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Holiday Specials, Events and Entertainment, this November at the Chicago French Market

Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago; 312-575-0306) hosts a variety of holiday events this November. Everything you need for a truly memorable Thanksgiving is available at the Chicago French Market.
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    CHICAGO, IL, November 03, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago; 312-575-0306) hosts a variety of holiday events this November. Everything you need for a truly memorable Thanksgiving is available at the Chicago French Market. Additionally, try something new, with the market's traditional European celebrations happening all month long.

New Chicago French Market Vendor, Bello Tea
The Chicago French Market is pleased to welcome its newest vendor, Bello Tea. Bello Tea offers 90 different types of teas and herbals. In addition to loose leaf teas, Bello Tea offers hot and ice teas, bubble teas, Matcha Green Teas and Limeades. In response to the growing interest, Bello Tea also provides Tea Tasting and Tea Education classes for its patrons, as well as a wide range of tea accessories for purchase.

Sporting the motto, "Life is Good, Enjoy Your Tea," it is no wonder that many consider Bello Tea their one stop shop for all things tea related. Bello Tea's mission has been to serve, help and educate their customers in discovering the beautiful world of tea. Find Bello Tea at the Chicago French Market this November.

Owner Tammy Reedy started the business in 2009, and she developed strong roots from growing up in Bangkok, Thailand where tea was a major fixture. What first began as selling tea in Western Suburban French Markets led to her first permanent location in Downers Grove in December 2009.

Get your Holiday Turkey and Sides at City Fresh Market
This Thanksgiving all your shopping needs can be met at City Fresh Market at the Chicago French Market. The only European market located in downtown Chicago is now taking orders for its fresh, all-natural 10-12 pound turkeys. With City Fresh´┐ŻEUR s abundance of fresh produce you also can pick up ingredients for your favorite sides; whether your Thanksgiving dinner tradition calls for sweet potatoes, greens, cranberry sauce or more. The City Fresh team of bakers provides an exceptional selection of European pastries for dessert. To order your turkey stop into the Chicago French Market or call (312) 575-0230.

Pick Up an Original Holiday Pie at Delightful Pastries
Fresh holiday pies might be one of the best things about Thanksgiving. Delightful Pastries offers 15 different specialty pies to choose from this fall season. Some of the delicious varieties include Apple Caramel, Chocolate Cream, Cranberry Fudge, Coconut Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream and Pecan Chocolate. The traditional favorites of Apple, Pumpkin, and Pecan Pie also are available. Delightful Pastries also has an impressive selection of savory pies, as an unique side dish option this Thanksgiving. Choose from Salmon en Croute, Spinach Lamb Pie, Potato Pie, Swiss Chard Red Onion Tart or a Baked Brie. If you weren´┐ŻEUR t tempted yet, you can't pass up Delightful's new seasonal brownie. The Pumpkin Cayenne Brownie combines traditional fall ingredients with a surprising fiery punch. The holiday sweet pies range in price from $20 to $28, and the savory items range from $18 to $56. Thanksgiving orders will be taken up to Wednesday, November 21 by calling (312) 234-9644.

Lavazza Espression Introduces Seasonal Drinks and More
Lavazza Espression will be featuring three seasonal new items:

Pumpkin Butter Latte
Savor the season with a comforting blend of artisan crafted pumpkin butter, steamed milk, and smooth espresso. Wrap your scarves around your neck and your hands around this seasonal specialty.

Cardamom Truffle Mousse
An artisan crafted Cardamom Mousse layered over a light flourless chocolate cake.

Pumpkin Chiffon Mousse
An artisan crafted Pumpkin Mousse layered over a gingersnap cookie crust, crowned with crystallized ginger.

Pastoral Debuts New Cheese, Rush Creek Reserve
To celebrate the season, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is pleased to introduce a uniquely fall cheese called Rush Creek Reserve. Rush Creek comes from Upland Dairy the same makers of the well-loved cheese, Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

Rush Creek Reserve is made only in the autumn season, as the diet of Upland's cows begin to change from the fresh pastures of summer to the winter's dry hay. While Pleasant Ridge Reserve is aged many months in an effort to express the flavor complexity of the grass-fed milk, Rush Creek Reserve is designed to show off the richer texture of the hay-fed milk and the delicate ripeness of a soft, young cheese.

Like Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Rush Creek Reserve is made with raw milk, and the two cheeses are aged side-by-side in ripening rooms, sharing the environment that gives the cheese its characteristic savory flavors. Rush Creek Reserve is inspired by the French Vacherin Mont d'Or, and is bound in spruce bark, which gives shape to the soft round and imparts a sweet, woodsy flavor to the cheese. Combined with the savory flavors born from the rind, this gives the custard-soft paste a deep but delicate richness, reminiscent of beef broth or finely cured meat. Pastoral offers Rush Creek Reserve for $25.99 for a 4-5 inch round.

Your Favorite Holiday Pies Available at Vanille Pastisserie
The French trained Pastry Chefs at Vanille Pastisserie are proud to announce their fall seasonal pies. The featured pies are Pumpkin with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Apple with Streusel topping and Pecan Pie. These 10 inch pies are available for $26/each or $47 for any two. Pre-orders will be taken until November 20 at (312) 575-9963.

Make Your Own Mulled Wine With Spices From Oh Olive
Mulled Wine has been sipped in the cold winter months in Europe for centuries. This season Oh Olive makes this European tradition available to you, will its pack of mulling spices. Each is available for $12.95. You can add these spices to a robust wine, apple cider or other fruit juices, creating the perfect drink for a chilly night this holiday season. For more information call (312) 207-1795.

Great Recipe for a Mediterranean Twist on Stuffing from Oh Olive


1 lb. loaf of rye bread with seeds, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 cups chicken or turkey stock (can be made with vegetable stock)
1 ┬Ż teaspoons of caraway seeds
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups celery, chopped
2 Golden delicious (or other) apples, peeled and chopped
1 large sweet onion, chopped
┬╝ cup Delizia Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil
┬╝ cup Delizia Butter Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Galena Garlic Stuffing & Dressing Seasoning
┬Ż teaspoon Sonoma Gourmet Sea Salt
Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread chunks on cookie sheet and drizzle with the Wild Mushroom & Sage oil and toast until lightly browned and crispy.

Cook caraway seeds in Butter olive oil in saute pan over medium heat for about two minutes. Next add celery, chopped apples, garlic and onions. Stir veggies and saute until veggies are softened slightly. Add seasoning, salt and pepper. When all are browned (10 minutes or so), add the chicken stock and scrape up any of the browned bits to add to the stuffing mix. Pour mixture over the toasted bread cubes, and toss until coated well. Transfer mixture to a 3 quart casserole dish. Drizzle top with Mushroom & Sage oil. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until stuffing is crisp on top.

Note: You can make this a day ahead and refrigerate. Reheat at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. You can also do individual stuffing servings in a muffin pan.

Special Events at the Chicago French Market

November 1 to November 17- Pie Tasting from Delightful Pastries
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Complimentary

Taste and discover what pie you would like to serve for Thanksgiving, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. November 1-17. Delightful Pastries will be sampling several pies including the traditional Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan to Apple Caramel, Cranberry Fudge and Key Lime Pie; just to name a few. Once you decide on your favorite, the friendly staff will be happy to place your order so this task can be checked off your holiday to-do list.

November 8 & 28 Rush Hour Music with Patricia Spaeth
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

Patricia Spaeth, pianist, accordionist and more, comes to Chicago via Seattle and points in-between. She plays an encyclopedic array of styles from Contra-dance to Klezmer, Finnish to French, Broadway to Swing and Tango to Ragtime. Dance students at the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Lou Conte Studios and Northwestern University get a few non-classical surprises when Spaeth plays their class. She returns to the Chicago French Market with her signature accordion, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. November 8, playing well-known French tunes. Spaeth will be back for a lunch time special, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 28.

November 9 - Vanille Patisserie Re-Grand Opening
7 p.m. to 7:30 pm

Vanille Patisserie is celebrating its Grand Re-Opening and its One Year Anniversary in its newly decorated space at the Chicago French Market. Throughout the day, receive free coffee with a purchase; enjoy samples of your favorite items or that special treat you've always wanted to taste. Also, Vanille will be sampling three amazing pies for Thanksgiving; Pumpkin with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Apple with Coconut Streusel Topping and Pecan. Preorders are encouraged since the pies are a coveted seasonal item and are quick to sell. The 10 inch pies are $26 each or any two pies for $47. Vanille will be taking orders until Tuesday November 20. There will be games, activities and prizes to win! Don' t miss the fun!

November 10 - Vanille Patisserie Re-Grand Opening
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10 p.m. to 1 pm Free Cookie Decorating and Face Painting for kids
11 a.m. Holiday Tart Demonstration

Vanille Patisserie continues the celebration of its Grand Re-Opening and its newly decorated space at the Chicago French Market. Throughout the day, receive free coffee with a purchase; enjoy samples of your favorite items or that special treat you've always wanted to taste. Also, Vanille will be sampling three amazing pies for Thanksgiving; Pumpkin with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Apple with Coconut Streusel Topping and Pecan. Preorders are encouraged since the pies are a coveted seasonal item and are quick to sell. The 10 inch pies are $26 each or any two pies for $47. Vanille will be taking orders until Tuesday November 20. Plus, there will be free cookie decorating and face painting for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Holiday Tart Demonstration at 11 a.m. that you won't want to miss. There will be games, activities and prizes to win! Don't miss the fun!

November 14 Lunch Hour Music with Erich McMann
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary

Erich McMann grew up locally from a musical family. After years of traveling and performing all across the country, with several bands and projects; McMann moved back to Chicago to work full-time as a musician. He has been playing with several local bands including The Shreds of Evidence, Slow Hand, Just Enuff, The Everly Hillbillies, The Rockets and an original Folk side project with his sister and a few old High School friends called Smith & McMann. As a songwriter Erich has had his material recorded and performed by emerging country artist Brian Clayton, The R&B Brothers and The Phil Angotti Band. Come hear this talented musician during your lunch hour, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 14.

November 15 Beaujolais Nouveau
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary

It's time to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau with a special wine tasting at the Chicago French Market. This French tradition begins, midnight on the third Thursday in November. Beaujolais Nouveau is a young wine from the fields in France. The grapes used for this wine were on the vine in August, picked in September, in the barrel in October and in the bottle in November. While you taste this young wine, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. stroll through the market and experience 29 unique vendors specialties, with live music.

November 20 Holiday Wine Tasting with Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Complimentary

If you have been put on wine duty this holiday season you are in luck. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine is having a special Holiday Wine Tasting, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 20. At the event you can learn about and taste wines perfect for the holiday season, leaving you with a thorough knowledge of which wines to pick up.

November 22 Chicago French Market is Closed Thanksgiving Day

November 26 to December 21 Marche de Noel
8: a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Complimentary

A traditional French Christmas Market is coming back to the Chicago French Market. Marche de Noel will encompass rotating visiting artisans selling unique holiday gifts. They will display and sell their wares daily, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. November 22 through December 21st.

This special holiday feature provides an unique holiday atmosphere and shopping options, helping you cross everyone off your holiday list. Artists will sell jewelry, kid's items, wall decor, photographs, toys and more gift options. The Chicago French Market vendors also will feature new holiday items, during this time.

The Marche de Noel is believed to have begun in Dresden, Germany in 1434 under the reign of Fredrick II of Saxony. The Marche de Noel first began in France in the city of Strasbourg where it is still held today. The holiday market has continued ever since in France and in many other cities throughout Europe.

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).

Chicago French Market offers complimentary garage parking with entrances at 164 N. Canal St. and 165 N. Clinton St. for one hour or less with a minimum purchase of $20 or more (receipt required).

For more information, visit Like Chicago French Market on Facebook at and follow the market on Twitter at @ChiFrenchMarket.

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