(announcements) secret’s out launch party & restaurant makeover

It was a long, long weekend of sleeplessness and manual labor: After hours on Sunday night, the boyfriend and I showed up, dressed in “junk clothes,” to help my parents begin the visual transformation from the old, blah Mei Shung into something we hope you will all find much more visually appealing.

Turns out the restaurant, small as it may seem, is actually pretty big. I didn’t get my sweet rendezvous with the Sandman till four in the morning, and after peeling myself off the sheets the next day, immediately found my way back to Mei Shung to continue the job.

Moose and Anthony christening the old blue-grey walls with strokes of “zen” green 🙂

It was over-ambitious to expect the makeover to take place in 24 hours. Not only did we have to paint, but we have other additions to work on over time (which includes new dish ware and artwork), so in the interim, please “pardon our dust”:

What do you think of our new colors?

Once we’ve gotten a little more of our makeover underway (there will be another long night next weekend, I’m sure), I’ll post an article on the before & after — not that we’d like to dwell on the past, but it’s always fun to see how far you’ve come!

Now, for the other exciting bit of news . . . that Secret’s Out launch party I mentioned last time? If you’re keen on tasting the best and most authentic cuisine we’ve got to offer, tickets are on sale now so don’t forget to snag yours:

Secret’s Out All-You-Can-Taste Launch Party:
Thursday, 8 November 2012
6.30pm-8.30pm
Adult tickets $20 (includes tip) in advance, $25 at the door.
Children 12 and under $10.
Food bloggers/press enter for free.
Call us at 773/728.5778 to get on our list now. See our official event on Facebook!

What do you think of our new colors? Leave a comment below!

(special event) mom’s birthday & save the date

Happy birthday to my mom! (She always forgets, but I don’t!)

I thought today would be a great day to release our special save-the-date for our most loyal and foodie friends out there . . .

Stay tuned for further details.

We’re also undergoing a considerable makeover this coming weekend, just in time — so you’ll be able to enjoy the food and check out the new ambience of our restaurant space. Can hardly wait!

Tickets will go on sale within a week. Questions? Comment here or drop us a note on Facebook. (Don’t forget to like us!)

Are you a food blogger? Contact us here for a free ticket to our launch party. 🙂

(holiday) double-ten day

Parents dropped the gun on this one and forgot to tell me it was coming up! So I didn’t have time to write up about Double Ten Day — a national holiday for Taiwan — so, thanks to the Taiwanese-American Professionals (TAP) of Chicago organization, who wrote a little blurb about it on an upcoming event to celebrate the day, here’s a synopsis:

Double Ten Day (雙十節) … occurs annually on October 10th.

For Taiwan, Double Ten is similar to the Fourth of July for the USA, as it commemorates the start of the uprisings in 1911 that led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China. Overseas Chinese and Taiwanese played a key role in the birth of the ROC because founding father Sun Yat-Sen received support from many overseas communities. Large Double Ten Day parades  occur annually all over Taiwan and in the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Chicago.

For more information on the holiday, you can also visit this page. Come in and celebrate with some Taiwanese cuisine tonight!