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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]

LUSH Interview: 10 Questions with Joncarl Lachman

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Ten Questions With…

Joncarl Lachman

Chef/Owner, Home Bistro and Vincent

One of our favorite people in the world, Joncarl Lachman is currently the Chef/Owner of Home Bistro (HB), a unassuming but altogether spectacular BYOB in Boystown. Opening Vincent in Andersonville next week, Joncarl is making his mark on Chicago; there is great anticipation of this American/Dutch inspired spot. We at LUSH cannot wait, and we wish the bubbly and Burgundy-loving Joncarl the best of luck with his new endeavor!

1) What is the best thing you’ve drank in the last week? What about in the last year?

Best thing I drank, this week.—being the chef of a BYOB with lots of very friendly regulars (Jane [manager at LUSH, ed.] included), who are aware of my Champagne addiction, I am very well treated!!!…This week alone I got tastes of a ’95 Dom Perignon rose (from a group of lovely ladies from the green city market) and a demi of a delicious KRUG!
This year—another regular brought in a bottle of “OUDE TWAALF JENEVER”…a fantastic aged Jenever from Holland…don’t get me started in this!!!! YUM!!!

2) What do you think is the most underrated grape varietal or region? Overrated?

Overrated region…Bordeaux

3) Who are your favorite food and wine writers?

JodyRobbins as been a great friend to HB…
I am also a big fan of Anthony Bourdain’s approach to food.

4) What are your three favorite food cities?

AMSTERDAM…great street food…frites, herring, febo…plus the best Indonesian cuisine.
PHILADELPHIA…again, great street food…pretzels, water ice…and the best BYOB city in the country.
SINGAPORE…again with the street food….I had a fish ball soup that changed my life!!!

5) Top three restaurants you revisit all the time in Chicago?

Svea, for breakfast.
Taste of Peru….delcious byob in Rogers Park.
Avec…when I have some $ in my pocket…I always spend so much money there.

6) What is your most memorable dining or drinking experience?

Eating paella seaside, in Majorca with a group of good friends.

7) Between wine, beer, and spirits – when do you reach for each? If you HAD to do without one, which would it be?

Hands down I love my grape…wine, especially sparkling, is what I reach for….
If I had to go without one…I would probably chose beer….because going through life without tequila seems highly unfortunate.

8) What is the best thing about your job?

The wonderful support that we get from our regular guests at HB.

9) If you had to describe yourself as a certain wine, what would it be? (i.e. Australian Shiraz – spicy, bold, and seductive. German Riesling – sometimes sweet (but hard to predict if it will be), elegant, and requiring of patience.)

I am sparkling!

10) You’re on death row (sorry). What’s your final meal?

A  huge bowl of steaming cherrystone clams, with lots of crusty bread.

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].