Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

 

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

All summer long kids loved cooking yummy food in the PPB kitchen—treats and snacks inspired by hand-selected children’s books.  

This fall, your kids will learn to soothe after-school hunger pangs with nutritious, easy, and delicious snacks, all in our cozy, PPB storybook setting. 

$5/child. All ages welcome!

Cal the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

Join us for an interactive story time and
activity along with yummy cookies and milk!

Please feel free to peruse the store while your children are
reading with Kristy, but we ask that you do not leave the store.

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Autumn Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"   SOLD OUT

Autumn Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots" SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT!

Gobsmacked. That’s what I felt when I first turned on Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show/reality series, “A Chef’s Life.”  A chef by training, Howard is first and foremost a storyteller and her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” written during filming of her show, is really a memoir connected by 200 recipes.  See, she grew up in Deep Run, North Carolina but was tres eager to flee to boarding school and then New York, where she worked as a chef.  That ended up being tough going and she and her new husband were lured back to Eastern North Carolina when her parents offered to pay for the start-up of a restaurant - as long as it was near to Deep Run and her extended family.  Vivian’s honesty about her adventure is addictive, and her recipes are too; throughout the book she celebrates food native and nearby (tomatoes, sweet corn, ham, biscuits) and she has literally jump-started the region’s economy with her insistence on buying local.   Her writing here is a great example of her personal approach and just-plain delicious food.  

We are so jazzed about Vivian that we’ve decided to feature her book in three cooking demos - in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Sign up for all three and get a discount on the book, or singly.  We can’t WAIT!

$40/person, all three classes

$35/person, all three classes +  purchase of the cookbook

$15/person, individual classes
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

 

 

Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

 

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Copy of Kids in the Kitchen

Copy of Kids in the Kitchen

All summer long kids loved cooking yummy food in the PPB kitchen—treats and snacks inspired by hand-selected children’s books.  

This fall, your kids will learn to soothe after-school hunger pangs with nutritious, easy, and delicious snacks, all in our cozy, PPB storybook setting. 

$5/child. All ages welcome!

Cal the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

Join us for an interactive story time and
activity along with yummy cookies and milk!

Please feel free to peruse the store while your children are
reading with Kristy, but we ask that you do not leave the store.

Milk&CookiesAutumn.jpg

 

 

Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

 

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

All summer long kids loved cooking yummy food in the PPB kitchen—treats and snacks inspired by hand-selected children’s books.  

This fall, your kids will learn to soothe after-school hunger pangs with nutritious, easy, and delicious snacks, all in our cozy, PPB storybook setting. 

$5/child. All ages welcome!

Cal the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Cooking Demo  How To Celebrate Everything Flyer

Cooking Demo How To Celebrate Everything Flyer

Celebrating the Small Moments.

I re-read Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” in a Michigan cottage when I was the mother of three very small children. Jo’s sister Meg described herself as the “sunshine maker” for her growing family, and that really resonated.  I wanted to create simple, magical moments like Meg March described, with very little money but lots of love.   When I found Jenny Rosenstrach’s book “How To Celebrate Everything” I was transported to that Michigan cottage moment, because it’s all here.  So many simple and inexpensive ways to bring family comfort, connection and meaning to the everyday -- especially around the holidays.  

Moms, please come on over for oh-so-doable holiday inspiration for you, the “sunshine makers.”

Free event!

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Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

Join us for an interactive story time and
activity along with yummy cookies and milk!

Please feel free to peruse the store while your children are
reading with Kristy, but we ask that you do not leave the store.

Milk&CookiesAutumn.jpg

 

 

Getting Their Point While Making Yours

Getting Their Point While Making Yours

Getting Their Point While Making Yours:  How to Be Authentic, Scintillating, and Persuasive at Work, Home, and Parties.

“It’s more important than ever to use all our tools to reach a deeper understanding when we have an opportunity to exchange ideas but have some pleasant pumpkin pie chat later on; Jenny shows us how.”  —Sandy

How often have you wanted to speak up but were afraid of saying the wrong thing or didn’t think you had anything interesting to say?  Or maybe you were presenting to a group but were overcome by nerves, or you found yourself rambling, unable to get your point across.  Or how about that last dinner party where you simply pooh-poohed that other guest’s comments instead of having a real exchange of ideas?  We’ve all been there, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Join Jenny Riddle for a fun and interactive evening of tips and strategies to help you find your authentic voice, unleash a fascinating you, and harness the skills of persuasive communication. 

$8/person. Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Handmade for the Holidays

Handmade for the Holidays

One-of-a-kind handmade gifts are the ones we most look forward to giving. We pay special attention when they are being opened, don’t we? Sometimes, we make them ourselves, but other times we want to say “Merry Christ­mas” with an inspiring gift a talented “someone else” has crafted. About all I can manage is Apple Pie Bars or some such gift from the kitchen, and I love to do that - but those gifts are fleeting. We hope you can come visit us in our PPB Reading Room for a very special opportunity to find a lasting “perfect thing” for your loved ones - all handcrafted by women you may run in to on Main Street. Talent is all around us - come celebrate Wheaton! 

Holiday goodies and beverages will be all ready for you in our PPB Kitchen.

Ho Ho Ho!

 

Reading Classics Storytime

Reading Classics Storytime

Classic picture books have stayed in print for decades because they are simply the best.  Best at charming your socks off but sneaking in messages.  They have the most dear illustrations and stories.  Your kids will love to snuggle in with Kristy for these fun-loving, sweet and inspiring stories (the same ones you loved as a child), and to watch the story come alive with a related snack, craft or activity.  

 

Free.  All ages welcome! Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

All summer long kids loved cooking yummy food in the PPB kitchen—treats and snacks inspired by hand-selected children’s books.  

This fall, your kids will learn to soothe after-school hunger pangs with nutritious, easy, and delicious snacks, all in our cozy, PPB storybook setting. 

$5/child. All ages welcome!

Cal the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

KidsInTheKitchenWeb.jpg
Milk & Cookies Storytime

Milk & Cookies Storytime

Join us for an interactive story time and
activity along with yummy cookies and milk!

Please feel free to peruse the store while your children are
reading with Kristy, but we ask that you do not leave the store.

Milk&CookiesAutumn.jpg

 

 

Fall/Holiday Cooking Demo: "Canal House"

Fall/Holiday Cooking Demo: "Canal House"

You guys, I am so crazy for this series of cookbooks written by best friends, who are chefs and artists. They love to cook together, so they bought a house (by a canal) with rooms for both to use as art studios...and a kitchen!! Everday they cook lunch together and these books are the result—home cooking inspiration by home cooks for home cooks!

Once Halloween is over, I get really really excited for deep fall and deeply delicious comfort food.  So do Melissa and Christopher- we can’t wait to make for you dishes like Mushroom Ragu on Polenta, and Pommes Anna (apple galette), and then nudge you tastily towards the holidays with Chocolate Gingerbread, French Cheese Puffs, “Neenie’s” Sourdough-Sage Stuffing, Grand Marnier Souffle, and even simple Eggs En Cocotte (ramekins) for the New Year.  Will we try the girls’  Buche de Noel for you??  Come on over November 16 and find out!  —Sandy 

 

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

Champagne and Sleigh Bells Holiday Book Review

Champagne and Sleigh Bells Holiday Book Review

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to curl up with this holiday season.

Free! Space is limited. Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Kristy & Kids: Cranberry Thanksgiving

Kristy & Kids: Cranberry Thanksgiving

Invite everyone to PPB’s dinner table for a warm slice of Grandma’s Cranberry bread and this delightful story.  From the turkey on the table to warm cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what’s most important is being able to share them with family!”

Children of all ages welcome!
$5/child

Please feel free to peruse the store while your children are reading with Kristy, but we ask that you do not leave the premise.

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Book Signing: The Chicago Food Encyclopedia

Book Signing: The Chicago Food Encyclopedia

Since when are encyclopedias FUN? Since the day I opened The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Prairie Path Books fan Gerry Rounds brought it in for me to see and she should NOT have handed one to me before she started talking because I was immediately immersed in its pages. This book is an alphabetized but easy reading look at fun food facts.  “OVALTINE! I grew up in Elmhurst!” said I – flipping randomly to page 190.  “Ferrara Pan Candy!  I remember their lit sign on the Eisenhower when we drove to see my grandparents in Forest Park and Maywood!” 

This book is all about the neighborhoods, restaurants and their owners, food visionaries, farmers and producers you will recognize from your life in the Chicago area.  It is such fun – plus it has great recipes!  Published by the University of Illinois press, it is a pride-full pleasure to browse.  Please come meet the editors and taste iconic Chicago foods highlighted in the book.

Do you have handwritten recipes 50 years or older you can bring? 
The Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois would love to hear your family food stories and scan your recipes into their growing archive, as a way to study our Illinois cultural, political and social history. 

Call the store to RSVP and let us know if you'll bring recipes.

Free event, bring a friend!

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Author Visit: Patricia Toht on Small Business Saturday

Author Visit: Patricia Toht on Small Business Saturday

Patricia will read from and sign her new book, Pick a Pine Tree, and lead a Christmas craft inspired from its pages.  All that visit Prairie Path Books on Small Business Saturday (not just for the event) can enter to win a decorated table-top Christmas tree.  Of course, we will have cocoa, coffee and Christmas cookies!

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Santa and Mrs. Claus - Only a few slots left, register today!

Santa and Mrs. Claus - Only a few slots left, register today!

Make time this holiday season for you and your children to visit Santa and capture the wonder that will be cherished for years to come. Mrs. Claus will delight young and old with a reading of “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and other holiday favorites.

Our Santa and Mrs. Claus enchant audiences each year at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza, Chicago. 

$40/family   Proceeds to benefit the PRC Book Drive
Date added! Hurry, call the store today to reserve your time as space is limited! Payment required to reserve your spot.  Includes party and refreshments.

(630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss Daddy Long Legs.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Cooking Demo: The Appetizer Book

Cooking Demo: The Appetizer Book

This is a chunky yet lovely treasure of a book—I mean it is REALLY well done. 

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I love single-subject cookbooks especially on topics like appetizers because we know when we are making them we are entertaining or helping others entertain and that means we have stuff like cleaning the bathroom, getting a babysitter, and our outfits on our minds -- so it’s nice not to wade through a bunch of cookbooks when what we really need to do is pick a recipe and make a shopping list already.  You know?  And you guys, this one has photos of every single recipe - and I mean good ones.  Pictures that will inspire you + let you know for sure what your yummies will look like and help you envision how pretty a tray of several different recipes will look, all arranged on your table.  The 225 recipes cover everything from dips, spreads, and one-bite nibbles to heartier fare requiring a fork or a spoon as well as a section of little sweets perfect for an all-dessert soiree.  Cathy and I can’t wait to inspire you to host friends over the holidays, or to knock your hosts socks off when you are asked to bring a dish.  This book is a must-have, I must tell you.  —Sandy

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come, (630)-765-7455!

Santa and Mrs. Claus SOLD OUT

Santa and Mrs. Claus SOLD OUT

Make time this holiday season for you and your children to visit Santa and capture the wonder that will be cherished for years to come. Mrs. Claus will delight young and old with a reading of “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and other holiday favorites.

Our Santa and Mrs. Claus enchant audiences each year at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Daley Plaza, Chicago. 

SOLD OUT   $40/family   Proceeds to benefit the PRC Book Drive
One day only. Hurry, call the store today to reserve your time as space is limited! Payment required to reserve your spot.  Includes party and refreshments.

(630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Winter Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Winter Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Gobsmacked. That’s what I felt when I first turned on Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show/reality series, “A Chef’s Life.”  A chef by training, Howard is first and foremost a storyteller and her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” written during filming of her show, is really a memoir connected by 200 recipes.  See, she grew up in Deep Run, North Carolina but was tres eager to flee to boarding school and then New York, where she worked as a chef.  That ended up being tough going and she and her new husband were lured back to Eastern North Carolina when her parents offered to pay for the start-up of a restaurant - as long as it was near to Deep Run and her extended family.  Vivian’s honesty about her adventure is addictive, and her recipes are too; throughout the book she celebrates food native and nearby (tomatoes, sweet corn, ham, biscuits) and she has literally jump-started the region’s economy with her insistence on buying local.   Her writing here is a great example of her personal approach and just-plain delicious food.  

We are so jazzed about Vivian that we’ve decided to feature her book in three cooking demos - in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Sign up for all three and get a discount on the book, or singly.  We can’t WAIT!

$40/person, all three classes

$35/person, all three classes +  purchase of the cookbook

$15/person, individual classes
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

A Return To Our Roots

A Return To Our Roots

Jenny and Sandy’s 2-Event Package

When me and Jen started this whole PPB thing in the fall of 2013, we didn’t have a store yet but we did have my kitchen and living room!  So we started offering book-based events and haven’t stopped since.  To celebrate our 3 1/2 year mark, we are excited to return to our PPB roots and offer two events from my home.  See, our first cooking demonstration featured “Keepers”, still one of our favorite cookbooks because it was all about do-able and delicious weeknight cooking.  We knew we were onto something because our first 25 folks had a blast cooking and tasting and laughing our way through the recipes.  Jenny has been doing her shows in my living room since she started her biz in 2000, so of course that fall we had to offer her presentations in a PPB party format.  All that to announce the following fun-ness:  This winter, we Return To Our Roots in a 2-event package offered from Sandy’s home in south Wheaton. 

January 18th, come on over and cook with us — we will feature the new cookbook by the authors of Keepers Dinner Plan:  Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule - and you’ll take the cookbook home;

February 8th, come over again for a Jenny presentation of the characters and stories that have impacted her most, followed by an intimate book review with Jenny and Sandy

25 tickets available, first come first served; ticket price is for the two events combined, and will not be sold separately.  Cookbook included in the cost, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our annual holiday book drive for the People’s Resource Center.    Cost: $100Address and details provided upon sign-up.

Call today, (630) 765-7455!

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Burns Dinner

Burns Dinner

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“Yesterday I had a delightful chat with a customer from England and of course within minutes I had to tell her that I am Scottish and we set right to sharing stories.  Most everyone knows I’m Scottish within a short time of meeting me because I am a proud MacGregor.  She asked me - seeing my PPB kitchen - if we host a Burns Supper, a traditional night of celebrating Robert Burns’ poetry and his birthday - with plenty of ethnic goodies to go around.  How could I have overlooked a Burns Supper on our PPB events’ list??  Of course, Jenny must read poetry aloud, and we both will cook from the new cookbook based on Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful book series “Outlander”.  Yummy goodness like Cock-A-Leekie (chicken soup with leeks), Bangers and Mash (sausage and potatoes), Oatmeal Scones with Clotted Cream, and Banoffee Trifle (gingerbread + chocolate trifle). 

Slàinte!  (Cheers!) —Sandy

$15/person  
Call the store to reserve your seat, (630) 765-7455!

Champagne and Snowflakes Winter Book Review

Champagne and Snowflakes Winter Book Review

Join Sandy and Jenny and our PPB readers to learn about the best new books to curl up with on snowy evenings.

Free! Space is limited. Call to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss The Book Thief.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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A Return To Our Roots

A Return To Our Roots

Jenny and Sandy’s 2-Event Package

When me and Jen started this whole PPB thing in the fall of 2013, we didn’t have a store yet but we did have my kitchen and living room!  So we started offering book-based events and haven’t stopped since.  To celebrate our 3 1/2 year mark, we are excited to return to our PPB roots and offer two events from my home.  See, our first cooking demonstration featured “Keepers”, still one of our favorite cookbooks because it was all about do-able and delicious weeknight cooking.  We knew we were onto something because our first 25 folks had a blast cooking and tasting and laughing our way through the recipes.  Jenny has been doing her shows in my living room since she started her biz in 2000, so of course that fall we had to offer her presentations in a PPB party format.  All that to announce the following fun-ness:  This winter, we Return To Our Roots in a 2-event package offered from Sandy’s home in south Wheaton. 

January 18th, come on over and cook with us — we will feature the new cookbook by the authors of Keepers Dinner Plan:  Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule - and you’ll take the cookbook home;

February 8th, come over again for a Jenny presentation of the characters and stories that have impacted her most, followed by an intimate book review with Jenny and Sandy

25 tickets available, first come first served; ticket price is for the two events combined, and will not be sold separately.  Cookbook included in the cost, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to our annual holiday book drive for the People’s Resource Center.    Cost: $100Address and details provided upon sign-up.

Call today, (630) 765-7455!

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Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

Cooking Demo: The Lost Kitchen

If you can attend only one cooking demonstration this year (and I sure hope that’s not the case), make it “The Lost Kitchen.”

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I am utterly mad for this cookbook.  Dave read about it in the paper and mentioned the author, Erin Fritch, owner of the Maine restaurant “The Lost Kitchen” and self-taught chef.  He said, “she reminds me of you.”  Not because of her peppery personal history (she lost her first restaurant during a wicked divorce and made some bad choices in the aftermath).  He meant because she came back for a second career determined to do it her way, with great honesty and simplicity.  Oh and this girl knows how to COOK.  You simply must call and say you’ll come.  The Lost Kitchen is THAT good.    — Sandy

$15/person
Call the store to say you can come, (^30) 765-7455!

Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss Carrying Albert Home.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Cooking Demo: Stanley Tucci

Cooking Demo: Stanley Tucci

I’ve mentioned before that when I started dating my husband, I quickly learned that he is part Italian and that his mother’s name, in fact was Italia.  And she liked to cook.  And Dave really liked her cooking.  So ... once it became clear we were going to stay together I took it upon myself to master the art of Italian cooking with the classic tome “Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.”  It still is the best, most complete most well-written and yet plain-spoken Italian cookbook out there - 25 years hence.  It’s a must if you don’t have it.  But it’s sort of ... a lot.  No photos + really, well, hefty.  

Enter the excellent Italian home chef Stanley Tucci to bridge the gap. I’ve had a celebrity crush on Tucci ever since he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the best foodie movie ever—The Big Night. He learned to cook by his Nonna’s side and he really knows what he’s doing, delicious-wise. And yes, Tucci knows how to make the show-stopping timpano and the recipe is in the book!

See you here!   — Sandy

$15/person. Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!

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Sunday Series: Knitting

Sunday Series: Knitting

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Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to gather together with friends and exercise our curiosity muscles. Rested (a bit?) from our Saturdays, we feel open-minded, and cheered. Come join us, bring a friend, experience something new or revisit an old happy hobby.  See you here.  — Sandy  

Gather your knitting and come join fellow knitters for our  “Good Yarn” monthly book club. Knitters of all levels welcome. We meet in the Gathering Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m. This month we will discuss The Unwomanly Face Of War.


Free Event! Call to tell us you can come, (630) 765-7455.

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Spring Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Spring Cooking Demo: "Deep Run Roots"

Gobsmacked. That’s what I felt when I first turned on Vivian Howard’s PBS cooking show/reality series, “A Chef’s Life.”  A chef by training, Howard is first and foremost a storyteller and her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” written during filming of her show, is really a memoir connected by 200 recipes.  See, she grew up in Deep Run, North Carolina but was tres eager to flee to boarding school and then New York, where she worked as a chef.  That ended up being tough going and she and her new husband were lured back to Eastern North Carolina when her parents offered to pay for the start-up of a restaurant - as long as it was near to Deep Run and her extended family.  Vivian’s honesty about her adventure is addictive, and her recipes are too; throughout the book she celebrates food native and nearby (tomatoes, sweet corn, ham, biscuits) and she has literally jump-started the region’s economy with her insistence on buying local.   Her writing here is a great example of her personal approach and just-plain delicious food.  

We are so jazzed about Vivian that we’ve decided to feature her book in three cooking demos - in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  Sign up for all three and get a discount on the book, or singly.  We can’t WAIT!

$40/person, all three classes

$35/person, all three classes +  purchase of the cookbook

$15/person, individual classes
Call the store to say you can come, (630) 765-7455!