Author: Bull Garlington

  • The Italian Village is Pretty Chill on Reds

    The Italian Village is Pretty Chill on Reds

    It’s hot. It’s stupid hot. It’s asphalt melting under your feet, sweat through your clothes, exploding into flame hot and I’m thirsty and I want a glass of red wine but come on—if I pour one out on my patio it’s just gonna boil. I wish I could serve it cold, but I’m no idiot.…

  • Wine and Song with Hannah Grossman

    Wine and Song with Hannah Grossman

    THE TRACK “Dreams” | Fleetwood Mac | Rumours released in 1977, the band’s only number-one hit. But really, this song was written by Stevie Nicks, alone at a piano in a stylish bedroom studio belonging to Sly and the Family Stone. Fleetwood Mac was experiencing a tumultuous emotional train wreck only achievable by coked-out musicians…

  • How to Dye the River Green and Not Die on the River While you Dye the River Green

    There are ways one dyes a river. I don’t know what they are, but apparently, Chicago has gone through enough of them to come to a method that is safe, non-toxic, fine for ducks, and won’t bother the fish. That last part makes me roll my eyes hard enough to part my hair. I mean,…

  • Monthly Wine Dinners at Terrace 16 are Swank

    You expect a private champagne pairing dinner at Terrace 16 in Trump Tower to be top shelf. You expect it to exceed those expectations a little bit. You expect incredible champagne and five-star food and crystal flutes and maybe a celebrity or two in the room, and service that is impeccable. What you don’t expect…

  • Cochon 555 Came to Chicago and Brought me Pork from God

    Cochon 555 Came to Chicago and Brought me Pork from God

    Anthony Bourdain (God rest his soul) said pork was his favorite vegetable and he is not alone. Few foods humans hawk is more satisfying or profound than a perfectly produced piece of pork. At Cochon 555’s Chicago event, Sunday, March 3, perfect pork was plentiful. Which one would expect from an event dedicated to the…

  • Wine and Song with Corey Drake

    Wine and song is an occasional series on Wine in Chicago featuring a local sommelier challenged to pair a great song with a great wine. Song “Fake Plastic Trees,” Radiohead, from their 1995 album, The Bends. Radiohead found themselves in the charts with their grungy hit, Creep, in 1992. The label had pushed them to come…

  • Hofbrauhaus is the song of my people

    On January 18 my people sounded the Alpine horns of calling from Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont and I answered to sit at the front table and celebrate their sixth anniversary in the style I am accustomed to: surrounded by waitresses in their dirndls, their fists filled with litre steins of dark German bier; men in lederhosen…

  • Daphne Stratta Builds a Wine List You Can Dance To

    You may have overlooked Steadfast. Like, there you are furiously thumbing through Yelp reviews for local beef and burgundy joints because your senior partner just did you a solid and you want to take her out for a chop and some Chave but merde: The Loop. The prices. You’re just an associate. You drive a…

  • Wine and Song with Seth Wilson

    Wine and song is an occasional series on Wine in Chicago featuring a local sommelier challenged to pair a great song with a great wine.​ Song “Feeling Good,” written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; recorded by Nina Simone for her 1965 album, I Put a Spell on You. It was never released as a single…

  • Wine and Song with Amy Lutchen

    Wine and song is an occasional series on Wine in Chicago featuring a local sommelier challenged to pair a great song with a great wine. Song: “Baker Street,” Gerry Rafferty; #2 on Billboard, 1979. A song that captures the transition from the soft rock of the 70s to the AOR of the 80s. It is a…

  • Wondrous Beer and Whirly Ball

    In the long list of ways my life is better than yours, I present to you my recent attendance of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout tapping party at Whirly Ball with my photographer, “Flowers”.  At said party, I did not whirly, nor did I ball, though I did try to make my way through a…

  • Monkeying Around Three Dots with Monkey Shoulder and Employees Only

    Please note there are no published medical studies linking the consumption of Scotch Whisky to the rapid development of a Scottish brogue nor the sudden acquisition of Scottish idiomatic phrases as occurs with Mr. Garlington in the following story.   I was wildly excited as I stepped into the brilliantly decorated Three Dots & a Dash…