One of my favorite things to do in conjunction with this blog is host events. Recently, I hosted another Girls’ Night at Lush in Roscoe Village. Manager Jane Lopes picked out three bottles of wine and a bottle of scotch and a bottle of whiskey to pair with three local desserts, made by Chicago women.
Besides the free wine and food, the best part about this particular event was that I didn’t have to take photos; a good friend from college, Peter Thompson, shot these amazing pictures, so be sure to check out the gallery!
The event featured tasty treats from Sweet Margy, Salted Caramel, and Paramels. Margery Kaye was there dishing out samples of her delicious toffee and bark; Ginna Haravon and Bridget Doherty poured paper-cones of their amazing Bacon Bourbon Carmel Corn (Yes, you heard that right: BACON and BOURBON); and my friend Pam Howell unwrapped her infused caramels that melt in your mouth.
I had seconds, thirds, and even fourths of all of these goodies–I had to taste each one with the wines, of course. And I came home with a bag of each as well. These ladies deserve your business, not just because their products taste so darn good, but because they are LOCAL and lovely people.
Lush’s wine and spirits paired perfectly with these sweets as well. And I found myself enjoying Sherry for the first time and falling in love with a new Zin. Here’s what was on the tasting menu:
- 2007 Schloss Schonborn, Russbrunnen, Germany, Riesling
- Valdespino “Contrabandista Amontillado,” Jerez – Palomino Fino, Pedro Ximinez (Sherry)
- 2004 Tobin James Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles, California, Zinfandel
- Signatory Island of Jura, Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Sortilege Canadian Whisky with Maple Syrup
I enjoyed the Riesling; it had an interesting hint of stone, as an after taste. Stone in a good way. The Sherry surprised most of my guests; they said they weren’t expecting to like it, but they found it smooth and easy to drink. The Zin was a mouthful (and nose full) of berries. This wine blew me away; I bought a bottle of it to go. I love it when a wine matches its nose–and this one did, in a big way.
The Single Malt Scotch was too much for me, but I’m sure it was good, if that’s your thing. Actually, the dark chocolate toffee from Sweet Margy made this drink bearable. But it still went down hard. The Whisky with maple syrup was actually refreshing after the scotch. I actually apreciated the sweetness.
While sweet drinks are usually not my thing, sweet treats definitely are. I applaud Jane at Lush for picking a variety of beverages to show the range of dessert pairing possibilties.
Now, I’m going to open a bag of that Bacon Bourbon Carmel Corn–and I’m not going to share. Sorry, He Sips.