How can you keep champagne bubbly?
Raisins. To bring back the bubbles in your sparkling wine or champagne, drop a raisin or two into the bottle—yes, it’s as easy as that. Sit back and let the natural sugars in the raisins work their magic! One of the many tips we got from Chef Matt.
What has more antioxidants: artichokes or blueberries?
Artichokes. Considered a superfood, artichokes take the surprise win here! In fact, a serving of artichokes gives you more antioxidants than blueberries, cranberries, kiwi, and even red wine (gasp!). Heart-healthy and delicious, this ingredient can be found on many of our menus.
What native Mexican flower is commonly used in holiday decorations?
Poinsettia. It was introduced to the US by Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1828. However, there are some differences between the two versions of the poinsettia: the native Mexican version grows 10-15 feet tall! This flower can also be used in wedding centerpieces and bouquets.
See how this beautiful flower was used in one of our winter weddings →
How long did it take to take the first photograph?
8 hours. Using a process called heliography, or sun drawing, Joseph Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph in France. It’s a good thing we’ve come a long way since then! To put it in perspective, every two minutes, we snap more pictures than all of humanity did in the 1800s.
Check out the beautiful photos one of our partner vendors takes during events →
In what country did the “heist of the century” take place?
Belgium. In February 2003, a group of Italian men pulled it off—similar to an Ocean’s Eleven movie. With nothing less than a can of hairspray, a ladder, a polyester shield, black plastic bags, an aluminum slab, heavy-duty double-sided tape, and a poorly placed vault key, they were able to get away with $100 million worth of diamonds, gold, jewelry, and other valuables. Interestingly enough, vaults can withstand a nuclear blast, but not a few expert thieves. They’re so hard to destroy, in fact, that they’re often re-purposed into the decor in stylish hotels, restaurants and more.
See how an old bank vault is used at the Milwaukee County Historical Society →