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22
Nov

Our Team: Thanksgiving Favorites

Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone! There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than taking the time to give thanks. We’re so thankful for our partnerships we have made throughout the years at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show. What’re you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Family? Friends? Food? Flowers? Let’s take a look at some of our team’s favorites.

DON’T FORGET! Keep scrolling till the very end of this post for a little token of gratitude from all of us at Flower Show Productions!

Tony Abruscato, President & Show Director

Best Thanksgiving memory?
 
My best Thanksgiving memory is how my mother and father always made sure that friends and people we knew had a place to go on Thanksgiving.  Over the years we’ve had neighbors, college roommates and co-workers join us for our Thanksgiving dinners. 
Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?
 

Going right to the big one… I really like turkey with a little gravy.  

What are you most thankful for this year?
This year I am most thankful for the friends and loved ones in my life that continue to support me and have belief in my mission and passion to cultivate the next generation of gardeners. When you sometimes feel like you are always walking up a hill, its great to know you have people in your life that sometimes push you up or even pull you up! 
 
Gabe Coronado, Director of Operations

Best Thanksgiving memory? 

Playing a game of Cranium with almost my entire extended family in the same room. We were all laughing and just having a good time.

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

My family likes to add some of our favorites to the traditional Thanksgiving menu. So, while I love Turkey and mashed potatoes, I really look forward to the home-cooked mole and rice

What are you most thankful for this year? 

I was able to re-connect with a friend who I met abroad 10 years ago that I had not spoken with since 2011. Even though we had not seen each other in years, and both of us have been through a lot since then, we picked up right where we left off.

Alicia Howie, Program Director

Best Thanksgiving memory?

Going to my grandparent’s farm with my huge extended family (50+). It was so busy and crowded but fun having all the relatives around.

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

I LOVE stuffing.

What are you most thankful for this year?

My 2 pugs. They are both getting older and dealing with health issues, but are still so funny and sweet.

Alex Geer, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Best Thanksgiving memory?

Waking up lounging around for first few hours eating cinnabuns and watching the parade with my wife, then we cook together to make our dish/dishes depending on the year and surround ourselves with as much family as possible.

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

 Mashed potatoes

What are you most thankful for this year? 

 Family, friends, and my cats ☺

Jaclyn Puccini, Social Media Coordinator

Best Thanksgiving memory?

Going to church with my family, watching the Macy’s Day Parade, then having our whole extended family over for a night of lots of eating, dancing and laughing.

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

Ever since I was little I like to combine the turkey, cranberries and gravy to make little finger sandwiches.

What are you most thankful for this year? 

This year I’m most thankful for all the people who supported me and helped me transition from being a student to being out in the workforce. Most importantly, I’m thankful good health within my family and the joy of becoming an aunt in the new year!

Victor Mitchell, Administrative Assistant

Best Thanksgiving Memory?

I love Thanksgiving, it happens to be my favorite holiday because I always enjoy being able to get with my family & friends, relax, catch up and have fun. I don’t have any specific over the top memory from Thanksgiving that would be considered the best but the first Thanksgiving that I got to spend with my nephew probably ranks as one of the best I ever had.

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

Dressing/stuffing with cranberry sauce on top! Yum! ::licking lips emoji::

What are you most thankful for this year? 

I’m most thankful for all of the blessings I have had this year in the form of support from family and friends, as well as, the many opportunities I have had to do great/new things this year.

John Motondo, Strategic Partnerships

Best Thanksgiving Memory?

Driving out of of the city to the country to spend it with my cousins and aunt & uncle. 

Hands down favorite Thanksgiving dish to eat?

Being Italian, we always started with homemade ravioli. The Turkey was the second course.

What are you most thankful for this year?

I am thankful to still carry on the traditions passed on to us by my parents and their love of food and family.

Thanksgiving Giveaway Instructions: 
“Like” us on Facebook @chicagoflower- https://www.facebook.com/chicagoflower/ for the chance to win a complimentary pair(2) of tickets for FLOWERTALES at The Chicago Flower & Garden Show. A total of 5 winners will be chosen at random by Show Director, Tony Abruscato. Stay tuned till 4pm on Wednesday, November 22nd when the 5 winners will be announced via Facebook post.

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