IN THE MIX: LEE ZAREMBA
A Q&A SESSION WITH BARKEEP AND BBOY, LEE "SKYBRICK" ZAREMBA TO HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT MOVES HIM.
Q: What's your go-to cocktail and how do you put your own personal spin on it?
A: My go to lately has been daiquiris. Much like an old fashioned or a negroni there’s a million ways to personalize it. I like using kiwi and aguardiente, a fairly rough around the edges cane distillate from Ecuador or Columbia that has an earthy, vegetal quality. Topping it with black lime lends bursts of tartness which lets me use less actual lime juice. It’s really still rum,sugar and lime...but different.
Q: Is there a specific hip-hop lyric that resonates with you or artist that you connect with?
A: Oh man this is a tough question. I started breakdancing in 2001, and have gotten to perform with a bunch of different artists with my crew Brickheadz over the years. With that said, “step into the world” by KRS-1 is prolly the most energetic song of all time.
"I like high energy."
Also got to breakdance to that song with KRS at The Aragon Ballroom in 2007. It was dope!!!
Q: You're in Chi-town. What are your top food spots and watering holes?
A: We are SO spoiled here... great places everywhere. To mention a few for food...Momotaro, Peaquod’s, and Cumin. For drinks you can usually find me at Best Intentions (coolest vibe of all time), The Double (Hip hop playlist and amazing rotating taps), or Delilah’s (wwwwhhhhisskkkeeeeey!)
Q: In the world of mixology, what are you getting into lately and why?
"Letting stories of people’s lives and pasts influence flavors and builds."
We’re so connected with our past in bartending, to use stories from outside of the world of bartending to layer atop that foundation should yield some interesting results.
I’m working on a menu right now for a new restaurant called Bellemore in the West Loop that’s built on the concepts of memories from a stranger's life. Who is he? Haha, can’t wait to show everyone.