Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Roof! The Roof! The Roof is On Fire! (Zed 451)

Shout out to any New Trier Trevian out there who remembers chanting "the roof is on fire" during football games or basketball games. Speaking of the roof, let's talk about my experience Tuesday night at Zed 451. We ventured to that location for a work party to celebrate launching new web pages for our company, by consuming large quantities of alcohol. I have always been extremely impressed with the rooftop at this venue, and would highly recommend it to anyone searching for a good party location with a group of anywhere from 20 people to 40 people. We were lucky enough to pick a night where it was supposed to rain but fortunately it only sprinkled for 2 minutes and then stopped. Transportation from our place of work to the happy hour was an easy feat, given that free shuttles were provided and one was waiting outside our building at 20 S Wacker. It was early (which was nice) so Type A Mish was happy. If anyone has seen ridiculous looking black painted shuttles with meats and fire on them, it would certainly be a Zed 451 bus. Not as bad as the Brazzaz outdoor billboard advertisements with Ozzie on them holding meat skewers, but it's still on the medal stand. I must say that, although borderline unnecessary, those darn things certainly help to publicize the restaurant.

Our event planner for the evening (who was wearing a low cut champagne colored crop top at 11:30am when my co-worker and I made our way over there to explore and reserve the space-well done) explained that customer typically start their evening with a choice of salads, soups, charcuterie, and breads from their "Harvest Tables." Shortly following, the entire table of people will receive an unlimited sampling of Zed 451 signature dishes (fire-grilled over charcoal). Obviously that's not exactly what our experience was with 30+ people on the roof Eastern area, but we did enjoy a sampling of a multitude of dishes. I couldn't blog about them at the time, considering that I was soo hungover I didn't really even remember walking home from the blue line, seeing a co-worker on the blue line (or taking the blue line in general--what other person, aside from a penny pinching Jew, would decide to take public transportation from a work party after 6+ glasses of wine?).

Our Menu:
Goat Cheese Flat Bread
Veggie Flat Bread
Meats and Cheeses (the Goat Brie was amazing)
Mini Crab Cake Sandwiches
Mini Veggie Burger Sliders
Mini Steak Sliders with Caramelized Onions
Fried Lobster Bites
Marinated Figs
Apricot Brie Yummies
Corn Salsa Crackers
Veggie Flat Bread
Mango Chutney
Mini Cupcakes (Red Velvet was the best)
Mini S'More bites

Here is the link to the Zed 451 Blog.
Here is the link to the Zed 451 Entertaining Floor Plan(s).

Cheers (and my advise is to not take public transportation home after visiting this venue).

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