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Celebrate Spring with Friends, Food, and an Outdoor Audio System

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The Perfect Pairings for Outdoor Gatherings: Good Food, Wine, and Music

You can always tell when spring has arrived in Chicago, IL. Bicyclists appear en masse, emerging from winter’s slumber with a smile. Cottontail rabbits start popping up everywhere and Michigan Avenue brings its stunning display of tulips. Spring is here!

While it’s not quite time for summer festivals, it is time to consider your first spring gathering with friends and family. Yes, it’s time to prepare our backyards for the coming months of outdoor dining, barbecues, pool parties, and quiet nights under a full moon. 

To provide some inspiration, we’re exploring how to elevate your first outdoor get-together with great food, excellent wine pairings, and an outdoor audio system that will create an unforgettable ambiance your friends will long remember. 

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The Bounty of Spring

Spring is all about reawakening and starting fresh. It’s the promise of renewal, growth, and new beginnings. We can put away our stews and root vegetables and bring out the fresh greens, light cheeses, artichokes, and lamb. Spring has sprung. Let’s celebrate!

Sometimes, it’s the simple things, like a grilled artichoke dipped in melted butter, that bring your taste buds to life. For more complex flavors, consider a dipping sauce that combines ¼ cups of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt with 1 tbs. lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 grated clove of garlic, ground black pepper, and chives.

For the perfect wine pairing, serve with a Ramey 2018 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, a full-bodied wine with notes of toasted hazelnut, orchard fruits, and spice, made from organic grapes grown in vineyards in Napa Valley and Caneros.

And what about the music? This simple yet elegant pairing deserves the classics, like “Clair de Lune” by Debussy or Vivaldi. And how do you bring this music to life?

Today’s outdoor audio systems transform the experience with high-fidelity music that provides perfect coverage and precise detail. Your backyard fills with a lifelike soundstage that leaves you speechless, though your friends will undoubtedly talk about it for some time.

The Main Course

Nothing shouts spring like succulent, grilled lamb chops. Top with a fresh mint-basil pesto and a sprig of rosemary for a spring-like, mouth-watering entrée. Serve with roasted new potatoes with garlic and asparagus.

A 2021 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir pairs well with the rich earthiness of lamb. You can also go for a bold, but not too heavy, 2008 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from the Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley. 

Bring the meal to life with the emotional vulnerability and stunning vocal power of 16 Grammy award-winner Adele. Her song, “I Drink Wine,” is particularly apropos. When listened to with immersive, high-quality outdoor audio, you’ll feel like you’re at an outdoor concert. 

Are you ready to enjoy your outdoor celebrations and dinners like never before? Barrett’s Technology Solutions has been creating custom outdoor entertainment solutions and serving Chicagoland for over 50 years, turning backyards into private oases. To learn more about the latest outdoor audio systems or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Barrett’s Technology Solutions today. Let’s make this your best outdoor season!

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