At Catalyst Ranch, the first creative meeting venue in Chicago, many of the Ranch hands begin their day with a cup of coffee or tea. We are lucky that we don’t need to stop at a coffee shop on the way to work because the some of the best coffee in the city is waiting for us right here at the Ranch. Being a green meeting facility, a few of our crafty Ranch hands have even perfected the art of creating iced coffee delicacies with the leftover coffee. The Ranch kitchen contains all of our funky serving platters and unconventional snack bowls along with colorful plates, mismatched silverware, and drinking glasses. Offering unexpected stimuli at every turn, the Ranch has an array of quirky vintage and modern mugs to choose from in virtually every shape, size and color.
One of our goals is to ignite the imaginations of meeting attendees by tantalizing the senses. Coffee and tea provide many people with an energy boost in the morning, but the ritual of preparing your morning beverage can awaken your mind to creative thinking through touch, taste, smell. Smell, in particular, is linked to memory and brewing one of our unique teas may remind you of a trip you took or time spent with friends or family. Selecting the vessel for your morning beverage is also a tactile experience, engaging another sense. The mug one selects and the thought process behind the selection can speak volumes about his or her personality. We interviewed a few Ranch Hands about their mug selection rituals to learn more about our team! Here’s what they had to say:
Meredith a.k.a. Miss Meetings, our Client Services Director said, “I use the same mug for my morning tea that I’ve used for nearly ten years! I actually stole this mug from my sister years ago, so it’s a small way for me to be connected to her and think of her each day. The blue and white flower design gives the mug a feminine feel that I love.”
Becky a.k.a. Gathering Guru and Assistant Client Services Director says, “Every day I go to the cabinet to find the largest mug possible. I like having a really large cup of coffee in the morning – then I do not feel obligated to have more than one cup. Once I find the largest ones, I do consider the color and if matches my outfit or if it just makes me smile. Before choosing, I also consider the handle. Some of the large mugs have small handles, so I don’t feel like I have a good grasp on my coffee, and the last thing I need it to lose my grip and find myself wearing a hot cup of coffee. Today I am wearing green, and I choose this vintage coffee mug with a green border and a rooster on the front. Great size, large sturdy handle, coordinates with my shirt, and it has a funky rooster!”