For nearly a decade, Lucas “Luke” Stoioff has served as the founding principal of DineAmic Group, a hospitality development business based in Chicago. When he is not working, Lucas Stoioff can be found reading, arc welding, playing sports and video games, or solving a Rubik’s Cube.
Invented by Hungarian sculptor and architect Ernö Rubik in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube was introduced to the global market in 1980 and soon thereafter became an international sensation. By 1982, more than 100 million people had purchased one of the deceptively simple-looking puzzles, which later appeared on T-shirts and posters and became the focus of dozens of books and a children’s television program entitled Rubik, the Amazing Cube.
Although the popularity of the Rubik’s Cube reached its peak in the 1980s, it remains one of the most well-known puzzle games ever made. In fact, with over 300 million sold to date, the Rubik’s Cube is high on the list of the most popular toys created in the 20th century.
An experienced hospitality industry entrepreneur, Lucas Stoioff manages DineAmic Group as the Chicago-based company’s founding principal. Outside of his professional pursuits, Lucas Stoioff enjoys a variety of activities, including chess, poker, and dodgeball.
Although the exact origins of dodgeball remain unclear, it shares many of the characteristics of a tribal game played in Africa more than two centuries ago. While dodgeball is known today as a fun sport typically played in gym class, the African version was a sometimes deadly activity that incorporated the use of rocks and other hard objects instead of the softer, more forgiving balls that are used today.
It is widely believed that the current version of dodgeball was most likely developed in European and American schools as an alternative to other physical activities. Despite the many critics who feel it promotes bullying, dodgeball remains a popular game that is played by children and adults in countries around the world.
Lucas Stoioff stands out as cofounder of the DineAmic Group, owner of several award-winning Chicago area clubs and restaurants. Luke Stoioff enjoys considering what wines work best with different foods and parts of a meal.
At the end of a meal, many wine connoisseurs turn to a dessert wine for a little taste of sweetness. These wines are intended to be sipped slowly from a small glass and should complement, not overwhelm, the meal. Dessert wines are available in a variety of sweetness levels, a gradation that largely depends on how the winemakers created the sweetness.
All dessert wines start with particularly sweet wine grapes, but makers of dessert wines stop the fermentation process before all of the original fruit sugar becomes alcohol. Most of the sweetness in sparkling dessert wines and light, fruity wines comes from the grape type. Makers of richer sweet wines, by contrast, may let the fruit ripen longer on the vine or expose the grapes to a process known as “noble rot.” Sauternes and quarts de chaume undergo this process.
Other winemakers lay grapes onto a mat to dry and become raisins, thus concentrating their sugar. Vineyard owners lucky and diligent enough to have a freeze and harvest grapes before the freeze ends may be able to produce an ice wine, which has a honey-sweet taste. Dessert wines may also come from a fortification process, in which winemakers add grape brandy for higher alcohol content. Ports and sherries are well-known results of this process.
Since 2005, Chicago native Lucas Stoioff has led the hospitality development company DineAmic Group as the organization’s founding principal. In his free time, Lucas “Luke” Stoioff enjoys reading, sports, and chess.
The game of chess has its origins in an Indian war game called chaturanga, which is believed to have been developed during the Gupta Empire in the sixth century. Based on the four main divisions of the Indian military at that time, chaturanga was played with pieces representing the infantry, the cavalry, the elephantry, and the chariotry. These pieces later became the pawn, the knight, the bishop, and the rook.
From its birthplace in India, chaturanga soon spread throughout the region and eventually made its way into Western Europe in the ninth century. Over the next several hundred years, chaturanga continued to grow in popularity around the globe as changes to the game quickened its pace and made it much more competitive. By the end of the 16th century, these changes had shaped chaturanga into a rough version of the modern game of chess, as it is known today.
Currently, chess remains a popular pastime and competitive sport throughout the world. International chess tournaments have been common since the mid-19th century and continue to give players a venue where they can test their skills against the top talent in the game. In recent times, a large chess community has also developed through the Internet, which promises to be a popular forum for chess play and discussion for many years to come.
As principal and co-founder of the DineAmic Group, Lucas “Luke” Stoioff has played a key role in creating the new Siena Tavern, an Italian fusion experience. Lucas Stoioff, a food and wine aficionado both personally and professionally, enjoys pairing good wine with Italian dishes.
Although many people automatically associate Italian food with a glass of red wine, the complexities of the nation’s many cuisines prompts a closer exploration of the pairing. For example, the seafood dishes of northern Italy tend to call for a light and dry Soave white or a fruity and floral Lugana. Cream sauces tend to also pair nicely with a white wine; many connoisseurs prefer an Alfredo dish with a sweet Pinot Grigio or Riesling.
The classic tomato-based cuisines of Italy’s central regions still go best with an acidic red wine. The Chianti, which comes from the Sangiovese grape, naturally coordinates with tomato sauces while contrasting with the olive oils and cheeses that enhance the cuisine. A Chianti wine also pairs well with a Tuscan meat dish, as do many of the other unique wines from the Sangiovese region. Like the Zinfandel, the Sangiovese wines bring out the flavors of a spicier and richer dish.
A successful business owner, Lucas Stoioff is a leading professional in the field of hospitality. Luke Stoioff possesses a juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School and leverages his knowledge to lead DineAmic Group and its portfolio of luxury restaurant and bar establishments. Keeping his mind sharp in his free time, Lucas Stoioff enjoys engaging in games and puzzles such as the Rubik’s Cube.
Formerly known as the Magic Cube, the Rubik’s Cube was developed in 1974 by Erno Rubik. A native of Hungary, Erno Rubik was a sculptor and architect who moonlighted as a professor at the Academy of Applied Arts and Design in Budapest. As an educator, he created three-dimensional puzzles to challenge his students and help them learn about geometry. He was so inspired by three-dimensional puzzles that he created the first Rubik’s Cube from wood, with the assistance of friends.
The initial commercial production of the game was through toy-manufacturer Politechnika. The colorful puzzle first appeared in toy stores throughout Budapest in 1977. Within two years, Erno Rubik partnered with the Ideal Toy Corporation to launch the product in the West. It was at this time that the toy was renamed to the Rubik’s Cube. Today, it is an iconic toy of the 20th century and has sold more than 300 million pieces.