Christmas Is Coming!

TEN DAYS TO GO!  Pecan Balls in the case. Gingerbread Cookies  decorated.  Scones are made: Cranberry Cardamom, Orange Spice, and Triple Chocolate!  Stollen and Baklava on the list for today.We will be open on Tuesday, 12/16, 11-6,  Monday, 12/22, 11-6. and Tuesday, 12/23, 930-5.  Closed 12/26.

Soup of the Week is Black Bean Chili;  Salad is Chopped Veggies with Creamy Maple Syrup Vinaigrette, and this week’s Sandwich of the Week is Chicken Breast with Cranberry Mustard. 

Listen to 105.5 Thursday morning between 730 & 930 for a big surprise–well. at least I think it will be cool!

with salad and bread, $12.  Reservations recommended since no matter how many meatballs I make, it never seems to be enough! And, it is Get Lit Thursday!



Our Christmas “Program”  Join Ela, Ivan, Mike, Rick, Phil, Norma, Radka, William & Dawn for this fun evening,

Last chance for Jewel Green Stamps for Pioneer Center.  Please turn them in by Friday.

GIFT IDEAS available Right Here
Wine, Coffee, Cheese and More! Read ON!
There are still spots available for LPM’s Wine Club!  Call for info.

LPM Gift Certificates are always a hit!

Wonderful Art by Local Artists: Jewelry, Pottery, Photography, Silks and Much More!

BOOKS!  We have copies of Crystal Lake, Incorporation of a City, 1914-2014 by Rick Copper and Robin Pendergrast.
And, more copies of “The Wisdom of Serpents” by Diane Baia have arrived. FYI–this is the Get Lit(erary) selection for January and February.
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We already have our first orders for Bûche de Noëland Pecan Balls!

This will be a short season due to Thanksgiving being so late so we really need to get our Holiday Baking started.  Watch for Krumkake, Baklava, and more to begin showing up in the cases.

This month’s pasta dinner features MEATBALLS!
12/4 (TONITE!) Old-Fashioned Comfort Meatballs with Homestyle Red Sauce and Buttery Egg Noodles with a touch of garlic.
12/11  Greek Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce served with Orzo and garnished with Greek Grated Cheese
12/18 Spaghetti and Meatballs–need I say more–for Get Literary Dinner
Alll meals served with green salad and bread.

Our first event is at Lakeside Center this Saturday from 12-4.  We will have our special elves there with Cocoa, Coffee, Pretzels and more! 


This week Soup is Sweet Potato with Coconut Milk
This week’s Sandwich is Roasted Eggplant with Avocado Mayo and Shredded Carrots & Radishes
Our Holiday Wine Dinner and Sale  is Saturday, 12/6, at 7pm.

We will start with a Sparkling Wine Tasting & Sale featuring Champagne Ayala, Santa Julia Sparkling Rosé and a very special pre-sale on Comte Audoin De Dampierre Champagne Cuvee General Patton Grand Cru. There will be very special pricing on these holiday wines so it will be a good time to stock up.

The First Course for Dinner is an assortment of small bites including Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella. Prosciutto  and Victoria’s Champagne Sausage served with Avignoneis “Desidario”

The Main Course is Roast Duck served  with Cornbread, Mushrooms and Red Onion Tart. This is accompanied by Chateau Jacquet Bordeaux.

Then of course there is Keogh’s Surprise!

For Dessert
– Mini Cream Puffs, Mini Eclairs and Tiramisu  served with Centorri Prosecco.

Reservations only.  We do have a few seats left.  The cost of the dinner including wines, cocktail, coffee & tea is $57.00  

Holiday Art Wall 
Here is your chance to revisit the work of many of our talented artists

that have graced the wall this year. It’s a great opportunity to choose some truly original gifts for yourself or your friends. It is now complete and is beautiful–come see!
Well, actually sold some so it will be complete soon.

Game Nights 

Join us on Friday 12/5 & 12/19 to play games with old friends and new. This week we will once again attempt Finger Knitting!  Bring along 2 skeins of bulky yarn if you’d like to try.

Triskele Moon Show 12/13 
Join us for this annual event.  Leanne will present a beautiful collection of her jewelry specially selected

Open House

No appointment necessary–walk on in and see where & how the magic happens!
Friday 12/12
Saturday 12/13

Get Lit(erary)
Thursday, 12/18

Our Holiday performance,  including The Nutcracker, a special Silent Night with Luke 2 (King James) and more.

Holiday Hours
We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 
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Holiday Hours

Closed Monday 11/24
Open Tuesday 11/25 11am-6pm
Open Wednesday 11/26  930am-6pm
Closed Thursday Thanksgiving
Open Friday 11/28 11am-9pm

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Introducing Le Petit Marché’s Wine and Cheese of the Month Club

Perfect for holiday gift giving!

An opportunity to experience unique, artisan wines and cheeses selected specially for you. Keogh Hepp of Heritage Wines will be choosing the wines to pair perfectly with the special cheeses Dawn selects.

Each month’s offering will be worth at least $32 & consist of a bottle of wine, a chunk of cheese, a loaf of our delicious bread & a special surprise.

Those who purchase the full twelve-month share will also receive an additional bonus offer each month.

This initial offering is limited to twelve full shares.

The club is available in three, six, and twelve-month configurations. Again, the value of each month will always exceed $32.00.

The price for three months is $90; six months is $160 and twelve months is $295

Let us know if you have any questions! But don’t hesitate too long–there are limited memberships!




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Notes on November 2014

With the holidays upon us, I thought a guide to what’s happening at LPM and in the neighborhood this month might help. Following is a brief description–more details on everything in the weekly newsletters. upcoming newsletters for details on the Holiday Teas and our Wine and Cheese of the Month Club–both new to LPM.

November Lunch Menu

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
Southwest Bean & Corn Salad
Chicken Salad on Brioche Buns
And, our other Sandwiches and Stuffed Baguettes

Soups: Creamy Broccoli; Curried Carrot: Beef Barley

 Salads:  Fennel & Apple Winter Salad;  Millet & Brussel Sprouts Salad; Fingerling Potato Salad with Roasted Veggies

Veggies with Cilantro Chutney & Goat Cheese
Ham with Maple Mayo
Roasted Chicken Breast on Cranberry Walnut Bread

Check out the weekly newsletter to see what’s on offer each week.

Add These Events to Your Calendar


We are taking Thanksgiving orders now so give us a call
Pies–Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple, etc
Dinner Rolls
Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Roulade
What else would you like?

This weekend at Raue Center: Lucy’s Comedy Cafe 11/7, 830pm; Irish Whiskey Tasting at 530pm, 11/8 and A celebration of Irish Music and Dance 11/8 at 3pm and 8pm
Voices in Harmony, 11/9, “Festival of the Voice” at 3 & 7. Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance at the ticket office-815-356-9212.

FREE MAKEOVER at the Butterfly Spa 

Thursday, 11/13, between 2 and 6.  Call to make an appointment and reserve your time.  815-444-9010 

Meet the Artists 11/15 7-9pm This month welcomes the instructors from Creative Arts to the Art Wall.  Check out the various styles and media right here then click on the link to check out the classes they offer!

Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivée 11/20–as always limited availability–one case already reserved
Get Lit(erary) 11/20–see info on left
WSRep Improv 11/20–our favorite comedians on stage
Opening of Hands on a Hard Body at Raue Center 11/21

Dinner and Port Tasting 11/22 7pm See menu to the left

Holiday Parade  11/28–We will be open for lunch at noon.  For the parade we will be serving hot cocoa, warm Glugg and our usual holiday treats.

November 30 4-6 first Holiday Tea.  Call for info and reservations

Pasta Thursday

Squash Ravioli with Shaved Brussel Sprouts in Browned Sage Butter Garnished with Bacon and Blue Cheese


Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Gratinee with Squash Ravioli

Pasta served with bread and green salad.  $12

Wine Dinner 11/22

To begin–
Port Tasting
There will be three ports to taste

First Course
Relishes & Cheddar Broccoli Soup
served with
Sylvan Ridge Viognier

Main Course
Port-Baked Ribs, Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes & Roasted Sprouts
with  3 Wine Company Zin

Surprise course!

Cheesecake Swirled w/Port Reduction served with
D&B 8 yr Tawny

$55. Call for info and reservations

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This Weekend 10/23

We have received our first order for Thanksgiving!  Time is flying by.  Read on for wine news and this week’s menu. And, check out our new holiday idea at the very end!

JUST SCHEDULED!  Take a break from holiday preparations! Join us for our next wine dinner-Saturday, 11/22, 7pm.  Celebrating Port.  The main course will be BABY BACK RIBS-dry rubbed then baked with Port before being finished on the grill.  Served with Twice-Baked Potatoes (loaded!)  And, Cheesecake Swirled with Port for dessert.  Reservations only.  Stay tuned for details.

This week we are planning our November menu which will include Curried Carrot Soup (back by request!), Beef Barley Soup and Jurgita’s Roasted Beet Salad. November’s three Pasta Nights will feature Pumpkin Ravioli served with Brown Butter & Sage Sauce, Maple Cream Sauce, and Cauliflower Goat Cheese Gratineé.  The November 5th newsletter will have the complete menu.

This week’s excitement is  WS Rep Improv and Corkey Siegel!

You have another chance to laugh with WSRep Improv tonite!  It’s Rocktober! It’s almost Halloween! This can only mean one thing…okay, maybe it can mean a few things. Show starts at 8:30p, doors open at 8p.”  Always hilarious–tonite’s SPOOKTACULAR promises to be something you don’t want to miss!

Click the link for more info  Corky Siegel! He’s appearing at Raue Center on Saturday night at 8pm.  This is such a great show and the intimate setting at Raue makes it even more special.  Click on the link above or go to for more info and tickets.

BUTTERFLY SPA DEAL     Click on the link to see Anna’s great Amazon Local deal.  You won’t want to miss it!

William’s Southwest Pumpkin Soup is getting rave reviews already.  We will have it the rest of this week.  The salad is Greek Style Pasta Salad with lots of fresh vegetables, feta and Kalamata olives.  And, finally, this week’s sandwich is Ham on Rye.

SATURDAY’S BREADS Having the breads bagged and displayed on the front counter last Saturday seemed to work out well so we will do it again.  All of your favorites will be here.  If perchance you don’t see what you want, please ask.  We can make it for you for next week. 

HOLIDAY HIGH TEA, 4pm-11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21

We are now accepting reservations for our 3-course tea service.
The courses are as follows: Cream Scones served with Clotted Cream and Jams; Sandwiches – Cucumber Radish with Herb Butter on Baguette Slices, Open Face Smoked Salmon with Red Onions and Caper Butter on Rye, and Egg Salad on Mini Brioche Buns.  And for dessert–a plate of assorted sweets!  This will be served with the tea of your choice.  Additional beverages will also be available, of course.  The cost per person with tea is $18.

Women and Wine!
We’ve brought in some exquisite wines for the special days coming up.  The first group of wines is from Avignonesi.

The winery is named after the Avignonesi family, the founders of the original estate. Virginie Saverys, the owner, has introduced organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft distinct, genuine wines with the Montepulciano appellation. “We believe that the life force of the earth and the uniqueness of our terroir are at the heart of our brand. Avignonesi is reborn from the soil of our vineyards with each vintage in wines that mirror the subtle flavours of the site and the special traits of each year. Our wines express the richness and beauty of the Montepulciano territory. We respect the heritage of Montepulciano, where Sangiovese wines have been produced for centuries, and we wish to contribute to its future by being the finest representative of its heritage that we can be.”  I’ve printed out tasting sheets for the three wines we have in the shop.  Stop in & check them out.

Ayala Brut Majeur
Wine Spectator:
92 points

 Wine Enthusiast: 91 points

“Champagne AYALA is one of the longest-established Champagne Houses; it has been based in Aÿ, at the heart of the great champagne vineyards, since it was founded over 150 years ago. Independent and family-owned, it is still today the archetype of a great and historic House, producing top quality wines which are enjoyed throughout the world for their freshness and elegance.”

Born in Reims in 1975, Caroline Latrive received her National Oenology Diploma in 1999 followed by a master’s degree in oenology in wines from Champagne in 2005. She joined Champagne AYALA in 2006, watchfully learning about the House’s expertise in winemaking, before being appointed as Cellar Master in 2011. Today, she carefully ensures that the House style is maintained by focusing on quality rather than quantity.

Made from a blend of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House. Extended aging in the cellars make this wine suitable for any occasion; it is the finest example of Ayala’s freshness and elegance.

An exquisite French Champagne—perfect for that celebration when nothing less will do.
Click on the link above for more information.


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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!

grapes-on-vine.jpg MENU:
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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