Stopping by the new Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant’s 4,500-square-foot foodease (foodie’s–foodease, get it) market at Water Tower Place, it is hard to know where to start–the wine bar or the wine shop; the cold salad bar; a hot entrée for a cold night; sushi or soup? If you are the creative type you may want to stop by one of their creation stations where you can custom make your own trail mix or create your signature beverage at the Coke Free Style bar. The new urban dining venue showcases 14 distinctive kitchens that feature fresh food made from scratch daily plus what LEYE says is the largest selection of wines to-go on Michigan Ave. You can grab and go or grab and stay at their 50 seat dine-in area. The market is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Highlights of the foodease market.
A Wine Bar. Wines, selected by LEYE Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, are available by the glass or flight The bar also features wines on tap that can be paired with an array of spreads, cheeses, charcuterie and mini sandwiches from the bar’s own special menu.
A Wine Shop. The foodease wine shop features over 200 wines for sale plus a wine and cheese tasting table where guests can sample the Wine of the Month.
A Cold Salad Bar. The cold salad bar features over 100 fresh ingredients inclucing greens, seeds, fruits and grains that are locally sourced whenever possible. In addition, chef prepared salads will be featured, including the Mity Nice Chopped and foodease market signature Asian Noodle salads.
The Hot Entrée Bar. Pig-out on your favorite comfort foods, including mac & cheese, meatloaf, chicken meatballs, oven roasted turkey and salmon. Selections will change daily and will feature themed nightly specials, such as Taco Night.
The Sandwich Counter. You can build-your-own sandwich or select from five chef created sandwiches.
A Sushi Bar. The Sushi bar offers a Grab-N-Go case featuring a full menu of maki, nigiri, and hand rolls or will custom-make your favorites to order.
The Soup Bar. Grab a healthy oatmeal with your favorite toppings or a cream or wheat for breakfast or warm up with a choice of five different soups featured daily. Fresh baked bread and crackers also are available.
The Gourmet Food Counter. Check out the many offerings from crab cakes, spinach and jack cheese quesadillas to stuffed peppers and double-baked potatoes.
The Bakery Counter. This self-serve area features selections from Sacred Ground’s Bakery & Café including morning buns, muffins, scones, cookies and brownies. Selections will vary throughout the day.
The Chocolate Room. This intimate room should be a must stop for all chocolate lovers. The selections will include local, fair-trade and artisanal products.
The Freezer. Stocked with prepared foods including pizza, TV dinners, cookie dough and ice cream. An assortment of gluten-free products also will be available.
Farm Stand. A variety of locally sourced, seasonal fruits and vegetables will be available daily.
Coffee Bar. Chicago’s favorite roasters Metropolis, Intelligentsia and La Colombe will be available for self-serve and freshly ground by the pound.
Kitchen Table. This multipurpose table will provide samples, chef demos and tastings scheduled weekly.
Retail Corner. Local, well known restaurant products and some of foodease market’s favorite culinary tools are available here.
Coke Free Style. Create the ultimate beverage experience with over 100 drink choices.
Create Your Own Trail Mix Bar. Mix and match over 30 selections of nuts, dried fruit, seeds and grains.
For more information, call 312 335 3663 or visit foodease market on Facebook or Twitter (foodeasemarket). 835 N. Michigan Ave.