Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chicago French Market August Specials and Features

Abbey Brown Soap Artisan

 Abbey Brown Soap Artisan, the Chicago French Market vendor that creates handmade natural Olive Oil soaps, soothing body oils and relaxing bath essentials, is now launching a men’s line called Terra Firma.  Terra Firma will debut featuring 5 soaps with matching soaks (bath salts). 

The new soaps will feature masculine scents including Coastal, Territory, Zone, Ground and Terrain.  All products are created and packaged with men in mind and will offer larger bars made with natural oils and great packaging designs.

For the month of August, Abbey Brown Soap Artisan will be offering a 10% discount when you purchase one soap bar and matching soak from the new men’s line.   

Lavazza Espression

Lavazza Premium Espresso will be offering the Blendissimo® as its feature drink for the month of August.

This unique coffee-based frappe features a cool blend of espresso, vanilla gelato and caramel and is topped off with whipped cream.  The Blendissimo® also is available in the following combinations:  Mocha, Orange Mocha, and Hazelnut Mocha.

 In conjunction with the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Lavazza Premium Espresso will be hosting the “Falling in Love with Coffee” promotion, August 24 - September 6.  Use your MasterCard to purchase a Kilo of Whole Bean Coffee and receive a limited edition Lavazza Coffee Tin.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

If you plan on doing some summer entertaining, remember a few of the delicacies from the 2nd Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Fest to include in your spread.  New products from the fest are now available for sale at Pastoral.  Take home a few servings of locally produced fresh goat cheese from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery in Urbana-Champaign.  Cheese maker Leslie Cooperband creates a super creamy goat cheese with notes of lemon and wildflowers called Fresh Chevre.  It’s sure to please your guests. 

Add artisan charcuterie from Creminelli Fine Meats in Salt Lake City to your menu.  Cristiano Creminelli learned his craft from his father and grandfather in Piedmont, Italy. Now you can enjoy their specialty meats like Calabrese, a mildly spicy Calabrian-inspired salami with a nice garlic undertone or Milano, an everyday salami with a mild but slightly peppery flavor profile.

Lastly, pull all these artisan treats together with some remarkable spreads and Tapenades.  The Gracious Gourmet in Bridgewater, CT will help you do just that with Fennel Blood Orange Tapenade. Slowly caramelized fennel and red onions mixed with Kalamata olives and blood oranges create this Sicilian inspired tapenade. Also available is the Spiced Sour Cherry Spread, a mix of whole and pureed sour Morello cherries, tart dried cherries and spices simmered in red Burgundy wine.

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