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Healthy Happy Hour

  • The Chopping Block at Merchandise Mart 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #107 Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)
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In this cooking class-meets-cocktail mixer, I'll share some of my favorite clean cocktail ideas and whole foods-based appetizers. Bring a friend to catch up over low-sugar and unprocessed drinks, while you mingle at chef-led demo stations showing you how to make each healthy recipe. 

Instead of sugary mixers that can lead to hangover city, we'll use herbs, spices, ginger, kombucha, bitters, cold-pressed juices and a high-quality spirit to create a signature cocktail for the evening as well as non-alcoholic options. Summer produce such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, herbs, and greens are at the center of these party-friendly appetizers. We'll also have a DIY Sparkling Water Bar so you can customize your own LaCroix-like drinks for summer hydration with mixers like herbal tea, cold-pressed juices, citrus, cucumber, mint, and other fun, mix-ins. Learn to make a party spread in a party atmosphere that's easy, colorful, and won't leave you in a carb-induced food coma. 

Recipes include:

  • Basil Paloma Cocktail
  • Sweet Potato-Sriracha Cakes
  • Endurance Crackers with Beet Hummus and Ultimate Crudité
  • Smoky Corn, Tomato, Avocado and Arugula Salad Cups
  • Raw Chocolate Macaroons
  • DIY Sparkling Water Bar

Students will receive a full-size Basil Paloma Cocktail upon arrival, tastings of the other menu items, and a recipe packet. Additional drinks, as well as wine and beer, will be available for purchase. Vegan and gluten-free menu! 

This Healthy Happy Hour is the kickoff to Sweatworking Week, a week-long fest full of events, meetups and workouts all devoted to fitness and community, created by A Sweat Life. It will also feature clean label food product samples from our event sponsors: |Here| vegetable dips, and cold-pressed juices, perfect for mixing your own cocktails, and Niloofar Persian Snack Mix, a blend of nuts and Middle Eastern dried fruits, great for parties or post-workout! 

Sign up link will take you to a secure sign-up page at The Chopping Block to complete registration.

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