Bronzeville Winery is the latest business venture by entrepreneur, Eric Williams. With his partner and co-owner, Cecilia Cuff, Bronzeville Winery opens in the historic Chicago neighborhood on April 20th and will feature a menu paying homage to the flavors of the African diaspora paired with wine, craft cocktails, and beer. Guests can enjoy a rotating wine list with selections from around the world highlighting African American-owned labels paired with a seasonal menu featuring comfort foods with house-grown greens and locally grown and produced ingredients.
No stranger to investing in the community, Eric Williams says the Winery is an extension of the Silver Room, the popular Hyde Park retail store, and the Silver Room Block Party. Continuing to focus on creating an atmosphere that honors art and culture, the Winery will also feature Chicago DJ Ron Trent as a weekly resident playing an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, house, downtempo, and world music on Saturday nights. DJ Ron Trent also consulted with the winery on sound design and created a custom 360 sound system for the establishment.
Co-owner, Cecilia Cuff says the Winery is more than a restaurant, it is rooted in community and economic sustainability. The owners used local and national artists in creating the furniture for the Winery and hope to serve as mentors training future entrepreneurs and students who want to work in the hospitality industry.
The Bronzeville Winery will be a celebration of Bronzeville, a storied history refined by a modern revitalization that has put the neighborhood in the spotlight. The Chicago Defender spoke with Eric Williams and Cecilia Cuff about Bronzeville Winery, the importance of investing in a community, and their plans for the Winery.
The Winery also offers a monthly membership that features a curated selection of multimedia art paired with wine. Bronzeville Winery is located at 4420 S Cottage Grove Ave and is currently accepting reservations. For more on Bronzeville Winery, visit their website at www.bronzevillewinery.com.