|I made this postcard at gogobot.com for free!|
About 11 guests came to the event which began at noon with an introduction to our chef Mark Sabbe and bartender. I met Janelle Rominski, Mary Kay H., Michael, Joe who brought an impressive-looking camera, and a couple - Sophia and Andrew. The table settings were dressed up with the brunch menu, and a bunch of fun Gogobot swag including sunglasses in assorted colors, blue and silver metal bottle opener key chains, buttons, pens, luggage tags, and hi-microfiber cleaning cloth.
The bloody mary bar had three choices of mixes - a traditional, and then two lighter mixes - one a pale green, the other pink. I went for the traditional, and added chili powder, paprika, a pepper shaped like a tiny pickle, and a celery stick. They had one kind of fun addition which was a jalapeno pepper stuffed with sausage and a watermelon ball on either side stuck on a skewer.
While we ate, Jeff shared some tips on picture taking. He said when using a smart phone he tries not to use a flash, as the lighting technology hasn't yet caught up to the camera's capabilities. He also said perspective is something that can really help flatter the subject. By shooting down from above, people are forced to look up, hiding the illusion of a double chin.
Next we saw the art room which was really more of a long hallway. It's filled with really cool modern furniture, mirrors, red carpet, and artwork from Columbia College. There is a peculiar set of stairs that lead to nowhere. There are a few sprinkled throughout the hotel. They were put in by a transcendentalist architect who believed they would help spirits roam the halls.
Our next stop was the ballroom, a moderately sized room surrounded by an upper balcony overlooking the room, gorgeous chandeliers, and window seats lining the entire wall facing Michigan Avenue. We also toured the Presidential Suite and Sky room. The Sky room was so cool. Very modern and it has a sky light that you can close with a switch.
The next time Gogobot hosts an event, you should definitely go!