Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November at the Chicago French Market

Celebrate Marché de Noël at the Chicago French Market

marchenoel_webicon_1011Christmas markets in France otherwise known as Marché de Noël, provide a great opportunity for a winter break. They exude a fantastic atmosphere and offer great shopping opportunities not to mention replenishing wine stocks for the Christmas season.

You won't have to travel to France to experience an authentic French Marché de Noël this holiday season. Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton, is hosting a two-month-long Marché de Noël starting Nov. 7 and running through December 31. Rotating visiting artisan's selling unique gift items will display and sell wares under the Eiffel Tower in the market daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 The Marché de Noël at the Chicago French Market also offers you the opportunity to do all of your holiday shopping in one location. Artists will sell jewelry, kids' items, wall décor, photographs, toys and many more of your favorite items. A variety of new items will be featured at the Chicago French Market during this time. 
  
The Marché de Noël is believed to have begun in Dresden, Germany in 1434 under the reign of Frederick II of Saxony. The Marche de Noel first began in France in the city of Strasbourg where it is still held today. It has continued ever since in France and in many other cities throughout Europe.


 November 2011 Events
guitar November 3, 2011 - Avoid traffic with some live music
Avoid the rush-hour commute and listen to the eclectic sound of musicians Robin and Jenny Biennemann from 4 to 7 p.m.
This talented married couple combines startling musicianship and original songs to create a rich musical combination of quirkiness and pensiveness. In performance they alternate between Jenny's well-crafted songs and Robin's dry humor mixed with his jazzy guitar. This pair will surely keep you entertained as you relax after a long work day.   

 FlipCrepes November 5, 2011 - Learn the art of the French Crêpe
Interested in learning the art of the French Crêpe? Join the Flip Crêpes team as they teach the art of the French crêpe during the Sweet and Savory Couples Crêpe Class at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Flip Crêpes (131 North Clinton Street, Chicago; 312-504-2541). This is a couple's class so find a partner who wants to enjoy the delight of savory crêpes. Tickets are $95 per couple. Purchase your tickets online at www.flipcrepes.com.

Rawwww November 7, 2011 - Prepare vegan recipes at Raw.
Join the well-known Chef Carole Jones at Raw (131 North Clinton Street Chicago; 312-831-2729) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as she teaches how to prepare amazing foods including Raw's own recipes: Energy Soup, Fresh Spinach Lasagna and Honey Fig and Pecan Pie. The event is part of the Vegan Food Prep Class Series. Purchase your tickets online for $50 at www.chicagorawfood.com 

November 8, 2011 - Make Music Chicago Fundraiser
 

guitarNovember 9, 2011 - Enjoy music over your lunch hour

 
Grab lunch at the Chicago French Market and enjoy the sound of music prodigy Gabrielle Browdy. Browdy, just 13-years old, will sing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether Gabrielle is singing a jazz ballad or a modern day hip-hop pop tune, her approach is the same: musicianship is her top priority.

FlipCrepesNovember 12, 2011 - Learn the art of the French Crêpe
Interested in learning the art of the French Crêpe? Join the Flip Crêpes team as they teach the art of the French crêpe during the Sweet and Savory Couples Crêpe Class at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Flip Crêpes (131 North Clinton Street, Chicago; 312-504-2541). This is a couple's class so find a partner who wants to enjoy the delight of savory crêpes. Tickets cost $95 per couple. Purchase your tickets on-line www.flipcrepes.com.

guitarNovember 17, 2011 - Enjoy Rush Hour Music at Chicago French Market
Enjoy a special appearance of an amazing French Jazz Trio; FLON FLON ET MUSETTE.
Marion Perrier (Accordion), Jerome Lacena (Percussion) and David Nabwangu (Bass) - who originally come from Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, will delight.

November 17, 2011 - Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau at the Chicago French Market
It's time to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau at the Chicago French Market! The French holiday begins at midnight on the third Thursday in November. You are invited to taste the young wine from the fields in France: Beaujolais Nouveau. The grapes used for this wine were on the vine in August, picked in September, in the barrel in October and in the bottle in November. While you taste this young wine, stroll your way through the market, as many vendors will be giving tastings of their specialties.  And enjoy the unique sounds of Flon Flon et Musette. 

FlipCrepesNovember 19, 2011 - Learn the art of the French Crêpe
Interested in learning the art of the French Crêpe? Join the Flip Crêpes team as they teach the art of the French Crêpe during the Sweet and Savory Couples Crêpe Class at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Flip Crêpes (131 North Clinton Street, Chicago; 312-504-2541). This is a couple's class so find a partner who wants to enjoy the delight of savory crêpes. Tickets are $95 per couple. Purchase your tickets online at www.flipcrepes.com.

Pie12November 19, 2011 - Delightful Pastries and Pie-Making Class
Just in time for Thanksgiving, learn how to properly crimp your own pie crust and make the fillings for two different pies: Pecan Pie and Apple Crumble Pie. Each participant will go home with two mini pies.  To register for the class: info@delightfulpastries.com

 guitarNovember 23, 2011 - Rush Hour Music
Avoid the rush-hour commute and listen to the eclectic sound of musicians Robin and Jenny Biennemann from 4 to 7 p.m. This talented married couple combines startling musicianship and original songs to create a rich musical combination of quirkiness and pensiveness. In performance they alternate between Jenny's beautifully crafted songs and Robin's dry humor mixed with his jazzy guitar. This pair will surely keep you on your toes as you relax after a long work day.  

 ThanksgivingNovember 24, 2011 -Happy Thanksgiving!
The French Market will be closed, reopening Friday, Nov. 25.



FlipCrepesNovember 26, 2011 - Learn the art of the French Crêpe
Interested in learning the art of the French Crêpe? Join the Flip Crêpes team as they teach the art of the French Crêpe during the Sweet and Savory Couples Crêpe Class at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Flip Crêpes (131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, 312-504-2541). This is a couple's class so find a partner who wants to enjoy the delight of savory crêpes. Tickets cost $95 per couple. Purchase your tickets online at www.flipcrepes.com.

November 26, 2011 - Enjoy a discount in time for the holidays
Sweet Miss Givings will be kicking off the holiday gifting season by offering a 10% discount with the purchase of both the "Recipe-in-a-Jar" (cookie mix) and the "Hot Cocoa-in-a-Jar" through December 3.  The "Recipe-in-a Jar" is normally $15 and "Hot Cocoa-in-a-jar" is normally $10. Together they will be only $22.50. Cupcakes and brownies, normally $3.50, wil be $3.15.


What's new in November?

Here's a breakdown of what's coming to Chicago French Market this November!

CityFreshCity Fresh Market
Pre-order your all natural Fresh Turkeys for Thanksgiving. City Fresh Market will carry turkeys that are 10-12 pounds and 12-14 pounds ($2.49/lb.)     


 DFPGGDelightful Pastries
What's Thanksgiving without the pie? Just a turkey dinner! One of Delightful Pastries specialties is their pies. Choose from Apple, Apple Caramel, Apple Cranberry, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cranberry Fudge, Coconut Chocolate, Key Lime, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream, Pecan, Pecan Mocha and traditional Pumpkin Pies. If sweet pies are not your thing, consider a savory pie as an appetizer or as a side dish for the dinner: Salmon en Croute, Spinach Lamb Pie, Potato Pie, Swiss Chard Red Onion Tart and Baked Brie.  


  ExpresionLavazza Espression
Lavazza Espression has a number of specialty drinks just in time for fall. Sample from these drinks and check out the holiday specials going on in November at Lavazza:
 

 pumpkinlattePumpkin Butter Latte: $3.45
A comforting blend of artisan crafted pumpkin butter, steamed milk, and smooth espresso delivers the perfect flavor. Wrap your scarves around your neck and your hands around this seasonal specialty.

Caramel Apple Cider - Tall: $3.10, Grande $3.65, Grandissimo $3.90

Fresh apple cider infused with caramel and steamed to perfection, crowned with whipped cream and a light caramel drizzle.

chocopumpkinPumpkin Choco Èspessone™:  Small $2.95, Large $3.75
The delicacy of Èspessone™, a light pumpkin mousse, is complimented by the intensity of hot Italian drinking chocolate

 Cardamom Truffle Mousse: $3.99
An artisan crafted Cardamom Mousse atop a light flourless chocolate base.

Pumpkin Chiffon Mousse: $3.99
An artisan crafted Pumpkin Mousse atop a gingersnap cookie based, crowned with crystallized ginger.

Food Holiday Specials 

National Cappuccino Day: Cappugiro™: $3.59
Discover the unusual with our signature Cappugiro™, an inverted cappuccino available in orange, hazelnut, chocolate, or amaretto

National Apple Cider Day
Caramel Apple Cider - Tall: $3.10, Grande $3.65, Grandissimo $3.90
Fresh apple cider infused with caramel and steamed to perfection, crowned with whipped cream and a light caramel drizzle

National Espresso Day
Èspesso™: $2.00-$3.00
Discover a new way to enjoy your coffee. Try a past pick among TIME magazine's best inventions, the first coffee that you can eat, created by renowned international chef Ferran Adrià. Èspesso™ is a new dimension of taste: the traditional coffee aroma with a unique solid consistency. Also available in Èspesso™  Macchiato and Èspesso™ Cappuccino versions


AbbeyAbbey Brown Soap Artisan
Abbey Brown Soap Artisan has a new soap hot off the cutter for November. It's a wonderful round soap with pumpkin puree and seasonal spices, rich in flavor!

 FlowersLes Fleurs
Order your Thanksgiving centerpieces or, if you are the lucky guest, don't forget to bring flowers to the perfect hostess.  Les Fleurs will be stocked with the finest fall flowers.  Centerpieces can also be enhanced by seasonal fruit and vegetables. All arrangements and flowers come in an array of prices. We work with your budget! Place orders by calling 312-463-1111.  

 prestoPresto Café and Grill
Presto Café and Grill has added to their delicious Mediterranean menu: Schnitzel Sandwich $6.99/each, Schnitzel Plate, Grilled Seasoned Chicken with Rice and Salad ($6.99/plate), Chicken Vegetable Soup with Mini Croutons ($5.69/16 oz.), French Onion and Spice Hummus Soups ($3.95/16 oz.), Homemade Potato Burekas ($1.99), Homemade Halva Cookies ($3) and Homemade Fruit Strudel ($4). 

 SaigoneSaigon Sisters
During the month of November Saigon Sisters will be featuring special Turkey Banh Mi ($8 each).  To celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, November 17, Saigon Sisters will offer a Vietnamese Beef Bourguignon on French bread for $9.

Provo's Village Bake Shoppe
Don't forget to place your Thanksgiving Pie Order. Provo's Village Bake Shoppe specializes in Old Fashion European baked goods. Choose from Pumpkin, Apple and Apple Caramel Pies ($5 for 6" pies and $8 for 8" pies. Pecan Pie is $6 for 6" pies and $10 for 8"pies. To place your holiday orders please call 312-207-1261.

logosssSuperior Nut and Candy
What's a holiday without local freshly roasted nuts? Choose from Select Mix Salted Nuts (no peanuts; $6.99/lb.), Raw Walnuts or Salted Whole Almonds ($4.99/lb.), Salted or Unsalted Cashews ($7.99/lb.) or for that perfect pecan pie, Raw Whole and Half Pecans ($10.99/lb.).  What about the cranberries for your stuffing or side dishes? Dried Cranberries are $8.99/lb.
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