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D’USSE Launch at Aviary


Not gonna lie- we felt sooo fancy

Some invites I don’t pass up…they normally include; anything Nike throws, launches of designer stores, parties thrown by liquor companies, birthdays of close friends and Bright Pink events. *notice I did not include; bachelorette parties, showers, destination weddings and girls trips so don’t feel like ya’ll ever need to invite me!*

Last night I was invited to the Chicago launch of a cognac called D’USSE (sounds like “do say”) at The Aviary. What?! And no, I’m not all shocked with excitement over a party that only serves cognac, but when it takes place at one of the best restaurants arguably in the world…you RSVP immediately.

At least I did, I’ve had Chef Achatz’s food and it’s- a. amazing, b. not cheap and c. not easy to get a reso for.

The invite said “dinner” would take place between 8-11pm with paired cocktails from Mixologist Charles Jolly, so we all assumed we’d be sitting to eat and therefore, arrived on time.

Well, turns out it was a passed bites and cocktail party- which was a pleasant surprise in my opinion…I got enjoy the party and be in bed before 10pm.

Around 50 of us had our own “Hunger Games” type battle to snag the bites that were total flavor explosions in the mouth. A mini “taco chip with guac”- yes. Little polenta cake with some kind of jam- si. The signature potato crunch bite- we could not get enough.

The drinks were solid too, especially considering I’m not a big dark liquor drinker.

But the real bonus of the night was that Chef was walking around chatting up guests. I pretended like he doesn’t intimidate the sh$t out of me and calmly asked about Next’s upcoming Vegan menu. I told him how much I was looking forward to being able to eat the food and not be a pain in the ass about substitutions.

They gave me a bottle to take as a prop for the set for my Fox hit, and of course I emptied it into a nice decanter at home and filled the bottle with iced tea. Kidding, but sure wish I would have thought of that last night.


RedEye Style

Tonight I am SUPER excited about checking out the RedEye’s 10th Anniversary bash.

I’ve been obsessed with this paper since I moved back to Chicago and over the past year I’ve gotten lucky enough to meet and become friends with some of the writers who are even more awesome in person.

If you don’t live in Chicago- picture a Page Six type of wittiness, sans the snark towards the non-famous. That’s RedEye.

I even hear there’s a surprise performance…let’s just hope everyone keeps it together long enough to remember it.


Dom Perignon Rose 2000

I love vintage.

I really love vintage when it comes in the form of zexy pink bubbles in a glass.

Last night I attended a soiree to introduce a group of Chicagoans to Dom Rose 2000 at Studio Paris.

The room had been transformed and had a very sexy boudoir feeling, and the small guest list gave the event an intimate feel. It really felt like all the “old kids” were out last night (myself included)- aka the crowd that used to go out all the time but now prefers to be in bed by 9:30pm. I love this crowd of people whom I never get to spend enough time with…everyone is intelligent, witty, fashionable and creative.

We sipped some *regular* Dom while we waited for the big cabaret performance to begin. Yes, to pour glasses of pink champagne wouldn’t do for Dom- they brought out zexy ladies in sequined costumes for a little dance number and THEN presented us with the champagne.


To be honest- it didn’t taste any different to me than Cook’s champagne. SIKE! It was amazing. It tasted like money, class and something Diddy would sip on.

I googled to find out more info and I saw that a bottle goes for about 400 bucks- which means I probably won’t be drinking this again anytime soon.

I also learned that:

Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 has matured in the cellars of Epernay for eight years, allowing it to express this full richness and depth. Its rareness and bold character make it a stunning wine.

Yep- it tasted like champagne flavored money… in a good way.


* regular actually was some SIICK vintage of champagne