Blackbird, Chicago and Tradeshift

I’m missing a dinner this week I would have loved to attend. While I’m not sure if there are any spots left for it, Tradeshift is renting out part of one of Chicago’s best restaurants — Blackbird. I would have attended, but one of our close family friends is accepting a prize for medical research at a charity dinner that night. The event is taking place this Tuesday, Nov. 15, and registration is here.

I’ll be stopping by to say hello to some folks at the beginning but would have loved to have stayed for the discussion and meal itself. Chicago is becoming one of the Michelin Guide epicenters of the country, and the food scene is one of the reasons I moved here 15 years ago. Back in 2001, my fiance (now wife and business partner) offered to move anywhere, but I took one look at the Zagat Guide back then — when Zagat mattered! — and said, “Nah, stay put and I’ll join you in the Windy City.”

Blackbird is an institution here, and by Michelin’s own definition, I’d bump it up to two stars (though it’s not “fine dining,” per se). Of course there’s also the matter of learning more about Tradeshift, too. But you can tune into Spend Matters in the coming months as we tackle its procure-to-pay (P2P) capability in detail, including how the provider recently added e-procurement capabilities. (In the meantime, if you’re considering Tradeshift, feel free to drop us a line.)

Even if you can’t make the event, do stop by Blackbird on your next Chicago visit. Or Avec next door — still one of my favorite places to grab a glass of wine and appetizers.

Gibsons is McDonald's by comparison. Although those sometimes “working” at the Gibson’s bar after 10 p.m. certainly keep the place interesting.

Finally, let’s hope the rabble-rousing Christian Lanng gets back on social media soon. I almost miss his Twitter baiting. Personally, I don’t believe the sky is falling given the matter of the recent presidential election, as he does.

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