Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe gives us her go-to spots in the Gold Coast.
Revae Schneider’s ground-breaking, locally-based bar-styling brand Femme du Coupe recently added curated cocktail syrups to its already sizable offerings of custom cocktail design, interactive mixology classes, bar catering, and more. The successful Chicagoan reports that it’s both in her Gold Coast neighborhood and beyond that she finds inspiration to create some of her signature drinks—and the dresses to wear when presenting them.
Where’s your favorite local lunch spot and what do you order there?
REVAE SCHNEIDER: My favorite place hands-down is Pierrot Gourmet [in The Peninsula Hotel] (108 E. Superior St., 312-573-6749). I make it a point to go on Wednesdays to have the lentil soup.
Which restaurants or bars do you frequent with friends?
RS: I actually love a good dive bar. When I’m not drinking cocktails, I’m a beer drinker, and it’s nice after a long day to go to a bar where I can just have a great beer. I frequent Pippin’s Tavern (806 N. Rush St., 312-787-5435) since it’s so close to me, and Clark Street Ale House (742 N. Clark St., 312-642-9253).
Are there any other local mixologists who inspire you?
RS: I am always inspired by Charles Joly of The Aviary (955 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0868). He is one of the kindest, most genuine people in the business, and the flavors he uses are always very thoughtful. Mike Ryan of Sable Kitchen and Bar (505 N State St., 312-755-9704) has also been quite a help for me with any molecular questions I have had in the past.
Fashion is inherent to the Femme du Coupe brand. Where do you shop?
RS: I can always find something I like at Sarca (710 N. Wabash Ave., 312-255-0900). I [also] find a lot of my dresses at BHLDN (8 E. Walton St., 312-573-2573) and Cusp (835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-951-2299).
What can always lure you out of the Gold Coast and into another part of the city?
RS: I go with the flow and rarely miss an opportunity to be spontaneous—you can get me to go far and wide for a really tasty meal [or a] getaway, even if it’s only for the day. I [also] really love the drinks at Yusho (2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558) in Logan Square.
The classically-shaped ‘coupe’ is the foundation of your brand—where do you find this vintage glassware?
RS: The coupe and I are in the midst of a small love affair, if you can’t tell. I find them anywhere and everywhere: online, thrift, or vintage stores, [and] flea markets. The Kane County Market (525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles, 630-377-22352) tends to be a good one. [Editor’s note: The next Kane County Market is May 4-5.]