A Midsummer Flight’s Dream

It’s the same thing every year. We anticipate the beginning of spring, waiting oh so impatiently for the first sign of green stuff popping up, for that first beautiful day that you can walk around without a jacket on. Mother Nature teases us with some cold days, lots of rain, and a few beautiful summer days thrown in, just to remind us that summer is worth waiting for. Then, suddenly, it arrives and boom, it’s half over before you can even catch your breath.

I’m making a summer bucket list this year on a whiteboard, listing all the potential things I want to do during this wonderful season – festivals, places I want to visit, weekend trips, parties, etc. But I also want to make sure I take time to just BE this summer, to savor all the beautiful and wonderful things that summer is. The warm breeze whispering on my shoulder on a lovely summer evening. That special, unique taste of a cold beer enjoyed on the patio on a warm night. The tickle of warm water as it caresses your toes when walking along the beach. And yes, even the symphony of birds put on in the wee hours every morning.

Our new Summer Art Gallery features the things that evoke that summer feeling. Join us this Thursday, June 2nd from 6 to 9 pm for the Opening, which will benefit the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. One of our featured artists,  the talented Josefien Stoppelenburg, is also a member of the ESO and will be giving a short performance.

It’s a great way to kick off the official beginning of summer, chat with old friends, and meet new ones. And to soak in summertime.

VALENTINE’S DAY: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEB 13 & FEB 14

A Rendezvous in Spain. Escape to Spain for an enchanting evening on Valentine’s Day Weekend.  Our enjoy our Spanish-themed Prix Fixe Menu while strolling guitarists provide a romantic backdrop for a very special evening.(Note: Regular Menu is available)
Make your reservations!!!

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu:

Soup or Salad: Choice of Gazpacho Soup or Meditarranean Salad

Appetizer: Shrimp & Avocado on a bed of Bibb lettuce with Avocado Mayo dressing

Choice of Entrees: 
* 10oz Grilled Flank Steak marinated in Hazelnut Coffee
* 10oz Grilled Cod with Mango Orange Salsa

Choice of Desserts: 
* Chocolate Flan and Blood Orange-Key Lime Granita

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.