#NameThatCocktail Contest @EatatUnion

CONGRATULATIONS to our #NameThatCocktail Finalists!  The finalists are invited for an exclusive Fall Cocktail Tasting on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5pm! The winner of our #NameThatCocktail contest will be announced at our tasting on Friday, and they will receive a $50 Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar Gift Certificate, and they will enjoy their Cocktail complimentary all Fall.

Finalists:

Voodoo Harvest:  Josh Kowalczyk

Aki Crisp: Renae Godish

Golden Lantern: Peter Kuehnel

Harvest Moon: Catherine Brickell

**We had two entries with same Cocktail Name**

The Headless Horseman: Calogero (Dj Swank) Oliveri

The Headless Horseman: Jan Zasowski

 

If you’ve been keeping up with us online, then you probably have a pretty good idea that we’ve been hard at work and having a ton of fun working on our Fall cocktail program. Now, we want you to join in on all the fun. That’s right, for the entire Fall season, we’re offering an exclusive opportunity to win a spot on Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar’s Fall cocktail menu. But, we didn’t think that was enough, so we threw in a $50 Gift Card and your ability to enjoy your drink FOR FREE during the entire FALL SEASON at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.

We’ve posted a picture and recipe of one of our new Fall cocktails that still remains nameless.  Help us #NameThatCocktail and you can win a seat at an exclusive preview of our new Fall cocktail program at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.  We will be selecting the 5 best names and then announcing the winner at the preview.

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El Dorado 5yr Rum
Spiced pumpkin syrup
Lime
Kronan Swedish Punsch
Egg White
Cherry Bark Bitters

 

 

 

 

The best part is: it’s ridiculously simple to enter. Tell us about your name, a little story behind it, and a way for us to contact you, and you’re entered. ALL ENTRIES DUE BY September 21. ONLY ONE NAME SUBMISSION PER PERSON. 

We’ll also be showcasing different photos and cocktail recipes for our Union Crowd on Twitter using the hashtag #NameThatCocktail.

Cocktail Name*:
Story or inspiration behind your name*:
Your Name*:
Phone Number*:
Email Address*:
Twitter Handle:

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Contest Rules
In order to qualify for the Grand Prize in our #NameThatCocktailcontest, the top 5 applicants must be available to attend the sneak peak tasting at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar.  Submissions will be judged on originality and name creativity. We will be taking submissions from September 17, 2012 until September 21, 2012. Please note: We will only be accepeting One Name per applicant.

 

By entering into the “#NameThatCocktail” Contest (the “Contest”), any and all ideas a participant provides in any way as part of the Contest, including but not limited to inventions, discoveries, developments, names, artwork, recipes, techniques, sources of information, ideas or innovations are hereby and irrevocably the property of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar and may be used in its operations for an infinite duration in any way Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar deems appropriate.

Taste of the Nation Chicago – Tweet To Taste Contest

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We are pleased to be apart of Taste of the Nation Chicago this year on August 8, 2012!

The city’s hottest chefs, mixologists and sommeliers will join together under one roof, united around the same cause – the fight to end childhood hunger.

At this year’s Taste of the Nation® Chicago, more than 1,500 guests will have the opportunity to taste and try the best of the Windy City’s food and spirits, all while brushing shoulders with the masters who make them. We’re excited to meet all of you!

Taste of the Nation Chicago has created an interactive Tweet to Taste Contest!

Read below on  how you enter a chance to win Tickets to this amazing event!

Winners will be chosen on August 7, 2012 by Taste of the Nation Chicago Committee!

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We are looking forward to having you stop in to snap your photo to enter! Follow us on Instagram and mention us in your upload!

 

Union Sushi Duck Wing Eating Contest Recap

They came, they ate piles of our “Duck Wings” and a winner was crowned!

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Kenny Kobe-Achi, Todd Stewart, Sharon Shi and Rob Mowry stepped up, wolfed down Chao’s legendary “Duck Wings,” drank water, got messy, ate more duck wings, drank more water and, at the end, the largest pile of picked-bare bones clinched victory for Todd Stewart!

If you missed it (how could you?), check it out in this quick, action-packed video!

 

March Madness: The Duck Wing Eating Contest

March Madness, certainly at your age, is a spectator’s sport. You graduated years ago. And, while you still passionately cheer for your alma mater, you’re rooting from hundreds of miles away, from some sports bar, filled with people who you did not go to school with. It’s even a little sad, really.

Don’t you miss having a little skin in the game?

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is giving you a chance to re-live the passion and the glory of March Madness all over again. This time it’s all riding on you. Introducing: The Duck Wing Eating Contest.

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Since opening our doors in the Spring of 2011, our Duck Wings have become a cult favorite—juicy, yet gooey, fall-off-the-bone-fried, and smothered in spicy sauce… It’s an addiction. Now, we want to know: how many can you eat!? C’mon. Push yourself!

Win a Dinner with Israel Idonije AND Support Your Favorite Local Charity

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So, listed under the heading People We Really,
Really Admire
at Union Sushi + Barbeque
Bar is Israel Idonije. Sure, he’s been
running defense all season for the
Chicago Bears and he’s big time…
But in his spare time, he isn’t holding
court in VIP sections around the city
or dating a Kardashian; instead, he’s
trying to change the world with
The Israel Idonije Foundation. Israel
and his foundation are all about bringing
opportunity and hope to the community.

The IIF MISSION
“The Israel Idonije Foundation exists to extend positive, life-changing opportunities to families and individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. We promote the pursuit of education and knowledge , while providing programs for our youth and community members, in hopes that they may actualize and maximize their full potential.”

…pretty amazing, no!?!

Win Four Free Tickets to New Year’s in Tokyo at Union

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Everyone’s starting to talk New Year’s Resolutions. What kind of better person are you planning on being in the new year? What are you going to quit… or start? We’re tired just thinking about it.

Sure, we’re all for self improvement… In fact, starting in January, we’re launching a low-carb/low-cal Black Rice program (read more about the benefits of black rice here) and introducing a number of skinny cocktails that have fewer than 100 calories each. It’s going to be a New Year/New You at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar! But, that’s an entire three weeks away, and that means that we have nearly 21 days to go out with a bang.

So, we ask you: What are you doing to live it up before
the clock strikes 2012? Are you indulging in a
nightly cheese ball buffet? Are you
conditioning your hair with champagne
to achieve an authentic head full of
holiday highlights? Perhaps you’re test
driving Lamborghinis all month long?We want you to tell us about it—impress
us with your flair for hedonism and we’ll
reward you with 4 tickets to our New Year’s
Eve in Tokyo
bash on December 31, 2011!

Join Us at The Chef’s Table


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Chef Chao is the ultimate Omakase master, and those who are lucky enough to sit at his chef’s table are in for a serious culinary throw down. Yes, we all love the chef’s table for the personal attention, the chef talking to you about your likes and dislikes and creating something just for you. The real score of the evening, though, is what you’re eating: of-the-moment inspirations that the chef is imagining and creating before your eyes.Omakase

To ensure maximum inspiration, we make sure Chao has the freshest ingredients on hand, sourced hours before, then watch that “Wow, I bet I could do something awesome with that” expression come over Chao’s face. Chef’s Table launches on November 15, 2011. Keep reading to learn more about how you can win a free dinner at the table with a very special guest.

HOW WE ROLL: CHICAGO BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

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This summer has been, yes, pretty hot, a little stormy… but fun as hell. Somewhere between cocktails at UpBar, heating things up in the kitchen, and tweeting ’til our fingers were numb, the summer seems to have passed us by… but it’s not over yet.

We’ve done it again, friends. Mike, Chao, and the crew at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar are conquering what might just be the final frontier of beach season. It’s an event—a way of life, really—that’s as dangerous as it is exotic, steeped in history and sand, brought to Chicago this year for the very first time. Yes, it’s beach polo.


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We are very proud to announce that Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar is an official sponsor of the Chicago Beach Polo World Cup 2011, so obviously we’re celebrating with some free VIP tickets.

Cheeky Enough to Chow? Results Are In!

Now that we’re in full-steam-ahead restaurant mode, our vacation days have taken a serious (but very welcome) hit. So, what are two gluttonous globetrotters to do? Live vicariously through our friends on Twitter, Facebook, and beyond, with the help of Cheeky Chicago.

You might have heard about our Are You Cheeky Enough To Chow? contest, the chance for one lucky winner to win a slew of prizes in exchange for their craziest eating adventure. The top 10 finalists joined us last night at Cheeky Chicago’s First Look at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, one of our first official nights in the restaurant (complete with plenty of bites, cocktails, sake, and so on), where the grand prize winner was announced. Just to fill you in, the grand prize winner will not only be receive a 2 night/3 day vacation to San Francisco for two (including a Southwest flight and accommodations at The InterContinental San Francisco), they’ll also be Cheeky’s first San Francisco correspondent.