About comethinkin

Welcome to ComeThinkIn.com, the new blog of NoMI at Park Hyatt Chicago. Our goal is to provide a closer look, for Chicagoans and visitors alike, at the personalities who are the driving forces behind the restaurant. We’ll offer restaurant news, dining updates, wine notes and share photos among a host of other topics. You will also be able to look to our blog to gather insiders’ perspectives on what makes Chicago one of the most iconic cities in the United States. Who better to kick off our blog than new Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche. When we reopen in June, Chef LaRoche will be overseeing the reinvented seventh floor. In essence he will be serving as the quintessential host welcoming guests into the heart and hearth of Park Hyatt Chicago home.

Get to NoMI – Introducing our NoMI Staff Members on Mondays!

Every Monday throughout the summer season, we’ll be introducing our fabulous staff members in a new series, Get to NoMI.

The first member of our team we want you to get to know is Junni Liu, Reservationist.

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Favorite item on the NoMI menu:
Crab cakes

Favorite Chicago summer activity:
BBQs on Lakeshore

Something you might not know about her:
Loves to sing karaoke and is an expert violin player (she has even won awards!)

If she could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
Her grandmother, who raised Junni and her brother from when they were infants. She is finally coming in October!

 

Chef Paul Dobroski Wins “The Good Taste” Series Culinary Competition

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Congratulations to Park Hyatt Chicago’s Chef de Cuisine, Paul Dobroski, on winning Hyatt’s “The Good Taste” Series Culinary Competition today for the Midwest region! Featuring 10 chefs from Hyatt properties throughout the country, participants engaged in three rounds of competitions including a breakfast round, a lunch or dinner round, and a round focused on a children’s menu. We spoke with Chef Paul to discuss his experience.

 

What did you prepare for the competition today?

Category 1: Breakfast Entrée
Farm Egg Lorraine
Nueske’s ham, ruby arugula, smoked tomato hollandaise

Category 2: Lunch/Dinner Entrée
Lake Eerie Jumbo Walleye
Spring squash, apricot and almond jam, sweet garlic emulsion

Category 3: Children’s Meal
“Ants on a Log”
Nitrate-free baked turkey corn dog with toasted sweet potato chips

 

What was it like competing against your colleagues?

It was nerve-wrecking and comfortable at the same time. I’m very excited about the new relationships that are coming out of this experience.

 

What’s the next step?

The Good Taste Series is a regional competition. In November, the top eight contestants from each region will gather at Andaz Maui at Wailea for the final round.

 

What was your inspiration behind these meals?

I have a group of family members, colleagues and chefs whom I’ve admired and received constant support from throughout my career. My originality is a product of what I’ve learned from them, like taking an inch from each of the 12 people and making a foot.

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Congratulations, Paul!

 

Chicago Bike Week

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From June 13-June 20, Chicagoans are welcome to participate in a citywide event that emphasizes commuting to work by bike during Chicago Bike Week. With numerous participants and organizations involved in its vision, the week will inspire residents and visitors alike to step out into the sunshine and commute to work and beyond in a more sustainable fashion.

The week includes a variety of cycling-inspired events, concluding with the Bike To Work Rally, a jam-packed celebration in Daley Plaza, providing complimentary breakfast for participants, and businesses hosting a small fair to provide biking knowledge and tips to the Rally’s numerous visitors. For insight into the plethora of events offered, please find a complete schedule below for all of the Chicago Bike Week events available to you.

 

Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet at the Chicago Blues Festival

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15, 2014, at 11am & 9:30pm

Grant Park, Butler Field (Southeast corner of Columbus and Monroe)

Complimentary bike valet will be offered by Kickstart by Mountain Dew for those who ride their bike to Grant Park’s Chicago Blues Festival throughout the entire weekend.

 

Bike Chicago Film in Millennium Park featuring Rushmore

Monday, June 16, 2014, at 8:30pm

Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)

The protagonist in film Rushmore can be seen riding his bicycle everywhere he goes; celebrate the bicycle’s role in modern cinema with this free movie screening in Millennium Park.

 

Divvy Style Pop-Up Shops

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 8:30am-3pm

Federal Plaza Farmers Market, 230 S. Dearborn

Visit a fair of fun pop-up shops celebrating bike fashion featuring Chicago designers with this Divvy Bike sponsored market.

 

Near North Bike Tour

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 6:30pm

Starts at Buckingham Fountain

Join fellow avid bike enthusiasts with a complimentary two-hour bicycle tour of the Near North Side, featuring a tour guide from Chicago Neighborhood Bike Tours.

 

Life Time Cycle Palooza

Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 5:30pm

Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)

Join other cyclists for what may be the largest complimentary outdoor spin class, with over 200 participants. A DJ and certified spin instructor will provide a fun and energized workout, and bikes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Introducing Kerry Robinson

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We are happy to introduce our Director of Public Relations, Kerry Robinson! Kerry comes to us with a vast array of public relations experience across the food/beverage, health/wellness and technology focus areas. She grew up on the East Coast in New Jersey but decided to travel on a cross-country road trip for three months right out of college.  This trip started her love affair with the wonderful city of Chicago where she has lived for the last five years.

Besides being passionate about the public relations world, Kerry adores running, cooking, traveling, and her three-year-old black lab, Max. We are so excited to have her as part of the Park Hyatt Chicago team!

Masters of Food & Wine: Butchering Series, Seafood

 

Masters - FishLooking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Bring Dad to NoMI for our next installment of the Masters of Food & Wine series,  “Butchering Series: Seafood,” a two-part demo and tasting experience. Sip on coastal wines as our NoMI chefs teach you everything you need to know to feel comfortable working with seafood, and then enjoy a three-course dinner in the Wine Cellar.

We hope that you are able to join us. The cost will be $120  per person, and the event will run from 5:30 – 8:30pm on June 14. Please contact Camila Rachmanis at camila.rachmanis@hyatt.com to secure your reservation.

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V.I.C. Treatment at Park Hyatt Chicago

Fourth of July Weekend with KidsSearching for the perfect vacation location once the children are finished with school? Park Hyatt Chicago is a family-friendly destination and offers a variety of amenities, special menus and activities for children of all ages.

Each V.I.C., or Very Important Child, receives a special welcome amenity upon arrival, featuring a backpack and a uniquely Park coloring book that’s guaranteed to entertain them throughout their stay. NoMI Kitchen offers a healthy and plentiful Urban Achiever’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an invitation from our chefs to enjoy our soft serve ice cream machine.

NoMI Spa’s heated indoor pool is the perfect place to entertain the children for hours, offering a variety of pool toys for endless fun. Visit our Baby Services section for a range of amenities for our youngest of guests.

Park Hyatt Chicago is also steps away from LEGOLAND Discovery Center, American Girl Place Chicago, NIKE store, as well as some of Chicago’s most well-known attractions, such as Navy Pier, The Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium and Chicago Children’s Museum.

Book your summer vacation at Park Hyatt now and save up to 25% on three-night stays when you  spend the weekend with us and enjoy one of our enticing packages, perfect for the whole family.

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Bridal Parties at NoMI Spa

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It is essential for a bride to feel pampered and at ease for her wedding day – allow us to ensure that the finishing touches are perfect on your big day with a relaxing afternoon spent at NoMI Spa . Our Spa is the perfect retreat for you and your bridal party before your wedding. From massages to manicures, any bride-to-be will enjoy a luxuriously relaxing private spa day by choosing amongst a wide variety of spa party ideas.

The entire private space can be yours for several hours or more, depending on your party size, tailored to groups up of up to eight individuals. Craft your own custom spa experience for the entire wedding party or allow our team to personally recommend and create a spa day just for you.

Contact a member of our NoMI Spa team at (312) 239-4200 in order to detail your custom Spa party suited to your group’s needs.

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Mother’s Day in Chicago

MotherDaughter_43473_med 2 Mother’s Day is right around the corner and now is the best time to begin planning for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Whether you’re planning to celebrate all the special ladies in your life with a group celebration or gifting your loved one with a much-deserved present, our Mother’s Day Gift Guide will help you select the perfect present.

Traveling to Chicago for the weekend to be with Mom? Spend the weekend with us and enjoy one of our enticing packages, perfect for the whole family.

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NoMI |Boutique Chocolate’s Cacao Pod Signature Piece

If you have yet to hear about NoMI | Boutique Chocolate, click here to learn all about what’s “popping up” in the Park Hyatt Chicago Library tomorrow, April 26. Our award-winning Pastry Chef Meg Galus’ and her team have been sourcing rare and unique varieties to create an array of offerings, ranging from handcrafted bonbons to French and American style pastries, as well as personalized gift packages

 

Stay social and follow NoMI Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to ensure you find out more about the special pod of the day.

NoMI | Boutique Chocolate Details:

  • Dates: April 26 through May 11, 2014
  • Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: $3 to $100

For additional information, please call Camila Rachmanis at +1 312 239 4137 or email NoMIChocolate@hyatt.com. Special arrangements can be made for one of these delectable treats to arrive at your table during Mother’s Day brunch.

Summertime Music in Chicago

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The beauty of visiting Chicago in the summer season is that the city truly comes alive – there is a myriad of options for sightseeing, dining, and a number of festivals for everyone to enjoy. A scene that becomes particularly vibrant is the variety of options for live music available for visitors and residents alike.

  • Music Festivals: Chicago is home to a variety of music festivals; from the gargantuan musical experience of Lollapalooza, to the beachfront festival North Coast, to a festival geared towards the indie music scene, Pitchfork, the city presents visitors with a variety of options for musical entertainment that spans for a duration longer than one evening of music.
  • Taste of Chicago (July 9 through July 13, 2014): The city’s annual festival offering delectable culinary bites from a range of Chicago establishments also includes a stellar lineup of musical acts. Tickets can be purchased for a seat closer to the stage, however, each concert is free to the public for lawn seating. Headlining acts for this year’s Taste of Chicago lineup include AWOLNATION, Janelle Monae, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy, and Aloe Blacc.
  • Downtown Sound Series: New Music Mondays (June 2 through August 4, 2014): Each Monday at 6:30pm beginning on June 2, excluding the week of July 28, visitors can gather on the lawn of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion to listen to a free concert by up-and-coming musical acts. Showcasing a range of musical genres, the concerts feature talent that has been emerging throughout the year.
  • Grant Park Music Festival (June 11 through August 16, 2014): Free concerts offered on various evenings throughout the summer showcase exquisite collaborations within the classical music genre. From an evening focused on the music of Tchaikovsky, to Romeo and Juliet, to orchestral music accompanying footage originally featured in the BBC/Discovery Channel series, The Blue Planet, there is a variety of instrumental music offerings for all to enjoy.

Experience a summer of music in Chicago with our Stay More, Save More package. Visit our website to book, which includes up to 30% savings on multiple night stays.

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