Pop-up restaurant inspired by “Elf” coming to the Westin in Itasca

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This story has been updated to reflect that Chris Johnson came up with the idea for the event.

A modern Christmas movie classic is celebrated with a month-long dinner in Itasca.

The Westin Chicago Northwest presents a new festive dinner event, the “Buddy The Elf Pop-Up Christmas Experience”.

From Friday November 26th through Thursday December 23rd, Westin’s Seared Restaurant in the hotel’s first floor lobby will be designed to reflect the theme of the 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell.

The feature film was born out of a brainstorming idea from general manager Chris Johnson, who is a fan of the film. Johnson wanted to fit the film into a holiday event, making attendees feel like they were walking on a movie set.

Rick Marsh, Westin Chicago Northwest director of sales and marketing, said the experience is a great way to create a fun program while hosting a gala that helps the charity Humanitarian Service Project at Carol Stream.

“People don’t have Christmas galas like they used to,” Marsh said. “I think with all the stress that people have been going through, wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little more fun these days? “

According to Marsh, the plan is to sell large group tickets for 30 to 50 people first, and then eventually make the experience available to smaller groups or couples, depending on how many events are booked throughout. along its course.

Reserved events will last two to three hours. The cost will be $ 50 per person for lunch and $ 100 per person for dinner. Meal tickets reserved with the rooms will have 50% of the room rental costs donated to charity.

Marsh said the event will incorporate as many props and references to the film as possible, right down to the food menu. Starters include salmon, mint glazed lamb and sirloin steak with candied yams and brown sugar carrots. The dessert will be a large bowl of ice cream with chocolate Pop Tarts, M & Ms, candies, corn candies and candy canes.

Dessert candies, corn candies, syrup, and candy canes refer to the major “food groups” according to Buddy, Ferrell’s character in the film.

The event will feature a recreation of Walter Hobbs’ apartment and Gimbles shopping center from the film, and will include a SELFIE station for group photos.

“We are delighted to welcome Buddy The Elf Pop-Up Christmas Experience!” Heather Larson, president and CEO of Meet Chicago Northwest, said in a statement. “The Westin’s Christmas creativity will be the perfect addition to the vacation season in Northwest Chicago. “

Those who wish to participate can go to https://elfpopupchicago.carrd.co/ to register their group for the event.

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