Monday, June 27, 2011

Chicago French Market July and Bastille Day Plans and Promotions

On Friday, July 1 Vanille Patisserie will introduce a new entremet, the Mont Blanc; fresh yogurt lime mousse, with a peach thyme compote center on a lemon madeleine. For more information call (312) 575-9963

Join Raw 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 for their Vegan Food Prep Class Series. Raw offers continuing classes that teaches you how to prepare amazing foods from well-known Chef Carole Jones. Learn how to create Raw’s amazing recipes: Chili Croquettes Couscous, Apple Pie and their signature Spirulina Smoothie. Join this class for $50 or buy a package of three classes for $135. Call to reserve your spot in this class at (312) 831-2729.

Grab your co-worker and enjoy a special lunch at Chicago French Market’s Lunch Hour Music. Peruse the market while listening to performer Annalee 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 6.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine hosts their Free Monthly Wine Tasting, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7 featuring “Wines of the World” from H2Vino. Fresh off the holiday weekend, Pastoral celebrates the American spirit by bringing together the international muses that have delighted American palates for decades. Old and new world wines will be featured as Pastoral contemplates the past and looks into wine’s future in our great nation.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Illinois Chapter is hosting a meeting and networking event designed to get all involved, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. An opportunity to learn about which USGBC-Illinois Branches or Committees you may be interested in joining, hear about the current Chapter activities, and see what has been happening with the Chapter so far this year and what is coming up later in 2011. The USGBC-Illinois Chapter leads the regional transformation of the built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable and healthy. We achieve this through education, advocacy and collaboration. All members and non-members are invited to attend!

Join Mr. Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago and the Chicago French Market in celebrating a “magnifique” free two-day Bastille Festival Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14.

Bastille Day specials and promotions include:

• Lavazza Espression offers their Blendissimo® line. A Unique coffee-based frappe that will seduce the palate: a cool blend of espresso, vanilla gelato and caramel, topped off with whipped cream and available in a number of flavors. Prices range from $3.55 to $4.55.

Also available is Raspberry Choco Èspessone™, a double pleasure: the delicacy of Èspessone™ combined with the intensity of hot chocolate. Available in four perfect combinations: vanilla, hazelnut, raspberry, and coconut. Prices range from $2.95 to $3.75. For more information call (312) 207-0500 or visit

• Vanille Patisserie will offer a new item crème brulee ($2.75) Thursday, July 14 through Saturday July 16. Call (312) 575-9963 for more information.

• Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine will offer H2Vino as well as Fine Vines pouring a selection of French reds, whites and sparklings. Celebrate Bastille Day and all summer outings with a Pastoral Picnic for Two! Baskets include cheese, bread, accompaniments
and cookies.

Don’t forget the wine or a cool craft beer, let Pastoral assist in picking the perfect boutique wines or beers to complement your picnic. All baskets must be ordered 6 hours ahead of time, prices begin at $39.99. For more information visit or call (312) 454-2200.

• Sweet Miss Giving’s will offer Red (velvet), White & Blue Cupcakes in honor of the Fourth of July on July 1 and July 2. On July 13 and 14, they will honor Bastille Day with Bleu, Blanc and Rouge (velvet) cupcakes! Cupcakes are $3 and also are available in half dozens and full dozens. As always, 100% of Sweet Miss Giving’s profits go to help the formerly homeless and disabled in the greater Chicago area. For more information call (312) 575-0212.

In addition to great specials and promotions, Chicago French Market will honor France with a number of musical performances throughout the two day festivities! Join Jacqueline Sylvie 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., July 13, as she showcases a few of her original tunes. She and her guitarist will also perform a number of cover tunes as well as French music in honor of the celebration.

Later in the evening enjoy International singer/entertainer Greta Pope as she entertains guests from 4 – 7 p.m. She has delighted audiences throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States and Canada. Ms. Pope has been touted as one of the great voices of our time, as she performs with ease all styles. In honor of Bastille Day, Ms. Pope will be performing French Cabaret. Enjoy a complimentary wine and appetizer buffet during Greta’s performance.

On day two of the celebration, enjoy the musical styling’s of Trio CopaCabana 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, July 14. Join Luciano Antonio, Neusa Sauer and Geraldo De Oliveira as they explore the Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz repertoire.

Prince Saleem and Company will perform 4 – 7 p.m., July 14. Their second visit to Chicago French Market, this trio consisting of a singer, jazz saxophonist and keyboardist will conclude the Bastille Day celebrations.

Join Chicago French Market for a cooking demonstration and tasting with executive chef Patrick Sheerin with The Signature Room at the 95th®, for Dine Around the Market 12 -1 p.m., July 19. Chef Patrick joined The Signature Room at the 95th® in 2002, he was promoted to executive chef in 2006 and has been creating innovative dishes ever since.

A native of Chicago, Sheerin was graduated from the French Culinary Institute of New York in 1998. Patrick combines his Illinois upbringing, utilizing fresh local farm ingredients, with his traditional culinary training to create dishes that are both savory to the trained palate and still approachable to the everyday diner. Several dishes will be demonstrated followed by sampling some of Chef Patrick’s creations.

Unwind your week or make your lunch hour a special one with Chicago French Market’s Lunch and Rush Hour Music! Guitarist and vocalist Robin Biennemann will perform 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 20. Prince Saleem and Company returns 4 -7 p.m., Thursday, July 28 for Chicago French Market’s Rush Hour Music.

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