June 22, 2017

Adobe Spark

Join us to celebrate the amazing work that Growing Power does to help bring more real food to Chicago’s south and west sides. This summer alone they will employee 200 teens and 150 head-start preschoolers at city farms. Come enjoy delicious food, a drink or two, and help Growing Power to grow delicious and nutritious vegetables while supporting over 350 youth this summer with art, cooking, food and fitness, as well as environmental education!

Food and desserts provided by:

Floriole

Our House Pizza

*more to be announced

$10 donation upon entry includes 1 drink ticket. Additional drink tickets available for $5

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

May 30, 2017

Summer 2017

Summer Lovin’

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We love this time of year because each week brings something new and exciting from the farmers market which means there are constantly new seasonal items appearing up in our cases. Additionally, you may have noticed a few exciting changes on the breakfast and lunch menus recently. For breakfast try our new lightened up egg white frittata or go all-in with the egg sandwich – a winning combo of cheddar spread, bacon and pickled onions on a fluffy brioche roll. Our beloved ricotta toast is now topped with a bright heap of strawberries and finished with a drizzle of lavender honey! Bon Appétit!

 

Crepe Dinner, June 11

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Put on your beret and join us for a fun crêpe dinner at Floriole on June 11.

Menu:

  • asparagus and fava bean salad
  • buckwheat crêpe filled with smoked gouda and spinach, topped with a farm egg and crisp lardons
  • sweet crêpe filled with roasted strawberry rhubarb jam and topped with buttermilk sherbet
  • *hard cider, beer, wine and other beverages are available for purchase

Get your tickets now! Merci et à bientôt!

Celebrate Bastille Day at Floriole, July 14-16

Join us all weekend to celebrate Bastille Day. We will be tasting fine French wines, cheeses and chocolates, running happy hour specials, and hosting kids crafting events up at the farm table.
Friday, July 14, 3-5pm- French wine tasting
Saturday, July 15, 3-5pm – Cheese tasting
Sunday, July 16, 3-5pm- Chocolate tastings (enjoy a complimentary chocolate with each cup of coffee that day)

We will continue the celebration all month long with our July Specials

July Picnic Menu

Drink it up

 

More events

There are many other events at the cafe and in the community coming up this summer so mark your calendars!

  • June 10: Watercolor floral wreath crafting with Joslyn at Floriole. Tickets and info HERE
  • June 16: Crepe party fundraiser for LFC at Floriole. All ages are welcome! Tickets and info HERE
  • July 4: The cafe will be closed for Independence Day.
  • July 5-9: Taste of Chicago. More info to come on a schedule of Sandra’s Chef Demos!
  • July 20: Green City Market Chef BBQ – Tickets and info HERE
April 4, 2017

April 2017

Happy Birthday to Us!

Seven years ago this month we quietly opened our doors and hoped for the best. After several years of carting around a tent, folding tables and all the baked goods we could stuff into our mini van to the Green City Market, we were thrilled to have walls and a roof over our heads. Our opening crew was comprised of less than 8 and today there are close to 35 Floriole team members! I don’t have many clear memories of that first day, sadly it’s a bit of a fog. I know that it was so exciting and exhilarating; a dream come true.

Thank you to all the people who have supported Floriole from our days at the farmers’ markets and at the shop. Through the years, your kind words of encouragement and constructive criticism has kept us going and shaped what we have become. We are forever grateful to the hardworking and talented individuals who bake, clean, manage and provide great customer service. It takes a team to keep this place running and we couldn’t ask for a better group to get the job done.

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On Friday April 21st, please join us as we celebrate our seventh year at 1220 W Webster Avenue. There will be cake!

Easter and Passover

We are here to help with your celebration needs. Pickup April 10th and 11th for Passover and April 15th and 16th for Easter. Orders require 48 hours notice and will be taken online and in the cafe.

Easter 2017

 

Art by Cynthia Winter

Cynthia Winter is a Chicago architect. She is inspired by the vast urban landscape yet delights in capturing the color and detail of interior still life. The magic brew of pigment and water allows her to create abstractions of the world she sees. She travels with a pocket size watercolor color kit instead of a camera. In Chicago, she cruises the lakefront via bicycle, capturing water and waves, the autumn symphony of color, the emerging green in the spring and the winter icescape from her skyscraper studio. In the west, she grabs the sun sky mountain desert and sketches from the passenger seat of her convertible as the landscape slowly passes.

Stop in and check out her work displayed at the bakery. All pieces are available for purchase.

 

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 Behind the scenes at Floriole

Floriole from Floriole Chicago on Vimeo.

 

March 9, 2017

March 2017

Just keep marching on . . .

As we get closer to spring, the menus are lightening up, new items are arriving and our kitchen is once again open until 5:30pm.  On the savory side, we have a new turkey club, a hot dish of duck confit and sweet potatoes that we call the Duck HP, and new seasonal salads. The bread team has resurrected Boston brown bread and hot cross buns will appear later in the month. Pastry is turning out cream cheese danishes, goat cheese and cherry galettes and working on a new cookie. Stay tuned for special items for Passover and Easter.

Crêpe Dinner March 19th

Crêpe Dinner

The first crepe dinner was a success and we are looking forward to another this month.

The March crêpes dinner menu will feature:

buckwheat galette with crab and shallots in mornay sauce, mixed greens with meyer lemon vinaigrette

“suzette” rolled sweet crepe filled with yuzu and tangerine butter, citrus salad and burnt orange caramel

cider:
a selection of French cidre brut from Normandie and locally produced ciders

Tickets for the dinner on March 19, 2017 are available for $30 per guest. Reserve seating by calling Floriole at (773) 883-1313 or here.

Pi Day

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We are looking forward to celebrating 3.14159265359 – every baker’s favorite number. To mark the day we will have individual “Pi”neapple upside-down cake for $3.14. You don’t need an excuse to enjoy this cake but this sure is a good one.

 

New Art Installation

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Cynthia Winter is a Chicago architect. She is inspired by the vast urban landscape yet delights in capturing the color and detail of interior still life. The magic brew of pigment and water allows her to create abstractions of the world she sees. She travels with a pocket size watercolor color kit instead of a camera. In Chicago, she cruises the lakefront via bicycle, capturing water and waves, the autumn symphony of color, the emerging green in the spring and the winter icescape from her skyscraper studio. In the west, she grabs the sun sky mountain desert and sketches from the passenger seat of her convertible as the landscape slowly passes.

Le Coin de Mathieu

Crêpe, Simple and Elegant
You bring beauty to the Ingredient
Egg, Cheese, Ham
Sugar, Butter, Jam
Round and Flat like the Earth
You always show your Worth
You will never disappoint
Up to your breaking point
In the air, you flip
On the plate you skip
Your destiny is cruel,
You always lose the duel
Anonymous, Lincoln Park, 2017
February 7, 2017

February 2017

Can you feel the love?

 

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Bakers love Valentine’s Day because we get to be a little cheesy and make cute conversation heart cookies, fancy heart pastries and lots of chocolate items. Our Valentine’s inspired line up is on point this year with a beautiful heart shaped orange flower and lemon mousse topped with blood orange compote and dipped in chocolate. As is our tradition, we will have chocolate canelé starting this weekend. They will be around for about two weeks . . . so get them while you can!

Upcoming Events

Best Baguette Chicago

Taste baguettes and breads from Chicago’s top bakeries and help decide who makes the best baguette in town!

On February 16th at SOFITEL Chicago Magnificent Mile, the finalists will compete for bragging rights in front of a jury of professional chefs and celebrities.

You will be able to follow the jury’s deliberations as well as tasting all the baguettes and breads yourself and talking to the bakers. All bakers will display their baguettes and other breads for the public to sample before the audience chooses their favorite.

Tickets

Green City Market – Come to the Table Dinner Series

Monday, March 6th

6pm Cocktails & Appetizers  ~  7pm Dinner & Discussion

Topic: Reviving

Chefs & Presenters: Chef Sandra Holl of Floriole, Molly & John Breslin of Breslin Farms, Tom Spaulding of Angelic Organics Learning Center

Beverage Purveyors: Candid Wines, CH Distillery, and more!

Join us to discuss how farmers and chefs are reviving heirloom grains & heritage meats as a means of restoring the flavor and nutritional value of our food, while also improving soil quality and biodiversity.

Tickets

Crêpe Dinner at Floriole March 19th 6pm-8pm

Join us for a crêpe dinner! $30/person

Menu:

buckwheat galette filled with crab in mornay sauce

“suzette” rolled sweet crepe filled with yuzu and tangerine butter, citrus salad and orange caramel

and cider, bien sûr!

Flowers!

Last year I signed up for a flower CSA with Avium Flowers and the bouquets were the highlight of my week. I’m looking forward to subscribing again this year and Floriole will be a pickup location! Subscribe here.

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Avium is Chicago’s flower farm; committed to operating fully within the city limits of Chicago. We are focused on growing blooms and foliage, including native perennials and herbs, and using sustainable growing methods.

 

December 15, 2016

December 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

 

bucheThe holiday menu is up and we are taking orders. Please place your order by December 21st for pick-up December 24th. Orders for other dates will require at least 48 hours notice.

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Sunday Supper at Floriole December 18th

After visiting Paris earlier this year, Mathieu lamented that crêpes in chicago just aren’t the same as they are in France. The next month we were planning a crêpe dinner menu!

Crêpe Night –  two courses + cider $25

Savory buckwheat galette filled with alpine style cheese, cider caramelized onions and ham

Sweet crêpe filled with quince butter, honey ice cream and toasted almonds

Get tickets here.

Chicago Cares – Warm Up Chicago

We are a collection site for Chicago Cares: Warm Up Chicago. Please consider bringing in new or gently used hats and gloves or for Chicagoans in need. It’s getting cold out there!

 

 

November 1, 2016

November 2016 Newsletter

Here we are. It’s November! That means that Thanksgiving is around the corner and the holidays will be here before we know it. We are excited to release our Thanksgiving menu and hope you will order some sweets and bread from Floriole for your holiday spread. Without further ado, I present to you our 2016 Menu.

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You are welcome to place your order at the bakery, over the phone or in our online store. We will begin accepting orders November 1st and all orders must be placed by November 18th at 5pm. Please help us by ordering early!

Friendsgiving!

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We are really excited to have a Friendsgiving Sunday Supper at Floriole this year. Gather up your favorite buddies and celebrate the Sunday before Turkey day. We will be cooking up a three course traditional turkey dinner $30/person. Tickets here.

 

Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice book event November 5th and collaboration

Stop by for a pomegranate milk chocolate scone, our November collaboration pastry. The recipe is from Malika Ameen’s baking book pictured below.

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Join us for tea, sweets, special talk and book signing with chef / author Malika Ameen and her new baking book Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors to Wake up Your Baking with a collection of over 75 recipes to raise your desserts to a whole new level.

The book discussion will be moderated by Sandra Holl and Floriole Bakery will provide a selection of treats from the book with specially selected teas from Rare Tea Cellar. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets here or at the bakery.

Le Coin de Mathieu

Dear readers,

Sandra. Stella and I are just back from 2 weeks of vacation. One week in France and one in Italy. Great times, great food.
There’s only one reason we were able to go on vacation: our awesome team.
If you own a small business, you know how worried you can get when leaving your baby. But when you are lucky like us, you are able to do that and enjoy your time off.
Of course, sh*t happens, and it did, it always does (even when we are around). So what matters is how it is handled. And it was handled wonderfully.
So, this coin is about recognizing the various individuals who contribute to our success by caring about the bakery.
Thank you to all of you!

 

James Beard Awards stay in Chicago!

That’s right! Chicago will continue to host the “Oscars of the food world”: The James Beard Awards, until 2021! The awards honor the “best of the best” in the industry from food writers and chefs to restauranteurs and bakers. In 2016, three Chicago chefs and restaurants received awards: Alinea, was named most outstanding restaurant in the country, Curtis Duffy, of Grace, was named best chef Great Lakes and Land and Sea Dept. won outstanding design for Cherry Circle Room.

Please consider supporting your favorite Chicago chefs and restaurants by nominating them here before December 1st!

September 7, 2016

September 2016

Labor Day has come and gone and Le Coin de Mathieu is moving to the top of the newsletter.

Dear readers,
After 10 years of working two jobs, I’m finally down to one: I work for my wife.
I won’t say whether I had better boss or not, that might get me in trouble.
What I can share is that losing one job has lifted a heavy weight from my mind.
Of course, there is always something to do at the bakery: to fix, to improve, to create, but being able to focus on this is a blessing a long time coming.
I’ve written previously about the importance of gratitude and the awareness of what has been received. It was not my decision to go down to one job, but I already know I will look back happily on it.
Namaste!
Mathieu

September Pastry Collaboration with Leigh Omilinsky of Nico Osteria!

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Leigh and I put our heads together to dream up a pastry that combines two of our favorite things: kouign amann and 20 hour apples. If you aren’t familiar with kouign amann, it is a flakey layered pastry somewhat similar to a croissant with the addition of salted butter and a hefty amount of caramelized sugar. 20 hour apples are an amazing way to take the humble apple and concentrate all its apply flavor. We added the apples to the center of the kouign amann and the result is great! Just try it, we think you will agree.

20 hour apple KA will be around at Nico and Floriole all month $4 each. Come and get it!

 

Sunday Supper at Floriole

September 25th 6:30PM

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Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 11th Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast

Wednesday, September 13th Blue Sky Bakery: panel disscussion on The Business of Food

Get tickets here

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Saturday, September 24th come visit us at Chicago Gourmet

September 25th Sunday Supper at Floriole

Friday, October 7th Feed Your Mind Gala

Tuesday, October 18th Thanksgiving Orders Open!

August 8, 2016

August 2016

August is buzzing

July was a hot and busy month but we made it through our first time at the Green City Market BBQ and the annual Sheffield Garden Walk. On top of that, we added a beehive to our rooftop garden. We feel like new parents and hope our babies make some tasty honey.

August has arrived along with corn, peaches, plums and tomatoes. The abundance of local produce is reflected in the pastry case and on the menu, from BLTs and blackberry tarts, to corn salad and peach galettes. It’s a great time to come in and try something new.

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BLT with Green Acres heirloom tomatoes – upgraded to a club with the addition of sliced turkey and avocado. 100% yum!

Sunday Supper at Floriole – August 28th 6:30pm

Join us for a dinner that celebrates corn! Three courses for $30 and there is a special $15 menu for kids 12 and under.

First Course

cucumber ribbons, cherry tomatoes, corn and poblano pepper vinaigrette

Second Course

corn risotto, goat cheese and squash blossoms

Dessert

buttermilk corn custard tart with rosemary caramel corn

Pastry Collaboration

For the month of August we are collaborating with Meg Galus, executive pastry chef at Boka, Swift & Sons and Momotaro. She is a French Pastry School graduate and was a finalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

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The collaboration bar is chocolate marshmallow topped with black raspberry pate de fruit on a buckwheat crunch base and the bar is enrobed in Illanka chocolate.

The best part about this collaboration is that we will be donating $1 for each bar sold to the Valrhona Clean Water Project.

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Bees – The reboot!

Readers, if you follow this newsletter, you know that we tried to setup a hive on our roof top. Well, it did not go as planned… a month later, there was not a single bee alive. Where is the luck of the beginner ??
We were seriously disappointed and thought we were done for the year (and honestly not sure we would have tried again).
Well, well, well! Our new general manager Jonie, introduced us to her friends Dave and Jenie. They are also first year bee-keepers but they know their stuff. They came to the bakery and offered to give us a few frames from their hive!
They were able to split their hive, get worker bees to raise a new queen, get the queen mated and start laying.
So here we are, with a hive in much better shape than the first time around with frames getting full of honey and brood back on the roof.
Of course, we’re not out of the woods yet. Winter is coming (where did I hear that ??) and a lot of hives do not make it through. We will start feeding our bees a mix of water and sugar so they can build their reserves and hope for the best.
Dave and Jenie will stop by from time to time to help us keep things going. We already plan on exchanging city honey for their suburb honey and taste how they differ.
Sandra and I are so grateful and happy.
Bzzzzzzzzz!!!
July 5, 2016

July 2016

Blueberries, raspberries, and cherries Oh My!

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In late June or early July we progress from strawberries and rhubarb to ALL the fruit. It’s an exciting frenetic time of year to go into our walk-in cooler and see tray after tray of fruit. Blueberries are back in the scones and topping the lemon posset, raspberries sit piled on top of bavarian cream in fresh fruit tarts, red tart cherries are in clafoutis, and galettes are mixed berry. Soon enough we will begin seeing more stone fruits and we will find happy homes for them too. Eat up and enjoy the local produce of Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Sunday Supper at Floriole

Sunday, July 17th at 6:30pm. Three courses for $30, tax, tip and beverages not included. Floriole loves kids so we have a special children’s menu so the whole family can enjoy our suppers. Tickets are available here or in the cafe.

July 17th Menu

burrata with cherry tomatoes, stone fruit and basil mint pesto

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mascarpone panna cotta, raspberry sorbet, pistachio crumble

July Collaboration

This month we are collaborating with Kelly Helgeson, pastry chef at Lula Cafe. Kelly graduated from the baking and pastry program at Kendall College before honing her skills at restaurants like L2O, Los Angeles’ Bottega Louie and Oxheart. She has been at Lula since late 2013 and was honored with the Jean Banchet award for Rising Pastry Chef.

Kelly and I worked together to develop a cherry brioche. She had the brilliant idea of using marigold sugar with the cherries and setting them on top of a little d’affinois cheese. You can taste the creation at Lula Cafe and at Floriole throughout the month of July.

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A little Salty

The savory team has been busy with the recent influx of seasonally available produce. Our daily salads are all new this month to show off what is best at the farmers market.

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July’s daily salads:

  • chickpea, sorrel and sweet cherry salad with sarvecchio cheese
  • tomato and cucumber panzanella with mozzarella
  • curried summer squash with roasted peanuts (not pictured)
  • romesco spread with crudites and house bread

Sometimes menu items need a vacation too . . .

They will be back so don’t get too upset! The grilled cheese and mac and cheese have left the premises for their lake house in Michigan and the BAD will join them once the heirloom tomatoes begin filing in the kitchen door.

Some new lighter sandwich options:

  • fennel salami, fennel mustard and arugula on baguette
  • summer squash and zucchini, goat cheese, greens, lemon vin, calabrian aioli on semolina
  • bacon, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli on sourdough

Know your farmer

In late June we had the chance to visit Breslin Farms in Ottawa, IL. Molly and John Breslin, the father daughter team, aim to grow heirloom varieties of produce using sustainable practices that promote biodiversity.

We took a walking tour of the fields where the Breslins grow rye, Arapahoe wheat, garlic, several varieties of corn, beans and other fruits and vegetables. We proudly use wheat and rye grown by Breslin Farms in our breads.

Molly and John Breslin in a field of Arapahoe wheat.

Molly and John Breslin in a field of Arapahoe wheat.