avec, a Mediterranean and Midwestern influenced shared plates restaurant, opened in October 2003 out of a partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, restaurateur Donnie Madia and wine steward Eduard Seitan. Chef Perry Hendrix's rustic menu, featuring Midwest ingredients from valued local purveyors, takes its cue from the sun-drenched wine regions of Southwestern Europe. Beyond reflecting the aromas, flavors and colors of the Mediterranean in its cuisine, avec's moderately priced wine list focuses on the region's boutique vineyards.
Originally conceived as a wine bar, the kitchen's offerings quickly steered the space in another direction. Wine, however, remains at avec’s core. Focused on hearty peasant wines from small producers in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, the list offers 130 wines priced between $20 and $90 a bottle. Thirty wines are offered by the glass, encouraging guests to experiment with avec’s selection of European boutique wines. The bar also offers an unusual selection of French, Italian and Belgian beers selected to best complement Hendrix’s cuisine. Sherries, ports and sparkling wines round out the beverage list.
coming up at avec
We're proud to announce a collaborative, two-night dinner series where a portion of sales will go toward RefugeeOne, a Chicago-based organization that provides relief and resources to refugees from all over the world who have fled war and persecution and are now building new lives in Chicago. October 22 and 23, we'll host ticketed, six-course family style dinners in our new second-floor events space to support the important work RefugeeOne does to create opportunity for families and individuals from the middle east and beyond. Read on for menu and ticketing details, and for more info about RefugeeOne, visit their website.
To learn more or purchase tickets, click here (bit.ly/avecrefugeeone).
All wines are thoughtfully procured by our friends from Eklektikon, and come from wineries in the small greek islands of Lemnos, Lipsi and Lesvos, which have welcomed thousands of people into their communities following the recent Syrian refugee crisis.
- menu -
cured fluke kibbeh with preserved lemon, tahini yogurt and urfa chili
2016 garalis muscat, lemnos island
hummus and wood oven baked pita with delicata squash
2016 lipsi "aloni," lipsi island
grilled chicken thigh shawarma with apple fattoush and sumac
2015 garalis limnio, lemnos island
slow roasted lamb with pomegranate and beets
2016 methymnaeos "orange" chidiriotiko, lesvos island
fresh dates with halloumi cheese and fermented honey
2015 methymnaeos chidiriotiko, lesvos island
orange flower cream with poached dried apricots
2013 lipsi "aposperitis," lipsi island
- Tickets: $125, inclusive of tax and gratuity -
Ticket price includes family-style, six-course dinner and wine pairings.
For more information or to reserve your seat, visit this link or call us directly at 312.377.2002.