2011 LUSH Patio Series Schedule

May 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm (Current Events, patio events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , )

PATIO SERIES: LUSH UNIVERSITY VILLAGE
1257 South Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607
312.738.1900

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 erin@lushwineandspirits.com. 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]

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LUSH & Mollydooker Blending Seminar and Pig Roast

July 23, 2010 at 10:08 am (Current Events, Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we are eating, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

RSVP to kelly@lushwineandspirits.com.
LUSH University Village
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 kelly@lushwineandspirits.com.

DETAILS:
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
312.738.1900

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Hot times, summer in the city.

May 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm (Our Favorite Things, What we are thinking, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

By: Ms. Wendy, wine geek extraordinaire.

Is there anything better than Chicago in the summer? Cubs games, lake trips, biking trails, picnics in one of our hundreds of parks, swimming pools and sidewalk cafes keep the hope in our hearts during those long, lonely winter months. For me, personally, it’s knowing that my palate will once again crave white wine! Perfect, crisp, refreshing white wine. Hints of honeydew, airs of apricot, achingly acidic white wine captures the essence of summer weather. Lucky for me, I work at a wine store and have access to hundreds of delicious bottles just waiting to be chilled!

A little bit about me: I have a tendency to get very excited.  As a result I often get overwhelmed when the moment comes to make a decision.  I want to choose a bottle that best captures what I’m feeling at the moment and one that will, hopefully, agree with the palate of whoever I may be entertaining.  To keep my enthusiasm in check, I’ve created a list of “must drinks” for the summer. To further simplify things, I’ve separated it into categories.   Lists make everything better.  Read the rest of this entry »

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LUSH Weekly Email: Riesling Week

May 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm (Current Events) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

[Our email utility is on the fritz…so I am posting here in case you need the lowdown.  No pretty colors to designate location, so make sure to pay close attention.  Feel free to comment or email me for your very own copy! rachel@lushwineandspirits.com ]

Hoooweee, put it in my glass!

I am not so sure about y’all, but I am very tempted to slip off my sneakers, run around barefoot for a while, and go play outside.  Granted, any playtime deserves a nice, chilly bottle of pink or white wine.  Or a sixer of local pilsner.  Venture out to see us…we have bottles open to sample for (shhh!) free.  And, we are local, friendly, and like to share.

Celebrate the holiday weekend with a little bit of wild adventure and a little bit of daring dining, intelligent sipping, and kickin’ it with friends.  And, with an extra ‘weekend’ day, make sure to break out the grill, de-rust that baby, and shake it all night long at your swinging shindig.  Woot, a party.

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Crab Boil: the aftermath

September 12, 2008 at 2:58 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , )

Splattered in crab juice and Tokaji, we were happy. Check out the photos of our lovely evening…waiting, waiting, waiting for the water to boil…and then, bashing crabs and eating ourselves silly!

The MENU:

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PIG Roast: the aftermath

August 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm (Our Favorite Things, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , )

What up, yo? I am incredibly excited and still dizzy from the rush of the pig roast on Wednesday night with Freddy Noe of Jim Beam, one handsome and tasty pig, a foot stompin’ band, and plenty of lushes. The three classic bourbon and rye cocktails were delicious…I must admit it was tough to resist drinking the entire pitcher of maple julep that I was continuously refilling with fresh mint, maple syrup, and Beam Rye. Yum! We had a great crowd and a wildly good time! JOIN us next time…

Was BEAM your first taste or whiskey?! While Jim Beam remains madly popular, the Beam family has taken their love for making great bourbon to the next level…crafting a line of spectacular bourbons that make up the Small Batch Collection. As the 7th in a generation of bourbon distillers, Fred Noe is now in charge of carrying on the Beam family legacy and oversees the making of not only the Jim Beam bourbons, but Knob Creek, Booker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Bakers. LUSH has signed bottles available…and even a couple of the Master’s Collection, as well.

I won’t bury you in words…just wanted to share the pictures from the knee slappin’ good time at the Beam PIG ROAST. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dinners with Lush: A Summer Patio Series

July 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm (Special Events) (, , )

 

 

Please mark your calendars and tell your friends…

The Lush in University Village has a rocking patio that is just itching to be used every single day.  And, what better way to utilize the short Chicago summer than to sip away the afternoon and EAT!  The Lushies have been whipping up a full summer of food and wine events, so please join us for a lovely evening…or jump in on them all!

PATIO EVENTS: LUSH, 1257 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Each event is open to 25 people.  Groups are welcome and encouraged.  Reservations are required.  We expect to serve 4 courses and pour you 2-4 glasses of wine.  The cost will flucuate between $50-100 depending upon the event.  More details to come.  The cost is non-refundable. 

Call 312.738.1900 to reserve a seat.  You may also reach us by email at lance@lushwineandspirits.com, rachel@lushwineandspirits.com, or erin@lushwineandspirits.com.  EAT, DRINK, be MERRY and CELEBRATE with us!

 

 

 

*Saturday, August 16th: BBQ ribs, corn, slaw, salad, potato salad watermelon and ZIN/Rosé, $50

 

*Saturday, August 23rd: Maryland Blue Crab Boil, corn, white wines

 

*Sunday, September 14th: Oysters

 

*Saturday, September 20th: PAX vertical and Pig

 

*Friday, September 26th: SQN vertical wine tasting

 

*Saturday, September 27th: Fried Chicken and Vintage Champagne

 

Cheers,

LUSH

 

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Free party on the Lush Patio 6/28

June 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm (Beer, Special Events, What we're drinking) (, , , , , , )

The outdoor patio at our newest location has been open for the last three weeks, and our neighbors have been putting it to good use.  It’s time to let the secret out, however, so a week from today we’ll be hosting our first party in our new outdoor space.  Helping us with the fun will be our friends from Three Floyd’s Brewing, Indiana’s own hopheads extraordinaire.  They’re releasing their Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale, and we’re hosting the official release party on Saturday, June 28 from 5-8pm.  The party is free, we’ll be passing out samples of the Fantab and other beers and grilling up some goodies on the hibachi.  We’ll also be offering beer-to-go via our shiny, sexy new Growlers (pewter handles boyee!).  There’s nothing like great beer two liters at a time. 

No RSVP is necessary, but if you’re planning on coming please let us know so we can be prepared.  So come by, grab some beer and chill in the sunshine with your favorite Lushes!

[UPDATE]

The party was fantastic, many thanks to all who came out and spent time with us!  The turnout was huge, the beer was flowing and the patio stayed packed for hours. It was such as success that we’ll be doing more in the future–keep an eye on this blog for updates!

Special thanks to Sally the Beer Girl, Lincoln from Three Floyds and to that guy who kept distracting me while I mopped.

 

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