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Holiday Cocktail Class with North Shore Distillery Sunday, November 15

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Holiday Cocktail Class with North Shore Distillery

  • Date: November 15, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Price: $45.00
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Resources: North Shore Distillery

Join us and our friends from North Shore Distillery for this year’s edition of their holiday cocktail class! The distillery’s cocktail wizards will share a variety of great drink ideas for your holiday celebrations, whether they will be small, large or virtual! In this class, we will make and taste a variety of cocktails using different spirits, mixers, fruits, herbs and spices. Topics will include welcome/pre-dinner cocktails, cocktail-food pairing ideas, brunch cocktails and after dinner drink ideas, too. The Class includes instruction, recipes and cocktail samples.
This is an In-Person Class

Please note: in light of the ongoing pandemic, the maximum class size has been reduced to accommodate safe distancing this year. Groups will be seated at least 6 feet apart, and facial coverings will be required for everyone attending this class, except while sipping your samples. If you would like to sit with attendees who book separately, please be sure to include that information in your reservation or let us know at least two days beforehand, so we can adjust the classroom setup ahead of time.

*Must be 21 to attend*

No Walk-ins Please!

Sonja Kassebaum is the Co-Owner and Co-founder of North Shore Distillery, located in nearby Green Oaks, Illinois. North Shore is the original craft distillery in Illinois, opening at a time when there were just a few dozen craft distilleries in the United States. Sonja loves making spirits and cocktails of all kinds, and enjoys sharing them with others, including the history, tools and techniques involved in making them. Sonja is a published author on the subject of cocktails and cocktail culture, and has spoken to groups across the Midwest about cocktail history, cocktail making and Chicago cocktail culture. She has been mentioned in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Forbes, Daily Herald and Edible Chicago, among others, and has repeatedly been named to New City’s Big Heat list of the 50 most influential people in Chicago food and drink. In 2020, Sonja was named one of “Eight Women who Changed Gin History” by Wine Enthusiast. Sonja is the lead creative force behind North Shore Distillery’s tasting room cocktail program, events and classes.

The Gorton Community Center is proud to prioritize safety throughout our building. Gorton implements protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to our theater, common areas and classrooms. Our specific health and safety protocols, include, but are not limited to:

– Instituting a building wide mask policy (masks may be removed when eating or drinking)
– Enforcing social distancing in our common areas, theater and classrooms
– Reducing capacity throughout our building
– Enhancing building cleaning, and providing hand sanitizer stations
– Modifying concessions (including the elimination of communal food options)

Gorton Community Center puts the health and safety of our patrons and staff first. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Gorton Center with any questions or concerns at gortoncenter.org


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Class Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be given up to one week prior to the first week of class of any session. (The refund period for some classes, which require advanced reservations or purchase of materials, may be more limited.) Cancellations will incur a $5 handling fee for programs costing under $100 and a 10% handling fee for programs with fees of $100 or more. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified, and a full refund will be given.

If this class does not meet the minimum participation requirement, you will be notified of the cancellation within one week of the start date.

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