Check Out This Week and Special Events in February

This is the last week to check out this month’s Art Wall!  We have been displaying (and selling!) a collection of Willi’s Wine Bar posters.  That’s a link with some English–the bar is in Paris so it’s mostly French. These are exquisite and fun and something you likely won’t see anywhere else!

Mardi Gras is Coming! Tuesday February 9th to be exact!

We will start serving Paczkis ($3) on this Saturday, 1/30, and continue through Sunday, February 7th.  We will have Strawberries and Cream, Blueberries and Cream and Custard Fillings. It’s always a good idea to order ahead! We will also have King Cakes($15) on Saturdays and to order.

Our Special Mardi Gras Dinner (along with Flatbreads) will be Saturday, February 6, beginning at 5pm.  See next week’s newsletter for the menu.

This week’s menus:
Lunch-Sauerkraut and Pork Soup; Southwest Bean & Corn Salad; Sloppy Joes, Full Menu
Dinners-Thursday Mac & Cheese, Add in grilled peppers, mushrooms and onions if you like!
Friday is Cod Grilled or English Style
Saturday is Flatbreads

hot cross buns

get lit


We will be reading Love Letters, among other things!


Our special dinner will be Saturday, 2/13, beginning at 5pm.  We will be featuring crepes along with our flatbreads.  AND, we will be making our classic Valentine Cookies, too!


As you may know, these have been selling out, and we do already have reservations!

This month we are featuring Pietra Santa Vineyards. 

Pietra Santa is a family-run estate producing artisanal wines in California’s Central Coast. The site was planted to wine grapes in the 1850s by Frenchman Theophile Vache who chose the location because of the maritime climate and unique soils.

It is 25 miles from Monterey Bay and benefits from cool coastal breezes that allow for a long growing season. The estate’s location on the San Andreas Fault creates soils rich with granite and limestone that naturally lower yields and add distinctive flavors to the wines. The winery was named PIETRA SANTA, Italian for SACRED STONE, in honor of these exceptional soils. Todd from FIne Vines will be presenting the wines.

Here is the menu:

Route 152 Pinot to start your evening
This wine is fruity and has flavors of vanilla, toasty oak, coffee and chocolate.

First Course- Crab Cakes and Aoli
served with Pinot Grigio-an exceptionally well balanced, crisp and refreshing wine that tastes of mangos and peaches with hints of citrus.

Main Course- Slow Cooked Short Ribs Served with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots
Sassolino-a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon that was harvested from vines that are 35 years old.  The wine is aged in French oak for 30 months.

Salad of Greens and Grapefruit
Served with Chardonnay. This wine is crisp and fresh with flavors of white peaches, hints of citrus and a subtle bouquet of lavender.

Molten Lava Cake served with Pinot Noir
This wine has superb acidity and balance, allowing complex flavor characteristics to emerge.  It was aged for 10 months in French oak to concentrate the flavors and add layers of vanilla and toasty oak.

Reservations only.  Cost is $65.00 for dinner and beverages.

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January Wine Dinner Is Saturday 1/23

January 19th–it’s already past the middle of the month and I’m just recovering from Christmas!  Not to the point of taking down all the decorations of course, but I’m getting there!

We will be featuring a new cocktail in honor of “Tenderly” (see left hand column)–The Rosemary Gimlet! Fresh Lime Juice, Gin and Fresh Rosemary. Give it a try beginning Friday evening.

This Saturday is JANUARY WINE DINNER.  Keeping the food and wine a bit low key as there will be quite the surprise for those who attend this weekend’s festivities.  The menu is as follows:

To open:  Rosemary Gimlet-Freshly-squeezed lime juice, Koval Gin and fresh rosemary

1st Course-French Onion Soup with Croutons and Gruyere
served with Jean Claude Boisset Bourgogne Rouge-This Pinot Noir has been selected from old vines and presents with good balance and fairly subtle but evident tannins.

Main Course-Daube de Boeuf-Rich Beef Stew with Carrots, Onions and Potatoes served with Clos des Fees Les Sorcieres-Syrah 50 %, Grenache 30 %, Carignan 20 %;explosive fruit flavors, delicate tannins and a silky texture

Dessert-Oeufs de la Neige-Snow Eggs; A classic French dessert-Poached Meringues served in Custard Sauce served with Varichon et Clerc Blanc de Blanc. This wine comes from Savoie at the foot of the French Alps between Lyon and Geneva. Varichon et Clerc have been producing classic ‘Methode Champenoise’ wines since 1901. This tasty sparkler is primarily Chardonnay with a delicate flavor and wonderful structure.

Dinner begins at 7pm.  Keogh Hepp from Heritage will be presenting the wines.  The cost for the dinner and all wines is $47.00.  Please call for reservations.

SIP AND SLIDE this week for SLIDEWALK SALES.  Stop in to sample some wines and take home some good deals while they last.  Check out all the specials in Downtown Crystal Lake to see what bargains you can find.  The sales run from Thursday through Saturday.

And, finally, it’s not too late to sign up for our WINE AND CHEESE CLUB--It’s available in three month increments.   Click here to find out more.

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January 2016

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Celebrate with us all day Thursday,12/31/15.
All our Wines are BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF (50% off lesser valued wine) so pick up some for the weekend.


We will have French Dinner, French Country, Cranberry Walnut, Whole Grain and Cinnamon Swirl.

Lunch is White Bean and Squash Soup
Chopped Raw Vegetable Salad
And all of our Sandwiches 

New Year’s Eve Dinner beginning at 5pm

Your choice of:
Seafood Pasta-
Angel Hair Pasta with Honey Mussels, Bay Scallops, and Shrimp
served with Bread and Green Salad

Lamb Khorma-
a sensuous curry made by simmering lamb with yogurt, cream and amazing spices then thickening the sauce with cashewes.  Served with Basmati Rice, Cilantro Chutney and Cucumber Raita

The Dinners are $25 a person
reservations suggested

Open for Breakfast both days.Check out the Menu.

Saturday Breads will be French Dinner and Cinnamon Swirl.

Lunch on Saturday after12;  Flatbreads Saturday after 5.

Our Winter Hours are:
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Open Wednesday 11-6
Thursday and Friday 11-9
Saturday 930-9
Sunday 930-3

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Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Christmas

William finished the Lemon Bars; Kate is working on Christmas Macaroons; the Stollen fruit is soaking in rum so I will finish that tomorrow and Thursday.  Our newest item will be Cream Puffs!  I’ll be baking those tomorrow so they will be ready for Thursday.  What else?  Baklava is in the works, as are Pecan Balls, Swedish Krumkake, and Scottish Gingerbread loaves.  Buche de Noel will be ready on whatever day you need it.  Speaking of which-PLEASE order whatever you need. It’s impossible to predict what will be left in the case from day to day;  so if there is something or some flavor you really want, let me know.

This is the Third Saturday so William will be making Garlic Cheddar, Swedish Limpa and Flaxseed Flatbreads (excellent for holiday spreads and dips) as well as the regular Saturday Breads.  There will be Cranberry Walnut, Dinner Rolls, Limpa, French Dinner and Baguettes on Christmas Eve.  We are closed the 25th. so there will be only French Dinner on 12/26.

For more information, please call 815-477-3296.




Join us for a fun day of perfecting your Christmas!  Whether it’s choosing the perfect gift from Triskele Moon or our other talented artists, or finding the wine that will complete that special dinner, we are here to help.  And, don’t forget our Wine and Cheese Club!  It makes a perfect gift!  It’s available in 3-, 6-, or  12-month packages.  Check it out at

Open our regular hours 12/16-12/20
Tuesday, 12/22, 11-6
Wednesdays, 11-6
Thursday, 12/24, 930-4
Closed 12/25 and 1/1/16
Open Saturday 12/26, 11-6

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We have some wonderful new cheese in for the holidays: Stilton, Tallegio,and Petit Basque to name a few, and will be ordering more as the days go by.  The Port is in the Wine Rack as are some wonderful new reds and whites as well as our favorite rosés and sparklers.  Stop in for a glass and some cheese.  And, don’t forget we also have BEER!  Just received Rogue’s Seasonal Santa’s Private Reserve Ale and Guiness’s Nitro IPA to add to our collection.

get lit

Get Lit(erary) is Thursday, 12/10, at 7pm.

WSRep kindly sponsors our monthly readings so join us for our light-hearted holiday offerings this Thursday.  We will also have local author Gail Wells reading from her new book, WISH.   Mushroom Pinot Noir Baked Pasta, Bread and Salad will be served beginning at 5pm. Hope to see you!


This week’s soup is Lentil with SunDried Tomatoes.
We have a new-fashioned Macaroni Salad and all our regular sandwiches, as well.


Orders are beginning to come in for Christmas.  I will be printing out the
order forms today.
We have wonderful gift ideas-from Wine & Cheese Club memberships and Gift Certificates to the unique art on our wall.
We look forward to seeing you this week.

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Black Weekend!

We have more 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau!  Celebrate Small Business with us this weekend. We have beautiful art on the wall for gifting to your favorites and yourselves. Check the photos on Facebook for some ideas.

Breakfast is in full swing right now for another hour (til noon on Saturdays).  Then Lunch will be Tomato Soup; Moroccan Carrot & Hummus Sandwiches and the rest of our Lunch Menu!

After 5, we will have Flatbreads and Small Plates for dinner.

Cant make it today?  Join us for breakfast tomorrow!

And, for the month of December, we will be open on Tuesdays, from11-6.


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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you the best of everything always.

First of all,THANK YOU ALL for your  continued support;  all of us at LPM appreciate your making us part of your lives.  Hope your holiday is fulfilling and filling.  Enjoy!

We are open Tuesday from 11-6 and Wednesday from 9:30-5.
This week’s soup is Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato. Check the website for other lunchtime offerings.
Please place all Thanksgiving orders before 1pm Tuesday, PLEASE!

We have some luscious new CHEESES in the case as well as perfect Thanksgiving WINES. Stop in for tastes and take your favorites home with you.

We will have extra BREAD on Wednesday: Dinner Rolls, Cranberry Walnut, French Dinner, Pumpkin Pecan, Limpa, Barm Brack, Cinnamon Swirl, Greek Olive, Italian and French Country. On Saturday, 11/28, we will have French Dinner, French Country, Cranberry Walnut, Cinnamon Swirl and Italian.

Friday, we will open at 11 for lunch.  We will have our Cod Dinner beginning at 5.  The Parade starts at 7pm so, as usual, we will have our excellent COCOA for $1 a cup as well as SOFT PRETZELS and warm GLUGG for the adults (though this must remain indoors).

Saturday and Sunday we are back to our regular schedule.

Give Thanks
For each new morning with its light,
 For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
 For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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This Week’s Info


Duck Soup with Carrots, Potatoes and Mushrooms


Pumpkin Soup

Sandwiches–Check the Link

Apple, Celery and Walnut Salad

GET LIT(ERARY) Thursday, November 12
We had a great read through last night-I think you will enjoy this month’s offering.  It Includes readings from Louise Erdrich, Sara Littlecrow-Russell,

 and Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin).

The readings begins at 7pm.

Dinner begins at 5pm and features Butternut Squash Ravioli with Kale Cranberry Sauce (a favorite Rachel Ray recipe that I have tweaked a bit)
served with Salad and Bread.


Friday is our Cod Dinner.

Saturday is Flatbreads.
Check the website for more info.

Our new Breakfast Flatbread has opened to rave reviews.  It’s a large potato pancake topped with sour cream, fresh salsa, & cheese with jalapenos and bacon optional.  Check the website for the menus.


Our Holiday Art Wall is nearly complete.  It showcases works from LPM’s 2015 artists.There are so many wonderful gift ideas hanging on the wall–be sure to check it out.

French Dinner and Country, Cranberry Walnut, Cinnamon Swirl, Italian, Fruit Braid and Foccaccia.


It’s time to start ordering your holiday goodies–we have order blanks here at the shop and I wil post it on the website but feel free to give us a call, too.

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It’s Halloween!

Hope your weekend plans include a stop at Le Petit Marché!

For lunch, we have Blood Red Tomato Soup,  Chicken Salad Sammies as well as our other lunchtime treats.

Tonight’s Pasta is Mike’s Favorite Sausage Lasagna with salad and French Dinner Bread for $12.75.

Friday  is Cod Dinner: Beer Battered or Grilled with Fries or Sautéed Veggies.

Saturday-Halloween Flatbreads. Wait til you see!

Adding Potato Pancake Breakfast Flatbreads to the Saturday and Sunday Breakfast menu.  Stop in to try them.

Remember, it’s the last weekend of “Gypsy” at Raue Center! Check out their upcoming events at

To start the Holidays, the next WINE DINNER is Saturday, November 7, at 7pm.  We are featuring Stoller Vineyards of Dayton, Oregon. This is a great chance to taste different Pinot Noirs side by side.   Taste the differences terroir, age of the vines, and winemaking can have on the same grape.

Here’s the Menu

Greeting Wine-Stoller Chardonnay

First Course-Baked Sweet Potato Slice topped with Apple Hazelnut Stuffing, Duck Confit and Cloved Honey Sauce served with
2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Main Course-Roast Salmon served on Spinach Chiffonade with Sautéed Mushrooms and Shallots on Toast Points served with
2012 Reserve Pinot Noir

Oregon Cheeses served with Stoller’s new
2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Dessert-Cranberry Hazelnut Torte served with Rack & Riddle Sparkling Rosé

Reservations only. Talk to us about any dietary restrictions. The per person cost for dinner and wines is $70.  Dinner only is $45. All the wines will be discounted so it’s a great opportunity to taste and purchase amazing wines for holiday dinners and gift giving.

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