Archive for June, 2009

Bye Bye Lushies

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

It seems that the time has come for my second and last blog posting – I do not enjoy writing, nor do I command the written word as well as my Lush counterparts.

I’ll soon be starting my new life in a faraway land called Utah (yes, they sell alcohol there, and yes, some beers have less alcohol, and yes, you do get drunk at 4500 ft on low-alcohol beer just as easily as you would down here at sea level, or are we below sea level?). While I’m very excited to go back to my adopted home, it makes me a wee bit teary to say goodbye to yet another set of friends and coworkers. It has taken me six years to find such great friends in Chicago and they are what I will miss the most about this place when I leave. If I’m lucky, I will have many visitors to my new home! I really wish I could stick a little Gmail digi-emoticon here. (more…)

Night-out at Nightwood

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The 2 Brothers after party, for those of you who didn’t get the golden ticket, took place at Nightwood in Pilsen. Alright, it wasn’t really an after party, but Rachel, Erin, Bambi (Erin’s mom), and I decided that a few sips of delicious beer and a couple of brats just wasn’t enough to satisfy us. The decision was made to head down the street to Nightwood. A bit weary that we would be competing with the Pilsen art walk crowds, we piled into Rachel’s car and headed south. (more…)

First HB, Harvest Moon, & LUSH Farm Dinner!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Sunday May 31st kicked off our Farm Dinner series with Home Bistro (, an eclectic neighborhood eatery in Boys Town, and Harvest Moon Farms (, an organic farm in Wisconsin. The formula is simple: Harvest Moon supplies the produce, game, and delicious dairy products from their own and neighboring farms; Chef Joncarl Lachman at HB whips up a prix-fixe meal for 40+ guests on the last Sunday of every month; and we at LUSH provide complimentary wine pairings for every course. How could this not be a blast!? (more…)

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

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Ms. Erin

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

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

BIO (penned by the ever-lovely Rachel Driver, LUSH general manager): On the streets of Philadelphia, born and raised, Ms. Erin Drain now spends most of her days slinging wine at LUSH in University Village or pounding the streets of Pilsen exploring the good eats and fun times to be had in the ‘hood.  Surly, but sweet, Erin is super passionate about the business of wine drinking and education, the preparation and consumption of delicious eats, and creating a fun and exciting vibe at LUSH.  With a penchant for big knives and chopping veggies, drinking and researching wild brews, concocting quirky cocktails, and sipping on dirty, earthy, and mysterious wines, this lady is quite the imbibing enthusiast.  She is on a mission to teach you a thing or two about fermented beverages and the craft of wine, as well as challenge you to try something new and unusual.  Erin is the life of the party at LUSH on Halsted, with street smarts and general savvy.  Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, Erin has traveled far and away, picking up a colorful palette of experience, flavors, and weird booze along the way.  She brings a bit of grrr and no-nonsense wine geek to the shop.  Swing by LUSH to visit her, sip on free samples, and perhaps catch a glimpse of her new rescue pup, Kedzie.


LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Carl Sutton

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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!


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].


On Vacating

Monday, June 8th, 2009

I’m not good at vacation. I thrive on being productive, and vacation, by its very etymology, implies absence and departure…not, as I tend to practice, a continuation of self-imposed obligations and tasks. Having said that, I did manage to leave that all behind for moments on my recent sojourn to California. And, working at LUSH, I can consider cooking and drinking wine to be important work-related research projects, right? Right. Well, here’s one such research project.

On my last night in California, I cooked up jalapeno crab cakes. Served with some salsa and a simple salad, it was an easy, delicious meal. I got the recipe from Bon Apetit magazine. In the future, I think I would pair the crab cakes with, instead of salsa, perhaps a garlic and lemon aioli. Yumm…

And, then, the pairing: my options were limited to the bottles of wine I’ve periodically sent out to my parents. Most of their own stash, bless their hearts, is $5 Chardonnay from California (which, needless to say, is not my favorite). Rifling through their wine collection, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for: perhaps an oily, heavier white that still had freshness to it? Something that could stand up to the crab, but had the acidity to jive with the salsa…Le Cetto Chardonnay? Nah, too oaky. Te Aro Grenache? A red was not the right fit for this meal, even one as delicious as this. And then I saw it: the 2007 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier from the Languedoc. Perfect! A nice rich body, stone fruits, a hint of vanilla oak, but still very fresh and floral. Success!

A very productive evening…

Posted by Jane.