(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. 🙂

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(special event) food & fashion

Sorry for my sort-of disappearance. I hope some of you knew we’d have the sense to have a Father’s Day special running last weekend (we know you did!) and you got to enjoy lunch with Pop with us.

I’ve been MIA because of random busy-ness at home in the ’burbs, getting involved with a trillion different things and meeting TONS of new and awesome people, and also because I’ve recently opened a new jewelry business!

This may seem neither here nor there, but I mention it because my mother is hosting a free lunch on Sunday, 22 July with my jewelry show — it’s going to be awesome. And fabulous. You’ll learn some great fashion tips and learn how to use accessorizing to your advantage and dress up your favorite outfits. In fact — feel free to bring your favorite clothes for work, the weekend, or for going out and I’ll give you a hand.

The event is invite-only — which means you need to get your name on the guest list!

Here’s the info. Share it with anyone you know who loves jewelry and fashion — or come by yourself if you’ve got a birthday or anniversary to shop for . . .

request an invitation by e-mail or phone . . . or by commenting here. We’re going green on tickets, so your name on the list serves as admission.

customer loyalty programs

So, just a heads up, our Foursquare promotion went officially live today. For every eight check-ins from dining in at the restaurant, you earn a free entrée of your choice. (The only catch is, it has to be $12 and under.)

On that note, I also challenge you to steal my mayorship from me! (Remember, I only come in very occasionally.) Mayors earn a free plate of onion cakes (my favorite appetizer)!

What is Foursquare? It’s simple: download the app to your smartphone and “check in” whenever you visit us — and it’ll keep a tally on how often you’ve checked in. Certain venues, like ours, run specials you can unlock at certain points (e.g., when you’ve dined with us eight times, or even when you’ve checked in for the very first time).

We also offer “social media coupons,” which reward you for checking in on Foursquare or Facebook (which doesn’t track cumulative visits, but will work for this purpose). You’ll get a coupon to use next time you come eat with us (but not every single time, of course! The coupons are one-time only).

Bummed about not having a smartphone? You can still get 5% by ordering food from our website 😉 . . . I suppose it’s pretty safe to assume you’ve got access to a computer!

friendly competition

I’ve recently decided that a way to amp up the fun factor is not only through me telling stories about my wacky family — but also to get you involved, too.

So we’re introducing new Mei Shung contests. I have to admit, I did get the idea from my other boss, who runs tons of random contests on a very regular basis, and it does keep things really fresh and interesting, not to mention entertaining.

So, here’s our first and most permanent contest — the Facebook Likes Mei Shung Contest. This will go on indefinitely, as it’s part of my job here to get our web presence far more established.

For every 50 “likes” we get for the Facebook page, we will do a random drawing for a lucky “liker” to win a free $15 gift certificate to our restaurant. I monitor the page very regularly, so the more you share, the more quickly you will get the chance to win!

(On that note, we’re also introducing social media coupons to thank you for sharing the love on FB and Foursquare, by checking in, so make sure you do that when you come by!)

Fine print for all contests: Family and employees/affiliates of Mei Shung are not eligible, nor are previous winners of the same contest. Please also read following contest rules.

We’ve already had our first drawing just yesterday. I think it might be kind of cool to create a page for our hall of winners . . . what do you think? I just created a contests page (look up!).

A second contest, inspired by my best friend who had a particularly amusing fortune from a cookie, is the Funniest Fortunes Contest. Next time you open up a fortune cookie and you find something entertaining, upload it to our Facebook page! Winners will be determined by fan votes . . . I’ll upload them to the contest page on this blog too where you can also vote.

IMPORTANT! Contest rules (don’t say I didn’t warn ya): Obviously, to vote on the FB page, you have to “like” us. To vote on the blog, you must follow the blog, like us on FB, and/or follow us on Twitter (@MeiShung). Just to make it more interesting, the more of those things you do, the more weight your vote carries — for instance, if “Joe” likes us on Facebook, follows us on Twitter, and officially follows the blog (scroll to the bottom of the page to do so), his one vote counts for three. But if “Sam” votes and only follows us on Twitter, that vote only counts as one. Got it?! Also, in order to check that you’ve done all that, I need your name attached to your comment(s), so anonymous votes are automatically disqualified.

The Funniest Fortunes Contest will run for six months, with a winner announced per month. Which means you are eligible to win between April 2012 and October 2012. We’ll announce the winner on the last day of each month, and the winner will get a free dine-in lunch special of their choosing on a weekday.

Good luck! Any questions? Leave a comment below, or ask me on Facebook.

chicago chef week is 18-23 march

My mom’s mom, who still lives in Taiwan, is getting on in years, and hadn’t seen my mother in years. So of course my sister and I strongly encouraged her to go back to Taiwan to visit — it’s an opportunity that shows itself very rarely, what with running the restaurant and all. Mei Shung is open six days of the week, and neither of my parents ever takes a day off (even when they really should).

Anyway, Stephanie and I convinced her to finally pack up and go see Ah-ma (Grandma, that is, in Taiwanese dialect) the week of 20-27 February, which any of you foodies know was precisely the time Chicago Restaurant Week took place.

And anyone who knows my family would know that my mom would rather undergo surgery than have my father manage the restaurant during a brand-new promotion.

So I was unable to sway her into doing our own humble version of Restaurant Week prix fixe specials that week, but those same foodies who may be reading right now would know where I’m heading with this. . . .

Luckily, Chicago Chef Week is starting a month later. (By the way, I yoinked this image from OpenTable.)

It seems to me Chef Week is like the little brother to Restaurant Week, with prix fixe menus at all the swankiest Chicago food joints — and we don’t presume to be as fancy as those big shots, so if you’d like to try a lower-key Chef Week with us, we’ll be featuring optional prix fixe three-course dinners then.

UPDATE: Surprise! I’m releasing the menu now, so take a look! I’m very proud of how quickly I was able to churn this out . . . and a shout-out where credit is due: Thanks to the folks at Personal Projects at the Apple Store out in Oak Brook (where I usually am) for teaching me how to put this stuff together!

Looks like a great deal to me. Stop on by and enjoy a modest Chef Week with us 🙂