Past Events

  • Central Street Evanston Sidewalk Sale
    Thursday - Sunday, July 10-13

    Central Street Evanston between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Central Street

    Come down to Central Street's annual summer shopping extravaganza. Our street in lined with unique shops including The Spice House, which will be offering special deals in a festive atmosphere. Browse the tables set up along the sidewalks, take a break for iced coffee drinks or gelato - and don't forget to stop in for spices while you're here! Visit the Central Street website for more information.

  • Swedish Days in Geneva
    June 17-22

    Downtown Geneva, Illinois

    Year after year, smiles return to faces at Swedish Days, Geneva’s Midsommar Festival. During this 6-day celebration, the whole family can enjoy a parade, great food, carnival rides, live music, Sweden Väst, and many children’s games. For schedules and more information, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

    The Spice House in Geneva is right in the middle of all the fun, so stop by and say hi!

  • 40th Annual Wells Street Art Fair
    Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15
    10 am - 10 pm
    Wells Street, Chicago between North Avenue and Division Street

    Wells Street

    The 2014 festival, which also marks the 40th anniversary, will be held June 14th and 15th. Every year, upwards of 50,000 visitors arrive in Old Town to experience the Wells Street Art Festival — one of the City of Chicago’s premiere art events. In 2014, Wells Street will be packed with over 250 artists showing off and selling wares ranging from photography, ceramics, pain, glasswork and more.

    The Spice House is located right in the heart of the action, so stop by for spices or just a quiet break in our shady back garden. For more information, including a list of participating artist and a schedule of performances, please visit the Old Town wesbsite.

  • Spring Cleaning Sale
    Saturday - Monday, May 17-19
    All Spice House locations

    Is your Cinnamon old enough to vote? Can you trace your Vanilla bottle back to Columbus? Then it’s TIME TO CLEAN OUT YOUR SPICE CUPBOARD!

    For every old bottle of spices you bring us, we'll give you $1.25 off the cost of a new jar of fresh spices. There's no limit to how many jars you can bring, so don't miss your chance to start the summer with a cabinet full of fresh, premium spices!

  • Spring Fling on Central Street
    Saturday, May 17

    Central Street, Evanston

    Shrug off the long, cold winter and treat yourself to some sunshine and sales on Central Street!

    Saturday, May 17, the shops of Evanston’s Central Street welcome the return of warm weather with a day of sales and celebration. Come see the new spring fashions and decor, enjoy iced beverages or gelato from one of Central Street’s cafes, refresh your spices for seasoning cooking, or work out winter kinks with a free yoga class!

    The Spice House will be kicking off our Spring Cleaning Sale - bring in your old spice jars for a discount on jars of fresh new spices. For every old jar you bring us, you'll get $1.25 off a new jar!

  • Recipe Photo Contest
    Through Apri 20, 2014


    We need recipe photos! Through April 20, send us your photos of our recipes for your chance to win a $50 gift card to The Spice House or $100 cash.

    Photos must be of recipes already on our website that does not currently have a photo, in jpg format at least 300 px. Send your photos and the name of the recipe to paige@thespicehouse.com. Three photos will win a $50 Spice House gift card and one Grand Prize winner will receive $100 cash.

    All photos become the property of The Spice House and may be posted on our site.

  • Booksigning with Carla Hall of The Chew
    Tuesday, April 15
    1:30 - 2:30
    The Spice House in Old Town, 1512 N. Wells St

    Carla Hall, a fan favorite from Top Chef and now a host on The Chew, will be signing copies of her upcoming book Carla’s Comfort Food: Favorite Dishes from Around the World in our shop in Old Town the afternoon of April 15. We're excited to see this book, which will feature some of our favorite spices!

    The Spice House will be serving treats made from the new book, which will be available for sale.

    We're excited to see this book, which will feature some of our favorite spices! Stay tuned for further details.

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    6-9 pm
    Central Street, Evanston

    World of Spices

    Come down to Central Street on Thursday, March 27, for a relaxing evening of shopping. The Spice House and many of our neighbors will be staying open late and offering discounts and refreshments. We'll have spicy treats and hot drinks made by our talented staff. All purchases after 6:00 pm are 15% off. Visit the Central Street website for more details.

    The Spice House in Evanston will be open until 9:00 pm. Parking on Central Street is free after 6:00 pm.

  • Tom and Patty Erd at the International Housewares Show
    Tuesday, March 18
    10:30 - 11:15 am
    McCormick Place, South Building, Near Booth S2482

    Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd are thrilled to be invited to speak at the 2014 International Housewares Show. They'll be joining notables such as Buddy Valestro, Gale Gand, Grant Aschatz and many others. The IHA will be in Chicago from March 15-18; visit their website to register to attend.

  • Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg Visit Our Geneva Shop
    Saturday, February 22
    Noon - 1 pm
    The Spice House Geneva, 577 S 3rd Street

    Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of the award-winning The Flavor Bible, are returning to The Spice House! They will be visiting our Geneva shop on February 22. Drop by to say hi and get your copy of The Flavor Bible signed. We will have books for sale, and refreshments provided by Preservation Bread and Wine.

  • Booksigning with Sandy D'Amato of Milwaukee's famous Sanford Restaurant
    Thursday, December 19
    6-7:30 pm
    The Spice House in Milwaukee, 1031 North Old World Third Street Milwaukee, WI 53201

    Join us in our flagship Milwaukee shop the evening of December 19 for a customer appreciation holiday party featuring Milwaukee's premiere culinary figure, Sandy D'Amato. We are extremely excited to host Sandy. In addition to being Milwaukee's first James Beard winner and the founder of Sanford, one of the best restaurants in the city, he is also a lifelong Spice House customer! We'll miss him now that he's sold Sanford and will be spending less time in Milwaukee. Sandy has recently published a book about his rise through the cooking world. Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer is part cookbook and part memoir, with full color photography and over 80 recipes. We'll be serving appetizers from the book. Come out to say hi, and get your book signed! Signed books make wonderful holiday presents.

  • Central Street Holiday Open House
    Sunday, December 8
    noon until 4:00
    Central Street, Evanston

    Central Street's annual Holiday Open House is a wonderful kick-off to the festive season. Get your holiday shopping finished (or started) while enjoying refreshments, carolers, and a visit from Santa. Our charming neighborhood will be filled with holiday cheer, so join us to get yourself in a festive mood!

    Central Street's annual Holiday Open House is a wonderful kick-off to the festive season. Get your holiday shopping finished (or started) while enjoying refreshments, carolers, and a visit from Santa. Our charming neighborhood will be filled with holiday cheer, so join us to get yourself in a festive mood! Central Street's annual Holiday Open House is a wonderful kick-off to the festive season. Get your holiday shopping finished (or started) while enjoying refreshments, carolers, and a visit from Santa. Our charming neighborhood will be filled with holiday cheer, so join us to get yourself in a festive mood!

  • Geneva Holiday Walk and House Tour
    December 6 & 7, 2013

    Downtown Geneva Illinios

    Celebrate the beauty of the season with the Annual Christmas Walk and House Tour.

    The traditional Christmas Walk begins on December 6 at 6:00 pm when Santa Lucia, the Swedish symbol of the season, and her attendants arrive by horse-drawn carriage to offer Swedish cookies to visitors. Santa makes his appearance to light the Great Tree on the Courthouse lawn and officially opens his Gingerbread House at 6:30 pm. Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping and dining in historic Geneva and delight in chestnuts roasting, strolling carolers, freshly-made candy canes and hot cider. The Spice House will be in the center of the festivities, offering spicy treats including freshly roasted chestnuts (which double as excellent hand-warmers) and mulled cider.

    For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Geneva Chamber website.

  • Small Business Saturday
    Saturday, November 30

    Small Businesses in Your Neighborhood

    On Saturday, November 30, if you use your American Express card at The Spice House and other participating small businesses, Amex will give you a $10 rebate for purchases over $10. You must register your Amex Card in advance to be eligible. For more information or to register, visit SmallBusinessSaturday.com.

    When we all shop small, it will be huge.

  • Old Town Specialty Retail Showcase
    Thursday - Monday, November 14-17

    Select Merchants in Old Town Chicago

    Our shop in Old Town Chicago is surrounded by some wonderful specialty shops. This weekend, the shops of Old Town will be offering special deals and promotions as part of the Old Town Specialty Retail Showcase.

    Mention this event in our Old Town shop this weekend and get a free jar of our delicious Mulling Spices!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at Indian Trails Public Library
    Thursday, November 14
    1:00 - 2:00 pm
    Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road Wheeling, IL 60090

    Library Talks

    The Indian Trails Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on Thursday, November 14 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Patty and Tom have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of adventures in seasoning! Learn all about the spices you have in your pantry, and take home a spicy treat. Call 847.459.4100 or go to the library's website to register.

  • Free Spice Lectures at The Chalet
    Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10
    10:00 am
    The Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Avenue, Wilmette

    Chalet Talks

    Back by popular demand, Patty and Tom Erd will detail the history of the spice trade, revealing fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control it. They will share interesting historical facts and anecdotes about the elusive spices that were coveted by nobility and royalty. This popular program has become an annual tradition at Chalet Nursery. This is a free lecture; no reservations necessary.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Mount Prospect Public Library
    Tuesday, October 29
    7:30 - 9 pm
    Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 South Emerson, Mount Prospect, IL 60056

    Library Talks

    The Mount Prospect Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on Tuesday, October 29 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices, focusing on the spices of South East Asia. Intricately intertwined in India’s geopolitical and culinary history is the impact of the huge variety of spices indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. Patty and Tom Erd of The Spice House in Evanston will share their deep knowledge of the unique flavors, aromas, health-giving properties, and historic lure of India’s spice heritage.
    Patty and Tom have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of adventures in seasoning!

    Call 847-253-5675 or go to the library's website to register.

  • Community Day on Central Street
    Saturday, October 26

    Central Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

    On Saturday, October 26, bring your Community Day Flyer into The Spice House and several of our neighbors on Central Street and we will donate 15% of your purchase to the participating organization of your choice. What could be simpler? You make your regular purchases on Central Street (and maybe a little something extra for you or someone special) and you donate to well-deserving charities in the community. Nothing feels better than crossing something off your to-do list and helping your community at the same time!

  • Reception and Book Signing with James Beard Award Winners Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
    Wednesday, October 16
    6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Old Town Spice House, 1512 North Wells Street, Chicago

    Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, authors of the award-winning The Flavor Bible, are returning to The Spice House this fall! We've carried this book since it was published, and it's consistently been a customer favorite. We're thrilled to be once again hosting these rock stars of the culinary world.

    While this event is complimentary, we do ask that you RSVP to 312-274-0378 or spices@thespicehouse.com so we can get an accurate count for how much food to have on hand.

    Books will be available for purchase ($35.00) to have signed - consider this wonderful, personalized book for the cook on your holiday list!

    We plan to showcase the book with appetizers that will do justice to the book's creative pairings and that also show off our wonderful fresh spices:

    -Curried Pumpkin-Apple Soup w/ creme fraiche and cranberry

    -Pepper-crusted Beef Tenderloin w/ Horseradish sauce

    -Moroccan Lamb Meatballs w/ Cumin Spiced Tomato Sauce

    -Spiced Nuts

    -Fruit Platter

    -Cheese Platter

    - Five varieties of sugar cookie pillows

    - caramel pineapple edible books

  • Late Night in Evanston for Northwestern's Homecoming Game
    Saturday, October 5
    Until 7:00 pm
    The Spice House in Evanston, 1941 Central Street

    Our shop in Evanston is located right near Ryan field, where the Northwestern Wildcats play. We'll be staying open late on Saturday, October 5, to help cheer them on for their homecoming game! Come see us on Central Street as late as 7:00 pm, and warm up with some delicious hot Mulled Cider!

    PLUS, Come by our Evanston shop in the afternoon on Saturday to meet culinary rock stars and cookbook authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg! Karen is a Northwestern alum, so she'll be in town to cheer on her team. They will both be visiting The Spice House, so stop by, have some cake, and get your copy of The Flavor Bible signed!

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    6-9 pm
    Central Street, Evanston

    World of Spices

    Come down to Central Street on Thursday, September 26, for a relaxing evening of shopping. The Spice House and many of our neighbors will be staying open late and offering discounts and refreshments. We'll have spicy treats and hot drinks made by our talented staff. All purchases after 6:00 pm are 15% off, so you can get an early start on your holiday shopping or stock up for cold weather cooking. Visit the Central Street website for more details.

    The Spice House in Evanston will be open until 9:00 pm. Parking on Central Street is free after 6:00 pm.

  • Wine Crush in Old Town
    Saturday and Sunday, September 14 &15
    Noon to 10 pm
    North Wells Street, between North Avenue and Schiller Street, Chicago, IL

    Old Town Wine Crush

    Wine, great music, fine art and macaroni will take center stage when the Wine Crush in Old Town returns for its 11th year. It's a truly unique urban wine and culinary fest made even more intriguing in 2013 with the addition of Macaroni Festival. This feature of Wine Crush will spotlight exotic pasta dishes sold by the neighborhood's acclaimed restaurants.

    Wine Crush will have the street transformed into an open market featuring wine and food pavilions serving the cuisine (including macaroni) of Old Town eateries. From the early afternoon into the evenings, visitors will be able to sample over 100 great wines. There will also be arts & craft vendors (including juried fine artists), plenty of live music, and fun activities for kids and families. The Spice House is right in the heart of the action, so stop by and see us! We'll be staying open late Saturday and Sunday evenings to enjoy the festivities.

    The Spice House in Old Town Crush Weekend Hours Saturday 10 - 8 Sunday 10 - 7

    For more information, visit the Old Town website.

  • Geneva Festival of the Vine
    Friday - Sunday, September 6-8

    Downtown Geneva Illinios

    Celebrate the harvest season in beautiful Geneva, Illinois! This annual festival is one of the high points of the year in Geneva, with the entire downtown devoted to food and wine, music, crafts and fun. The Spice House is in the midst of the fun; stop by and say hi!

    For more information on this wonderful event, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Schaumburg Public Library
    Monday, August 26
    7:00 pm
    Schaumburg Central Library, 130 South Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL 60193

    Library Talks

    The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars. Spice House owners Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do. Registration is required; to register for this program, call the 847.923.3391 or register online at the Schaumburg Public Library.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Deerfield Public Library
    Tuesday, August 6
    7 pm
    Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield IL

    Library Talks

    The Deerfield Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on Tuesday August 6 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Patty and Tom have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of adventures in seasoning!

    Call 847-945-3311 or stop by the library to register.

  • Central Street Evanston Sidewalk Sale
    Thursday - Sunday, July 11-14, 2013

    Central Street Evanston between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Central Street

    Come down to Central Street's annual summer shopping extravaganza. Our street in lined with unique shops including The Spice House, which will be offering special deals in a festive atmosphere. Browse the tables set up along the sidewalks, check out the new toy store, take a break for iced coffee drinks - and don't forget to stop in for spices while you're here! Visit the Central Street website for more information.

  • Lure and Lure of Spices at the Cudahy FamilyLibrary
    Tuesday, July 9
    6:30 - 8 pm
    Cudahy Family Library 3500 Library Drive Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110

    Do you really know where your spices come from?

    How about what spice is used more often than any other in the U.S.A? Or why saffron is so expensive? Come find out as The Spice House presents The Lure and Lore of Spices, an informative lecture about the fascinating spice trade.

    Call (414) 769-2244 or stop in at the Cudahy Family Library to reserve your seat for this FREE event.

  • Lure and Lure of Spices at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library
    Monday, June 24
    7:00 pm
    Northfield Branch of the Winnetka Public Library, 1785 Orchard Lane Northfield, IL 60093

    Library Talks Lure and Lore of Spices - Join Tom and Patty Erd of the renowned Spice House for their aromatic program “The Lore and Lure of Spice.” This promises to be an evening filled with interesting historical facts and anecdotes. You won’t want to miss this spicy presentation! Participants will receive a spice goody bag. Space is limited. Registration required. Location: Northfield Branch

  • Swedish Days in Geneva
    June 18-23, 2013

    Downtown Geneva, Illinois

    Year after year, smiles return to faces at Swedish Days, Geneva’s Midsommar Festival. During this 6-day celebration, the whole family can enjoy a parade, great food, carnival rides, live music, Sweden Väst, and many children’s games.

    The Spice House in Geneva is right in the middle of all the fun, so stop by for a spicy treat!

  • 39th Annual Wells Street Art Festival
    Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th
    Noon to 10 pm
    Wells Street, Chicago, heading south from North Avenue

    Held in the heart of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, this is one of the City’s largest and most acclaimed fine arts festivals. The annual art extravaganza features the works of more than 250 juried artists with the eclectic mix running the gamut from painting, sculptures and glasswork to photography, ceramics, woodwork and much, much more. It also features the tasty cuisine of Old Town restaurants, the always-hoppin’ music stage, and a silent auction. The Spice House is right in the heart of the action on Wells Street, so stop by to cool off in our leafy back garden!

  • Community Day on Central Street
    Saturday, April 27

    Central Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

    On Saturday, April 27, bring your Community Day Flyer into The Spice House and several of our neighbors on Central Street and we will donate 15% of your purchase to the participating organization of your choice. What could be simpler? You make your regular purchases on Central Street (and maybe a little something extra for you or someone special) and you donate to well-deserving charities in the community. Nothing feels better than crossing something off your to-do list and helping your community at the same time!

  • 2013 World-Wide Mustard Competition
    Sunday, April 14
    Tasting sessions at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30
    Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water Street

    Calling all mustard lovers! The National Mustard Museum presents the 2013 World-Wide Mustard Competition: Grand Championship Round at the Milwaukee Public Market. The Spice House's own Mike Kutka will be one of the official judges this year.

    Reserve your spot to taste and score the final 16 Gold Medal-winning mustards at the 19th Annual World-Wide Mustard Competition. Alongside food industry professionals, you’ll help choose the 2013 Grand Champion – The Mustard You Can’t Live Without. Examples of categories include Honey, Dijon, Spirit, Hot Pepper, and Exotic mustards, as well as mustard-based Dressings and BBQ Sauces from around the world. Register for a tasting session to judge for yourself which mustard is the world's best!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Palatine Public Library
    Monday, March 4
    7:00 pm
    Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL

    Library TalksTom and Patty Erd bring their aromatic program “The Lore and Lure of Spice” to the Palatine Public Library. You won’t want to miss this spicy presentation filled with history and adventure! Participants will receive a spice goody bag.

    Please Note Attendee must be a Palatine Card Holder. Sign up through the Palatine Public Library website.

  • 2nd Annual Spice House Employee Chili Cook-Off
    Saturday, February 23
    11 am - 3 pm
    The Spice House in Milwaukee, 1031 N Old World 3rd Street

    Does your chili leave you wanting? Do you need some fresh ideas or new recipes? Come see what we can cook up! Join us as the Milwaukee Spice House employees put their culinary skills on the line.

    Recipes will be broken, egos will be shattered! Whose chili is the best? You be the judge. Enjoy free samples of our employee's chili and decide which is number one! Will heat or flavor win the day? Can a vegetarian chili compete with meat?

    We will have recipes of all chilies available.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Glenview Public Library
    Tuesday, February 19
    7:00 pm
    Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview IL

    Intricately intertwined in India’s geopolitical and culinary history is the impact of the huge variety of spices indigenous to the Indian sub-continent. Patty and Tom Erd of Evanston’s own Spice House return to the Glenview Library to share their deep knowledge of the unique flavors, aromas, health-giving properties, and historic lure of India’s spice heritage. Take home a little spice treasure,too. Registration is required; please sign up through the Glenview Library website.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Barrington Public Library
    Monday, Januray 28
    7:00 pm
    Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway Barrington, IL

    Library TalksJoin Tom and Patty Erd of the renowned Spice House for their aromatic program “The Lore and Lure of Spice.” This promises to be an evening filled with interesting historical facts and anecdotes. You won’t want to miss this spicy presentation! Participants will receive a spice goody bag. Space is limited, so please sign up through the Barrington Library.

  • Geneva Holiday Walk and House Tour
    Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8

    Downtown Geneva IL

    Celebrate the beauty of the season with the Annual Christmas Walk and House Tour.

    The traditional Christmas Walk begins on December 7 at 6:00 pm when Santa Lucia, the Swedish symbol of the season, and her attendants arrive by horse-drawn carriage to offer Swedish cookies to visitors. Santa makes his appearance to light the Great Tree on the Courthouse lawn and officially opens his Gingerbread House at 6:30 pm. Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping and dining in historic Geneva and delight in chestnuts roasting, strolling carolers, freshly-made candy canes and hot cider. The Spice House will be in the center of the festivities, offering spicy treats including freshly roasted chestnuts (which double as excellent hand-warmers) and mulled cider.

    For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Geneva Chamber website.

  • Central Street Holiday Open House
    Sunday, December 2
    Noon to 4 pm
    Central Street, Evanston, between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come out to Central Street on Sunday, December 2, for our annual Holiday Open House! This street is lined with unique shops, most of which will be offering discounts, refreshments, and holiday cheer. There will be carolers and a visit from Santa. The Spice House will be serving homemade spicy treats and hot spiced beverages, so stop by for festive fun!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Skokie Public Library
    Monday, November 19
    7:00 pm
    Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street Skokie, Illinois 60077

    Library TalksJoin Tom and Patty Erd of the renowned Spice House for their aromatic program “The Lore and Lure of Spice.” This promises to be an evening filled with interesting historical facts, anecdotes an ideas for your holiday menu. You won’t want to miss this spicy presentation! Participants will receive a Thanksgiving-themed spice goody bag. Space is limited, so please sign up through the Skokie Library.

  • Free Spice Lecture at The Chalet
    Friday and Saturday, November 2 & 3
    10 am
    The Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Avenue, Wilmette

    Back by popular demand, Patty Erd and Tom Erd, owners of The Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, will detail the history of the spice trade, revealing fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control it. They will share interesting historical facts and anecdotes about the elusive spices that were coveted by nobility and royalty. Learn more about the same spices we love today.

  • Spices: Wonder-Foods For Your Health
    Tuesday, October 30
    7:00 pm
    The Spice House in Evanston, 1941 Central Street

    Join Dr. Paul Morehead for a class in using spices to improve health and well-being. Ayurvedic techniques have been using spices for thousands of years to strengthen digestion, boost immunity, ease inflammation and more. The class includes recipes and hints for using a variety of spices.

    RSVP to 847-563-8437 to attend.

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, October 25 2011
    6 pm to 9 pm
    Central Street, Evanston, between Green Bay and Hartrey

    World of Spices

    Come down to Central Street on Thursday, October 25, for a relaxing evening of shopping. The Spice House and many of our neighbors will be staying open late and offering discounts and refreshments. We'll have spicy treats and hot drinks made by our talented staff. All purchases after 6:00 pm are 15% off, so you can get an early start on your holiday shopping or stock up for cold weather cooking. Visit the Central Street Facebook page for more details.

    Parking on Central Street is free after 6:00 pm.

  • Spice Lecture with Lifelong Learning Institute
    Wednesday, October 3
    10:15 - 11:15
    Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 West Central Road, Arlington Hts, IL

    Throughout time, destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control the spice trade. Exotic myths arose in explanation of the expense of the spice treasures. Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of daring.

    Class fee is $10.00. For more information or to register, please visit the Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute. website.

  • Culinary Insiders Weekend and Spice Class
    Friday - Sunday, September 7-9; Spice Class September 8
    All Weekend; Spice Class at 10 - 11:30 am
    Various Chicago Locations; Spice Class at The Spice House in Old Town

    Come join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Les Dames d'Escoffier Chicago chapter. Multiple events - including a party in honor of Grand Dame Julia Child, cooking classes, wine seminars, beer tastings, culinary tours, and auctions of fine food and wine - will be open to the public on a limited basis. The Spice House will be hosting a class on the Lure and Lore of spices, including the opportunity to make your own custom spicy gift box.

    There are events all weekend; the class at The Spice House will be Saturday, September 8 from 10-11:30 am in the back garden of The Spice House at 1512 North Wells Street. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

  • Geneva Festival of the Vine
    Friday - Sunday, September 7-9

    Downtown Geneva IL

    Celebrate the harvest season in beautiful Geneva, Illinois! This annual festival is one of the high points of the year in Geneva, with the entire downtown devoted to food and wine, music, crafts and fun. The Spice House is in the midst of the fun; stop by for spicy treats made by our staff.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Fremont Public Library
    Wednesday, September 5
    7:00 pm
    Fremont Public Library, 1170 North Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL

    Library Talks

    The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars. Spice House owners Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do. To register for this program, call the Readers Services desk at 847-918-3225 or register online at the Fremont Public Library.

  • Crush in Old Town
    Saturday and Sunday, September 1 & 2
    Noon to 10:00 pm
    Wells Street from North Avenue to Schiller Street, Chicago

    After a brief name-change, the annual end-of-summer festival here in Old Town is back as Crush in Old Town. On Labor Day Weekend Wells Street from North Avenue to Schiller Street will be closed down for music, food and amazing artwork. Sip some of the finest wines from the Midwest and the world as you stroll through the open-air Crush marketplace, or duck into one of the many unique shops and restaurants along Wells Street.

    The Spice House is located right in the middle of the festivities, and has a quiet(ish) back garden for those who need a little break. The store will stay open a little later than usual so we don't miss any of the fun!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Westmont Public Library
    Monday, August 20
    7:00 pm
    Westmont Public Library, 428 N Cass Ave, Westmont IL 60559

    Library Talks

    Join spice experts Tom and Patty Erd for an evening of well-seasoned adventure. Learn how spices played a role in the exploration of the world and take home a spicy treat!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Warren Newport Public Library
    Tuesday, August 21
    7:00 pm
    Warren Newport Public LIbrary, 224 N. O'Plaine Road Gurnee, IL 60031

    Library Talks

    Check back later for more information on this spicy lecture at the Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Fox Lake Public Library
    Wednesday, July 25
    7:00 pm
    Fox Lake District Library, 255 E. Grand Avenue Fox Lake, IL 60020

    Library Talks

    The Fox Lake District Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on July 25 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Join these spice experts for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration. This is a free event, but due to space constraints please register at the library's website.

  • Sugar Grove Library Cooking Class
    Saturday, July 21
    9:00 am - 10:45 am
    Sugar Grove Library, 125 S Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove IL

    Spicy It Up! Grill It Up!

    Join staff from the Spice House in Geneva as they show us the best way to use spices to add flavor to our grilling this summer! After a short presentation on spices, the group will move outdoors to see just how to grill up an entire meal. The best part is that you will get to sample it all! Adults only please.

    Registration is required. $5.00 fee for the food tasting is payable in cash or check in advance or at the door.

  • Fondy Food Market 5th Annual Greens Cook-Off
    Saturday, July 21
    Fondy Food Market, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee, WI

    Fondy Food Market is one of Milwaukee’s oldest and largest producers-only farmers markets, bringing fresh local produce to Milwaukee's urban residents. Since we've been providing the highest quality spices to Milwaukee for over 50 years, we love this market that provides the highest quality produce to spice up! At the height of summer's produce season, the market will hold it's 5th annual Green Cook-Off, of which we are proud to be both sponsors and judges. Come out and join us for some delicious green vegetables at one of our favorite Milwaukee landmarks!

  • Central Street Evanston Sidewalk Sale
    Thursday - Sunday, July 12-15
    Central Street Evanston between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Central Street

    Come down to Central Street's annual summer shopping extravaganza. Our street in lined with unique shops including The Spice House, which will be offering special deals in a festive atmosphere. Browse the tables set up along the sidewalks, check out the new toy store, take a break for iced coffee drinks, and listen to strolling players - and don't forget to stop in for spices while you're here! Visit the Central Street website for more information.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Carol Stream Public Library
    Tuesday, July 10
    7:00 pm
    Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Drive Carol Stream, IL 60188

    Library Talks

    The Carol Stream Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on July 10 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Join these spice experts for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration. This is a free event, but due to space constraints please register at the library's website.

  • Fondy Food Market 5th Annual BBQ Cook-Off
    Saturday, June 23rd
    Festivities start at 11:00 am
    Fondy Food Market, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee, WI

    Fondy Food Market is one of Milwaukee’s oldest and largest producers-only farmers markets, bringing fresh local produce to Milwaukee's urban residents. Since we've been providing the highest quality spices to Milwaukee for over 50 years, we love this market that provides the highest quality produce to spice up! This year's market season opens with the 5th annual BBQ Cook-Off, of which we are proud to be both sponsors and judges. Come out and join us for some delicious BBQ at one of our favorite Milwaukee landmarks!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Wauconda Public Library
    Tuesday, June 19, 2012
    7:00 pm
    Wauconda Area Public Library, 801 N. Main Street Wauconda, IL 60084

    Library Talks

    The Wauconda Area Public Library will be hosting the Erds the following week. Join us on June 19 more stories of the Lure and Lore of Spices.
    Check back soon for more information on this event.

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the Algonquin Public Library
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012
    7:00 pm
    Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102

    Library Talks

    The Algonquin Area Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on June 12 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Join our spice experts for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration. This is a free event but please register at the library's website.

  • 38th Annual Wells Street Art Fair
    Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10
    10 am - Dusk
    Wells Street between North and Division

    The Wells Street Art Festival is recognized as one of Chicago's most prestigious art fairs, attracting exhibitors and prospective buyers from all over the nation. The show features a wide variety of fine art - everything from glass and ceramics, to pencil drawings and oil paintings - plus a silent auction and children's area. With over 200 artists from all over the country & performances by American English and many others, you won't want to miss it!

    The Spice House is located right in the heart of the action, so stop by for spices or just a quiet break in our shady back garden.

    For more information, including a list of participating artist and a schedule of performances, please visit the Chicago Events website.

  • 60 Men Who Cook
    Saturday, May 11

    Kane County Fairgrounds, St Charles IL

    60 local celebrity men will demonstrate their cooking skills as the Geneva Chamber of Commerce presents "60 MEN WHO COOK". Geneva Spice House manager John Cirpinski will be showing off his spicy cooking skills. Come on out and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes & desserts and then vote for their favorite. For more information visit the Geneva Chamber website.

  • Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt
    05/05/2012
    2:00 PM
    1031 N. Old World Third St

    Join us for the launch event of the City Wide Foodie Scavenger Hunt with a "smell off" at The Spice House on Old World Third Street at 2 pm, Saturday May 5th at The Spice House 1031 N. Old World 3rd Street.

    For more information or to participate in "the hunt" go to MilwaukeeFoodTours.com or Milwaukee Food Tours facebook.

  • Cooking Classes with The Spice House and Waubonsee Community College
    Wednesdays, April 18-April 25
    6:30 - 8:30 pm
    Geneva High School

    Have you ever made an entire meal on the grill? Rub flavor into your food and add a whole new level to cooking by grilling everything from meats to vegetables and even desserts! Kevin and John from the Spice House of Geneva will show you how to make marvelous marinades perfect for grilling. A variety of spices and rubs will also be explored. Note: Class held at Geneva High School. Food will be grilled in the classroom. Students will dine on their own creations. This Personal Enrichment course is open to the public and can be registered for on an individual basis. For more information or to register, please visit the Waubonsee Community College website and enter "grilling" into the search bar on the right.

  • The Lure and Lore of Spices at the Bartlett Public Library
    Monday, March 26
    7:00 pm
    Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL 60103

    Join Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd at the Bartlett Public Library for a discussion of the Lure and Lore of Spices. Throughout time, man's destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control the spice trade. Exotic myths arose in explanation of the expense of the spice treasures. Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do.

    For more information or to sign up, please contact the library at (630) 837-2855.

  • The Lure and Lore of Spices at the Ela Area Public Library
    Monday, March 5
    7:00 pm
    Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047

    The Ela Area Public Library will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd on March 5 for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Join these spice experts for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration. This is a free event, but due to space constraints please register at the library's website.

    Library Spice Talks

  • For The Love Of Chocolate Annual Gala
    Saturday, February 25
    7-11 pm
    Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

    The Spice House is proud to sponsor For The Love Of Chocolate's Annual Gala, a black-tie evening featuring all the wonders of this intoxicating substance. Proceeds from this event help the scholarship foundation provide tuition assistance at The French Pastry School. We had the great pleasure of attending this event in past years, and it is one of the highlights of our year.

    The 7th Annual "For the Love of Chocolate" Gala at The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago will feature more chefs, confectioners, and entertainers to light up the halls of the Merchandise Mart with some new, exciting themes this year!

    For more information, or to buy tickets, please visit the foundation's website. This event has sold out in past years, so don't wait!

  • Lure and Lore of Spices at the University Guild
    Monday, February 20
    1:30 pm
    University Guild Lounge, Scott Hall, 601 University Ave, Evanston, IL

    Private Event - members Only If you are interested in booking The Spice House for your group, please email spices@thespicehouse.com

    Throughout time, man's destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control the spice trade. Exotic myths arose in explanation of the expense of the spice treasures. Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do. Each guest will leave with a small spice goodie bag.

  • Spice It Up at the Cary Library
    Sunday, February 12
    1:30 pm
    Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Rd.,Cary, Illinois, 60013

    ALL SPACES FOR THIS EVENT ARE FULL. To sign up for the waiting list, visit the Cary Area Public Library website

    Patty and Tom Erd, owners of The Spice House in Evanston, have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from all around the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales. The Spice House has been written up in Gourmet magazine and recommended by both Rachel Ray and Saveur magazines. All who attend will receive a spice reference catalog and little gift bag with spice samples!

  • The Spice House Teams Up with Project Linus
    Saturday, November 19
    11 am to 4 pm
    The Spice House in Geneva, 577 South 3rd Street

    On Saturday, November 19 from 11 am to 4 pm, Project Linus will be selling copies of their community cookbook, as well as providing samples of many of the book's recipes. Anyone who buys a book, or donates a ball of yarn or a new blanket, will receive 15% off their purchase at The Spice House*.

    Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

    *Discount applies only to purchases made at The Spice House in Geneva on 11/19/2011.

  • Book Signing with Melissa Clark
    Wednesday, November 16
    6-8 pm
    The Spice House in Old Town, 1512 North Wells Street, Chicago

    Acclaimed New York Times food writer and James Beard winner Melissa Clark will be joining us at The Spice House to sign her new book, Cook This Now. This book is a collection of her favorite recipes arranged by season, so it's easy to make delicious meals around ingredients at the peak of flavor. This is the perfect book for cooks exploring the seasons of food, or anyone who wants to add new flavors to their repertoire.

    The Spice House staff will be preparing and sampling a few recipes from the book.(We have some culinary school graduates on staff that always enjoy flexing their whisks!) For this event, we will be making the following -

    *Braised Chicken with Moroccan Spices, Preserved Lemons and Olives

    *Grilled Cumin and Chile Veal Meatballs

    *Curried Creamy Tomato Soup

    *Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower

    *Orange Blossom and Cardamom Shortbread

    *Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts

    Signed books make wonderful holiday gifts! If you can not make it to the event we are happy to have a book personalized for you, you can pick it up later, or we can arrange to ship it to you, just call 312 274 0378 to make the arrangements.

    This is a free event, but please rsvp to spices@thespicehouse.com or 312 -274-0378 so we'll know how much food to prepare.

  • Spice It Up Mini Workshop
    Tuesday, October 25th
    5:30-7:00pm
    Northwestern University Norris Center, Armadillo Room

    Come explore the lure and lore of spices as Spice House owner Tom Erd shares the history of the spice trade. Then, learn new recipes and taste sample dishes from Sodexo District Executive Chef, John Krickl.

    Norris Center, Armadillo Room

    Fee: $8

  • Mustard:The King Of Condiments - Free Spice House Demo
    Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
    12:00 Noon
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen at The Milwaukee Public Market 400 North Water Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

    Mustard is considered by many to be world's first condiment and The King of Condiments. Join The Spice House as we look at the story of mustard, its progression from medicine to magical ingredient to condiment. Then we'll show how fun, simple and inexpensive it is to make your own mustards with ingredients found at The Spice House and in your own pantry.

    Join us for this FREE demo. There will be a number of mustards to sample. While this is a free event, seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat today! Call or drop by either of our Milwaukee locations to sign up.

    The Original Milwaukee Spice House 1031 North Old World Third Street 414-272-0977

    The Spice House at the Milwaukee Public Market 400 North Water Street 414-431-0835

  • More Spice Talks on the Library Circuit
    Saturday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 12
    Lemont Public Library and Elk Grove Public Library

    The Spice House returns to two more North Suburban Libraries! Join Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices - tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration. You'll even take home a spicy treat! These are free events, but due to space constraints please register at the libraries.

    Library Spice Talks

    Saturday, October 8th, we'll be at the Lemont Public Library in Lemont, IL, about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. You can register at the library website. Saturday, October 8 from
    2pm-3pm

    Join us Wednesday, October 12th, at the Elk Grove Village Public Library, just west of O'Hare Airport. Sign up at the library's website. Wednesday, October 12 from 7pm-9pm

  • Cooking Classes with The Spice House and Waubonsee Community College
    Wednesdays between September 14 and October 5
    6:30 - 8:00 pm
    Geneva High School

    Spice House manager John Cirpinski teams up with Waubonsee Community College for a series of two spicy cooking classes. Each class runs for two successive Wednesday evenings: September 14 and 21, he will demonstrate techniques for keeping vegetables crisp and meats juicy through brining and pickling. September 28 and October 5, learn how to make the most of herbs, spices and seasonings in your cooking. These Personal Enrichment courses are open to the public and can be registered for on an individual basis. For more information or to register, please visit the Waubonsee Community College website.

  • 9th Annual Wells Street Fall Festival
    Saturday & Sunday, September 10-11, 2011
    10am-10pm on Saturday and 10am - 8pm on Sunday
    Wells Street between North and Division

    Celebrate the upcoming change-of-seasons with great music, fantastic art, the sumptuous cuisine of local restaurants and much more as Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood celebrates the end of summer at the 9th annual Wells Street Fall Fest.

    In a city that loves its street fests, this post-Labor Day celebration is guaranteed to be fun for all with uniquely cosmopolitan Wells Street being transformed over the weekend into an outdoor music, art, food and entertainment mecca.

    When you're not browsing art or sampling wines, rock to non-stop music. Among the performers on Wells Street Fall Fest's two stages: New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth, Beatles tribute band American English, American Idol finalist (and Tinley Park native) Gina Glocksen, Sixteen Candles, Dot, Dot, Dot and many, many more! For more information, including a list of participants and performers, please visit the Old Town website.

  • Geneva Festival of the Vine
    Friday - Sunday, September 9-11
    Downtown Geneva Illinois

    Celebrate the harvest season in beautiful Geneva Illinois! This annual festival is one of the high points of the year in Geneva, with the entire downtown devoted to food and wine, music, crafts and fun. The Spice House will have flavored teas and housemade sandwiches for sampling. Enter the raffle for a Grilled Steak Dinner - our best box of Steak Seasonings plus a gift certificate to a local butcher's shop. Mention this email for a free bag of Quebec Seasoning, one of our favorite rubs for steaks.

  • Culture Clash - A Free Spice House Demo
    Saturday, August 27th
    12:00 NOON
    Madame Kuony’s Kitchen at The Milwaukee Public Market 400 North Water Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    What do Syria, Germany, Holland, Japan, India and Mexico all have in common? They’re all part of The Spice House’s “Cultural Clash” demonstration. We’ll be sampling some unusual spice combinations that make some old favorite foods new again. All three dishes will be made with our famously fresh spices. Surprise your taste buds with some delicious twists on chocolate, guacamole and bratwurst.

    Join us for this FREE demo. We’ll have free samples and some prizes too! While this is a free event, seating is limited. Our last event was full, so be sure to reserve your seat today by calling our shop at 414-272-0977 or 414-431-0835.

    Fore more information or to sign up, please call our shop at 414-272-0977 or 414-431-0835, or visit the Milwaukee Public Market website.

  • More Spice Talks on the Library Circuit
    May 1 - July 19
    Various Times
    Various Locations

    Our spicy presentations at libraries in the North Suburban Library System on the Lure and Lore of Spices have been so popular, we've added several more dates. Join spice experts Patty and Tom Erd for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration - and take home a spicy treat! These are free events, but due to space constraints registration is required for some of them. See below for specific dates, times and location, or click the individual library links for more details.

    Library Spice Talks

    Tuesday, June 14 at the Arlington Height Public Library 7:00 pm

    Wednesday, June 22 at the Brookfield Public Library 7:00 pm

    Tuesday, June 28 at the Batavia Public Library 7:00 pm

    Tuesday, July 19 at the Cook Memorial Public Library in Vernon Hills, 7:00 pm. This is at the ASPEN DRIVE location of the Cook Memorial Library. Reservations can be made online or by calling (847) 362-2330.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program Workshop
    July 26th
    6:30
    Evanston Shop, 1941 Central Street

    Are you interested in increasing energy, weight loss, improving sleep, eating better and feeling better? Then this is the workshop for you. Join us as Doctor Lombardo, of the Five Phase Wellness Center, teaches us how to establish a whole foods eating patter with lifelong benefits of haelth and wellneww. All of the foods, spices and other ingredients talked about in the program have donumented anti-inflammatory properties that will assist in bringing the body into a state of balance and well being. All attendees will have the opportunity to shop with a 15% discount that evening.

  • Kids' Craft Day at Millennium Park
    Tuesday, June 28
    10 am - 3 pm
    Millennium Park's Chase Promenade North

    The Spice House is proud to be part of the Family Fun Tent in Millennium Park this summer. Tuesday, June 28, join us in the Family Fun Activity Zone for spicy craft projects, including scented play-dough. As part of the week's theme of planting and growing food, The Spice House staff will be happy to share their knowledge of spice growing with you. This is a hands-on way to learn about spices and where spices they come from that's fun and free for kids of all ages.

  • 37th Annual Wells Street Art Fair
    Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12
    10 am to 10 pm daily
    Wells Street between North and Division

    The Wells Street Art Festival is recognized as one of Chicago's most prestigious art fairs, attracting exhibitors and prospective buyers from all over the nation. The show features a wide variety of fine art - everything from glass and ceramics, to pencil drawings and oil paintings - plus a silent auction and children's area. With over 200 artists from all over the country & performances by 10,000 Maniacs and American English; you won't want to miss it!

    The Spice House is located right in the heart of the action, so stop by for spices or just a quiet break in our shady back garden.

    For more information, including a list of participating artist and a schedule of performances, please visit the Chicago Events website.

  • Chill And Grill with The Spice House and Better Homes and Gardens
    May 21-22
    Spice House Demo 12:30 May 22
    Lincoln Park, Chicago

    Better Homes and Gardens Magazine’s and Weber’s Chill and Grill Festival™ takes over Chicago’s Lincoln Park on May 21st-22nd. This exciting culinary event puts grilling center stage with local restaurant and BHG recipe tastings, grilling demonstrations, ticketed hands-on grilling classes, a live Grilling Showdown, a “Chill Zone” lounge area, live music, cookbook signings, kids activities and more.

    This exciting FREE culinary event in Chicago's Lincoln Park puts grilling center stage with local restaurant and BHG recipe tastings, grilling demonstrations, ticketed hands-on grilling classes and more.

    Spice House owner Tom Erd will team up with award-winning BBQ pit master Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q restaurant to prepare and demonstrate smoked pulled pork on the grill at 12:30 on Sunday, May 22, so come on out for a spicy picnic lunch! For more information please visit the Chill and Grill Website.

  • Spice Talks on the Library Circuit
    Tuesday, 1/11 - Wednesday, 4/27
    Various times
    Various locations

    Several libraries in the North Suburban Library System will be hosting Spice House owners Tom and Patty Erd in the coming weeks for a talk on the Lure and Lore of Spices. Join these spice experts for tales of adventure, piracy, and culinary exploration - and take home a spicy treat! These are free events, but due to space constraints registration is required for some of them. See below for specific dates, times and location, or click the individual library links for more details.

    Library Spice Talks

    Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm at the Glenview Public Library This talk, "Spice It Up, Island Style", will tie in with the library's ongoing Caribbean-themed programs.

    Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm at the Northbrook Public Library

    Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm at the Park Ridge Public Library RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00

    Wednesday, February 16 at 7:00 pm at the Skokie Public Library

    Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm at the Prospect Height Public Library

    Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 pm at the Morton Grove Public Library This talk will focus on two of the world's most common seasonings, salt and pepper.

    Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm at the Wheeling Public Library, aka Indian Trails Public Library

  • Book Signing with Patricia Wells
    Sunday, April 17 2011
    3-5 pm
    1512 North Wells Street, Chicago IL

    Join The Spice House in Old Town for a book signing with one of our favorite authors, Patricia Wells. Her new book, Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season, is a wonderful collection of easy, healthy meals perfect for those who want to eat well but don't have much time for cooking. From the publisher's description:

    "It's a simple yet compelling concept: enjoying a light and delicious main-course salad as a healthy, fresh alternative to more conventional and traditional fare. You can experience a whole world in a salad—with tender greens, savory meat, seafood, and vegetable accompaniments, and versatile dressings—and salad-friendly sides such as homemade bread and home-cured olives. In Salad As A Meal, Patricia Wells gives readers hundreds of delectable ideas, with concepts inspired by her ProvenÇal garden and the interests of students in her high-demand cooking classes. Patricia knows how we want to eat today—and shows us with these exceptional recipes."

    Books will be available for sale and signing, and The Spice House staff will provide some samples from the book. This event is free but please RSVP to spices@thespicehouse.com or by calling 312-274-0378 so we know how much food to prepare.

    Patricia Wells

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, April 14
    6 - 9 pm
    Central Street, Evanston, between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Spend an evening in Evanston for some Retail Therapy. The shops of Central Street stay open late for a relaxing evening of shopping, with discounts and refreshments. The Spice House will be open until 9:00, with a 15% discount on purchases after 6:00. We'll be serving spicy treats made by our staff. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up for BBQ season!

    Parking on Central Street is free after 6:00 pm

  • No Trouble With Truffles
    1/29/2011
    Noon
    Milwaukee Public Market-Madame Kuony's Kitchen

    Using The Spice House’s delicious ingredients and our simple recipe, truffles are now as easy to make, as they are to eat. Join The Spice House at Madame Kuony’s Kitchen in The Milwaukee Public Market on Saturday, January 29th at 12 NOON for this FREE demonstration and some tasty samples.

  • Central Street Holiday Open House
    Sunday, December 5
    Noon - 5 pm
    Central Street between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come out to Central Street for our annual Holiday Open House! This street is lined with unique shops, most of which will be offering discounts, refreshments, and holiday cheer. And don't forget to pick up a ballot for the very first Holiday Window Display Contest - the top three windows will get a trophy!

    The Spice House will be hosting local book author Anupy Singla from 2-4 pm. Her latest book, The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Authentic Easy Recipes, was released in October. Shoppers will have the opportunity to meet Anupy, get books signed, and sample some of the delicious Indian recipes featured in her book. We'll be making Tangy Tamarind Chickpeas, Spicy Butternut Squash, and Indian Rice Pudding.

  • Free Spice Talk at Chalet
    Friday and Saturday, November 5&6
    10-11:30 am
    Chalet's Education Center, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Illinois

    Returning by popular demand, Spice House owners Patty Erd and Tom Erd will detail the history of the spice trade, revealing fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control it. They will share interesting historical facts and anecdotes about the elusive spices that were coveted by nobility and royalty. Learn more about the same spices we love today.

    This lecture is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required; please call Jennifer Brennan at Chalet at 847.512.7267 x225 or email jenniferb@chaletnursery.com for more information or to sign up.

  • Book Signing with Barbara Fairchild
    Friday, November 5th 2010
    6-8 pm
    The Spice House in Old Town, 1512 North Wells Street Chicago

    Join us in our Old Town shop for an evening with cookbook author Barbara Fairchild! We'll be serving treats made from recipes in her new book, Bon Appetit Desserts. You can buy copies of the book and get them signed - they make wonderful holiday gifts! We've hosted Ms. Fairchild several times before and it's always been a delicious good time.

  • Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks
    Tuesday, November 30
    5:30 pm
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen in the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water St. Milwaukee, WI

    Salt blocks from The Himalayas are one of the latest cooking crazes to sweep the country! Learn how to add flavor to food and present it with chic style. Alisa Malavenda will show you how to use this unique cooking style to make fabulous dishes such as a new twist to bread pudding and fajitas. You'll see how each block is one-of-a-kind and can be used over and over again.

    The cost is $29.00. Participants will receive a discount from the Spice House the evening of the class. Sign up at the Milwaukee Public Market office (414-336-1111.)

  • Kohler Food and Wine Experience
    October 23-24
    9am - 5pm
    The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

    Spend a weekend full of flavor at The American Club Resort. Enjoy exciting fare from award-winning local and international chefs, soak up culinary knowledge from the food and wine specialists, get your cookbooks signed by their celebrity authors, and so much more. Many events are complimentary. The Spice House will be part of the Gourmet Marketplace, so come by and see up and stock up on fall spices! For more information or tickets, visit the Kohler website.

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, October 7, 2010
    6-9 pm
    Central Street in Evanston betweet Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come out to Central Street for our fall Retail Therapy night. Enjoy discounts and refreshments in a relaxing shopping environment in many of the unique shops in our neighborhood. Stop by the Spice House for hot spiced beverages and tasty homemade treats. This is the perfect time to stock up of spices for fall cooking and baking, or take advantage of our 15% discount after 6:00to get a jump on your holiday gift list! We will also be hosting a booksigning with author Stacey Ballis. Her new book, Good Enough To Eat, isn't a cookbook, but we love it anyway for all the delicious food references.
    For more information, visit the Central Street Business Association website.

  • Wine and Dine Wisconsin Featuring Spice Talk "The Lore and Lure of Spices"
    Saturday and Sunday, October 2&3
    Spice Talk at 1:00 on Sunday, 10/3
    Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee WI

    Join us at the 2010 Wine and Dine Wisconsin festival for food and beverage exhibits, presentations and samplings. Come by the first floor all weekend for a series of smaller classes on various culinary topics, including The Spice House's presentation on The Lure and Lore of Spices. For more information and a complete class schedule, visit the event's official website.

    Get directions to the Frontier Airlines Center.

  • Viva Geneva
    Saturday, October 2
    10-5
    Downtown Geneva IL

    Join over 90 merchants, including The Spice House, and the Geneva Academic Foundation for a day of shopping, music, and fun in downtown Geneva on Saturday October 2, 2010 from 10 am to 5 pm. It’s all for a good cause — Geneva Academic Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 in the past 23 years; these funds support Geneva schools. Participants will purchase a $50 coupon book which lists special discounts, events, and information from participating businesses. Plus, participants will receive $25 in Geneva Chamber Gift Certificates. These certificates are good as cash. The remaining $25 will go to GAF. Music and a scavenger hunt are planned. For more information, visit the Viva Geneva website.

  • Geneva Garden Club Event
    Saturday, Sept 18
    11-4
    The Spice House in Geneva

    Join us in our Geneva shop at 577 for delicious free samples of our recipes featured in the Geneva Garden Club's cookbook, From Garden To Table, including Baked Italian Chicken, Moroccan Glazed Salmon, and Teriyaki Broiled Chicken. Our friends at the Olive Mill will also be a part of the event! From Garden To Table will be available for sale, and customers who purchase the $20 cookbook will receive 15% off of the rest of their in-store purchase (excluding the book itself).

  • World Kitchen: Peppercorns
    September 16
    6-8:30 pm
    Gallery 37 Center for the Arts 66 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601

    The humble pepper shaker on the table has been a standard for centuries. Steven Tobiason of THE SPICE HOUSE joins us tonight to expand those pepper-y horizons. He will introduce you to varieties of peppercorns from many locations, and in many colors and shapes, while sharing the history and lore of the peppercorn. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their flavors and the dishes we’ll make from them.

    This culinary class is part of the World Kitchen Series. Classes begin promptly. Please wear appropriate clothing and non-skid shoes; bring an apron if desired. Pre-registration is required and can be made online, by phone or in person. Call the hotline at 312-742-TIXS or visit the box office located at 77 E. Randolph St.

    For more information on this and other World Kitchen classes, please visit their website.

  • Festival of the Vine in Geneva IL
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 10-12
    Friday and Saturday 11 am - 10 pm; Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
    Downtown Geneva IL

    Taste the autumn bounty in downtown Geneva while enjoying a flower market, arts & crafts show, demonstration stage, live music, the Kids' Patch, Gorgeous Gourds: A Fall Harvest of Natural Art and more. Sample international flavors provided by Geneva restaurateurs, and sip the best of the vine at our wine tastings under a huge outdoor tent.

    Spice House manager John Cirpinski will be giving a talk on "Spicing up the Flavors of Fall with Geneva Spice House" at the Fall Harvest Market Stage (behind the Old Courthouse on the grassy area east of the parking lot).

    For more information including directions and a schedule of events, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.

  • Free Cooking Demo
    Saturday, August 28
    Noon
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen at The Milwaukee Public Market

    It's a new demonstration from the Spice House at the Milwaukee Public Market. Come join us for a culinary tasting of the four corners of the earth. We will be demonstrating a variety of "sliders" combined with the flavors of the East, the West, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Along the way enjoy the legends and lore of Billy Goat Greektown, Chinese Five Spice, Jamaican Jerk and English Prime Rib Rub. The journey begins at noon in the Madame Kuony kitchen, Saturday. August 28.

  • Charity Raffle at the Geneva Spice House
    Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29
    11-5
    577 South 3rd Street, Geneva IL

    Join the Geneva Spice House this weekend (August 28th and 29th) for your last chance to enter our Charity Raffle!

    You Could Win A GRILL! (and support breast cancer research!)

    Purchase your $5.00 Raffle Ticket this weekend (August 28th and 29th) and receive a coupon for 15% off your in-store purchase (good only through August 28th and 29th, 2010). While you're in for the raffle, take advantage of FREE SAMPLES right off the grill!

    We will have kabobs, satays, and dipping sauces for your enjoyment while your shop!

    All proceeds from the raffle tickets will be donated to American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The grill will be raffled off at the end of the month. Please contact the Geneva Spice House at (630) 262-1777 for further details.

  • Veggie Fest 2010
    Saturday and Sunday, August 7&8
    11-8 Saturday; 11-7 Sunday
    Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S175 Naperville Road Naperville, Illinois, 60563

    The largest free vegetarian food festival in the USA, VeggieFest is a weekend of demos, workshops, cooking classes, and of course delicious vegetarian food. From childrens' classes to live music, this is a great family event, even for non-vegetarians! The Spice House is excited to be a sponsor this year, and looking forward to some spicy vegetable demos.

  • Salt Block Cooking Demo
    Wednesday, June 2
    5:30 PM
    Milwaukee Public Market

    Learn about one of the latest cooking techniques to hit the culinary scene. Salt blocks from Himalaya are the newest way to add flavor to food and present it with chic style. Chef Alisa Malavenda will show you how to use this unique cooking style to make fabulous desserts, entrees, and even how to use it as serving pieces. Each block is one-of-a-kind and can be used over and over again. Use it on the grill, oven, or freezer. Come learn about this new and innovative cooking technique.

    Once you know how to cook with these, please visit The Spice House on the first floor where we have just received a large shipment of assorted sizes and variations of many salt blocks. A super fun gift for the cook in your family!

  • Vanilla Demo at the Milwaukee Public Market
    Saturday, May 22
    Noon
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen in the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water St. Milwaukee, WI

    Mexican, Tahitian, Madagascar…which vanilla should you use? Fear not, they’re all the correct choice. In our next free demo, we’ll be making the same recipe with different flavored extracts. Taste the differences and decide which one you like best.

  • Gardenology
    Saturday, May 15
    10 am - 4 pm
    Geneva Courthouse lawn at Third and James Street, Geneva IL

    This is a wonderful event for expert gardeners and novices alike. Many of the booths will be set-up on the Courthouse lawn at Third and James Streets, including Ball Horticultural Company, who will provide garden consultations. Topics that will be covered by other gardening centers include native plants and herbs, vegetable gardens, handcrafted garden trellises, container flowers, medicinal herbs, beehives, and much more.

    The Geneva Spice House will giving demonstrations on grilling spring garden vegetables with herbs.

    There will also be fun activities for kids including sprout jewelry making at Country Naturals and plantings just for kids hosted by the Geneva Green Market, Geneva Public Library, and Geneva History Center.

  • Spring Hog Roast at Zylstra Harley Davidson
    Saturday, May 15
    11 am - 3 pm
    St. Charles Zylstra Harley Davidson, 131 South Randall Road St. Charles, IL

    This charitable event will take place from 11am to 3pm at the St. Charles Zylstra Harley Davidson. There will be many vendors featured, including the Geneva Spice House, as well as a beer garden, incredible food, and music.

    The event costs $8 for all you can eat, with the proceeds going to support the ALS Foundation of Chicago. Come join us for great food, drink, and a wonderful cause!

  • 17th Annual "Rolling Down the River" Business-to-Business Expo
    Wednesday, April 28
    12-6 pm
    Pheasant Run Mega Center, 4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles

    Sponsored by ten area chambers, the Rolling Down the River, Business to Business Expo is a perfect networking opportunity for local businesses. This is the largest business expo in the Western Suburbs with over 200 exhibitors. Entry is free; please bring a business card. For more information please visit the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.

  • Retail Therapy Night, 1941 Central Street
    Thursday, April 22
    6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Evanston Spice House and Central Street Shops

    The shops on Central Street in Evanston, including the Evanston Spice House, will be staying open until 9:00 Thursday evening. We will be offering treats and beverages, and a 15% discount on all purchases after 6:00. Come enjoy a relaxing evening of shopping after work, while eating tasty treats prepared by our talented staff and saving money. We had fun working with our new preserved lemons and harissa in making a lamb appetizer. You can also sample Ghraybeh - Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookies, featuring orange flower water. Free street parking after 6:00 pm.

  • Help our friends at The Linus Project
    Saturday, April 24
    1-4 pm
    The Spice House in Geneva

    The Linus Project helps provide quilts and blankets for needy children. They will be serving spicy and spiced food from their community cookbook. Anyone who donates a blanket or ball of yarn, or who buys a copy of their cookbook, will get a coupon for 15% off their spice order and be entered into a free raffle for local prizes. Call the Geneva Spice House at 630-262-1777 or email john@thespicehouse.com for more information.

  • Barbecue Sauce Demonstration
    Saturday, April 17
    Noon
    Milwaukee Public Market

    Tired of all the high fructose corn syrup, additives and unpronounceable names in your barbecue sauce? Come sample four of the Spice House's very own, preservative free, and very versatile barbecue seasonings. Sweet, spicy, smoky and mustard, you can adjust them all to your liking. Just in time for tailgating, Mike and Kate will be offering the different sauces on Saturday, April 17th at Noon in the Milwaukee Public Market. The event is free and open to one and all, please join us upstairs in Madame Kuony's Kitchen.

  • The Art of Spices
    Tuesday, April 20
    5:30 pm
    Milwaukee Public Market

    Everyone has spices but how should they be stored, where should they be purchased and how do you cook with them? Just some of the questions that Liz Crawford will walk you through while cooking an array of dishes. You'll get recipes for Moroccan salads featuring cumin, ginger and paprika roasted chicken with French herbs of Dijon mustard and dry white wine; Lamb Kebabs with spicy cayenne and black pepper, cumin and 2 kinds of cinnamon; yogurt cheese with za'atar spice blend and more!

    Class is $19. For more information or to register, call the Milwaukee Public Market Office at 414-336-1111

  • ‘Ladies Day Out’ event hosted by Delnor Hospital
    Saturday, April 10
    9 am to 4:15 pm
    The Q Center, 1405 North 5th Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois

    Join us Saturday April 10th at the Ladies Day Out event at The Q Center in St. Charles. This large event is geared to women’s health issues and at our both we will be offering some of our tasty yet very healthy spice blends. In addition, we will have specially discounted merchandize, coupons, samples, and a free raffle for a set of our best salt and pepper grinders. Go to www.Delnor.com for more information on the event and we hope to see you there.

  • Spring Cleaning for Spices
    March 3-7, 2010
    The Spice House in Geneva

    Is your cinnamon old enough to vote? Can you trace your vanilla back to Cortez? If so, it's time to clean out your spice cupboard!

    March 3 through March 7, bring any old, non-Spice House jar to our Geneva Shop and get $1.00 off a replacement jar of fragrant, fresh-ground spices. We'll dispose of the old jars and powders and send you home with flavorful spices in new flint-glass jars. Your cooking will thank you.

    Offer valid only in our Geneva location, and applies only to jars from other spice companies. Limit 100 jars per customer.

  • Soup Demo and Book Signing with Chef Clay Erickson
    February 23rd
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    The Spice House in Evanston

    Join us in our Evanston shop at 1941 Central Street for some of Chef Clay's wonderful soups. Clay Erickson is a long-time customer and friend who has frequently brought soup for our staff, so we can assure you it's delicious. Besides sampling the soups, you can also pick up a copy of his book "25 Soups and One Chili" and have it signed. 50% of the net profits from this book go to benefit the Youth Ministries at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Waukegan.

  • The Love of Chocolate, Scholarship Fundraising Event
    February 6th, 2010
    6:30 - 10:00 PM
    The French Pastry School, 226 W. Jackson Blvd.,Chicago

    The Spice House is proud, for the second year in a row, to be a sponsor of this gala event to raise money for scholarships for future students of The French Pastry School. We had the great pleasure of attending this event last year, and it was our favorite event of the entire year, the only disclaimer being we LOVE chocolate.

    This description comes from the website of For the Love of Chocolate Foundation -

    The 5th Annual "For the Love of Chocolate" Gala at The French Pastry School at City Colleges of Chicago will take place on February 6, 2010 with some new exciting elements to our chocolate extravaganza. This year, you will find additions to the cocoa theme including the Chocolate Bar, and Voodoo Lounge, plus new partners and sponsors in the Cocoa Sutra, Cocoa Lounge, and Cocoa Cuisine making this year's For the Love of Chocolate the most thrilling, unique event yet!

    For the Love of Chocolate is complete only with Chicago's best cuisine, including offerings from the city's top chef such as Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO, Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter's, Jean Joho of Everest, Dominique Tougne of Bistro 110, Art Smith of Table 52, Paul Bartolotta of The Bartolotta Restaurants, and Jean Claude Poilevey of La Sardine.

    Among the new components to the gala will be the Voodoo Lounge complete with our very own Witch Doctor DJ, Roberto Ayala, palm and Tarot card readers, a Voodoo "Priestess" crafting exotic chocolate elixirs, along with divine desserts prepared by Chicago's preeminent pastry chefs and chocolatiers.

    Following the Cocoa Lounge, Cocoa Sutra, Cocoa Cuisine, and Voodoo Lounge, you will be guided back to the large first-floor lobby, transformed to a lively dance party called the Chocolate Bar with Hip Hop artist extraordinaire, Anacron as your DJ. The space will be equipped with a spectacular eight-foot chocolate bar where you can scrape off a piece of the bar to add to your warm chocolate drink of choice, or eat the high-quality couverture all by itself!

    Tickets are $125, and are available here.

  • Soup Sampling and Book Signing with Chef Clay
    Tuesday, February 23
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    The Spice House in Evanston, 1941 Central Street

    Come by The Spice House on your lunchbreak for samples of delicious soups made by one of our favorite customers, Chef Clay Erickson. Chef Clay will be in the store from 11-1 to promote his cookbook, "25 Soups and 1 Chili", as well as to serve up sample of his signature soups.

  • January Wave Cooking Class - Hearty Soups
    Saturday, January 9, 2010
    2:30-4:30 pm
    WAVE Restaurant, 644 N. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago

    Come join Spice House manager Steven and WAVE Executive Chef Kristine Subido for this class featuring Hearty Soups. Classes include lunch and cocktails as well as recipe demonstrations and spice discussions. Tickets are $60, available at Brown Paper Tickets.

  • Scent of Cinnamon Class at Gallery 37's World Kitchen
    Thursday, January 28, 2010
    6 - 8:30 pm
    66 East Randolph Street, Chicago

    The Spice House teams up with the City of Chicago's Gallery 37 for "Scent of Cinnamon" cooking class.

    Join us in Gallery 37's World Kitchen, we always enjoy these hands on classes. Their classes focus on culinary skills and techniques in their state-of-the-art facility. We will learn about the origins and history of different cinnamons of the world, as well as, ways to use them in both savory and sweet dishes. You will take home a cinnamon goodie bag to expand your spice cupboard as well as your kitchen knowledge.

    All World Kitchen classes are $30 and require pre-registration. Reservations can be made by phone (312-742-TIXS) or in person at their box office. For more information, check out the World Kitchen website.

  • Central Street Holiday Open House
    Sunday, December 6
    12-5 pm
    Central Street between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Join us on Central Street in Evanston for our annual Holiday Open House. The Spice House will be serving hot mulled cider and delicious spicy baked goods made by our talented staff. Many of our neighbors will be offering promos, discounts, and treats. This is a great way to kick off your holiday shopping.

    Central Street has begun a “Shop Local” campaign and is receiving tremendous support from the community. It continues to grow and come together in making this shopping district distinctive and thriving. We wish a happy holiday to the people who believe in retaining the personal charm and excellent customer service in this charming retail district.

  • Geneva Holiday Walk
    Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5
    11 am to 8 pm Friday; 11 am to 4 pm Saturday
    Downtown Geneva Illinois

    Come out to historic Geneva for one of Chicagoland's best holiday festivals! This beautiful town goes all out for it Christmas Walk and House tour, from Santa Lucia handing out traditional Swedish Cookies to Santa Claus lighting the tree on the courthouse lawn. The Spice House is located right in the middle of all the fun. We'll be open late, roasting chestnuts and serving homemade spicy treats and beverages from 6-8 on Friday night.

    For more information, including schedules and directions, please visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.

  • Cooking Class at Wave - Preparing for Holiday Parties
    Nov 7th, 2009
    2:30 - 4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    Normally The Spice House would join Wave executive chef Kristine Subido in her class to educate and provide interesting tidbits about the spices she is using in her menu. Unfortunately, the elves have yet to show up to help us build our gift boxes for the busy holiday season! We just have too much work on our hands, and about as many customers as our staff can handle on a Saturday, for us to get away. We still would really like to recommend those of you who enjoy cooking, and have a Saturday off, attend this delicious class and luncheon.You will learn professional techniques from one of Chicago's premiere chefs, as well as enjoying a five-course meal. The menu for this class includes:

    Spiced Pumpkin Soup with grilled olive oil croutons

    Ricotta Gnocchi with fall mushrooms and sage-brown butter sauce

    Oven Roasted Turkey Tenderloin with fruit and nut brioche stuffing and braised escarole

    Brioche Bread Pudding with dried cranberries and brown butter caramel

    Class cost, $60, includes a full meal and wine. Attendance is limited, reserve your spot online at Brown Paper Tickets

  • The Geneva Spice House Two Year Anniversary Party
    11/14/2009, Saturday
    4:00 - 7:00
    The Geneva Spice House, 577 South 3rd Street

    Please join us for our two year anniversary celebration. Many of our staff members are multi-talented. Dave Nelson, when he is not mixing up seasonings in our blending room, has a musical life. He belongs to several bands and he has arranged for local phenom, Dick Smith, to do an accoustical program of Saturday evening. Thanks, Dave! Culinary talent also runs deep in our staff, partner John Cirpinski and food stylist Lonnie Romero will prepare tasty tidbits and resfreshments. These appetizer bites should give you some lovely spicy holiday party ideas, as we will also have the recipes available. Please join us. During the day, we will be joined by the good people from Project Linus. They will be sampling baked goods out of their cookbook, which we will have for sale. Proceeds go to the Linus Project, whose mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

  • The Spice House Exhibits at The Great Ameican Cooking Expo
    10/12/2009-10/25/2009
    Friday 6-10, Saturday and Sunday 11-5
    Harper Community Collegs

    We were invited to exhibit at this event last year, but were a little leary as we had never attended, and it was a new event. So we went to investigate, and we really liked what we saw. Lots of vendors with tastings, chef demos, your admission included a whole bunch of drink tickets for sampling hand crafted beer and wines, and most of all, lots of people really excited about cooking. So after that, we know we wanted The Spice House to participate.

    The Great American Cooking Expo takes place October 23, 24 and 25. Three wonderful days of sampling, savoring, and discovering the best foods, beers, wines and products available in today’s culinary marketplace. Taking place in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, this event will excite the tastes and curiosities of cooking enthusiasts from all over the Chicagoland area.

    For just $20, your cost of admission covers everything – and parking is FREE! Come ready to sample fine wines & fantastic foods, watch live chef demos & taste their exquisite culinary creations! Take time to relax in the Goose Island Beer Garden and see the newest trends & cooking gadgets on the market. Make sure to order your tickets online soon, they are $20 but at the event they are $30. A percentage of the money raised will benefit the Palatine Food Drive.

    This Citywide 3-day tasting extravaganza is the perfect way to inspire the creative chef within you with recipes, food preparation techniques, beverage pair suggestions and products that will transform your everyday meals.

    Take a minute to Explore the Great American Cooking website to learn everything the Great American Cooking Expo offers you, then get ready to whet your appetite for the greatest culinary adventure this year.

  • Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Beef Symposium
    October 23-25
    Kendall College, Chicago

    Join Spice House owner Patty Erd at this wonderful weekend of all things beef.

    This three-day event begins on Friday, October 23rd at 4 p.m. with a cutting demonstration of a side of beef donated by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. The resulting beef primals and subprimals will be pieced together, picked apart and discussed at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. Afterwards, there will be a Founder’s Dinner fundraiser featuring a fabulous dinner prepared by the chefs and students of Kendall College. This dinner will honor early supporters of Greater Midwest Foodways: Vienna Beef, Almond Board of California and Kendall College. Earlier, on Friday morning, there will be optional tour and lunch at the Navy’s Great Lakes Culinary "A" School.

    The main event is on Saturday, October 24th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kendall College, where Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance will host a symposium featuring topics on beef production, history and dining. There will be panelists on cattle production from the cow-calf producer to the feedlot operator, beef processing and marketing as practiced in the past, present and future as well as what we know will be an enlightening discussion and simultaneous tasting of Certified Angus Beef and grass fed beef. Learn how ground meat on a bun conquered the world. What inspired some traditional Iowa farmers to practice Halal meat processing rituals. Close the day with a round table of steakhouse chefs and purveyors.

  • Spice House featured as Gourmet Exhibitor at The Kohler Food and Wine Experience
    10/23/2009 thru 10/25/2009
    10:00 to 6:00
    The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

    The Spice House was delighted to once again be chosen as high quality merchants, whose wares will be sold at the Gourmet Marketplace Exhibition the weekend of 10/23 through 10/25 at the Kohler Food and Wine Experience. People come from all over the country to experience this festival, please see this link for more information.

    This lovely event has so much to offer, cheese,wine and beer tastings, educational seminars, tastings from small bites to grandiose dinners, culminating the meal of a lifetime on Saturday! Enjoy an exclusive, intimate five-course dinner inspired and hosted by KOHLER Food & Wine Experience celebrity chefs. It's a foodie's dream come true. Reception starts at 6pm and dinner at 7pm on Saurday evening. Featuring Marcus Samulesson, Andrew Zimmern, Jon Ashton, Jacques Pépin & Ulrich Koberstein. Currently there are still a few tickets left for this event, but hurry, the weekend will be upon us soon.

    Visit this link for chef bios of all the wonderful chefs who will be contributing to this extraordinary event.

    We can only bring a select amount of items from our store, if you plan on coming and would like to place an order of what you need specifically, please call our shop at 414 272 0977. If we are really lucky, we will be next to the Nieske's bacon booth again, who certainly did not let us go hungry! Please join us, whether for an afternoon, or the weekend.

  • Retail Therapy on Central Street
    Thursday, October 8, 2009
    6-9 pm
    Central Street in Evanston betweet Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come down to Central Street Thursday night for a relaxing evening of shopping. The Spice House and many of our neighbors will be staying open late and offering discounts and refreshments, so you can get an early start on your holiday shopping. Come by The Spice House for pumpkin cake and other spicy treats!

    Parking on Central Street is free after 6 pm.

  • 7th Annual Old Town "Crush" Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13
    11:00 am to late
    Old Town Chicago

    Come down to Old Town for the annual Crush Music and Comedy Festival. This popular event has multiple stages for entertainment, food and beverages, shopping, and of course the grape stomping competition. The Spice House is located right in the middle of all the fun, and has a quiet(ish) back garden for those who need a little break.

    For schedules and more information, visit the Old Town Merchants website.

  • Geneva Festival of the Vine
    September 11-13
    9am to 10pm Saturday, 9 am to 6pm Sunday
    Downtown Geneva, Illinois

    Taste the autumn bounty in downtown Geneva while enjoying a flower market, arts & crafts show, demonstration stage, live music, the Kid’s Patch, Gorgeous Gourds-A Fall Harvest of Natural Art and more. Sample international flavors provided by Geneva restaurateurs, and sip the best of the vine at our wine tastings under a huge outdoor tent.

    The Spice House is located right in the center of the festivities, and will be offering homemade spicy treats.

    For more information or a schedule of events please visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.

  • Spice, Herb & Winetasting with Vino 100
    Wednesday, September 16
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Vino 100, 219 E. Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI

    Do you ever wonder how rosemary can go fabulously with BOTH Shiraz AND Sauvignon Blanc? Find out at this one-of-a-kind event! We'll have 5 tasting stations with 2 wines at each stations and dipping breads, oils and spreads to taste with each wine. Pre-registration is required! Please RSVP by 5 PM September 14th. $15 per person.

  • Free Nutrition Workshop: Creating Vibrant Health & Avoiding a Health Crisis
    September 9th
    6:30 - 8:00 pm
    The Spice House, 1941 Central Street

    Join our neighbor Dr. Steven Arculeo, a Wellness Physician from Peak Performance Health Care as he gives an educational workshop about nutrition. A big reason that our population's health is getting worse has to do with our lifestyle and the way we eat. Learn how to overcome your health problems and create vibrant health based upon the lifestyle habits of the healthiest cultures in history. If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, neck, shoulder or back pain, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, menstrual problems, allergies, asthma, or recurrent infections, you do not want to miss this workshop!

    Please call Peak Perfomance Health Care at 312 440 9646 for this free workshop. Space is limited to 25.

  • WAVE Cooking Class
    Saturday, August 1, 2009
    2:30pm
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    Join The Spice House and WAVE executive chef Kristine Subido for the latest in our series of cooking classes. Classes are $60 and include recipes and demonstrations, a welcome cocktail and a five-course lunch.
    The menu for this class includes: -Ahi tuna guacamole spoons with yuzu-soy vinaigrette -Seared beef tenderloin crostini with pickled red onion and blue cheese -Smoked salmon croquettes with dill creme fraiche -Watermelon gazpacho with chilled shrimp salad -Grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters -Mini cheeseburger sliders -Pineapple and coconut panna cotta -Banana-nutella phyllo triangles

  • Geneva Art Fair
    July 25-26
    10 am to 5 pm
    South Third Street, Geneva IL

    Voted “Best Craft or Art Show” in 2008 by West Suburban Living magazine, the Geneva Arts Fair will showcase over 140 artists from around the country. Art mediums include photography, pottery, fiber, printmaking, glass, mixed media, watercolor, oil/acrylic, wood, sculpture and jewelry. There will also be an "Emerging Artists" section and hand-on activities for the kids. And don't forget to stop by The Spice House at 577 South Third Street for some homemade spicy refreshments!

  • Evanston Sidewalk Sale
    July 24-26, 2009
    10 am to 6 pm daily
    Throughout Evanston

    The annual Central Street Sidewalk Sale has grown this year into the Evanston Sidewalk Sale! The entire City of Evanston will be participating, with sales, promotions, and entertainment. Come by The Spice House at 1941 Central Street for some spicy bargains.

    For details visit the City of Evanston website.

  • Cooking Class at Wave - Cooking with Spices III
    June 6, 2009
    2:30 - 4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    This class will focus on cooking with salt, the oldest and most prevalent culinary seasoning. Learn new techniques for using the multitude of different salts available in this hand-on class with Wave executive chef Kristine Subido. The menu for this class includes:

    1st course Salt crusted beets with horseradish crème fraiche

    2nd course Whole fish baked in salt crust, caper-raisin sauce

    3rd course Roasted beef tenderloin in herb-salt crust with grilled mushrooms and mustard sauce

    Dessert Seasonal melon soup with mint and cantaloupe sorbet

    Class cost, $60, includes a full meal and wine. Attendance is limited, reserve your spot online at Brown Paper Tickets

  • Retail Therapy Night at our Central Street, Evanston, location featuring highly acclaimed chef Gale Gand.
    April 23rd
    6:00 - 9:00
    1941 Central Street

    Retail therapy night is when our Central street businesses team up and offer tastings, beverages, sales and discounts for one evening. We are especially excited to have a very special guest joining us this evening, Gale Gand. Read below for some of Gale Gand's accolades.

    Gale Gand Brunch

    In 1994, Gale received the Robert Mondavi Award for Culinary Excellence and she and her culinary partner Rick Tramonto were named among the Top Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine. She was named top pastry chef of the year in Bon Appetit's annual Best of the Best awards in 2001. Gale and Rick were nominated for the 1998 James Beard Awards for Best Chefs in the Midwest and also nominated for the 2000 James Beard Awards with Tru for the Best New Restaurant. Further recognition by the James Beard Foundation include Gale's Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2001 and most recently a nomination for Tru for Outstanding Service in 2004. Tru was the recipient of the 2003 IVY award by Restaurants & Institutions and inducted into Nation's Restaurant News' 2004 Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Most recently Tru was honored with the 2004 Wine Spectator Grand Award, one of the most highly coveted acknowledgements in the food and wine industry and Best Restaurant in Chicago Magazine's 2004 Dining Awards, with Gale being named Best Pastry Chef. Gale also hosted her own Food Network show, Sweet Dreams.

    We will be preparing several dishes from Gale's new book, "Brunch!" We just received the proof of her book, after we look through it, we will decide on our menu and you will find it posted here. Gale will speak join us at 6:00 and do a brief speaking presentation at 6:30. In addition to her culinary skills, Gale is also a very entertaining speaker you don't want to miss.

    While the event is free, we do request you rsvp to 847 328 3711 so we have an idea of how much food to prepare. Our menu includes:

    Baked Cinnamon Apple French Toast

    Sausage with Maple Sugar

    Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwiches

    Crumb Cake Muffins

    Nectarine Skewers with Pesto and Mozzarella

    Gougeres

    Chai Tea

  • Cooking Class at Wave - Spice Blends
    04/04/2009 Saturday
    2:30 - 4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    From salts to rubs, this hands-on class teaches you how to create, store and pair your own special blends. We have spent 51 years in business learning to master this art, and we are still learning all the time. This deliciously hands-on course will work with sweet, salty, and savory blends. Our fearless leader, Tom Erd will be the guest speaker for the spice part of this class. You will also leave with a nice gift package of spices.

    The menu for this class is:

    Pear and apple salad with smoked salmon and baharat viniagrette

    Grilled shrimp with sweet pea puree and medjool dates

    Coffee crusted New York strip steak with creamed spinach

    Spiced chocolate pudding with crispy rice

    Class cost, $60, includes a full meal including wine. Attendance is limited, reserve your spot online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/50622

  • Cooking Class at Wave - Spice-infused Oils and Syrups from Around the Globe
    03/07/2009
    2:30 - 4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    Travel the world and learn how to create and pair condiments, alternative options to the all-American ketchup and mustard.

    The menu for this class includes: Seared tuna, shaved fennel and arugula with charmoula vinaigrette

    Chilled seafood salad with paprika and lemon infused oil

    Garlic olive oil poached chicken with red apple balsamic glaze and sautéed apples

    Risotto with roasted porcini and infused oil

    Glazed strawberries with vanilla gelato and balsamic glaze

  • Spice up your Life with a Free Travel Show Presented by Mayflower Tours
    Jan 29th through Feb 10th
    Various Times, check location
    36 Different Locations in the Midwest

    Today in Chicago it is currently 10 below, what better time to daydream of a trip to a warm, tropical island, warm, tropical island, or Arizona, Florida, California, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Egypt, Australia, so many warm choices? Our friends at Mayflower Tours, are currently hosting their annual Friendship Days, a series of free travel shows which take place at a variety of hotels throughout the Midwest. Learn all about their 2009 tours, while enjoying refreshments in a lovely, warm atmosphere. They have all sorts of options for you, from motor coach tours to exotic trips where you might even conduct a spice exploration of your own.

  • The Spice House teams up with Wave for Cooking Classes!
    2/7/09 - 8/1/09 See individual classes dates
    2:30-4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Hotel, 664 N. Lake Shore Drive

    Our customers are always asking us if we do cooking classes. We occasionally offer summer classes when we can use outdoor cooking facilities, but the reality is that it is hard to do cooking classes without a kitchen! So we were thrilled when the good folks at Wave asked us to join their classes as the spice experts. In other words, their very talented chef, Kristine Subido, who is a real expert, will do the cooking demonstrations. The Spice House lecturers will add interesting lore, history and augmented spice tastes to compliment the menu. We are REALLY excited about this. Priced at $60, this is an exceptional value. In addition to the demo and tasting, you receive a welcome cocktail, and five course meal with wine, along with recipes to take home. Please see individual class descriptions. For tickets please see Brown Paper Tickets.

  • Cooking Class at Wave - Another take on Fondue....
    2/7/09
    2:30-4:30
    Wave Restaurant at W Chicago Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.

    Another take on Fondue...from Switzerland, France, Italy, & China. Share in this interactive favorite, from savory to sweet, with a little touch of exotic in-between. We personally would rather be taking this class than participating in teaching it, the menu is going to be so delicious! (hopefully there will be a few leftover scraps!) Owners Patty and Tom Erd will be Spice House representatives at this class. When most of us Chicagoans think fondue, we think cheese and chocolate, yet fondue world wide can be so much more. In addition to the thousands of variations of cheese combinations and chocolate combinations, there are Asian hot pots, tempura, sukiyaki, praline fruit fondue pots, ice cream fondue pots, oil pots, spice flavored broth pots. We can't do all these but you will see some fun variations. Class is $60 includes welcome cocktail, demo, spice lore, tastings, several courses, wine and take home recipes. Please see Brown Paper Tickets to reserve tickets.

  • Holiday Shopping on Central Street
    Sunday, December 7
    Noon to 4:00 pm
    Central Street between Green Bay and Hartrey

    It's the shopping event of the season on Evanston's Central Street!

    We're Shopping Central

    Come to the unique shops of Central street on Sunday, December 7th for an afternoon of holiday fun and shopping for the whole family. There will be carolers, elves, a giant Christmas tree, raffles and more! There's something for everyone on this street, so you can complete all your holiday shopping in one stress-free afternoon. The Spice House will be open until 4:00 pm Sunday afternoon, and we will be serving treats and snacks made by our talented staff. For more information, including a list of participating shops, visit the Central Street website.

  • Christmas Walk and House Tour in Geneva
    Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6
    6:00 PM Friday - 4:00 PM Saturday
    Downtown Geneva Illinois

    Come visit the beautiful town of Geneva this weekend for some real holiday spirit. Enjoy Swedish cookies, roasted chestnuts, hot cider and freshly made candy canes while you stroll through the historic downtown. Tour Geneva's beautifully decorated distinctive houses and Santa's Gingerbread House. And don't forget to come by The Spice House for some delicious treats and pick up your holiday spices! For more information on this festive event, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.

    Geneva House Tour

    Christmas Walk starts at 6:00 PM December 5 House Tours from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday

  • Reception and book signing with James Beard Award Winners Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg for The Spice House Geneva's One Year Anniversary
    Saturday, November 15th, 2008
    4:00 - 6:00
    The Spice House, Geneva, 577 South 3rd Street

    Please join us as The Spice House, Geneva, celebrates it's one year anniversary. We have some very special guest that will help us spice up the occasion in the form of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. Their previous books, What to Drink with What You Eat, Becoming a Chef, Dining Out, and The New American Chef were all winners of or finalists for Gourmand World Cookbook, IACP, and/or James Beard books awards. They were also named weekly wine columnists for the Washington Post in 2007.

    Their latest book, The Flavor Bible, is sure to become a best seller at The Spice House, because so much of it has to do with spices. What spices and food pairings you want to choose to achieve the ultimate most flavorful end results in your cooking. This is not a recipe book, this is a manual and guide to creative culinary thinking. Even the most experienced cooks will find interesting new flavor ideas here. This book will enhance your imagination and expand your culinary creativity.

    We will prepare a reception of appetizers that we feel showcase the principles of the books flavor pairings. Our talented chef partners, Kevin Bozis and John Cirpinski always do a bang up job with their food presentation so be sure to try to drop by. We will also serve an anniversary cake, not your ordinary flavor. Be sure and join us. While the event is complimentary, we would appreciate your rsvp so we have an idea of how much food to prepare.

    Books will be availble for purchase ($35.00) to have signed - consider this wonderful, personalized book for the cook on your holiday list!

    Menu For CHICAGO events only - (The Milwaukee Public market is in charge of the Milwaukee event so it will vary.)

    -Parsnip Apple Soup with Apple Chips and Ceylon Cinnamon Infused Oil

    -Pumpkin Pesto with Bagel Chips

    -Warm Cardamom Chai Tea

    -Local Cheeses with Balsamic Vinegar and Nuts

    -Roast Beef Tenderloin with Herbes de Provence, Cracked Tellicherry Pepper, and Portuguese Salt Cream

    -Smoked Salmon with Moroccan BBQ sauce on Crackers with Chive Oil

    -Anniversary Cake

  • Reception and Book Signing with James Beard Award Winners Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
    Thursday, November 13th, 2008
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Milwaukee Public Market

    We are very excited to have Karen and Andrew again visit the Spice House. From their website - Described a decade ago as "the brightest young author team on the culinary scene today" (NPR) and subsequently as "culinary historians," "cultural anthropologists" and even "the Jane Goodalls of the chef world" (Food & Wine Radio Network) for chronicling the contemporary food revolution and the advent of today's era of celebrity chefs, Dornenburg and Page have been characterized as "incisive, hip" (Publishers Weekly) writers whose books are "extremely popular among, and indeed essential to, professional chefs" (WOR Radio).

    We are big fans of their work, and we don't know when they actually find time to sleep! Their newest book, The Flavor Bible, is an amazing endeavor in what we have always seen as a challenge too overwhelming for anyone to take on. This book serves as a guide to hundreds of ingredients along with the herbs, spices and other seasoning that allow you to put together flavors that are capable of producing the most flavorful results. We believe this book is going to become an indispensable resource book that you will always want to have at your fingertips in the kitchen or wherever you do your creative culinary thinking. (You might want to avoid the book in the shower, however!)

    We will prepare some tasty appetizers selections that we believe demonstrate the principles of amazing flavor combinations. Andrew and Karen will honor us with a talk reflecting on how their cookbooks and life's work has evolved and the many top chefs they have gleaned advice from along the way.

    We have many authors that pass through our Chicago Spice House that simply have no interest in coming to Milwaukee, which is not the way it should be. Please help us welcome Andrew and Karen so that they will go back to their other author/chef friends and tell them what they have been missing by bypassing the wonderful city of Milwaukee.

    While this event is free, we request that you rsvp to 414 431 0835 so that we can have an idea of how many people we are preparing food for. Books will be availble for purchase ($35.00) to have signed - consider this wonderful, personalized book for the cook on your holiday list!

  • Tasting and book signing with Chef Clay Erickson
    Saturday, Nov 1
    noon
    The Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water Street

    Join us for this special event with one of The Spice House's favorite chefs. Chef Clay will be doing a cooking demonstration (i.e. knife skills, food safety, differences between Spices & Herbs, when to use fresh vs. dehydrated, etc.) and preparing one of the soups out of his new cookbook "25 Soups & One Chili". The "one chili" is a National Chili Competition award winning chili that Chef Clay has been good enough to include in his book. The book will be available for sale, and Chef Clay will personalize your copy.

    The best part of this event will be your chance to have a bowl of one of Chef Clay's homemade soups. He often brings us soup when he visits The Spice House and we are all trained like Pavlov's dogs to salivate when we see him coming! (That is how delicious his soups are.)

    Fifty percent of all profits from the sales of Chef Clay's cookbook are going to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Youth Ministry.

  • Pepper, Paprika and more - The Spice House teams up with World Kitchen
    October 23
    6 - 8:30 pm
    66 E. Randolph Street

    What’s the real difference between chile pepper, pimento, paprika and other spicy ingredients? Come in to learn the history and use of these popular, though confusing, dry peppers. Steven Tobiason of The Spice House will share his extensive knowledge of all things spicy, then we will cook up some quick and easy recipes using all of them.

    If you are not familiar with World Kitchen, it is located in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. The classes are wonderful and with the city of Chicago offering them, they are kept at an incredibly reasonable price of $30 per class. For reservations please call 312 744 6630. Visit here for a listing of World Kitchen Classes.

  • Green City Market book signing with Barbara Fairchild, Bon Appétit Editor
    Saturday, October 18
    9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Green City Market, south end of Lincoln park between Clark and Stockton

    If you missed the Thursday evening party with Barbara at The Spice House, here is another chance to purchase Bon Appétit's hot-off-the-press cookbook, titled -fast easy fresh- and have it personalized. It features 1,100 quick dishes for everynight cooking. Armed with this book, and all sorts of goodies from the market, you can start off Saturday evening's dinner fully inspired! When you purchase your book at the market, The Spice House will donate $5 per book to the great green cause. (The Green City Market)

    For more information about the market including chef tastings, what produce is in season, recipes and directions, please visit Green City Market

  • Barbara Fairchild Reception and Bon Appétit Book Signing
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    The Spice House, 1512 North Wells Street

    Please join us for a reception featuring tastings from the brand new Bon Appétit cookbook titled - fast easy fresh - 1,100 quick dishes for everynight cooking. The reception begins at 6:30 and Bon Appétit editor Barbara Fairchild will be with us until 8 to sign books and chat with you.

    Spice House staffers will be preparing tasty treats from the recipes in Fast Easy Fresh. Our delicious menu includes:

    -Bourbon Molasses chicken

    -Beef tenderloin with wasabi garlic cream

    -Moroccan shrimp

    -Pumpkin soup

    -Chocolate macaroon

    -Pumpkin raisin bar

    While the event is complimentary and sponsored by The Spice House, we do request you rsvp to 312 274 0378 or email spices@thespicehouse.com so that we can prepare enough food. Don't miss this special evening. A personalized book by someone of this caliber makes a really special holiday gift.

  • Tasting and Booksigning with Chef Clay Erickson
    Saturday, November 1, 2008
    12-2 pm
    Milwaukee Public Market

    Join us for this special event with one of The Spice House's favorite chefs. Chef Clay will be doing a cooking demonstration (ie. knife skills, food safety, differences between Spices & Herbs, when to use fresh vs. dehydrated, etc.) and preparing one of the soups out of his new cookbook "25 Soups & One Chili". The book will be available for sale, and Chef Clay will personlize your copy.

    Chef Clay is a winner of the National Chili Competition, and has been a professional chef and family man since giving up a career in sales.

    Fifty percent of all profits from the sales of Chef Clay's cookbook are going to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Youth Ministry.

  • Magic of Morocco - The Spice House teams up with World Kitchen
    09-25-2008
    6:00 - 8:30 pm
    66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago

    This exotic part of the world produces intriguing foods we've been curious to learn more about. This class will study the maps and menus as well as the spice combinations and methods that define the cooking of the Casbah. Spice expert Steven Tobiason, will add to the class with his vast knowledge of spices, and spice usage from this part of the world. $30 per class, please call 312 742 8497 for reservations.

  • Book Signing and Recipe Tasting with Kate Gooding
    September 21, 2008
    1:00-4:00
    Milwaukee Public Market

    Join Kate Krukowski Gooding, author of Black Fly Stew, Wild Maine Recipes as she gives us a presentation/cooking demo. Our staff will prepare samplings for you to taste based on recipes from her book. We decided to offer this event in our Milwaukee location as we feel there are more hunters among our customer base in Wisconsin than in our Chicago locations. For those of you looking for new ways to cook venison, this is the lady you want to talk to!

    1:00 Reception begins, 1:30 Presentation/Demo, Question and Answer session followed by Book Signing

    While the event is free, we request you RSVP to 414 272 0977so that we can know how much food to prepare.

  • Retail Therapy
    September 25, 2008
    6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Central Street between Green Bay and Hartrey, Evanston

    Come to Central Street Thursday, September 25 for a relaxing evening of shopping with discounts, prizes, and refreshments. The Spice House and its neighbors will be staying open until 9:00. Visit our shop at 1941 Central Street for homemade molasses cookies, Chef Clay Erickson's Cream of Chicken Tortilla Soup, and mulled cider.

  • Festival of the Vine Celebration in Geneva
    September 12-14, 2008
    Friday-Sunday
    Downtown Geneva

    This is a terrific free family festival held in downtown Geneva. This autumn festival features a "taste of Geneva" area under a tent featuring many of the areas best restaurants. Taste small servings or larger servings sold accordingly for tickets. A nice selection of wine to choose from also. There is an art festival, including the Fall Harvest of Natural Art featuring gourds. Also a flower market, family games, music and other live entertainment. We will be sampling out free spicy goodies in the shop, please stop by. For more details see this link Festival of the vine.

  • Wine Crush in Old Town
    Saturday, September 13
    11 am until 8:30
    Wells street, from North Avenue to Evergreen

    The Wine Crush in Old Town is an urban wine festival featuring an enticing opportunity to sample over 100 wines from around the world. The event transforms Wells Street into a European-style open market featuring wine and food pavilions serving the cuisine of popular neighborhood eateries.

    Aficionados and novices will have the opportunity to taste wines from domestic vineyards as well as from France, Italy, Australia, Spain, and Chile, among others. The Wine Crush also features live-stage performances throughout the festival. In addition to music, visitors will be treated to the second annual "Couture Crush Fashion Show."

    Please feel free to stop by the shop if you need a breather from the activities. We have a nice little patio garden in back where you can rest your feet!

  • Spice House Booth at Campton Hills 2nd Annual Heritage Farm Fest
    September 6th
    Farmer's market begins at 8am
    Campton Square Shopping Center, SE corner of LaFox Rd and Rte. 64

    We are excited to be part of this festival. The expanded farmer's market we will participate in takes place from at 8 am to 1:00 pm while the festival runs from 10 am until dusk. There will be stage shows, live music, a petting zoo, moonwalk and other games. Fun for the whole family.

    If you would like us to bring an individual order to your specifications, please call our shop to place your order at 1 630 262 1777.

  • Central Street Sidewalk Sale and Family Fest
    Thursday through Saturday, July 10-12
    10am - 5pm
    Central Street between Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come to Central Street in Evanston between July 10 and 12 for a street-wide sidewalk sale, with a Family Fest and Art Fair on Saturday.

    Central Street Fair

    The sidewalk sale will be ongoing, while the Family Fest will take place in Independence Park on Saturday, July 12. It will feature an art fair showcasing the work of budding young artists, storytelling from Nili Yelin, and a performance by the acclaimed Wee Hairy Beasties.

  • Green City Market's Chef's Summer BBQ
    July 17, 2008
    6:00-8:00 pm
    Green City Market, south end of Lincoln Park, between Clark and Stockton

    The Green City Market, Chicago's premiere farmer's market, will be holding it's annual Summer Barbecue on Thursday, July 17th. Come enjoy an outdoor picnic prepared by 50 of Chicago's top chefs. Each chef will prepare offerings creatively featuring fresh market products. Samplings of local beers, wines, and other beverages will be included. Music and children's activities will make this a lovely family outing also. You are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to enhance your experience.

    Tickets for this event are $50 for adults and $10 for children and are available at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park or through our website, www.thespicehouse.com.

    All tickets sold on the day of the event, July 17th, will be $60 for adults and $15 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free.

    Summer Celebration tickets

  • Watch The Spice House on Milwaukee Channel 12
    Saturday May 10
    Noon
    ABC Channel 12 Milwaukee

    Wisconsin Foodie, a new show on ABC Channel 12 in Milwaukee, premieres Saturday May 10th at noon. The first episode features the Milwaukee Public Market, including your own spice experts at The Spice House. You can watch a preview here, and don't miss us on Saturday!

    Wisconsin Foodie

  • Grand Opening in Geneva
    Thursday, April 3, 2008
    5:30 pm
    Geneva Spice House, 577 South 3rd Street

    Our newest location, in beautiful Geneva Illinois, will hold its Grand Opening on April 3rd. Although this store opened just before Christmas, we are planning to formally celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We will be joined by the Chamber of Commerce and by Mayor Kevin Burns. The Spice House will provide appetizers featuring Spice House seasonings prepared by our chef/owners. We hope to see you there!

    For more information on our Geneva location, please visit our Geneva Store Page.

  • Distilling the Essentials - Salt and Pepper
    March 8
    1-3 pm
    Kendall College

    Out of all the spices in the world, how did these two end come to be the most important table condiments in America? Join us for a lecture and tasting, March 8th at Kendall Culinary College. While it is always the goal of The Spice House to whet your appetite in the search for knowledge, we also know that many of you attend our programs to tickle your taste buds. We plan on offering our knowledge in conjunction with tastings to illuminate our point! We are just working on the program's menu now, so stay tuned to our website's current event section for more details. Program is $30, proceeds donated to Slow Food. For more information or to make reservations, please call our Old Town store at 312-274-0378.

  • Celebrity Chef Showcase
    February 24
    11:00 am
    The Rafters Restaurant, Milwaukee

    The Spice House is proud to be a sponsor of the Celebrity Chef Showcase at The Rafters Restaurant. These great events are held every month, and feature recipes and cooking tips from area chefs. Admission is $35.00, and includes sampling the foods prepared and wine pairings. The next event is Feb. 24, “Everything Irish”, featuring favorite Irish dishes, a Micro-Brew presentation, and tips on cooking with beer. Seating begins at 11 AM, with presentations beginning at 12 PM. Visit www.rafters-milwaukee.com.

  • Winter Flavors
    February 17, 2008
    1-3 pm
    Education Center of the Chicago Cultural Center

    As part of Chicago's month-long Museum of Modern Ice celebration, The Spice House will be joining World Kitchen for a Winter Flavors class. Tired of the dull cold Chicago winter? This class will warm you up - join us to learn about the history and use of peppers and paprikas. You'll learn to make (and taste!) several spicy dishes, including Beef Stew with Three Paprikas, Hot Pepper Mix salad dressing with Greek Salad, and Heaven Cornbread Muffins.

  • Cook Like a Chef
    February 13
    5:30-7:30 pm
    Superior Equipment and Supply Test Kitchen

    The Spice House is participating in the “Cook Like a Chef” series hosted by Superior Equipment & Supply. Join us in the Superior Test Kitchen to learn to use spices in restaurant-quility food. Tickets are only $10. Superior Equipment & Supply is located at 3101 S. 13th St. (13th & Oklahoma). Please visit www.superiorequipmentsupply.com for more info and other upcoming classes, or for a registration form.

  • November Gift Box Sale!
    November 1st - 30th
    All Stores

    It's time for our annual gift box sale! Come into any of our stores in November and buy ten (or more!) gift boxes, and you'll get 10% off. We have dozens of boxes to choose from, and you can mix or match. Perfect for presents - get your holiday shopping done early!

    Gift Box

  • Not Your Mom's Apple Pie!
    Wednesday, October 17
    6:30 - 9:00 pm
    1601 Payne St., Unit C, Evanston

    Now We're Cookin' is offering a hands-on pie-making class! Come learn from a variety of experts the best ways to make mouth-watering apple pie. Patty and Tom Erd will team up with an apple grower and pastry chef to teach you how to choose the right apples and spices and make a perfect crust. You'll learn how to make the ultimate apple pie that's sure to become a family secret. You'll make two pies - one for the class, and one to take home.

    Class is $65 and requires registration. For more information go to the Now We're Cookin' website at www.nwcookin.com or call (847) 570-4140.

    Not Your Mom's Apple

  • Retail Therapy Night
    Thursday, October 18
    6:00 - 9:00 pm
    Central Street Shops

    Come to Central Street for a relaxing evening of shopping, sales, appetizers, wine, massage, special gifts, and a chance to win one of three fabulous gift baskets! The Central Street business district will be staying open until 9:00. Come to shop or just to browse, and remember, it's never too early to think about holiday shopping!

    For more information visit the Central Street Business Association's website at www.centralstreet-evanston.com

  • Old Town Wine Crush
    Saturday, September 15
    11 am to 10 pm
    North Wells Street between North and Schiller

    Old Town Wine Crush

    The Spice House in Old Town is pleased to be part of the neighborhood's 5th annual Wine Crush. Join us for a day of exotic wines, delicious food, and live performances including Tony-award-winner Duncan Sheik. There will also be a grape-stomping competition. For more information go to www.chicagoevents.com .

  • Late Summer Flavors
    Thursday, September 6
    6pm - 8:30pm
    Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph St, Chicago

    Come join The Spice House for a wonderful class at the World Kitchen! We'll be demonstrating the use of "warm flavor" spices to bring out the best flavors in the produce available now in farmer's markets. World Kitchen will be using these spices to make a full menu of delicious dishes.

    In this hands-on coarse you'll be making six delicious dishes: North Carolina Sweet Potato Casserole, Fall Favorite Stuffed Roast Pork Loin, Chicken and Basmati Rice Pilau with cardamom, saffron, and ginger, Yogurt Sauce, Jamaican Chocolate Cake, and Pear and Ginger Crisp.

    Late summer is the time of the most natural abundence - learn to take advantage of what's in season. Spice House staffer Steven will be joining the usual World Kitchen instructors for this event.

    World Kitchen events are $30 and require pre-registration; please call (312) 742-8497 for tickets or visit their website www.cityofchicago.org/CulturalAffairs for more information.

  • Playing With Your Food
    Sunday, August 26
    12-4 pm
    G.A.R. Rotunda, Chicago Cultural Center

    Join the Spice House at the Chicago Cultural Center to make your own spiced sugars!

    From noon to 4pm, the GAR Hall and Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center will be hosting Art of Play Chicago's FREE Playing With Your Food event. Kids of all ages (even the adult ones!) can carve veggies, make edible jewelry, create personal stationary, decorate cakes, and join The Spice House to make custom sugar blends.

  • The Spice House teams up with Erwin Restaurant!
    Monday, June 25th
    6:30
    Erwin Restaurant, 2925 North Halsted Ave, Chicago

    A CURE FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT BLUES

    Erwin café and bar offers workshops on Monday evenings so diners can bring some of the magic home. Take a peek inside erwin's pantry. Spice House owner Tom Erd will be the guest lecturer at this wonderful event. You have a chance to experience a wonderful three course meal while learning about the spices used in each course. You will leave with a nice goodie bag from the Spice House, and we will have some of the evenings featured spices for sale.

    erwin's web site says Learn. Dine. Discover. Shop. For more information - http://www.erwincafe.com/events.html or call 773 528 7200 for details and information.

  • The Spice House at Taste of Chicago
    6/29/07 thru 7/8/07
    10-7
    The International Pavilion, nest to Buckingham Fountain

    When the city of Chicago offered us a booth at the Taste, we were, frankly, baffled. Do you know we are not a restaurant, we asked? Yes, they said, we are starting a brand new area where ethnic items, jewelry, fabrices, artwork, homegoods and such will be sold. AND we are putting it in a really great spot. We would love to have you there. We mulled it over. As a first time event, they made us a rent offer that was incredibly affordable. Would we really sell anything to people out there primarily for all the delicious food? Would it make sense? As they say timing is everything. We just signed a lease for a new store in Geneva. What better way could there be to get the word out about our five shops, than to just talk to people and pass out catalogs? So, we are going out on a limb, and we will see what happens. Please stop by and say hello. Tell Tom that Patty was wise to do this!

    Whenever we do markets, we just can't pack up the entire store and bring it with us. So whatever we bring, the first five folks will naturally ask us for spices we have not brought. If your spice cabinet is looking a little bare, and you need specific items, please just call the shop at 312 274 0378. If you give us 48 hours notice, we can get back to the shop and bring your itemized order for you.

  • Patricia Wells Book Signing and Tasting Event
    May 6th, 2007
    3:30 - 5:00, Author talk at 4:00
    Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water Street, Milwaukee, Wi. 53202

    You are invited to attend an event in honor of Patricia Wells, sponsored by The Spice House in conjunction with The Milwaukee Public Market. The talented culinary staff of the market's Madame Kuony's Kitchen will team up with The Spice House to prepare samplings from Patricia's latest book, "Vegetable Harvest". Naturally, the party would not be complete without wine! We will have copies of Patricia's newest book for you to purchase and have personalized and she will give a talk with question and answer period at 4:00.

    Patricia Wells is an American journalist and author who has lived in France since 1980. Restaurant critic of the International Herald Tribune, she is the author of nine books: "The Food Lover's Guide to Paris," "The Food Lover's Guide to France," "Bistro Cooking," "Simply French," "Patricia Wells' Trattoria," "L'Atélier de Joel Robuchon," "Patricia Wells at Home in Provence" (honored with the James Beard Award for Best International Cookbook), "The Paris Cookbook" and her latest, "The Provence Cookbook." Patricia is also the only foreigner and the only woman ever to be restaurant critic for a major French publication (L'Express).

    We hope you will join us for this extraordinary event. While the event is presented with our compliments, we do require you to please rsvp to The Spice House, 414-272-0977 in order to prepare an adequate amount of food and wine.

  • IACP Host City Opening Reception
    4/11/07
    7:00-9:30
    The Merchandise Mart, Wells and Kinzie

    If you are attending the IACP conference in Chicago, please be sure and stop by our Spice House display at the opening night gala. The idea is to represent a Feast of the Senses, and you can imagine which sense The Spice House was selected for. We would love to meet you and answer any spice questions you have.

  • IACP Event - Tour Stop
    SOLD OUT
    Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
    The Spice House Evanston

    When the International Association of Culinary Professionals comes to Chicago for its annual convention, one of the optional tour stops will be The Spice House. Owners Patty and Tom Erd will have a spice show and tell tasting, including a brief show of the grinding equiptment. The tour is titled "Behine the Scenes: Organice, Spices and Technology. It includes stops at Goodness Greeness, The Spice House, lunch at the wonderful Prairie Grass cafe and a touir of the Innovation Center at the REsearch and Development Center for Kraft Foods.

  • Seminar - Herbs and Spices - East and West:History, Culinary Traditions, and Bulding Blocks of Cooking
    April 12th, 2007
    SOLD OUT
    The Chicago Hilton

    Patty Erd, Spice House co-owner, is very proud to sit on a panel of spice experts including Nina Simonds, Madhur Jaffrey, and Jill Norman for a seminar for the Interational Association of Culinary Professionals. The panel will provide attendees with multi-faceted knowledge of herbs and spices with specific culinary applications (contemporary and traditional) in Europe, India, China and the U.S. Panelists will introduce the broad usage of herbs and spices in Asia, with their initial emphasis on medicinal properties as well as flavor. The speakers will also talk about the history of herbs and spices, concentrating on Eurpose and the Mediterranean; and introduce the rich repertory of herbs and spice mixtures used in Indian cooking, giving herb combinations for specific dishes. Attendees will also receive extensive background information on health-giving properties, tips about usage, storage as well as printed spice glossaries and samples.

  • Making Mole, from the Kitchen of Cempazuchi
    03/24/2007
    12 PM
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen, Milwaukee Public Market

    Join us in Madame Kuony's Kitchen as The Spice House presents a FREE demonstration from the kitchen of Cempazuchi, a Milwaukee gem specializing in tradtional Oaxacan fare. First on the menu will be Mole Poblano con Enchilada de Pollo (chicken enchiladas with Mole Poblano). This classic dish from Puebla Mexico is known by many as the "chocolate mole". It has a creamy, sweet fruit flavor, mild pepper spice, hints of cinnamon, anise, chocolate and a light smoky finish. The kitchen will also construct Ensalada de Frijoles Negro (black bean salad), a refreshing summer dish that combines some classic Mexican staples. Don't miss this chance to taste and take home the recipes!

  • Preparing a Delicious Meal for Valentine's Made Simple
    Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb 11
    2 PM on Saturday, 1:30 PM on Sunday
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen, Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI

    Join the Spice House for a free presentation of preparing a delicious meal for your Valentine. We'll be featuring roasted winter squash and carrot soup, baked fish (TBA) with Cook Island chutney, coconut-cardamom rice, dressed pea pods, and macaroons dipped in dark chocolate flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and chiles. No registration is required and recipes will be available to take home as well as a helpful preparation timeline and a market shopping list. Tell your friends!

  • Playing with your Food
    Sunday, January 21st
    Noon - 4 p.m.
    Gar Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street

    Add one-part demonstrations, two-parts food-inspired crafts, and stir in a cookbook author fair for an afternoon of culinary good times. Watch 10 professional artists make jewelry, sculptures, note cards and wrapping paper with food. Use their expert tips for "playing with your food" in a variety of creative ways including cake decorations and food-inspired art making. Decorate note cards with spices, creat a potato-stamp masterpiece, carve flowers and animals from fruits and vegetables, or design a pasta mosaic. At the cookbook author fair, converse with local authors demonstrating their recipes and selling and signing their books.

    The Spice House will be bringing spices for the spice note cards and also demonstating how to make pomander balls.

  • Easy and Delicious Recipes for Superbowl Sunday
    Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21
    Noon on both days
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen, Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee WI

    Join the Spice House for a free presentation of delicious and easy to make recipes for gameday entertaining. We'll be featuring beef and pork chili, our yummy sloppy joes, skillet cornbread with chiles, and a couple of dips for your chips and veggies. Taste them all and take the recipes home so you can feed your Sunday guests!

  • 10 Exotic Spices
    Saturday, January 13th
    11a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Education Center at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street

    Patty and Tom Erd, owners of The Spice House will conduct this demonstration-style class. Examine the history and origin of exotic spices and how they traveled to kitchens around the world. Taste the flavors in simple preparations and receive recipes to use at home. Recipes we are now testing for the class include;

    Edamame with Spicy Peppercorn Salt Mazarabic Chicken Saffron Rice Goat Cheese Potato Galette with Fennel Pollen Curry Cardomom Cookies Chai Deluxe

    Cost of class is $30, for reservations (required) please call 312 742 8497

  • Book Signing Evening with Barbara Fairchild of Bon Appétit magazine
    Thursday, September 28th, 2006
    7pm - 9pm
    The Spice House 1512 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

    Join us as we welcome Barbara Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit magazine, to celebrate the release of "The Bon Appétit Cookbook".

    While Barbara Fairchild will be on hand to discuss and sign books, the talented culinary crew at The Spice House will provide complimentary appetizers prepared especially from the recipes in the book.

    Editor Barbara Fairchild brings together more than 1,200 of the magazine's all-time favorite recipes in "The Bon Appétit Cookbook.” Packed with test-kitchen secrets, it's the ultimate culinary companion. You won’t be disappointed with this large collection of classics enhanced with thirty-two pages of gorgeous color photographs to tempt and inspire. This book is a must for those who truly love to make and enjoy great food! Whether you're a novice cook or a seasoned expert, you will turn to it again and again—for reference, for ideas, and, of course, for terrific recipes.

    "You can always tell a Bon Appétit recipe: It's a sophisticated twist on a beloved classic, and it's easy to make...our goal is to give you the cumulative expertise of Bon Appétit, with more than 1,200 recipes that will be delicious, first time out." —BARBARA FAIRCHILD

    While the event is complimentary, we ask that you RSVP by Monday, September 25th by calling 312-274-0378, or email spices@thespicehouse.com.

    If you can not attend the event but would like to reserve a personalized copy of the book, please call the above number with a credit card handy. We hope to see you there.

  • The Wine Crush in Old Town
    Saturday, September 9th, 2006
    11 am - 10 pm
    North Wells Street, between North Avenue and Schiller Street, Chicago, IL

    Wells Street becomes a European-style market for this fourth annual festival. Sample approximately 50 wines from around the world and cuisine from neighborhood eateries. Also, watch cooking demonstrations, browse arts and crafts, watch a grape stomping competition, hear live music and enjoy a wine tasting (1-6 p.m.).

    Price for admission is $6 ($15 for wine-tasting). Proceeds benefit the Y-ME Breast Cancer Organization-Illinois Affiliate and the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association.

    Produced by the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association. 773-868-3010

  • Chicago Air & Water Show Sidewalk Sale
    Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20, 2006
    11 am - 4 pm both days
    Chicago's Lake Michigan Lakefront

    The businesses of Old Town Chicago will be holding a sidewalk sale in conjuction with the foot traffic to the fabulous Air & Water show.

    As planes fly overhead, stop by The Spice House at 1512 N Wells Street and say hello!

    Visit the City of Chicago's website at www.cityofchicago.org for more details on the show events.

  • Summer Celebration
    Thursday, July 27th, 2006
    6-8pm (Rain or Shine)
    Green City Market Location, South End of Lincoln Park, between Stockton & Clark at Lincoln

    Les Dames d'Escoffier presents a Chicago Chefs' Summer Celebration to benefit Chicago's Green City Market.

    Tickets will be mailed to you for free. When ordering tickets, order must be placed separately from any other products on The Spice House website for free shipping.

    This is one of the great summer events in Chicago. This grand picnic is held in a beautiful venue, the lovely Lincoln Park, with the fabulous Chicago skyline as a backdrop.

    45 of the city's top chefs will make dishes featuring the bounty of our farmers market. Wine, beer and other tasty beverages all included. New this year will be an activity area for children, called Sprouts, donated by Purple Asparagus and live music from the band Sticky Lupree.

    For more information, including a list of the illustrious chefs, see below.

    Featured Chefs include:

    NEW ADDITIONS:

    Christopher David, NoMi Michael Tsonton, Copper Blue

    Carrie Nahabedien, NAHA Judy Contino/Celeste Zeccola, Bittersweet Bakery Sarah Stegner/George Bumbaris, Prairie Grass Café Carolyn Collins with Rick Gresch, Collins Caviar Jolene Worthington, Eli’s Cheesecake Martial Noguier, 160 Blue Michelle Antonishek, Four Seasons Pastry Kevin Hickey, Four Seasons Hotel Terry Crandall, The Peninsula Hotel Mark Payne, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Bruce Sherman, North Pond Cafe Dean Zanella, 312 Chicago Koren Grieveson, Avec Paul Kahan, Blackbird Stephanie Izard, Scylla John Bubala, Timo Michael Altenberg, Bistro Campagne Paul Virant, Vie Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate Tony Priolo, Coco Pazzo Chris Nugent, Les Nomades Christian Eckmann, Ambria Theo Gilbert, Windy City Pasta Vincent Di Battista, Campagnola Susan Goss, West Town Tavern John Caputo, Bin 36 Priscila Satkoff, Salpicon Roger Herring, Socca Sofia Solomon, Tekla Judith Schaad, Capriole Farms Della Gosset, Charlie Trotter’s Rick Bayless, Frontera/Topolobampo Ina Pinckney, Ina’s with Chicago Smoke Debra Sharp, Cru Wine Bar & Cafe Shawn McClain, Custom House Greg Christian, Greg Christian Catering Nancy Carrey, Red Hen Bakery Randy Zweiban, Nacional 27 Rita Gutekanst/Brian Shustrick, Limelight: Food Illuminated Jason Handelman/Pamela Fitzpatrick, Fox & Obel Joncarl Lachman, HB…A Hearty Boys Spot Mark Baker, University Club

    Beverages provided courtesy of August Hill Winery, Chicago Wine Merchants, Connoisseur Wines, Good Island Brewery, Heritage Wine Cellars, llouis Glunz Wines, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, Lynfred Winery, Paterno Wines International and San Pellegrino Waters.

    Organized by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Chicago Chapter: an organization of professional women in the food, fine beverage & hospitality industries.

    Chicago’s Green City Market is a 501c3 organization. Donations are tax deductible. Children under 5 years old get in free.

    Les Dames D'Escoffier and The Spice House would like to thank Table XI for the generous contribution of their time in setting up online ticket purchasing. Visit their website at www.TableXI.com.

  • Anatolia at the Crossroads
    Thursday, July 13th, 2006
    6:30pm - 8pm
    Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph Street

    Travel back in time to the historic Silk Road through a celebration of Turkish history, music and culture.

    The Asiatic portion of contemporary Turkey, known as Anatolia, is the centerpiece of an evening that explores the region's rich history, culture and traditions. Presented as part of Silk Road Chicago, Summer 2006.

    The event will feature displays of handmade ceramic tiles, paintings, hand-crocheted and woven textiles and hand-painted silk, as well as a re-creation of a traditional Eastern Anatolian home, complete with silk and wool carpet, pillows, low copper coffee tables and Turkish tea cups. There will be a presentation and musicians. The evening concludes with a short presentation about Turkish cuisine and its elements. The event includes a spice and dried-fruit bazaar exhibit, and The Spice House will contribute a spice display.

    This is a free event, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-742-8497.

  • The Silk Road in a Garden
    Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
    7 - 8:30 pm
    The Backyard Garden @ The Old Town Spice House 1512 N Wells Street, Chicago

    In conjunction with The City of Chicago's Silk Road Project, The Spice House is offering this lecture and food tasting entitled: Seasoning the Silk Road with Sumptuous Spices.

    Follow your taste buds to samples and stories of spices and culinary innovations that emerged from the historic Silk Road trade route that grace your table today. Owners, Tom and Patty Erd will entertain us with spice stories from the Silk Road and The Spice House crew of chefs will dazzle you with some aromatic treats.

    Spices such as cinnamon, ginger and star anise season recipes for you to taste. The menu includes:
    Chinese 5 Spice Marinated Pork Satay with Asian Coleslaw Argyle Street Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame Sticky Rice and Wasabi Sauce Spicy Sichuan Shrimp Thai Vegetable Curry Silk Route Ice Cream with Quadruple Ginger Cookies.

    Admission is $25 per person. Space is limited. Call 312-274-0378 for reservations. Reservation and cancellation deadline is Sunday, July 9.

  • Evanston Central Street Merchants 24th Annual Family Fest & Craft Fair
    Saturday, July 8th & Sunday, July 9th, 2006
    Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
    Indepence Park (1/2 block west of The Spice House 1941 Central Street)

    This fun-filled activity schedule is free for everyone. Bring your friends and family to these events:

    Saturday, July 8th 10am Family Yoga Demonstration 11am Danny Donuts, Vaudeville Children's Performer 12noon Mindy Hestor, Children's Music Performer 1pm Mudlark Theatre Company 2-5pm Dance All Night DJ

    Sunday, July 9th 10am The Storybook Mom 11am Language Stars 1pm Bruce Holmes, Folk Singer 2pm Hog Eye Music Band 3pm Music Institute of Chicago, Summer Kids Theatre 4pm Mudlark Theatre Company

    Free face painting available both days.

    There will be a Sidwalk Sale up and down Central Street Thursday, July 6th - Sunday, July 9th from 10am - 6pm in conjunction with the festival. Visit The Spice House on your way to the activities!

  • Old Town Chicago Art Fair
    Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11, 2006
    10 am - 6 pm
    Old Town Chicago

    Here at the Chicago Spice House, our street is taken over by artists, vendors and musicians one weekend every summer.

    Join in the fun of art browsing, fair food, and carousing with drinks and live entertainment.

    Stop by the store at 1512 N Wells Street and say hello!

    Visit www.oldtowntriangle.com/artfair.html for details on the festivities.

  • Author Booksigning and Tasting with Bill & Cheryl Alters Jamison
    Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
    5:30 - 7pm
    Milwaukee Public Market, Palm Garden (Second Floor)

    Milwaukee Public Market 400 North Water Street, Milwaukee

    We are bursting with excitement to hold our first event at the Milwaukee Public Market. Join us with America's foremost authorities on grilling, barbeque, and smoke cooking. Our appetizer menu will include wine and the following recipes from the book:

    Shrimp Romesco, Grilled Egg Plant Rolls, Pork Tenderloin rubbed with Fennel & Coriander served on Crostini with Mustard and Honey Sauce, Tamarind-Tangerine Chicken, Brown-butter Apple & Pine Nut Cake with Spice Route Ice Cream

    Cheryl & Bill Jamison will be talking about their newest book, the "Big Book of Outdoor Cooking" which will be released in early May of 2006.

    Big is an understatement. The Jamisons have put all of their knowledge about outdoor cooking and entertaining into one colossal, comprehensive guide with more than 850 recipes and hundreds of tips and how-tos for grilling, barbecuing, smoking, planking,and big-pot frying and boiling. This 544-page volume includes recipes and instructions on making everything from seasonings to shellfish, from sunset drinks to flamed-kissed salads, from tacos to turkeys to franks and fruit as well everything necessary for easy outdoor entertaining.

    While the event is complimentary, we ask that you RSVP to our Milwaukee store at 414 272 0977 so we can be sure to have plenty of food.

    This event is held in conjunction with the American Institute of Wine & Food. There will be a dinner following the booksigning at Sauce Restaurant down the street from the market. Visit www.aiwf.org/milwaukee for more information.

  • Eating Along the Silk Road
    Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
    11 am - 2 pm
    Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

    This City of Chicago Event is hosted by the Gallery 37 World Kitchen.

    Explore the Silk Road with us when we learn about spices that were carried from place to place by merchants and explorers. We will learn the legends and lore as well as contemporary uses for some of the more exotic spices found along the Silk Road.

    This class sponsored by The Spice House, and Tom Erd and Jennifer Statz will be there to present fascinating spice info.

    This will be a hands on class, and you'll be able to taste everything made with a delicious group meal to finish.

    Classes cost $30. For more information, or to sign up, visit the Gallery 37 website at www.g37centerforthearts.org and go to the World Kitchen venue.

  • Milwaukee RiverSplash
    June 2, 3 &4, 2006
    Events All Day
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Enjoy Milwaukee at it's best with this fun summer gathering. Events for the whole family! Visit their website for details.

    www.riversplash.com

    The Milwaukee Spice House will have extended hours during the festival. Call (414)272-0977 for times.

  • The Evanston Spice House 10 Year Anniversary
    Sunday, May 21st, 2006
    3 - 5pm
    1941 Central Street, Evanston, Illinois

    Please join us in a champagne toast in honor of our ten year anniversary!

    We will be making some of our favorite spicy nibbles, including Jerk Chicken Wings, Chinese 5 Spiced Pork, Spice Boiled Shrimp, Pesto Dip and more.

    This event is complimentary, but please RSVP to our Evanston store at 847-328-3711, or email us at spices@thespicehouse.com, so we have enough food for the celebration.

  • Ethiopian Cuisine and Beer Tasting
    Saturday, April 29th, 2006
    8 pm
    Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant 5846 N Broadway, Chicago, IL

    Who thought Ethiopian cuisine and French Canadian Beers had anything to do with each other?

    We are the guests of Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant, as Tom Erd, of the Spice House will explain a history of the Spice Trade and how the cuisine of chef Zenash Beyene and the beers of Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec) share more in common than you’d think! Jim Javenkoski of Unibroue will be on hand to guide participants in an informal sensory pairing.

    $25 Reservations accepted by cash or credit card.

    For more information call 773-506-9601 or email rasdashen@ameritech.net

    Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant 5846 N Broadway Chicago, IL Peruse their website at www.rasdashenchicago.com.

  • Distinctive Flavors Class at Gallery 37's World Kitchen
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
    6 pm
    66 East Randolph Street, Chicago

    The Spice House teams up with the City of Chicago's Gallery 37 for "Distinctive Flavors -- Herbs & Spices". This class will feature flavors from the Middle East.

    Gallery 37's World Kitchen is committed to exploring Chicago's diverse cultural heritage through ethnic cuisines. Their classes focus on culinary skills and techniques in their state-of-the-art facility. We will learn about the origins and history of some of the spices of the world, as well as, gathering a whole lot of new ways to use them. You will garner selections to expand your spice cupboard as well as your kitchen knowledge.

    The class will focus on the cuisine and spices of the Middle East. Chef Jennifer "JR" Statz from The Spice House will be on hand to talk about the spices used in this region.

    All World Kitchen classes are $30 and require pre-registration. Reservations can be made by phone (312-742-TIXS) or in person at their box office. For more information, check out their website at www.gallery37.org.

  • A Spicy Asian Journey
    Saturday, August 20th, 2005
    1 - 3 pm
    Kendall College, 900 N Branch St, Chicago

    The Spice House teams up with Kendall College to offer another event for the city of Chicago's summer culinary celebration, "Stirring Things Up in Chicago."

    Spice experts, and The Spice House owners, Tom and Patty Erd will take you on a journey down the ancient Asian spice road, culminating in the current role spices play in the cutting edge culinary trend of Pan-Asian cuisine. Share samples to tantalize your taste buds, and take home a spicy goodie bag.

    At the end of the experience, tour the new Kendall College culinary kitchens.

    This event is $10 per person. Registration is available by calling The Spice House at 312-274-0378. Please register early, as these events tend to fill up quickly.

  • Feast of the Senses - food, wine & art
    Thursday, July 14th, 2005
    6 - 8:30 pm
    River North Art Galleries, Chicago

    This is the 6th annual edible walking tour sponsored by the Chicago Art Dealers Association. Eighteen prominent art galleries will host prominent Chicago chefs, wineries, breweries, specialty shops and more.

    The Spice House will be among the art works, showing the broad sensory experience spices can bring. Seek Tom and Patty Erd out among the revelers and culture seekers. They'll have sample tastings of brownies with cacao nibs and cookies with ginger nibs along with info on spice usage and history.

    The event starts with check in at 5:30 pm at Allen's - An American Cafe 217 W. Huron. Advanced tickets are $45 (highly recommended) available online at www.chicagocooks.com.

    Please join us in supporting Slow Food, Common Threads, and Purple Asparagus - three amazing not-for-profits that focus on food and culture!

  • A Spicy Booksigning and Tasting with Author Dave De Witt
    Sunday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
    Sunday (7/10) 1 - 3pm at the Milwaukee Spice House <br>Tuesday (7/12) 7 - 9pm at the Old Town Chicago Spice House

    "The Pope of Peppers," Dave De Witt, has an exciting new book that goes way beyond chile peppers and covers black pepper, mustard, horseradish, ginger, and wasabi. "The Spicy Food Lover's Bible" has plenty of food history, as well as how to use and store these spicy ingredients. With more than 250 recipes, this volume is truly a bible and is very comprehensive.

    This customer appreciation event will include many sample tastings of recipes from "The Spicy Food Lover's Bible," and the "Pope" himself will be on hand to sign a personal copy for you. He will talk from 1:30 - 2pm on Sunday in Milwaukee, and from 7:30 - 8pm in Chicago. Bring on the questions! Join us for good food and great company!

    Please R.S.V.P. for these events, so we have enough food and drink for everyone! For Milwaukee, please call 414-272-0977. For Chicago, please call 312-274-0378.

    Follow Dave on his country-wide media tour on his website www.fiery-foods.com.

  • Chicago, a Spicy Melting Pot!
    Thursday, June 16 & Friday, June 17, 2005
    7 - 8:30 pm
    The Spice House, Old Town Chicago, 1512 N Wells Street

    The Spice House teams up with the city of Chicago for their summer culinary celebration, "Stirring Things Up in Chicago."

    Join a discussion of world spices that have made their way into ethnic Chicago neighborhoods. Sample spicy tastings that will take your taste buds on a trip around the world.

    This event is $10 per person. Registration is available by calling The Spice House at 312-274-0378. Please register early, as these events tend to fill up quickly.

  • Spices: Their History, Influence, and Use
    Monday, April 25th, 2005
    7pm
    Williams-Sonoma @ Bloomingdale's, 900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

    Long-time Spice House crew member, Chef Steve Tobiason, will be leading this lecture and cooking demonstration.

    The lecture will be an historical review and demystification of spices and their flavors, as well as, their unique influence on the world and modern civilization. Following the lecture, there will be a cooking demonstation and tasting using the spices discussed in the first half of the class.

    The menu includes: Four Pepper Crusted Tuna Loin on a Bed of Mixed Baby Greens with Curry Oil and Fleur de Sel, and Vanilla Rice Pudding (using two varieties of vanilla--Tahitian and Madagascan--to savor the difference).

    Contact Williams-Sonoma at 312-587-8080 to sign up.

  • Spice up the Season at the Calphalon Culinary Center
    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Calphalon Culinary Center 1000 W Washington Blvd, Chicago

    "Stimulate your human senses as you discover spices both subtle and powerful."

    Tom and Patty will be on hand to extoll the virtues of spices and answer questions such as when whole or ground is the best choice for your dish, and how to best store your spices to preserve their flavor and freshness. This is a demonstration class, and the chef will be preparing a number of recipes in class, using delicious spices as Tom and Patty talk about their uses.

    The menu includes: Sweet Curry Carrot Soup, Chinese Five Spice Chicken Salad in a Crispy Wonton Bowl, Spicy Louisiana Crawfish & Sausage Gumbo, and Cardamon Creme Brulee.

    Please see the Calphalon website (Calphalon.com), or call toll-free 1-866-780-7799, for details and to sign-up for this event.

  • A Spicy Journey with author Marilyn Pocius
    Saturday, January 8th, 2005
    1 - 3 p.m.
    The Spice House 1512 N Wells Street, Chicago

    This event is sponsored by The Spice House in conjunction with the City of Chicago's Winter Delights "Stir it Up" weekend and author Marilyn Pocius.

    Join Tom and Patty, along with Marily Pocius (author of "A Cook's Guide to Chicago") for a look at the the world of herbs and spices.

    There will be various tastings of recipes from Marilyn's book, prepared by Spice House crew members Chef Kevin Bozis and Chef Jennifer Statz, as well as author demonstrations throughout the program. The menu includes: Simple Mango Salsa, Julie's Ancho Pepper Dip, Pomegranate Chicken, and Cheater's Tandoori Chicken.

    This event is free, but reservations are required.

  • Alton Brown
    December 8 - 9:30 a.m. CST, Dec 9 - 1:30 a.m. CST,
    Dec 12 - 7 a.m. CST, Dec 23 - 9:30 p.m. CST, Dec 24 - 1 a.m. CST
    The Food Network

    Check out the Spice House on Alton Brown's Good Eats ever-so-classic fruit cake episode.

    We had the most delightful time when Alton, his wife, and his crew spent a whole Saturday in our shop. (Alton is a true perfectionist)! When it was finally time to go home, they surprised us by giving us a homemade fruitcake. We kept it frozen and took it home to Wisconsin where we toasted it and slathered it with butter for our Christmas breakfast with the family. What a nice treat. If you like fruitcake, this show will give you the best ever recipe. (also available on the Food Network's web site)

  • The Lure and Lore of Spices Presentation
    October 22nd and 23rd
    10:00am - 11:30 am
    The Chalet Nursery Education Center, 3132 Lake Ave, Wilmette, Il

    Patty and Tom Erd, Spice House owners, will do their classic spice presentation featuring the fascinating history of spices along with interesting spice lore, including spice differential tastings. Followed by a stimulating question and answer session. Spice goodie bags available to the first 50 people attending. The phone number at The Chalet is 847 256 0561.

  • Author Booksigning and Reception with David Rosengarten
    Monday, October 4th, 2004
    5:00 - 6:30
    1512 North Wells St, Chicago Il 60610

    Please join The Spice House in a customer appreciation event. Our talented culinary staff will be preparing hors d'oeuvres served with wine from David's new book, DAVID ROSENGARTEN ENTERTAINS: FABULOUS PARTIES FOR FOOD LOVERS. David, a well known Cookbook author, travel writer and TV journalist will be on hand to chat with you and sign copies of his new book.

    While the event is complimentary, we ask that you RSVP by calling 312-274-0378, or email spices@thespicehouse.com.

    If you can not attend the event but would like to reserve a personalized copy of the book, please call the above number with a credit card handy. We hope to see you there.

  • Friends of McKinley Park Library Presentation
    Sunday, July 18th, 2004
    1:00 pm
    Connie's Restaurant, 2373 Archer, Chicago

    Throughout time, man’s destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control the spice trade. Exotic myths arose in explanation of the expense of the spice treasures. Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of daring do! For more information on Friends of McKinley Park, please visit them at this address, FOMPL@YELLOWSTONE.NET

  • Spicy Olive Tasting in Conjunction with our neighbor Tizi Melloul
    Monday, June 21st, 2004
    5:30 to 8:00pm
    531 N. Wells Street

    SPICES FOR ALL SENSES FESTIVAL MONDAY, JUNE 21 TO SUNDAY, JUNE 27

    Tizi Melloul will celebrate the spices of the Mediterranean this summer with the Spices for All Senses week-long celebration taking place Monday, June 21 to Sunday, June 27. The festival will begin with a special olive tasting and continue through the week with special dishes and wine pairings. Monday, June 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.: 12 Olives for $12 - Tizi Melloul will feature 12 different Mediterranean spices such as cardamom, anise, caraway, cumin and coriander. The evening will showcase a walk-around tasting of olives, each marinated with a different spice. Each olive mixture will be paired with one of three wines from the restaurant's specialty wine list. In addition, a spice expert from The Spice House crew, Chef Jennifer Statz, will be on hand to answer questions. Guests who correctly identify 10 of the 12 spices will win a gift certificate to The Spice House.

    Admission for the 12 Olives for $12 event is $12 (paired wines included). Reservations for 12 Olives for $12 may be made by calling Tizi Melloul at (312) 670-4338.

    In addition, Tizi Melloul will offer guests a special Spices of the Mediterranean menu with wine pairing recommendations for each dish in the main dining room throughout the week.

  • Author Booksigning and Reception with Patricia Wells
    Sunday, June 13th, 2004
    3:00 until 4:30
    The Spice House, 1031 North Old World Third Street, Milwaukee Wisconsin

    We are thrilled to have Patricia grace our shop on her whirlwind tour. Her latest book is The Provence Cookbook. What follows is a review by Publisher's Weekly.

    "February, 2004 – Wells is one of the most famous American culinary expats living in France, and she's carved out quite a niche for herself as the voice of France for American home cooks. Provence, a sunny region in the hills above the Riviera, is not a new subject for Wells; although her last book focused on Paris, she authored Patricia Wells at Home in Provence in 1996.

    For this lively volume, she seems to have combed the villages surrounding her and her husband's "rewarding little farmhouse" in northern Provence to come up with recipes and culinary tips from farmers, winemakers, tradesmen, shopkeepers and restaurateurs.

    It's a robust collection (with over 200 recipes), encompassing all manner of food, wine and preparation techniques, and a highly personal one too. For example, in the Salads section, the recipe for Mireille's Tomato, Green Pepper, Olive, and Anchovy Salad prompts Wells to expound on her favorite olive oil; while the recipe for the Maussane Potter's Spaghetti, which comes from some of the author's potter friends in the village of Maussane-les-Alpilles, leads Wells to write about her favorite pottery shops in Provence. This could be bothersome if Wells were not so instructive, but her personal digressions serve as important lessons to cooks and to those planning a trip to the area.

    To that end, Wells includes plenty of travel information, giving the various locations and hours of Provence's many markets and contact information for restaurants and shops. Altogether, this is a lovely cookbook, a celebration of simple, delectable cuisine."

    Whenever we are lucky enough to have author's come in for a booksigning, we enjoy turning it into a social occaison for The Spice House. Our trained culinary students on our staff will be pouring over the book and ultimately making some delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared from the book. We will also be serving wine, I suspect in this case, the wine should be French!

    It is our opinion that for any one of your family or friends that like to cook, you can give no gift more thoughtful than a personalized beautiful cookbook.

  • Wells Street Art Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th
    10 am to Dusk
    Wells street, between North and Division

    One of our favorite weekends of the whole year allows our Chicago shop, simply by virtue of its great location, to be a part of the Wells Street Art Festival. We love the vitality of the weekend, the music, the colorful art, the tasty food vendors out on the street and ALL the people. This is a GREAT place for people watching and soaking up local atmosphere.

    Recognized for years as not only Chicago’s largest, but also its most prestigious art fair, the Wells Street Art Festival proudly returns to Old Town for its 30th year. This juried fine arts festival consistently attracts more than 70,000 art patrons over two days. Spanning a six- block segment of Wells Street, the festival is set in Chicago’s famous Old Town District. Home to some of the city’s best restaurants and boutiques, this classic neighborhood is up scale, relaxed, vibrant and diverse.

    In addition to showcasing the works of at least 260 outstanding artists from California to Florida, the Wells Street Art Festival presents national renowned live entertainment, a variety of children’s activities and a unique selection of food and beverage vendors.

    The Illinois Federation of Festivals has also, over the last four years, honored the festival as “Chicago’s Best Community Festival.” Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in an established, high quality event in the heart of the Windy City

  • Feast of the Senses - Slow Food, Chicago
    Saturday, June 5th, 2004
    6:00 pm
    Starts at Calphalon Center, 1000 W. Washington Blvd.

    This is one of our favorite events of the year to participate in. It really does spark all of your senses, and we are invited, naturally to stimulate your olfactory sense (we smell!) This event meanders through 16 various art galleries. Each one features a guest chef with samplings, a beverage station of some sort (16 different wineries, breweries, coffee and water companies are participating) and various tastings. The chefs participating this year are from one sixtyblue, Adobo Grill, Blackbird, Caliterra, Carlucci, Coco Pazzo, D. Kelly, Green Dolphin Street, Joe Marchetti's Ristorante, Lula Cafe, m.k., Mas, Pili Pili, Roy's, Rushmore, Sangria, Spiaggia, Thyme, Trattoria no. 10, Vie, Wave, Ristorante We and Wishbone. Yum. The cost is $50 and tickets may be purchased ahead of time from www.chicagocooks.com. We hope to see you there.

  • Behind the Lions Day at the Art Institute of America, Exploring the World
    Saturday, June 5th, 2004
    10:30 to 3:30
    The Art Institute of America, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

    This is a first time event for us, so we are really not sure what to expect or tell you! We will be in the Kraft Education Center at the Art Institute Museum. We have been asked to have sort of an interactive booth for children of all ages which would allow them to smell and taste spices from all over the world. We had hoped to have the kids be able to mix up some vanilla-cinnamon sugar to take home with them but at this point there seems to be some limit as to what you can and can not do around valuable art. It has been our experience that anytime the city of Chicago puts together a special event, it is always a wonderful experience that the whole family can enjoy.

  • Preparing a Delicious Meal for your Valentine Made Simple
    Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb 11
    2 PM on Saturday, 1:30 Pm on Sunday
    Madame Kuony's Kitchen, The Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI

    This free demonstration well present wonderful recipes to make a complete meal for Valentine's Day. Featured will be roasted winter squash and carrot soup, baked fish with Cook Islands chutney, coconut-cardamom rice, dressed pea pods, and macaroons dipped in dark chocolate flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and chilies. There is no registration required, and recipes will be available to take home, as well as a helpful preparation timeline and a market shopping list. Tell your friends!

  • Retail Therapy Night, 1941 Central Street, Evanston
    Thursday, October 8, 2009
    6-9 pm
    Central Street in Evanston betweet Green Bay and Hartrey

    Come to Central Street Thursday, October 4 for a relaxing evening of shopping with discounts, prizes, and refreshments. The Spice House and its neighbors will be staying open until 9:00. Visit our shop at 1941 Central Street for homemade spicy treats. We had fun working with our new preserved lemons and harissa in making a lamb appetizer. You can also sample Ghraybeh - Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookies, featuring orange flower water. 15% discount applied to any store sale between 6-9.

    This will also be the start of the Evanston Art Walk, part of Evanston's Arts + Humanities Month. The Spice House and other Evanston stores will be displaying works by local artists.