Fete Chicago

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Fete is the new Dose. Apparently.

City gossip (and interviews with a bit of snark given by the self proclaimed sole founder) laid out that several original curators of Dose Market severed their ties with the once monthly foodie and clothing market and had a new project in the works. That project is Fete, a weekend long celebration of food and design that debuted in December and is back in action this weekend. April 4-7 will bring a night market, tastings, discussions, panels with the goal of starting a dialogue, learning and connecting; a behind the scenes look at some of the most innovative minds in Chicago.

I am actually glad to hear that Fete has been created. I loved Dose Market at the beginning; I raved about it that first summer and even Holidose. But after that, it got stale and less exciting. And while I appreciate that they turned me on to Bittercube and Lezzett Spices, I think Fete is going to bring authentic, community driven, hyper-local Chicago love.

And besides- who doesn’t love a Fete?

November Dose

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Dose Market Sunday is quickly becoming my favorite Sunday of every month.

I love walking to River East Art Center, cashing in my “Welcome to Dose Market, here’s a cocktail” ticket, grabbing something delicious to eat from places I’ve never been (or possibly even heard of), browsing the vintage clothing, chatting with the vendors about how and why they do what they do, mingling with others who are as psyched to be there as I am…

I love Dose Market.

Seedlings‘ apple cider and Franks n Dawgs‘ “The Southern” (chicken sausage, corn bread and bbq sauce on a texas toast bun) was lunch.

NoMI was dessert.

So much goodness under one roof.

I was so excited to bring Ryan to Dose today but I think I’m going back to flying solo or maybe bringing a girlfriend- when he had zero interest in Poems While You Wait, I knew he wasn’t Dose material.

Next Dose: December 4th.

Sunset from the Other Side (and what I’m missing in Chicago tomorrow)

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On the other side of the lake, the sun sets vs. rising on the Chicago side.  Pretty change of pace.

I am enjoying my time with my family but I just remembered that in Chicago tomorrow is Dose Market day!  I had a blast in August at this monthly food and fashion market and am slightly bummed that I’ll be missing its September installment.  So go and nosh on some of Sweet Cakes’ brioche for me, ok?

Dose Market

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I am so happy that Dose Market was on my radar because it was AMAZING.  All of my great loves (food, fashion and design) under one lofted roof.  This once a month market introduced me to new stores, restaurants and bakeries that I’ve never been to before, from neighborhoods all over town.  Art appreciation overload- so much wearable, edible, drinkable art.


Mayana ChocolateChocolate, dehydrated fruit turned into cake, chocolate, mousses, more chocolate- Chef Daniel Herskovic was kind enough to let me sample his creations and each was just TDF.  I went home with a chocolate bar he created exclusively for Dose- something about salted caramel.  Sold.

Lillie’s Q: The sample was a pulled pork sammie.  The sample. Out of the four choices of Q sauce, I chose Carolina Gold.  Must. Get. To. Bucktown.

Brew Camp: “Camp Director” Whit Nelson told me that if you put hops, yeast, barley and water together, there’s no way it can’t become beer.  Those are odds I’m willing to work with.  Once Ryan and I decide which Brew Camp flavor we want to make (my vote’s for Cranberry Mead), we will be placing an order for a beer kit to be delivered to the house so we can make beer at home.  Around 52 beers for a little over $60 for everything needed to brew at home.  Project!

I promise there was clothing and jewellery and the like but somehow, I came home with food exclusive pics.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

I got to Dose right at 10am and by the time I left at 11:30, it was starting to get packed.  No wonder- spending a Sunday at the River East Art Center totally hit the spot.

Next Dose: September 25th.

On My Radar This Weekend

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Dose Market: a year-round, once a month market celebrating the best in Chicago fashion, gourmet food and design.  Highlights include a spread from Hot Chocolate, Bodkin’s Fall line, and a “Bubby Fizz” cocktail (sparkling wine, botanical liquer, OJ and mint). Sunday, 10am-4pm at The River East Art Center

FlyWheel: I checked out this new spin studio in the Gold Coast tonight and LOVED it.  State of the art bikes, great music and an instructor with arms that rival Madonna’s.  It’s a sexy workout, if you will- kind of like being in a club.  But sober. I totally get why FlyWheel is so huge in the Big Apple.  710 N. State Street

Rock N Roll Half Marathon: If you’re near Grant Park, you’ll notice a few thousand runners hitting the pavement at 6:30am on Sunday in the pursuit of 13.1 miles.  Stop and cheer- it makes the miles go faster.

Pinkberry:  Word on the street is that the Salted Caramel is amazing so I think this is finally the weekend that I get my frozen yogurt on. 635 N. State Street