Sold out for the Scorched Earth Beer Dinner Tonight!

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MENUS: This week we have a rich, creamy, cool Corn Soup and a Chopped Veggie Salad featuring Carrots, Beans, Tomatoes and more from Nichols Farm. Check the website for the rest of our lunch offerings.

Pasta Dinner will be Sweet Corn Carbonara-it is so delicious and refreshing.
Then Cod on Friday and Flatbreads on Saturday.

It’s SIDEWALK SALES.  Thursday thru Saturday we will have a BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF SALE on wines and baked goods.  You will receive 50% off the lower priced item.  Stop in for a break from your shopping!
And a quick note:  William will not be doing the Farmers Markets this week.  I will have Pretzels, Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Brioche and French Dinner Bread at the Shop, but you will have to wait til next weekend for the rest of the bread 


AUGUST 4–that’s next Thursday–630PM
Marengo’s own Mike Dallas will be presenting his luscious beer
(and maybe a door prize or two)!

We will start with a CHEESE PLATE paired with Sweetie Pie, a light, refreshing beer featuring McHenry Co. Strawberries and Rhubarb that give it a tart sweetness that will be a perfect start to our dinner.

Then, SHRIMP BOIL with Nichols Farm Corn and New Potatoes and lots of Shrimp paired with Exiled Angel-a delicious Belgian Ale,
with notes of honey, pepper and spice.

And for dessert, MARY JANE’S (William’s luscious brownies topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce) with Rugged Coalminer-a robust Porter,
dark and rich with espresso and chocolate notes.

This is a reservation-only dinner. The price is $40 which includes all food and beverages. It’s going to be a fun evening! Hope you can come!


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July 13, 2016

So much going on this week!  We will have TOMATO SOUP all week as well as our regular sandwiches.  Think an old fashioned POTATO SALAD will put those Nichols Farm new potatoes to good use as well.  Busy getting ready for Paint and Sip as well as Bastille Day! Hope to see you this week

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Month of Good Food, Good Art, Good Wine & Good Friends!


William is making a luscious green vegetable broth as I type this.  When it’s perfectly flavored he will add all the lovely English peas we’ve gotten from Nichols Farm to make our Summer Pea Soup.  I’m using some of their other vegetables to make a Couscous and Chopped Veggie Salad.

This week’s Thursday Night Pasta Dish is Lemon Chicken with Spaghetti served with Bread and Salad for $12.75.  Friday night is our Cod Dinner and
Saturday is Flatbreads.
Breakfast is from 930-12 on Saturday and 930-2 on Sunday!

Roof update:  Steve has finished-mostly-and everything seems dry after last night’s downpour! YAY!  Still have to make that last payment though, so if you are so inclined, here’s the link. Put a Roof on Le Petit Marché

And, remember “Art” opens  at Raue Center Friday night!  It’s a great show! Stop in for dinner before you go!

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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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