Get them while they’re hot. Some of Chicago’s most talented chefs are whipping up cookies for a good cause this holiday season. The American Institute of Wine and Food (founded by Julia Child and Robert Mondavi) have gathered famed Chicago chefs—Malika Ameen, Rick Bayless, Gale Gand, Stephanie Izard, Katrina Markoff and Jacquy Pfeiffer—to create cookies to be sold in the Cookies for a Cause pop-up shop in The Drake Hotel’s lobby this week. And you can get in on the sweet treats.
The Cookies for a Cause box costs $25 and is filled one dozen cookies–two from each chef. You’ll notice that each chef brings his or her own signature flavor to their cookie. Here are a few to make your mouth water:
-Bacon oat chocolate chip cookies, Katrina Markoff (Vosges Haut-Chocolat)
-Pink pepper shortbread, Stephanie Izard (The Girl and the Goat)
-Mexican chocolate chunk hazelnut cookies, Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill and Xoco)
It’s the perfect holiday gift for the Chicago foodie or pastry lover in your life. And the best part is that all the proceeds from the cookies go to scholarships for four aspiring pastry chefs at The French Pastry School. The pop-up store will only be around until this Sunday, and once the cookies are sold out, the store closes. So if you’re shopping on Michigan Avenue, be sure to stop in The Drake lobby to snag a box of these one-of-a-kind treats. The Cookies for a Cause pop-up shop is open from Wednesday, December 7th through Friday, December 9th from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Paul Strabbing