- July 2013
- Chicago, IL
Cardmembers joined celebrity chef Rick Bayless in the Windy City for a special dining event filled with the flavors and culture of Mexico.
Rick welcomed Cardmembers at a private garden party reception at his North Chicago home. The chef created special cocktails for his guests, and shared insights about the many herbs, micro greens, and locally grown vegetables used at his restaurants.
Later that evening, guests arrived at Rick's Topolobampo restaurant, where the chef revealed the secrets of his cooking techniques with a live demonstration. The restaurant is filled with museum-quality Mexican art, creating a festive atmosphere where guests enjoyed a full menu of bold flavors and authentic Mexican cooking.
Guests stayed at the downtown Renaissance® Blackstone Chicago Hotel, whose neoclassical Beaux-Arts architecture has made it a legendary landmark in the city's arts and theatre district. After a sumptuous breakfast the next morning, Cardmembers had the opportunity to explore more of Chicago's unique architectural wonders with an exclusive walking tour led by local experts.