LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Ms. Lopes

January 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm (Current Events, Geek, Interviews, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we are thinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Ten Questions With…
Jane Lopes
Manager, LUSH Roscoe Village

A native of sunny California, Jane grew up virtually surrounded by the vineyards of the Bay Area and exposed to the culture of eating, drinking, and breathing wine earlier in life than many of the Lushies, which may help to explain her deep-seated passion for all things fermented. The moment she walked into the shop for an interview, decked out with electric orange, rubber robot earrings dangling beneath her flaming locks, we knew she was meant for LUSH. In the precious few moments when not running the show as manager and wine buyer at LUSH in Roscoe Village, Jane’s [also tall & redheaded] doppelganger can be found slangin’ classic cocktails at the Violet Hour one night each week. Ms. Jane has an ingrained knack for discerning obscure nuances and flavors, as well as a gift for creating amazingly quirky flavor combinations and innovative, classically inspired cocktail recipes. Like both Rachel and Erin, curiously enough, Jane is also a University of Chicago graduate, rounding out the three stores’ trifecta of innate, total geekiness. Word on the street is that she harbors a literary nerd deep within, and may or may not have been a notoriously clever Shakespeare scholar while in school. True to her alma mater, Jane will happily get down and dirty and all educational with you over whatever wine or spirit about which your little heart desires to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Carl Sutton

June 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm (Current Events, Interviews, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

10 Questions with

CARL SUTTON, Winemaker

BIO:  Please refer to our prior blog about Carl Sutton for a full bio.  Love him!

INTERVIEW:  Thanks for agreeing to be a part of the Lush Wine & Spirits blog. Please answer the following questions in whatever way you see fit. We want your voice, personality, and opinions to come through!

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Lily D.

May 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm (Current Events, Interviews, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

 Ten Questions With…

Ms. Lynn Dakulous

Lush staff member, and soon to be Doctor of Medicine

 

BIO:  Ms. Lynn, wine-lover, snowboarder extraordinare, and soon to be fabulous medical student has been a LUSH for a little over 2 years.  Formally a manager of the great Spiaggia, her knowledge and love of wine has taken her on many adventures, most recently to Oregon.  The Wall Street Journal has also shown love to Ms. Lynn, honoring her wine and food pairing advice with an excerpt in a national article, alongside her very own pencil-sketched portrait  featured in their wine section!  While she will be leaving Lush to pursue becoming the most wonderful doctor ever, she will always have a place in our hearts, a stool at the bar, and a full glass at the ready.  She is one tough, sassy lush lady that will be dearly missed by local customers in the ‘hood, as well as her Lush friends!

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Paul Kahan

March 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm (Interviews, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , )

Ten Questions With…

Chef Paul Kahan

avec, Blackbird, Publican

BIO:

Chef Kahan likes good food.  He creates amazing, delicious dishes.  He seems to be one of the pivotal components within the architecture of all things culinary in Chicago.  At Blackbird, he crafts forward thinking plates with finely tuned technique, at avec, the fare is sublimely simple with a lovely Mediterranean kick, and at the Publican he plays with pig.  Yeah, he won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, too.  He is a powerful force, but exact, and executes simply tasty and entertaining meals with great prowess. Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Rachel Driver

February 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm (Beer, Current Events, Interviews, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

LUSH Interview
10 Questions with…

RACHEL DRIVER
General Manager LUSH Wine and Spirits

BIO:

Leading lady of LUSH Wine and Spirits, Rachel is thoroughly dedicated to being the ultimate wine geek. An integral component of the company since the inception, Rachel has made LUSH the fun, nerdy, enterprising place it is today. With a special place in her heart for dusty Italian reds, lush and stony Savennieres, and funky American microbrews, Rachel keeps the shelves of LUSH stocked with the best and brightest. Also a cultural anthropologist by training, a Ultimate Frisbee fanatic athlete, and eco-warrior, she is on a mission to research and taste all things fermented and share the love and knowledge with fellow wine lovers. As the GM of LUSH, Rachel is incessantly drinking wine, talking about drinking, encouraging others to drink, teaching about drinking, writing about drinking and eating adventures, drinking, tasting, researching, and talking about drinking. Beer and mixology are captivating subjects that Rachel likes to experiment with, but her true love is super weird, eclectic, traditional and yet innovative wines. Stop in to say ‘hi’ to her at LUSH on Roscoe, keep a look out for her spunky pup, Tucker, and anticipate a late summer debut at the newest, up and coming LUSH on Chicago Avenue.

This is gonna be long discussion, so sit down, grab a glass, and get comfy.

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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Adam Seger

February 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm (Interviews, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

10 Questions with…

ADAM SEGER

Nacional 27

Mixologist, Sommelier, and General Manger

NACIONAL 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 664-2727

http://www.nacional27.net/

BIO:

Notorious on the Chicago scene as a wild brandisher of swords, a thrower of fullly adorned Christmas trees, and the instigator behind many feasts comprised of the ultimate pairing of vintage Champagne and fried chicken, Adam Seger is a mover and shaker (of cocktails). At Nacional 27, Mr. Seger approaches mixology and wine pairing as a chef, focused on the elements of each cocktail playing in tandem with each ingredient to create a culinary-mixology fusion, seamlessly intertwining components of the bar and the kitchen. If you care for accolades and achievements, Mr. Seger is also a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) and has passed the Advanced Exam of the Court of Master Sommeliers. No surprise that he tinkers in the kitchen to hand-craft custom liqueurs and uses primarily boutique, authentic, hard to track down spirits…he has a serious ingredient obsession. He makes his own maraschino cherries! Mr. Seger is dabbling in boldness of flavor that is deftly balanced and elegant to boot, while wowing the palate.

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On Favorites

January 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm (Beer, Our Favorite Things, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

by Ms. Rachel Driver, LUSH Manager

So, as a good little Lush, and as a complete geek in life and in wine, I often blog hop and read what other people are thinking and writing about wine, beer, spirits, and food…and sometimes anthropology or other fun tangents.  And, I came across this quote in the Wine Enthusiast blog…

‘As a literature lover, I often bristle when asked to name my “favorite author” or “favorite book of all time.” While I have a clear and consistent idea of what constitutes solid writing, a good plot and interesting characters, I’ve found over the years that my taste for stories and tone is dynamic and certainly influenced by events and people in my life at that given time. While as a romantic teenager I devoured the poet Shelley and all of the breathless effusion he offered, today I turn to the worldliness of Miller, the caustic wit of Plath, the blunt magic of Marquez. And while sinking into a dense, head-bending session of Dostoyevsky makes perfect sense in the dead of winter, it’s not what I want in my hand when I’m kicking back on a beach in the tropics (think Marquez). I love them all, but to choose just one to encompass everything I was, am and might be, is pretty much impossible.’

‘Telling the Tale of the Soul…with Wine’

Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 5:31:57 PM
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LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Mitch Einhorn.

January 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm (Beer, French Wine, Interviews, Our Favorite Things, Travel, What we are eating, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

10 Questions with…

MITCH EINHORN

LUSH Wine and Spirits

Owner, Head LUSH

BIO:

Mitch Einhorn, a local boy with a penchant for incredibly irreverent humor, yummy food, wine, beer, and bourbon, is the catalyst to making LUSH happen.  He loves good wine and wants to share.  He cooks…gourmet chef style, with big knives, and loads of local, or at least gourmet, ingredients.  He has a couple awesome kids that inherited the precocious tendency to entertain.  The Einhorns have been involved in several local Chicago projects, including Bone Daddy, Pie Hole, and the Twisted Spoke…um, Smut and Eggs anyone?  Mitch is a serious wine drinker…and likes to spread the love for all things fermented.  Hence, each and every day wine, beer, and spirits are OPEN and available to sample.  LUSH strives to offer hand-crafted, eclectic, boutique bottles.  Any budget is welcome, just make sure you are ready for an adventure.  Open your palate and step into Lush.

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