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Top 5 Chicago Hotels for 'Food Enthusiasts'

August 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Irresistible works of art double as sweets at The Peninsula Chicago's Lobby brunch

We’ve talked about the exploding Chicago Hotel scene and the entry of big guns like Ian Schrager's Public, the first U.S. Radisson Blu Aqua and Richard Branson's forthcoming, first-ever Virgin hotel. As Chicago hotels boom and continue to top each other out in the kind of hotel pissing match we love, so have the their restaurants. In fact, there are now so many amazing places to eat strictly within hotel walls that you could easily skip the rest of Chicago's tremendous restaurant scene and not miss a thing.

To help you sort through it, we've curated our own top five list of dream-about-it-forever, no-fail Chicago hotels for food enthusiasts (because saying "foodie" is passe now isn't it?) Whether or not you stay at these hotels, any trip to Chicago should include pigging out at one of these amazing eateries within.

Keep reading for our Top 5 Chicago Hotels for Food Enthusiasts!

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Hotel Restaurants You'd Actually Eat In: The Inn at Langley

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  Site Where: 400 First St. [map], Langley, WA, United States, 98260
March 23, 2011 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

The reputation of hotel restaurants as sad, overpriced affairs is quickly falling away as some talented chefs make the eateries destinations of their own. This week, HotelChatter contributor Katherine Spiers is taking us to some of the best hotel restaurants in the world.

The restaurant at the Inn at Langley isn't messing around: they're only open three or four nights at week. And dining here is a serious event, with seven or so courses. It makes sense, as there's not much to do on Whidbey Island but work up an appetite, and then indulge it.

Washington state has great natural products, from fruit to fish, and the Inn keeps the menu pretty local and seasonal: looking at today's seasonal menu, the only thing that couldn't have originated on Whidbey Island itself seems to be the coconut and mango in the dessert; you'll dine overlooking the herb garden.

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Prepare to Consume Your Body Weight in Pig and Pinot at Hotel Healdsburg

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  Site Where: 25 Matheson Street [map], Healdsburg, CA, United States, 95448
December 29, 2010 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sorry, vegetarians

Mmm bacon. Mmmmm wine. Could there be a more mouth-wateringingly named hotel break than Pigs and Pinot? Ok, maybe dark chocolate and champagne, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Pigs & Pinot is the name of the annual weekend held by chef Charlie Palmer at the Hotel Healdsburg in California wine land, where he has his restaurant Dry Creek Kitchen.

This year, it’s being held March 18-19, and over 60 wineries will be showcasing their wares, along with 10 chefs who’ll be cooking various pork-themed dishes to go with the wine. It kicks off on the Friday with a sampling of all 60 of the wines, with pork dishes like sausages and pates to (try and) soak up some of the booze. At the end of the night, one wine will be crowned winner of the Pinot Cup. The Taste of Pigs & Pinot costs $150, but we’re pretty sure you can make most of your money back if you take it seriously.

The other events (from $75) include cooking workshops with the chefs (where you get to sample), more wine tastings and a final five course gala dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen. For full info, see here.

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Hunt Your Own Truffles At Monsignor Della Casa

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  Site Where: Via Di Mucciano 16, Florence, Italy, 50032
August 10, 2009 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

You don't even really need a good reason to take a vacation in Tuscany but for those with a taste for the luxury and gourmet side of life, the Monsignor Della Casa Country Resort near Florence has got a Gourmet Truffle Break deal to tempt you. The Monsignor Della Casa looks like just the right kind of quaint countryside resort for a Tuscan break and it is part of a 16th century estate that belonged to an Italian "good manners expert" of the day, so this place has some pedigree.

The truffle package includes two nights' accommodation and a buffet breakfast, plus a truffle hunting expedition into the park of Villa La Casa, followed by a truffle dinner. We're not sure what you get for dinner if you fail in your truffle hunt, but hopefully they've got some in reserve.

Deals start at around $300 per night for a double room and go up to around $400 for a suite – with a minimum stay of two nights. If truffles aren't quite your thing they also offer a three-night deal with wine tasting in the Chianti Rufina area, with prices a little higher than the truffle deal.

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Top Secret: A Hyatt Place For the CIA? (No, Not That CIA)

July 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Foodies! We have a present for you! Or at least we think we do: we just caught wind of a pretty sweet rumor that the Culinary Insitute of America (in Hyde Park, NY) is going to be getting a Hyatt Place right on the campus.

Right now, the only options for stays near the campus are kinda limited — most of your hotel choices are in nearby Poughkeepsie — but according to the documents we came across, the Hyatt Place is actually working with the Culinary Institute to develop the hotel directly on the campus. Mmm, so you can roll yourself home from Escoffier restaurant into your hotel room.

No word if there's going to be student involvement in the operation or not (our guess is no, since Hyatt Places typically don't have massive F&B programs), but still — good to know, foodies. Good to know.