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.

Joey

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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Red, White and Blueberry at NoMI Spa

4th of July (5) As the Fourth of July festivities approach, treat your toes to a one-of-a-kind Red, White and Blueberry pedicure at NoMI Spa during this celebratory time. Relax and take in the blueberry scents of summer with our hydrating and nourishing blueberry milk bath soak, then delight in a luxurious handmade sugar-in-the raw and fresh blueberry scrub. Concluding with a moisturizing massage infused with sweet vanilla and a mini-blueberry pie for you to enjoy crafted by NoMI Executive Pastry Chef Meg Galus, this expert pedicure experience will leave your toes 4th of July sandal ready, and your spirit rejuvenated for the summer season.

This special treatment will be available beginning today, June 30, through July 6, and is $75 per person, not including gratuity. Give us a call at NoMI Spa to book your Red, White and Blueberry pedicure at (312) 239-4200.

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Masters of Food and Wine: Butchering Series, Wagyu Beef

Masters- WagyuEnjoy an exquisitely unique culinary experience at our next installment of Masters of Food & Wine, with our Butchering Series focusing entirely on Wagyu beef. Further your appreciation for this steak as you learn about its preparation best practices, and enjoy a three-course dinner with wines in NoMI Garden to follow. The star of the dinner will be a Wagyu beef that has been dry-aging here in NoMI for 120 days!

The event will be on Saturday, July 26, from 5:30-8:30pm, and the cost is $120 per person. We invite you to join us for a one-of-a-kind demo and tasting experience!

Please contact Camila Rachmanis at Camila.Rachmanis@Hyatt.com or (312) 239-4137 for reservations.

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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!

 

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

Bike

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

Kerry Robinson

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!