Debbi Peak, Kathy Hart & Lynn House
Ari Bendersky & Alpana Singh
Adam Rapoport & Chelsea Handler
Shani Silver & Erica Bethe Levin
Charles Joly, Matt Lindner & Michael Tax
Hillary & Ian Goldberg with Rob Katz
Josh Wolf, Heather McDonald & Brad Wollack
Tenten Wu, Claire Smith & Charles Gibb
The Mercat dining room was packed with Chicago’s food and drink bigwigs.
The Party: To celebrate the launch of Belvedere’s new Bloody Mary vodka, comedian, author, television host and all-around hilarious person Chelsea Handler co-hosted a brunch with Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapoport at Mercat a la Planxa restaurant in the Blackstone Hotel. Belvedere President Charles Gibb was also at the party mingling with guests. The Foodies: Thanks to the brunch’s 11am start time, practically every major player on the Chicago culinary scene was in attendance, including Bill Kim, Tony Mantuano, Chris Pandel, Rob Katz, Takashi Yagihashi and, of course, Iron Chef star José Garces, the executive chef at Mercat. Media bigwigs at the event included Alpana Singh (Check, Please!), Kathy Hart (Eric & Kathy Show), Micah Materre (WGN), Candace Jordan (Candid Candace) and many others. The Menu: The four-course menu created by Garces featured items like butter-poached lobster, squash soup and short ribs—each paired with a different cocktail created by Belvedere mixologist Claire Smith. But guests left with more than just a buzz; everyone received a copy of Handler’s new book, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me.
Photos by Chicago Corporate Photography