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Local Goes to Tales 2012! by cdbakunas

We are so excited to host a spirited dinner this year at Tales of the Cocktail 2012. The host restaurant is Root in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. And Lynn House is our mixologist extraordinaire. Root is a progressive American restaurant that balances technique, flavor and focus with a respect for food that is the exception, rather than the norm. Chef owner Phillip Lopez has said, “To me, cooking is a form of communication, and I want to talk to my guests through each bite they take. Meals were an important part of my childhood; eating together as a family, talking about the past and the future, and food invokes those memories and helps create a new story.”

Our dinner will be themed “Kaleidoscope Cocktail.” What does this mean? Lynn House has created an incredible menu where our spirits are mixed into five different drinks and each cocktail has multiple iterations in order to show how changing a single element in any cocktail yields very different and delicious results. The twist is that each table of imbibers will not get all of the iterations, they’ll only receive one, thus fostering a drinking and dining experience of dialogue, questions and sharing.

Who is Lynn House? An amazing woman with a passion for all things delicious and perfectly executed.

Lynn’s Bio:

Chief Mixologist at Blackbird

Lynn is a proud member of the United States Bartender’s Guild.  Prior to taking over the cocktail program at Blackbird Lynn was the Beverage Director and Chief Mixologist for Graham Elliot, as well as, one of the original Master Bartenders at the acclaimed The Drawing Room.  Lynn is a graduate of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service, The Academy of Culinary Mixology, Bar Smarts Advanced, The British American Drama Academy and Miami University.  Competition wins include 2011 Top Ten Finalist for Tales of the Cocktail, 2011 National Finalist for Don Q Ultimate Mix Off, 2011 national finalist for Bacardi Legacy, 2010 grand prize winner for Absolut Rebel, 2010 national finalist for Shake It UP, 2010 National finalist 42 Below World Cup Cocktail competition, 2010 national finalist Benedictine/Esquire Magazine Alchemist of our Age, and 2009 national finalist for Bombay Sapphire/GQ Magazine Most Inspired Bartender.

Lynn is a regular on WCIU’s You, Me and the Morning show and writes Fresh Pour, a monthly column for Plate Magazine.  Other television experiences include Windy City Live, The Craftsman Experience, ABC-7 and NBC-5.  Lynn was recognized by Cheeky Magazine as one of the top 10 women in Chicago for 2011, as well as, the Chicago Reader as one of the People of Year.  Lynn’s work has been featured in Esquire, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Ebony, Bon Appetit,  Saveur, Cheers, The Tasting Panel, Imbibe, Martha Stewart, Time Out Chicago, Forbes Traveler, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Bartender’s Gin Compendium. She is featured in   Imbibe’s The Amereican Cocktail as well as Gaz Regan’s top 101 Cocktails for 2010.  Lynn was recognized by Gaz Regan as one of the top 20 Most Fabulous Bartenders in the World.  Lynn is currently a nominee for the prestigious Jean Banchet awards for Mixologist of the year.

Over the years Lynn has taught mixology classes at The Academy of Spirits and Fine Service as well as Kendall College.  She has designed and executed cocktails for The James Beard Foundation. Share Our Strengths, The Elanor Foundation, Girls Rock, Blue Sky, and The Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef’s Ball.  For the past two years she has been one of the Co Hosts for Meals on Wheels.  Lynn has been a featured mixologist for Chicago Gourmet 2009, 2010 and 2011, PlateCooks 2010, 2011 and The Bon Appetit Kohler Food and Wine Experience 2011.  Lynn is one of the founders of Eat, Drink and Be Midwest.

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