Weddings

Top 6 Wedding Trends for 2018

Get Fresh Ideas from our Director of Catering, Lori LaPorte!

With almost every site tour of our property, I get asked the same questions: What are the latest wedding trends for 2018? How can I make my wedding stand out?

The great thing about being so involved in helping couples plan their big day is that I’m always able to stay on top of the newest ideas.

Here are a couple of wedding trends for 2018 that I have found when working with brides & grooms this year!

Spa

Taking Care of Teen Skin

5 Steps to Clear and Beautiful Skin

From our Spa Manager, Debbie Wisla

Sooner or later, almost every teenager experiences some kind of imbalance in their skin – especially as hormones start to change. A main concern (even for those of us who are past the teen years!) is acne. Though acne is considered a normal part of puberty, even the mildest cases can be traumatic for skin, and could be made worse if treated with some of the harsh skincare products on the market.

Taking the time to educate your teen about their skin at an early age is crucial for developing a proper skincare regimen, and can save years of damage to their skin.

As your teen starts to enter in those stressful years, take skincare off the list of worries with these five best practices for teen skin care.

Food & Beverage, Meetings & Events

What’s Cooking in 2018?

A Q&A with our Chef on the Latest Food Trends

Food trends change faster than night and day. To keep up with what 2018 will bring in the culinary world, we sat down with our Executive Chef & Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, John Billings. Check out what he had to say about the latest food trends!

What is the biggest buzz as far as food/beverage trends for conventions and corporate meetings? 

The craze of “Iconic Food” is trending! Traditional & favorite meals from the past have been infused into Eaglewood’s menus. Our food is produced in-house from “pit to plate” – fermentation, pickling, and curing – with locally sourced ingredients that will keep you intrigued and asking yourself: can I do this at home? Today, society is in a rapid growth with technology and the ideology of “not enough time,” in which we often tend to compromise our ability to cook a great meal. Bringing back iconic foods can re-teach society how much fun cooking can be and establish the feeling of accomplishment from scratch and homemade cookery.

Can you provide an example of something that is trending and growing?

Expo kitchens & action stations are kicking “food theater” up a notch –  or two, or three. Exhibition kitchens have been around in some form since the invention of brunch. But today, we’re talking full-blown food theater. Driven by food TV in all its incarnations and the prevalence of social media outlets that are ideal for everything food and beverage, restaurant kitchens today offer a front row seat at a dining performance, and guests are crowding around to take in the aromas, flavors, cooking tips and high energy of the stars of the show: the chefs! It’s a visual and sensual spectacle that entertains, nourishes, and satisfies everyone in the entire dining room.

Why is it important to keep up with food trends in this industry—especially as it relates to creating food experiences for groups?

“Cooking for Millennials” – WOW, really a trend. We are now in their world and they are looking for complex, healthy, and personalized food. Meals should be healthy – using natural ingredients and light on the carbs – but still flavorful.

How often do things change? And what’s the best way to keep up on what the latest food trends are?

Foods trends change often. To keep up with them, you need to research daily what is going on in the F&B world. I would suggest flipping through magazines, sourcing the internet, and watching food networks to see what is trending.

What else is important that those planning meetings should know about this subject?

This is where either the F&B Director or the Executive Chef need to sit with the meeting planners and go over what is trending and get to know the mix of the groups coming in.

Golf

Tips from our PGA Pro: Coming Over the Top

Take the Off-Season to Perfect Your Swing 

If you are a golfer you’ve probably heard the expression “coming over the top.” So what does this mean, and more importantly, what can you do to stop it? Let our PGA Pro, David Fazio, take you through his tips on this common mistake. 

Food & Beverage, Things to Do

Celebrate a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

Challenge Customs with a New Way to Celebrate!

Traditions exist for a reason: they’re warm, comforting, and, for many of us, invoke a feeling of nostalgia. But sometimes, it can be fun and exciting think outside the box – perhaps even start a new tradition. This year, flip the script on the norm and celebrate a non-traditional Thanksgiving!

Spa

Top Three Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Not Just Your Average Seasoning

If you’ve recently taken a stroll through your local health food store, you may have seen pink Himalayan salt pop up seemingly out of nowhere. Truth is, this rosy-hued salt has been around for over 4 billion years, dating back to the Earth’s creation!

Though still hotly contested in the medical field, more studies are being conducted to show that Himalayan salt, whether consumed or in a rock lamp form, may have some impact on our well-being.

So, if you’re a believer, here are the top three health benefits (and, for the naysayers out there, take this with a grain of salt).

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Plan Your Chicago Area Fall Getaway

A Day-Cation in the Suburbs: Autumn in the Midwest is Here

From crunchy leaves on the sidewalk to pumpkin spice lattes, fall is definitely in the air! With the arrival of one of the most celebrated seasons in the Midwest, now is the most colorful time to plan your Chicago area fall getaway.

Check out these must-see attractions during your stay to make the most out of the season. 

Meetings & Events, Things to Do

The Rise of Room Escapes

Escape the Room…if You Can

What started as merely a video game in the early 2000’s has now become a full-fledged global trend. With Eaglewood Resort & Spa partnering with D.O.A., a local room escape experience, we thought now would be the perfect time to learn how this simple flash game turned into a worldwide phenomenon!

Leisure Travel, Things to Do

Travel Trend: Dogs Welcome!

Bring Your Four-Legged Friends on Your Next Trip

dog fetchDogs really are man’s best friend, so it’s no surprise that pet-friendly accommodations have become a ‘must’ on a traveler’s check list.

All across the country, dog owners are looking for resorts and activities that provide fun for both themselves and their canine counterparts. In fact, nearly 24 million Americans traveled with their dogs the past three years, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

And it’s not just about hotels allowing pets – it’s about an entire experience. Dog owners especially look for places that have a welcoming environment, including walking trails, parks, special dining menus, and even spa treatments tailored for their four-legged friends. Websites such as Bring Fido  and Dog Friendly have made finding the right spot for you even easier with a full array of travel listings including any additional pet fees and specific pet laws for your destination.