I’ve been attending the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans since 2011, so I raised my hand to do a bit of trend scouting & report back for T Magazine’s blog. The verdict? Punch. The post and related recipe were picked up to run in the following week’s Sunday Styles.
LAUREN VIERA has written articles on the arts, culture, entertainment, style, dining, drinking, business, travel and leisure for publications including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, T Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, Men’s Journal, Imbibe, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, Time Out Chicago and many others. A Chicago correspondent for the Food Network and Cocktail Consultant for Middlewest, Lauren landed in Chicago in 2002 after a stint in New York on the launch staff of Lucky Magazine at Condé Nast Publications, where she also contributed to the company’s Special Editorial Projects division. She teaches English at Columbia College, hosts a monthly cocktail club from her home bar, and plays bass-guitar on the sly. She is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied music and architecture, but spent most of her time in the basement office of The Oberlin Review falling in love with journalism.