A truffle truffle Taste of Whimsy

When I dream at night…

This is my dream.

A giant, towering, tiered truffle cake designed to turn heads and invoke a good swooning.

Glossorial Note:  swoon, swooned, swoon·ing, swoons.

1. To faint.

2. To be overwhelmed by ecstatic joy.

n. 1. A fainting spell; syncope.

See Synonyms at blackout.

It’s time to e-swoon.

Pull up a chair, a stool, a rug.

Sit a spell, and indulge in a zero calorie chocolate fantasy fest.

We need to share the tasty, tantalizing, teeny tiny treat filled Woodlands Romance themed Petite Sweets Bar that Nicole and her talented truffle truffle team designed for our Pre Wedding Party at Bloomingdales a few weeks ago.

Everyone, and I do mean every single bride, groom, maid of honour,  mother of the bride and more in attendance, left talking about this table.

I didn’t mind…because that’s how amazing Nicole, Lindsay and Stephanie are.

They can steal all the thunder.

I am happy to let them shine.

Nicole kindly shared her inspiration for the Woodlands Romance wedding trend with us:

“Immediately when I thought of the Woodland Romance theme, I knew I wanted to go in a rustic direction with the treats.

Instead of doing really refined looking items with a lot of detail work, I decided to to make things that, while delicious, would be a bit more understated.

Come on, once I saw those kumquats, there was no stopping me!

When those little guys are in season, I  try to use them as much as possible.

Such amazing flavor, and I absolutely love how a candied cross-section of kumquat looks. Gorgeous!”

“I envisioned a beautiful wedding in a gorgeous old barn with exposed beams and glass  chandeliers (I love that juxtaposition of formal elegance with natural elements!)  and I designed a menu that I thought would be perfect for a dessert table at that wedding.”

“And finally, those little details like the frosted sugar leaves… Well I have to admit, that was the idea of our brilliant designers, Lindsay and Stephanie.

We love the idea of adding an interactive element to our dessert tables, so we try to think of ways to  combines the food with the design element so that they are inextricably linked.

The guests really seemed to delight in removing the delicate cookie leaves from the lighted tree branches to indulge,  and we always love to evoke that kind of whimsy.”

“And finally, the dark chocolate crema spread on sourdough toast with EVO and fleur de sel seemed like the perfect match for the occasion —  the very refined and rich chocolate element  paired with a seemingly familiar,  commonplace thing, like a slice of bread, and the combination elevates both to new heights!”

Well played Nicole and team.

I sold those crema toasts all night long.  Delish.

Personally, I ate a dozen EASY as my grab and go dinner that night.

And, truth be told, I wrapped another few up, and they tasted EVEN BETTER driving home.

Move over Cookie…

Move over Cookie...

Ok, I have just FINALLY gotten over my all too short lived love affair with Cookie Mag (pulled right from beneath us much too quickly by the publishing industry).

Now, with great excitement let me introduce you to Lucky Kids from our friends at luxe Conde Nast.

"The magazine about shopping and style" – premiere issue.


From the cheerful, confetti filled confection like Gap ads…

to J Lo’s lovely Gucci Gucci Goo twins…

to the kid’s nautical stripe H and M dress I must have for myself (pretty sure I can cheat my way into a size 14+, as the ad conveniently lists)…

to the Owl Sandwich how to a la Bento Box for lunch…

to the must have RUFFLED pink chuck taylors by Converse…

to the incredible deals on Lucky Breaks for Lucky Kids 25 percent off discounts from Gap to Bambeeno Cashmere (who knew?)…

to the let’s make a deal child bribery 101 expose on page 99.

I am hooked, line and sinker.

Next issue debuts this fall, promising back to school everything.

So exciting, a brand new rag that’s actually being PRINTED like way back in the good ‘ol days.

Run, don’t walk, and pick up your copy.

National Bake Sale for Japan

We are beyond honored to host a very important nation wide event this Saturday afternoon.

We are the ONLY Chicago Bake Sale participant…

errrr…the only Illinois participant…

errr…the only MIDWEST participant.

So come on!

No excuses.

Come one, come all, and support our friends in Japan with a good old fashioned national Bake Sale.

Every dollar makes a difference, and our friend Nicole at truffle truffle is whipping up asian fusion inspired sweets you won’t want to miss:

lemon-ginger bars

sake & lime brownies

poundcake w/ orange blossom glaze

coconut layer cake with passionfruit curd

asian poached pear tart

mango & pineapple-frosted cupcakes

We are pairing all these philanthropic yums with sparkling teas infused with Prosecco and Chai, Pomegranate Green Tea, and more.

You can grab and go (ok, I guess not the Prosecco?), or stay and sit a spell.

Bring the kids.  Bring the friends.  Spread the word.  We are helping Japan in the best way we know how – by hosting a tasty fundraising fete.

100% of proceeds go to bakesaleforjapan.com

Wonderland Wonderful

Wonderland Wonderful

Fall down the Julius Meinl Alice in Wonderland inspired rabbit hole with us…

Thursday April 7th at 4 pm

"Drink Me" decadent Meinl infused teas.

"Eat Me" pastry perfection by the uber talented Meinl Pastry Princess Jennifer Templeton.

And the always charming european vibe that is Julius Meinl on Southport.

Half Shell Happiness

Half Shell Happiness

In case you can’t keep up, we are now into our 10th or so tasting menu course at Frontier.

Smoked Pinn Oat Ridge Farms Lamb Spare Ribs with Duck Fat Fries and Mint Chimichurri…

Parmesan Gnocchi with Cremini Mushrooms and Brown Sage Butter…

Slagel Family Farm Burger Sliders with Smoked Gouda, Pickled Green Tomato and Horseradish…

Cesar Salad with Herb Polenta Croutons…

Warm Goat Cheese Beet Salad…

Oyster and Artichoke Bisque with Sweet Corn Pancakes…

And this delightful Copper Shoals Farmed Grilled Redfish on the "half shell", with a cocotte of Shrimp Corn Grits, Heirloom Tomato Confit and more of my favorite Tarragon Butter.



This was another heavy hitter.

Venison Black Bean Chili with Cilantro Sour Cream, Cotija Cheese and homemade Cumin Crackers.

Spiced just right.

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