Avec, a wine bar from the award-wining team behind One Off Hospitality Group, opened in October 2003 out of a partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia and wine steward Eduard Seitan. The rustic menu, which features Midwestern takes on Mediterranean classics, takes its cue from the wine-growing regions of Southern France, Italy, Portugal and the coast of Spain. Beyond reflecting the aromas, flavors and colors of the Mediterranean in its cuisine, avec's moderately priced wine list focuses on the boutique vineyards of southwestern Europe.
First and foremost, avec is a wine bar. Focused on hearty peasant wines from small producers in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, the list offers 130 wines priced between $20 and $90 a bottle. Thirty wines are offered by the glass, encouraging guests to experiment with avec’s selection of European boutique wines. The bar also offers an unusual selection of French, Italian and Belgian beers selected to best complement Wu-Bower's cuisine. Sherries, ports and sparkling wines round out the beverage list.