The Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago IL, 60661; 312-575-0306) is helping everyone kick off the summer season by offering a full schedule of events and specials throughout the month of June.
Online PR News – 06-June-2013 – Chicago, IL – Make sure to Like the Chicago French Market on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ChiFrenchMarket for up-to-the-minute news. Don’t forget to pickup your Father’s Day gifts and enjoy the fine produce, sandwiches and gift baskets all available to make your summer grilling and picnic planning perfect.
Little Goat Bread Opening Friday, June 7
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.
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.
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 is 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.
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.
Lavazza – The Official Supplier of Wimbledon
Congratulations to Lavazza. They are the official coffee supplier of Wimbledon http://wimbledon.lavazza.com/en-en/index.htm. Lavazza and Wimbledon: The perfect match of taste will be offered from June 3 through July 7. Purchase three pounds of whole bean coffee, and receive your complimentary Limited Edition Wimbledon Espresso Cup (while supplies last).
Father’s Day Gift Ideas
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
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 amd 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. Oh, Olive! new unique olive oils available including 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!
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 pesto using 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 for $39.99. 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.
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.
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.
Chicago French Market June Events and Entertainment
Wednesday, June 5 Lunch Hour Music - Matt Cantlon
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary
Chicago musician Matt Cantlon has been singing and playing rock, pop and country music on his guitar for more than 20 years. In addition to doing solo acoustic gigs he also plays in the popular duo, The Acoustic Generation. Cantlon averages about 200 live performances a year and is a prolific song writer spanning a variety of genres. Catch him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 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.
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.
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.
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 lunch 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.