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Stephanie Izard Hoping New Coffee Drinks Provide Jolt For The Wyndham Grand

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It's happy hour with coffee.

Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard
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While eager Chicagoans await the opening of Stephanie Izard's Duck Duck Goat, they'll likely get a jolt out of this bit of news from the "Top Chef" alum. She has developed a line of coffee drinks for the Wyndham Grand, and it launched this week at four of the chain's hotels, including Chicago, according to a news release.

The Wyndham is calling the program, which includes boozy beverages, Brew Parlor, and they describe it as a caffeinated happy hour, offering the drinks from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m on weekdays. Izard, dubbed with a pun as chef de caffeine, is serving cold-brewed coffee drinks. There's the five-spice shaken iced coffee made with Thai chili, cinnamon, clove, star anise and sweetened condensed milk. There's also the café olé mixed with dark chocolate, brown sugar plus ancho and guajillo chiles.

Meanwhile New York-based mixologist Ivy Mix has created some boozy coffee drinks, trying to shake the stigma of the White Russian. For example, there's the Spurred Ground which is made with cold-brewed coffee infused with oloroso sherry, Italian vermouth, premium rum and amaro.

The hotel chain wants to capitalize on coffees surging popularity, the release said, citing growing use in food and other beverages. The new program also launched in Doha, Qatar; Shenzen, China; and Istanbul.

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