We Didn’t Start the Fire….

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 info@longmanandeagle.com.

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

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A Holiday Bourbon Gift Guide from Phil Olson

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:

Pikesville Rye 

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!)

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NYE at L&E

December 4, 2015

Ring the New Year in with us at Longman & Eagle! We will be taking reservations for three seatings, 5:30pm, 8pm and 10:00pm respectively. The first two seatings will feature a five-course chef’s menu, for $95.00, and the final features an eight-course dinner with a midnight champagne toast, priced at $125.00. Optional beer and wine pairings will be available for each seating.

 

First two seatings:

Amuse Bouche: Truffled Potato Leek Soup, Salmon Roe

1st Course: Crab Salad, Grapefruit, Parsnip Panna Cotta, Hearts of Palm, Pistachio Puree

2nd Course: Duck Cassoulet, Duck Confit, Duck Pastrami, Boudin Noir, Foie Gras Torchon, Cannellini Beans

3rd Course: Seared “Blackened” Salmon, Sweet Potato & Chestnut Puree, Cocoa Nibs, Wild Rice, Maitake Mushroom, Pickled Pear

4th Course: Strip Steak, Pommes Robuchon, Fried Prawn, Creamed Kale, Beech Mushroom, Cajun BBQ Sauce

5th Course: Heirloom Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle, Yuzu Anglaise, Amaro Jelly, Housemade Fig Bitters Ice Cream, Dehydrated Strawberry

 

Last seating:

Amuse Bouche: Truffled Potato Leek Soup, Salmon Roe

1st Course: Crab Salad, Grapefruit, Parsnip Panna Cotta, Hearts of Palm, Pistachio Puree

2nd Course: Duck Cassoulet, Duck Confit, Duck Pastrami, Boudin Noir, Foie Gras Torchon, Cannellini Beans

3rd Course: Seared “Blackened” Salmon, Sweet Potato & Chestnut Puree, Cocoa Nibs, Wild Rice, Maitake Mushroom, Pickled Pear

4th Course: Strip Steak, Pommes Robuchon, Fried Prawn, Creamed Kale, Beech Mushroom, Cajun BBQ Sauce

5th Course: Crispy Pork Belly, Green Apple Kimchi, Cauliflower Puree, Pickled Romanesco, Bay Scallop

6th Course: Squid Ink & Smoked Mussel Agnolotti, Sea Urchin Espuma, Ajo Blanco

7th Course (Intermezzo): Housemade Truffle, Pistachio, Meyer Lemon, Dark Milk Chocolate

8th Course: Heirloom Bittersweet Chocolate Souffle, Yuzu Anglaise, Amaro Jelly, Housemade Fig Bitters Ice Cream, Dehydrated Strawberry

 

For reservations email info@longmanandeagle.com

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2016 Michelin

October 29, 2015

We’re very humbled to have received recognition from the 2016 Michelin Guide, coming in at a starred rating for the sixth year running (as many years as we’ve been open!). Congratulations to all of the staff at Longman & Eagle (everyone, past and present) and to our friends in the Chicago restaurant community who have also been recognized for their hard work. Thanks, Chef Jared and Chef Matt – the L&E crew is proud of you guys!

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Family Style Thanksgiving at L&E

October 19, 2015

Longman & Eagle will be hosting a family style Thanksgiving dinner, with seatings from 1pm to 7:30pm. The special holiday menu includes roasted heritage turkey, green bean casserole, bourbon & orange cranberry sauce, chestnut foie gras stuffing, sweet potato pie, and even more. Tickets are $65 per person, not including beverages and gratuity.  (Kids ages 4 to 9 are $20 per, those under 3 are free. A vegetarian version is also available.)

Email info@longmanandeagle.com to book.

Holiday bonus – the OSB will have a Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich starting at 3pm, so come by after the big meal to get another smaller one!

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Happy Hour Comes to L&E

October 8, 2015

Very good news for your afternoons: L&E is launching happy hour! Starting Monday, October 12, L&E will offer $1 cans of PBR alongside a weekly rotating $4 draft beer from 3-5pm. Bar manager Phil Olson has chosen Half Acre, one of our favorite local breweries, to kick off the special! Cheers.

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Grit & Grain

October 6, 2015

Longman & Eagle bar manager Phil Olson teamed up with his friends at Goose Island and Good Beer Hunting to chat about whiskey for chapter two of Grit & Grain, the story of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout. Phil drops some knowledge on the history of bourbon, how it’s tied to US history, and the relationship between whiskey and craft beer – check it out on the Good Beer Hunting site.

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L&E Whiskey Bar at Northern Grade

September 30, 2015

On October 10 and 11th, Longman & Eagle will be popping up at the 4th annual Northern Grade Chicago – a nationally acclaimed roving marketplace, featuring only brands that manufacture in the U.S. – something we can definitely get behind. We’ll be serving some of our L&E selected single barrel whiskey selections as well as some L&E favorites (Cabin Still, i see you…) and classic whiskey cocktails alongside pop-ups from great brands like Stock Mfg, Field Notes, Ohio Knitting Mills, Pierrepont Hicks, and many more. Come check it out at 1st Ward / Chop Shop (2033 W. North Avenue) from 11am-7pm on Saturday 10/10, and 11am-5pm on Sunday, 10/11.

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Letherbee Autumnal Launch

September 28, 2015

Stop in next Tuesday (Oct. 6) to say hello to the Letherbee Crew and try this season’s sure-to-sell-out-quick limited seasonal gin from Letherbee Distillers.

Letherbee’s 2015 Autumnal Gin features a combination of flavors perfectly suited to the season – bourbon barrel, maple, and allspice. Founder Brent Engel and the gang have been aging gin in a used Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrel for almost 3 years, giving the batch a hint of bourbon’s complex flavors. Letherbee also sourced a single-origin, wood fired maple syrup from The Bunker Farm in Vermont, by way of Greenstate Sugaring in Portland, OR, and steeped house-roasted sugar maple wood chunks in the gin both pre and post distillation.  The allspice lends a graceful depth,  complementing the char of the bourbon barrel.

The resulting gin is lightly sweet, spiced, and just the thing for these cooler days and longer nights.

 

 

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Pumpkin Carving Time!

September 26, 2015

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