What Women Want featuring Naomi Beckwith

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We know what women want, which is why we’re interviewing top business savvy women on their top travel essentials.

This week in “What Women Want,” we will be featuring Naomi Beckwith. Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has curated, juried and written for several art projects internationally and looks forward to presenting the work of Chicago artist, William J. O’Brien, in January. Her most recent exhibition, Homebodies, is on view at the MCA until October 13th.

What’s the most unconventional item in your carry-on?

Firstly, I make it a point to only do carry-on, no matter how long the trip. I also carry a bikini everywhere all year round as you never know when a pool is going to pop up at a hotel or party. For longer trips an epilator, rather than razor, is my friend.

At 10,000 feet, what gadget do you reach for?

A cashmere wrap. It’s cold up there!

What book or e-magazine is currently on your Kindle or iPad?

I’m totally retro and savor turning the smartphones and screens off during flying. But I do always have the latest issue of The Economist magazine and a book with me. I’m looking forward to starting Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie on my next flight.

What is your guilty pleasure purchase at Kiosk before take-off?

Gossip rags, of course! It’s even better when someone from the prior flight leaves them at the seat.

If you could create an app to help you with your travels, what would it do?

Pull up a copy of my passport on my smartphone.

What’s the most recently played downloaded song on your iPod or Spotify?

Cody Chestnutt’s soulful “Chips Down in No Landfill” which, incidentally, I first heard on a Lufthansa flight.

Fill in the blank:

ORD à JFK/LGA is the most common. Though EZE (Buenos Aires) is coming right up.


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NoMI Kitchen Celebrates Mother’s Day With a BYOB Flower Bar

NoMI Kitchen has teamed up with Mike Hines of Mike Hines Signature to create a Mother’s Day event filled with a few of Mom’s favorite things: exquisite food, decadent desserts, and fresh flowers.   Prior to being seated, mothers will have the opportunity to handpick their favorite flowers at our special “NoMI BYOB (Build Your Own Bouquet) Flower Bar” where Mike Hines Signature will create customized, seasonal floral bouquet arrangements with mom’s added personal touches.

While Hines works his magic, mothers and their families can indulge in NoMI Kitchen’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch created by Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche.  Brunch consists of market seafood and carved-to-order chef stations, salad compositions such as Baby Gem Lettuce with Goat’s Milk Feta, BBQ Duck Salad, and Romaine and Watercress Cobb, and traditional items such as Belgian Waffles, French Toast and Egg Dishes.  The meal also includes a la carte dishes featuring the following entrees: Spring Vegetable Aqua Cotta prepared with poached farm eggs, crispy ciabatta, and olive oil, Crispy Chicken Thigh served with truffled potato salad, braised endive, and natural jus, Shepherd’s Pie filled with braised pork belly, English peas, and whipped potato, Grilled Escolar with asparagus, roasted mushroom, ramp butter, and Asparagus Farro cooked with spinach, roasted spring onion, and fontina val d’asota.

Meals are topped off with a trip… or two to Pastry Chef Meg Galus’ dessert table filled with an array of sweets which include Glazed Doughnuts, Honey Nougat Chiboust, Cinnamon & Caramelized White Chocolate Rice Pudding, Rocky Road Tartlets, and a collection of cakes inspired by our pastry team’s mothers.

The NoMI BYOB Flower Bar experience is concluded with a special bouquet of beautiful flowers to bring home to remind mom just how much you care.

 Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2013

125 USD per adult

40 USD per children (5-12)

For more information visit www.NoMIrestaurant.com and for reservations, please call + 1 312 239 4030.



Masters of Food & Wine: The Joy of Pickling

Join us in NoMI Garden for our Masters of Food & Wine Event: “The Joy of Pickling”

Learn different techniques for pickling vegetables from NoMI Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Sean Pharr and various items followed by a sampling of the production with local craft beers and artisan cheeses in the Wine Cellar on Seven.

Saturday, June 22

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

75 USD per person

For reservations, please call 312 239 4030


Girl Power. Girl Rising

Join Park Hyatt Chicago for an exclusive screening of GIRL RISING on Monday, April 29 at RiverEast Movie Theatre (322 Illinois)

GIRL RISING is a groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins was created by 10×10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls. It tells the stories of 9 girls from around the world, who are fighting for an education and a chance. The message is simple: if we educate girls, we can change their future. Each girl’s story was written by an author and is narrated by a cast of great actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek.

In celebration of Hyatt’s Global Month of Community Service, in which Hyatt Hotels worldwide give back, Park Hyatt Chicago and Park Hyatt Washington D.C. have partnered with GirlRising to spread awareness and take action to empower young girls in the developing world through education.

Proceeds from the film go right back to 7 NGO Partners, including: Girl Up / UN Foundation, CARE, World Vision, A New Day Cambodia, Room to Read.

Limited tickets available. We’ll see you at the movies!


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Four Stars for Park Hyatt Chicago

 Park Hyatt Chicago Awarded 2013 Four-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 55th annual listing of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide, and  Park Hyatt Chicago has been recognized among the industry’s most outstanding establishments. Park Hyatt Chicago is one of three hotels in Chicago to be awarded the prestigious Four Star Award for 2013.  http://bit.ly/ZhPq55

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You are cordially invited…

…to a Masters of Food & Wine Cocktail Party at NoMI!

Come participate in an interactive cocktail mixology class hosted in our Wine Cellar on Seven.  Learn about interesting cocktail ingredients and how to compose three of NoMI Lounge’s signature cocktails.  Cocktails will be paired with casual fare, highlighting the subtle complexity of NoMI’s hand crafted cocktails.

Saturday, March 23

3-5 pm

55 USD/person

Pisco Sour

February/March Bridal Buzz at Park Hyatt Chicago

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At Park Hyatt Chicago, we’re buzzing over warm weather getaways in February, breakfast for dinner and reverse French manicures. We’re also excited for wedding season and toasting to those who are tying the knot. To pamper the brides-to-be, we are extending three special packages that sure have a nice ring.

Package 1:

Book your bridal shower in NoMI Kitchen’s  breathtaking private event space by March 31st and receive a complimentary champagne toast or delectable pastry treat with a signed $1,200 food and beverage minimum.

Package 2:

Book your rehearsal dinner in NoMI Kitchen’s  breathtaking private event space by March 31st and receive a complimentary cocktail hour with a signed $3,000 food and beverage minimum

Package 3:

Book your NYE 2013 wedding by March 31st and receive the following with a signed $25,000 food and beverage minimum

  • Complimentary Presidential Suite
  • Complimentary One Year Anniversary Stay
  • Complimentary Champagne Toast to Ring in 2014
  • Complimentary New Year’s Day Brunch for 25 guests
  • 10% off 2013 Park Hyatt Wedding Offerings

For further information, please contact our contact the catering office at 312.239.4074 or Alison.Kremer@hyatt.com

Single Ladies, Put Your Hands Up at NoMI SPA

Broken Hearts not Broken Nails

NoMI Spa is celebrating bold and beautiful single ladies across Chicago with a 45-minute “Minus the MANicure” special manicure; a soothing treatment that uses luxurious products from Me! Bath.  Guests can book appointments for themselves or with their best friend to set aside some time for a mini pampering session and indulge in a little GT, or Girl Talk.

With nail lacquers creatively titled Single Ladies, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, It’s Raining Men, and Pretty Little Thing, every woman will be sure to find a shade that suits them best.

After each treatment, ladies will receive a playlist mixed by local DJ, Megan Taylor, featuring music to empower ever woman to belt out a few familiar femme lyrics.

The “Minus the MANicure” special manicure is available February 13-17, 2013.  50 USD per manicure (gratuity not included).  Space is limited.  For reservations, please call NoMI Spa at 312 239 4200.


Chef Ryan LaRoche Featured at Antique Taco’s Guest Chef Series for Charity

The PhaRoche-ous Taco Launches for Month of February

For the entire month of February, NoMI Kitchen’s Executive Chef, Ryan LaRoche, will be featured on the menu at Wicker Park’s Antique Taco (1360 N. Milwaukee Ave) for the restaurant’s Guest Chef Series for Charity. A percentage of the proceeds from each taco sale will be donated to Imerman Angels.

Antique Taco’s Guest Chef Series for Charity has been teaming up with select local chefs each month for a taco special benefiting a charity of the chef’s choice. Past chefs include Bill Kim and Charlie McKenna. The chef’s select charity will receive $2 from each taco sale.

Chef Ryan’s taco is aptly titled The PhaRoche-ous which combines the surnames of Ryan LaRoche and Chef de Cuisine Sean Pharr. The PhaRoche-ous taco consists of Nueske’s bacon confit, frijoles negro, pickled jalapeños, and Guajillo sour cream. Proceeds will be donated to Imerman Angels, which provides personalized connections that enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

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