Friday Foodie Forecast: Pastries, canapés and a holiday bazaar

December 10, 2010

From pastries to canapés, this week's offerings pack a lot of flavor into little packages. And since it's gift-giving season, you might as well pack some flavor into your gifts at the first annual Holiday Gift Bazaar.

Parisian Pattisserie at NoMI
Starting today, customers can satisfy sweet cravings at NoMI with a variety of holiday chocolate treats, including macarons, lollipops and cookies. Customers have the option of buying items a-la-carte, which range in price from a buck to $5, or they can create their own holiday arrangement. The patisserie will run from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until December 24. NoMI is located in the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave.

Wine and Canap
é Reception and Dinner at Jam
Join Jam's Executive Chef Jeffrey Mauro on Monday, December 13, for a wine and canapé reception and dinner sponsored by ChicaGourmets. The menu will feature passed canapés, as well as dishes such as parsnip soup with chicken confit, melted onions and tarragon; foie gras tortellini with chestnut puree and cranberry gastrique; also, skirt steak with roasted tomato, wilted greens, boiled egg and pickled maitake mushrooms. The event will take place at Jam, 937 N. Damen, at 6 p.m., and reservations are recommended, since events often sell out. Tickets to this event are $69 for ChicaGourmet members and $79 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot, click here.

Local and Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar
Browse through seasonal gifts and treats from local vendors next Sunday, December 19 at the First Annual Local & Fair Trade Holiday Gift Bazaar at Lincoln Park's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. The bazaar will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature gourmet edibles, fashion & accessories, art, entertainment and more. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For a full list of vendors or more information, visit. http://www.msmint.com/holiday-gift-bazaar-2010.html