Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hungry? Head on to Green City Market for Grab & Go Lunch

Shoppers at Green City Market know that it's a great place to find local sustainable fruits and vegetables and the fall harvest offers a beautiful array from which to choose. Regulars also know that it's the perfect spot to pick up lunch and other delicious prepared foods to take home or back to the office for everyone to enjoy.

Several new vendors to the market this year have treats not to miss.
Jared PizzaStart your journey at Jared Batson's, The Nomad Food Company, with a delicious wood fired pizza. With Brussels sprouts in full bloom, Nomad is featuring an "Eat Your Sprouts" special Fall pie featuring wood fired Brussels Sprouts ($16). Guests can add an egg on top for an additional $1.

Chaussons Aux Pommes 300Baker Arshiya Farheen was trained in France and brings her talents to the market featuring traditional French pastries at her stand Verzenay patisserie. New items for the Fall include: Chaussons Aux Pommes (French Apple Turnover) - Apple Compote enclosed in a super flaky puff pastry - $4.75; Poire en Cage (Pear in a Cage) - Pear poached in fall spiced syrup, encased in a puff pastry cage, with a little bit of pecan cream - $4.75; Pumpkin Tart-Oct 2014 300Double Trouble Pumpkin Tart - Combination of two layers of creamy light and airy pumpkin layers held in a crispy tart shell - $4.50, and Pumpkin Éclairs - Pumpkin cream filled in an éclair shell - $4.00.

apple pecan bread and cranberry spelt scone 300Bread baker Lawrence Rocke of Peerless Bread and Jam is featuring Apple Pecan Bread ($6) of barley and whole wheat flour and Cranberry Spelt Scones ($3).  

Seedlings is featuring hot apple cider for $3.

Green City Market visitors are always pleased to enjoy Abby's Crepes, made to order with fresh seasonal ingredients ($12). The Fall Feast is the flavor at Green City Market Lincoln Park's, and Maple Bacon is the special crepe at the Green City Market Fulton location.

Abby's CrepesGrilled cheeseFew things are more satisfying than a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich, and Green City Market's rendition is from Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese. All sandwiches are made with Prairie Pure Cheese from Belvidere, Illinois and come in a variety of recipes. Gayle's also serves homemade soups. Sandwiches are $9 and the soups are $5.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Buena Beach Bar & Grill this Thursday (October 23)

Buena Beach Bar & Grill is challenging you to create the most outrageous Jack-O-Lantern. Whether it be scary, humorous or a chip off the old block, bring your knife skills to the newgastropub at 4250 N. Marine Dr. this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and carve away. Five dollars will get you a pumpkin. Bring your design and join neighbors and friends in creating your own signature pumpkin. Pumpkins will be on display through Halloween. Judging will culminate at Buena Beach’s Halloween Costume Party 6 p.m. October 31. The costume contest entry fee is $20 which includes two drink tickets (house drinks, house wine and tap beer); costumed characters dining receive a complimentary dessert with purchase of an entree.  First prize costumed winner will receive $50.

Note: The Walking Dead Fans - beginning this Sunday, Buena Beach will host AMC's "The Walking Dead" viewing parties beginning at 8 a.m. Special zombie drinks will be featured.

Dinner will be available until 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

About Buena Beach Bar & Grill
Buena Beach Bar & Grill, located in Imperial Towers at 4250 N. Marine Drive in Chicago (773-880-9115) is an eclectic American casual gastropub. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner service on Sunday goes until 9 p.m. Buena Beach Bar & Grill accepts all major cards. Limited parking is available in the garage at 4250 N. Marine Drive. For more information, please contact the restaurant at (773) 880-9115.

Serve This Brussels Sprout Recipe on your Thanksgiving Menu Courtesy of the Green City Market (Cookbook)

Looking for a great side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Look no more. Green City Market shares this delicious Brussels Sprouts recipe from its new Green City Market Cookbook. Better yet, give your host a copy of the cookbook, available at Green City Market or on its website. It's a gift your host will cherish for years to come.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Green City Market heads indoors for the winter beginning November 8 at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

GCM Winter Market  photo DSC02094 301Just because winter is fast approaching, it doesn't mean that you can't still find fresh, locally grown produce, fruit and food in Chicago thanks to Green City Market's indoor operations. Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 2430 N. Cannon Dr. on November 8. Look for vendors toting organic baked goods, meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more.

Save these dates, winter markets will be held: November 1, 8, 15 and 22; December 6 and 20; January 24; February 7 and 21; March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chicago foodies, chefs and restaurateurs will head to the second floor of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to celebrate sustainable farming practices and good eats, where it will remain through the winter months. The market will return to its outdoor location in Lincoln Park in May.

Visit for the list of farmers and more details.

Products available in November and December include:
Apple CiderLamb
ApplesMicro Greens & Sprouts
Beans   Mushrooms
Black WalnutsParsnips
Bread & Pastry Pears
Brussels SproutsPecans
Corn MealPotatoes
Grilled CheeseTacos
Hot PeppersTamales

Green City Market CookbookThe Green City Market's Cookbook ($24.95) will be available for purchase. The book features seasonal 88 recipes from local celebrated chefs and frequent Green City shoppers and is the perfect food gift for the food enthusiast in your life, especially as a host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Since its debut in 1998, the Green City Market has been committed to educating Chicagoans about sustainable agricultural practices and connecting consumers with area farmers that follow these practices. Green City Market has consistently been named in the top 10 of the nation's best farmers markets by national publications such as Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, Shape, CNN, Huffington Post and US News, among others. The organization recently published its first cookbook, The Green City Market Cookbook, featuring recipes from chefs, restaurateurs and market customers. The cookbook is available at both Green City Market locations as well as on its website.
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