How Artizone Can Make Your Party

Artizone PartyWe at Artizone know that how well you plan can make or break a party. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, bridal brunch or baby shower, our delivery service and awesome array of artisanal vendors make it super-simple to throw an event that’s sure to be remembered.

Our artisans offer items you simply cannot find in your typical grocery store. For example, why serve Triscuits when you can serve Butterfield Gourmet’s Parmesan-Thyme Crackers? And you simply won’t find a better selection of unique desserts, including Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s PDA Chocolate Salamigourmet cake balls from Isabelly’s Sweet Treats and the naughtily-named cupcakes from Trailercakes.

And think of all the party-planning time you can save with Artizone. Rather than spending hours bouncing from shop to shop picking up ingredients, you can just click, pay and schedule a date and time for delivery or pickup. You don’t even need to make a liquor store run — we’ve got you covered there, too.

Many of our artisans offer convenient tray and platter options, so feeding a crowd is easy. We like the Beef Tenderloin Platter from TJ’s Seafood Market, the Shrimp Cocktail Platter from Rex’s Seafood and the Cheesemonger’s Choice Cheese Tray from Scardello. Pick up some fresh veggies from the produce department for a crudité tray and some mixed nuts from Chef Milton.

Artizone can even help prettify your place with an elegant floral arrangement or some gorgeous scented candles.

And our list option makes getting the goods a breeze. If you’ve got a bit of time before your party, you can create a “party list” of items you’d like to order. Once you’ve perfected your list, it just takes one click to order everything. If you’re working with a few people to plan a party, you can divvy up your party supplies into wishlists and send them out to your co-hosts. And if any of the recipes in our always-stellar recipe section catch your eye, all you have to do is click on the ingredients list to add them to your cart.

Don’t let the stresses of party-planning get you down. Let Artizone help get your next party started in style!

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April Artisan of the Month: La Duni Latin Kitchen and Baking Studio

La Duni storefrontIf you’re feeling nostalgic for Mom’s baking, Dunia Borga’s pastries might be just what you need. Borga, who co-owns La Duni Latin Kitchen and Baking Studio with her husband, Taco Borga, is all about all-natural ingredients. Here you’ll find no artificial flavors, no preservatives and no pre-made ingredients.

Borga admits that her preference for whole ingredients makes more work for her. Because her cakes and cookies don’t have the same shelf-life of other baked goods, she must get started baking at 4 a.m. every day. But, she said, she’s proud of her finished products. She feels good about feeding them to her son, and she feels good about feeding them to her customers.

The family connection is a big part of Borga’s baking ethos. “I’m a mom and I love to spoil everyone,” Borga said. This connection between food and affection stems from Borga’s own childhood in Colombia. She remembers coming home from school, smelling something good wafting from the kitchen and knowing instantly that her grandmother was home.

“I couldn’t wait to find out what she would have,” Borga said.

Favorite foods and favorite memories are closely connected for Borga. One of her own favorite childhood memories is using her lunch money to buy Glorias — puff pastries filled with guava paste and baker’s cheese — from a corner bakery while waiting for the bus. Today, the petite treats are among the many items she proudly carries in her Artizone storefront.

And so when Borga started baking, her goal was to create (or recreate) memories for her son, and later for her customers. Many of the treats offered through La Duni are inspired by those nearest and dearest to Borga. Anything made with apple is for her sister, who loves the sweet fruit. Her husband is Nutella fan, so Borga found a way to incorporate the hazelnut spread into cake. Many of her confections are inspired by her chocoholic son.

In fact, the Brandon cookies aren’t just named for the boy, but they’re made by him, as well. Borga recounts that Brandon was an avid video gamer when he was younger. It was becoming an expensive habit — Brandon could beat a game in only a week — so Borga decided to come up with a way for her son to earn money for his hobby. Together, they developed a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. To this day, Brandon, now 13, goes to his mother’s baking studio to make them. Borga said 25 cents from their profits go directly to Brandon, and the rest goes to his college fund.

“It holds a sweet place in my heart,” Borga said of the cookie recipe.

And we think this cookie — and many of the other treats Borga bakes — will hold a sweet place in yours.

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The Supers

SuperfoodsWhile we at Artizone can find the benefit in almost any food (hey, if that macaroon makes you happy, it has value!) we recognize that some foods just have a little something extra going on for them. So-called superfoods are especially rich in certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients, meaning they can do a lot of super things for your body. Naturally, we’ve got the 411 on what’s good.

Coconut oil is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants, and some studies have shown that it can improve thyroid function, blood sugar control, digestion, cholesterol levels and weight management. It’s an easy addition to baked goods and tastes great with veggies, but if you’re seeking a little instant coconut oil gratification, we like the Hail Merry snack line available through Green Grocer.

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, plus they contain 500 percent more calcium per serving than milk. Who knew something so small could pack such a nutritional punch? Stir two tablespoons into water and drink ‘em down, sprinkle them over your morning yogurt or soak them in sweetened almond milk for a pudding-like treat.

It’s not that those egg-white omelets were bad for you, but you may have been missing out if you like to skip the egg yolk. While not exactly low-cal, egg yolks ar a great source of calcium, magnesium, protein and carotenoids, plus vitamins A, D, E, B6 and B12. Plus, studies have shown that eating one per day will not change your cholesterol levels. So, let’s get cracking… eggshells, that is.

Blueberries were one of the first buzzed-about superfoods out there. Rich in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids as well as potassium and vitamin C, they’ve been linked to decreased risks of heart disease and cancer. Plus, they taste great. Eat them in yogurt parfaits, in salads or by the handful.

Sweet potatoes have 150 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, plus beta carotene and vitamins A and C. These make a great substitute for regular potatoes. Eat them baked, mashed or in French fry form.

Any kind of dark leafy greens are great for you, but kale and spinach probably are the best known. They couldn’t be easier to eat: toss them into soups and salads, or sauté with a bit of olive oil and top with a pinch of Parmesan.

Fatty fishes like salmon are a great source of omega-3s, which can help stave off heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, and may even reduce symptoms of depression. Aim for two to three servings a week.

Finally (and perhaps most deliciously), cocoa is shown to elevate mood-boosting endorphins and serotonin. It’s also rich in flavonoids, which can help reduce the risk for diabetes, stroke and other heart diseases. Make sure to look for dark chocolates that are at least 70 percent cocoa, and limit yourself to about a square a day. If you’re not a fan of these bitter sweets by themselves, crush up your cocoa and sprinkle over oatmeal.

For a super-easy superfood salad, check out this recipe for kale salad with cranberries, avocado and Parmesan.

 

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Tips for rockin’ the Gluten Free Expo

EXPO_Header2014All you gluten free goddesses, take note: the Gluten Free Expo opens its doors this weekend on Saturday at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center and it’s your chance to see just what Chicago’s vibrant gluten-free community has to offer. Plus many of our amazing artisans will be onsite at the expo showing their gluten free wares to all!

At the expo, you can get a chance to meet and sample goodies from Zemas Madhouse Foods, Lots O’ Matcha, Kiki’s Gluten Free, Gluten Free Kids, and Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery.

Plus, listen in to informative workshops with Carol Kicinski of Simply Gluten Free Magazine, and Carlyn Berghoff of the Berghoff restaurants. In the Expo’s innovative workshops you can learn how to master the art of gluten free cooking, and learn about some of the science behind gluten intolerances. Plus, there are activities for kids all the while!

If you’re out at the Expo, make sure you stop by our artisan tables — you just might get a surprise treat from us! Go Gluten Free!

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Amber’s Picks for April

April PicksBeyoncé and Jay-Z. Will and Kate. Brad and Angelina. Kim and Kanye? Some pairings are obvious. Others less so. Either way, Artizone market operations vice president Amber Dietrich’s top picks for April celebrate the power couple.

Not a morning person? We’re ready to change that. The Pistachio and Tart Cherry Biscotti from Martin’s Biscotti marries the mild nuttiness of pistachios with the delightful tartness of chewy dried cherries. Pair that with Oak Cliff Coffee RoastersRosemont Crest Blend, which combines beans from Central America, Africa and Indonesia for a fruity, balanced brew. Now, how can you not have a good morning with that powerhouse duo?

We know it’s hard to get motivated to cook elaborate meals for one, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving takeout the green light. Butterfield Gourmet makes a mini version of its famous beef pot roast pie, a perfectly flaky pastry filled with roasted beef, carrots and potato in an herbed gravy. Serve with a garden salad and Orin Swift’s The Prisoner, a soft, mid-weight red with notes of berry, cherry and new oak, available from Dallas Fine Wine and Spirits.

For a sweet afternoon pick-me-up, you can’t beat Bisous Bisous Patisserie’s beautifully pink raspberry French macrons, which sandwich a fresh raspberry buttercream into a delicate almond shell. Brew yourself a cup of the raspberry honey tea from Patti’s Place and take a well-deserved breather.

And if you’re looking for an easy but elegant hors d’oeuvre, we’ve got just the thing. Slice one of Empire Baking Company’s crisp-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside baguettes, add a slice of Mt. Tam, an organic triple cream cheese Scardello sources from Cowgirl Creamery, and top with JJ&B’s toasted pecan-pepper jam, which pairs the rich flavor of pecans with subtle heat from the peppers.

Feeling the love? We sure are.

 

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