Friday, October 31, 2014

Holiday Gift Shopping Early ... Get Ready for Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market Nov. 7-9

Get ready. Lycée Français de Chicago Fall invites all Chicagoans to indulge in a true French marchéth annual Fall French Market (550 W. Irving Park at Lake Shore Drive) with cooking demonstrations from Chicago-area chefs, specialty and artisan goods from more than 75 vendors, an anniversary cake cutting, and supervised activities for children.
experience Nov. 7 to 9. The Lycée Français de Chicago is celebrating its 10

Opening with a special preview party 7 p.m. Friday, November 7 attendees will be the first to peruse the goods from participating vendors, while enjoying appetizers, beverages and live music followed by a cake cutting ceremony marking  its 10-year anniversary as well as the 10th anniversary of the Fall French Market. The benefit party tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

The Fall French Market offers Chicagoans a quintessential French marché experience filled with French cooking demonstrations, gourmet fare, artisan goods, a farmer’s market, brocante (antique market), activities for kids, and much more,” said Julie Bargowski, Lycée Français de Chicago parent and this year’s Fall French Market Chair. It’s the perfect occasion to start your holiday shopping and enjoy the finest French food and goods Chicago has to offer.”

On Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, join top local chefs and proprietors from Bistrot Zinc, Chez Moi, Cook au Vin, The Chopping Block, Metropolis Coffee, Patisserie Coralie, Saveur Cuisine, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, and Troquet River North for cooking demonstrations, including heavenly pastries and exquisite gourmet French cuisine.

Fall Market chef demonstration schedule includes:

Saturday, November 8:
10:30 a.m.: Tim Kirker, Bistrot Zinc
11:30 a.m.: Shelley Young, The Chopping Block
12:30 p.m.: Shelley Young, The Chopping Block
1:30 p.m.: Tim Davison, Troquet River North
2:30 p.m.: Nathalie Ribon-Tourre, Saveur Cuisine

Sunday, November 9:
11:30 a.m.: Justin Doggett. Metropolis Coffee
12:30 p.m.: Vincet Colombet, Cook au Vin
1:30 p.m.: Jonathan Goldsmith, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
2:30 p.m.: Manuel Bouillet, Patisserie Coralie
Attendees will be able to browse a unique selection of goods from local vendors, including specialty foods, art, clothing, accessories, home decor, antiques, and more. In addition, The Children’s Pavilion has activities ranging from soccer, yoga, karate, and theater and art workshops.

Daily admission for the Fall French Market is $5 per person for adults and children admission is complimentary.

Tickets for the Lycée Français de Chicago Fall French Market are available for purchase at discounted rates in advance through Thursday, November 6 at

All proceeds from the Fall French Market are dedicated to supporting student programs and resources at Lycée Français de Chicago, as well as financial aid and extracurricular opportunities.
For additional information on the Fall French Market visit

For a complete list of vendors, visit:

Bon appétit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Compassion, Fashion & Cocktails 2014: Benefit supporting Stop Traffick & Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology Oct. 30

Immerse  yourself  in  culinary  delight  and  artistic  flair  and  join  affluent  professionals,   entrepreneurs,  media,  sports  and  entertainment  personas  for  Compassion,  Fashion  &  Cocktails  2014,  a  charity  event  celebrating  fashion  and  philanthropy  that  will  raise  money  and  awareness  for  the  charities  Stop  Traffick,  "Supporting  victims  of  human  trafficking",  and  Gaples  Institute  for  Integrative  Cardiology,  "Advancing  Natural  Options  for  Optimal Health".  Not  only  will  you  get  to  mingle  with  the  who’s  who  of  Chicago,  but  you  will  also get  to  enjoy  great  cocktails  and  a  fashion  show.  

The  event  is  being  held  on  Thursday,  October  30th,  2014,  at  The  Godfrey  Hotel  Chicago    |  I|O  Urban  Roofscape,  127 W.  Huron  St.  at  LaSalle  St.,  Chicago,  IL.  There  will  be  a  private  cocktail  reception  from  5:30 -7:30 p.m.  hosted  by  Svedka,  followed  by  the  runway  fashion  show,  by  Eskell,  at  8 p.m.

Light  hors  d’oeuvres  will  be  provided  throughout  the  event,  there  will  be  a
silent  auction,  a  raffle,  and  gift  bags  will  be  distributed  to  the  first  100  guests  to  arrive.
Tickets  may  also  be  purchased  at  the  door  on  the  night  of  the  event  for  $65,  you
may  obtain  a  VIP  Patron  ticketfor  $100,  which  entitles  you  to  a  special  gift  bag  and  five  raffle  tickets.  To  reserve  your  tickets  in  advance,  please  go  to

The benefit is brought  to  you  by:  Moxie  Strategies,  LLC  (Vanessa  Garippo,  Lema  Khorshid,  Anna  Maria  Viti-­Welch,  and  Sam  Yanover)

For more information visit: Facebook:

Handles:  #CompassionFashionCocktails and  #MoxieStrategiesLLC

About  Gaples  Institute  For  Integrative  Cardiology:  
The  Gaples  institute  for  integrative  cardiology  is  an  educational  nonprofit  working  to  improve  the  health  of  all  Americans  by  emphasizing  the  role  of  nutrition  and  lifestyle-combined  with  the  best  in  conventional  medicine.  Innovative  educational  program  are  conducted  across  the  country, from  presentations  to  mothers  of  children  in  head  start  to  workshops  for  physicians  that  combine  nutrition  education  with  hands  on  cooking  instruction.  Our  vision  is  to  make  nutrition  a  cornerstone  of  health  care.

About  Stop  Traffick:  
Stop  Traffick  is  a  Chicago-­based,  grassroots  effort  to  raise  funds  for  victims  of  human  trafficking  and  to  spread  awareness  about  this  critical  human  rights  issue.

About  Fuksa  Khorshid,  LLC:  
Fuksa  Khorshid,  LLC  is  a  boutique  law  firm  specializing  in  servicing  the  needs  of  a  wide  range  of  small  to  mid-­sized  businesses.  Because  the  firm’s  attorneys
have  amassed  extensive  professional  business  experience,  they  are  perfectly  situated  to  provide  their  clients  with
practical  legal  advice  while  concurrently  addressing  their  pressing  business  concerns.

Lema  Khorshid
fashion  and  philanthropy  supporting
Traffick  and  Gaples  
Institute  for  Integrative  Cardiology
Chicago,  IL  
Immerse  yourself  in  culinary  delight  and  artistic  flair  and  join  affluent  professionals,  
entrepreneurs,  media,  sports  and  entertainment  personas  for  Compassion,  Fashion  &  Cocktails  
14,  a  charity  event  celebrating  fashion  and  philanthropy  that  will  raise  money  and  awareness  
for  the  charities  Stop  Traffick,  "Supporting  victims  of  human  trafficking",  and  Gaples  Institute  for  
Integrative  Cardiology,  "Advancing  Natural  Options  for  Optimal
Health".  Not  only  will  you  get  to  
mingle  with  the  who’s  who  of  Chicago,  but  you  will  also  get  to  enjoy  great  cocktails  and  a  
fashion  show.    
The  event  is  being  held  on  Thursday,  October  30th,  2014,  at  The  Godfrey  Hotel  Chicago    |  I|O  
Urban  Roofscape,  127
W.  Huron  St.  at  LaSalle  St.,  Chicago,  IL.  There  will  be  a  private  cocktail  
reception  from  5:30
7:30pm  hosted  by  Svedka,  followed  by  the  runway  fashion  show,  by  Eskell,  
at  8:00pm.  Light  hors  d’oeuvres  will  be  provided  throughout  the  event,  there  will  be  a  
auction,  a  raffle,  and  gift  bags  will  be  distributed  to  the  first  100  guests  to  arrive.  
To  attend,  you  may  purchase  tickets  in  advance  (prior  to  10/27)  for  just  $40.  Tickets  may  also  
be  purchased  at  the  door  
on  the  night  of  the  event  for  $65
,  you  
may  obtain  a  VIP  Patron  ticket
for  $100
,  which  entitles  you  to  a  special  gift  bag  and  five  raffle  tickets.  To  reserve  your  tickets  in  
advance,  please  go  to
Brought  to  you  by:  Moxie  Strategies,  LLC  (Vanessa  Garippo,  Lem
a  Khorshid,  Anna  Maria  Viti
h,  and  Sam  Yanover)
About  Gaples  Institute  For  Integrative  Cardiology:  
The  Gaples  institute  for  integrative  cardiology  is  an  educational  nonprofit  working  to  improve  the  
health  of  
all  Americans  by  emphasizing  the  role  of  nutrition  and  lifestyle
combined  with  the  best  
in  conventional  medicine.  Innovative  educational  program  are  conducted  across  the  country,  
from  presentations  to  mothers  of  children  in  head  start  to  workshops  for  phys
icians  that  combine  
nutrition  education  with  hands  on  cooking  instruction.  Our  vision  is  to  make  nutrition  a  
cornerstone  of  health  care.
About  Stop  Traffick:  
Stop  Traffick  is  a  Chicago
based,  grassroots  effort  to  raise  funds  for  victims  of  human  traffick
and  to  spread  awareness  about  this  critical  human  rights  issue.
About  Fuksa  Khorshid,  LLC:  
Fuksa  Khorshid,  LLC  is  a  boutique  law  firm  specializing  in  servicing  the  needs  of  a  wide  range  
of  small  to  mid
sized  businesses.  Because  the  firm’s  attorneys  
have  amassed  extensive  
professional  business  experience,  they  are  perfectly  situated  to  provide  their  clients  with  
practical  legal  advice  while  concurrently  addressing  their  pressing  business  concerns.

Karma Asian Food and Fine Wine and Karma Pub Serving Crème Fraiche Flatbread and Karma Sausage and Clams Now Through October 30

Mundelein, IL- The ability to order items from both the Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine and Karma Pub (510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL; (847-970-6900) menus give guests the unique ability to dine in an atmosphere of their choosing and enjoy two distinct different styles of food.  Flatbread 300
This week, Karma and Karma Pub brings the ultimate Western favorite to its menu-pizza! However, it's not your ordinary pizza. The specialty Crème Fraiche flatbread is  topped with a symphony of bacon, caramelized onions, peas, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan, and mozzarella. At $10, this flatbread is sophisticated and perfect as an individual entrée or to share as an appetizer. You'll need to stop by soon as it's only available until next Thursday, October 30.

Karma also is featuring its Karma Sausage and Clams ($22) this week. A dish that is the ideal medley of Asian and American cuisine, Karma Sausage and Clams features pan roasted Salmon, tomato relish, and baby bok choy with a thick slice of grilled ciabatta bread. 
The end of October also means it is the last chance to order Steven's Point Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, brewed three and a half hours north of Mundelein, IL. This limited Pumpkin Ale was a gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the Pumpkin Beer category and also won a gold medal at the World Beer Championships. Made with Perle hops, this ale is handcrafted using real pumpkin and savory pumpkin pie spices with hints of all natural cinnamon and nutmeg. Svedka Vodka cocktails are also on special for $5.
New Dessert Added to Menu
Karma is adding a new yummy dessert to its menu. Save room for its Yin Yang" Cheesecake featuring coconut cream, sweet mango puree, toasted coconut, Mandarin orange, and Tahitian vanilla whipped cream. It's worth the calories!
Karma and Karma Pub allow guests to order from each other's menu. The result is that guests can have the best of two worlds-a choice of food and a choice of atmosphere. Both restaurants focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and purchase from local sources as much as possible. 
Shuttle Available from Metra Stations
Guests wishing to travel to Karma by Metra may do so with ease. Confirm arrival time before departure with the restaurant and notify them of the station, Mundelein or Vernon Hills, and Karma will provide a complimentary shuttle pickup. The shuttle runs until 9 p.m. 
About Karma and Karma Pub
Karma, a stunning contemporary restaurant serving fine Modern Asian Fusion cuisine from Executive Chef Paul Choi, is open seven days a week 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for dinner; and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner. 
Karma Pub, a casual American restaurant and pub, is open 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Karma is located adjacent to the DoubleTree Libertyville-Mundelein Hotel at 510 East Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060. For reservations or more information, call (847) 970-6900 or visit and  

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Cantina de la Granja Green City Market benefit event on October 29

Cantina de la Granja (5025 N. Clark) is hosting a Green City Market benefit on October 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A Modern Mexican restaurant opening in early 2015 in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Cantina de la Granja's vision is to innovate traditional and regional Mexican dishes through modern culinary techniques while keeping flavors authentic. 

Cantina de la Granja will provide a Midwest farm-to-table experience by sourcing from a hyper-local group of farmers and growers, with 70% to 75% of the ingredients including meats, seafood and vegetables, sourced within 200 miles of Chicago. The owner is Mark Robertson (Uptown Management Group - Crew Bar & Grill, Sofo Tap). The exec chef is Diana Davila.
In addition, Cantina de la Granja will feature a 1,400 square foot rooftop garden designed to produce 1,000 pounds of ingredients, not only to be use in the restaurant, but also as a source to prototype varietals such as peppers that will continue to be harvested at local farms. 

All proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to Green City Market. The tickets are all inclusive and just $60.  Purchase tickets on line here:

Photo description: Taco de Cabrito Adobado on flour tortilla with ancient herbs and cacao. Taco of slow clay roasted goat in vinegar, dried chilies, citrus and coffee on a made by my hand, family recipe of Chihuahua flour tortilla. To finish chopped onions and obscure Mexican herbs hoja santa & papalo and grated cacao. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Celebrating Halloween with Family & Friends? Try these recipes from Prairie Grass Cafe

 "Untraditional" Shepherd's Pie & Caramel Apple Martini

The ultimate comfort food is Shepherd's Pie, originally made with leftover roasted meat of any kind and a pie dish lined with mashed potato as well as a having a mashed potato crust on top originally called Cottage Pie. The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until 1877Shephard's Pie and has since been used synonymously with "cottage pie" regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton. 
Northbrook's Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 847-205-4433)  chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have been serving up their "Untraditional Shepherd's Pie" version ($22) with all natural beef and a puree of potatoes, parsnips and butternut squash, a real treat, since opening Prairie Grass Cafe 10 years ago. It's the perfect fall dish and one that Stegner has enjoyed serving guests at Halloween for years. 

She recommends pairing it with a salad of mixed greens, Honeycrisp apples, goat cheese and toasted walnuts. 

The perfect cocktail to accompany the Shepherd's Pie, recommends Prairie Grass Cafe mixologist Dan Sviland, is his Caramel Apple Martini currently on the menu. 

Untraditional Shepherd's Pie 
Serves 4
2 pounds all natural beef (or other grass-fed beef) chuck-eye roll cut into 1-inch chunks, fat and sinew removed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup chopped fresh, skinned and seeded tomatoes
1 cup peeled and diced carrots 
1 cup diced celery 
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (removed from stem)
3 cups unseasoned chicken stock 
3 cups demi-glace* 
4 bay leaves
1 cup blanched rainbow chard 
1 Ghost or Habanero pepper, left whole (optional)

1. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Sear the meat in olive oil in a large hot pan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally, until the meat is browned on all sides. 
2. Remove meat from the pan and sauté onions until tender. Add garlic, carrots, and celery. Return the meat to the pan. Add the chicken stock and demi-glace.
3. If using, tie Ghost pepper with kitchen twine (or place in bouquet garni bag) and lower into liquid-taste often until desired heat is achieved, then carefully remove and discard. Be careful not to touch the pepper with uncovered hands. Cover the pan and cook slowly until the meat is tender. Taste and adjust seasoning.
4. Stir in the Swiss chard and place in an oven-proof casserole dish, or divide evenly between 4 smaller crocks.

For the topping: 
4 cups potato puree
1/4 cup parsnip puree
1/8 cup butternut squash puree
2 tablespoons whole butter
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1. Mix together the above ingredients. Spread on top of braised meat in casserole dish (or divide into 4 portions and spread over meat in individual crocks). 
2. Place in 400-degree oven for 30 minutes, until potatoes begin to brown.
3. Serve and enjoy!
*You can buy Demi-Glace Gold, a concentrated demi-glace, at The Spice House in Evanston, or online. You mix it with hot water to use in recipes.

Copyright Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris 

Caramel Apple Martini_300

Caramel Apple Martini
1.5 oz. North Shore Vodka
3 oz. Caramel Cider Mix
Shake and Serve up

Caramel Apple Cider:
4 cups Apple Cider
1 cup Homemade Caramel Sauce
Blend 10 seconds.
Both the Unconditional Shepherd's Pie and the Caramel Apple Martini are available at Prairie Grass Cafe throughout the fall.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hungry? Head on to Green City Market for Grab & Go Lunch

Shoppers at Green City Market know that it's a great place to find local sustainable fruits and vegetables and the fall harvest offers a beautiful array from which to choose. Regulars also know that it's the perfect spot to pick up lunch and other delicious prepared foods to take home or back to the office for everyone to enjoy.

Several new vendors to the market this year have treats not to miss.
Jared PizzaStart your journey at Jared Batson's, The Nomad Food Company, with a delicious wood fired pizza. With Brussels sprouts in full bloom, Nomad is featuring an "Eat Your Sprouts" special Fall pie featuring wood fired Brussels Sprouts ($16). Guests can add an egg on top for an additional $1.

Chaussons Aux Pommes 300Baker Arshiya Farheen was trained in France and brings her talents to the market featuring traditional French pastries at her stand Verzenay patisserie. New items for the Fall include: Chaussons Aux Pommes (French Apple Turnover) - Apple Compote enclosed in a super flaky puff pastry - $4.75; Poire en Cage (Pear in a Cage) - Pear poached in fall spiced syrup, encased in a puff pastry cage, with a little bit of pecan cream - $4.75; Pumpkin Tart-Oct 2014 300Double Trouble Pumpkin Tart - Combination of two layers of creamy light and airy pumpkin layers held in a crispy tart shell - $4.50, and Pumpkin Éclairs - Pumpkin cream filled in an éclair shell - $4.00.

apple pecan bread and cranberry spelt scone 300Bread baker Lawrence Rocke of Peerless Bread and Jam is featuring Apple Pecan Bread ($6) of barley and whole wheat flour and Cranberry Spelt Scones ($3).  

Seedlings is featuring hot apple cider for $3.

Green City Market visitors are always pleased to enjoy Abby's Crepes, made to order with fresh seasonal ingredients ($12). The Fall Feast is the flavor at Green City Market Lincoln Park's, and Maple Bacon is the special crepe at the Green City Market Fulton location.

Abby's CrepesGrilled cheeseFew things are more satisfying than a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich, and Green City Market's rendition is from Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese. All sandwiches are made with Prairie Pure Cheese from Belvidere, Illinois and come in a variety of recipes. Gayle's also serves homemade soups. Sandwiches are $9 and the soups are $5.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Buena Beach Bar & Grill this Thursday (October 23)

Buena Beach Bar & Grill is challenging you to create the most outrageous Jack-O-Lantern. Whether it be scary, humorous or a chip off the old block, bring your knife skills to the newgastropub at 4250 N. Marine Dr. this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and carve away. Five dollars will get you a pumpkin. Bring your design and join neighbors and friends in creating your own signature pumpkin. Pumpkins will be on display through Halloween. Judging will culminate at Buena Beach’s Halloween Costume Party 6 p.m. October 31. The costume contest entry fee is $20 which includes two drink tickets (house drinks, house wine and tap beer); costumed characters dining receive a complimentary dessert with purchase of an entree.  First prize costumed winner will receive $50.

Note: The Walking Dead Fans - beginning this Sunday, Buena Beach will host AMC's "The Walking Dead" viewing parties beginning at 8 a.m. Special zombie drinks will be featured.

Dinner will be available until 10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

About Buena Beach Bar & Grill
Buena Beach Bar & Grill, located in Imperial Towers at 4250 N. Marine Drive in Chicago (773-880-9115) is an eclectic American casual gastropub. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Weekend Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner service on Sunday goes until 9 p.m. Buena Beach Bar & Grill accepts all major cards. Limited parking is available in the garage at 4250 N. Marine Drive. For more information, please contact the restaurant at (773) 880-9115.

Serve This Brussels Sprout Recipe on your Thanksgiving Menu Courtesy of the Green City Market (Cookbook)

Looking for a great side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner? Look no more. Green City Market shares this delicious Brussels Sprouts recipe from its new Green City Market Cookbook. Better yet, give your host a copy of the cookbook, available at Green City Market or on its website. It's a gift your host will cherish for years to come.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Green City Market heads indoors for the winter beginning November 8 at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

GCM Winter Market  photo DSC02094 301Just because winter is fast approaching, it doesn't mean that you can't still find fresh, locally grown produce, fruit and food in Chicago thanks to Green City Market's indoor operations. Green City Market moves indoors to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 2430 N. Cannon Dr. on November 8. Look for vendors toting organic baked goods, meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more.

Save these dates, winter markets will be held: November 1, 8, 15 and 22; December 6 and 20; January 24; February 7 and 21; March 7 and 21, and April 4 and 18.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chicago foodies, chefs and restaurateurs will head to the second floor of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to celebrate sustainable farming practices and good eats, where it will remain through the winter months. The market will return to its outdoor location in Lincoln Park in May.

Visit for the list of farmers and more details.

Products available in November and December include:
Apple CiderLamb
ApplesMicro Greens & Sprouts
Beans   Mushrooms
Black WalnutsParsnips
Bread & Pastry Pears
Brussels SproutsPecans
Corn MealPotatoes
Grilled CheeseTacos
Hot PeppersTamales

Green City Market CookbookThe Green City Market's Cookbook ($24.95) will be available for purchase. The book features seasonal 88 recipes from local celebrated chefs and frequent Green City shoppers and is the perfect food gift for the food enthusiast in your life, especially as a host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Since its debut in 1998, the Green City Market has been committed to educating Chicagoans about sustainable agricultural practices and connecting consumers with area farmers that follow these practices. Green City Market has consistently been named in the top 10 of the nation's best farmers markets by national publications such as Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, Shape, CNN, Huffington Post and US News, among others. The organization recently published its first cookbook, The Green City Market Cookbook, featuring recipes from chefs, restaurateurs and market customers. The cookbook is available at both Green City Market locations as well as on its website.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Order Thanksgiving To Go from Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook


Treat your family to a fabulous home cooked Thanksgiving meal courtesy of chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of Northbrook’s Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL 847-205-44330. Advance orders are now being accepted for their ever popular Thanksgiving To Go and must be made by November 20 for pickup at Prairie Grass Cafe between noon and 3 p.m. on November 27.
Start your celebratory feast with homemade Butternut Squash Soup (quart serving 4, $20); Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp with Homemade Horseradish Sauce ($48 per dozen); Organic Mixed Green Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Pumpkin Seeds and Pomegranate (serves 6 to 8, $45); and Cut Vegetable Assortment with Amish Blue Cheese Dip (serves 6 to 8, $35).

Your family and friends will be delighted with the juicy Roasted Turkey with Gravy (whole services 10-14 people, $110; half serves 5-7 people, $60); Apple Sage Stuffing (quart serving 4-6 servings, $14); and homemade Sausage and Giblet Stuffing (quart serving 4-6 people, $24). Sides include Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes (Pint serving 2 to 3, $7; Quart serving 4 to 6, $14); Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Puree (Pint serving 2 to 3, $8; Quart serving 4 to 6, $16); Sautéed Green Beans (Pint serving 2 to 3, $8; Quart  serving 4 to 6, $16); Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts (Pint serving 2 to 3, $12; Quart serving 4 to 6, $24), and Homemade Cranberry Sauce (Pint serving 2 to 5, $8; Quart serving 6 to 10, $16).

It may be a cliché but save room for dessert. Prairie Grass Cafe’s locally sourced Pecan Pie photo by Cindy Kurman 300homemade Pumpkin Pie ($24/pie, 6 slices) and Sarah’s famous "Mom’s Pecan Pie" ($24/pie, 6 slices) with pumpkins and pecans from Three Sisters Garden are the perfect ending to a terrific feast. For the chocolate cake fans in your family, don’t pass up Prairie Grass Cafe’s decadent Double Chocolate Cake (serving up 10-12, $50).

Prairie Grass Cafe supports local farmers: pumpkins provided by "Three Sisters Garden", pork for sausage by "Maple Creek Farm", apples by "Nichols Farm", and pecans by "Three Sisters Garden".

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Green City Market's Club Sprouts Hosts Halloween Party Saturday, October 25

Green City Market's final Club Sprouts event takes place 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25. The Club Sprouts Halloween Party draws hundreds of costumed children. Miss Jamie from the Farm, a children's musician, performs at 10 a.m. 

Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. 

The interactive performance features well-known farm songs as well as original tunes like "Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs" and "Keepin' it Pesticide Free," and teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin' their boots and hollerin' for more. 

Sing, dance, laugh and learn with Miss Jamie and her farmyard friends! 

Join the fun. Participants will decorate pumpkins, make Halloween themed snacks and participate in a costume contest at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Park location. The event is free and open to the public.

Lincoln Park Location

Green City Market’s 2014 outdoor season runs May 3 through October 25, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7am to 1pm. The market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1790 N. Clark).
Discounted parking is available for $10.00 for under two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot off of Stockton Drive.  Pick up a validation ticket at the Market info booth. (for validation, patron must make a minimum $5 purchase at the market). There is a special $5 Early Bird parking rate on Wednesdays for one hour between 7am-9am.
Public Transportation
The following CTA bus routes stop by Green City Market: 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 73 Armitage, 151 Sheridan. The nearest train stops are the Sedgwick Brown line (walk east on North Ave. and north on Clark to Green City Market) and the Clark/Division Red line (walk north on Clark to Green City Market).

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