Asians Fry Chicken at Lost Lake


Lost Lake’s executive chef Fred Noinaj has curated a very special edition of #SHIFTEASE in honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrated each May.

Chef Fred: “I wanted this month’s #SHIFTEASE to be a big one. I called up some friends, and together we’re going to open a one-night-only fried chicken shop: AFC (Asians Fry Chicken)!

AFC is a chance to celebrate our heritage through the language of fried chicken. As a child, it is not always apparent that being different is cool. Being the kid with the "weird" lunch who spoke an odd language made me ashamed of celebrating my ethnicity until I got older. Being able to bring friends together with similar upbringings to celebrate our cuisines is extremely empowering, especially because we are doing it for a good cause.”


FRIED CHICKEN, 50% of sales go to KAN-WIN:
Chef Tracey Torres
-Filipino Popcorn Chicken: Banana Ketchup, Atchara(pickled green papaya, peppers, carrots) $7

Chef Lorraine Nguyen
-Mama Nguyen's signature style wings with ginger, sesame, “nuoc cham” (4pcs) $8

Co-chefs Zeeshan Shah + Yoshi Yamada of Superkhana Intl'
-Fried Ghee confit drumsticks, maple-Kashmiri chili glaze, sesame seeds, scallions, achaar aioli. (2pcs) $8

Chef Jennifer Kim of PASSEROTTO
-KFC (Korean Fried Chicken): boneless chicken thigh, honey-gochujang glaze, pickled daikon noodles $7

Chefs Fred Noinaj of Lost Lake
-Thai fried chicken thighs(2pcs): tossed with fried shallots and fried garlic served with sweet chili sauce $8

-Classic pasta salad: cheese and peas, scallion, mayo, some pasta $4
-Coleslaw: cabbage, carrot, mayo, mirin $3
-Hawaiian rolls, n'duja, scRAMP butter(2pcs) $4

$10 each; $5 from each cocktail will benefit KAN-WIN:

Vodka + Soda - Absolut Vodka, East Imperial Soda, lime
Gin + Tonic - Sipsmith Gin, East Imperial Tonic, lime
Whiskey + Ginger - Knob Creek Rye, East Imperial Ginger Beer
Can of Heineken + shot of Iichiko Shochu

KAN-WIN's mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and outreach, and advocacy.

KAN-WIN is one of the premier agencies in the U.S. with the expertise in serving Asian American & immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Through a set of intensive wrap-around services, including a multilingual 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, transitional housing program, etc., they help address complex and unique barriers that many immigrant survivors face as they seek to escape from abuse. All of their services are free and confidential, and they strive to provide them in the survivor’s own language.

Our vision is to create healthy communities free from violence and oppression, in which all women and children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We believe that all women have the right to live free from violence and oppression.

We believe that women can best act on the interests of women.

We believe that violence against women is one symptom of the subordination of women in society. Until women are recognized as equals, violence against women will be tolerated and perpetuated.

We believe that our objective as a woman-centered feminist organization is to create social change.

We believe that abusive situations can be changed and that women can be empowered through education, advocacy, and intervention.

We recognize that immigrant women and women with disabilities are especially vulnerable to domestic violence and sexual assault.

We work collectively to promote the philosophy of equality without regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

We operate through a consensual decision-making process.

#SHIFTEASE began as a pop-up party: While Lost Lake was temporarily closed by a kitchen fire early in 2016, our bar community hosted us for a series of pop-ups that kept tips in our pockets. ‘Shifties’ are the drinks we make ourselves after a long shift, and #SHIFTEASE was a way to ease the financial pain of lost shifts by sharing that breaking-down-the-bar experience with you. Now we’re using this party platform to support local organizations working for progressive racial, economic, and gender justice. To date, #SHIFTEASE has raised over $20,000 for grassroots organizations working in Chicago.

Drew Ryan