Topaz Gets Political with its Cocktails
In order to get a cocktail created in your honor at the Round Robin bar, you need to have served as president, as Top Shelf readers learned a couple weeks ago. But at Kimpton's Topaz Bar, being a candidate in this year's presidential election is good enough.The bar is launching cocktails in honor of those candidates still making a run for it in the Republican Party primary race. The bar's mixologist, Rico Wisner, is behind the drinks.
Cocktail Culture: Getting to the ROOT of New, Delicious Drinks
"Fast Forward to 2012 and enter ROOT, an organic spirit made with 13 organic North American herbs, including black tea,nutmeg and spearmint. Made by a Philadelphia-based movement called Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, ROOT is unique, contemplative, refreshing and above all, not annoyingly sweet."
The title says it all
By PATRICK DEL VALLE
The best way to describe Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is if your standard hipster–hangout had a love child with a general store from The Oregon Trail. Part apothecary, part distillery, part printing press and part boutique, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is eclectic to say the least. The long, open space exudes an artisan sensibility and, despite its broad offerings, the sense of being highly–curated.
The Root of My New Passion
I’ve been stumping a lot of bartenders lately. Not just the ones from places that have more TVs than cocktails, but even some of the more seasoned pros behind the bars at The Drawing Room and GT Fish & Oyster. “Have you tried Root yet?” I’ll ask them. When I see their puzzled faces, I know that this is truly going to be the next Big Deal in Chicago’s mixology arms race; you heard it here first folks.
Meet the Founders of Warby Parker
Art in the Age
116 N 3rd St
5 – 6:30 p.m., FREE
Calling all four eyes! Meet the (Wharton grad) founders of sweet spectacle company Warby Parker tonight at Art in the Age. The event kicks off with a brief presentation and Q&A at 5, then shoppers can peruse the selection of reasonably priced, vintage-inspired frames and enjoy food and drinks from Whole Foods and Art in the Age.
There are NO Shortcuts Worth Taking
Interview by Theo Constantinou
Instead of writing an introduction for this piece, we are posting the end of our conversation with Steven that was off record and that was still being recorded, to give you a better idea of our ethos here at Paradigm.
Theo Constantinou: We’re starting out at the same point where you were, which is that, we’re doing something that’s what we like, and what we think other people should know about; people aren’t really living the way that they should. And so, we’re kind of doing it the same way: doing what we enjoy in life. We want people to live life and enjoy it, push the envelope and scope of our daily lives, and the way we conduct ourselves in life and business. There are people who are so deprived of that, that they don’t know where to begin.
Steven Grasse: When we started out, I’d take business from anybody to survive. We can be selective now, but when we started, it was just like, ‘here’s five dollars.’ Yeah I’ll do it, no problem. A lot of the work that we used to do was very much one way; now we’re very much this other way.