8/08/2012 03:41:00 PM

Aviary's Cocktail Porthole Will Soon Available to the Public

By Sarah Freeman
Looking for the ultimate foodie present? Look no further than the porthole. This elegant piece of engineering was designed by Crucial Detail design studio for the Aviary. It originally was intended to hold a blueberry infused cocktail, but since then has evolved into an opulent staple holding not only infused cocktails but teas, oils and other concoctions at Chicago's Aviary, Alinea and Next.

Not only are the flavorful liquids poured from the porthole popular with customers, but the porthole itself has generated it's share of buzz. After many inquired how to purchase their own, and a few attempted to obtain one with a five-finger discount, designer Martin Kastner launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the porthole to the public.

Launched last night, the campaign has already raised over $80,000 (their goal was $28,500 which needless to say, was easily achieved). In exchange for pledges of $25 to $5,000, donors can receive a signed or early released porthole in black or white. Big spenders will have the honor of joining chef Grant Achatz and mixologist Charles Joly for a private cocktail making lesson at the Aviary.

The portholes should be available to the public before the end of the year for $100 a piece. Just in time for every foodie’s holiday wish list.


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