WBEZ | Lula Cafe http://www.wbez.org/tags/lula-cafe Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New cider house rules: Virtue Cider Lapinette debuts http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/new-cider-house-rules-virtue-cider-lapinette-debuts-104333 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8265345291/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/virtuelapinetteglass.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="Virtue Lapinette cider debut at Lula Cafe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>While the beer world buzzes Wednesday about the sale of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/12/166987378/a-sign-from-above-needing-new-roof-monks-sell-rare-beer-in-u-s">Westvleteren 12 at $84.99 for six bottles</a>, one local craft ciderist quietly releases a cider that&#39;s not available in bottles at all &mdash; yet.</p><p>In case you&#39;re wondering, &quot;Westy&quot; &mdash; the beer made by Belgian monks normally sold only at the abbey, save this first exception to raise money for renovations &mdash; <a href="http://121212xii.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/hello-world/">will be available</a> at Binny&#39;s in Lincoln Park and Downers Grove.</p><p><a href="http://virtuecider.com/">Virtue Cider</a>, founded by former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall, celebrated the release of Lapinette last night at Lula Cafe. Only their second cider, it&#39;s an unfiltered dry French Norman style <em>cidre brut</em>, fermented with saison ale yeast and aged for months in French Cabernet Franc oak wine barrels. Like their first cider, RedStreak, Lapinette is <a href="http://www.beermenus.com/breweries/virtue-cider">only available on draft</a> around the Chicagoland area.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8265350565/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/virtuelapinettehandle.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Virtue Lapinette cider draft tap handle takeover at Lula Cafe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">It&#39;s somewhat maddening, in this age of instant, in-home gratification, that Virtue&#39;s ciders are not available in bottles, and if Hall had his way, they&#39;d always only be available on draft.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8266436384/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lulaappletart.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Caramel apple tart, pickled dates, blue cheese at Virtue Lapinette cider release, Lula Cafe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">At the Lapinette <em>fête</em>, Hall said bottles were still a year or two off, but then revealed a secret: they may be available as soon as after this coming new year. But there&#39;s a catch: &quot;I want it to be part of the experience of visiting the cider house,&quot; he said.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8265358175/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/virtuelapinettechalkboard.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Virtue Lapinette cider chalkboard at Lula Cafe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The new Virtue cider house in Fennville, Mich., is scheduled to open for visits any day now, possibly in time for the release of their next and third cider, The Mitten. This winter cider is blended with fresh-pressed apple juice and currently aging in 12 year-old <a href="http://www.heavenhill.com/age-gate.php">Heaven Hill</a> bourbon whiskey barrels. The name is an ode to the shape of our neighboring state to the north.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cider house or abbey, some drinks are worth the pilgrimage.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=394349767307768&amp;set=a.154662687943145.38835.129071210502293&amp;type=1&amp;theater"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/virtueciderhouse.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Virtue Cider Cider House 1 in Fennville, Michigan (Virtue Cider)" /></a></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/new-cider-house-rules-virtue-cider-lapinette-debuts-104333 Chicago 2013 Michelin stars: List, links, map, and burning questions http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-stars-list-links-map-and-burning-questions-103808 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7556514502/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mexiquetastepork.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Jamaica-glazed pork belly by new Michelin 2013 one-star chef Carlos Gaytan of Mexique at Taste of Chicago 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67409729&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I don&#39;t always dine out, but when I do, I prefer a lot of restaurants that <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelinGuideCH">Michelin inspectors</a> don&#39;t &mdash; evidently.&nbsp;Which isn&#39;t to say that I don&#39;t like the new stars list, but more importantly, where are Vie and Lula?</p><p>Michelin unveiled its <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michelin-releases-third-edition-of-its-famed-guide-to-chicagos-best-restaurants-179186341.html">Chicago 2013 stars</a> list Wednesday. Alinea is the city&#39;s only three-star <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-11-15/michelin-updates-chicago-guide-2012-94075">again</a>. The grammatically challenging restaurants graham elliot and L2O won two stars. A total of sixteen restaurants were awarded one star.&nbsp;</p><p>The upsets: <a href="https://www.nextrestaurant.com/website/faq">Next</a> has been shut out again&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.vierestaurant.com/">Vie</a> lost its one star.</p><p>So despite widespread speculation on last week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-bib-gourmands-list-links-and-map-103731">Bib Gourmand list</a>, hometown favorites <a href="http://www.aramichicago.com/">Arami</a>, <a href="http://hopleaf.com/">Hopleaf</a>, <a href="http://www.lulacafe.com/">Lula</a>, and <a href="http://perennialchicago.com/">Perennial Virant</a> did not receive any recognition in Michelin&#39;s two most notable categories this year. The stars and Bib are best known, but the guide also includes a lesser known &quot;Under $25&quot; list, for a total of 433 recommended restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs for 2013.</p><p>It&#39;s important to note that while <a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/what-are-bib-gourmands/">Bib Gourmands are a defined</a> as &quot;Inspectors&#39; Favorites for Good Value&quot; and &quot;places that Michelin&#39;s esteemed inspectors would frequent themselves,&quot; Michelin stars are a travel guide, despite what they might claim. An internationally renown travel guide for sure, but a travel guide nonetheless.</p><p>I haven&#39;t dined at all the restaurants on the lists so I can&#39;t say if anyone doesn&#39;t deserve to be on them, but where are Lula and Paul Virant? And despite the fact that Next is a proven international destination restaurant, why didn&#39;t it earn any stars again? And yes, I know Michelin says it loves consistency.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/206717696X?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=206717696X&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Michelin Guide Chicago 2013</em></a> goes on sale today in print and ebook; the iPhone&nbsp;app on November 20. The full stars list, with link and a map, below.</p><p><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/"><b>Three stars</b></a></u>&nbsp;(&quot;Three stars reward exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. Worth a special journey.&quot;)</p><p><a href="https://content.alinearestaurant.com/html/index.html">Alinea</a></p><p><strong><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/">Two stars</a></u> </strong>(&quot;Two stars denote excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality. Worth a detour.&quot;)</p><p><a href="http://www.grahamelliot.com/">graham elliot</a>&nbsp;[new; up from one-star last year]</p><p><a href="http://l2orestaurant.com/">L2O</a>&nbsp;[new; up from one-star last year]</p><p><strong><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/">One star</a></u> </strong>(&quot;One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard. A good place to stop on your journey.&quot;)</p><p><a href="http://acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bokachicago.com/">Boka</a></p><p><a href="http://www.everestrestaurant.com/">Everest</a></p><p><a href="http://www.goosefoot.net/">Goosefoot</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.longmanandeagle.com/">Longman &amp; Eagle</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mexiquechicago.com/">Mexique</a>&nbsp;[new; up from Bib Gourmand last year]</p><p><a href="http://www.motorestaurant.com/">Moto</a></p><p><a href="http://www.naha-chicago.com/">NAHA</a></p><p><a href="http://schwarestaurant.com/">Schwa</a></p><p><a href="http://www.sepiachicago.com/">Sepia</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/chicago/fine-dining-chicago.php">Sixteen</a>&nbsp;[new; one-star in 2011]</p><p><a href="http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com/">Spiaggia</a></p><p><a href="http://www.takashichicago.com/">Takashi</a></p><p><a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo.html">Topolobampo</a></p><p><a href="http://www.trurestaurant.com/">Tru</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201149109594033049268.0004ce685c1c75541b68b&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=41.958979,-87.637596&amp;spn=0.089356,0.21286&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=0004ce685c209455f6e9c&amp;output=embed" width="620"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201149109594033049268.0004ce685c1c75541b68b&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=41.958979,-87.637596&amp;spn=0.089356,0.21286&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=0004ce685c209455f6e9c&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Michelin Stars Chicago 2013</a> in a larger map</small></p></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-stars-list-links-map-and-burning-questions-103808 Eat this, drink that: pie, chocolate, and Election Day http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-pie-chocolate-and-election-day-103617 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/sets/72157631914744848/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/truffleberrypumpkinpie.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Mini pumpkin ginger pie pop by Truffleberry Market at Kenmore Craftsman Brand Live Experience in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, November 02</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://lyceefallfrenchmarket.com/Home.html">The Lycée Fall French Market</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lyceechicago.org/">Lycée Français de Chicago</a>&nbsp;(aka the French International School)&nbsp;kicks off Friday&nbsp;night with a French Vietnamese preview party catered by <a href="http://www.haiyenrestaurant.com/">Hai Yen</a>. The menu includes&nbsp;a <em>bánh cuốn nhân thịt </em>appetizer (steamed rice crêpes with ground pork, shrimp, and wood ear mushrooms, served with pork patties), a <em>gà kho sả ớt</em> main course (lemongrass chicken), a <em>chè chuối</em> dessert (banana with tapioca, coconut milk, and peanuts),&nbsp;<em>cà phê sữa</em> (Vietnamese coffee), and much, much more. During the weekend market, a bistro <em>éphémère</em>&nbsp;will serve&nbsp;<em>bœuf bourguignon</em> and more, plus there will be crêpes. Check out the chef demos, especially the Butcher &amp; Larder&#39;s <em>magnifique</em> Monsieur Rob Leavitt.&nbsp;Proceeds from the market will be used to provide need-based scholarships for students. Admission $45 Friday dinner; $5 weekend market.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, November 03</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://southsidepie.wordpress.com/">Hyde Park&rsquo;s &quot;First Annual&quot; South Side Pie Challenge</a> at <a href="http://www.ray.cps.k12.il.us/">William H. Ray Elementary School</a> is a celebration of fall and holiday pies. All pies will be available for purchase to the public after the winners are chosen at $3 per slice. All proceeds will be donated to the <a href="http://www.hpkifc.org/HydeParkKenwoodHunger.htm">Hyde Park &amp; Kenwood Hunger Programs</a>. Judges will include the Hungry Hound himself, Steve Dolinsky; PieBox chef/owner Adrienne Blumthal; Kendall College Baking and Pastry Chef Instructor Belinda Brooks; and more. Admission FREE, $25 registration to enter pie in the contest, $3 per slice simply to eat.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, November 04</strong></u></p><p>The Chicago Humanities Festival presents <a href="http://www.chicagohumanities.org/Genres/Arts-And-Architecture/2012f-United-States-of-Chocolate.aspx">the United States of Chocolate</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fwparker.org/">Francis W. Parker School</a>,&nbsp;with WBEZ&#39;s own Odette Yousef, chocolate maker Shawn Askinosie of <a href="http://www.askinosie.com/">Askinosie Chocolate</a>, and Vosges rep Caroline Lubbers. Springfield, Missouri based Shawn Askinosie is a criminal defense lawyer turned chocolate maker, changing the world through chocolate, with frequent worldwide farmer visits, to bean to bar production. My desert island chocolate bar may be his <a href="http://www.askinosie.com/p-167-dark-chocolate-malted-milk-collabaration-bar.aspx">Dark Chocolate + Malted Milk CollaBARation Bar</a>, though I haven&#39;t tasted his <a href="http://www.askinosie.com/p-183-peppermint-bark-large.aspx">Bean to Bark Peppermint Bark</a> yet. Yes, there will be samples. Admission $15 general, $5 teachers and students.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, November 05</strong></u></p><p>Lula Cafe&#39;s inaugural <a href="http://www.lulacafe.com/lula/hourspages.html">&quot;Chef&#39;s&quot; Dinner</a> benefits <a href="http://www.comfortstationlogansquare.com/2012/10/115-logan-square-chefs-dinner-to.html">Comfort Station</a> in Logan Square. A six course fall feast will be created by neighborhood chef friends: Longman &amp; Eagle&#39;s Jared Wentworth, Yusho&#39;s Matthias Merges, Telegraph&#39;s Johnny Anderes, Top Chef&#39;s Beverly Kim, forthcoming Fat Rice&#39;s Abraham Conlon, and Lula&#39;s own Jason Hammel.&nbsp;The dinner will be the first of an annual series to benefit arts and community organizations in Logan Square. Comfort Station is a multidisciplinary arts space housed in a historic way station that provides free, art, music, film, and literary programming to the local community. Admission&nbsp;$175 all-inclusive (cocktails, hors d&rsquo;oeuvres, six-course dinner, wine, tax, and gratuity).</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, November 06</strong></u></p><p>WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/member-meet-election-edition-103498">Member Meet-Up: Election Edition</a> at <a href="http://schubas.com/Shows/11-06-2012+An+Election+Night+Viewing+Party">Schubas Tavern</a>&nbsp;welcomes members and news junkies to watch election results on the big screen. Members get a free beer courtesy of Goose Island, plus there will be a free Red &amp; Blue Champagne toast for all, and bring your &quot;I Voted&quot; stub to receive one free dessert with the purchase of any entrée. Remember your <a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/PageNavigator/ACTIVE%20PAGES%20IN%20USE/Pledge_Portal">MemberCard</a>! Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, November 07</strong></u></p><p>WBEZ&#39;s<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/live-remote-broadcast-post-election-edition-103598"><em>Morning Shift</em> live remote broadcast: Post Election Edition</a> at the <a href="http://www.wishbonechicago.com/dining/westloop/">Wishbone in the West Loop</a> welcomes you to join host Tony Sarabia for day-after-the-election analysis, debriefing, and discussion &mdash; and remember the cheese grits. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-pie-chocolate-and-election-day-103617