Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Offerings and December Specials at Chicago French Market

Children’s Holiday Cookie Decorating, Dec. 4
Bring your children and get in the holiday spirit with FREE cookie decorating at Chicago French Market this Saturday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Stop by the market common area for some creativity, cookies and fun!

Wine Tasting at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
Join Pastoral 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 for a complimentary wine tasting of the Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay from Australia, the Hedges CMS Red Blend from Washington State and the Robert Sinskey POV Meritage from California.

This December Pastoral celebrates the “12 Days of Pastoral,” its way of giving back to customers and the community through random acts of kindness. On each day beginning Saturday, Dec. 11 through Friday, Dec. 24, one lucky, random Pastoral customer receives a gift from Pastoral. Contact Pastoral at Chicago French Market for details at (312) 454-2200.

Seafood and Meat Specials at City Fresh Market
City Fresh Market is offering a number of seafood and meat specials at Chicago French Market, now through Saturday, Dec. 11.

Seafood selections include Whole Rainbow Trout $3.99/lb., Tilapia Filet $3.99/lb., Smoked Salmon $9.99/lb. and Steelhead Salmon $7.99/lb. Meat specials include Hot Italian Sausage $2.49/lb., Panko Parmesan Breaded Chicken Breast $4.49/lb., Chimichurri Marinated Pork Tenderloin $7.99/lb. and All Natural Texas Rib-Eye Steak $11.99/lb. Call-in orders are welcome at (312) 575-0230.

December Specials and Kosher Items at Fumare Meats & Deli
Fumare Meats & Deli has a number of December specials including Smoked Pheasant $9.99/lb, Smoked Goose Breast $23.99/lb., Goose Liver Sausage $13.99/lb., Swedish Potato Sausage $6.89/lb. and Andouille Sausage $8.99/lb. Fumare is now taking orders for holiday get-togethers. Whether it’s a large client presentation, or simple gathering of family and friends, Fumare is the perfect solution.

Fumare recognized a need in the downtown Chicago area for kosher products. Last month, Fumare began offering pre-packaged kosher items including coffee cake, fresh breads, salmon and more. Be sure to call Fumare before your visit to see what the day’s kosher offerings are. Stop by or call Fumare Meats & Deli at Chicago French Market at (312) 930-4220.

Warm up with Free Mexican Coffee at Buen Apetito
Receive a free cup of imported Mexican coffee with a breakfast purchase at Buen Apetito Taqueria. Known for its fresh, top quality ingredients, Buen Apetito’s breakfast offerings include a Breakfast Burrito, chorizo and egg or veggie filled wrapped in option of flour, spinach, tomato basil, southwest chili, whole grain or wheat tortilla ($6.25); Scrambled Eggs with Spanish Potatoes and Tortillas ($5.25); Chorizo Tacos with scrambled eggs and spicy Mexican sausage ($6.25); Huevos Rancheros with eggs sunny-side up or over-easy with Mexican ranchero sauce ($5.50); and a Spanish Omelet with green pepper and tomato ($5.50).

Also try Buen Apetito’s authentic Mexican hot chocolate ($2). Contact Buen Apetito at Chicago French Market with questions at (312) 234-9600.

Holiday Fruit Baskets at Produce Express
Produce Express is accepting orders for custom-made and grab-and-go fruit baskets for the holidays. All baskets are $25, and orders can be placed at Produce Express.

Stop by Produce Express for one of their new, freshly-made salads featuring housemade vinaigrettes. The farm-fresh vendor is also now offering grab-and-go fruit salads. Contact Produce Express at Chicago French Market for details at (312) 454-4540.

Holiday Treats at Delightful Pastries
Delightful Pastries, specializing in authentic European pastries, offers a number of seasonal pies, cakes and goodies for holiday parties or hostess gifts. Selections include Pecan Pie ($24), Banana Cream Pie ($24), Italian Ricotta Cheesecake ($25), Chocolate Mousse Mississippi Mud Pie ($35), Cookie Tray ($30) and more. Savory treats include Potato Pie ($30), Vegetable Quiche ($42), Spinach Lamb Pie ($56) as well as a number of traditional Polish savory items.

Another promotion at Delightful Pastries includes a free Lemon-Cranberry bar with the purchase of three bars. (variety of flavors). Place holiday orders at Delightful Pastries’ Chicago French Market location at (312) 234-9644.

Free Cookies at Sweet Miss Giving’s
Pre-order holiday gifts from Sweet Miss Giving’s for pick up at Chicago French Market, and receive one free cookie of your choice. Offer valid for orders of $25 or more. Contact Sweet Miss Giving’s at (312) 575-0212.

Buche de Noel from Vanille Patisserie
Award-winning Vanille Patisserie offers traditional holiday Buche de Noel in mocha or red velvet flavors $40 each. A modern Buche de Noel (entremets style) with Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Bean Cream and Chocolate Cake is also $40.The yule log treats serve 10-12 people each.

Also for the holidays, Vanille Patisserie offers Galette Des Rois, a crispy puff pastry filled with baked almond cream with a French trinket inside, and a golden paper crown $30. Serves 8-10 people. Other selections include 24-piece assorted Petit Four Box ($32), White Chocolate Peppermint Bar ($9/bag) and Vanilla Bean Sugar ($8 8 oz jar, $22 1 lb.). Contact Vanille Patisserie to place an order (312) 575-9963.

It’s Christmas. Don’t forget the Chocolate!
Delight your special someone this holiday season with a box of luscious, hand-made chocolates from Canady le Chocolatier. Christmas chocolate suggestions include Amerena Ganache, Crème’ de Tiramisu, Pistachio Truffles, Red Pepper Truffles, Mint Truffles and Cheesecake Truffles. Contact Canady Le Chocolatier at Chicago French Market to order in-person or at (312) 454-8700.

Happy Holidays from Gramp’s Gourmet Foods
Gramp’s Gourmet Foods, specializing in gourmet pickles, suggests Gramp’s Sour Dill Pickles and Gramp’s Pickled Beets this holiday season. Gramp’s Gourmet Foods will make specialized gift baskets, perfect for teachers, stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

It is Gramp’s goal to create unique handcrafted foods that evoke memories of family, fun and simpler times. Contact Gramp’s Gourmet Foods at Chicago French Market for more information at  

Holiday Hours at the Market
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Chicago French Market is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

About Chicago French Market
Chicago French Market is a European-inspired market offering an array of local produce, meats, seafood, breads, pastries, cheese, wine, chocolates, pastas, artisan-made goods, specialty drinks, flowers, prepared meals and a seating area for customers. Chicago French Market’s diverse group of local vendors stay open year-round, six days per week, and is located within the new MetraMarket development at 131 N. Clinton St. (between Washington and Randolph Streets). For more information, visit

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