If you are like me, you might google “best restaurants for a wedding shower in Chicago” or “best private event spaces in Chicago.” Chances are you would then scan the lists and pour over pictures and potential menus. I narrowed options down to three places and chatted with the bride. Sam was so easy going and said she trusted me with whatever I thought was best. All I knew was that I wanted the shower to be a joyful event in a place that was different and could help us create some special memories for the wedding couple.
I have been to many wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, and tons of corporate events over the years. While the food was great at many of the events, it does tend to blur together. Stephanie Izard is the incredible executive chef and mastermind of Little Goat Diner, Girl and the Goat and Duck Duck Goat. OMG – the food was epic for the wedding shower!
I’ve been to a lot of work functions over the years and when I was looking at options for Sam and Jason’s shower I really wanted to find a space that felt special and different from dark wood paneled rooms. When I found the Little Goat special events page I immediately adored the space. I adored Stephanie’s message on the event page even more. She talked about how she invited people to buy tickets with the proceeds going to charity for a dinner in her home. She shared how she spent the evening in her living room and kitchen eating and drinking and having fun with her guests. This sounded special and like the feel I was looking for our shower. Stephanie went on to talk about how she created the Little Goat private dining to be that same kind of space that feels like home. It does feel like home! You feel like you are in Stephanie’s kitchen and dining room with her friends taking care of you.
The people you work with are a key ingredient to a special, memorable event. How Stephanie talks about creating a private event space that feels like you are in her home hints at how she has fostered a work culture that feels like you are with your family and friends. From my first e-mail with Tiffany, the private events and catering coordinator I knew I was looking at someplace special. From phone calls, to e-mails, to visiting the Little Goat Diner, Tiffany was so helpful and provided great insights on this unique space. Her quick work, passion for Little Goat and Stephanie's restaurants, and attention to details was fantastic! She made the planning process a breeze!
When you are planning a special event, whatever the occasion, I know it can be tough when working through your budget. You think about what your priorities are and where you want to spend your money. For Little Goat, we loved that flowers were included, that we could use the outdoor space, and how they approach the bar. Little cookies were included but I also wanted a special cake. Little did I know that the Little Goat cake would be epic! Words cannot even describe this amazing cake! Not only was the buttermilk cake with seasonal jam and buttercream icing huge, it was sooooo good. Once again you knew you were in a Stephanie Izard restaurant. You must order a cake! The cakes are reasonable in the realm of specialty cakes and there are so many amazing flavors!
Check out Little Goat Diner and Stephanie's new cookbook!
From wedding showers, to birthday parties, to anniversary celebrations, to work gatherings and everything in between, you should go to Little Goat Diner for your special event! Check out the private event details on the Little Goat Diner website and email Tiffany today! Tell Tiffany Meg said hi!
But wait, there is more! Stephanie Izard has a new cookbook out! The other day I was working on my laptop in the kitchen and had the Today show on. I looked up and saw Carson and Stephanie Izard making chicken which looked delicious! And then, Stephanie shared that she has a new cookbook, Gather & Graze: 120 Favorite Recipes for Tasty Good Times! This is so exciting and I can't wait to have friends over to gather and graze on some new dishes! Oder your Gather & Graze cookbook today!
Thanks to Stephanie, Tiffany and the team at Little Goat for helping create a very special shower for Sam and Jason and our family and friends. Thanks to Sam and Jason for being such an amazing couple! You inspire us and we can't wait for your wedding day!