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Chicago's French Market offering hot specials for January

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Chicago French Market vendors are helping you keep your New Year resolutions involving losing weight by offering healthier menu options. It's also National Soup Month and 12 vendors are selling homemade soups like Vietnamese Pho, Winter Lentil, Hot Tofu, Tomato, Matzo Ball and Clam Chowder. Take that, Polar Vortex!

The National Tea Association has declared January as National Hot Tea month and Bello Tea is offering a complimentary tea tasting 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Jan. 31 is Chinese New Year and Bello Tea is inviting you to celebrate. by stopping its booth to pick up your red envelope. In Chinese and other Asian societies, a red envelope or red packet is a gift given for holidays or special occasions with wishes of good fortune, health and happiness. See what surprise you have in store.

With this frigid weather nipping at our noses, this deal couldn't come at a better time. Da Lobsta is offering a $2-discount on its New England Clam Chowder with the purchase of any lobster roll on Jan. 21, National New England Clam Chowder Day.

Celebrate National Soup Month AND National Baking Month at Delightful Pastries. Warm up with Clam Chowder with clams, potato, bacon and cream, Chicken Noodle, and Beef Mushroom Barley Soup with beef, barley, carrot, onion and mushroom. All soups this month are only $3.50 a cup. Soups choices rotate daily. While you're there, try a complimentary tasting of its two gluten free offerings -- Butternut Squash Soup with purée of roasted butternut squash and chicken broth or Split Pea Soup with pea, potato, carrot and bacon. And for the sweet tooth, look for mini and full pie specials (apple, pecan and more) on National Pie Day, Jan. 23, chocolate cake on Jan. 27 and buttery croissants on Jan. 30.

Warm up with Indian-inspired specials from Klay Oven Kitchen. Chicken Biryani (a basmati rice dish loaded with spices like ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, coriander, cumin and mint) and Tandoori Chicken (chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked in a cylindrical clay tandoori or oven) are available for $7.50 each.

Escape from the cold and turn a quiet night at home into the perfect date with a picnic for two from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine. Call from your office and Pastoral will have your gourmet picnic and a perfect wine pairing ready for you to take home. Themes include French Countryside, Tapas for Two, and others.

Each week in January, Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta is offering a local business the opportunity to win a pan of lasagna for their office. Stop by and drop off your business card for entry. No purchase is necessary. Sam's has added these new items to its menu --Blackened Shrimp 'n Spinach Lasagna, Steak 'n Potato Lasagna with Signature Steak Sauce, Rigatoni with Lemon-Lime Pot Roast, and Sam's Gourmet Lasagna & Pasta Signature Pasta Sauce.Happy New Year! Wisma is offering customers a $20 Gift Card with any $50 Purchase.

Wisma makes all its own sauces, dressings, salads, pastas, sandwiches, entrées, desserts and ice cream using natural, preservative-free ingredients, nothing artificial, processed, or frozen (except the ice cream). They provide great options for those nights when making dinner at home is out of the question -- their products are fully cooked and ready to heat and eat. Wisma is offering customers a free $20 gift card with any $50 purchase.

Chicago French Market January 2014 Events

Thursday, Jan. 23
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine - Pastoral Wine Tasting
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 25
Lunch Hour Music featuring Anselmo Marquez, singer and solo guitarist

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anselmo Marquez

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Lunch Hour Music featuring Chris Goranson, jazz guitarist

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St., Chicago IL 60661
Hours: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays



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