Fourth of July

Wishing you
and your family
a happy and safe 4th of July!
I will make this short and (hopefully) sweet!

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce Thursday after 5
Cod on Friday and Flatbreads Saturday

Both Farmer’s Markets are on this weekend,
however,  we will be closed on Sunday, July 3.

Sip and Paint
We have set up two Wednesdays with Tamara McMillan of Creative Arts.
The first event is Wednesday, July 13.
We will start the evening at 6pm with an informal wine tasting and Mary Kay hand treatment then  at 6:30 we PAINT!
July’s is a Monet-like painting that you can see at the shop.
The cost for the painting class is $35.
Wine & food is extra.  I am developing a special small plates menu for these events.  August 10 is the next date.
Please call for more info and to reserve a spot!
Get Lit(erary)
We will celebrate Bastille Day, Thursday July 14 with Ratatouille beginning at 5pm.  Our readings will be wonderfully French!

The July Wine Dinner
This is scheduled for July 23 st 7pm with Keogh Hepp from Heritage.

The Summer Beer Dinner 

Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 with Scorched Earth

Other Upcoming Events
WSRep’s summer theater season opens on July 8 with “ART”.
Be sure to support our summer arts especially LPM’s Get Lit
favorites–Ivan Ewart in “Art” and Regina Belt-Daniels directing “title of show,” which opens July 15.
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Did you  know we use all our own breads for our sandwiches?  We do!  Some folks say the Grilled Cheese is so good because of our cast iron pan, others think it’s the cheese, and, of course, the bread does help!  It’s the same with the Banh Mi’s and especially the Caprese and Breakfast Sandwich–the Flaxseed Flatbread Bread used in those two is so delicious!  Come in and try our lunches.  We open at 11, Wednesday-Friday and 9:30 Saturday and Sunday. Lunch begins at noon on the weekends.

And then there are our Dinners.  $12.75 for entrée with sides.
This Thursday we are serving Rice Noodles with Spicy Chicken and Kale with a green salad and bread to start.
Friday is Cod Dinner with either Fried or Grilled Cod.  You can choose sides of either Sautéed Veggies or French Fries and our own Cole Slaw.
This Saturday is Flatbreads–choose whatever toppings you want from our extensive list.  Our crust is made here in the afternoon and develops flavor and character as it waits to be used. You’re welcome to bread and a green salad as you wait.
And the ROOF!  Thank you so much all of you who have donated, shared, liked, and encouraged our efforts.  Thanks to Steve for giving us such a great deal (need a contractor?-give me a call!) Here is the link again as we push on to get the rest of what we need: GoFundMe.

One quick note–please realize we can’t control the parking  around the shop.  Many  have talked to us about the difficulty you have had, to the point of not being able to pick up an order or come in for dinner or a loaf of bread since you can’t find a parking spot.  Remember when we opened?  There was no Angel Nails, no Finn McCools, no Retro Bistro, and the list goes on.  We all are so happy to welcome these wonderful businesses to our neighborhood and to have a vital downtown, but we only have ten more parking spaces, I think, since these businesses opened.  So if you are inconvenienced, please call City Hall, (815) 459-2020.  The powers that be believe that the problem is you–you refuse to walk a block or two. Is that the truth?

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June 7, 2016

They have started! Farmers Markets Saturday at Crystal Lake and Sunday at Cary! William will be there with his wonderful breads and pastries.
get lit
Get Lit(erary),Thursday, 6/9, 7pm. 
WSRep kindly sponsors our monthly readings. Join us for our midsummer-themed offerings this Thursday.  Pasta Dinner begins at 5pm and will be Pasta Pesto with Asparagus and Spinach.


2016 Rosé Tasting, Saturday, 7/11, 2-4pm.
We will be tasting two of our new Rosés along with Brie and Berries!  The wines will be 20% off their shelf price. We always have the best Rosés, but be sure you get some before they are gone.


Father’s Day is on the way.  Our Wine and Cheese Club makes a great gift.  Each month Keogh, from Heritage Wines, chooses a wine to go with the special cheese I select.  There is also a loaf of bread and a special treat in each box.  The cost is $30 a month for three months.  If you choose to go to six months, there is a discounted price.  For examples of the selections, check out the website.

Father’s Day Brunch, Sunday, June 19, 930-2 
We will have some specials for our brunch, including Beef Burgundy Crepes.  It’s not too early to make reservations, so give us a call.  Note, we will be closing at 2pm so I can visit my dad, too.

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First Weekend of the Farmers Markets

Crystal Lake’s market is up and running so come and visit from now til 1

And, speaking of rain–we have set up a GoFundMe site to fund a new roof.  The link is at the end of the right hand column.  Thanks so much for looking.

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Congrats to all you GRADUATES!

Upcoming Events

FOURTH THURSDAY Get ready for our Open Mic Night!  Readers, Reciters, Singers, Players (of the musical instrument variety), Story Tellers–all are welcome!  We start at 7pm.  Call us if you have any questions.

JUNE 1ST:  First CSA Delivery from Nichols Farm!.  There’s still time to sign up, too.  Check out the options at

JUNE 4TH: First Day of our DTCL Farmers Market!  William and all your other Favorite Farmers will be at Gazebo Park from 8am til 1:30.  Take your goodies home and come back downtown for:
Williams Street Festival


6p – 11p Downtown Crystal Lake Right in Front of Raue Center

 6 – 9P – Street Performers by Imaginez Ensemblez
 7P – LAVA Rock
 9P – Modern Day Romeos celebrating their Fifth Annual Ten Year Anniversary!
Food Vendors from Downtown Crystal Lake restaurants!
 Beer sponsored by Chas Herdrich & Son and featuring selections from Crystal Lake Brewing including their WORLD CUP WINNING BEER: Beach Blonde
VIP Access with $40 Fundraiser Ticket!
 – Exclusive Access to Raue Center- Access to TWO Private Bars

– Access to Indoor Restrooms- Free Snacks

– Meet and Greet Opportunities

JUNE 5TH: First Day of the Cary Farmers Market!  Voted One of Illinois’ Best! 9-1
at the west end of the of the Cary Metra Train Station commuter lot.

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MAY 11, 2016

Celebrate the Arts All Week!

Get Lit(erary), Thursday, May 12 at 7pm

Join us Thursday for a wonderful presentation by our readers.  The evening’s entertainment includes a Edna St Vincent Millay one-act play, “Two Slatterns and a King,” poetry by Wordsworth and Angelou as well as a
post-Mother’s Day reading.
Dinner is served after 5pm and will be spaghetti with vegetable sautéed in EVOO with a splash for white wine.  It is served with a green salad and bread.  If you prefer gluten free, please give us a call in the afternoon so we can accommodate you.

The New Art Wall
This month we welcome Radka Sumberova’s striking photography.  Please stop in to enjoy her light-filled views of nature.

Brad and His Guitar
Friday, 8ish
Good Stuff

The Last Weekend of “Death of a Salesman”
This presentation has gotten absolute rave reviews from everyone I’ve spoken to.  It’s been called a “Seamlessly perfect production,” by more than one person.  Delay no longer!  Get your tickets for this weekend!  For you Get Lit fans–this is a chance to see Shannon and Ivan display their talents!

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Mother’s Day

Here it is the first week of May!

We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Thursday with  Chicken Poblano Pasta.

Our May Wine DInner is Saturday at 7pm so we will be closing at 5 to prepare. The menu is below and reservations are necessary.

We have a special Breakfast Menu on Sunday and are serving from 930-2. The menu is under Breakfast, above.  Please feel free to make reservations.

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End of April Post

Looks like lots of rain for this last week of April.  Stop in for a Grilled Cheese and some great soup.  We will have Tomato Soup to start the week and also William’s great French Onion Soup.  I’ll be making a healthy Chopped Salad à la Janet to go along with it.
This week’s Thursday Pasta is Shrimp and Asparagus in White Wine Sauce served over Spaghetti with Green Salad and Bread.  Friday is our Cod Dinner, either grilled or English style served with Fries or Fresh Vegetables sautéed in Olive Oil. Saturday is Flatbread Night as well as Dylan’s last night working so be sure to say goodbye to him when you’re here.  All dinners are $12.75 per person.
And, one more thing!  Please don’t miss your chance to see Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” at Raue Center. I can’t tell you how many people have told me how amazed they were with this excellent production.  Mesmerizing, Best Ever, Superb, Perfection are words people have used to tell me about their experience. It runs through May 15th.
Fourth Thursday Reading Night
Join us this Thursday at 7pm for our inaugural reading night.  Do you have a favorite story, poem, or your own work that you would like to share with others?  We would love to have you stop in.  The readings should be up to seven minutes.  We will start at 7 and finish at 8.  If you want to be assured a spot, give me a call and I will reserve a time for you, otherwise just show up!
May Wine Dinner
I get to pick some of my favorite wines this time and introduce them to you!

The dinner is Saturday, May 7, at 7pm so it will make a great Mother’s Day gift, too! Check out the menu and call for reservations.

First Course                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Spring Salad with Nichols Greens, Vegetables, and Goat Cheese paired with 2013 Kenneth Volk Malvasia Blanco

Main Course
Chicken Saltimbocco with Risotto and Fresh Lemon Spinach
paired with La Côte des Monts Damnés SancerreIntermezzo
Rosé Sorbet with Veuve Ambal Sparkling
Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries and Irish Coffee
Reservations only.  All wines will be offered for sale at a deep discount.
$67 with wines; $45 without
Art Wall
There are some beautiful pieces of art on the wall this month and they’re wearable too!
We have jewelry from three talented artists on the wall until the end of the month: Nancy Graham, Leanne Emery, and Diane Raymond have kindly lent their talents to our shop.
Please stop in and check it out.  There are some beautiful Mother’s day gifts waiting to be chosen.
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Busy Week Here!

Can’t wait til Thursday night–we have a great GET LIT planned!  Hope you can join us.  Dinner is a bit different because we are celebrating Opening Day and entertaining a first time visitor to the U.S.! We are serving hot dogs with all the trimmings and Spicy Mac & Cheese and another ballpark staple(?).  Not into hot dogs?  The mac and cheese can also be served with our green salad and bread. We start serving at 5 and the readings begin at 7

Saturday is the Wine Dinner featuring favorite Midwestern foods paired with exquisite wines from Heritage. 

First Course-Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Salad
Mason Cellars Rose-2015 Rosé California On the southern end of the Sierras, the gentle and warm slopes of Linden Hill develop ripe and abundant fruit flavors ideal for the Grenache and Syrah grapes used to blend this Rosé. Luscious and refreshing, a bounty of summer strawberry and crisp cranberry flavors give this Rosé a lively structure, keeping the palate energized.
Main Course-Fresh Lake Michigan Walleye Pike Fillet served with Asparagus and Baked Potatoes

Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec Rouge 2013 The aromatics jump out of the glass, with enticing cherry pie, currant, pomegranate, lavendar and licorice layers. On the palate, the currant flavors are repeated, alongside elements of plum, cranberry, sandalwood and white pepper spice. On the finish, this wine displays an excellent balance between the acid tannins, which should lend this wine nice staying power.

Charcuterie with Rhine Hall Plum Brandy Old Fashioneds Also known as Plum Eau de Vie, Schnapps, or Slivovitz Rhine Hall Plum Brandy is a Special Edition offered by Rhine Hall.  Rhine Hall Plum Brandy will be produced every fall using all fresh Michigan plums.Plum Brandy is produced by using fermented plum mash. There are roughly 20 pounds of plums in a single 750ml bottle. Just like other Rhine Hall products, the Plum Brandy is 100% distilled from plum with out any sugar or flavoring added. Arguably the most aromatic from the Rhine Hall portfolio and beautifully smooth, Rhine Hall Plum Brandy is preferably drank after a meal as a digestif or in a cocktail.

Dessert: Cherries Jubilee
A to Z Riesling has fresh aromas of citrus, tangerine peel, ripe melon, sea shells and white flowers. Time in glass reveals aromas of pear, white raisin, lemongrass, guava and kiwi. The aromas carry through to the attack with citrus, wet stone and raspberry. The acidity on the mid-palate is balanced by a hint of sweetness. The finish is long and clean. Complete, complex and beautiful.


 The price for all foods and beverages is $70. per person.  All the wines will be available for purchase at a 30% discount. Please call for reservations by Friday at noon as I need to order the seafood/fish from the fish monger.
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Spring IS Here

We are introducing some new flavors this spring.  William is making a Breakfast Bar with coconut and fruits and I’ve found a New Sandwich–fresh mozz, avocado, pesto, tomato and spinach!  Sounds perfect for Spring.
Looking forward to lovely spring evenings, we will be hosting an Open Mic night on the fourth Thursday of the month–this month that is April 28th.  Beginning at 7pm, we invite poets, story tellers and readers to join us to present their “party pieces.”  We will limit the number of readers to six and the readings to a maximum of seven minutes.  Presenters, please call to reserve a space (I know that’s not exactly open, but  . . . ). 

The April Art Wall was just completed with Leanne hanging her offerings.  We also have Nancy’s and Deb’s work here for you to appreciate and perhaps evento  take home with you!

First Course-Shrimp Cocktail
Macon Rose
Main Course-Fresh Lake Michigan Walleye Pike, Asparagus,
 Baked Potatoes
Bec Rouge
Cheese Course with Brandy Old Fashioneds
Dessert: Cherries Jubilee
A to Z Riesling
We will be hosting some visitors from across the pond so I’m focusing on some home grown tastes.  More information on the wine pairings is coming..  The price for all foods and beverages is $70. per person
GET LIT(ERARY) presented by WSRep
Celebrating April!
Poetry Month

National Library Week

 I think we have some really entertaining readings this month: a touching one-act play written by local author, Judith L. Fergen, a short story by Italo Calvino, and some poetry selections, too!  Our menu will be purely  American with hot dogs, mac and cheese and a special treat!  Join us after 5pm for dinner and 7pm for the show.


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