What would Christmas be without Nat King Cole crooning his carols? Every Christmas my father would play every one of Cole’s holiday ballads over and over again until the songs were practically synonymous with Christmas to us.
But despite hearing him sing “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” more times than I care to count, I’ve never actually TRIED a Christmas chestnut until this Christmas!
Can you believe it?
When I heard the Library Bar at the Public Hotel was offering chestnuts and champagne through the holiday season, I couldn’t resist the urge to scratch “have a roasted chestnut” off my Christmas to-do list! The Public Hotel is home to one of my favorite Chicago restaurants, the Pump Room, after all.
So on a chilly morning I met Anna for one last festive hurrah before the Christmas holidays. The Public Hotel’s 2015 Christmas tree is stunning in silvers, golds, and grays — a sophisticated tree for such an elegant hotel! The beautiful Library Bar is a cozy space complete with roaring fireplace and plenty of cozy chairs.
First came our champagne! Cheers Anna!
Then came the roasted chestnuts which are served with a lovely aioli dipping sauce.Don’t they look delicious? Care to crack into one?
My very first chestnuts were positively delicious (especially thanks to the aromatic rosemary that was roasted with the nuts themselves) and I can’t wait to continue this festive tradition for many more Christmases to come.The champagne and chestnuts made for a beautifully festive snack just before the holidays, especially next to such a stunning Christmas tree.
In case you’re in Chicago and looking for Christmas plans, the Pump Room does brunch and dinner on Christmas Day tomorrow. You can find details and reserve your spot here!Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.