The Fairmont Chicago Offers Specialty Squash Menu during the Sweet Home Chicago Open

September 9, 2008

Chicago, IL — Chicago will play host to the first-ever professional squash tournament to be held outdoors in North America, the Sweet Home Chicago Open, from September 9-15. The tournament, sponsored by Lakeshore Athletic Clubs, will bring the sport’s top squash players to Windy City for the competition, and as an official partner of Sweet Home Chicago Open, The Fairmont Chicago will host athletes, staff, and media in the property’s newly-renovated luxury guest rooms. In celebration of this exciting event, The Fairmont Chicago will also offer a specialty squash-inspired menu at the property’s acclaimed aria restaurant and a Backswing Blossom cocktail available at aria bar.

Located just two blocks from where the competition will be held in an all-glass court in Pioneer Court, The Fairmont Chicago’s aria provides a modern twist on American comfort foods with dishes inspired by flavors and techniques found around the world. The squash menu will be offered throughout the duration of the Sweet Home Chicago Open and will feature cream of Kabocha Squash soup with apple crème fraiche, pumpkin oil and toasted pumpkin seeds as an appetizer; seared, aria-spiced duck breast with organic squash and caramelized root vegetables, wild mushrooms, cranberry-quince reduction sauce as an entrée; and for dessert, Red Kuri Squash “semi-freddo,” cinnamon-praline biscotti, cranberry chutney, nutmeg air.

The Fairmont Chicago’s aria bar will feature a Backswing Blossom cocktail, infused with Chicago Honey Co-op honey and expertly mixed with cane rum, fresh squeezed lime and orange juice, Grand Marnier, Beauregards Farms Thyme, and acai pulp puree. Served over rocks in a pilsner glass and garnished with a squash blossom, the Backswing Blossom is a refreshing and sweet way to celebrate the success of the Sweet Home Chicago Open.

Endorsed by the U.S. Squash Association and the PSA, the Sweet Home Chicago Open will include professional and exhibition matches, as well as clinics involving children from area schools and the METROSquash program, which combines academics and athletics for inner-city youth attending Chicago Public Schools. For more information, please visit

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