Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quench your thirst with this exotic Litchi Popsicle from Chef Mark Grosz of Oceanique in Evanston

Looking for an exotic popsicle to quench your thirst? Try this delicious Litchi Popsicle recipe from Oceanique in Evanston.


Litchi Popsicles (makes 4)
Recipe by Chef Mark Grosz

16 oz. Frozen Litchi Puree
(Can use fresh litchi when in season)
2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Natural Cane Sugar
Local Seasonal Fruits
Few Sprigs Mint or Lemon Balm

Method:

Put litchi puree, lemon juice and sugar in a blender for one minute. Taste and adjust with more sugar or lemon. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 2-3 hours, or overnight until solid.


Dip molds in warm water bath for 10-15 seconds and remove popsicle from molds. Put back in freezer for 15 minutes to set up fully. Serve with fresh local fruit such as peaches, strawberries or raspberries. Garnish with fresh mint or lemon balm.

Oceanique in Evanston is Getting New Look and Menu for 25th Anniversary

Running a much-acclaimed French American fine-dining restaurant for more than twenty-five years is no feat to scoff at, but Chef/Owner Mark Grosz and his wife/partner Renée André aren't stopping now. Celebrating the restaurant’s 25th anniversary this summer, they have recently renewed the lease on the quaint Oceanique space in the heart of Evanston, Illinois (505 Main Street, 847-864-3425) for another 10 years and plans are underway to renovate the space this summer, taking our annual 3-week vacation in July and re-opening at the end of July with new menu items and new look.

Oceanique continues garner acclaim as one of the area’s best restaurants and is a popular North Shore dining destination. Since 1993, Oceanique has been ranked as the number one seafood restaurant in the Chicago metropolitan area by the prestigious Zagat Guide.

"Many of the changes will be substantial; we are going to put in place a more contemporary look without losing the intimacy and comfortable atmosphere that has made Oceanique popular with a large and loyal following," said Grosz. "In fact, we are going from 88 seats to 68 seats to provide for more room and comfort and we are adding four banquettes. Our new menu also will highlight our excellent wine program that is led by Wine Director (and son) Philippe André. A brand new bar will come along with new chairs and tables, as well as a new menu of artisan cocktails, craft beers and small plate dishes."

Grosz has engaged the design team headed by Paul Kozlowski and Taylor Williams of D+K Architects to oversee the design changes. Floor and ceiling treatments are planned along with a state of the art lighting system that imbues the space with warmth and charm while showcasing Chef Grosz’s glowing seasonal dishes. A row of banquette seating will be placed along the wall of one of the main dining rooms to accommodate large tables while still offering lavish seating. 

Along with the physical changes, Chef Grosz will introduce new menus, one specifically for the bar area to appeal to those looking to enjoy a brand new seasonally focused cocktail program and lighter bites. Featured on this menu will be the signature Maine Lobster Brioche sandwich with saffron-togarashi aioli.

A rebuilt seven-course degustation menu will take Oceanique into the next era of its culinary
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history with dishes like Virginia Misty Point Oysters roasted with Pernod, spinach and parmesan. Also featured will be Pennsylvania’s Elysian Field Farm’s lamb T-bone, grilled with heirloom tomatoes. An abundance of wonderfully blended fresh local herbs and vegetables will make their way onto the Summer and Fall menus.

The renovations won't happen until Oceanique takes its annual summer break during the first half of July, but in the meantime, Chef Grosz is not letting up, featuring his seven-course Spring degustation menu. Highlights include day boat sea scallops with house made kimchi, Spanish Turbot with lemongrass, and locally raised duck leg confit with kumquats and Hudson Valley foie gras.

Wine Director André has updated his pairings to reflect the sway of the seasons, featuring an exotic yet playful Hungarian dry Furmint and the elegant sophistication of a tenured single vineyard red burgundy.

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"Over the years, our wine program has become more than an addition to the Oceanique experience but rather, a beautiful companion to our fine cuisine," says Wine Director Andre. "Our wine cellar contains a wide spectrum of varietal offerings with an outstanding collection of rare Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Oceanique’s cellar not only holds some 700 selections at a precise 57° and 64% humidity, it strives to offer something special for every dish, every person, and every occasion."

Oceanique has won Wine Spectator Magazine’s coveted "Best of Award of Excellence" every year since 1993. This year, Wine Spectator recognized Oceanique as having one of the 750 best wine lists in the world. Even with this acclaim, guests find the wine service at Oceanique to be very knowledgeable, yet refreshingly gracious and down to earth.
More information about the 25th anniversary celebration at Oceanique will be made available during the coming weeks.

Oceanique serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday and from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Oceanique at 847-864-3435 or visit the website at www.oceanique.com.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cool off with this tasty Booze-sicle from Prairie Grass Cafe

If summer heat has you down. Here's the perfect pick-me-up. Cool off with a tasty Blueberry Yogurt Booze-sicle - recipe from Prairie Grass Cafe





Blueberry Yogurt Booze-sicles
By Daniel Sviland
Yields 12 pops.

2 cups Fresh Blueberries
½ cup Simple Syrup
1 cup Greek Yogurt
½ cup Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp. Nivan Vanilla Cognac
Pinch of Cinnamon


Cook blueberries and the simple syrup for 3 minutes on medium heat (blueberries should pop but not break down) Cool mixture.
Whisk yogurt, cream cognac and cinnamon until smooth, fold in the berry mixture.
Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze, insert sticks after mixture is partially set.
Freeze until hard, 8 hours. 

Delightful Pastries to Participate in International Bakery Open House


Delightful Pastries in Chicago will be one of 56 bakeries participating in The Bread Bakers Guild of America's 3rd Annual International Bakery Open House on June 29. Guild member bakeries in 30 US states and one Canadian province will take part in the open house, which is part of The Guild's 2013 event series, The Guild's Greatest Hits: 20th Anniversary. The Guild's Greatest Hits: 20th Anniversary is part of The Guild's mission to "shape the skills and knowledge of the artisan baking community."

The Guild-Wide Bakery Open House was conceived as a way to bring communities to their bakeries, as well as to champion the cause for locally made bread.

Delightful Pastries' open house will be held at their Jefferson Park location, 5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago IL 60630, on Saturday, June 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Behind-the-scenes tours will be given at 11:30 and 1:30, and there will be ongoing  bread tasting. The event is free and open to the public, but the bakery requests that you RSVP by June 27 - please contact bakery manager Maggie Giza at info@delightfulpastries.com or 773-545-7215.

Dobra Bielinski, the owner of Delightful Pastries, says, "We're very excited about participating in The Guild's Bakery Open House and joining forces with Guild members in so many different places. We hope that the Chicago community will be able to join us in this celebration of artisan baking."

The Bread Bakers Guild of America led the bread renaissance that occurred during the evolution of high-quality artisan foods in 1990s America, a time when Americans began to learn about crusty, well-fermented hearth breads, flaky laminated croissants, and Danishes. Since then, The Guild has tirelessly promoted artisan baking education, and the result is evident in many communities across the nation where people can expect and enjoy a hearty pain au levain or delicate brioche.

The Guild has over 1,400 members in the United States and 18 other countries, including Canada, France,Colombia, Nigeria, China, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Guild membership benefits include a cuttingedge quarterly magazine, Bread Lines, access to baking formulas from Bread Bakers Guild Team USA and WheatStalk 2012, and a dynamic online forum dedicated to the exchange of baking knowledge.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Thursday, June 27 Rush Hour Music With Lee Barrie at the Chicago French Market

Thursday, June 27 Rush Hour Music – Lee Barrie
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary


Lee Alec Barrie is a contemporary jazz guitarist whose style has been compared to Larry Carlton,
Chuck Loeb and other popular contemporary jazz guitarists.  Barrie was professional by age 14, starting out with a teenage rock band, playing Beatles, Beach Boys and Chuck Berry tunes plus some classic R&B.

These early musical relationships lasted well into his twenties and he had the privilege of recording with Lipps Inc., a Minneapolis-based band best known most for its number one hit “Funkytown” in the late 70’s. Barrie’s evolution as a guitarist was accelerated when he began to experiment with a Roland guitar synthesizer, which allows his electric guitar to take on the sound of a wide range of instruments. He now has the opportunity to solo as a saxophonist, flutist, organist, violinist and many others, all while playing on the guitar. He chooses the instrument based on the style and mood of the song.

Barrie’s idea for a “virtual band project”—whereby he plays solo over his pre-recorded jazz backing tracks—evolved naturally. Having taken a break from professional performances for a number of years, he became a self-taught jazz pianist, which gave him the technical and musical skills to arrange and record his own instrumental backing tracks at his home recording studio.

A rush hour featuring the live music of Lee Alec Barrie, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 27 is sure to be an energizing and memorable experience.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Get ready to take on the 2013 River North Challenge June 25!!

It's that time of year again! Competitors are forming teams to compete in the 4th Annual River North Challenge hosted by the River North Business Association June 25. Teams will spend an evening adventuring through River North hotels, partaking in mental and physical challenges. Each check point presents a new challenge, when accomplished earning competitors "challenge points" towards a grand prize as well as a stamp on their "passport". A team's overall point sum, completed passport and the accuracy of their challenge answers will ultimately determine the River North Challenge winner!

 
RNBA Challenge 2 lr etThe locations along the River North Challenge will keep you fueled for success. This event, which delivers in the fun and games department, is accompanied by complimentary food and beverages at River North's favorite destinations -- Challenge Stops.

Each Challenge stop presents teams with the choice of an active challenge, mental challenge or both to gain maximum points. Upon completion of each challenge the team will be provided with the location of their next challenge.  Bonus Checkpoints along the journey will provide competitors with additional opportunities to increase point totals. 

Get your team together because you won't want to miss out on these prizes. The winning team will take home a tremendous prize package from the Businesses of River North. All event participants also will be entered in a Door Prize Drawing to further their chances of taking home great prizes such as gift certificates from restaurants, bars, hotels and spa packages.

 
Teams are encouraged to wear costumes and uniforms, or design their look around a team theme. Don't be afraid to pull out all the stops. The teams with the most creative attire will win big!

 
Upon completion of the challenge, RNBA Challenge 1 lr etenjoy the River North Challenge After Party at the Hard Rock Cafe. While waiting for the Challenge winners to be announced, rock out to the music of "No Direction" while you munch on Hard Rock Cafe favorites and enjoy the open bar until 9:30 p.m.

Register as a team of four for $150 or purchase a Single ticket for $40 and be placed on a team. Upon registration competitors will receive a River North Challenge Backpack bursting with give aways from many members of River North Business Association as well as food and water.

Registration takes place at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza beginning at 5:30 pm. The Challenge takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is followed by the after party at the Hard Rock Cafe from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 25. 

For questions call the River North Business Association at 312-645-1047.

River North Business Association represents more than 325 businesses in the area bounded by the Chicago River to the south and west, Division on the north and Wabash on the east. The area boasts the highest concentration of restaurants and entertainment venues and is Chicago's most exciting neighborhood to live, work, shop, dine and play. For more information, visit rivernorthassociation.com.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Wisma Adds to Its Chicago French Market Menu


Wisma is introducing new dishes to its spring/summer menu.  Market shoppers will enjoy perfectly portioned dishes for grab and go.

Newly featured items include: Stuffed Peppers with jasmine rice, green pepper, red pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, hazelnuts, onion, garlic, olive oil, fresh herbs and spices, $10; Cous Cous & Garbanzo Beans with cous cous, garbanzo beans, red peppers, broccoli, goat cheese, onion, olive oil, basil and a blend of Moroccan spices, $11; Orange Teriyaki Chicken with jasmine rice, chicken, green peppers, scallions, onions, peanuts and orange teriyaki sauce, $12; San Marzano Tomato Soup with Italian tomatoes, olive oil, red wine, garlic, onion, fresh herbs and spices, $6 and Asian Salad with organic mixed greens, almonds, mandarin oranges red peppers and crispy wontons (your choice of dressing), $9.

Wisma has also changed it packaging and is “thrilled” to announce that it is using a new sustainable container for all of its foods.   All entrees will come in a new 100% recycled aluminum containers and are microwave-safe, freezer-safe, eco-friendly and made locally in Wheeling, IL.  Only certified 100% aluminum is safe for microwave and oven use.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Make Music Chicago at the Chicago French Market

Friday, June 21 Make Music Chicago
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complimentary


Make Music Chicago is a live, complimentary musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to make music of all genres. Make Music Chicago comes to the Chicago French Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the sound.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine Introduces New House-made Pesto and Picnic Baskets for Two

Just in time for summer, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine introduces a new house-made pestousing a special blend of fresh basil, lemon, toasted almonds, pecorino and olive oil. The new pesto is the perfect accompaniment to fresh mozzarella, pasta dishes, or simply for dipping with fresh bread. Try this tasty spread on Pastoral’s Caprese Pastorale and Mediterranean Turkey sandwiches, or purchase to take home, sold by the pound for $13.99.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine has launched a new line of Pastoral Picnics for Two! Pastoral Picnics feature a tantalizing selection of cheese, charcuterie, accompaniments, and a fresh baguette. Ask any Pastoral employee for the perfect wine to pair with your picnic. Perfectly sized and portable, Pastoral Picnics are ideal for picnics in the park, a day on the lake, an evening at Ravinia or any of Chicago's summer concerts. Pre-order the Pastoral Picnic at the Chicago French Market, by phone (312-454-2200), or online at http://shop.pastoralartisan.com/index.php/picnics.html. Please allow 6 hours’ notice.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wednesday, June 19 Lunch Hour Music - Chris Goranson

Wednesday, June 19 Lunch Hour Music - Chris Goranson
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary


Notable Chicago musician Chris Goranson is coming to the Chicago French Market for a Lunch Hour jazz performance. Goranson is a guitar teacher with a degree in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University. Currently, Goranson plays in a rock band called OurGlass, who recently performed for JBTV. Catch the Libertyville native again, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 for another Lunch Hour performance at the Chicago French Market.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Bello Tea Announcements and Father's Day Gift Ideas

In a quandary about what do give dad? Why not join Bello Tea’s Tea of the Month Club. Bello will ship their tasting selection of exciting and wonderful teas throughout the year. The membership is a great way to adventure into the world of tea and herbals. Bello Tea frequently introduces new teas to their customers and club members will be the first group to sample them. It is a great gift for tea lovers – healthy and delicious options.

Featured teas are hand selected by Bello Tea each month from our wide selection of loose leaf Black, Green, White, Oolong, Yerba Mate, Rooibos teas and other botanical.

Membership includes: 2 – 2 oz. packages of our featured loose leaf tea sent to you directly each month and early-bird email notification of new products, special promotions, and events at Bello Tea. Membership includes shipping and handling of featured teas with delivery anywhere in the U.S. Prices begin at $50.

Enjoy Bello’s Father’s Day Sale between June 8 and June 16 and receive a 10 percent discount.on tea, accessories, and gift baskets, excluding Tea of the Month Club and Gift Cards.

Bello Announcements:
2013 Japanese Shin Cha (first harvest Sen Cha) has arrived! Quantity is limited.  Mention June13 to get a 10 percent discount, for a limited time.
Bello now opens at 8 a.m. Stop by for Selected Daily Hot Tea Special, $2 for regular and $2.50 for large, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Can’t get away, Bello has partnered with Chicago Messenger Service to provide deliveries of its drinks and products or gift baskets in the Loop area. Call 312-380-0707 for orders.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chicago French Market is in the June issue of Bon Appetit!

Bon Appetit - June 2013 Issue

Chicago French Market earns it's place in the Top 5 Food Halls in America!
 
Congrats to our very own Cindy Kurman for getting the photo credit of the Saigon Sister's sandwich!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Celebrate National Lobster Day at Benny's Chop House Today, June 15!


While great US Prime Steaks may rule Chicago’s restaurant scene most of the year, it is sweet, succulent lobster that steals the show at Benny’s Chop House (444 N. Wabash, Chicago; 312-626-2444) on Saturday, June 15, National Lobster Day. To celebrate the delectable lobster, Benny’s will offer several outstanding lobster dishes that will satisfy even the most avid lobster fan.

At Benny’s Chop House, lobster is as special as the top-quality steaks and chops. Guests can enjoy this tender treat many different ways, as a “Bar Bite”, a sandwich, an appetizer, a soup, a salad, a pasta dish, a risotto, or as a main course. Paired with a glass of wine from Benny’s award-winning wine collection, a lobster experience at Benny’s is a special pleasure.

In the bar area, at Benny’s raw bar, is Crab & Lobster “Louie”, served with avocado, tomato and horseradish ($19.99). Another signature Bar Bite is the Lobster Croquettes, with béchamel and mushroom pesto ($8).  

At lunchtime, guests can order the wonderful Lobster Cobb Salad, with tomato, bacon, avocado, sweet corn and tarragon ($16.99). If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, you’ll be more than thrilled with Benny’s unique Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich, with citrus mayonnaise and provolone, and served with a garden salad ($10.99).

In the dining room at dinnertime, for a memorable beginning to the meal, guests can order the spectacular Shellfish Tower for Two, a beautifully presented display of chilled lobster, king crab and shrimp ($69.99). Another great lobster beginning is the Lobster Bisque ($7.99), a creamy and aromatic soup that has become a great crowd pleaser at Benny’s.

Knowing that steak lovers often also have a craving for lobster, Benny’s offers the best of all worlds with the Surf-N-Turf Style entrée, which features an 8oz USDA Prime Wet-Aged Filet Mignon paired with a 10oz. Cape Breton lobster tail. Guests who can’t resist a full steak dinner can enjoy lobster as a perfect accompaniment by ordering the perfectly prepared Lobster Risotto ($14.99) or the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese ($7.99). Another delightful way to add a touch of lobster to your dinner is to order it as a Lobster Tail Steak Enhancement.

As one of Chicago’s finest steakhouses, Benny’s Chop House also knows that if there are steak lovers in the house, pasta lovers are not far behind. With Benny’s Lobster Ravioli, guests can have it all. This mouthwatering dish, made from fresh house-made pasta, is truly exciting, with luscious morel mushrooms in a rich Parmesan-cream sauce ($14.99 half order; $24.99 full order). It doesn’t get any better.

Finally, for the true lobster purist, Benny’s offers a generous, tender whole steamed Maine Lobster ($49.99), served with drawn butter and beautifully presented.

With so many delicious lobster choices, Benny’s Chop House is clearly the place to be on National Lobster Day. Sit back, relax, enjoy your glass of wine or a unique specialty cocktail and feast on one of America’s most prized treasures of the sea.

 
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Need Father's Day Recommendations? Check out these spots in Chicagoland!

With Father's Day on Sunday, June 16, it is time to start planning the picture-perfect meal to enjoy with your father. From brunches and dinner in downtown Chicago to dining on the North Shore, restaurants are offering something for every taste and budget. 


Benny's Chop House Bone In Rib Eye with boarders

Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago; 312-626-2444) has two great suggestions for celebrating Father's Day. Since many families celebrate Father's Day by grilling at home, Benny's begins the celebration on Saturday with an evening of dining and great music.

Whether you come on Saturday or Sunday, you'll enjoy a perfectly prepared USDA Natural, Dry-Aged or Wet-Aged prime steak, or a wide assortment of Chops, Fish and Seafood and some of the most delicious and satisfying desserts in Chicago.
 
Live entertainment (Saturday only) makes it a wonderful celebration. As you dine, enjoy Cécile Savage (bass and vocals) and Calvin "Koco" Brunson's (piano and vocals). The co-leaders of the jazz group "Komango," Savage and Brunson offer a culturally diverse repertoire steeped in the African American, French and Brazilian traditions. Kick off your Father's Day weekend with an enchanting evening at Benny's. For reservations, call 312-626-2444.



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In a quandary about what do give dad? Why not join Bello Tea's Tea of the Month Club. Bello will ship their tasting selection of exciting and wonderful teas throughout the year. The membership is a great way to adventure into the world of tea and herbals. Bello Tea frequently introduce new teas to their customers and club members will be the first group to sample them. It is a great gift for tea lovers - healthy and delicious options.


Featured teas are hand selected by Bello Tea each month from our wide selection of loose leaf Black, Green, White, Oolong, Yerba Mate, Rooibos teas and other botanical.

Membership includes: 2 - 2 oz. packages of our featured loose leaf tea sent to you directly each month and early-bird email notification of new products, special promotions, and events at Bello Tea. Membership includes shipping and handling of featured teas with delivery anywhere in the U.S. Prices begin at $50.

Enjoy Bello's Father's Day Sale between June 8 and June 16 and receive a 10 percent discount.on tea, accessories, and gift baskets, excluding Tea of the Month Club and Gift Cards.

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Want the perfect gift for Father's Day? Lillie's Q logoAside from the amazing ribs and bbq sandwiches offered by Lillie's Q, treat dad to Chef/Owner Charlie McKenna's special award winning BBQ - six regional BBQ sauces and spice rubs made in-house that perfectly compliment Lillie's Q award-winning BBQ.  All sauces are $8.00 each. Flavors include Smoky, Carolina, E.N.C., Hot Smoky, Carolina Gold and Ivory. For details, visit:
http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/vendor/lillies-q


Oh Olive! Father's Day Grilling Package Special!
Treat dad to a special gourmet grilling package from Oh, Olive!. Oh Olive Fathers' Day Special Receive 6 grilling oils or balsamic vinegars, 3 Galena Garlic Gourmet Grilling Rubs and 3 customer favorite grilling recipes, all for $45 (a $51 value) available while supplies last.  Also, for your convenience, the Oh Olive! team offers complimentary gift wrapping.


Place your orders early for Oh, Olive's new unique olive oils available include Red Grapefruit, Yellow Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot and Mandarin. These tasty oils are perfect for dressing on salads, use as marinade for chicken, scallops, shrimp or fish, drizzle on ice-cream, yogurt, cottage cheese & cheesecake.  The possibilities are only limited by your Vanilleimagination!

Vanille Patisserie
Visiting dad for Father's day? Don't go empty handed. Vanille Patisserie offers something the entire family will enjoy. Macarons, the famed Parisian confectionery delivers the essence of a dessert in a single bite. These colorful sandwich-shaped delicacies have a crunchy meringue shell encapsulating an intense burst of flavor at its creamy core.


Vanille offers a colorful spectrum of flavors, whether strawberry lemongrass in the summer or classic vanilla bean year around. No matter what the variety, Vanille never strays far from its French roots, while evolving its ever-changing flavors in new and unexpected directions that characterize the Vanille spirit of innovation. Vanille basket

Pickup a Vanille Gift Basket...their gift baskets are the perfect way to give the gift of traditional French pastries, packaged in design as elegant as the artisan French pastries nestled inside. An instantly recognizable statement of premier quality and good taste, Vanille gift sets include of a sampler of our highly acclaimed French macarons, positively addictive Pate de Fruit, luscious Buttery Caramel and their signature Montélimar-style Nougat bars, it will be a gift long remembered. Prices range from $40 and up for phone and in-store orders and 24 hours notice for online orders.

Maxwell's at the Club


An extravagant buffet, the perfect fit for a hungry father, will be offered at Maxwell's at the Club (500 N Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 60654; 312-527-5800) on Father's Day. The meal offers a wide selection of delicious appetizers and salads, breakfast specialties, entrées, and a carving station featuring Dad's favorites, all flawlessly prepared. A sumptuous pastry and dessert bar serves as the perfect finale. The brunch is priced at $45 for adults and children, ten and under, $15.

Father's Day Among the selections on the Maxwell's Father's Day Brunch menu are Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Pineapple Cole Slaw, and Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Salad. The carving station features Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Honey Mustard, and Roast Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish Sauce. For the main course, guests can choose from classic breakfast dishes like bacon, Eggs Benedict, and French Toast with Sautéed Bananas or tasty entrées such as Spicy Barbecued Chicken Tenders with Corn Fritters and Basil Pesto-Crusted Roasted Cod, just a couple of the many dishes that Maxwell's has prepared for the day.

To read Maxwell's entire menu, visit http://eastbankclub.com/dining/maxwells-at-the-club/events/fathers-day-brunch/. For reservations, you can call 312-527-5800 ex. 301, or visit them online to use the Book a Table feature found on the home page.

 

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Say "Merci Beaucoup!" to your Father this Father's Day with Oceanique's (505 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202; 847-864-3435) Father's Day Special Six-course Weekend Tasting Menu. Each impeccably prepared and presented course is offered both Friday and Saturday (Oceanique is closed on Sundays) of Father's Day Weekend.

The celebration starts with a Japanese Breakfast comprised of Smoked Salmon, Seaweed Salad and Horseradish Crème Fraiche. The deuxième (2nd) course features Wild Maine Lobster, Prosciutto Salad, a Venison Pate, Michigan Purple Asparagus Soup and Wild Maine Day Boat Scallops. Next, enjoy a Butternut Maine Lobster with boardersSquash Ravioli and a Seasonal Sorbet, for the troisième (3rd) and quatrième (4th) courses respectively. Savor the Cinquième (5th) course of Organic Danish Faroe Islands Salmon, Wild Alaskan Halibut and Wild Delaware Skate .

The Father's Day Weekend Six-Course Tasting Menu concludes with a spectacular Chef's Pastry Selection ($80). For more information and reservations call 847-864-3435. Friday and Saturday seating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit oceanique.com for more information

 

Prairie Grass Cafe 

There's somethingPrairie Grass logo with white border for everyone on Prairie Grass Cafe's (601 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook Illinois, 60062; 847.205.4433) Father's Day brunch menu, a steal at $45 per adult, $15 for children 10 years and under. Enjoy their truly fabulous brunch buffet featuring New York Strip with "River Valley Ranch" mushroom sauce, Slow Roasted Salmon with Lentil-Grain Salad, Chicken Cutlets and All Natural Meat Loaf with BBQ Sauce and Onion Strings along with a variety of salads, made-to-order omelets, waffles and signature Valrhona chocolate and hazelnut spread or strawberries and jam crepes. The buffet also includes a selection of house baked breads, fresh fruit and desserts like Mini Crème Brulees, Chocolate Cupcakes, warm seasonal Berry Crumble and Mom's Strawberry Cream Pie. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prairie Grass is also offering an evening celebration. Father's Day Dinner include unforgettable specials such as Grilled "Creekstone" New York Strip, tastefully accompanied by delectable Grilled Vegetables and every father's favorite, Mashed Potatoes ($39). Prairie Grass will also be serving Wild Alaskan Salmon featuring "River Valley Ranch" Mushrooms complemented by a savory Basil Remoulade and Balsamic Reduction ($34). Make sure Dad and you leave room because you won't want to miss Prairie Grass Cafe's amazing Mom's Strawberry Cream Pie , made with fresh local Strawberries. It's the perfect ending to a one-of-a-kind celebration honoring your extraordinary Father.

The specials for Father's Day Dinner will be served in addition to Prairie Grass Cafe's regular menu, containing remarkable dishes from Chef/Owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, made with only the freshest ingredients from local sustainable farms. If your mouth is not watering already, visit http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/index.php?page=dinner to view Prairie Grass Cafe's entire menu. For reservations, call 847-205-4433 or make your reservation online at http://www.prairiegrasscafe.com/index.php?page=reservations.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day Gift Idea: Lillie’s Q



Want the perfect gift for Father’s Day? Aside from the amazing ribs and bbq sandwiches offered by Lillie’s Q, treat dad to Chef/Owner Charlie McKenna’s special award winning BBQ – six regional BBQ sauces and spice rubs made in-house that perfectly compliment Lillie’s Q award-winning BBQ.  All sauces are $8.00 each. Flavors include Smoky, Carolina, E.N.C., Hot Smoky, Carolina Gold and Ivory. For details, visit: http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/vendor/lillies-q.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Thursday, June 13 Rush Hour Music – Andy Young at the Chicago French Market

Thursday, June 13 Rush Hour Music – Andy Young
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary


Andy Young is a Chicago-based musician, sought after at music festivals nationwide, performing Gypsy Jazz & Irish Traditional Music on Hammered Dulcimer. Andy Young’s concerts infuse expressive musical arrangements with humor and insight to provide a deep understanding of the role of music in our multicultural and interpersonal world. Catch him from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Chicago French Market.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Say hello to Little Goat Bread!

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Oh Olive Father's Day Grilling Package Special!


Treat dad to a special gourmet grilling package from Oh, Olive!. Receive 6 grilling oils or balsamic vinegars, 3 Galena Garlic Gourmet Grilling Rubs and 3 customer favorite grilling recipes, all for $45 (a $51 value) available while supplies last.  Also, for your convenience, the Oh Olive! team offers complimentary gift wrapping.

Place your orders early for Oh, Olive’s new unique olive oils available include Red Grapefruit, Yellow Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot and Mandarin. These tasty oils are perfect for dressing on salads, use as marinade for chicken, scallops, shrimp or fish, drizzle on ice-cream, yogurt, cottage cheese & cheesecake.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Customer Appreciation Special:  Say, "I love Oh Olive" for 10% off your total purchase every Wednesday only during the month of June!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Vanille Patisserie For Father's Day Gifts


Visiting dad for Father's day? Don't go empty handed. Vanille Patisserie offers something the entire family will enjoy. Macarons, the famed Parisian confectionery delivers the essence of a dessert in a single bite. These colorful sandwich-shaped delicacies have a crunchy meringue shell encapsulating an intense burst of flavor at its creamy core.

Vanille offers a colorful spectrum of flavors, whether strawberry lemongrass in the summer or classic vanilla bean year around. No matter what the variety, Vanille never strays far from its French roots, while evolving its ever-changing flavors in new and unexpected directions that characterize the Vanille spirit of innovation.

Pickup a Vanille Gift Basket...their gift baskets are the perfect way to give the gift of traditional French pastries, packaged in design as elegant as the artisan French pastries nestled inside. An instantly recognizable statement of premier quality and good taste, Vanille gift sets include of a sampler of our highly acclaimed French macarons, positively addictive Pate de Fruit, luscious Buttery Caramel and their signature Montélimar-style Nougat bars, it will be a gift long remembered. Prices range from $40 and up for phone and in-store orders and 24 hours notice for online orders.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

City Fresh Market Features Gourmet Sandwiches

City Fresh Market will feature its gourmet sandwiches beginning Monday, June 3 through Saturday, June 7 for only $8.99 each, regularly $9.99. With fresh ingredients and amazing meats, it is a great meal for lunch or to share with family. City Fresh Market also will offer Academia Barilla Di Parma for $8.99 for half a pound and Redondo Iglesias Jamon Serrano for $7.49 for half a pound.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Little Goat Bread Opening June 7 at Chicago French Market!

On Friday, June 7, Chef Stephanie Izard will bring Little Goat Bread to the Chicago French Market. This marks the first time Izard is expanding Little Goat Bread beyond the walls of her newly opened West Loop diner Little Goat to serve downtown Chicago.

Little Goat Bread in the Chicago French Market will serve breads in the morning, soup and sandwiches for lunch and freshly roasted Stumptown drip coffee throughout the day. Just like the West Loop location, Little Goat Bread will sell loaves of its artisan breads for take home, including baguettes and a sampling of breads available on the menu at Girl & the Goat, Izard’s award-winning restaurant also located in the West Loop.
The 22-foot booth will be located between Chef John des Rosiers' Wisma and Food Network Sandwich King-featured Fumare Meats. It will have a similar look and feel to the warm and rustic vibe of Little Goat Bread West Loop location attached to Little Goat Diner.
"I’m excited to join other Chicago stand-outs like Lillie's Q, Saigon Sisters, Beavers Donuts, Pastoral in the culinary lineup at the Chicago French Market,” said Stephanie Izard, chef and owner.  “With so many of our clients working in the Loop and commuting on Metra, it will be nice to offer them our freshly baked goods, soups and sandwiches to take to their offices during the week or to take home in the evening, as well as to provide our unique products for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the market.”
In addition to all ready-to-eat items, Izard have her new product line, “The Flavor, by Stephanie Izard,” available for purchase. This unique blends of sauces and rubs is intended to help busy home cooks bring Stephanie’s “make your whole mouth happy” philosophy to life in their own kitchens, providing an aid to create dishes that are the right balance of savory, sweet, salty and even a little spicy. Three sauces, including The Marinade, The Sauté and The Chee, and two rubs, Rub 1 and Rub 2, will be available at the Chicago French Market.
Chicago French Market is the first and only year-round, indoor marketplace that provides access to local artisans and purveyors.  Each retailer located in the market offers fresh selections for cooking at home, dining on premise or taking food to go.  With the addition of Little Goat Bread, the market now features 31 unique individual vendors.

About Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef Great Lakes” and a 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” is the Executive Chef/Partner of two Chicago restaurants, Girl & the Goat and Little Goat. A 2011 James Beard “Best New Restaurant” nominee, Girl & the Goat has been praised by many high-profile publications. Izard is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has worked in some of the most respected kitchens in Chicago including La Tache, Spring and Vong. She previously owned the highly-acclaimed restaurant Scylla, which she sold just prior to appearing on and winning season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”  Izard’s first book, “Girl in the Kitchen,” was released in the fall of 2011 (Chronicle). Izard also has a newly launched product line called "The Flavor, By Stephanie Izard," consisting of sauces and rubs.
For more information on Stephanie Izard please visit www.stephanieizard.com or follow her on Twitter @StephAndTheGoat

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Figue Mediterranean hosts Launch Preview of the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type Roadster on Friday, June 7

May 23, 2013 (La Quinta, CA)-Figue Mediterranean (47-474 Washington St., La Quinta; 760-698-9040) has joined forces with Desert European Motorcars (71-387 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270; 760-773-5000) to host a special preview of the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type Roadster at a cocktail reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7.  This will be the first opportunity for area residents to get a preview look at the new F-Type, which officially launches nationwide the week of June 6.

"We believe that our guests and luxury car enthusiasts have a lot in common, including a passion for great style and fine taste," said Lee Morcus, owner of Figue. "With the F-Type Roadster, we also share the common element of being true to tradition on one hand and cutting edge on the other. At Figue, we're proud to say we're changing the way people of the Palm Springs area enjoy exciting food and wine, while the F-Type Roadster is Jaguar's first truly new sports car in 50 years-and it's been getting stunning reviews. It makes perfect sense to combine the two into one fun and delicious event."
"The purity and elegance of the Jaguar F-Type design gives the F-Type lasting beauty. The proportions and stance communicate muscularity and latent energy. High power and low weight means effortless speed. Truly breathtaking," says David Murphy, president of Jaguar Rancho Mirage/Desert European Motorcars.  
At the Jaguar long lead press launch last fall, Car & Driver reported, " The F-type revealed its cunning on the Navarra Circuit in Spain and while attacking the Pyrenean foothills. After living with the comeback cat for a couple of days, we are certain this is not the reprise of your uncle's vintage sports car or an abridged version of the Jaguar cruisers battling the luxury German juggernaut. Rather, the F-type is a feline bred with a wild streak and a feral yearning to meet or beat Porsche's best moves."
"We cast one unanimous ballot for the F-Type for top honors in Paris. We were simply taken with the style, the performance potential, and the heritage," said Autoweek.com at the Paris Auto Show in October.
See for yourself at Figue Mediterranean on June 7. For information and reservations, contact Diana Marlo at Diana@deserteuropean.com or call 760-773-5000.