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This Thursday, June 12, The Art and Science of Gin will be examined from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. George Distillery on 5947 N. Broadway Avenue in Edgewater as part of the Pivot Arts Festival 2014: Art Meets Science which runs through June 14. For more information, visit

To showcase its sous chefs, supervisor chefs and executive sous chefs, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is hosting the Good Taste Talent Development Series, a new cooking competition that takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 13, at 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive.

After celebrating its 15th anniversary this spring with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl of Evanston, the Stained Glass welcomes summer with a new drink that combines strawberry-basil lemonade with a kick. The Summer Dreams cocktail is available at the award-winning wine bar and bistro on 1735 Benson Avenue in Downtown Evanston. For more information on the Stained Glass, visit

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome such a culinary talent to Fairmont Chicago,” states Mark Huntley, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park of the hotel’s new Executive Chef John Cordeaux, whose award-winning credits includes working at England’s Royal Victoria Hotel, Scotland’s Turnberry Hotel, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts all over the world.

“Chef Cordeaux will be an excellent leader for our culinary team and bring a new creative vision to our operation,” adds Huntley. “We are delighted to have him bring his experience over three continents to our hotel and know he will make a tremendous contribution to the property and the community.”

“I’m fortunate to have a talented culinary team in place and look forward to working with them to enhance our operation,” says Cordeaux. “As we rework the menus, I’m looking forward to working with local and regional purveyors and leveraging those suppliers to create a farm to table approach. We will also be reinvigorating our rooftop herb garden and reopening our kosher kitchen so there are a variety of exciting culinary initiatives on the horizon for Fairmont Chicago.”

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