter

Vegetarian New Year’s Eve Menu
flute of champagne

Pierogi – Goat cheese, Pine Nut, Romesco
Risotto – Carrot, Parsnip, Turnip
Mushroom Tart – Portabella, Kale, Potato
Chocolate – Fruit Caviar, Peanut Butter

 

Randolph Street’s Holiday Market 12.15-12.16

credit: Randolph Street Market

6th Annual Holiday Market (Indoors Only)

 December 15-16, 2012

NEW HOURS FOR 2012: 10am-6pm Saturdays, 10am-5pm Sundays

Get your holiday shopping off to the right start with gifts in all price ranges, from thrifty to extravagant. You will discover fabulous keepsakes from embroidered hankies to estate jewelry. Timeless antiques and modern treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, decorative objects, house wares, and more will make this holiday a memorable experience for gift givers of all ages!

Free Parking & Free Gift Wrapping… Holiday shopping has never been easier.

In a fun and fanciful space, make this holiday the richest and most memorable experience for you and everyone you love with fabulous keepsakes from the Randolph Street’s Holiday Market!

• Complimentary Furniture Delivery* within downtown Chicago! Click for info.
• Lower online advance ticket price! $8 general / $3 student
• Kids under 12 always FREE!
• FREE PARKING in huge Plumbers Hall lot for all indoor shows!
• Shopping Refund Vouchers for Admission by Vendors: Each voucher is for $5 off and the vendors should reduce the purchase price by $5 on items valued $25 or more. Note that not all vendors are able to honor the voucher due to their profit margins and customer should ask vendor if they accept the voucher before they shop in their booth.

Please Note: Because they have a huge onsite parking lot with FREE parking during our off season October through April shows, there will be no Michigan Avenue Trolley running during these months. Trolley ONLY runs May-September.

Santa Paws At Hotel Allegro 12.8-12.9

Hotel Allegro

Here comes Santa Paws! For the fourth year in a row, Kimpton Hotels of Chicago will host Santa Paws, a weekend-long event where neighborhood pets and four-legged hotel companions are invited for holiday treats and photos with Santa. This year’s event will take place at Kimpton’s Hotel Allegro from 2-4PM on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012.

 

A professional photographer will be on hand to snap shots of furry friends with Santa in Hotel Allegro’s Living Room Lobby, which will be outfitted with festive décor, music, hot chocolate and cookiesWater bowls and pet-friendly treats will also be provided to make sure every guest in attendance is soaking up the holiday spirit. While dogs seem to delight in Santa Paws the most, Kimpton’s Santa Paws is an inclusive and diverse event, welcoming all pets as long as they can fit through the front door.

 

This year’s festivities will feature a raffle with plenty of prizes, including hotel and restaurant gift certificates. All raffle proceeds will benefit Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society. The Anti-Cruelty Society will also bring several shelter dogs to participate in the holiday fun and find a potential new home just in time for the holidays – all shelter dogs will be available for adoption.

 

Hotel Allegro is located at 171 West Randolph Street. For more information about Santa Paws or Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, please call 312-236-0123 or visit www.kimptonhotels.com.

 

Chicago Greeter: FREE 2-hour Chicago tours

Experience Chicago’s unique charm, captivating sights and world-class attractions with a local! Chicago Greeter is offering free city tours on foot and public transportation.

Just in time for the holidays, Chicago Greeter is teaming up with the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to offer new one-hour walkabouts of the Mag Mile and the surrounding area. Get an “insider’s orientation” to landmarks like the John Hancock Building and the former Playboy Mansion, historic hotels and cathedrals and the best of holiday decorations and shopping.

Magnificent Mile InstaGreeter is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., leaving from the Water Works Visitor Information Center, 163 E. Pearson Street. All visits are first-come, first-served and limited to groups of six or fewer. No reservations required. More information here.

Any time of the year you can participate in a Chicago Greeter Tour.

Enthusiastic city-wise volunteers impart their love and knowledge of Chicago to parties of six or fewer during FREE two- to four-hour visits.

Have a special Chicago interest? Let Chicago Greeter incorporate it into your visit. Select from more than 25 neighborhoods and 40 popular interest areas including Fashion, Film, Ethnic Chicago and Public Art.

Whether your first or fiftieth Chicago visit, a new resident, or a resident entertaining out-of-towners, you and your guests will enjoy exploring Chicago neighborhoods and topics of interest with a friendly Chicagoan. Click here to register!