THAT Saturday is coming up!  The LAST Farmers Market. William will be there with all his breads so hope you can make it.  All of the breads will be available at the shop on Saturdays beginning October 18.  Stop in for a loaf on the 18th and get a free small cup of coffee!

 AND it’s Ladies Night!  Thursday, October 9, 5-9pm.  Phil will be pouring wines for you to taste and all our wines will be 25%off for this special night!

Tonight’s Pasta is Philly Cheesesteak Lasagna:  Layers of pasta, roast beef, grilled onions & peppers with horseradish bechamel, provolone and cheddar cheeses.  The price is $12 and includes salad and bread.  We begin serving at 5pm.

Local Authors Readings
Thursday, 10/9, 7pm

Join us for a wide variety of literature. Phil Denofrio will be reading his poetry; Rick Copper will be reading from the Crystal Lake Centennial Book; Ivan Ewert will be reading from the latest installment of The Famished series, Famished: The Commons; and Diane Baia, Ivan, Kim Kuzma & I will be reading from Diane’s play, “The Wisdom of Serpents.”

Indian Style Lentil Soup
Weekly Special Sandwich: Ham on Rye with Swiss
Tuscan Bread & End of Summer Tomato Salad


Petit Plates every night

Thursday Lasagna

Friday Haddock-Grilled or English Style

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October 1-5, 2014

While I am sorry for the inconvenience that closing the shop on Tuesdays may have caused some of you, it is so nice to have a day off!  And I can spend Tuesdays planning, cooking and baking for the upcoming week.  See below for this month’s schedule of foods & fun.  We will be serving our daily sandwiches (Banh Mi’s, Grilled Cheese, All Day Breakfast, Stuffed Baguette) every day and will have a new daily special added every week. The rest of our ever popular After 5 Menu–Friday Fish, Saturday Flatbreads and nightly Petit Plates-remain the same.

We’ve declared October to be Lasagna Month so will be serving a delicious version every Thursday after 5.

This is the last week to view Christopher Trent’s Art Wall. His intriguing work has interested many of our customers this month so don’t miss it as we will be taking it down on Sunday.

This week’s highlight is Saturday’s Wine Dinner  (see below for menu). As usual, our apples & vegetables will be from Nichols Farm.
We do still have some spots available so call for reservations.

Keogh’s Choice Dinner
and Wine Tasting
10/4  7pm
Keogh will greet you with
2012  Calista Pinot Noir,
The Coast Range,
First Course
Roast Squash Soup
 2013 Raeburn Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
Main Course
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Apricots and Pecans then Glazed with Irish Whisky
Served Over
Whipped Parsnips Surrounded by Roasted Carrots and Brussel Sprouts
Cono Sur Reserva Pinot Noir
La Serena Cocktail
 Flight of Pie
Small Slices of
Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin Pie
 Warres Otima 10 PortThe cost is $49.50

This Week: Wednesday, October 1 – Sunday, October 5

grapes-on-vine.jpg Ginger Carrot with Curry Soup
Weekly Special Sandwich-Chicken Salad on Croissant
Broccoli Salad with Creamy Dressing w/wo BaconTHURSDAY PASTA  after 5
Lasagna with Bacon, PUFFBALLS & Lots  more Mushrooms, Bread and Salad $12.


Games Night Friday 10/3 8pm

We will begin around 8 but stop in any time. We will also be setting up future Game Nights.
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Farmers Market Location Change 10/27!! JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY!

Busy times! Johnny Appleseed this weekend, our first Game Night on Wednesday, 10/1; the Wine Dinner next weekend,  10/4; then Ladies Night, 10/9; and the last Crystal Lake Farmers Market on 10/11!  And, of course the Halloween Get Lit(erary) on October 16th!

REMEMBER–William is out of town on Saturday  so all our breads will be available at the shop at 9:30 rather than at the corner of Brink and Grant where the rest of the Market is!  He will be at our last Cary Market on Sunday.

We are busy peeling apples to use in all sorts of goodies for Saturday:  Apple Bars, Apple Fritters, Apple Macarons and more!


Friday–Haddock-Grilled with Veggies or English Style

Saturday--Flatbreads with all your favorite toppings.
Available Gluten free, too.


Keogh’s Favorites Wine Dinner
After much discussion as to the theme of this dinner, here is what we have planned for you. So far, that is!

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Greeting Wine-Calista Coastal Range Pinot Noir 2012

Starter-Nichols Farm Roasted Squash Soup served with Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay 2013

Main-Chicken with Walnuts and Sage served over a Puree of
Nichols Parsnips and more served with a wonderful red yet to be revealed

Intermezzo–Keogh Special

Flight of Holiday Pies served with one of Heritage Wine’s lovely Ports

Reservations please–and there is limited seating so call if you need more information. The price for dinner and all beverages is $49.50.  Does not include tax and gratuity.

Wines will be available for purchase at a substantial discount from the shelf price.

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Four Day Week! Yay! 9/4/2014

So many scrumptious tomatoes and peppers, so we have Gumbo for lunch with New Potato Salad as well as our tasty sandwiches.

Tonite’s pasta is Roasted Eggplant Lasagna with both Red & White Sauce served with Lettuce & Bread.
Friday–Haddock, English Style or Grilled with Sauteed Kale, Peppers, & Mushrooms
Saturday–Flatbreads loaded up with all the toppings you like.  And, available on gluten-free crust.
Saturday, 930-noon, and Sunday, 9:30-2, stop in for breakfast.
Saturday Lunch begins at noon.
And, William will have all your favorite breads and pastries at the Crystal Lake Market Saturday and the Cary Market on Sunday.

Remember, we are now closed on Tuesdays.  Hours are Wednesdays-11-6; Thursdays-Saturdays, 9:30-9; Sunday, 9:30-3 but kitchen closes at 2.

ART WALL-Yesterday, we said good bye to works by Nancy Graham, Robin Pendergrast and Marian Stamos.  September’s Wall is graced with the works of Christopher Trent.  Please stop in and peruse (and perhaps take one home!) all month and “Meet the Artist” on Saturday, September 20, from 6-8.

Raue Center is opening two amazing shows next week:

THE SEARCH for SIGNS of INTELLIGENT LIFE in the UNIVERSE with Amanda Flahive opening on Friday 9/12.
THE AGONY and the ECSTASY of STEVE JOBS with Ivan Ewert opening on Saturday, 9/13.
Click on the link above for more info.

Get Lit(erary) is on September 18th.  We will be presenting an Anne Tyler story.  Our October Halloween reading on 10/16 will feature a story by Nathanial Hawthorne (remember Diane Baia’s play about him?).  November’s date is 11/20 and there’s an Arlo Guthrie feeling in the air.  More info to come!

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Get Lit(erary) 7pm Tonite

Alice Water’s Spicy Fresh Tomato Sauce over Pasta 5pm Tonite

WSRep is reading “Three Women” by Sylvia Plath and “A Father” by Anton Chekhov. And, can’t wait to taste this sauce!  Todd Nichols brought me specially ripe tomatoes to make it with and I have lots of basil from the garden.

Tomorrow is Haddock-English Style or Grilled with Veggies.

Saturday is the Italian Dinner with Heritage Wines–but it’s been sold out for a few days now.  Keogh’s next appearance, after her visit to some Spanish vineyards, is on October 4th for our Greek Dinner.

Lunch specials this week are Corn and Bacon Chowder, Curried Egg Salad & Cukes on Croissant and Nichols Farm CSA Salad–lots of chopped veggies with couscous and a simple dressing so you can taste all the goodness of those fresh veggies!  We also have our made-to-order Banh Mi’s and Grilled Cheese.

Join us  Saturday morning and Sunday for breakfast  and at the Crystal Lake and Cary Farmers Markets

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School Days Are Back!

No back to school shopping for us this year!  Wow–it’s been a lot of years.  Need a break from all that organizing and shopping? Stop in for coffee for you and milk and cookies for the kids!


This Week’s Soup-Black Bean & Tomato

Sandwiches-Ham & Swiss on Swedish Rye
as well as Grilled Cheese, All Day Breakfast & Banh Mi’s

Nichols Farm Beet Salad  

Pasta & Local Authors

Join us for Spaghetti topped with fresh Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions and Basil (just ordered from Nichols!).  Dinner starts at 5pm, readings at 7.
EM Kaplan will read from Unmasked, a fantasy novel suitable for ages 13 and up

and JD Kaplan will read from Waking Dreams: The Torment of Colin Pierce .

Please join us in welcoming these two authors to LPM as they read from their books and discuss what it takes to be an author,

Know any authors? If they would like to participate in our Second Thursday Local Authors Night, please have them contact Dawn. Or better yet, join us Thursday evening and say hello.


Small Plates Thursday-Saturday 

*Veggie Plate: Feta, Hummus,   Skordalia (Garlic Spread), Kalamata Olives,  & Vegetables w/Bread

*Pâté Plate w/Pickles, Nuts & Toast *Jalapeños w/Bacon Jam (or Apricot Jam) & Goat Cheese*Fresh Mozzarella Cheese: Greens, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Salami dressed w/Olive Oil & Vinegar. Served with Toast Points*Crostini (Garlic Toast), Goat Cheese with Seasonal Veggie Topping

Friday Fish -Haddock either deep fried English style or grilled and served on a bed of sauteed, fresh veggies from Nichols Farm (with kale from my garden)

Saturday FlatBreads

Choose from a list of sauces and toppings-whatever strikes your fancy

Saturday and Sunday Breakfast-Click button for the menu


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Welcome to August, 8/7

This week’s lunch offerings include Chicken Salad on Brioche Buns, Cucumber and Melon Salad and Summertime Red Cabbage Soup. Thanks, Todd N., for the beautiful cucumbers, melon and cabbage!

After 5 Thursday-Saturday
Try any of our Petit Plates
Pasta Thursday will feature Nichols Farm Ratatouille over Pasta,
Friday-Grilled Haddock with Veggies or English Fish & Chips,

Saturday-Flatbreads with all the toppings you would like!

We have added two artists to “The Wall.” Nancy Graham is presenting several pieces of her unique jewelry and Robin Pendergrast has hung three breathtaking photographs,  We still have several of Marian Stamos’s oils, too.
Stop in to see them and maybe even take a piece home.

 LOCAL AUTHORS READING Thursday 8/14, 7pm

EM Kaplan,  Unmasked, a fantasy novel suitable for ages 13 and up

JD Kaplan:  Waking Dreams: The Torment of Colin Pierce 
Please join us in welcoming these two authors to LPM as they read from their books and discuss what it takes to be an author,


The second Thursday of each month is open to local authors, published or not, to read from their works.  Know of anyone who might be interested in participating? Give Dawn a call at the phone number below or email her.

 GET LIT(ERARY), Thursday 8/21 7pm
Readings from Sylvia Plath, “Three Women” and Anton Chekhov. “A Father”
Pasta Dinner served from 5-7 and after the readings.
Reservations welcome as seating is sometimes tight.

Keogh will be selecting from Heritage Wine’s Italian list to pair with our menu which will feature Nichols Farm Vegetables.
Antipasti (Salamis, Cheeses, Marinated Vegetables and more)
Pork Roast Italiano with Roasted New Potatoes and Spinach, Artichoke Hearts & Peppers
Panna Cotta with Fruit and Biscotti
$49.50  Reservations Only

WSREP IMPROV Thursday. 8/28, 8:30pm
The Funniest Folks in Town!
Meet your friends at LPM for drinks and food before you go across the street to Raue Center to be entertained by the Improv Team.
$3.50 for Craft Beers and great wines for $5 a glass
Not to mention that we make mean Martinis & Manhattans!
Gin & Tonics are easy with gin from Few or Death’s Door!

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July Wine Dinner and More 7/23/14

It’s time for our July Wine Tasting Dinner!  This Saturday we will be presenting wines from Spain accompanied by a selection of Spanish foods.

You will be greeted with a glass of Honoro Vera Blanco–
This white from Rueda exudes intense aromas of white flowers and fresh fruit with exotic tropical notes.  Enjoy while you choose your seat and greet your friends!

To begin our Spanish exploration, sit down to a plate of Spanish charcuterie paired with Atteca Atteca- deep cherry in color, it has intense aromas of red ripe fruit (ripe raspberry) combined perfectly with spicy notes of cacao, vanilla and licorice. It is very fresh and fruity in the mouth with a notable ending of fruit and spice. It is a magnificent expression of an elegant 100% Garnacha from Aragon.

Next, Chicken and Shrimp Paella accompanied by EntreSuelos Tempranillo. From International Wine Cellar “(aged for six months in French oak): Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black raspberry and cherry, with pipe tobacco and floral nuances building with air. Fleshy, supple and sweet, offering bright red and dark berry flavors and a smoky, spicy quality. Fine-grained tannins help shape the a long, smoky finish. 90pts.”

And, for dessert  Bizcochos Borrachos, Drunken Sponge Cake–topped with Nichols Farm Berries served with Bodegas Dry Muscat-This delightfully dry offering from Juan Gil really shines! Peach, pear, nectarine, lime and orange blossom dominate the nose and palate. Zippy acidity and a super lengthy finish make this a is fantastically food friendly wine.

And, no doubt Keogh will have her own surprises for us!
The cost for the entire evening is $49.50.  Please call for reservations!  As always, Wine Dinner patrons enjoy a 25% discount on purchases.

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Bastille Day and More!

First of all, I want to share this much appreciated email I received yesterday.

“Good afternoon Dawn!
You made three delicious cheesecakes for our General Manager’s birthday (with strawberries on the side). I just wanted to pass along to you that he thoroughly enjoyed your delicious cakes, as did 20 other employees, myself included! ——, our GM, has declared your bakery as the official bakery for birthdays and the like!

The very fact that you were able to impress ——, a Frenchman, is a feat unto itself! I was sold when I had your chocolate brioche, and I’ve heard about your delicious food from friends of mine as well! Bravo!!!

Once again, thank you for doing what you do!! It is greatly
appreciated!! ”

Thanks so much for taking the time to write to us!

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Celebrating the Chicago premier of Suds: The Rockin ’60s Musical Soap Opera at Raue Center, Opening Friday, 7/11

Start the fun Thursday with our 60’s Pasta Dinner–Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs, Green Salad & Bread and for dessert, Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake! $12 serving at 5.
Then at 7pm, Local Author Nite–Reading Phil Denofrio’s play, “A Gents’ Bargain.”

Friday, Pre-Show Dinner, ’60s Fish Fry with Relish Tray and Cole Slaw.  Finish with a Mary Jane Sundae if you like!

Celebrating Bastille Day all day Saturday, July 12.
Enjoy Macarons, Raspberry Crepes. and then a Special French Wine Dinner at 7pm.

Todd Huddleston from Fine Vines & I will be hosting a Bastille Day Wine Dinner.
You will be greeted with a glass of

The first course will be Salad with Walnuts, Pears & Roquefort paired withGRANDE CASSAGNE COSTIERES DE NIMES ROSÉ

The entree will be Beef Burgundy Crepes served with

Cleanse your palate with Super Aged Raw Milk Gouda from Hollands Family Farm & an assortment of grapes while you revisit your favorite wines.

For Dessert–Oversized Raspberry Macarons Filled with Lemon Cream and Fresh Raspberries with

The price for the 4 courses and 4 wines is $45.00. All wines available for purchase at 25% off shelf price. Please call for reservations.



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Blueberry Pie for the Fourth of July!

Since Crystal Lake Fourth Festivities are on Sunday, 7/6, we will be open our regular hours this weekend except we will close at 1pm on Sunday for the parade.  You still have time to order hot dog/brat buns and sandwich rolls, salads and desserts.  Just give us a call–815-477-3296!

Tonight’s pasta will feature all the basil I picked this morning plus garlic, pea pods, bok choy and other Nichols veggies, some wine, some olive oil, a bit of Italian sea salt and grated Romano.  And then there’s all the lettuce I picked for the salad!  Join us anytime after 5pm!

Celebrate the Fourth by stopping in for BLUEBERRY PIE ALA MODE all day Friday.  We will also have BLUEBERRY PIES for $15.00 to take home for your celebrations.

For Lunch,  we will be serving MANHATTAN CHOWDER  then our Fish & Chips or Grilled Haddock & Veg for after 5.

Upcoming Events

WRITERS’ NITE–Thursday, 7/12, 7pm–We will be doing a reading of Phil Denofrio’s new play,

BASTILLE DAY CREPE DINNER, SATURDAY, JULY 12. Crepes all day!  Savoury and Sweet!  Then at 7pm, we will be hosting Todd Huddleston from Fine Vines & I will be hosting a Bastille Day Wine Dinner.
You will be greeted with a glass of MAS DE LAVAIL TERRE D’ARDOISE VDP BLANC
The first course will be Salad with Walnuts, Pears & Roquefort paired with GRANDE CASSAGNE COSTIERES DE NIMES ROSE
The entree will be Beef Burgundy Crepes served with D’OR ET DES GUEULES COSTIERES DE NIMES LES CIMELS
Then there is our amuse bouche
For Dessert–something Raspberry served with CH D’ORSCHWIHR CREMANT D’ALSACE ROSE BRUT
The price for the 4 courses and 4 wines is $45.00.  Please call for reservations.

GREEN CITY BBQ–Thursday, 7/17.

MEET THE ARTIST Marian Stamos’s lovely oils grace our wall this month.  She will be here to speak to you on Saturday, July  19th, from 6-8pm.

GET LIT(ERARY)–DATE CHANGE–Thursday, July 26th. 7pm–We will be finishing “The Admirable Crichton.”

WINE DINNER –July 26, 7pm.  We are featuring Spain this time.  We will be serving a Spanish cheese and charcuterie course, Paella, and dessert (yet to be determined!) As well as some surprises from Keogh, our Heritage Wine pairer/presenter.

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