I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pit Stop- Chicago French Market

River Valley Ranch Mushrooms

Gabriella and Stephan
How come I've never heard of this wondrous place?  It's right up my alley!  The French Market is a  transit-oriented development located within the Chicago MetraMarket.  The year-round, indoor marketplace provides commuters and locals like me, with access to over 30 local artisans and purveyors.  I thought I was dreaming when I found my favorite River Valley Ranch Mushrooms at the Produce Express stand, luckily my new friends Gabriella and Stephan confirmed I wasn't seeing pink elephants.  Another highlight in my exploration of the market was the discovery of a new-to-me" fruit,  muscadine grapesNothing quickens my pulse more than produce I have never laid eyes on.

As I was chatting with my Produce Express pals I spotted something green and red across the room out of the corner of my eye at which I had to raise an eyebrow...does that say RAW?  Yes, my eyes do not deceive me.  I am definitely looking at a kiosk selling raw vegan food in the heart of Meatville, Illinois. 

Raw's Sample Platter
This platter consists of ravioli , spaghetti and meatballs, a garden burger, and a delectable bite of chocolate dessert.  In addition to the platter, I sampled the tiramisu, mint square and coconut macaroons.  All of which I can honestly say were exquisite.  I was surprisingly amazed with the flavor, texture, presentation and variety of the sample platter.  No joke, it was yummy.  The owners of Raw (Polly Gaza and Carole Jones) have heartwarming  stories on how and why Raw was founded.  Go to the "about" feature on their website www.chicagorawfood.com to read their stories and mission statement.

There are so many fresh and healthy options at the French Market I would like to explore but there is to much goodness at this place to experience it in one pit-stop. 


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