Celebrate National Tequila Day with a Special Cocktail Guide from NoMI Kitchen!

If you “take life with a grain of salt…a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila,” then you’ve probably got a spot in your heart (and your mouth!) for this celebrated distilled beverage which is crafted from the blue agave plant of Mexico.

In honor of National Tequila Day, NoMI Lounge Manager, Sergio Campos, is offering up his expertise to bring you a few unique and exquisite ways to toast to Tequila this year.

“Tequila is a special spirit that’s festive yet has a unique versatility. It has the power to bring people together!” notes Sergio on the popular libation.

Check out two twists on the traditional margarita along with a foolproof recipe for the classic concoction. Enjoy!

The Classic One

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
1/4 ounce Orange Juice
2 drops Orange Bitters

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Preparation:
Combine Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lime juice, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, agave nectar, orange juice and orange bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass.

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“NoMI’s version of the traditional margarita is dry and easy to drink. The orange juice and dash of orange bitters are a great pair with the acidity of the lime juice and balance out the flavors for a smooth sipping experience.”

The One with a Kick

Ingredients:
1/2 Roasted Jalapeno
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Grapefruit Juice
1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/4 ounce Agave Nectar
Grapefruit peel for garnish

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Preparation:
Remove seeds from the jalapeno, and combine with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lime juice, grapefruit juice, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, Aperol and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit peel.

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“I love this combination of bitterness from the grapefruit with the smokiness and spiciness of the roasted jalapeno. It’s an adventure for the taste buds!”

The Floral One

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Kalani Coconut Liquer
1/2 ounce Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette
1/4 ounce Lemon Syrup
2 drops Rose Water
Edible flowers for garnish

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Preparation:
Combine Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lemon juice, Kalani, Creme de Violette, lemon syrup and rose water into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with edible flowers.

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Sergio’s secret ingredient: egg whites!
“The combination of egg whites, agave nectar and lime juice to create sour mix dates back to pre-prohibition days, making it a classic component of any delicious cocktail. The egg whites give these margaritas a frothiness that is soft to the taste and create a beautiful ombre color.”

How will you be celebrating Tequila today?

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Your chance to win 2 tickets to Masters of Food and Wine – Butchering Series: Wagyu Beef

NoMI Kitchen is offering you a chance to win an exclusive opportunity to experience Masters of Food and Wine, Butchering Series: Wagyu Beef: a demonstration and tasting experience located at NoMI featuring a tender Wagyu that has been dry-aging for 120-days!

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This two-part demo and tasting event will begin with Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche covering the what, where, why and how’s of Wagyu beef, while you sip on our finest red wines. Guests will then enjoy a three-course meal in the Garden, which will showcase the 120 day dry-aged Wagyu at its best.

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Date: Saturday, July 26th
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: NoMI Kitchen
Price: $120 per person – FREE with contest win

 

 

Now through Monday, July 21, you’ll have the opportunity to win 2 complimentary tickets to the event!  Entering is simple:
1. Like NoMI Restaurant on Facebook and follow @NoMIChicago on Instagram!
2. Come to NoMI anytime from July 8th to July 21st
3. Take a selfie or photo of your favorite place to relax and enjoy your favorite food or drink in the restaurant, Garden or Lounge
4. Tag NoMI Restaurant or @NoMIChicago in your post
5. Use the hashtag #iWantWagyu

The winner will be selected on Wednesday, July 23rd and announced on Thursday!

View official contest terms and conditions here.

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Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine is a series of sophisticated culinary and beverage experiences hosted at all Park Hyatt locations. Through engaging and interactive events, area residents and visiting gourmands can engage with our award-winning chefs, sommeliers, and specialists.

Save the Date for Our Upcoming Events!

Tomatoes, the Apple of Love
August 16th at 6:30 PM

Soup, There It Is
September 13th at 6:00 PM

Dessert Degustation with Chicago’s Finest Pastry Chefs
October 18th at 8:00 PM

Chef Meg’s Excellent Swiss Chocolate Adventure
November 15th at 8:00 PM

Duck, Duck Goose
December 13th at 5:30 PM

For inquiries or reservations, please contact
Camila Rachmanis
NoMI Relations and Events Manager
Camila.Rachmanis@Hyatt.com
(312) 239-4137

 

Get to NoMI – Introducing Mohammed

In today’s #GetToNoMI series, we introduce Mohammed Islam, who has been with us since December of 2000 – that’s almost 14 years of service with NoMI and Park Hyatt Chicago!

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What is your favorite NoMI dish?
The Wagyu beef, because it’s tender and delicious!

What is your favorite Chicago summer activity?
I love to play soccer and am rooting for Brazil in the games!

Tell us something we might not know about you:
I can come off as shy and timid, but am actually very outgoing

If you could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why?
I would bring Nelson Mandela to NoMI, someone I have always admired growing up. I would want to introduce Mr. Mandela to our restaurant, NoMI, and thank him personally for everything he has done

Behind the Swinging Doors: NoMI Petite Mustard Greens Salad Recipe

Last week we gave you a peek of shaved French Breakfast Radishes that are used in our signature Petite Mustard Greens Salad. Now we’re giving you the recipe from behind the swinging doors of our kitchen.

When creating this salad Sous Chef, Keith Potter, was inspired by the seasonality of mustard greens which are at their freshest during the Spring and Summer Months.

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“I love the combination of fried lemon, which is a unique ingredient, toasted sunflower seeds, and the espelette pepper which adds some heat – all this really rings true of summer – it’s light, crisp and crunchy.” – Keith Potter, Sous Chef

Check out the recipe below and let us know how you enjoyed the salad!

Ingredients:

Baby Mustard Greens & Ruby Streak Mustard Greens (from Werp Farms)
Curly Kale
French Breakfast Radishes (from Werp Farms)
Jalapenos (pickled in-house at NoMI)
Toasted Sunflower Seeds
Barrel-Aged Sheep’s Milk Feta Cheese
NoMI’s House-Made Brown Butter Vinaigrette
Lemon
Wundra Flower
Espelette Pepper

Preparation:

Combine Baby Mustard Greens, Ruby Streak Mustard Greens, and Curly Kale
Thinly shave French Breakfast Radishes and add to mix
Adorn with lightly pickled Jalapenos, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Feta Cheese

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Dress with NoMI’s house-made Brown Butter Vinaigrette

For garnish, dredge sliced Lemon in Wundra flower (it has an anti-caking agent that will give the lemons a crisp, golden-brown coloring) and deep fry at 350°.

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Sprinkle with a dash of Espelette Pepper for seasoning. Enjoy!

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Get to NoMI – Joey Garziano

Next up in our Get to NoMI series, where we’ll be introducing our fabulous staff members each Monday, is Joey Graziano, NoMI Garden Server.

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Favorite item on the NoMI menu:
Prawns and soba noodle salad from the new Summer Lunch menu!

Favorite Chicago summer activity:
Brunch on an outdoor patio

Something you might not now about him:
Joey has a Bachelor’s in Musical Theater, Tap Dance, Jazz and Ballet!

If he could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
Jane Fonda wearing pearls – she was in NoMI Garden 2 summers ago and he was her server!

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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!

 

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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