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Stu's Bloody Mary Mix at Pastoral; Free Crumbs; More

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Photo: Pastoral at Chicago French Market

WEST LOOP—Head to Chicago French Market's "Meet the Market" open house Sat. Sept. 17 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for free samples, complimentary bubbles and live music. Pastoral will debut Stu's Bloody Mary Mix from shop vet Stu Waters, who also makes pickles. Be the first to sample this spicy concoction with Death's Door vodka and pick up a bottle for $7.99 [EaterWire]

LOOPCrumbs Bake Shop is opening another store and with another opening means more free cupcakes. Crumbs latest location (42 S. Clark) will give away 1,000 cupcakes on Friday starting at noon. Two more spots, in the Loop and in Oak Park, will open this fall. [EaterWire]

ALL AROUND—The Chicago Originals—Cyrano's Bistrot, Cyrano's Cafe, Co Si Na Grill, Hemingway, Oceanique and May St. Cafe—kick off the 7th annual Mussels Fest on Friday. It runs through Sept. 30. [EaterWire]

ONLINERosebud Restaurant's chef Michael Ponzio just released Cibo, a cookbook featuring some of his best and favorite Italian recipes. The book can be purchased here for $30 (normally $56). [EaterWire]