Heels and Kitchen: The World Is Your Oyster Says Vaiva From Lithuania

We love to feature entrepreneurial Europeans to the other Europeans and everyone else who shares our love for Europe, its culture and people. Chicago is one of the hubs that has a lot of Europeans.
However, you don’t meet so many Lithuanians – we were thrilled to learn about Vaiva’s business.

Who are you?

My name is Vaiva Grama ,I’m originally from Lithuania and I came to Chicago in 2002 .

What is the name of your business?

Heels And Kitchen

What type of business is that – a cool name?

It’s a Traveling Oyster Bar

What’s the reason for starting?

Well, I always enjoyed cooking from a young age and always looked for interesting ideas to cook and entertain people. I love oysters and most seafood so I thought who doesn’t like fresh oysters and champagne?!! It’s perfect for any occasion from a wedding cocktail hour to a birthday party or any other special occasion you might have or simply just to enjoy fresh oysters.
We also offer a few menus to choose from and we can decorate to suit your theme.

I didn’t want just to be another catering business who brings food and leaves, so we offer the whole experience from discussing the various kinds of oysters and best ways to eat them to having our Oyster Girls mingle around your party while shucking and serving your guest right on The spot. We also offer wonderful entertainment , including our most popular entertainer Noelle. She is an amazing violin player who can make your cocktail hour come to life! Noelle has worked with Jenifer Lopez, Andre Bocelli, Mark Anthony and many other celebrities.

It’s NOT your traditional catering , so if you are looking for something new and unique to wow your guests a Traveling Oyster bar is a way to go.

Where are you located?

We’ll travel anywhere in Chicago and surrounding areas.

Who is your role mode?

I’m trying to be my own role model, and every day try to be better than I was yesterday …. at the end of the day I’m the one who has to live with myself and like myself.
To become our best selves, we first have to be our worst selves. So make your mistakes, and take them in stride; they’re just part of the road map leading to the person you always wished you could be.

How do you define success?

Success is looking back at your life when you are in your last moments and possessing a great amount of pride of your creations, accomplishments and legacy, while having little to no regrets about what you didn’t do and what opportunities you missed out on. if I can die feeling this way, I believe this is success.

What do you miss the most about living in Europe?

I think what I missed the most about living in Europe is a time spent with family and friends. I simply miss those days where I was just baking a bread with my grandma or I was just walking in Old Town with my dad. When you can’t see them anytime you really appreciate the times when you get to.

What is the biggest disappointment in humanity?

My biggest disappointment in humanity is that we find the time to drive an hour to the mall for new shoes or across the country for a wedding dress but seem not to find time to go visit our loved ones who lives near by. We change our priorities and forget a true meaning of life.

What do you want people to know?

I just want say to everyone out there who might be struggling, who might just moved to a new country and don’t have any friends or family or don’t speak the language, I want to say that no matter where life is taking you, try to always look deep inside of your heart and tell yourself I’M GONNA BE OK.


Email Vaiva Here!

Chicago – Feb 11 2016

Photos Credits: Lorchique Photography

Happy New Year everyone!

We can NOT express how excited we are about this event- not only is it our annual Valentine’s day mixer (we get to play Cupid!) but we’re hosting it at the amazing IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel- and we have it all to ourselves! If you haven’t yet been to IO, don’t miss this chance to check out one of the coolest rooftop lounges in the city!

In addition to this most amazing venue, we will have a special group of “Co-Cupids” to help us do some mixing and matching!
***Special thanks to GERY Gencheva, NANCY Veloo, ELIZABETH Bublich and ANDRE Wrighte for helping us sharpen our bows and arrows!

Wear RED if you want to be a target! We’ll be aiming for you!

Featuring DJ John Grammatis!!
***Drink specials TBD


PS. Gery has also launched her own accounting business ( and I can personally vouch for what a great accountant she is!) which offers a full range of general business services and supports the accounting, tax, and financial management concerns of individuals and businesses throughout the Chicago area, as well as across the entire US.
Good to know just in time for tax season too!!

Chicago – Sep 18 2015

EuroCircle Chicago presents:

LONDON CALLING: The best of the British Invasion @ Debonair Social Club
Friday, September 18 9:00 pm

As many of our new wave/80’s loving EuroCirclers already know, the legendary and much loved Neo nightclub closed last month after an epic 35 year run as Chicago’s best New Wave/Alternative dance club. No pretension, no attitude- just great music and all night dancing- that was Neo!

Neo has currently taken up residence at the very urban chic Debonair Social Club and we are beyond honored to have been asked to host a Friday night event featuring the one and only, DJ John Curley!

Join us for a non-stop night of the best of the British invasion-Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Erasure + more!

EURO co-hosts: Chosen for their passion for new wave music, dancing and ability to rock blue eyeliner:

Markella Kaloudis Constantine
Anita Jeszke
Dustin Simon Erikstrup

And- a special birthday celebration in honor of Ukie dancing queen Olga Wehrle!

Featuring DJ John Curley

$5 admission
Must be 21+


Chicago – Apr 28 2015

It’s officially Spring time in Chicago, so dust off the cobwebs and put away the boots (we hope) because our next event will be al fresco!!
Please join us and our lovely co-hosts, Kristina Reed, Alexander Facklis and Cynthia Xerogianes for our monthly apres work networking event at the gorgeous Godfrey-one of the city’s premier cocktail-focused rooftop bars!This beautiful lounge features a cozy yet spacious indoor area (which hopefully, we won’t need to use!) as well as an amazing outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Michigan and the Hancock building.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Featuring DJ John Grammatis
Proper attire required please

Private event


TRIP WITH SHERRY – EuroCircle Journeys Across Africa – Oct 2015
3 Countries in one EuroCircle Adventure!
Namibia, Botswana, Zambia. From the Kalahari Desert, through the Okavango Delta, we walk with the San bushmen, visit Chobe National Park, search for the Big 5, float past hippos in a dugout canoe, raft the whitewaters of the Zambezi River or bungee jump down the Victoria Falls! Scared?

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Mattias Strömberg – From Sweden to Budapest with South Korean Flair
Hanna Doyle – How does a woman from subarctic Oulu end in humid subtropical Houston, TX
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Chicago – Feb 10 2015

Photos by Lorchique Photography:

We can NOT express how excited we are about this event- not only is it our annual Valentine’s day mixer (we get to play Cupid!) but we’re hosting it at the amazing IO Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel- and we have it all to ourselves! If you haven’t yet been to IO, don’t miss this chance to check out one of the coolest rooftop lounges in the city!
In addition to this most amazing venue, we will have a special group of “Co-Cupids” to help us do some mixing and matching! We’ve got the sexy Spaniards, Ana Belén Rodríguez Saíz and Ruth Rodriguez, the romantic Romanian, Codrina Balan and the ladies’ favorite, Mark Anthony sharpening their bows and arrows for this one!!

Special “love potion” drink specials for $8 and more TBA

RSVP is required for this one, so please make sure to register!
And just a reminder, proper attire is required!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Email Maria at chicago (at)

PHOTOS from the last event at the BEDFORD posted HERE !

Special MERCI to for sponsoring our sweet treats this month!

Your co-hosts for this event: Codrina (Romania), Ana Belen (Spain), Ruth (Spain), Mark (World Citizen)




Chicago – Jan 13 2015

Photos by Lorchique Photography:

What better way to start the new year than with your Euro friends at this fabulous lounge/restaurant that use to be a bank? Join us along with our January 2015 for some great apres-work cocktails, mixing and mingling!

Jan 11  marks also EuroCircle’s 16th anniversary as an organization. Drink/food specials TBA.

Proper attire required s’ils vous plait.

We look forward to seeing you all there!
Happy New Year 2015 to everyone.

EuroCircle Chicago

Your co-hosts for this event: Paolina Cimino, Jerome Hopkins and Stephanie Sack

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Chicago – Oct 21 2014

No Cover.
You’re Euro. You know what to wear!

Please join us for cocktails, conversation, and networking – Euro style – at the swanky and sexy Vertigo Sky Lounge at the top of the Dana Hotel! We are long overdue for some mixing and mingling and yes, name badges are coming back! We will also be featuring a special happy hour food menu from 6 to 7 pm; no cover!

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


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Chicago – Oct 31 2013

Eat, drink and be SCARY! Please join us Halloween night for a ghoulish gala at Tocco- with an Italian flair, of course! We’ll have lots more tricks than treats like COMPLIMENTARY PIZZA, cocktails (succo di strega anyone??) and more!

Costumes are definitely encouraged and appreciated!
Also featuring DJ John Grammatis on the decks…

All types of creatures of the night are welcome!

Chicago – July 31 2014

$20 admission (includes 2 complimentary drinks – beer or wine, AND appetizers)

We are loooong overdue for an event, but hopefully all the great things we have in store at this one will make up for our hiatus!

Please join EC Chicago, the Greek Media Club, HPSI and FilmHellenes for a very special night of mixing and mingling under the stars to benefit the 2014 Greek Film Festival in Chicago!

Hopefully the weather gods will smile upon us and we’ll be able to enjoy the rooftop- which we will have all to ourselves!

Special guest stars to make an appearance…stay tuned!
Please RSVP if you plan to attend- there is limited space available and we expect to fill up quickly!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 31st!

Chicago – March 13 2014

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s day, non?

Please join us for our annual St. Patty’s day mixer for some Irish luck, green beer, a great selection of Irish beer and whiskeys and perhaps even a leprechaun or two! Get your green groove on to the tunes of DJs Henry Castro and John Curley too!

Complimentary event – password EuroCircle

We look forward to seeing you there!