Just peachy…

I have a secret.

I am having a summer love affair…and I thought you should know.

Floriole Cafe and Bakery is my obsession.  It is Paris in Chicago, and I simply cannot make it through a single day without popping in for an inspired and soulful bite.

My crush first developed over the years at Green City Market, on Wednesday and Sunday in Lincoln Park.  We loved waking up, riding our bikes down Clark Street to the park, and enjoying a delicious, chewy croissant or pastry for breakfast.  Sadly, the market packs up right after lunch…so our time together was numbered.  But now, oh boy, now it is a full on love fest – errrr – feast with their Lincoln Park cafe open 6 days a week (yet another reason to begrudge Mondays).


At first I couldn’t get enough of the BAD sandwich, Bacon, Arugula, Dates and Goat Cheese on Yeasted Corn Bread (above right).  I found myself laying in bed at night, dreaming, wishing, stomach growling.  As if it doesn’t taste INCREDIBLE, it is dressed in the most charming little white paper wrap…perfect for a picnic in the park or in my case, lunch on the go.

Then I became hooked on their mouth watering, salty and sweet Ham and Sharp White Cheddar Cheese Baguette.  It is so flavor packed, I cannot believe it is simply ham and cheese alone.  It goes to show with fresh, natural ingredients, the simple foods make the best foods.

But now, those old flames are behind me.  Yesterday, they sold their first summer Peach, Basil and Lincoln Log Goat Cheese Baguette.  I savored, I smiled, I almost didn’t want to even eat it – it looked so fantastic and smelled beyond heavenly.

I did of course enjoy it after admiring it lovingly for awhile.  It was pure heaven.  Seriously.  I wanted to go back and get another one for dinner.

But, I restrained myself.  I went today for lunch instead.

I prayed it would be on today’s ever changing du jour menu again…and when I walked into the cafe…there it was!  Front and center on the chalkboard.

Imagine my shock and surprise when the woman in front of me ordered the last one in the case.  Ugggh.

However, their staff being so top notch, Nick behind the counter quickly asked the kitchen to make up another batch.  Phew.  Life is good.

I am so inspired for our big Summer Picnic in the Park Gala next weekend…

Bon Appetit!

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Summer sips

Summer sips

One of my favorite personalized details at an event is a well planned selection of custom, signature drinks concocted just for the very occasion. It is such a fabulous first impression – and gets everyone buzzing upon their arrival.

Here is the summer belgian ale we are serving at Sofie and Jack’s summer garden wedding. This is a Goose Island brew, which makes it the perfect "local" community theme.

The packaging is so clean, elegant and simple – dressing up the typical bottled beer. Better yet to really enjoy the "personalized" labels we won’t need to rent pilsner glasses, helping keep rental costs in check.

What is your favorite summer sip? Let’s swap ideas and stay cool in spirit…

Cheers!

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Late Night Gelato

Late Night Gelato

Hmmm…

Where do I begin…

Via Gelato’s cart for a post dinner delish dessert is the uber hit of the wedding.

The bride’s favorite chocolate – the Barcelona Bar by Vosges – has been whipped right up by artisinal gelato masters Denise and Ron into a fabulous feature flavor "Mr and Mrs Mix" with chocolate, bacon and sea salt.

Everyone loves it! I was skeptical, at first bite, but totally agree its delicious.

Also on tonight’s blackboard menu – merlot chocolate, peanut butter chocolate (my favorite), coffee, and champagne lemon and pomegranate blueberry sorbet.

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Sensational Sirens

Sensational Sirens

Ok – noone can top The Sirens – Arlen Music’s drop dead gorgeous violinists extraordinaire.

They are rockin dinner like nobody’s business…

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Guest book looks

Guest book looks

One of my very favorite guest books – the engagement session turned coffee table book.

Everyone loves to see the shots and choose their favorite page to sign with newlywed well wishes for the bride and groom.

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Petals and Plumes

Petals and Plumes

The towering centerpieces are the perfect accessory to this turn of the century ballroom.

The fluffy ostrich feathers set underneath menus on the cut crystal charger plates and in the charming centerpieces are quickly morphing into hair accessories for men and women alike…

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

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