Fall at the Green City Market

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Today marked our third demonstration at the Green City Market.I checked the weather report on Monday and it said today was going to be a bit chilly, so I decided that for the chef demonstration I needed something to help warm people up. Soup jumped immediately to mind,of course, and what better soup for early fall than pumpkin. Pumpkin soup is …

FIG’s First Seder

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As lapsed Christians who didn’t grow up in cities with large Jewish populations, Passover was something of a mystery to Justin and I before we came to Chicago. Even after arriving and hearing the rumors of a large Jewish population, we were removed from the Jewish community by a Catholic school and a profession more dominated by Mexicans. Once I …

Food Demo at Bloomingdales

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This past weekend Molly’s sister, brother in-law and two nieces came to Chicago for spring break. We planned not only to do the regular fun activities like build skyscraper at the children’s museum and pet alligators at Reptile Fest, but also to put them to work. I had a cooking demonstration scheduled at the Bloomingdale’s at the Old Orchard Mall. …

That Fuzzy Feeling

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Every once in a while we get a chance to be guests at a party or even host our own, instead of just enjoying the celebrations of strangers. On Friday, March 14th, did just that. Together with another tequila aficionados, we hosted a tequila tasting right in our FIG kitchen. For those of you that have visited us, you know …

Fish and Seafood Tips and the Meaning of Puttanesca

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For some selecting fish and seafood can be intimidating, scary and nerve racking. If this is true for you following some simple steps will help leave those frustrating fish finding days behind. Step 1: Talk to your friends Find out if a friend or family member has a market that they love. Maybe your sister’s husband’s frat buddy is a chef or you have a friend …

Last Minute Party Planning

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We are profoundly amazed by the number of people who call us at the “last minute” for catering services. By last minute, I don’t mean hours ahead of time (those people just go to their local gourmet market) I mean less than two weeks ahead of time. As in – “I have 60 people coming over next Saturday and I …