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2011 LUSH Patio Series Schedule

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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 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]


Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I would wait in any line, any day, any time, for more of those ribs, with a little more pickled watermelon to cleanse my palate. Yes, last Saturday was the second installation of what is definitely my favorite of the LUSH dinner series. Quintessentially American, with loads of family-style food and lots of big, bold, juicy Zin to pair with it. Despite a few brief spurts of rainstorms, the night was perfectly comfortable; not too hot, not chilly. We even got to see a rainbow in between showers, and then, after that, a DOUBLE rainbow! LUSH even included free fireworks from the lakefront as part of our dinner package. Highlights of the evening included Ms. Jane toasting the top of the mac and cheese with a blowtorch, and, of course, Mitch sabering a bottle of Champagne for the LUSh staff after we finished all the cooking.

The menu lineup, prepared by Chef Mitch and his hardworking sous chef [ahem, me] was as follows:
–Heirloom tomato salad layered with sweet Vidalia onions and olive oil
–Pickled watermelon and feta salad over local arugula
–Cucumber salad with sherry vinaigrette
–Homemade macaroni and cheese, with cornbread and truffle oil topping
–Fresh grilled sweet corn
–The star of the show, BABY BACK RIBS
–Strawberries topped with sour cream and brown sugar for dessert

The wines were a who’s who of producers and regions, featuring pinks from Carhartt Vineyards of Santa Ynez, and the lovely Carignane-based rose by Carol Shelton. The Zinfandel assortment included wines from Lodi (Benson Ferry ‘9 x 9′ Old Vine Zinfandel), North Coast (Zoom Zin), Paso Robles (Brochelle Vineyards and Tobin James ‘Fat Boy’), Sonoma (Rockpile), and Mendocino (Elyse Vineyards Zin).

I already ate my leftover ribs. Sigh. I guess it’s another twelve months til the next one, huh? Mitch, what do you think of a reprise in November?

FREE Two Brothers BBQ! 6/12

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

One man’s folly is another’s pleasure. Er, well. Two Brothers’ ‘oops’ is about to be YOUR good luck! A little over a year ago, our friends over at Two Brothers made a batch of their red rye ale, Cane and Ebel, with too much sugar. It became HUGE and super malty; with a 10% ABV, this Imperial version of the Cane and Ebel was a one-time offering that we decided to put away for a bit in our cellar. We’ll be unleashing it on draft THIS FRIDAY at LUSH on Halsted, and sampling out great picks from the rest of the Two Brothers lineup. We’re even breaking out the grill and slangin’ brats and stuff, so come party with us, try some great beer, and relish in the fact that you’ll get the chance to sip on a beer no longer available ever again, anywhere. Yeah, we love you. 6-9 PM at LUSH on Halsted. Entry and some free samples available for free. Food and Imperial Cane and Ebel will be available for purchase.

6-9 PM

1257 S Halsted

Patio Series 2009: PAELLA

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009


Saturday, May 30th


The anticipation has been building, and we just practiced our first patio event of the season, so the Lushes are very very excited to announce the recount of our first patio series event of the season! You may just regret that you missed the Mario Batali in Spain inspired 30 quart paella pan and pitchers full of sangria! We rocked it out with traditional tapas and extreme, iced buckets of refreshing boozy beverages, as well. Really. Dig it. Cost was $40 bones, NOT including tax or tip, and reflects estimated market value of ingredients and wine…shrimpies, squid, monk fish, chicken thighs, chorizo, saffron, smoke paprika, fancy Spanish rice, olives, baguettes and manchego, pink txakolina and vinho verde, and homemade sangria, yeehaw.

Paella: a rice based seafood dish originating from Valencia, Spain. Chefs have free reign with ingredients, but the crazy LUSH paella to included a plethora of sea creatures, saffron, olive oil, chicken and pork sausage, and other tasty morsels.

Sangria: translates to ‘bloody’, but the LUSH version of the wine and fruit based punch was full up with rose wine, a touch of homemade simple syrup, brandy, peaches, strawberries, apples, and some delicious secret ingredients. Drink up!  [If you would like our recipe, email].