Archive for May, 2009

LUSH Summer Patio Series 2009

Sunday, May 31st, 2009


DINNERS WITH LUSH: A series of gourmet parties on our patio…
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 afternoon 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!  Resos are required and all reservations are non-refundable.  Serious.

PATIO SERIES @ LUSH, 1257 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607
Each event is open to 25 people.  Groups are welcome and encouraged. We will be taking resos soon.  Reservations are required and the cost is non-refundable. We expect to serve 4 courses, family style, and pour you 2-4 glasses of wine.  Yes, that translates to MORE than you could possibly want to eat or drink.  The cost will fluctuate depending upon the event (we’re aiming for $40-100 for most).  More details to come.  Call 312.738.1900 to reserve a seat.  You may also email  EAT, DRINK, be MERRY and CELEBRATE with us! (more…)

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Lily D.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

 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!


LUSH Weekly Email: Blind Tasting

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Oops, it happened again.  Posted here for your perusing pleasure…

I apologize profusely for the horrifying event of last week…you did not receive your weekly LUSH email.  GASP.  Apparently our email utility people were napping.  But, no worries, this is a fair representation of the information you missed last week, minus my suggestions for a glorious Memorial Day weekend, but I am sure y’all did quite well with partying and enjoying the beautiful weather!

P.S.  My coolest cousin, Ms. Alice, will be buzzing into town for a sweet visit with an old family friend, Ms. Lucy.  We all grew up together in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas…running, climbing, playing in the mud and the garden, swimming, and delving into general mischief and mayhem.  They may be hanging out, causing trouble at LUSH next week!

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.


Hot times, summer in the city.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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.  (more…)

LUSH Weekly Email: Riesling Week

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

[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! ]

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.


Delighted, take 1.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

by Ms. Rachel Driver, avid wine drinker

Yesterday, quite by good chance, as I was working on my day off, our Wine Cru rep Mateo brought by a winemaker to taste with me at LUSH on Roscoe.  And, it was SUCH a happy coincindence!  Now, don’t get too excited, as we have yet to actually have any other wine in the shop…but I will take special orders OR you can wait for it to sneak in next week.  BUT, this is the most excited I have been about discovering a new wine in quite some time. (more…)

Book Club: A Hedonist in the Cellar

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Due to a less than stellar response to this month’s book club meeting, we have decided to postpone it for the time being…in lieu of an actual meeting, I wanted to start a little web discussion about the book. Please respond freely!

First, if you haven’t had a chance to pick it up: do. A Hedonist in the Cellar by Jay McInerney. McInerney is most famous as a novelist, for books like Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls. He also just released a set of short stories called How It Ended, for which there is a very fun video interview with him on What is not talked about as often is McInerney’s wine writing (Mr. New York Times interviewer didn’t even ask him about wine! The barbarity!), which is some of the sharpest, funniest, most enjoyable out there. (more…)

Dark Lord Day

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

by Mr. Brent Shumard, Lush beer nerd

Dark Lord Day…the name has ominous overtones and conjures up images of people summoning evil things from the nether-regions of the universe to serve their dastardly purposes…but it shouldn’t.

Say those three words to a beer geek and expect to hear a gasp, a smile, and possibly a couple of stories if they’ve managed to make it there. (more…)

Things I heart, take 3.2

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Vinaceous ‘Divine Light’ Verdelho. I really heart it. I tried it some time last year and again, it was love at first sip. I can not wait to sit on my porch one afternoon with this refreshing beverage in hand. Light, citrusy, acidic but still fairly soft. Nice and aromatic just asking to be drunk on a nice sunny day. Ahh, I am dreaming about it right now.

*If you hurry to our Halsted shop, I know that we have a bottle open for sampling.

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Rob Salitore

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Ten Questions With…


BIO: Rob is a long time supporter of LUSH, actually one of our first customers!  Although he works mainly in construction, Rob’s latent talent is developing deep friendships and creating a growing appreciate for sharing moments, and sips, with amazing people.  He also has phenomenal connections in the beer and wine world.  On his ‘off’ time, Rob represents Linne Calodo wines in Chicago.    This is one cool guy.