A beloved colleague is setting off on a ?new adventure,? and the gang is celebrating with farewell pisco sours at your favorite Peruvian spot tonight. There?s just one problem: You can?t make the party.

Assuage your guilt by using a new-to-Chicago app, Gratafy, to send over a round of congratulatory drinks--without the hassle of trying to explain your order over the phone to a harried bartender.

First, open the app on your iPhone or Android and pick the entrée, appetizer, drink or dessert you want to gift. (You can pick something specific the very moment your friend is at the bar, or send general monetary gift certificates that can be used at any time.) Then, enter the recipient?s number and she?ll get a text announcing your gift--she doesn?t need to have the app on her phone--with a code to show to her server when redeeming the goods.

So far 18 Chicago restaurants have signed on to participate, and the current selection of gifts includes everything from craft cocktails ($13) at Hubbard Inn to flatbreads ($11) at Prasino. (More options will be added soon.)

Congrats to your pal on her new job, and to you for ?cheersing? her on from afar.

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