Monday, November 9, 2009

Come to the West Loop Cocktail Walk - November 12th

The ladies of Chicago LUPEC cordially invite all the lovely ladies of Chicago (and gentlemen too, in both cases age 21 and over) to the first-ever Women Helping Women event. In these tough economic times, we need to stick together and a group of women-owned boutiques need our help. LUPEC has partnered with twelve fabulous boutiques in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, and has arranged a fabulous evening of shopping.

At each stop on the walking tour, learn some cocktail history while perusing the latest in fashion, accessories and more, across a variety of price ranges.  Plus, all stores are offering discounts - anywhere from 10 to 20% off your purchases!

Take the Tour
Pick up a map and join the tour at any of the participating stores:

2 Sisters Boutique, 1167 W. Madison
Bess + Loie, 1015 W. Lake (which unfortunately has announced it is closing)
Tribeca,  1035 W. Madison
Spex, 1130 W. Madison
Spex Lumiere, 1130 W. Madison
Koros Art + Style, 1039 W. Lake
Smitten & Magnificent Milestones, 1041 W. Madison
Solo Salon, 1065 W. Madison
The Fig Tree, 1037 W. Madison
Fix, 1101 W. Fulton
The Oprah Store, 37 N. Carpenter
Takohl Gallery, 110 N. Peoria

Donations/tips will be collected at each location for refreshments, with all proceeds going to the Greenhouse Shelter in Chicago.

After Party & Raffle
At each stop, the stores will punch your tour card.  Visit all the stops (no purchase necessary), and be entered in a raffle to win fantastic prizes donated by the stores!  Turn in your completed card at any of the stores, or at the after party.

Starting at 9:01 pm, find the LUPEC Ladies at The Crossroads Bar & Grill, 1120 W. Madison.  We'll be in the back room, please join us!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Upcoming Events from the Ladies

We have some exciting things coming soon - here are the details:

Ginny Tonic is hosting a Halloween event at her place, with classic cocktails with scary names.

We are partnering with a variety of boutiques in the West Loop for a shopping and cocktailing adventure.  Here are the details:

A day of shopping and helping local businesses and a local charity

The Chicago Chapter of the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (“Chicago LUPEC”) cordially invite all the lovely ladies of Chicago (and gentlemen too, in both cases age 21 and over) to the first-ever Women Helping Women event.

Partnering with twelve unique boutiques in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, the ladies of LUPEC have arranged a fabulous day of shopping and refreshments.The event will be held on

Thursday, November 12th
5 pm to 9 pm

At each stop on the walking tour, explore some cocktail history while perusing the latest in fashion, accessories and more, across a variety of price ranges. Come discover your new favorite boutique - the list of participating boutiques includes:

2 Sisters Boutique - 1167 West Madison
Spex & Spex Luminaire -1130 West Madison
Smitten Boutique & Magnificent Milestones - 1041 West Madison
Fig Tree - 1037 West Madison
Tribeca Boutique - 1035 West Madison
Takohl Gallery - 110 North Peoria
Bess & Loie - 1015 West Lake
Koros Art + Style  - 1039 West Lake

Join the tour at any of these stops and pick up a map!

Repeal Day Cocktail Crawl - coming on December 5th
Details coming soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In August we met at the house of Eight is Enough for a lime themed cockail hour. We sipped a traditional cocktail rumored to be favored by Al Capone, The Southside. We also tried what may become a new classic, the Hot Rod Cadillac that was found on Natalie Bovis-Nelsen's website. Along with the summer drinks we nibbled on Cheesy Chili Lime potato wedges, ginger lime carrots and chicken tacos.

The Southside
2 oz Gin
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz lime juice
3-4 oz seltzer
2 mint sprigs
2 pieces lime

Muddle one mint sprig with the lime, lime juice and simply syrup. Add gin and shake well. Pour into goblet over crushed ice and stir until glass frosts. Top with seltzer and garnish with mint.

Hot Rod Cadillac
2 oz tequilla (Reposado)
1/2 oz Gran Gala orange liqueur
3/4 oz lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
2 slices jalepeno pepper
3/4 oz agave nectar
course sea salt

Rim 1/3 of a martini glass with salt. Muddle one slice jalepeno and lime joice at the bottom of a mixing glass. Add nectar, grapefruit juice, tequilla and orange liqueur. Shake and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with jalepeno.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Latest Events and Exciting Plans

Although it's been crickets chirping over here on the blog, the ladies of Chicago LUPEC have had lots of great stuff going on. Here's a recap of what you missed, as well as what's coming up:

June Get Together
We met up at Stone Manhattan's place for an ultra-casual night of beer cocktails and all manner of sausages, hotdogs and fixin's, along with cherry and (the best) blueberry pie. It was a somber night, very mellow - both MJ and Farrah had passed that day. Ms. Manhattan happens to work for a certain Chicago-based food company, so their great products always make an appearance at her events.

The drinks tasted included:
  • Shandy - half lager, half ginger ale
  • Snakebite - half stout, half hard cider
  • Black Velvet - half stout, half champagne
  • one we dubbed the "Trailer Park Mimosa" with Mickey's malt liquor, rum, orange juice and lime juice. Ms. Manhattan dared us to try Mickey's, and being the type of gals we are, we did. It was just about how we envisioned/remembered it. Still shuddering a bit.
July at Tiny Lounge
Last month, we had a night out and met up at the Tiny Lounge. We invited a few potential new members to join us and meet the ladies, and it was great - we now have three new members! It was a night of delicious drinks, great eats, and good times. Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures.

Coming Months
Here's the rundown of what we're planning:
  • August - Eight is Enough is hosting us for a night of great cocktails later this month
  • September - Kiki Royale has some fun stuff planned for the ladies
  • October - Morning Delight is working on a fantastic event for the ladies. We'll be inviting all the great ladies in Chicago to join us and support women business owners in our area. We'll visit great boutiques, taste some great cocktails along the way, and have a fantastic time. More details coming soon.
  • November - TBD, depending on timing of October event.
  • December - Repeal Day Party 2009. We are gearing up for another great night of cocktails and music to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition on December 5th. More details coming soon!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Updates, Events & More

Well, despite the lack of posting here, we've been meeting each month since January. Unfortunately, one of our ladies signed up to blog about the last few month's activities, and then promptly took on a huge project at work and hasn't gotten to it. Hopefully she will, but in the meantime here's a quick recap:

February 2009 - Obscure Cocktail Ingredients
We gathered at my house, and tasted through a series of cocktails using obscure cocktail ingredients. We focused on Creme de Violette, Old Tom Gin and Genever, and tasted and discussed the following drinks: Violet Fizz, Arsenic & Old Lace, Martinez, Improved Holland Cocktail, and Amsterdam Cocktail. All were interesting, and the Martinez was the favorite.

The food menu included a couple of things with unusual ingredients, and some regular snacks. The most popular food recipe was the Mango Pomegranate Guacamole from Epicurious.

March 2009 - All Things Alaska
Our event coincided with the start of the Iditarod, and our lovely hostess, Shelley Temple, is a frequent visitor to Alaska. So we enjoyed the Damn the Weather and the Alaska Cocktail, along with some smoked salmon and other delicious snacks.

April 2009 - Modern Interpretations
Unfortunately, I missed this event at Boka, but heard it was a lot of fun. Hopefully one of the other ladies will blog about what happened!

May 2009 - Classic Cocktail Hour
Since we have only nine members, now and then we decide to meet up for an informal cocktail hour. Originally, Ginny Tonic was going to host a lavish affair at her place, but unfortunately her A/C went out, so we had to change our plans. We met up at Otom in the west loop of Chicago, and had some great drinks and snacks. My favorite drink was the Absinthe Flip that Gregory made for me, mostly because I'd never had an absinthe-based flip before, but all of the drinks were fantastic.

Our next gathering is next Thursday, June 25, at Stone Manhattan's place. Can't wait to see what she comes up with!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Latest News & Updates

January's Chills
This month, one of our members had some major surgery, so we planned our event around a visit to her in the hospital. We gathered at Northwestern Memorial and hung out with our recovering member for awhile, and then headed to the nearby C-View lounge for cocktails.

C-View is a beautiful space, and has a wonderful view of the city - it's on the 29th floor of the Affinia Hotel. The drinks were a bit pricier than we realized (e.g., Manhattans were $16), but they were tasty. We had a lot of fun and were sorry that those who weren't there had missed it.

No photos from this one, I'm afraid - I neglected to bring my camera.

Repeal Day Recap
I am pleased to announce that we raised $350 for the Greenhouse Shelter at our Repeal Day soirees and with additional donations from a few of our members. I've collected all the funds as of today, and will be sending them a check shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who came out and joined us, and thanks to our friends at the Clark Street Ale House and the Drawing Room.

February Plans
I am hosting February's gathering at my house on the 15th, and am planning to serve classic cocktails with obscure ingredients. Still trying to decide on the exact menu, but am having fun opening and using those esoteric liqueurs in my liquor cabinet. More on that next month!

Stay warm out there, everybody.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome Sun Times Readers!

For anyone coming to see us after reading about us in today's Chicago Sun Times, welcome!

Here's a link to the article, for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. Thanks to Chuck Sudo and the Sun Times for writing about us!