LUSH: Snacks

September 30, 2010 at 10:12 am (Current Events, What we are eating) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Ms. Kelly Cosgrove, Employee of the Years, has taken on a new title. That of Director of Snacks. Exciting news! Wine and food pairing, in the house of LUSH. We have been dreaming [yeah, food dreams] of this moment for quite some time and are thrilled to share with y’all!

LUSH Wine Bar, 1412 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642.  312.666.6900.  [Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10pm]. lushwineandspirits.com

LUSH West Town has launched the wine bar portion of the shop, and now has simple but delicious small plates available to nibble. Cured pig parts and fermented milk products are the focal point of the menu, along with indulgently delicious small bites of pork rilletes, duckfat popcorn, fried chickpeas with truffle oil, a daily sandwich, hummus, and other seasonal options.  Owner Mitch Einhorn and Director of Snacks, Ms. Kelly Cosgrove, crafted a menu based on much research and tasting and personal experience. Edited. Tasty.  Ms. Kelly will keep the menu fresh and popping with flavor, while following the seasons and fresh market produce.

Small plate prices range from $2 to $16. Perfect for sharing. Or all for you!

And, for the moment, the wine bar is BYOB.  Thus, you are welcome to grab a bottle of wine or beer from the LUSH shop and come on over to snack and sip.  As we move forward with licensing, the wine bar will have a small by the glass selection of wines and six brews on tap.  Wine and beer menu will rotate along with the snack menu.

We have 8 bar seats, a communal table for 12, and couches and leather chairs for an additional 10 seats.  Yummy and fun. So, now, in addition to interactive, fun & free wine tastings on Chicago Avenue, you can crack your very own bottle and stay for snackies!

Ms. Heather Sperling of the Tasting Table popped in for an exclusive interview to get things kicked off.  Check out her initial impressions…http://tastingtable.com/ecs/3886.htm.  Please contact kelly@lushwineandspirits for any press or media inquiries. Or call 312.666.6900.

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BYOB: Ciao Amore

October 2, 2009 at 9:45 am (BYOB, Current Events, What we are eating) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Dear reader, I cannot express to you how lovely it is for me to discover a new BYOB restaurant–particularly when it is right between the store and my house. And so it is with a fair bit of enthusiasm that I left Ciao Amore last night. Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Irazu

January 29, 2009 at 10:02 pm (Our Favorite Things, Uncategorized, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , )

by Jane Lopes, on the Pleasures of Real Grenache

My first venture to Irazu, a Costa Rican BYOB in Bucktown, was indeed a success. The food was delicious: plentiful and hearty, perfect for the sub-zero night my friend Jesse and I chose to go. The atmosphere was casual and congenial. The service was friendly without being overbearing (pet peeve: when servers tell me their names and how they’ll be “taking care” of me this evening). But what am I really writing to rave about? Yes, the wine. (I’m so predictable!) Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Urban Belly

November 13, 2008 at 8:17 pm (BYOB, Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , )

URBAN BELLY

3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-0500

Urban Belly, LUSH Fieldtrip

Urban Belly, LUSH Fieldtrip

Urban Belly is amazing. Seriously, go there. Now. Tucked into a little strip mall, nestled in next to a laundry mat, the restaurant is a hidden gem. Chef Bill Kim has created a warm, communal space and a menu that comprehensively represents his evolving philosophy on food and nourishment. Yvonne Kim is a gracious and inviting host as well as super efficient managing influence. And, the next most brilliant thing besides the owners/chef and the food is that this place is BYOB with no corkage fee!

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BYOB: Terragusto

August 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm (BYOB) (, , )

 

Terragusto in Roscoe Village

Terragusto in Roscoe Village

My mom was in town this past weekend, and for her last evening in Chicago we went to dinner at Terragusto. Terragusto is a popular BYOB in Roscoe Village known for its fresh, seasonal, authentic Italian food. I had been once before, but quite a while ago, before I was–gasp!–really that into wine. My mom is becoming increasingly more open-minded and adventurous when it comes to wine, so I had pretty much free range for selecting a wine to go with dinner. I couldn’t help but choose a new favorite of mine: the 2006 Velonosi Vigna Solaria.  Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Earwax Cafe

July 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , , , )

Earwax Cafe

Earwax Cafe

After spending most of yesterday ducking the heat (and saving money!) by hanging out in the libarary, the gym, and our neighborhood pool, my fiance and I decided to take a break from cooking and grab a bite to eat elsewhere.  Not really concerned with the type of cuisine, we instead prioritized that the place be 1) inexpensive (saving for the wedding!), 2) a BYOB, and 3) airconditioned.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

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BYOB: Mundial Cocina

July 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , , )

Just as Lance was repping Mado (and, by proxy, his neighborhood) I too would like to talk up mine, and one of my favorite new restaurants.

On Sunday I took a short trip down 18th Street, past some of my usual stops. Joined by a dear friend from out of town as well as a great bottle from Lush, the 2005 Jaume Mesquida, a floral, light-bodied red from Mallorca, Spain, we headed over to Mundial Cocina Mestiza, still full of pleased-looking diners at 8.30 on a hot Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Treat

July 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm (BYOB, Our Favorite Things, What we're drinking) (, , , )

Last night, I took my friend Jesse to Treat for her birthday. I had heard good things about this Humboldt Park BYOB and wanted to give it a try. I looked at the menu online to try and decide what wine to bring, and I was a bit stumped. The cuisine is very eclectic — “Modern American” might be a good start, but there are huge Mediterranean and Indian influences as well. Various chutneys, masala, curries, cous cous, harrissa, and yogurt sauces dot the menu, making it one of the most interesting and disparate I’ve seen in a while, and perhaps one of the hardest to pair with wine. Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Terragusto

June 25, 2008 at 1:59 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , , )

TERRAGUSTO

1851 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-2777

I love Italian food. I love crazy weird Italian wine. I love to eat Italian food with this crazy Italian wine. It may be genetic, but I don’t fight it. Bring it on…food ecstasy with my very favoritest wines. I want a tummy full of yum right now. Thus, I am highly recommending that you try your hand at BYOBing at Terragusto. Do it now. Call for a reservation first, but do it now. Read the rest of this entry »

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BYOB: Mado

June 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm (BYOB, What we're drinking) (, , )

I guarantee that every staff member at Lush knew I would choose Mado as my BYOB of choice for this post.  Why not?  It’s brand new, it’s fantastically cool and it’s a five-minute walk from my door.  When those factors combine, the chances of me making it a regular haunt reach high levels.

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