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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Here Comes the Fourth!

We will be open 7/4, 930-9 and 7/6, 930-1 (gotta get to the Parade!) Call in your order for hot dog & sandwich rolls, salads and desserts for your perfect Fourth of July weekend!

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It’s Strawberry Time!

We are celebrating Nichols Farm STRAWBERRIES this week!  We will be serving Strawberry Shortcake–homemade shortcake with Nichols Farm berries and whipped cream for $4.25. Will be making Strawberry Tarts (and who knows what else?) for the weekend, too.

Get Lit(erary)
get lit

The “Group” will be reading the first two acts of “The Admirable Crichton” this month. Listen to J.M. Barrie’s views on class and social order this month and hear what happens next month-July 24th (fourth Thursday)when we finish reading the play.
And, if you are interested in being a part of Get Lit, stop in to talk to Dawn (or call).

Third Thursday in DTCL!
Downtown Crystal Lake will be hopping this Thursday.  Join in the fun from 5-8pm.  LPM will be serving Springtime Lasagna full of Nichols Farm veggies and hosting a wine tasting between 5 & 7.  Then at 7pm we will begin Get Lit(erary)!
at 8:30pm:
“New Day! New Time! It’s Summer and we’ve still got laughs to get out of our systems. You bring: yourself, friends, neighbors, strangers and suggestions.
We bring: the hilarity.”
$5 at the door.


Meet the Artist

Join us from 5-630 on Saturday, June 28th to meet this month’s artist, WEG Thomas.  His beautiful photos of McHenry County have been gracing our wall this month.  Stop in to see them, if you haven’t, and talk to him about his vision and technique. We will be serving our Czech Dinner beginning at 6pm, if you would like to stay.


Thursday Pasta-Springtime Lasagna
Friday-Haddock & Scallops

Served Saturday 9:30-Noon
Sunday 9:30-2

June 28th-Czech Dinner Serving from 6-9,
prepared by Zuzana Sumberova (Radka’s mom!)

Spanish Wine Dinner
7pm Saturday, July 26

Green City Market BBQ Thursday, July 17th


One of the best summer events in Chicago, this grand picnic is held every July in picturesque Lincoln Park, with the fabulous Chicago skyline as a backdrop.  All dishes served at the BBQ feature items offered from the bounty of the market with nearly 100 chefs/restaurants creating culinary magic. In addition to food, locally made beer, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

$125 General Admission$150 General Admission & a copy of the Green City Market Cookbook    Contact LPM if you would like to go as a group.  Thinking about limosine or bus from LPM.

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It’s Summer & We Are Busy!

Farmers Market begins in Crystal Lake this Saturday from 8-1 and continues on Sundays in Cary, 9-1.

Join us for readings by local authors at 7pm next Thursday, June 12th.  Mary Gustafson, Elizabeth Harmon, Rick Copper and Ivan Ewert will be reading from their works as well as hosting a discussion on writing, publishing and whatever else you would like to talk about!

And, Get Lit(erary) is on Thursday, June, 19th, also at 7.  We will be reading from “The Admirable Chrichton,” by J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.  Act One is set in Loam Hall, the household of Lord Loam, a British peer, Crichton being his butler. Loam considers the class divisions in British society to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton particularly disapproves, considering the class system to be “the natural outcome of a civilised society”.

Stop in to see WEJ Thomas’s striking photos of McHenry County.  This month’s artist.  Our “Meet the Artist” reception will be from 5-6:30 on Saturday, June 28th.

Congratulations to Michael & Mark!  Last Sunday, It was our pleasure to help them celebrate their marriage.  And what a great surprise to see them in the Herald on Tuesday!

We need a new helper! A wine lover would be great–that means over 21. Friendly, multi-tasker, some evenings and weekends (15-20 hours per week). Stop in or call if you’re interested.

Upcoming Dinnertime Treats!
iconPasta tonite–Creamy blend of cheeses, wine, and asparagus over noodles.
Haddock & Scallops on Friday
Flatbreads on Saturday
Plus our Petit Plates every evening after 5.

Wine Dinner on Saturday 6/14, 7pm.  Reservations required. Presented by Keogh Hepp from Heritage Wines.  She will be serving wines from Argentina paired with Roasted Beet Salad; Beef Wellington; British Cheeses and English Trifle for dessert.  Please call for more info and reservations.

June 28th–Food from Czech Republic prepared for us by Radka’s mother, who is here visiting.  I will update you on the menu as we get closer to the date.

Art Bra Austin is a charity fundraiser like no other. Every year, Austin’s talented community of artists, designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art to be showcased by a dynamic group of Art Bra Austin Models – all breast cancer survivors and clients of BCRC. This feisty group of BCRC clients reflect the diversity of the thousands of women we serve annually.

From Lisa:

By supporting me, you will ensure the next woman diagnosed with breast cancer has the knowledge that she’s not alone and the support she needs to make it through.

 Thank you,

Lisa Viets

  Click on the link to go to Lisa’s page.

Eat Like a Champion!
DTCL’s own Kamil Suran of Suran Built came in first (48:08:23), besting 17 other top athletes in the Triple Enduroman UK held at  Avon Tyrrell, Hampshire this past weekend. That’s right–it’s a TRIPLE Ironman. We are bragging a wee bit because we get to feed him so often!  Come in, try our soups and pastas, Kamil’s faves, and eat like a champion!

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