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Sommelier Mark Canak Joins ENO Wine Room and Michael Jordan’s Steak House as Beverage Director

ENO Wine Room and Michael Jordan’s Steak House, both located within the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, welcomed Sommelier Mark Canak to the team as the new Beverage Director. Receiving his Sommelier certification with guidance from the world’s best sommeliers, he looks forward to offering unique expertise and expansive knowledge to the guests at ENO and Michael Jordan’s Steak House.

Fun Without Guilt: 4 Beverages for the Health-Conscious Drinker

What's the worst part of a night out drinking with friends, family or colleagues? For most, the dreaded hangover. And while approximately 25–30 percent of consumers report to have “never been hungover,” a 2015 medical study suggests that is simply not true.

Craft Beer Icon Ballast Point to Open Chicago Brewpub May 15

Ballast Point Brewing Company, a pioneer in the craft beer movement in San Diego with a 20-plus-year history of supporting the art of homebrewing and developing high-quality, innovative, award-winning beer, is opening a brewpub in Chicago’s Fulton Market District.

Mock No More: Nonalcoholic Cocktails Find a Home on Beverage Menus

Whether they’re giving up alcohol for good or just need a break right now, consumers are digging nonalcoholic beverages. And beverage experts are responding in kind, creating mixtures that are complex and satisfying to the palate, and come at a price that boosts nightly sales.

Cantina Laredo Unveils New Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

Cantina Laredo is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with several cocktails available now through the end of May. The drinks are available at all Cantina Laredo locations nationwide.3 G’s Please—A fresh blend of Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, orange bitters and muddled strawberries, topped with a Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila strawberry boat float ($13)Cabo Flip—A Cantina Laredo favorite, made with Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier and fresh lime, topped with a Cabo Wabo Blanco lime boat float ($12.

Applebee's Celebrating Cinco De Mayo with Dollarita, $2 Dos Equis

Your local Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar is the place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year with not only one, but two fantastic Neighborhood Drinks—the Dollarita and the new 2 Dollar Dos. Due to overwhelming popularity, April's Neighborhood Drink, the $1 margarita famously known as the Dollarita will be available at participating Applebee's through Saturday, May 5.

Melissa Carroll to Oversee Beverage Program at Fisk & Co.

Fisk & Co. introduced Lead Bartender Melissa Carroll, who will oversee the beverage program at the new American mussel + beer bar opening this April in the Chicago Loop. Melissa is focused on a thoughtfully curated beer, wine and craft cocktail program to complement the restaurant’s Belgian-inspired cuisine and upscale yet approachable atmosphere.

Inside the Luxurious Rise of Chocolate Cocktails

America loves cocktails, and it loves chocolate. So, with both products experiencing growth, why not put them together? The result has been an evolution of chocolate martinis, chocolate Manhattans, and numerous cocktails featuring products that range from chocolate-infused spirits and chocolate liqueurs to chocolate nibs and Oreo cookies.