Merchant Spotlight: Jing Wu, Owner of Newly-Opened Clover Boutique

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

Long Grove Artists Guild Something About the Color Red Art Show

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 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Long Grove Artists Guild Gallery (Building 21; 325 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 will be on February 21, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Everyone is invited! After exploring the exhibit, the public is invited to dine at one of our fine restaurants in Long Grove including Enzo & Lucia Italian Restaurant, The Village Tavern, 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 elizabeth_roth@att.net.

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:

WGN Long Grove Holiday Segment Video

We featured many unique gift ideas from our charming shops including:

Holiday-themed Gifts:

  • 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

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 sticks of butter (room temperature)
1 egg
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

Instructions:
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.

Serving:
Serve scones on individual-sizes plates with a teaspoon each of Devonshire cream, lemon preserves, and strawberry jam, along with your favorite tea.

Tips:

  • 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.

Epilogue Gallery in Long Grove
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 in Long Grove
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.

Broken Earth Winery in Long Grove
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.

Save the Date: Long Grove 2015 Festivals

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!

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Chocolate Fest
May 15, 16, & 17
Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats and tastings.

Strawberry Fest
June 26, 27, & 28
Enjoy “berry” special days of fresh strawberry-inspired treats at our restaurants and shops.

Apple Fest

Fall Apple Fest
September 25, 26, & 27
Get your fix of apple-themed cuisine and drinks throughout our quaint cobblestone streets.

Merchant Spotlight: Beans & Leaves New Owner, Ethel Robey-Berger

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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.

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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.

Rivellino School of Art Needs Support to Qualify for a $150,000 Grant from Mission Main Street Grants | Vote Before October 17!

Rivellino School of ArtThe Rivellino School of Art has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main Street℠ Grants, and needs your help securing at least 250 votes by October 17, 2014 in order to be eligible for a grant! Customers, fans, and community members can show support for Rivellino School of Art by clicking here and following the prompts to vote via Facebook Connect.

School founder and Director Roshel Rivellino said, “The grant would allow us to add new equipment such as stand-up easels, silk painting tables, looms, a ceramic kiln, digital cameras, more computers, a smartboard, a 3-D printer, and it would allow us to hire more teachers and offer more classes.”

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $3 million to small business across America. The 20 grant recipients will be announced in January of 2015.

About Mission Main Street Grants
Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $150,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, Google. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.

About Rivellino School of Art
The Rivellino School of Art believes in the integration of art, technology, and culture to promote self-confidence, creative thinking, and personal growth. Their art rooms are fun and full of laughter, and students bring home exciting works of art that instill pride and a sense of accomplishment. They offer art classes in beautiful downtown Long Grove for students from age 4 through adult, including painting, drawing, cartooning, mosaics, sculpture, textile arts, weaving, photography, video, computer art, paper crafts, quilling, jewelry, and much more… with classes, workshops and demonstrations to meet all interests and abilities.

Meet Long Grove’s 2014 Five Star Real Estate Agent, Renee Clark!

Congratulations to Long Grove resident Renee Clark for being named a “2014 Five Star Real Estate Agent”. Realtors earn this very prestigious award, published in Chicago Magazine, by providing exceptional service to their clients. Winning this award puts Renee in the top 3% of all Chicago Realtors.

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Renee has been a resident in the village of Long Grove for 16 years.  She is also a long standing board member of the Long Grove Business and Community Partners. There were thousands of realtors who were nominated this year by various clients, but only 1182 awards were given, putting Renee in an elite class of real estate agents.

Renee’s clients went above and beyond when nominating her for this award. Not only did they take the time to nominate her, but also gave her tremendous evaluations in order to qualify her for the award, and win!

One of Renee’s most recent clients stated:

“We worked with Renee recently to sell our Long Grove property and buy another one in Kildeer. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we received. Renee offered great advice and was so straight forward, calm and professional but equally fun to work with. We are delighted that she has been recognized, we couldn’t recommend her highly enough!”

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If you have a home to sell or are looking for a new property contact Renee at 847-612-0027 or renee@reneeclarkhomes.com. Please visit www.reneeclarkhomes.com and like her on facebook/Renee Clark Real Estate Group.

 

 

Oktoberfest in Long Grove

Long Grove Celebrates its German Roots with Oktoberfest
Experience German cuisine, beer, live music and fun for the whole family

Saturday & Sunday, October 4, 5, 11 & 12

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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Germany at Historic Downtown Long Grove’s FREE Oktoberfest celebration.

The Village Tavern invites guests to join in the celebration of Long Grove’s heritage under their Oj0262796 copyktoberfest Beer Tent beginning at 11 a.m., with festivities including:

  • Authentic German fare – German sausage from Broken Earth Winery, beer pretzels, and more
  • Beer flights and German wine
  • Beer trucks featuring eight different taps and 16 varieties of seasonal and Oktoberfest beers
  • German bands from 1–4 p.m.
  • Free pumpkin decorating and kids activities
  • Free hayrides throughout town from 1-5 p.m.
  • An antique tractor show on October 11 and 12

The Long Grove Village Tavern will be open for normal business hours throughout the Oktoberfest weekends for guests who wish to dine inside.

Enjoy live music throughout town, including in The Village Tavern Beer Tent:

Saturday, October 4:
11:15-11:45 a.m. Long Grove Performing Arts
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)
6-9 p.m. New Odyssey

Sunday, October 5:TavernOkto-13
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Christmas Schooner
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)

Saturday, October 11:
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Christmas Schooner
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)
6-9 p.m. Stateline

Sunday, October 12:
11:30 a.m.-Noon Kildeer Chorus
1-4 p.m. Mike Knauf (German Music)

Car enthusiasts, don’t miss the inaugural European Autoschau on October 4, a concours-style show where car enthusiasts can gather in the heart of Long Grove to view or showcase European automobiles from pre-war through the modern decades.

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Visitors will also enjoy all day shopping in Historic Downtown Long Grove for unique fall fashion, art, decor, and more. In addition to German fare, fast-casual and fine dining options are available throughout town.

Strawberry Fest on Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson!

Long Grove Strawberry Fest Food NetworkWatch Long Grove’s Strawberry Fest on Food Network’s Eating America with Anthony Anderson! Local chefs compete for the best dish title during our annual festival. Visit www.foodnetwork.com for a list of upcoming rebroadcasts of the Strawberry Festival episode!

The much-anticipated Long Grove Strawberry Festival has now come to a close, but not before the three days of incredible food, music, and fun for the whole family created delicious memories to last a lifetime.

This year, we welcomed the addition of a new exciting event to encourage a little friendly competition among Long Grove’s talented chefs. In the first ever Strawberry Fest’s Best of the Best tasting competition, local restaurants competed for the bragging rights to proudly say they accomplished the most creative, aesthetically pleasing, and flavorful strawberry dish anyone could put together.

The Long Grove Strawberry Festival Best of the Best tasting competition took place on Saturday, June 21. The esteemed judges, consisting of Angie Underwood, the Long Grove Village President, Mike Kostyo, the founder of the Chicago Food Blogger Network, and Anthony Martin executive chef at Tru restaurant in Chicago, offered their expertise and valued opinions to rank the contenders. Dishes were judged on a scale from 1-5 in the categories of Presentation, Creativity, and Overall Taste.

Competitors greeted judges one by one, and presented their dishes, explaining the range of flavors and methods of preparation involved. Each contestant proved their ability to think outside the box, and implement strawberries in their diverse types and styles of dishes.

Entries included everything stretching from sandwiches, soups, desserts, salads, and even raviolis and pierogies. The competition not only highlighted the creativity and quality of Long Grove restaurants and eateries, but also displayed the extent of cultural diversity in our town through its food.

The outright winner, as recognized by the judges, was The Village Tavern, who presented their Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich with Strawberry Salsa and Fontina Cheese.

In Second Place, we are proud to announce the Chilled Strawberry, Cucumber and Watercress Soup from High Tea with Gerri stood out as an exemplary usage of complementing flavors and ingredients, with creative execution and presentation.

And finally, in Third Place, Chatterbox Long Grove impressed judges with their Chocolate Strawberry Tacos, an interesting twist on an old favorite.

Other memorable dishes include the Shrimp and Strawberry Ceviche from the Long Grove Café, the Strawberry Apple Pie from the Long Grove Confectionery, the Strawberry Raviolis from Enzo & Lucia’s Restaurant, the Strawberry Macaroons filled with butter cream and fresh strawberries from Sweet Whimsy Pastry Shop, the Strawberry & Citrus Herb Goat Cheese Salad from The Olive Tap, and the Strawberry Pierogis from Beans & Leaves Coffee and Tea.

The Town of Long Grove is proud to recognize the outstanding culinary talent of all our contestants. We thank everyone who shared their creations with us and contributed to the light-hearted and fun-packed vibe of the Long Grove Strawberry Festival and the Best of the Best tasting competition.