by Ms. Jessica Tessendorf
LUSH lingo leaving you a little bamboozled? Let’s get straight to the facts. An honest to
goodness list of everything your neighborhood LUSH can provide just for you.
1. FREE booze! If the lights are blinking, you’re drinking. 12-10, 7 days a week. Anything
we have opened is fair game.
2. FREE Scheduled tastings. 2-5 each and every Sunday afternoon. Check out the website
or call your local shop to see what the weekly theme is. Not a wine fan? 25% of our
scheduled tastings are either beer or spirits. We provide the topic, the booze, and some
tasting notes, you provide your face.
3. Personalized tastings. Pick a topic, or don’t. Have it blind, or not. Have some snacks
to pair, or drink your food. Set a date with Ms. Carrie (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Roscoe Village, or Ms. Alica (email@example.com) at West Town & University Village, get
some friends together, and have a more tailored tasting event. Read the rest of this entry »
PATIO SERIES: LUSH UNIVERSITY VILLAGE
1257 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607
Holla. Shout from the rooftops and tell all your friends; Lush in University Village has a rocking patio that is just itching to be used every single day of sunshine and warm(er) temps. And, what better way to utilize the short Chicago summer than to sip away the evening and EAT outside! The Lushies have been whipping up a full schedule of food and wine events, so please join us for a lovely evening, or jump in on them all! RSVP required and all reservations are NON-REFUNDABLE. Serious. Each event is open to 25 people. Groups are welcome and encouraged. We expect to serve 4 courses, family style, and pour you the approximation of 4 glasses of wine. Yes, that translates to MORE than you could feasibly eat or drink. Please consider arranging transportation. The cost will fluctuate depending upon the event. More details to come. Call 312.738.1900 to reserve a seat. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. EAT, DRINK, and be MERRY with us!
Saturday, June 4th, 6-8:30pm: PATIO SERIES – PAELLA.
The anticipation has been building, and, once again, our first dinner event of the season has arrived! Kickin’ off the summer patio series of pre-fix dinner parties at LUSH. e are taking reservations RIGHT NOW for the Paella dinner. You don’t want to miss the Mario Batali in Spain inspired 30 quart paella pan, buckets full of wine and pitchers full of sangria! We will have traditional tapas and extreme, iced buckets of refreshing boozy beverages, as well. Really. Dig in. A full meal, many full glasses, and a knee slapping good time. Bring friends. Lush style with the lushie family. Cost based on market price of seafood. Taxes & tip included. RSVP required and the seat is non-refundable, period. $45
Saturday, June 25th, 6-8:30pm: RIBS and Rose and Zinfandel.
Smoked. Grilled. Rubbed with love. And delicious spices. The wines are pairing perfection. Taxes & tip included. RSVP required and the seat is non-refundable, period. $65.
Friday, July 8th, 6:30pm: Chix & Bubbles
Fried Chicken and bubbles. One of the finer pairings in life. Finger lickin’ good. The bestest picnic around. Taxes & tip included. RSVP required and the seat is non-refundable, period. $65.
Saturday, August 20th, 6:30pm: Maryland Blue Crab Boil
Running of the crabs! This is the season of fresh crab. Boys only will be boiled. Tiny hammers and little forks. A napkin bib. And crispy wines. Taxes & tip included. RSVP required and the seat is non-refundable, period. $65.
Sunday, September 18th, 1-6pm: Oysters
A lovely little brunch of fresh oysters. East coast, West coast, and bi-coastal. Ranging from salty to creamy, fruity and funky. Taste the delicious morsels in a rocky little package.
$3 per oyster OR $32 per dozen [reserve your dozen. free wine samples with purchase. wines also available to purchase separately BTG]
Chef John des Rosiers, INOVASI
LUSH Staff Dinner
Wednedsay, January 12th, 2011
Chef was gracious enough to personally cook a 20 course tasting menu, served family style, as well as allow us the very amazing opportunity to share our cellar. With 20 wine nerds and a few Twisted friends, we were absolutely a force to be reckoned with. Although, I think our chaos was mainly contained and all in good fun. The menu is listed below. Any mistakes are on me, and Chef, my apologies should I misrepresent any courses. I was writing furiously as you so diligently and eloquently punctuated each dish presentation. Chef also accommodated a gluten free request. What a marathon.
The wine list is also below. We had two corked bottles, sigh, but everything showed beautifully. Most paired extremely well with dinner. Brilliant evening. And in good company. A great thanks to Mr. Mitch Einhorn, as well, for the extravagant treat. Talk about staff appreciation! Thank you.
We hopped the Metra. Sorry daily commuters…but, c’mon, it was probably really FUN, too. All of us, on the train. We zipped through 3 bottles of Champagne, one of which was in magnum, as well as a sparkling French cider and at least two whites. Only one cork bounced off the train wall, as Colyn promised to catch it and then ducked. Not enough practice, I suppose.
A short dash through the snow, past Wisma (looks amazing!) into Inovasi. The regulars were a tad bit scared of the stampede as we all rushed inside excitedly chattering.
Charcuterie [Speck, Lomo, and Coppa from Becker Lane, Virginia; pickled cauliflower, mustard ‘custard’, brioche]
Assortment of Chicken Wings [fried, BBQ, with sauce of yuzu skin and soy glaze]
Flatbread [St. Benedictine cheese, black truffle, artichoke, polenta, emental cheese]
Tacos [corn tortilla, grits, carmelized onion, foie gras, chocolate and spice sauce, pecorino cheese]
Warm Beet Salad [shaved, raw brussel sprouts, soy, ginger, macademia nuts, Sicilian blue cheese]
Shrimp/Mussels, Squid/Calamari [coconut, soy, mirin, ginger]
Snails in Prichard’s Bourbon [duck reduction, basil, garlic, marsacpone and pane grille]
Main: (complicated, layered ingredients and a loud party made it difficult to record details…)
Haddock Casserole [carolina gold rice, fresh haddock]
Raw Chinese Cabbage [raw cabbage, sake, pecans, pesto]
Beef Sirloin [red quinoa, celery, creme fraiche, sage, brown butter, burned bacon (yes, burned)]
Pork Shoulder [chestnuts, macademia in butter, sea island red pea]
Chicken Leg Confit [goat, chorizo, house thousand island, cognac, cornichon, capers]
Bison [polenta, golden raisin, walnut, cinnamon schnapps]
Cheese & Dessert: (about this time, my writing becomes illegible…)
Tripel Cream Brie skewer [on toothpicks, tempura, egg, cream, sourghum, pistachio crumble]
Bread Pudding [amaretto pudding, vanilla, brioche, custard, tuscany]
Dark Chocolate [hazelnuts, espresso, amaretto, cherry]
Gelato [cranberry, cherry, chocolate]
Majuri Chocolate [I give up…this is totally not right…all well, it was delightful!]
NV Michel Arnould Brut, Verzeney, Champagne, France
2002 Launois Pere et Fils Grand Cru Special Club Blanc de Blancs, Mesnil, Champagne, France
2008 Ermacora, Collio, Italy – Pinot Grigio
2006 Muros De Melgaco, Vinho Verde, Portugual – Alvarinho
2007 Domaine Huet ‘Le Mont’ Sec, Vourvray, France – Chenin Blanc
2004 Fichet Puligny-Montrachet, Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy, France – Chardonnay
2003 Parent Corton Grand Cru, Cotes de Beaune, Burgundy, France – Chardonnay
1996 Rolly Gassman, Alsace, France – Tokay-Pinot Gris
2000 Diel ‘Dorsheimer Pittermannchen’ Spatlese, Nahe, Germany – Riesling
Scholium Project White, California
2006 Rolly Gassman, Alsace, France – Pinot Noir
2006 Gros Tollot ‘Carretals’, Minervois, France – Carignan
1997 Chateau Beaucastle Chateaneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley, France – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
2007 Umathum, Burgenland, Austria – Pinot Noir
2006 Moric ‘Neckenmarkter’, Austria – Blaufrankisch
2008 Lo Triolet, Vallee D’Aoste, Italy – Gamay
2002 Fattoria Le Terrazze ‘Planet Waves’, Marche, Italy – Merlot, Montepulciano
1997 Perzalo ‘Vulcano’, Campania, Italy – Aglianco
2000 Fra Fulco, Priorat, Spain – Carignan
2003 Esporao Private Selection Rouge, Alentejo, Portugal – Garrafiera
2000 John Alban Vineyards ‘Estate’, Edna Valley, California – Grenache
2006 Tablas Creek ‘Panopolie’, Paso Robles, California – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise
2005 Couer d’Alene ‘Opulence’, Couer d’Alene, Idaho – Syrah
2004 Peay ‘La Bruma’, Sonoma Coast, California – Syrah
2005 Demuth Kemos ‘Bei’, Napa, California – Cabernet Sauvignon
BEER, CIDER and SHERRY
2010 Eric Bordelet ‘Granit’, France – Apple Cider
30 year Tradicion Palo Cortado, Jerez, Spain – Palomino Fino
And, after all that, we skeedaddled back to the last train. And proceeded to do train burpees and cartwheels and pull ups. A train dance party also ensued…while we sipped on a flask of amaro.
Some of us went home. And some of us went on over to the Twisted Spoke for Pappy Van Winkle bourbon Manhattans. And another dance party. Good times. Wild times. Check lushwine.smugmug.com for detailed pictures documenting our suburban dining and drinking adventure. Our apologies to clients the next morning…
Gotta love kickin’ it with the Lushes. Another good party. Another good year a’comin.
by Snack Master Kelly Cosgrove
Snack Blog 1:
Well, it’s been an exciting few weeks getting the snack side of LUSH open. From hours and hours of tasting cheeses (harder than it sounds!), meats, olives and anything you can think of, we’ve created a fun menu that I like to say is changing by the minute! We have broken down our menu in to a few different sections: snacks, fermented milk products (aka cheese), cured pig parts, pasta and sandwiches. One of our customers recently asked what the best item on the menu asked, and honestly, I don’t really know if I can answer that. Maybe it’s because everything’s so new, but I really and truly love it all! I mean, how can you not love duckfat popcorn? Or thin slices of Prosciutto di San Danielle or Jamon di Serrano? Or the fancy version of grilled ham and cheese using the delicious Colonel Newsom’s Preacher Ham? Oh my goodness, I had better be visiting my gym often or I will have no clothes that fit!
Be sure to stop by often, there will new additions as the seasons change and most likely a “snack of the day” offering which will be super fun and exciting!
TONIGHT, July 27th, 2010.
Kith and Kin will be hosting a 6-course dinner together with The Hum Spirits Company, Rare Tea Cellars and Ineeka Organic Green Tea.
Tea, botanical spirits and regional American cuisine come together in food and cocktails at Kith & Kin, where the restaurant’s poised to serve a spirited dinner on July 27. Executive Chef David Carrier is teaming up with Adam Seger of HUM Spirits, Rodrick Markus of Rare Tea Cellar, and Shashank Goel of Ineeka Organic Tea to create six courses of HUM- and tea-infused food with cocktails.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. First course is a “Southern Buffet” of pimiento cheese crock, egg salad, biscuits with smoked mullet and wasabi-smoked oysters served with HUM sweet tea, ice cold barley pop beer and Ineeka Organic Green Tea bier.
Second course is a summer soup of chilled jasmine-infused sweet peas poured around lamb carpaccio, mint and toasted Parmesan. Southern Belle is the accompanying beverage made from jasmine tea, HUM botanical spirit and Champagne.
Rod & Reel is the third course, consisting of tea-poached halibut, Pharoah’s Lemon tea hollandaise and tea-blanched asparagus. The plate is paired with Organic Fizz, a blend of Ineeka Green Tea bier, HUM, egg white and Rare Tea Cellar’s Pharoah’s Lemon tea.
Fourth course is Barbecue Kith & Kin Style. The jerk spice-inspired dish features spit-roasted wild boar sausage and stuffed goat with yucca puree, paired with Not Yo Mama’s Colada, made from HUM, pineapple, lime, raw coconut nectar, bitter lemon, ginger, thyme and Comet’s Tail cracked pepper.
The cheese course is dubbed Damn Good Cheese, featuring Asher blue cheese, HUM-infused chutney and grilled bread. The accompanying Fancy Adult Tea is a HUM-spiked Rare Tea Cellar Vintage 2008 Blood Orange Pu-ehr.
An adult Brown Cow float is for dessert, made with housemade tea ice cream, HUM and Ineeka Green Tea bier.
Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (773) 472-7070.
hosts MOLLYDOOKER Winery
‘Blend a Hand’ Seminar
MOLLYDOOKER (Aussie for left hander), is a cheeky, fabulous winery in McClaren Vale, Australia, under the brilliant hands of Sarah and Sparky Marquis. This dynamic duo is a remarkable husband/wife team that loves what they do and have fun doing it, and make wines that definitely exhibit that passion. Wines are crafted with the ‘wow’ factor in mind, and each bottle is totally intent on shaking things up a bit. Sparky created a specialized watering program and an entire new measuring system to better translate the science behind the big flavor punch and luscious textures of the Mollydooker wines. Let’s get a bit messy and wild…
LUSH adores the punchy labels and indulgent wines of Mollydooker, and sent out a big, loud invitation to Sarah and Sparky to come on by, in person, and hang with the Lushes. It is an incredible honor to welcome Sarah and Sparky to the shop to not only share their wines with us, but also to teach us some of the secrets to blending great wine. This seminar is totally hands-on and folks will have the opportunity to actually blend their own wines under Sarah and Sparky’s guidance. So, join LUSH for a crash course seminar in blending (tasting, drinking, and nibbling) with Sparky. There will, of course, be plenty of wine to sip on. AND, in true LUSHified style, with will be throwing down and hosting a 4 course PIG ROAST, as well. Expect yummy, wine-friendly food (the menu will be all along the lines of meatmeatmeat and finger-licking good barbecue on the grill with all the fixins’). This seminar is going to be crazy fun and super informative, as well as tasty, and we really want y’all to come play with us! Shake up your routine, blend your own wine, and love learning. EAT. DRINK. Grab a few friends, your mom, or a hot date and get on down with Mollydooker. This is education the fun way…casual, interactive, and extremely delicious. Reservations are required, and registration will close on July 31st. $75 inclusive of tax and tip. Please RSVP immediately to email@example.com.
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
6pm – 8:30pm
Open to 100 guests, $75 each [inclusive of tax & tip]
LUSH University Village
1257 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607
by Ms. Rachel Driver
Recently, I ran away on a brief whirlwind of a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a wedding and mini-vacation. And, I realized how easy it is to get to PR, minus a passport, and within about 6 hours of travel. Must go back. Often. Read the rest of this entry »
A lesson in Wine, a lesson in Driving.
This is the travelogue of a 9-day road trip out West with 5 German guys, a Honda luxury minivan, and three imperatives:
1) Stay one night in a Las Vegas hotel suite
2) See the Grand Canyon & Death Valley Nat’l Parks
3) Visit vineyards in Paso Robles, CA
My German friends are prudent travelers, skilled cartographers, and expert drivers. I cannot stress enough how accomplished I felt during these 9, haste free days. Read the rest of this entry »
province | Herdade do Esporão
Wines from Alentejo, Portugal
Monday, May 24th, 2010
Join province and Wine-O-Rama for an exciting dinner featuring the wines of Herade do Esporão in Portugal. Located in the heart of Alentjo region, 180 Km east of Lisbon, in Reguengos de Monsaraz, the Herdade do Esporão produces high quality wines and olive oils. Chef Zweiban is proud to welcome a special guest from the winery for a five course dinner featuring seasonal dishes thoughtfully paired with the wide range of wines from Herado do Esporão.
Ms. Rachel at LUSH is a serious supporter of Esporao wines and will be rocking it out with Randy Zweiban, the Province crew and winery folk. All wines will be available to purchase at LUSH West Town or LUSH University Village. Read the rest of this entry »