Described as the “Greatest Mixologist in the World” by Emmy-award winning daytime television host, Steve Harvey, Lauren Parton is helping to lead the cocktail renaissance in Chicago. With roots grounded in her culinary background as a chef, Lauren’s approach to cocktails fuses the worlds of food and beverage to create innovative drinkable and edible cocktails. As a beverage consultant and trainer, Lauren develops drink programs for restaurants and bars. Notably, Lauren created the award-winning cocktail program for the W Hotels and Loews Chicago. Lauren is a member of Tastings and currently heads up the wine program at the Kimpton Gray Hotel.
Chef Aram Reed specializes in private dining, cooking instruction and catering with an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients and stunning presentations thoughtfully customized for every event. His passion for good food and good company and his zest for life are reflected in his work both as a chef and cooking instructor. Chef Aram is known, not only for creating tantalizing and satisfying menus but an overall experience that is truly memorable.
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Bull Garlington is an award-winning author and columnist from Chicago. His newest book is The Full English, a humorous travel memoir. His previous book, Death By Children, was IndieFab's 2013 Humor Book of the Year. Bull is the founder and senior writer for Creative Writer PRO, a company he founded to provide enterprise level content to small and very small businesses.