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STEAMED PERSIMMON PUDDING IS BACK!

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Events

Saturday, December 21/Sunday, December 22

Open

9am - 2pm

Event Details

Saturday, December 21/Sunday, December 22

Open

We will be open for business as usual as well as the pickup of special orders. Our offering will depend on how many special orders we receive 

9am - 2pm

Monday, December 23

By Appointment

Event Details

Monday, December 23

By Appointment

We will be open for the pickup of pre-ordered items. Contact us to arrange for time

Tuesday, December 24

Open for pickup of pre-ordered items

10am - 2pm

Event Details

Tuesday, December 24

Open for pickup of pre-ordered items

10am - 2pm

Events

Saturday 12/28 and Sunday 12/29

OPEN

9am - 2pm

Event Details

Saturday 12/28 and Sunday 12/29

OPEN

We will be open for business as usual plus the pickup of pre-ordered items

9am - 2pm

Saturday 1/4 and Sunday 1/5

CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

Event Details

Saturday 1/4 and Sunday 1/5

CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

1) You've made a New Year's Resolution to give up sweets 2) we need a break, so we're closed this weekend !

Saturday 1/11 and Sunday 1/2

TBD

Event Details

Saturday 1/11 and Sunday 1/2

TBD

Weather permitting, we may be off on our annual Route 41 road trip - this time to Macon, GA. We'll let you know!

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THIS WEEKEND'S MENU DEC 14 & 15

It's Pot Pie Season!

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Not much makes us look forward to cooler weather than Marshall Fields' Chicken Pot Pies $9 + a refundable $5 deposit on ramekins for togo orders. Available baked or unbaked . Baking instructional video below.

GRILLED MEATLOAF SANDWICH

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This is a classic beef & pork meatloaf, grilled on our homemade Milk-n-Honey White Bread with Cheddar and Bacon $10

Hot Turkey Sandwiches

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Turkey and mashed potatoes on a slice of our Milk-n-Honey white bread, topped with rosemary-sage infused gravy $9

Mini Goat Cheese Tarts with Cranberry Confit

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6" Tarts (1-2 servings) with savory goat cheese filling served with a sweet/tangy Cranberry Confit on the side $9

Cottage Pies

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Here's a little secret - We sell a ton of Chicken Pot Pies, but the Cottage Pie - ground beef & vegetables topped with mashed Potatoes - is our favorite! $9

Roasted Eggplant & Arugula Sandwich

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With a Sun-dried Tomato, Goat Cheese and Walnut Spread. $9

Get "Bogged Up" for Cranberries and other Stuff this Weekend

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They're one of two fruits that are indigenous to North America! (The other one is Persimmons!

And they're at the peak of their season in November. From Morning Glory Muffins, to our scone/biscuit hybrid the "Skisket," to entrees and pies, Cranberries are the fruit-of-the-month. This week we have them as:


CRAN-PEAR-Y PIE -A standout blend of chopped cranberries, chunks of pear and a hint of orange topped with walnut crumb topping $10/6"


MORNING GLORY MUFFINS - The berries are in good company, what with apples, carrots, pecans, currants and coconut, plus raw sugar. $3.25


SKISKETS - These mostly wholegrain scone/biscuit hybrids are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea and this week, they've got cranberries in 'em. $3


CRANANA BREAD - Cranberries + Banana Bread = a delicious treat. $6/ mini loaf


mini Goat Cheese Tarts with Cranberry Confit $9


SOUP SEASON IS HERE  


NAVY BEAN AND COLLARD GREEN SOUP - Vegan


CHICKEN DUMPLING SOUP with homemade Butter Dumplings 


Soups are sold cold in jars togo. We can heat soup to order if you'd like to dine in. 



FAVORITES!

  

Our menu is now all Specials, but we've kept the three most popular items from the old menu:


The SIRACHA FOCACCIA SANDWICH is Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato on our homemade Pane Focaccia, with tangy homemade Siracha Aioli $10


Our REUBEN SANDWICH is served on homemade Rye with Swiss Cheese, 1,000 Island dressing and Kraut $10


CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH/SALAD -Steam Oven-Roasted Chicken breast meat, with herbs and Celery. Get it on a Croissant, Focaccia Bread or Over Greens $10







WELCOME BACK BROWNIES and GOOD MORNING, MORNING GLORY !


We were wondering when to bring back OUTRAGEOUS BROWNIES, the ultra-rich, ultra-chocolaty brownies (no nuts), That question was answered with a request for them this weekend, so they're back! 4


Start out your day on the right foot with CRANBERRY MORNING GLORY MUFFINS. These aren’t your average pieces of cake in a muffin wrapper. Nope, these are LOADED with goodness like grated carrots and apples, currants, pecans, coconut and, this week, cranberries. We use raw sugar and very little flour for an excellent way to start the day or re-fuel after a morning run. $3.25 


CRANANA BREAD is - you guessed it - Banana Bread with Cranberries. $6/mini loaf


PUMPKIN-PECAN bread is perfect for the season $6.50


KITCHEN SINK COOKIES are loaded - chocolate chips, cashews, peanut butter, oats, puffed rice, and coconut $2.75/cookie


OREGON TRAIL MIX COOKIES  - Whole wheat-Based, with almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and cranberries. Great for breakfast or post workout. $2,75


FROSTED CHRISTMAS TREE SUGAR COOKIES $2.50


GINGERBREAD TREE COOKIES - Spicy Goodness $2.25



The PIELineUP!



This week's PIELineUP is as follows:


CARAMEL APPLE PIE!

Cran-Pear-y Pie (Cranberry Pear) with Walnut Crumble Topping 

Ohio Apple 

Summer Come Back - Pluots, Peaches and Tart Cherries

Pumpkin

Pecan

Tart Cherry - Lattice

Triple Berry Oatmeal Streusel


Banana Cream

Coconut Cream

Chocolate Cream 


6" pies (two generous slices) are available in-store on a first-come basis (The smaller version of the Caramel Apple Pie can be ordered in advance). Large pies 9" (6-8 slices) must be ordered in advance through the website. Because we sometimes get fruits in small quantities, not all pies on the PIELineUP may be available as large pies. 



PUMPKIN-PECAN   BREAD $6.50 each

CRANANA  Bread (Cranberry Banana Bread) $6


The SKISKET - Part Scone part Biscuit, this mostly whole grain treat, has currants, walnuts and oats in it $3


MAGIC BOX SAUCE - We took a box of bruised and damaged stonefruit (peaches, plums., nectarines) and cooked them, ran them through the food mill and then added a bit of sugar and cooked down until delicious $ 10/pint. Check out the Article on the Blog!



Sunday:   Bread Puddin' with Whiskey Sauz $7


  

·Specials are made in limited quantities and are subject to change due to availability of products, a shift in the wind, force majeur (Jerry!), whim, and God’s Will.



How to Bake a Chicken Pot Pie!

Eat them fresh out of the oven!

Join Our Team

One Goal - Excellence

  

Ella Bonella is looking for a few good people to join the team. Our goal is to provide a consistently excellent experience for each customer. We are a small place with one simple goal – excellence. 


Introductory shop hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 9-2, with either 4 or 8-hour shifts available. Additional days will be added as we grow. Additional hours may be available for prep, catering, and special orders. We are open to applicants of any age, from 15 (with a work permit) to 80+, as long as the applicant has the energy and the spirit to get the job done in a manner consistent with our Core Values of Friendliness, Superior Service, Integrity, Quality and Safety. Whether this is your all-important first job or you’re just getting back in to the workplace or you’ve decided that retirement isn’t for you, if you’re ready to work, we could use you!


POSITIONS AVAILABLE


Counter Service


Job Duties:

· Demonstrate a positive customer service attitude in keeping with the company’s Core Values. 

· Assist customers with questions and product selection 

· Follow procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Smile and greets customers in a sincere friendly manner. Treat new customers like friends you haven’t met yet.

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately record orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product.

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.


Line/Prep Cook

Job Duties:

· Prepare sandwiches (hot and cold) and other items from the menu 

· Deep Frying experience a plus

· Follows procedures for safety, proper food handling, and sanitation  

· Replenish product in the cases and create displays.

· Accurately and consistently prepare orders to ensure the customer is delighted with the finished product. Our aim is a “Wow” from every customer

· Maintain cleanliness of the work area, including the visible front room and kitchen areas. 

· Assist in other areas as required.

Requirements (both roles):

  • Desire       to provide excellent customer service. 
  • Outgoing, friendly       personality. 
  • Ability to handle multiple       tasks. 
  • Able to communicate       effectively with others and convey enthusiasm 
  • Follow all LCHD Service       Standards & guidelines. 
Obtain Illinois Food handler certification

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So Glad to Be Here!

Order Online and Pickup In Store!

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Just give us 48 hours notice and we'll make it special just for you!

Identity (No) Crisis

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Every item on our menu has a background. Read about it here!

Peek Into The Piemaking Process

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Here's a feast for the eyes! Check out a Tart Cherry Pie & Peach Pie Right Out of the Oven.

Pie For Breakfast?

You Betcha!

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  Back in the days when we sold pies at Farmers’ Markets, people would come up to us and say “I eat your pie for breakfast.” And why not? After all, people eat sweet things like pancakes and French Toast for breakfast – and the primary ingredient in most of our pies is either fruit, milk, or nuts. 


The Streusel-topped Triple Berry Pie was typically the breakfast favorite, but I set out to find more pies that would be suitable for breakfast. There are savory pies like Bacon-and-Egg, and Ham-and-Egg, then some not-too-sweet pies like Oatmeal Walnut Pie and (my personal favorite) custard-y Cream-of-Wheat Pie, which I like cold with just a touch of Maple Syrup. 


Then there are cereal pies like Euell Gibbons’ fave Grape Nuts Pie (you probably have to be over 50 to get that reference) and Cornflake Pie, which are def on the sweet side. BFK pies even take on International Character with an Orange-infused Italian Torta di Riso that will make you feel like you’re in Firenze!   

Just Open Weekends?

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Yep! We work all week to be ready for two days! 



Tell Me About Those Croissants!

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What the Pie is to the United States, the Croissant is to France, sort of. As a college student, I worked my ass off to be able to study in Paris in the Spring of 1985. I still remember that first morning in the City of Light – drizzly, homesick, thinking I’d made a mistake, and then I walked down the Rue Vavin and into the first Bar I saw (Bars in Paris are known for their coffee) and ordered un express and a croissant, the taste, smell, feel and sound of which I will never forget. It was buttery and crisp, with enough butter on the exterior to leave my hands shiny. 


Every subsequent trip to Paris meant a croissant and express first thing off the plane. I’d tried croissants in the states, but they were never the same.  During an extended break from Franks, I made a commitment to “perfect” the croissant, to the extent that was possible. I slaved and tasted (and tasted) until I had something that brought me back to that first bite, and people loved them. These croissants are perfect on a weekend morning.   


WORD TO THE WISE
The joys of the croissant are fleeting. With lots of air between layers, these ephemeral treats go from ethereal to stale in about 6 hours. We bake them right before we open and recommend that you eat them right away!

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421 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington, IL 60010

(847) 560-1523

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