Sunday FunDay Sunday Brunch

Sundays are perfect for kicking back and taking life easy. Especially on a gorgeous, breezy summer afternoon. With a spicy Bloody Mary, preferably.

That’s what’s so chill about Brunch – you can take care of two meals in one, eat it at a later hour, sip a cocktail with it, and no one even raises an eyebrow.

Have you ever stopped by for our Sunday Brunch at Flight 112? We’ve got all the ingredients for a laid back Sunday, including a fabulous patio on which to enjoy it!

It’s worth noting that we make all of our food from scratch, even our ketchup. In fact, you’ll see some of our handgrown plants surrounding the perimeter of our patio. Both Chef Mike and Visal incorporate these garden fresh herbs and produce into our food and drinks. (speaking of drinks – just wait till you see the infused cocktails coming soon!)

Yes, you’ll find the breakfast basics, such as eggs and pancakes. But even those have their own distinctive touches, like our Truffle Egg Omelet, made with Truffle Tremor Cheese, which imparts a hint of earthiness. Or our Bananas Foster French Toast, a rich, sweet delight.

And you’ve got to try our Mexican Oatmeal – it’s not your momma’s porridge! Based on a long last recipe from the old Cafe Las Bellas Artes, this special dish hails from the Mexico City region. Cafe Las Bellas Artes was the iconic Mexican restaurant that formerly occupied our building. Our Art Director Donna Castellanos secured the recipe from a friend of a friend of the original owner.

“It has a dessert feel to it,” describes Castellanos, “With a breath of cinnamon!”

Rounding out the more lunch-ey type items, you’ll find a grownup version of grilled cheese, made with fresh basil and Iberico cheese, all on fresh brioche; several fresh salads, and Shrimp & Grits.

Did you know that our Brunch menu is available for private parties and events? We can even mix and match a couple of Brunch items with our regular menu.

Personally, I think our Bloody Mary is one of the best around! Our menu boasts several other interesting Brunch cocktails, along with brunch beers. Can’t wait till football season.

Quench your thirst with one of our Summer Drinks

It’s the first weekend that we’ve really had that feels like summer – hot, humid, and sticky. A nice, frosty drink is the perfect remedy for relaxing and chilling out!

Beer is the obvious choice for many in the summer, and Flight 112 certainly has an extensive selection of lighter craft brews that will go down easy. But what about if you are a wine drinker or you don’t like beer? Red wines just don’t cut it on a hot day. Here are some alternative drinks to help get you through the heat:

– A cool, crisp white wine is the ideal alternative for wine drinkers. Our Tangent Albarino is similar to a Sauvignon Blanc but not quite as fruity. Or try the Opolo Viognier, an aromatic, fruitier white with a mineral finish.

– Our fabulous Sangria is to die for! Made using a secret recipe from our owner Visal, a nice, icy glass goes down super easy. Check them out on Thursday nights during our Ladies’ Nights – they are only $5 a glass!

– Sparkling wines and roses are always fun for a hot summer day, and their lower alcohol content makes them an ideal companion for a hot, sunny afternoon drink.

– Nothing screams summer more than our Kicking Mule cocktail. This twist on an old classic utilizes Jalapeno vodka with a touch of lime juice. Hot, spicy foods actually make you cooler.

– Our Italian 75 combines bubbly Prosecco with some Bombay Sapphire, making it a great sipping cocktail.

And of course, we have our old favorites, such as a ramped up Cucumber Lemonade. And for Brunch, a tasty Mimosa hits the spot!

Come check out our patio this weekend – your cocktail is waiting to cool you off!

The Mystique Of Whiskey

The big decision, whenever we go out with some good friends, is which Scotch the men will try that evening. Sometimes they’ll get an old favorite, like a fine Macallan. Or perhaps the bartender will pique their interest with some new, rare bottle they were able to get their hands on.

Whatever the choice may be, the two men will savor it slowly while discussing the events of their past week, sharing stories about work and projects. Often they’ll plan out our next motorcycle trip to some unique place, like Croatia or Ecuador or Canada (but that’s another story!). Sometimes they don’t say much of anything. But one thing’s for sure – that Scotch is an integral part of that moment.

Enjoying a fine glass of Scotch or some other single malt whiskey is different than doing a shot of Fireball. One is raucous, meant for that crazy moment at a party, designed to get you, let’s be honest, just a little bit drunk very quickly. A Scotch, in contrast, is meant to be sipped and relished slowly. Each taste is like drinking in a bit of history and tradition.

“I enjoy it for the complex character that each region offers,” says my friend. My husband concurs, adding that he loves the tradition behind each brand of Scotch and each unique bottle. But why Scotch, I ask, and not a fine glass of Patron Anejo?

It’s a thinking man’s drink, remarks another friend. To him, enjoying a fine Scotch takes a discerning, refined taste.

My son, who is in his mid-twenties, would seem to echo that sentiment. He has, in the last year or so, started exploring the world of whiskey, and will save up for a fine bottle of Scotch. It’s nothing something he would have ever drank in college, but it seems to now signify wisdom and experience to him. Perhaps it’s the maturity of realizing that a drink can mean more than just a means to getting drunk.

To my husband, enjoying a fine Scotch with a good friend is a celebration of the moment, of achievements, friendships, and life itself.

Join us this Father’s Day Weekend as we celebrate with two special flights of Scotch. We’ve chosen the scotches as a good representation of the wide ranges and characteristics that this fine whiskey can possess.

And come celebrate your precious moments of life here at Flight 112. We have over 35 single malts and 7 blended malts – and you’ll find a unique selection of Scotches, whiskeys, and other spirits that you won’t find at many other places

Support Local Art this Thursday at our Gallery Opening!

Shopping local is the buzzword nowadays, isn’t it? We all bemoan the demise of many of our local businesses in Elmhurst as well as other towns. With myriad shopping malls and big box stores nearby, plus the ease of shopping online, it’s definitely difficult for many small businesses to flourish as they once did.

There’s one business, though, which simply cannot be replicated online – buying art.  There’s nothing that really substitutes the experience of viewing art in person. Art is a total sensory experience. Buying art online is similar to watching a YouTube video of a thrilling roller coaster ride – you are just getting a tiny fraction of the experience.

And while it’s easy to buy cheap artistic reproductions at big box stores, the uniqueness of an original piece can’t be beat. Shopping and supporting our local artists is a way to enjoy high quality, one of a kind art while also keeping creativity and free speech alive in our local communities.

Stop by Flight 112 this Thursday, June 4th for our Art Gallery Opening, featuring five local artists. Use all your senses to view their work, enjoy a fine glass of wine, and socialize with other like-minded individuals. And support local art in your community!

Elmhurst Art Museum staff member and local artist Carolyn Hartmann will be displaying her unique and talented work for the next couple of months at our gallery. A graduate of Elmhurst College, Hartmann handles the museum’s marketing and a variety of other duties. Her paintings are done in oil and are an interpretation of photo double exposures.

Talented local artist and York alumni Marta Tiesenga is a visual and sound artist who explores and experimentswith intersections between repetition, language and nonverbal communication, transience, geometric explorations, and technology. She works with images and sound, striving to find an encompassing synthesis between media with inter-sensory art and performance. In her series of glitch paintings, the relationship between the transience of digital glitches and the deliberation of painting is highlighted and manipulated.

Elmhurst resident Linda Mierendorf uses acrylic paints on her Impressionistic-style landscapes and portraits to evoke quiet, reflective moments and memories. Linda began drawing at an early age, and studied drawing and painting in college. She is a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and works professionally as a graphic designer, muralist, and painter. Her work can be viewed in the guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum and she has also been exhibited in the Alliance of Fine Arts Best of the Best Exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Our resident artist and Art Director Donna Castellanos debuts her new series of work, “Playing Dress Up”, inspired by glamorous fashion illustrators of the past, such as Edith Head. “I make and alter much of my own clothing,” says Castellanos, “and I love the old glamour of Hollywood.” Castellanos uses repurposed and often vintage items to create her mixed media pieces, such as her piece, Ball Gown, in which old baseball covers create a textured and slightly golden voluminous skirt; and She’s All Write, in which vintage postcards and letters comprise the background of this elegantly attired dame.

Photographer and Mixed Media artist Glenda Lissette shares her unique viewpoint on life, love, travel, interesting places, fashion, and more through often introspective filters. Lissette is a graduate of York and a current college student living in Chicago.

Have a Cold One with us during Chicago Craft Beer Week!

The 6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week begins Thursday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 24th, and Flight 112 is excited to be a part of it! This event is meant to encourage and entice craft beer lovers to explore the depth and variety of local craft beers in our area.

There’s no denying that the craft beer movement has taken America by storm. Did you know that there are approximately 60 + local craft brewers in the Chicago area, with the number continuing to grow? We are constantly exploring new local breweries and craft beers to add to our menu – and we have quite an interesting and not to be missed menu of craft beers planned for the week!

Our featured tappings each day have been chosen because they are either rare, limited editions or special releases, or they are popular beers that have been aged in our cellar. Sometimes a stronger beer can be that much better when cellared and taste amazing.

For example, we are tapping the limited series 2013 and 2014 editions of Founders’ Backwoods Bastard on Friday, May 15th. This ale, which is aged in oak bourbon barrels, is released in November. Try a vertical tasting to discover the difference a year may make!

Our Tapping Schedule is listed below. For more information, please check our event page at Chicago Craft Beer Week.

Thursday, May 14th: Cahoots Brewing Barrel Aged No S’more Imperial Stout $7 8oz and Dry Hop Brewing Hell With The Lid on Barley Wine Style Beer $7 8oz

Friday, May 15th: 2013 and 2014 Founders Backwoods Bastard $8 for 8oz

Saturday, May 16th: 2013 and 2014 Bare Tree $7 8 oz

Thursday, May 21st: Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout $7 8oz.

Friday, May 22nd: 2013 Firestone Walker Parabola $8 8oz

Saturday, May 23rd: Surprise!

Summertime, Party Time is Here!

Yes, Chicago, it’s finally here! Planting season, warm rays of sunshine caressing our faces, and long summer nights. And most of all, it’s time for summertime drinking outdoors and BBQs!

Is there nothing better than enjoying a frosty cold beer while feeling a warm breeze waft across your shoulders? We are blessed to have a lovely and private patio here at Flight 112 to share with our guests! Featuring patio table seating, it’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner on a summer evening or several drinks with friends.

Did you know that our patio can be rented out for your private events? It’s connected to our lounge area and rented together as one venue, providing a unique indoor/outdoor environment for parties. Perfect for graduations, birthdays, and even fundraising events. Guests have plenty of room to mill about and socialize. Your buffet is set up in the lounge area, and is replenished throughout the event. All you have to do is enjoy!

Speaking of barbecues, we can customize our menu to please you! Want a BBQ, Taco Bar, or even a Clambake? Just ask and we’ll do our utmost to make your event special!