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Friday Foodie Forecast: Pastry camp, a farm dinner and wine pairings


Pastry Camp at The French Pastry School


The official start of summer is right around the corner, and while the kids may be away at camp, you can get away too - foodie style.  

Camp Chocolate at the French Pastry School

What could be better than pastry camp? How about an all chocolate pastry camp? From June 20 -24 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), head to the French Pastry School and learn from World Pastry Champion Chef Dimitri Fayard how to make a variety of cakes, breads, tarts, plated desserts, ice creams, candies and more all using chocolate.

During these hands-on sessions, Chef Fayard will teach you to make the dark chocolate gâteau dev voyage (a chocolate pound cake) and your own homemade “nutella,” as well as some amazing confections like raspberry lollipops, white chocolate and coffee covered pecans, and dark chocolate marshmallows. You will taste and discuss the product made as you go, so be prepared to eat, and still have plenty of goodies to take home to enjoy with your friends and family.

All tools, equipment and ingredients will be provided for each student. Everyone will receive an apron and a hat to keep. Cost of the five-day camp is $975 (must be 15yrs + to attend).  See this link for FAQs. The French Pastry School is located at 226 W. Jackson Blvd. For more information, visit

Farm Dinner with City Provisions

Join City Provisions and transcend the typical food experience as you board a biodiesel bus from their delicatessen on the way to a farm dinner at Dietzler Farms next Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m.

On the way to the Elkhorn, Wisconsin farm, beers by the Half Acre Beer Company will be served alongside one bites for nosh, while Gabriel Magliaro will discuss the history of their brewery and practices, and owner Cleetus Friedman chats about his mission to connect the community with food at City Provisions.

At the farm, you will be given a full tour by Farmer Michelle Dietzler, then sit down to a multi-course dinner paired with the brewery's beers.  Dinner will be folllwed by a bonfire, before boarding the bus back home.

Tickets are $225.00 per person all-inclusive. Call 773.293.2489 or email today to make your reservation. City Provisions is located at 1820 W. Wilson Ave. For more information, visit City Provisions.

Perfect Pairs at Cibo Matto

Enjoy Perfect Pairs , a bimonthly wine-centric series taking placeat Cibo Matto located inside theWit Hotel, this Wednesday, June 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. Every other Wednesday in the coming months, Executive Chef Evan Percoco  pairs four small courses of clean, seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes with hand selected wines for a perfect compliment to each plate of this modern Italian spot. Featured wines have included those of Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Titus Vineyards from Napa Valley. Tickets to the event are $20, and space is limited. To make reservations, call 312-239-9503. Cibo Matto is located at 201 N. State St. For more information, visit

-Dimitra Apostolopoulos




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