Cook Create Celebrate October 2015
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 OCTOBER. ISSUE 40. 2015
Marcels Culinary Experience
Welcome to the Marché Special Edition of Cook Create Celebrate!  

This month we are celebrating Marché!  Jill sets the stage with a special note on her vision and excitement about the new space opening three doors down at 496 Main on Tuesday, October 27th. We are anxious to introduce Marché general manager, Daniel Sirko, and highlight all of Marché's offerings!  
 
Back at Marcel's, take note of a trunk show featuring three of our favorite brands and a very special Anniversary Cocktail Party with Anupy Singla honoring 90 years of the iconic Le Creuset. An assortment of Halloween classes for kids is sprinkled in our October class calendar. We are also excited about a new Food & Wine Pairing series with Chef Robin Nathan.
OCTOBER EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
SAT, OCT 10th (11 am - 4 pm): TRUNK SHOW
Don't miss this trunk show featuring three of our favorite brands! LinenMe continues the time-tested tradition of durable and very soft woven linen. SABRE is a French name synonymous with the freedom of mixing and matching endless combinations of dinnerware and flatware. Come in to start styling a place setting this is uniquely you! Finally, we are thrilled to introduce the luxurious Le Jacquard Français* to our shelves. The trunk show is the perfect opportunity to feel the quality and explore their timeless patterns. Enjoy 20% off of these luxurious brands the day of the show. *Discount for LJF applies to a tablecloth and 4 napkins in matching pattern
 
Join us for an exclusive event with cookbook author Anupy Singla celebrating 90 years of Le Creuset! Anupy, the author of three cookbooks, is fast becoming one of the country's foremost authorities on Indian food and cooking. Along with joining Anupy in the kitchen for interactive demonstrations featuring the new World Cuisine cookware, celebrate 90 years of the iconic Le Creuset with gifts for all, exclusive anniversary products for sale, and delicious food, wine, beer and other beverages. This is special event at a very special price of only $25! Don's miss it! 
 

HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Check out our fun assortment of themed classes leading up to Halloween for Little Kids, Mid Kids and Big Kids. Join the annual Glen Ellyn Halloween Parade on the 31st, sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce. Parade steps off at 10:00 am from Prairie Path Park. Then trick or treat at participating merchants along the streets of downtown Glen Ellyn until 2:00 pm. Don't forget to visit us at Marcel's!

 
THE NEXT ADVENTURE 
One store is really enough. Really. Fulfilling, demanding, successful, beloved - why mess with that? But I got this bee in my bonnet a couple of years ago and I started thinking about cheese shops.  Then I started going to cheese shops. And I couldn't help but think there was a place for a great cheese shop in downtown Glen Ellyn.
Since I am sort of prudent, even with a bee in my bonnet, I decided to test it out.  Put the refrigerated case in at Marcel's, fill it with cheese and meats and some other goodies and see what happens.  Would customers buy these things from us when there are six big grocery stores with big cheese departments within a few miles of here?  It turns out they would and you did! But we are so limited in what we can sell -- I really needed a space to do this properly.
Then good karma enters the story: in August 2014 the owner of the building at 496 N. Main Street was ready to close her business and sell her building. It's the perfect spot - beautiful corner location, gateway into Glen Ellyn, steps away from Marcel's and right on Main Street. I reassembled the expert team who created Marcel's (Beth Howley, Lisa Sallwasser, Jay Murray, and Michelle Thorsell) and we got to work.
The second best thing that happened (after the building) was meeting Daniel Sirko. You can read all about him below and you will meet him soon.  I am still pinching myself that he wanted to join us - I am blown away every day by his knowledge.
Now we are assembling the Marché team, finishing the construction, getting all of our product ordered and we expect to be open by the end of the month.  We have adopted the best ideas from all of our research and experience, put them into a warm, inviting, cozy space, and are ready to be your destination for all things cheese. We are so excited. 
Two stores is really enough. Really.

The holidays are approaching; let us help you plan an exquisite event! Company parties, family get-togethers and girl's night out are all fabulous ways to experience the magic of the Marcel's kitchen. Contact us today and we will start crafting the menu, libations and special touches to make the event uniquely yours.
 
"I can't thank you enough for such a beautiful night of food, family and laughter. Robin, along with the rest of the staff at Marcel's, was so fantastic in every way, giving our group such an amazing experience that we will truly never forget." - Daina Welsh
 
THE GOODS:
Cheese, Wine & Charcuterie  

Let our staff be your tour guides as you wind your way through our cheese cases, take in the charcuterie and explore our carefully paired spirits and accoutrements.

PARTY +
ALL OCCASION BOARDS
  
Whatever the occasion we’re ready to help.  Our Party Boards will stand out at any gathering for home, office, tailgate or holiday get-together. 
 
CHEESE PLATES
AT THE TABLE 

Eat in.  To go.  To share.  Or not.  Stop in for our made-to-order cheese plates and a chilled craft beer.  Or white wine.  Or red.  We’re ready.

CLASSES + EVENTS  

Sign up for one of our in-store classes or let us design a private fête for most any crowd.  Our place or yours - we’re ready to bring you all things Marché.

GIFT BOXES
 
Carefully crafted boxes featuring classics, Midwestern favorites or inspired selctions from around the globe. Our selection will satisfy the most discriminating tastes.
CULTURE CLUB
 
Here’s your chance to join “The Culture Club” – Marché’s inquisitive group of curd loving, flavor seeking subscribers exploring the renaissance of great artisan cheeses.  
MARCHÉ GENERAL MANAGER DANIEL SIRKO

Daniel, a longtime Chicago area resident, has more than two decades of specialty food and restaurant management experience. Most recently he was general manager of Kaufman’s Delicatessen and Bakery in Skokie. Earlier he was a founding owner of Chicago restaurant Birchwood Kitchen and Second Street Market in Highland Park. He also helped launch Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine, and Fox & Obel Food Market, both in Chicago.

Daniel holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Cheese Society, a not-for-profit that promotes cheese appreciation and home and farm cheese making, and has served as a judge at the organization’s annual competition.

Here's a bit of Q&A with Daniel:

You are hosting a fall dinner party - what's on the menu? I’ve been into Yotam Ottolenghi’s amazing cookbooks lately so something inspired by him. For starters, herbed fish cakes with zaatar yogurt and a butternut squash hummus with pomegranate molasses. Entrées – roasted eggplants with ground lamb and pine nuts and an amazing roast chicken with fennel and oranges. On the side, a wilted spinach salad with Medjool dates and almonds. That’s an explosion of flavors. And there’s usually a cheese course with seasonal fruits – apples and pears right now. And then just a bite of dark chocolate something. Wanna come?

Where is your favorite casual spot to dine?  Café Pasqual’s in Santa Fe. I ate there 5 times in 4 days.

Favorite dining city and why: I can’t seem to make my way through Chicago – so many great options.

Favorite cheese to:

  • Enjoy with an earthy Cabernet – A well-aged bandaged Cheddar
  • Make the best mac n' cheese – Probably Gruyere, with a little grated Parmigiano Reggiano on top.
  • Surprise your guests – Rogue River Blue – it’s an epiphany
  • Pair with an Amber Ale - Ossau Iraty – A fantastic Basque sheep milk cheese

Advice for a cheese "novice" who walks into Marché: Don’t be afraid to be inquisitive – we love talking about cheese.

Tell us about your most memorable meal: Oh, a seven course dinner in Rome with this eccentric truffle hunter. As each course was served he would circle the table shaving fresh white truffles on all the plates. It was magically surreal.

SPOTLIGHT ON FOOD & WINE PAIRING SERIES
FOOD & WINE PAIRING SERIES
 
Three Consecutive Wednesdays: Oct 14, 21 & 28 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Chef Robin Nathan $250 for all three classes

Three weeks, three countries, four wine regions and the foods to pair with them! This series will explore the wine growing regions of California, Italy, Bordeaux and Burgundy, pairing the best in the glass with the best on the plate. This class is tailored to the wine novice as well as the wine enthusiast as Chef Robin explores the world of the grape. You'll learn the fundamentals of wine, wine tasting, and appreciation, and judging wine color, aroma, flavor, and body. You'll understand the secrets hidden on wine labels, and discover the meaning of such concepts as dryness, acidity, fruitiness, tannins, varietals, vintages, and how and why the wine you drink pairs with the food you eat. 
SESSION I: CALIFORNIA
 
California is a gorgeous, diverse state offering a little something for everyone. Because of its incredible wine offerings, it's the perfect destination for our first night of tastings and learning. In this class, we will divide the evening into two parts: 'The North: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and More,' and 'The South: Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, and More.' We'll taste each area's wines all along the way. The class will also enjoy sampling regional foods that prove the old pairing adage, 'If it grows together, it goes together."

Wines to be tasted:
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel.

Small Plate Pairings:
Queso Fundido & Avocado Crema Mini Tacos
Steamed Mussels with Saffron
Seared Ahi Tuna Bites with Blackberry-Herb Glaze
Grilled Chicken Thigh Kebab
Filet Bites with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette and Peppered Cranberry Sauce.
 
SESSION II: ITALY
 
Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world's largest wine producer by volume with grapes grown in almost every region - but that doesn't make it any easier to understand the difference between a Chianti and a Sangiovese (the same thing!!) or what to pair with Italy's aggressively acidic wines. Some of life's simplest and tastiest pleasures come straight out of Italy, taste why!

Wines to be tasted:
Fruili/Veneto, Orvieto, Frascati, Valpolicella, Chianti. 

Small Plate Pairings:
Salmon Tartare with Green Olive Tapenade
Crostini with Green Apples and Prosciutto
Buccatini al Amatriciana
Warm Wild Mushroom Salad
Pappardelle with Pulled Pork
SESSION III: FRANCE
 
The two biggest wine growing regions of France, Burgundy and Bordeaux have long and honored wine traditions, with vines under cultivation since the 3rd century. The Burgundy growing region has the largest number of AOC (appellations) of any in France, and grows predominantly pinot noir and chardonnay grapes for their red and white wines. The Bordeaux region specializes in blends for their red and white wines. In this class, we will compare and contrast these wines and flavors contributed by terroir of what many consider to be the most complicated and confusing of the world's growing regions.

Wines to be tasted:
Bordeaux Rouge/Superieur, Cotes d'Bordeaux, Graves, Pouilly Fuisse, Macon Village, Bourgogne Rouge, Macon Rouge

Small Plate Pairings:
White Bean Stew with Tomato
Chilled Rosemary-Garlic Shrimp
Pissaladiere
Steak au Poivre Bites
Sauteed Mushrooms with Shallot Butter
Brie en Croute with two jams

Click on the calendar to explore all of our October classes!
ALSO AT MARCEL'S:
  • Professional on-site knife sharpening
  • Exquisite complimentary gift wrapping
  • Beautiful"gifts to go" all pre-wrapped and perfect for every gift giving occasion!
  • Personalized wedding registry with expert service
 
 
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