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!?!

New Year, New You

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New Year’s Resolutions. A time to quit… or start… A time to lose… or gain… It’s a lot of pressure. And, even if you don’t buy into the whole resolution nonsense, there is undeniably something in the air this time of year. It’s a hope that your life could just be easier, more satisfying, more organized… as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

We’re picking up what you’re putting down. And we have some ideas for you.

First, we know that you over-indulged in December. Actually, we encouraged it. But, it’s time to pull back on the reins a little. Eat a little less, exercise a little more.

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!

NYE 2012 at Union NEW YEARS IN TOKYO

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Spend New Year’s Eve in Tokyo (but wake up in Chicago). Join us at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar for a Tokyo-style NYE, complete with all the eating, drinking, dancing (and yes, more eating) you’ve ever wanted—including a special sparkling sake toast at midnight! Union will be transformed into a Tokyo street scene with a guest DJ and live entertainment all night long.

Chef Chao and his team will be creating a variety of chef street stations serving sushi, barbeque and a variety of Union’s signature dishes all night long. There will plenty of food and—drumroll please—a premium OPEN BAR with Union’s hand-crafted cocktails, sake, beer and preselected wines and champagne.

Cha-ching.

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.

Cocktail Profile:Yamato Sling

 

cocktailprofileyamatosling1The perfect place to try the subject of our latest cocktail profile? UpBar, of course! Our newly launched lounge, set in the upstairs mezzanine, is home to hand-crafted cocktails, 26 sakes, and (of course) some Asian-inspired
finger food and bar snacks.

But, as usual, we’re getting carried away from the topic at
hand: our next cocktail profile. No matter where you’re sipping the Yamato Sling, it’s tasty as hell. It’s sultry
& spicy enough for UpBar, yet delectable as a pre-dinner cocktail downstairs. As a matter of fact, it’s one of Revae’s favoritecocktails on the menu…

Cocktail Profile: Surprise and Delight

cocktailprofilesurpriseanddelightFor the next installment of our cocktail profiles (call it UpBar’s liquored-up version of Facebook), we’re very excited to present to you all Surprise & Delight.In short, think prevalent (but not overpowering) cucumber flavors plus the sweetness of a lemongrass and strawberry muddle. Combine that with a waft of mint and a hint of bubble, and sip away.

While it’s definitely a ‘summery’ drink, we’re pretty sure it would taste just as delicious without the 80º+ weather—but that’s just us.

Cocktail Profile: Night Scene

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First of all (and please don’t judge us), can we just say how much fun we’re having with this whole Union thing? Sure, it’s a lot of long hours, and no, we don’t sit down much anymore. But, saying it’s all worth it doesn’t even begin to cover it.

So, on that note, we think it’s time for a nice, cold drink. Specifically, a hand-crafted cocktail. Because, frankly, we’re very proud of our cocktails. Sometimes they’re the opening act, sometimes they’re the whole show—either way, they never cease to delight… satiate… satisfy… you get it.

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Call it a tribute to our late-night scene, our riff on the classic martini, whatever you want. We call it delicious. Cocchi Americano and Sobieski Vodka meet our old friend Rock Sake—a perfect choice for blending, according to mixologist Revae Schneider.