Following a successful December launch of their night market, the creators of Fête—Heather Sperling (Tasting Table), Emily Fiffer (Daily Candy), and Jessica Herman (Time Out)— are back, this time with a full weekend of events celebrating all that is food and design in Chicago. Kicking off the weekend will be the night market on Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Room 1520. The market will occupy two floors, one dedicated to the vendor component, including goodies from Old Town Social, Firecakes Donuts, and Floriole, and the other, a large dine-in area hosting pop-ups from Trencherman, La Sirena Clandestina and forthcoming Mott Street and Parson's Chicken & Fish.
The Ruxbin team will preview two upcoming dishes for Mott Street: knife noodle soup made with shellfish broth, market vegetables and handmade knife cut noodles made in an open kitchen so diners can watch; and coral fried rice with coconut fried rice, andouille, & crab brain coral. Parson's Chicken & Fish will also offer a preview of their new menu, offering crab & chorizo chowder with spicy pepitas; and cilantro grilled octopus salad with chickpeas chermoula vinaigrette and frisee. Trencherman will serve finger foods—pickle tots with red onion yogurt sauce and black sesame pot stickers with cilantro chutney—along with four varieties of ramen. John Manion (La Sirena Clandestina) will also be on hand making empanadas (one meat, one vegetarian) that he'll serve straight out of the oven.
If all of this food is making you thirsty, Derek Alexander, beverage director of Longman & Eagle will be making two signature cocktails: La Vida Rose, made with Smalls gin, Royal Rose rose syrup, Cocchi Americano and fresh lemon; and In Between the Lines, made with Henry DuYore's bourbon, fernet branca, Royal Rose raspberry syrup and fresh lemon. The cocktails will only be available to those who purchase their tickets in advance for $15, which includes both cocktails plus a glass of Virtue Cider or 5 Rabbit beer. $5 tickets to the market can be purchased in advance or at the door and also include a glass of beer or cider.
Moving forward Fête will hold a weekend-long celebration of food and design two or three times each year, and according to founder Emily Fiffer, "it will always involve local producers in the hopes of opening the dialogue and creating conversation and engagement."
· Former Dose Creators Launch Fête Market [-EChi-}
· More Details out on Mott Street, the Upcoming Ruxbin Project [-EChi-]
· Parson's Chicken & Fish has a Chef and a Location [-EChi-]
· Fete Market [Official Site]