When Zina Murray from Logan Square Kitchen approached us to participate in their first ever Pastry Market, we jumped on the opportunity. Set to debut the day before Valentine’s Day, at one of the most unique (and green friendly) venues in the city, we thought it was too good to be true. Turns out, it was much better than just “good.”
On Saturday, February 13th, FIG joined the ranks of several other pastry chefs and artisans from around the city selling ice cream, macarons, truffles, and cupcakes, FIG decided to do something a little different. On our menu, sweet and savory: Just Baked Pies (Spiced Apple and Lemon Curd) and Quiche (Mushroom & Emmentaler and Duroc Bacon & Laack Cheddar), Warm Cookies (Vegan, Oaxacan Chocolate Cinnamon, and Dried Cherry-Oatmeal-Macadamia) and even a special Peanut Butter Brownie (the first item to sell out). Turns out, the quiche was a big hit as after one trip around the room all of the guests seemed to be on a sugar high.
Before the market officially opened at 10am, there were already customers browsing. By noon, there was a line outside the door. The flow of hungry city goers in search of something to eat (and/or something to take home for their Valentine), didn’t stop until well after it ended at 3pm. While Molly baked in their state-of-the-art kitchen, I managed to pass out samples, talk to shoppers, interview with Chicago Magazine, and even pose for a few photos (compliments of Christina Noel). In five hours, we talked to many past clients, one future wedding client, and a few people we hope will become clients (including one who has a tasting next week).
Although our display was not as fancy as some of the other vendors, we feel like we did a great job displaying what FIG does best – delicious food with great ingredients. A friendly Yelper seems to agree; read her review of our vegan cookie.
If you didn’t make it last weekend, not to worry, there will be future events. Unfortunately for FIG, the next Pasty Market is scheduled for April 3rd, and Molly and Justin have other things going on. Check out LSK’s website for details on their April market.