Thursday, October 3, 2013

October is National Dessert Month AND National Cookie Month Celebrate with Goodies from Delightful Pastries

You probably already know that October is one of the sweetest months on the calendar. But did you know its set aside to celebrate National Dessert Month, National Cookie Month AND National Caramel Month? The fact is, October is one of the most decadent months on the calendar with regard to sweet food holidays. You'll also find a myriad of special days including Caramel Custard Day (Oct. 3), Angel Food Cupcake Day (Oct. 10), Dessert Day (October 14), Chocolate Cupcake Day (Oct 18), Boston Crème Pie Day (Oct. 23) and a host of other options to tantalize your taste buds.

So when looking to celebrate, you don't have to look far. Delightful Pastries three Chicago-area locations (Chicago French Market, Wells St. and Lawrence Ave.) will satisfy your cravings with boundless choices, all made in-house using the finest and freshest ingredients. They do not add chemicals or preservatives to any of their products.

Start your day with sweet morning pastries like their flaky all butter chocolate or almond croissants, chocolate brioche or Paczki (Polish doughnuts).

Move on to lunch, mid-day snacks and dinner by treating your family or co-workers to Congo Bars ($3.50), Paradise Brownies ($3.50), Mango Caramel Macaroons ($30/lb) or Pecan Caramel Turtles ($27/lb); baked-fresh daily cookie ($18/lb) options (choose from 10 different varieties daily), or take home a cake, full-size and mini-individual pies, cupcakes and more.

Whatever your passion, Delightful Pastries is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This Little Piggy Went To Market - October is National Pork Month
and Country Ham Month
Delightful Pastries Celebrates a
with Three Piggly Wiggly Sandwich Special and More

If you ask the National Hog Farmer magazine, when is National Pork Month? They'd say every month. But, October is the "official" Pork Month. Everyone's favorite "other white meat" has grown in such popularity; it is a staple on most home and restaurant menus.

Three Piggly Wiggly SandwichChicago's Delightful Pastries (Chicago French Market location) celebrates to remind people that they have wonderful savory offerings including ones featuring locally sourced, hormone-free pork. Customer favorites include the Three Piggly Wiggly Sandwich ($10); Special this October (at the Chicago French Market location only), add $1 and enjoy egg and cheese on your Three Piggly Wiggly. Other pork specials include: Polish ham, lean crispy bacon, pan-fried-pork-cutlet, and pickles served on an "everything bun"; The Polish Sandwich ($8.25), Polish ham, Swiss cheese, handmade horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, tomato and field greens; the Ham & Gruyere Quiche ($5.50/slice) and Meat Pierogi (4 pieces/$6; 6 pieces/$8). Interested in soup? You can add a cup to any sandwich order for an additional $2 or enjoy a cup alone, $4. Delightful Pastries' Clam Chowder Soup and Split Pea Soup both include crispy bacon.

October 8 is National Pierogi Day - Pick-up a selection at Delightful Pastries

We're a huge fan of Pierogi and it's wonderful to know that Delightful Pastries offers a variety of homemade ones, making it easy to enjoy them at any time of year. October 8, however, is set aside to honor this delicious stuffed dumpling, common in most Pierogi etCentral and Eastern European diets. You don't have to be Polish to enjoy. Variations of the theme pop up in many cultures with varied spellings...usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, or cheese.

Bet you can't eat one. Yes. They are hard to resist. Fresh off the griddle, enjoy Delightful Pastries' three flavors: Cheese and Potato, Mushroom and Sauerkraut, or Meat, available in two styles: Chicago Style, with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and Tzatzki sauce, or Grandma Style with Caramelized onions and sour cream. They are sold for 4 pieces for $6 or 6 pieces for $8.

October 11 is World Egg Day. Enjoy Egg Sandwiches, Quiche and Fritatta at
Delightful Pastries

Did you know that eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy? Or that Egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D? There's a good reason why the world celebrates World Egg Day on the second Friday of October every year.

Eggs have a vital role to play in feeding people around the world, in both developed and developing countries. They are an excellent, affordable source of high quality protein, with the potential to feed the world. World Egg Day has been celebrated the world over from Vietnam to Mozambique, from Switzerland to Argentina, and throughout the U.S.

Delightful Pastries incorporates eggs into many of its dishes. Their quiches are worth dreaming about. The menu features three selections, all made with eggs: Ham & GLamb Pie etruyere Quiche with Polish ham and gruyere cheese $5.50/slice; Vegetable Quiche with spinach, leek, mushroom and Swiss cheese $5.50/slice and Spinach Lamb Pie with spinach, minced local lamb, Béchamel sauce and Swiss cheese, served with homemade Tzatziki sauce, $7/slice. The light and fluffy Frittata with zucchini, red pepper, onion, potato and eggs is gluten free and a delicious egg option. Whole Quiche is available at all three Delightful Pastries for $40, each serving 8-10 people.

Delightful Pastries takes the concept of the Breakfast Sandwich to a new level. The B.E.L.T. Sandwich ($8.50) uses peppered bacon, egg salad, baby lettuces, tomato, made-from-scratch butter croissant, while the Lightest Touch Breakfast Sandwich ($8.55), is made from two eggs cooked to order, with tomato, cucumber, spinach, and Swiss cheese on homemade sourdough bread. Both are available at the Wells St. and the Chicago French Market locations.

Candy Making Class at Delightful Pastries on Lawrence, Oct. 10

Truffles etDid you ever want to learn the tricks of the candy making trade? Now's your chance. Delightful Pastries Chef/partner Dobra Bielinki is offering a candy making class, 2 p.m., October 19 at the bakery's 5927 W. Lawrence Ave. location. The cost is $60 per student. You'll learn how to make caramels, truffles, brittle and bubble gum, just in time for holiday gift-giving. To reserve a spot, send a check to 5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago IL 60630. If for any reason a class needs to be cancelled, the participants will be refunded their money.

For questions about classes please email Dobra at or call 773-545-7215.

Delightful Pastries Celebrates Harvest Festival at Chicago French Market October 10-12

Delightful Pastries joins Chicago French Market in celebrating its Harvest Festival Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12. "October is the perfect time to celebrate the fall harvest," says Nico Hua, partner of Delightful Pastries. We encourage our guests to enjoy our savory offerings including homemade, gluten free Butternut Squash Soup ($4), The Thanksgiving sandwich, with turkey breast, Swiss cheese, homemade horseradish, mayonnaise, Dijon Mustard, cranberry sauce, tomato and field greens ($8.25) or enjoy the combination, Sandwich and Soup for $10.25. Egg lovers will be happy to know that October 11 is World Egg Day. For only $1 extra, you can add egg and cheese to Delightful Pastries popular Three Piggly Wiggly sandwich ($10), Polish ham, lean crispy bacon, pan-fried-pork-cutlet, and pickles served on an "everything" bun. The pumpkin cayenne pepper cheesecake brownie ($3.50 each), the pumpkin bread (8.50/loaf), and pumpkin-shaped all butter sugar cookie ($3.50 each) are the perfect take-home desserts (or eat on the run) for the Harvest Fest. Delightful Pastries will be doing complimentary brownie samplings throughout the festival.

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