Holiday recipes, tips, and party ideas from Lloyd’s Chicago!

Downtown Chicago is bustling with sightseers and holiday shoppers galore. The bright lights of the skyscrapers are simply a beautiful sight this holiday season.

Lloyd’s Chicago wants to brighten your spirits this holiday season with few recipes, tips, and party ideas!

What’s your holiday comfort food this time of year?! Is it steak, seafood, or pasta?

Let’s tackle seafood! This time of year we are gorging on all kinds of baked goods.  Seafood is a great choice to help keep the waistline trim during the holiday season.

Cooking seafood is a challenge you can easily overcome with a few tips and tricks from Lloyd’s Chicago, seafood restaurant in Chicago’s Financial district.

Cooking Tip: Choose a fish like salmon.

Take a sheet of parchment paper and lay down slices of lemon the length of the salmon filet on top of the paper.

Lay the salmon filet on top of the lemon slices.

Drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and top with your favorite sauce (Marinara, salsa, olive tapenade, etc)

Fold the paper closed and twist the ends of the parchment paper.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

When you open up the parchment paper the salmon will be perfectly seasoned and cooked. Serve with crostinis or crackers for a healthier seafood appetizer for your holiday party.

Lloyd’s Chicago offers a Mediterranean salmon grilled and topped with housemade salsa, white rice and vegetable of the day for dinner. Try it before attending an opera show or after a long workday in Chicago’s Financial district.

Mediterranean salsa recipe:

Serves 4

1 cup of kalamata olives pitted and diced

2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

2 shallots minced

2 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped

2 tablespoons of drained capers

½ teaspoon of freshly grated orange zest

2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

4 tablespoons of olive oil

ground black pepper and salt to taste

Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Refrigerate until use.


Mediterranean Salmon

Need an appetizer that will please holiday partygoers? Try making a flatbread.

Cooking Tip: Choose a store bought Naan bread, oversized pita, or premade pizza crust.   Top with your favorite ingredients and broil for 3-5 minutes until toppings are crisp and browned. Set your timer so your flatbread doesn’t burn.

Party Pleasing rueben flatbread recipe:

Store bought Naan bread, oversized pita, or premade pizza crust

Sauerkraut (canned/jarred)

Thousand Island dressing

¼ lb of Sliced corned beef from the deli (chop it into chunks)

¼ lb of Swiss cheese, shredded or chopped

Caraway seeds

Follow these steps to assemble your flatbread:  

Top bread with a thin layer of Thousand Island dressing

Top dressing with a few dollops of sauerkraut drained

Top sauerkraut with corned beef chunks and shredded Swiss cheese

Lastly, drizzle some caraway seeds on top of all the other ingredients


Lloyd’s Classic reuben

Just in case this doesn’t satisfy your craving, stop in after work for cocktails and try an authentic homemade rueben sandwich from our New bar menu. We make the corned beef in house and dress it with Lloyd’s Chicago made from scratch Louis dressing.

Lloyd’s Chicago’s rueben pairs perfectly with many craft beers from our list that is updated weekly. Join us at Lloyd’s Chicago for after work drinks and delicious bar bites this holiday season.


Tis the season for giving, Lloyd’s Chicago hopes these recipes, tips, and party ideas brighten your holidays!

From the Lloyd’s Chicago Family to yours:

May your stockings be filled

May your family be healthy and happy

….and May your parties turn out perfectly this Holiday Season!

See you soon.