Enjoy Specials, Deals and Healthy Options This January at Chicago French Market; Don't forget it's National Soup Month

Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton, Chicago IL 60661,  312-575-0306) vendors are helping you to start the New Year off right with specials that will help you recover from your holiday spending.  Along with great specials, many of the food vendors are offering healthier menu options so those of you who have started a New Year diet or just want to make better choices this year, look no further than the Chicago French Market. It's also national soup month. Chicago French Market has 12 vendors ready to warm your soul, selling delicious homemade soups from Vietnamese Pho to Winter Lentil, to Hot Tofu, tomato, Matzo ball and clam can find it all at the Market.

Specials and Features

Bello Tea

The National Tea Association has dedicated the month of January as National Hot Tea month and Bello tea is ready to celebrate!  January is the perfect time to try something news. Bello Tea is offering a complimentary tea tasting 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. 

Hands-on Matcha Green Tea Experience - Great Mid-Day Energy Pickup.   The elaborate and refined Japanese tea ceremony is meant to demonstrate respect through grace and good etiquette. Experience an abbreviated authentic tea ceremony at Bello Tea to learn and expand your knowledge of Matcha.  The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu or sadō, chadō. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae .  This interactive demonstration and tasting gets you involved. Bello Tea explains how to prepare Matcha and you'll do it yourself. Matcha classes are $6 per person and available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Bello Teat at the Chicago French Market has seating for three people at a time. Reservations are recommended.

Would you like to win a blender bottle?   Enter the drawing by telling Bello Tea what your favorite Bello Tea product is.  Winners will be notified at the end of January.  No Purchase is necessary.

Good luck. January 31 is Chinese New Year's and Bello Tea is inviting you to celebrate. Stop by its booth at the Chicago French Market and pick up your red envelop. In Chinese and other Asian societies, a red envelope or red packet is a gift which is given during holidays or special occasions with wishes of good fortune, health and happiness. See what surprise you have in store. 

Da Lobsta

Now's the perfect time to try Da Lobsta's delicious New England Clam Chowder.

On January 21, National New England Clam Chowder Day, Da Lobsta is offering $2-off  its homemade clam chowder with the purchase of any of its lobster rolls.  While New England doesn't have a monopoly on clam chowder, it is probably the most recognized regional style of this soup. Finding the perfect cup in the Midwest hasn't always been easy. However, since Da Lobsta opened in Streeterville and at the Chicago French Market, getting a perfect cup is just around the corner. New England Clam  Chowder is a delicious stick-to-your-ribs soup using a cream-base and thickened with starch from potatoes. Other base ingredients include onions, celery and bacon. Once you've tried Da Lobsta's version, you won't have the need to rush east.

Delightful Pastries

Celebrate National Soup Month and National Baking Month 

January is National Soup and National Baking Month. One might not think of going to a bakery for homemade soup, but Delightful Pastries at the Chicago French Market offers a complete menu of both sweet and savory goodies. Warm up with a selection of delicious homemade soups. Stop by for a complimentary tasting of its two gluten free offerings: Butternut Squash Soup with purely of roasted butternut squash and chicken broth or Split Pea Soup with pea, potato, carrot and bacon. Other soups include homemade Clam Chowder with clams, potato, bacon and cream, Chicken Noodle, and Beef Mushroom Barley Soup with beef, barley, carrot, onion and mushroom. All soups this month are only $3.50 a cup. Soups choices rotate daily. 


Delightful Pastries has a lot to offer during National Baking Month this January

One of the reasons you may choose to buy from a bakery rather than purchase packaged baked goods is that you want to believe that the ingredients are pure. You can be sure at Delightful Pastries as it has built its reputation on fresh, made-from-scratch cooking using family recipes without preservatives or other fillers. "We believe that every customer deserves the best quality food just like we make them at home." said partner Robert Hawryszczuk. Delightful Pastries is highlighting several of its baked goods this month. Start the year off sweetly with yummy cream puffs -- January 2 is National Cream Puff Day. Other January specials at Delightful Pastries include pistachio and other shortbread specials on January 6 for National Shortbread Day and mini and full pie specials (apple, pecan and more) for National Pie Day on January 23, Chocolate Cake on January 27, National Chocolate Cake Day and buttery croissants on National Croissant Day, January 30.

Delightful Pastries is located at the Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago;  312-234-9644.

Klay Oven Kitchen

Looking for the perfect dish to warm you up during the winter doldrums? Visit Klay Oven Kitchen at the Chicago French Market for its January specials: Chicken Biryani and Tandoori Chicken (both $7.50 each). Chicken Biryani is a popular aromatic basmati rice dish loaded with fabulous spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, coriander, cumin and mint. It's a regal dish, fit for a king and was probably eaten by many too! This makes the perfect one-dish meal for when you have company or to enjoy alone. The second January special, Tandoori Chicken is chicken marinated in yogurt with added numerous spices, a traditional tandoori delight. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared. It's all authentic and fresh at Klay Oven Kitchen. 

Lavazza Espression

Savor the season with Lavazza Espression.  
Wrap your scarfs around your neck and your hands around a seasonal specialty:

Peppermint Bark Mocha: 
Decadent Italian drinking chocolate infused with peppermint bark and combined with espresso and steamed milk. $3.95-4.95

Friday's Gift
Treat yourself to a free espresso beverage every Friday with the purchase of a pound of whole bean coffee.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine 

This winter, escape from the cold and turn a quiet night at home into the perfect date with a picnic for two from Pastoral. Call from your office and Pastoral will have your gourmet picnic and a perfect wine pairing ready for you to take home!  

With favorites including the French Countryside to Tapas for Two, Pastoral Picnics are sure to delight. Can't find what you're looking for? Let Pastoral know what you're craving and they will help you put together the perfect picnic medley.

Sam's Gourmet Lasagna - Win a Pan of Lasagna

Each week in January, Sam's Gourmet Lasagna is offering a local business the opportunity to win a pan of lasagna for their office.   Stop by Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta at Chicago French Market and drop off your business card for entry. No purchase is necessary.

Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta kicks off the New Year with additions to its core menu. New items include: Blackened Shrimp N Spinach Lasagna, Steak N Potato Lasagna with Signature Steak Sauce, Rigatoni with Lemon-Lime Pot Roast and Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta Signature Pasta Sauce.

Sam's offers daily complimentary samplings from 11 am-1 pm and 4:30 pm - 6 pm. 
For advance orders, call  312-775-0057.

Happy New Year! Wisma is offering customers a $20 Gift Card with any $50 Purchase.

It's time to change the way you eat at home. So what's stopping you? Start off the New Year healthy.

Wisma at the Chicago French Market provides the perfect solution for those 2-3 times a week when you don't have time to prep and cook meals, but can't afford or don't have time to go out to eat. 

Everything Wisma cooks is made from scratch.  They make all of their own sauces, dressings, salads, pastas, sandwiches, entrees, and even desserts and ice cream. They use honest, natural ingredients, with nothing artificial, processed, or covered in corn syrup.  All ingredients can be pronounced by a 6 year old.  They also do not use any preservatives and nothing is ever frozen (except for the ice cream).

To get you started, Wisma will be offering its Chicago French Market customers a free $20 gift card with any $50 purchase.  Wisma makes everything at their Northshore store every day, and they do it from scratch with integrity and openness.   All of their cuisine is fully cooked, packaged, and ready for you to take home or enjoy at the market, as you wish. 

Chicago French Market January 2014 Events

Tuesday January 1
New Year's Day 
Chicago French Market will be closed

Saturday January 4
Three Kings Cake (Galette)
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Several lovely family customs are associated with Epiphany. It is on Epiphany that the Christmas crèche is finally completed, as the figures of the three wise men at last arrive at the crib. In many families, the wise men are moved a bit closer to the crib every day from Christmas Day until Epiphany (January 6). Recalling the gifts to the Infant Jesus, many families exchange small gifts.

Three King's Cake (or bread) is closely allied with the traditions around the Epiphany. This date commemorates the visit the Three Wise Men made to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. A time-honored custom in France, this bread is served, garnished with the "jewels" of fruit and nuts. Usually a small clay or porcelain doll or bean is baked inside. The person whose cake contains the trinket is made king of the feast. Come enjoy this French tradition and receive a piece of cake to see if you become the king or queen for the day.

Saturday, January 11
Lunch Hour Music

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lee Barrie

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," in which 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, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11 is sure to be an energizing and memorable experience.

Wednesday January 15
Lunch Hour Music

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Annalee Hooson

Annalee is a Jazz vocalist and guitarist keeping Jazz alive and pulsing all around Chicagoland.  She performs a classic yet modern take on Jazz, Blues, and R&B that resonates the soul of any audience. 
Performing since age 13, Annalee began her musical journey as a folk singer/songwriter with the help of her first love, Joni Mitchell. Venturing into jazz began when she started listening to artists like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. "It was the first time I couldn't sing something back on the first try. It was a challenge, I was curious, and so I fell in love." Since then, Annalee has continued to dive into the world of jazz and all its variations. "I have so much to learn and this music never ceases to show me that." Her album "Seul" came out in summer of 2010, a compilation of standards and Annalee's original music. Since then she has released a Christmas album (2011) and her most recent solo album "Color Blind Love" (2012).
Annalee, who is a market favorite, captivates audiences of all ages with its effortless balance of old and new. Annalee comes to the Chicago French Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. , Wednesday, January 15. You won't want to miss this performance, make sure to stop by and enjoy the sound.

Thursday January 23
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine - Pastoral Wine Tasting
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

It's no secret that at Pastoral, they love wine. That's why they're excited to celebrate a selection of staff favorites for the month of January.  Stop by Pastoral at the Chicago French Market to learn why these wines made the cut and pick up a bottle or two to take home!

Saturday January 25
Lunch Hour Music
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anselmo Marquez

Singer and solo guitarist Anselmo Marquez has played a variety of music genres for more than 35 years. His repertoire includes pop, rock, jazz, classical, folk, blues, Latin and flamenco music.   This will be Anselmo first time playing at the Chicago French Market. He performs frequently at the Mecenat Wine Bistro in Western Spring and has performed at the French Market in Western Springs and Lisle.  Anselmo also performs with rock and blues bands as a lead guitarist and singer. You can catch Anselmo at the Chicago French Market 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25.

Wednesday January 29
Lunch Hour Music
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Chris Goranson

Noted Chicago jazz guitarist and Chicago French Market favorite, Chris Goranson returns 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 29 for the market's lunch time entertainment. Chris Goranson is a 26-year-old musician that grew up in Libertyville. Goranson is a guitar teacher with a degree in Jazz Performance from Northern Illinois University. Currently, he plays in a rock band called OurGlass, who has had several gigs at Ace Bar in Lincoln Park and Our Glass recently performance for JBTV.