May 16, 2016
May 10, 2016
In addition to overseeing a stellar cocktail and whiskey program, Longman & Eagle bar manager Phil Olson has been building and curating an amazing vintage bourbon collection. Over the last several months, he has grown the collection considerably and Olson has been able to acquire some really exciting bottles.
There is some lovely Jim Beam from the 60s, and some Old Crow and Old Grand Dad from the 70s, back it when it was still produced by National Distillers. The real gems are some very limited offerings from the now legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, bottled when Pappy Van Winkle was still president of that distillery. There are also a couple of bottles of Old Fitzgerald from that same era, and even a beautiful decanter of Old Rip Van Winkle bottled in 1974.
These bourbons are extremely limited and rare, and the team at Longman couldn’t be more excited to now offer them as a part of our already extensive list. But, just like all of the whiskey at L&E, it’s meant for your mouth, and not the shelves…come in and get a pour while you can.
May 9, 2016
Anthony Bourdain stopped by Longman & Eagle during his recent trip to Chicago for Parts Unknown, his show on CNN. He and Second City main stage performer Paul Jurewicz tried (and enjoyed!) many of Chef Jared Wentworth’s & Chef Matt Kerney’s specialties, including the Slagel Family Farms Bone Marrow. Check out a clip HERE.
March 11, 2016
Whiskey Fest After After Party (aka Hangover Brunch)
$8 Bloody Beams (Jim Beam, House Bloody Mary Mix, Old Style)
$8 Kentucky Coffee (Basil Hayden’s, Dark Matter Coffee, Fresh Whipped Cream)
Representatives from Beam Suntory and Dark Matter Coffee will be on hand sampling out their collaboration coffee aged in Basil Hayden’s Barrels.
Samples of Longman’s private Knob Creek Barrel will be available as well.
March 9, 2016
Please join us at Longman & Eagle on Tuesday, March 22 at 9pm for an opening reception featuring photography from Carolina Mariana Rodriguez, Eva Deitch and Lucy Hewett. Their work will be on display at L&E through the end of May.
Some background on the project from the artists :
In March 2015, Eva, Carolina, and Lucy met for breakfast. It had been a long winter for us as photographers and we needed some inspiration. Our conversations about uncertainty quickly turned into a plan for an eleven-day road trip across the state of New Mexico. In a week’s time, we were driving twenty-five hours south of Chicago through white deserts, red rocks and endless open skies.
We returned with a deep respect for one another, the landscape and our craft. One year later, we want to share what we’ve made.
We’ll be showing work, selling prints and enjoying desert inspired cocktails.
March 4, 2016
Its that time of the year again!
- Date: Sunday, March 27th
- 11am registration, 12pm-2pm egg hunt, 2pm-4pm block party/egg count/prizes
- Food and music by L&E crew and friends
- Charity: One Tail at a Time
- Price: $5 per person, $10 per team (2 person teams) – will cap at 150 teams (300 people) – all of these proceeds go to charity
- RSVP to email@example.com
February 15, 2016
The installation, which will be on display from February 16 – March 8, combines Eichhorn’s cat collage pieces with plants and flowers from Foxglove. Join us at 9pm on February 23 for a reception in celebration of the collaboration at Longman & Eagle.
January 26, 2016
Turns out the rest of the country likes Longman & Eagle’s Fried Chicken & Waffles as much as we do here in Chicago – Food Network just named the dish the #2 Best Friend Chicken in America! They loved the sweet potato and pork belly hash we top it with, too. Come and in try for yourself – Food Network recommends you pair it with one of our Bloody Mary’s (or Larry, or Maria).
Check it out HERE.
January 26, 2016
Longman & Eagle is hosting a special dinner in celebration of Valentine’s Day this February 14, inspired by the Piano Man himself. You read that right – L&E is serving up a Billy Joel-inspired Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu from Chef Matt Kerney. Chef Matt’s 5-course dinner includes tomato-ricotta agnolotti, marinara, basil and parmesan chips (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”), pave of braised lamb, jerk, banana puree, butter rum gel, and cauliflower couscous (“Captain Jack”) and more.
This special menu is $85 / per person (optional beer and wine pairings available for an additional $40 and $50 per person, respectively), with seatings at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course 1 “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
Scallop Crudo, Ponzu Sauce, Green Apple Gel, Verdita Gel, Watercress, Pickled Pineapple Hearts, Pineapple-Jicama Relish
Course 2 “Billy the Kid”
Brisket Sausage, Cornbread Puree, Baked Beans, Chili, Fried Hash, Pickled Green Beans
Course 3 “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”
Tomato-Ricotta Agnolotti, Marinara, Basil, Parmesan Chips
Course 4 “Captain Jack”
Pave of Braised Lamb, Jerk, Banana Puree, Buttered Rum Gel, Cauliflower Cous Cous
Course 5 “She’s Always A Woman To Me”
Fernet Pave, Spruce Powder, Chocolate-Juniper Cream, Confit Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pomelo
December 18, 2015
Longman & Eagle‘s bar manager Phil Olson knows a thing or two (or a hundred) about whiskey. Phil was generous enough to share his expert knowledge to bring a little joy to the whiskey lover in your life this season.
“Every year around this time, I get asked for bourbon recommendations for gifts. I thought I’d put together my favorite picks or the whiskey fan in your life.”
For the person who missed their chance at Pappy:
Weller 12 Year
Often referred to as “Poor Man’s Pappy,” this wheated bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery is made from the same mash bill (or recipe) as current releases of Pappy Van Winkle. However, it is much more affordable and tends to be more readily available…although that is changing due to people writing about it, like I’m doing right now. (Whoops, sorry.)
For the person who thinks they have everything.
John E. Fitzgerald 20 Year
This extremely limited release is a bottling of some surviving Stitzel-Weller bourbon. Stitzel was the distillery operated by Pappy Van Winkle, and where he made the old Fitzgerald brand famous. This bottle is a 20 year old whiskey with heavy butterscotch, vanilla, and toffee notes. It’s an amazing whiskey in some pretty incredible packaging. If you can get ahold of it, this pick will blow away any whiskey collector.
For the office Secret Santa with a $25 limit:
Very Old Barton Bonded
One of the best bourbons available when it comes to quality versus price. Rich and full-flavored, it’s great in cocktails or as a sipper on it’s own.
For the person who thinks they know everything:
Recently re-released by Heaven Hill, this is essentially an older expression of Rittenhouse (already one of our faves), and has quickly become one of the staff favorites since it was released this past summer. Pikesville comes in at the agressive proof of 110 or 55% ABV. In spite of that high proof, it is surprisingly smooth. It has been stumping several of our best bartenders in blind tastings with it’s sweet profile and deceptively smooth finish.
For the person who maybe actually has or knows everything:
Instead of trying to impress them with a bottle of something they already have, why not find a way to help them enjoy their collection. They’d probably love to see some cool bar tools under the tree for their home bar. Cocktail Kingdom is a great resource for tools. Put together a kit for your whiskey fan to make a great old fashioned with a Yarai Mixing Glass, Teardrop Barspoon, Strainer and Bitters Bottle.
(Don’t forget: You can pop into the bar at Longman & Eagle anytime to try a pour of L&E’s vintage bottles – that would make for a nice holiday gift in and of itself!)