Tulips are about to bloom, in charming Historic Downtown Long Grove, just in time for seasonal festivities!
Sample Spring Flavors at the Olive Tap (Through April)
Stop in at The Olive Tap to sample an abundance of Spring flavors “on tap,” Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays, 11 am – 5 pm, throughout the month of April. Receive a free 100 ml. bottle (retail value of $7.95) of Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar, with the purchase of any 375 ml. regularly priced Olive Oil or Vinegar. To receive your free bottle, you must mention “The Olive Tap’s Spring Special,” prior to purchase. One bottle per customer. This promotion cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. While supplies last.
International Art Workshop, BYOB, at Rivellino School of Art (April 23)
On April 23, Rivellino Art School of Art hosts its monthly adults-only International Art Workshop. In this three-hour workshop, students will create a work of art in the cubist style of German artist Paul Klee, while enjoying snacks and beverages from Germany. Rivellino will supply the materials and some food. Students are invited to bring their own “theme beverages” and snacks to this fun, social BYOB event. $35 per person, from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Live Music & Book Signing at Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Café (April 24)
On April 24, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at Beans & Leaves, enjoy a live performance, by guitarist and vocalist Tony Memmel, along with a visit and book signing by Katie Memmel of the Lucky Fin Project, and author of “5 Fingers, 10 Toes.”
Every Wednesday, at Beans & Leaves, now thru the end of April, is “Give Back To Community Day.” A portion of all proceeds will go to the Montessori School of Long Grove, and their fundraising efforts.
To purchase your Chocolate Fest tickets, click here!
Dive into three days of CHOCOLATE!
With NEW EXTENDED HOURS!
Friday, May 15 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5, Children 12 and under are free.
Tickets on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 6 p.m. ONLY are $8 when purchased at the gate.
Parking is FREE, in public lots.
Sample gourmet sweets at local shops and restaurants, including:
- Ice cold, custom brewed chocolate beer from the local Finch’s Beer Company
- Old fashioned chocolates and penny candy at Ma & Pa’s Candy
- Chocolate scented candles and chocolate mint teabags at Potpourri
- Chocolate themed t-shirts with rhinestone embellishments at Lucy & Ethel’s
- Hot chocolate and frozen hot chocolate from Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Café
- Chocolate martinis at Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant
- Burgers with chocolate BBQ sauce and chocolate martinis at The Village Tavern
- Decadent chocolate cocktails and menu items from Long Grove Café Restaurant
- Yoo-Hoo chocolate beverages at Nifty Fifty’s
- Chocolate dipped strawberries and cider donuts at the Long Grove Confectionery tent
- Fruity sangria from Lions Club
- Delectable wine selections from Broken Earth Winery
“Taste of Long Grove” Booth:
Sample the town’s most popular fare from:
- Chatterbox of Long Grove
- Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant
- Long Grove Café Restaurant
- The Village Tavern
PLUS, don’t miss these restaurants, from just outside of Historic Downtown Long Grove:
- Smokin T’s Bar B Que
- Prairie House Tavern
- Luke’s of Mundelein
- Zacarelli’s Pizza
- Brothers Ribs
5 for 5 Chocolate Tasting Tickets, Sponsored by Long Grove Confectionery in partnership with Long Grove Business and Community Partners
Purchase a $5 chocolate tasting ticket, to sample (5) different tastings from 11 participating businesses throughout town.
Live Music and Fun for the Family
This year’s expanded Kid Zone will feature organized games of Tug of War, 3-legged races, limbo competitions, rides and more! Families will also enjoy face painting, roaming balloon artists and a mystical magician.
The 2015 Long Grove Chocolate Fest music schedule is as follows:
8 – 10 p.m. – The Hot Sauce Committee
4 – 5:30 p.m. – Hudson McCoy
6 – 7:30 p.m. – Cowboy Jukebox
8 – 10 p.m. – Sixteen Candles
Looking for a simple, delicious meal to prepare at home? Lucia and Angelo Cavallino from Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant went on WGN Morning News to demonstrate how to prepare their classic Pesce Spado con Maiz, Seared Swordfish with Pancetta Corn. Get the full recipe below, and watch the full segment here!
Two 8oz pieces of Swordfish Loin
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic
Two tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
2 oz Chardonnay wine
Red pepper flakes
1. Heat up oil for approximately one minute in a non-stick pan, add swordfish and sear for 3 minutes.
2. Turn swordfish over, sear for 2 more minutes
3. Add garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, cook for one more minute.
4. Add wine and parsley and let reduce for one minute.
2 ears of corn boiled and removed from cob
3 slices of Pancetta
One small chopped onion
1 Tablespoon parsley
1 Tablespoon mascarpone cheese
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 fresh lime
1. Add the onions and cubed pancetta and sautée in oil until pancetta is rendered.
2. Add corn and cook for two minutes
3. Add salt and pepper to taste
4. Shut off heat, add cheeses and parsley and mix together thoroughly.
5. Serve and squeeze lime over the corn.
About Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant
Enzo & Lucia’s is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant, housed in a historic building, prepares fresh pastas, fish, and desserts to order. Chef Enzo’s kitchen is open providing a view of all the action! The Northwest Italian menu includes veal marsala, grilled bass, chicken vesuvio, fresh seafood, and the house’s signature capelacci in vodka sauce. We serve lunch and dinner daily and accept reservations. Outdoor dining is available in favorable weather. Enzo & Lucia’s offers a full service bar and private party room. Enzo & Lucia’s is open to the public. For more information or to make reservations call 878-478-8825 or visit http://www.enzoandlucia.com/.
Visit Downtown Long Grove for a wide variety of special gifts, snacks and beverages from the merchants including:
- Chocolates and candies from Ma & Pa’s Candy that will make you feel like a kid again.
- Visit Cleo Jewelry & Gifts and Bella Donna Boutique to shop items like perfumes, purses, scarves and more! For more information, click here.
- It is always a season for giving at The Irish Boutique, Country House of Long Grove, Creative Hands, Epilogue & Mangel Gifts. From handpicked jewelry to gifts for the home, these shops will have something for everyone.
- If you are looking for the perfect cigars, look no further. Neumann’s Cigars and More has cigars from only the best quality retailers. Stop in today!
- Shop some delicious food items from The Olive Tap, Galena Canning Company, & Long Grove Popcorn Shoppe.
- Shop the latest fashions from Clover, Lucy & Ethel’s and Olivia’s Boutique.
- If you consider yourself a collector of sorts, visit Nifty 50s for nostalgic fifties memorabilia, custom diner booths and soda fountains!
- Stop in to shop or sit and enjoy coffee and tea at Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Cafe. Enjoy a variety of coffee and tea from around the world as well as daily specials, lattes, italian sodas, and more!
- Shop unique wines from Broken Earth Winery. Choose your favorite wine from our vast selection that includes everything from crisp white wines to bold reds.
- Spend the afternoon at High Tea with Gerri for some authentic English tea prepared fresh everyday! Open to the public or call 847-948-1724 to make a reservation.
St. Patrick’s Day in Long Grove
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, with special gifts from Long Grove’s Irish specialty shops. Paddy’s on the Square offers music, clothing and gift items from Ireland, while the Irish Boutique is home to a selection of Irish-made jewelry, English and Irish foods, Waterford Crystal and Belleek China.
Everything Irish in March Workshop Series begins March 5 in Long Grove. The Rivellino School of Art, in partnership with Paddy’s on the Square. A total of six classes will run from March 5 thru March 21. Four of the six classes are adult-only. Two, of those four, are BYOB. There will also be one class, suitable for all ages and one parent / child workshop. Prices range from $20 – $50 dollars. Reservations are required. For additional information, visit www.rivellinoschool.com.
The McNulty Irish Dancers will perform at Paddy’s on the Square on Saturday, March 14 from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Top off your celebrations by stopping by the Village Tavern Saturday, March 14 for a St. Patrick’s Party with R. J. Express, live music from 6:30-10:30 pm. Enjoy traditional corned beef & cabbage washed down with green beer! Plus, join them on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 for Corned Beef & Cabbage, lots of beads and party favors, green beer and a “Pot-O-Gold” drawing where a luck winner will receive dinner, drinks or BOTH. Call (847) 634-3117 for reservations.
March Madness at The Long Grove Cafe
Long Grove Cafe is celebrating the battle of college basketball, March Madness, all month long by offering 30 percent off all “Dine In” food items. Daily food specials, alcohol, tax & gratuity are not included. Call (847) 955-9600 for more information or to make a reservation.
The Village of Downtown Long Grove welcomes Jing Wu to the community with the opening of Clover, a new boutique. With its grand opening comes the realization of Jing’s childhood dream: to open a small store selling apparel, shoes and accessories.
Originally from Shanghai, China, Jing attended Illinois Institute of Technology before settling in nearby Lake Zurich, IL with her husband and two children. With friends who live in Long Grove, Jing and her family would often visit, witnessing first hand all the hospitality and charm downtown has to offer. She and her kids never miss the fun at the Apple and Strawberry Festivals each year!
Jing loves both shopping and traveling; two hobbies that certainly shine through at her boutique. Clover stocks children’s apparel, shoes and accessories from the U.K., Sweden, Israel and Australia; as well as products made here in the United States. These simple and comfy brands from different countries set Clover apart when it comes to children’s daily wear, and are a true testament to Jing’s love of different cultures.
Clover is Jing’s first adventure in owning and running a business, and she couldn’t be more excited to be living her dream in Long Grove.
To celebrate the grand opening, from now until February 28 enjoy 25% off your entire purchase at Clover! For more information contact Jing Wu at 847-383-6421, or visit the store at 225 Robert Parker Rd., Long Grove, IL 60047.
Calling All Artists! The Long Grove Artists Guild is Pleased to Present A Revival of “Something About the Color Red” Art Show This February at The Village Tavern
The Long Grove Artists Guild will again be hosting “Something About the Color Red,” an art show festival beginning from February 21 – March 8, 2015 on weekends Noon – 5 p.m. at the lower level “Speakeasy” at the Historic Village Tavern in Long Grove.(Building 45; 135 Old McHenry Rd.). The art show will be an ode to the color red and the many significant meanings and emotions it evokes. The show was such a great success last year, the Long Grove Artists Guild is ecstatic to bring it back again for this upcoming year.
The show will be a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and the Long Grove Arts & Music Council. A percentage of all entry fees will be donated to the American Heart Association by the Long Grove Artists Guild & the Long Grove Arts & Music Council. Plus, 20% of each art sale will benefit the Long Grove Arts & Music Council.
The Long Grove Artists Guild values artistic expression and bringing together artists who are interested in exploring the creative process. Through this process, the Artists Guild hopes to facilitate a supportive environment for artists of all levels and ages. Visual artwork in all media, styles and genre will be accepted into the show.
The Opening Artists Reception, hosted by the Long Grove Arts & Music Guild, will be on February 21, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Village Tavern. Everyone is invited! After exploring the exhibit, the public is invited to stay for meal at The Village Tavern or dine at one of our fine restaurants in Long Grove including Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant, Long Grove Café Restaurant and Chatterbox. Immerse yourself into a range of delightful small businesses around town and fully experience Long Grove’s charm.
Apply to be a featured artist in the “Something About the Color Red” art show! Artists of all ages are welcome. Please see attached entry form for details. For more information regarding the event, please visit www.longgroveartistsguild.org or contact email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
WGN Morning News Features Last Minute Gift-Giving Ideas & a Stress-free Recipe from the Shops of Long Grove
On Monday, December 22, we talked local, last minute holiday gifts galore from our independently-owned shops on WGN Morning News, and Gerri Gwarnicki from High Tea with Gerri shared a simple no-stress scone recipe using many ingredients already found in your home around the holidays.
Click below to watch the full segment:
We featured many unique gift ideas from our charming shops including:
- Mangel Gifts: Spinning Silver Holiday Candle Holder
- Epilogue: Handmade Mesh Angel
- Within Reach: Holiday Cheese Plate and Child’s Christmas Clothing Ensemble
- The Pear Tree Shoppe (Long Grove’s Year Round Christmas Shop): Santa Checking His List Collection
Gifts for the Foodie:
- The Olive Tap: Taste of Italy Gift Box with Dipper Set
- Galena Canning Company: Gift basket with Chef Ivo’s famous sauces
- Broken Earth Winery: Two bottle Gift Box of 2010 Broken Earth Winery Reserve Petit Verdot; Peppermint Bottle Stopper; Peppermint Cocktail Napkins; Red Cheers Flask
- Ma & Pa’s Candy: Old Fashion Holiday Ribbon candy
Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything:
- The Back Porch: Corinthian Wind Chimes
- Paddy’s on the Square: Authentic Irish Sweater
- Neumann’s Cigars & More: Game-used White Sox bat bottle opener and a black bifold wallet with game used Blackhawks Jersey, inside
Make Gerri’s Stress-free Cranberry Scone Recipe
Yields 25 scones
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 sticks of butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 cup dried cranberries
4 oz jar of Devonshire cream
1 jar of lemon preserves
1 jar of strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and butter into crumbles with your fingers
Next, add cranberries to dry mix.
In a separate bowl, lightly whisk egg and milk.
Add egg and milk mixture to dry ingredients and lightly mix with a fork until dough is a consistency that is not runny and holds its shape.
Scoop 1 inch round clusters of the mix onto 2 cookie sheets, spaced 1 inch apart.
Brush a little milk on top of the scones for a golden look.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes, until lightly brown on top.
Serve scones on individual-sizes plates with a teaspoon each of Devonshire cream, lemon preserves, and strawberry jam, along with your favorite tea.
- Devonshire cream is a pure, rich English cream available at specialty stores including Whole Foods and Sunset Foods.
- Instead of hand-mixing, you can use a food processor to combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and butter. Mix for about 1 minute. And and an electric mixer to combine flour mixture with the egg and milk on slow speed for about 1 minute, increasing to a medium speed for about 2 minutes or until mixture is well combined.
- However, do not over-mix. The less you mix, the softer the scones will be.
- This recipe is easy to modify. Can substitute buttermilk for 2%, margarine for butter, etc and you can scoop out more than 1 tablespoon of dough for larger scones, or less than a tablespoon of dough for smaller scones (great for serving children).
New Businesses, and Expanded Operations in Historic Downtown Long Grove Featuring Art, Food, and Wine
The Long Grove Business and Community Partners (LGBCP) is proud to welcome new additions to their array of charming shops, exceptional full service restaurants and fast casual dining, including businesses supporting art, and gourmet food. New openings in Long Grove include Epilogue gallery and Galena Canning Company. Plus, Broken Earth Winery expands its operation.
Long Grove resident, Rachel Perkal is the proud owner of Epilogue (130 Old McHenry Road), Long Grove’s newest art gallery. “Epilogue is a new type of gallery that heavily emphasizes original hand-crafted and giftable art from North America, with a selection of European-made items available in store,” says Rachel. The gallery doubles as a real artist studio space, and beginning in late January, Epilogue will offer adult art classes including photography, abstract photography, jewelry-making and rejuvenation, pastel drawing, clay workshops and more. Epilogue also supports artisans through representation. Rachel is pleased to represent Lyman Whitaker, an internationally renowned wind sculptor, whose outdoor sculptures will soon be on display at the gallery. To learn more about Epilogue, call 847.383.5912.
Galena Canning Company, a longtime favorite of Long Grove festival-goers, recently opened a brick and mortar shop in downtown Long Grove (217 Robert Parker Coffin Road). Although many of Chef Ivo Puidak’s gourmet products have been sold in Long Grove, for over 20 years, by adding a permanent location fans of Galena Canning Company can now easily access homemade, fat-free, gluten-friendly barbecue sauces, salsas, dressings & marinades, mustards, pepper jellies, butters, pickled vegetables and more. Among the most popular items are: black bean and corn salsa, “Good & Evil” bread and butter pickles with jalapeño, and blueberry rhubarb butter. For more information about Galena Canning Company, call 847.276.4041.
After opening Broken Earth Winery this past fall (219 Robert Parker Coffin Road), the Forsythe Family, new owners and long-time residents of Long Grove, have expanded their operation. The expansion includes a comfortable lounge area, equipped with TVs and two fireplaces, making the space perfect for parties and private events. “We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response and support Broken Earth Winery has received within the Long Grove community,” states Marsha Forsythe. Since opening, Broken Earth has added new wines to it’s expansive list, including Broken Earth’s 2010 Limited Reserve Tempranillo, 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Reserve Petit Verdot, and a 2011 Moscato. Additional new wine selections include a Single Vineyard Shimman Canyon 2012 Chardonnay and Pull 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. To complement their wine selections, Broken Earth offers savory cheeses and wine-friendly snacks, along with gift items and accessories, such as cheese boards, knives and wine racks. Visit www.brokenearthwinery.com for more information, or call 847.383.5052.
Announcing our 2015 festival dates!
Mark your calendars for fun-filled weekends featuring delicious treats, family-friendly activities, unique shopping, dining, live music and more!
May 15, 16, & 17
Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats and tastings.
June 26, 27, & 28
Enjoy “berry” special days of fresh strawberry-inspired treats at our restaurants and shops.
Fall Apple Fest
September 25, 26, & 27
Get your fix of apple-themed cuisine and drinks throughout our quaint cobblestone streets.
The Village of Downtown Long Grove would like to give a warm welcome to Ethel Robey-Berger, the new owner of Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea Café, who took over the café from previous longtime owner, Karen, in August 2014. Beans & Leaves is an independent, family-owned coffee house that has been serving the Long Grove community since the 1970s.
Ethel, a Philippines native, and moved to the United States to attend college at George Mason University. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Europe and attended the Culinary Institute of Florence in Italy where she pursued her culinary career, and later settled here in Long Grove, IL.
Ethel and her husband Tim, have always dreamed about having something of their own. When they heard the news that Beans & Leaves was for sale, Ethel immediately thought this was the perfect opportunity. She discussed the topic with her husband, and he supported the endeavor. The timing was right, as Ethel’s youngest daughter started school full time this fall, affording Ethel the chance to rejoin the workforce in the way she wanted to – as a business owner.
Beans & Leaves offers a cozy atmosphere and features fresh, locally roasted fine coffee and a wide variety of loose leaf teas. The café’s mission is to make coffee and espresso a class above anything else within the area while providing a clean, tidy, and organized environment. During the warmer months, many people enjoy walking around outside on Beans & Leaves beautiful patio and gazebo. This is the perfect place for family and friends to gather, as well as musicians and artists. Come to Beans & Leaves where neighbors gather as friends, live music abounds, and memories are made.
There have already been a few, small, meaningful changes made within the shop under Ethel’s ownership. “We now serve Conscious Cup coffee, a local small batch roaster”, says Ethel. She is now offering Sumatra and Guatemala beans in the café, and is in the process of developing her own signature tea blend, “The Beans & Leaves Tea”, that we can watch for in the near future.
Quality and service prevail at Beans & Leaves. When asked about her customer service philosophy Ethel said “Do unto your customers as you want to be treated when you’re a customer.”
Ethel and her husband have two children, and could not be happier with the new business. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, or devoting time to Landowska Harpsichord Society of Illinois: A non-profit organization that promotes and finds venues for young classical musicians.