Last weekend I spent the morning at Glowout, A Golden Girl Salon at Ashley Gilday‘s first pop-up brunch event, Brunch by Blog! Ashley contacted me about photographing the event a few weeks back, and I was definitely on board. It’s great to see more events like this popping up in Chicago, with an entirely vegan menu! It was a nice surprise to see some old friends and make new ones, all while sampling some delicious food and capturing photos of the event.
Glowout Salon is a beautifully-designed space in the West Loop with great natural light and a small seating area, perfect for a gathering of this size. I documented the event from start to finish, including the guests, the food, and many candid moments. I chose some of my favorites for this post, but Ashley posted a larger selection on her website.
The five-course meal started with a coffee and mimosa station, a gourmet vegan cheese plate with cheeses from Treeline, and fresh fruit platters for guests to snack on while the main course was being prepared.
- Cannoli-stuffed ancient grain pancakes
- Fresh strawberry-lemon sauce
- Homemade coconut whipped cream
- Assortment of vegan artisanal cheeses
- Fresh fruit & berries
- Homemade sausage patties
- Sliced avocado
- Bite-sized desserts
The meal ended with a vast array of cheesecakes and tarts from Daiya and Hail Merry, and guests brought home a gift envelope filled with free product coupons (score!), as well as a gift from Chicago’s cruelty-free and vegan-friendly salon, Starship Salon.
All in all, it was a wonderful time, and it’s always great to participate and collaborate with other local businesses.
If you or your business is looking for a Chicago event photographer this summer or fall, be sure to get in touch with the details and date of your event. I’d love to talk about your ideas!
Have a great week!