The month of March at Chicago French Market (131 North Clinton, 312-575-0306)
is sure to please with new menu items, new vendor openings, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter features and events, and national recognition of the “very best” pastrami in all of the Illinios!
Klay Oven Kitchen will be opening in early March as the 26th vendor at the Chicago French Market. The 170 sq. foot space will offer more than 25 varieties of fresh Indian spices from cumin, fennel, turmeric and cardamom to black salt, star anise and mustard seeds. Also, it will feature on-the-go meals for breakfast and lunch creations from Executive Chef Hiran Patel of Klay Oven.
Klay Oven Kitchen hours will be 7:30 a.m. To 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Beginning Saturday, March 3, and every Saturday thereafter, Chef Hiran Patel will hold morning cooking classes at Klay Oven Kitchen to teach
guests about Indian spices and how to incorporate in home cooking.
Delightful Pastries will be adding two new bars to their menu! Raspberry Chocolate Jam Bars and Cayenne Brownies will be available starting in March. In addition, a special Easter menu will be featured. Choose from a selection of sweet items including Lamb Cakes with buttercream or dusted with powder sugar, Bunny Rabbits, Cupcake baskets, Mocha Chocolate Bundt Cake, Rum and Raisin Yeast Babka, Italian
Ricotta Cheesecake and several pie options including Rhubarb Strawberry. Or,
choose from a menu of savory items including Lamb & Spinach Pie, Mushroom,
Onion, Leek and Swiss cheese Quiche, Asparagus, Ham & Swiss Cheese Quiche
and Salmon en Croute. All orders must be placed by April 2.
FLiP Crepes has added to their menu and now feature a new selection of beverage and breakfast items including locally roasted coffee, chocolate shots, teas and tisanes as well as oatmeal, muesli and Kefir smoothies. The perfect way to start the day!
Fumare Meats & Deli
Lights, camera, action! Fumare Meats & Deli will be featured on the Food Network’s “Sandwich King” 10 am March 4. Also, say tuned for ABC News Channel 7 “The
Hungry Hound”, airing 10 pm March 9, featuring the “very best” pastrami in all
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Fumare will be serving up
a special dinner plate featuring corn beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes for
Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread and Wine
Pastoral will be featuring two unique cheeses from County Cork, Ireland in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Ardrahan Cow’s Milk and Coolea Cow’s Milk cheeses will be offered during the month of March.
Chicago French Market’s Raw is adding a Takeaway Program, a weekly menu designed for people on the go! The program will provide a selection of meal options to take you through your work week and beyond. The introductory price of $130 allows you a selection of 5 breakfast and snack items, 6 entrees, 2 salads, 6 savories/spreads and 2 desserts. All items are guaranteed to last minimum of 5 days. Place your order each week by Monday before 7:30 pm and pick-up the next afternoon. No need to take to your kitchen after a long day. These healthy meals are packed and ready to go!
Wisma will be celebrating March Madness by featuring their homemade dips, schmears, crackers and chips. Also on the menu, their delicious barbeque pork! Choose from Spinach and Mushroom Dip or Goat Cheese and Pesto Schmear for $5 or Spicy Pasilla de Oaxaia Chile Schmear for $6. Pair them with one of their many varieties of chips and crackers.Or, take home some of their slow-cooked Organic Becker Lane Barbeque Pork for $12, it goes great with Louisiana backwoods sauce!
Wisma also has added new items that will be featured on their menu:
PASTA AND NOODLES:
Artisan Penne with spicy Bolognese, mushrooms, roasted garlic, and herbs
Semolina shells, mushrooms, local chicken, brussel sprouts, light parmesan cream
Shredded romaine, quinoa, hazelnuts, French feta cheese, haricots vertes
Shredded vegetables: peppers, onion, cabbage, organic carrots, bean sprouts, sesame vinaigrette
Braised chicken enchiladas, cilantro, onion, Chihuahua cheese, roasted tomatillo salsa
Local chicken jambalaya, smoked ham, peppers, celery, onion, jasmine rice, herbs and spices
Sustainably fished wild cod, Himalayan red rice, haricots vertes, braised celery, roasted garlic, sesame-soy sauce
Publican Quality Meats fresh pastrami, herb boiled potatoes, caramelized onions, Dijon mustard sauce
Publican Quality Meats corned beef, emmantaler fresh cheese, horseradish sour cream, shredded vinegar cabbage
Artisan handmade salami, black olives, roasted tomatoes, raw onion, pesto
Fresh vanilla bean custard cheesecake
March 2012 Events
March 1, 2012 – Vanille Patisserie Dance Marathon Fundraiser
7am - 7pm
Dance until you drop! Team Vanille Patisserie will be participating in the Chicago Dance Marathon! On this day, Vanille Patisserie will donate 15% their daily sales at the Chicago French Market to the Children’s Memorial Hospital and dance alongside other participants as patient families cheer them on! Their participation in this event
contributes to raising enough funds to benefit more than 146,000 children that the hospital treats each year.
March 1, 2012 – Rush hour concert with Asha & Martin Saville
4pm– 7pm FREE
Break up the middle of the day with some lunch hour music. Asha & Martin Saville will do just that by playing light rock, alternative and some R & B --The perfect way to avoid the rush hour crowd.
March 7, 2012 – Lunch Hour music with Asha & Martin Saville
11am – 2pm FREE
Inspired by musicians like Michael Jackson, Adele, and James Blunt, musicians Asha & Martin Saville will be performing a lunch hour concert at the Chicago French Market. Take a midday break and relax to their soulful tunes.
March 10, 2012 – Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine– Wine Tasting 12pm – 2pm FREE
Pastoral will be hosting their monthly wine tasting where they will be feature several varieties of artisan wines.
March 14, 2012 – Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine– Beer Tasting 5pm - 7pm FREE
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Pastoral will be hosting a beer tasting where a sampling of artisan beers will be available.
March 15, 2012 – Rush Hour concert with Robin & Jenny Bienemann
4pm – 7pm FREE
Creating the perfect harmony, Robin and Jenny Bienemann will be at to the Chicago French Market to perform a block of their original songs. Their quirky yet thoughtful music is sure to delight during the end of the work day.
March 21, 2012 – Lunch Hour concert with Americana musician Steve Justman
11am – 2pm FREE
Steve Justman is a collector of Americana artifacts and traditions that have spanned
generations. He has been performing folk music in the Chicago area for years and is happy to share his gift with the Chicago French Market patrons. Stop in during lunch hour and enjoy a collection of traditional and popular folk music.
March 29, 2012 – Rush Hour concert with Robin & Jenny Bienemann
4pm – 7pm FREE
Stop in before your commute home to enjoy several original songs performed by Robin & Jenny Bienemann. Their combination of lyrical song-work paired with jazz guitar creates a relaxing but fun concert.
March 31, 2012 – Hop to the Bunny Train
11am – 2pm FREE
Come hop the train and travel around the Chicago French Market! The train will travel around the Chicago French Market from 11-1:30 pm, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 pm. Where participants can meet a very special guest: The Easter Bunny! The Chicago French Market will also be offering market-wide tastings. Don’t miss out on all of the Easter fun!