Friday, June 13, 2008

Celebrating New Orleans

By all accounts, the first official LUPEC Chicago event was a great success. All the ladies had a great time, there were lots of laughs. And we identified a few things that will be part of our future events.

In attendance: Stone Manhattan (our lovely hostess), Kiki Royale, Ginny Tonic, Delilah, Shelley Temple, yours truly and our one member who had not yet decided on her cocktail nickname.

There were
Sazeracs, Ramos Gin Fizzes (and boy were my arms tired from shaking all of them), and more. Ms. Manhattan shared the history of these cocktails, as well as cocktails in New Orleans generally, and served a feast of crab cakes, grilled andouille, and a fantastic salad - we'll post the recipe here shortly.

New Rules

1. There will be
goldfish crackers at all our cocktail parties that take place in a member's home. As Ms. Manhattan put it, it's not a cocktail party without goldfish.

2. After each event, we'll post a segment called
Rye Confessions, in which we'll reveal one interesting fact about a member that arose during the event. The first confession - our member who did not have her name decided yet happened to mention that she used to shed a few tears during most episodes of Eight is Enough. Perhaps her new nickname should be Eight is Enough... we'll see.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cheers from Chicago!

Welcome to the virtual home of the Chicago chapter of LUPEC, the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. After discovering this fantastic group of ladies awhile back, we decided it was high time that a chapter in Chicago was started. So we took it upon ourselves, and here we are.

Our first official chapter event will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 11th for our members only. Our hostess is Stone Manhattan, and it's a celebration of New Orleans, complete with Sazeracs and Ramos Gin Fizzes. There will be andouille, crab cakes and other great noshes as well.

Keep your eyes on this site for more on our adventures in preserving fantastic classic cocktails in Chicago!