Da Count and I always welcome new food and shopping experiences. So naturally, we were hex-cited to have received an invitation to a media tasting event at the Chicago French Market in honor of Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2017. On the third Thursday of November every year, the release of France’s Beaujolais Nouveau, a light-bodied red wine made from the harvest in the Beaujolais region, just south of Burgundy is celebrated.
Chicago French Market is an amazing place, almost like a food court "mall". There are plenty of places to eat and drink, plus a deli and produce market for take home meals. The food vendors range from French to Asian to good ol American with dozens of dishes to munch on. It's not just French! Since we were media VIPs, we were given a chance to sample many of their products.
There were quite a few delicious treats to taste, some were full portions and we got so much we had to take a lot of it home. We had a Bahn mi sandwich from Little Saigon, which is basically a Vietnamese sub sandwich, delicious but very spicy - jalapeños! We washed it down with refreshing teas from B.I. Tea, passion fruit and taro milk tea.
Fumare Meats offered a soup and sandwich combo called the "'Ray-Ray" which was 1/2 pastrami and chicken soup. Yum! At Pastoral Artisan Cheese and Wine, samples of the Beaujolais Nouveau were given, very light bodied wine yet rich tasting. Didn't get to try the cheeses but they looked amazing!
France was represented at Vanille Patisserie with melt in your mouth macarons, and FlipCrepes offered mouthwatering crepes with strawberries and cream, banana with Nutella or many other flavors including the savory and the sweet.
Da Lobsta had delicious seafood offerings that had New England meet Chicago. We tried the 1/2 lobster roll with hush puppies omg so buttery and flavorful I wish I could have had more! Santullo's Pizza had New York style slices as big as your head, we had sausage and a goat cheese with bacon slice (fancy oooooh) and they were tasty, even when reheated at home.
There were so many more places to try it's impossible to name them all, but everything was so good. I would definitely stop at Chicago French Market again for a snack!
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