The late days of summer are perfect for outdoor dining and the sweet taste of the season’s seafood. For this week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic we took advantage of both in this simple Fisherman’s soup. You can use any firm white fish. Halibut works great but in this pot I used cod. That’s the beauty of fish soup, you can change it up any way you … Read more…
I met Dyllis Braithwaite in her home on a late summer afternoon after the rain had passed. When she opened the door wearing head to toe animal print, I knew this woman had style. Known for her wearable art and beautiful fabrics, Dyllis allowed me to learn more about what inspires her signature looks for this week’s Barrington Street Style. In college, Dyllis studied home … Read more…
One of my favorite things about producing Barrington Street Style is meeting people who are thoughtful about choosing clothes that reflect their personalities. Jonathan Matta is one of those people. When I asked Jonathan what inspires his look, he was quick to tell me that he likes to keep it simple with pieces inspired by classic, iconic, American menswear. When it comes to his sense of … Read more…
The Barrington High School Students behind this week’s third annual Hope’s in Style fashion show fundraiser raised a record $43,306 which will enable them to build six new homes this summer for families who live and work in and around Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Sunday’s show at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center featured over fifty student models, sylists and volunteers, drawing an audience of … Read more…
We’re celebrating Thanksgiving early, with the help of Heinen’s Grocery and photographer Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish. One of the things most evident from Sally’s stunning food photography is that her seasoned culinary skills are matched by her gift for impeccable presentation. Sally makes each dish look like a work of art and – when it comes to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner this week … Read more…
We have a special Barrington family recipe for you this week as you take down those Halloween decorations while thoughts turn to Thanksgiving. There’s nothing quite like a pot of flavorful homemade pasta sauce simmering on the stove to add warmth to a chilly fall day. And that’s just what’s cooking at the Roeckell house. (I can almost smell it from here!) Barrington’s own food … Read more…
Autumn leaves and fall’s freshest ingredients found at Heinen’s Grocery have inspired a new season of Sunday Supper features at 365Barrington.com. Heinen’s is offering a gift card to one Barrington family each week to purchase ingredients for their own Sunday meal. In turn, each family’s cook will invite us into their homes by authoring a Sunday Supper post about their favorite foods and the significance … Read more…
When Barrington resident Jenny Welsh first dreamed up Growing Cents of Style, her seasonal children’s consignment sales, she had no idea how large they would become. Once held in a tiny boutique, the twice-yearly sales now occupy an expansive warehouse and draw devoted customers from all over Chicagoland. As the sale grows, Jenny is delighted to give back more to the Barrington community–and to causes close to her … Read more…
It’s Farmers Market day in Barrington! This week’s featured highlights include a performance by Frank Badot, “the best chocolate and caramel sauces you will ever taste” from Grown-up Kid Stuff plus an amazin’ corn children’s activity at 3:30. Jessica Green of The Gentleman Farmer says we’re going to love this week’s harvest from their Barrington Hills farm so be sure to pay the Greens a … Read more…
With the 10th annual UnCork Barrington wine and food tasting event coming up on July 11th, we thought we’d share a closer look at this year’s featured wines and check the 10-day extended weather forecast for Barrington. According to Weather.com, it looks like Mother Nature will be serving up sunny skies and a high of 80 degrees for Barrington’s most anticipated outdoor wine festival of … Read more…
Calling all middle school, high school and college athletes: It’s time to get fit! ChiroFit chiropractor Dr. Dave Crosson and CrossFit Barrington co-owners/coaches Brian Niven and Chris Bluse have joined forces to create a new summer Athletic Enhancement program to help you improve your game – whatever that game may be. Their goal is to provide a structured, safe, and properly coached program that addresses the whole athlete.
All three coaches are former college athletes: Dr. Dave Crosson played basketball, and CrossFit Coaches and Co-Owners Brian Niven and Chris Bluse were Division 1 and professional lacrosse players. Their athletic and professional experiences equip them with an exceptional knowledge base, all of which they applied in the creation of this program.
Dr. Crosson, who goes by “Dr. Dave” at ChiroFit, found CrossFit Barrington through a patient. He was immediately hooked on the diverse workouts, and has worked out there 5-6 days per week ever since. “In two years of working with CrossFit, I’ve personally seen more gains in strength and overall athletic ability than anywhere since I got out of college,” he says…
We’re lucky enough to have a treasure trove here in Barrington, and it’s almost time for a hunt! Barrie Heath, the third-generation owner of fine English antiques and reproductions dealer Caledonian, Inc., is busily preparing to relocate his business from his Cook Street storefront to a new, larger location on James Street. In doing so, he’s tripling his showroom space and gathering all of his … Read more…
After five years of reverse commuting from the city to their Barrington Hills farm, The Gentleman Farmer, organic farmers Dominic and Jessica Green are relocating their family to Barrington–and returning to Jessica’s roots. As they begin their fourth year growing for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, they’re also expanding their offerings and looking forward to selling their delicious, locally-grown produce at the Barrington Farmer’s Market.
Dominic and Jessica didn’t always plan on becoming farmers, nor did they envision a move to Barrington. It’s home for Jessica, a Barrington High School graduate, but Dominic hails from the South of England–and both are dyed-in-the-wool world travelers. They each had careers in the arts – Dominic as an actor, and Jessica as a dancer and Pilates instructor – but were looking for a lifestyle change. As new parents to their son Henry, born in 2008, they craved a more direct connection to food and community.
They also had access to Jessica’s family’s land in Barrington Hills–beautiful, fertile land just 35 miles from the city. As Dominic and Jessica sought direction for their next move, farming began to emerge as a strong contender.
Dominic says that the program provided them with invaluable training, but nothing compares to the farming experience itself. The Gentleman Farmer was certainly born in the Stateline Beginnings program, but has grown only through seasons of work in the field. “I’m like a toddler learning to walk, gaining stability each year,” he says. In his first year, he farmed a third of an acre, and grew vegetables for fifteen families and friends (Dominic and Jessica affectionately refer to that as year zero).
As their farm grew, so did their CSA membership and their following at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, where loyal customers sought them out each week. Dominic increased his yields, and Jessica managed CSA subscriptions, maintained the website, and crafted newsletters each week.
Now in his fourth official year, Dominic is farming seven acres, two and a half of which will rest each year, planted with cover crops. The Gentleman Farmer is offering 100 twenty-week CSA shares this year (click here to sign up). “I’m planting 130 varieties of about 45 different vegetables,” Dominic says. This diversity is a key component of sustainable farming practices, and also ensures gorgeously varied boxes for CSA members.
Full Share CSA members receive a box each week; Half Share members receive a box every other week. The boxes – which members can either pick up at the farm or at Norton’s USA – each contain about 7-10 fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables. Members also receive a weekly CSA newsletter including notes from the farmer, recipes, nutritional information, photo and video updates on the crops and weekly harvest, and usually a fun farm anecdote.
Dominic and Jessica are also offering a new membership option this year called Worker Shares. In exchange for one shift of work at the farm each week of the season, Worker Share members will receive 1 full Vegetable CSA Share (worth $595). This is a formal commitment to work on the farm for one morning or one afternoon per week (4 – 5 hours). The work will include everything from seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing etc. It’ll be hard work, but the rewards will be delicious–and made that much sweeter by your labor.
Barrington resident Cory Flahaven tried two CSA programs before finding The Gentleman Farmer. “We really think that three times is the charm,” she says. “This is true Barrington local, and the communication Jessica provides is unsurpassed. Her recipes range from simple (which is sometimes perfect) to more sophisticated, and they’re always good.”
Cory and her husband have a four-year-old daughter, Kendall, who adores her weekly trips to the farm…
Spring has finally arrived in earnest: the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire will soon hold its highly-anticipated 14th annual event on June 13 & 14. This feast for the senses is your key to three luxury Barrington estates, where you’ll delight in lush gardens, shop for sought-after furniture and accessories, and savor delectable food. And with every purchase you make, you’ll empower Hands of Hope to improve lives in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a true win-win, wouldn’t you say?
So grab your mom, sisters, friends or all-of-the-above and make your way to the Faire!
In the Garden Faire’s thirteen-year history, nearly $4 million has been raised by attendees and donors. Hands of Hope, which is a 100% volunteer-run organization, has used every cent to improve the lives of the impoverished in Southern Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Zambia, and Nigeria. The organization focuses on ensuring access to education and health care, establishing wells, improving agricultural practices, and providing micro loans to aid in business growth. (You can read more about past and current Hands of Hope projects here.)
Sandy Bollenbacher, who is in her sixth year co-chairing the event (and her third year with co-chair Starr Shum), can’t wait for this year’s Faire: “We have gorgeous accessories, and we’re focusing on repurposing and reusing beautiful pieces of furniture.” Look for these items in the Avant Garden, the upscale flea market where you’re likely to find your new favorite furniture and accessories. Sandy highly recommends the Early Buy ticket for serious shoppers: “You pay a bit more, but you get first crack at the shopping. It’s so worth it – don’t forget your checkbook!”
The Garden Faire’s French Market will showcase the wares of 20 outside vendors, and the Farmhouse will be staged by Junk Warehouse of Lake Barrington, local experts at breathing new life into well-loved pieces. New to the Faire this year is the Boutique. Located in its own quaint cottage on the main Faire grounds, the Boutique will feature jewelry, purses, scarves, dolls and other fashion and home accessory items.
The Faire also features many Garden Party Vignettes, which are chock full of gorgeous decor and inspiration. And you can do more than just admire the fabulous designs: you can also chat with the professional Vignette designers and gather great entertaining tips.
Starr Shum, co-chair of this year’s Garden Faire, can’t wait to see the designers’ creativity in action. She says that Celeste Jackson will design a romantic “Herb-Inspired Bridal Shower for Juliette”; Toms-Price will create a French-themed “Salle de Soliel”; Michelle D’Arcy of Horticultural Associates will stage a “Midsummer’s Dream” in the garden; and Lori Lennon will transform the main garden’s signature gazebo.
Event planner Christina Currie of Christina Currie Events has created an Enchanted Garden Wedding Vignette for the Greenhouse, and it sounds downright dreamy. “It will be filled with white orchids and crystal chandeliers–it’ll be stunning,” Christina says. “It’s an amazing event – bring your mothers, daughters, cousins, and girlfriends. Make a day (or two) of it!”
[Thanks to the Faire’s generous ticket policy, you can pay once (just $45 through June 8th, $55 June 9th and after) and attend both days of this two-day event. Feel free to return to just one garden, or revisit them all – the continuously operating shuttles let you design your own itinerary.]
In addition to these wonderful shopping opportunities, Faire attendees can attend a variety of workshops offered throughout the event. (And what a fabulous deal: any one of these workshops would normally cost more than the price of admission to the fair.) Here are this year’s featured presenters:
We’re partnering with Heinen’s Grocery to share a new series of Sunday posts focused on a favorite weekly family ritual, the Sunday Supper. Sunday meals are a cherished way to slow down and reconnect with our children, spouses, family and friends. In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating Sunday Suppers at homes around Barrington, thanks to Heinen’s, and right here at 365Barrington.com.
Heinen’s will be offering a gift card to one Barrington family each week to put dinner on their tables with groceries hand picked from Heinen’s. In turn, each participating family will share their photos and thoughts here at 365Barrington about the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.
We’re starting today with a post shared by Barrington photographer, 365 Barrington contributor and mother-of-four, Sally Roeckell. Not only does Sally love to cook for her family, she created a website all about cooking for her kids, which you’ll find at TableAndDish.com.
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Week 1
by Sally Roeckell, Barrington photographer and mother of four
Dinners are a coveted time for families these days. Usually gathering as family is an abbreviated, poorly attended event because of the crazy schedule of our young people. Gone are the nightly dinners timed for Dad’s arrival home from work. Now, with sports practices, games, theater, music, studies and peer groups, we are lucky if we are all together for dinner twice a week.
As a child, I fondly remember the long trek to either of my grandparents’ homes for Sunday’s meal. I work hard to keep that tradition alive in my own way and Sundays have become sacred in our house as time for family, church and conversations shared around the dinner table. I look forward to my time spent shopping at Heinen’s for fresh seafood, meats and produce to prepare Sunday’s meal each week for my family.
Taking time to prepare thoughtful dishes is one way I like to show my family just how much they mean to me. When Heinens Grocery and 365 Barrington asked me to write about one of our family Sunday suppers, I was thrilled.
For our family, supper used to be the evening meal. Today it’s whenever we can gather together. Sometimes Sunday supper is even brunch. Whatever it takes to bring our kids to the table and be together.
Because dinners with the whole family don’t happen every day in our home, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a stickler about table manners. When else will I teach them? So I’m not everyone’s favorite when I start with “no elbows”, “take smaller bites”, “chew with your mouth closed” and “sit up straight”. It’s my job. I’m mom!
During our Sunday suppers, I hope I’m giving my kids an appreciation for great food and for dining instead of just eating.
The food is the main attraction but, for me, connecting with each other is the highlight. All of the elements of conversation, sharing, taking our time listening, learning about each other’s lives, this is what I find to be most valuable.
This quality time together gives Dad the opportunity to turn ordinary discussion into teaching moments. It’s a beautiful chance to discuss the day’s Gospel, current events, schoolwork and get to know our kids’ thoughts on the world. We can only hope that whatever topic was turned into a lesson on this day will stay with them. Soon they will be in the world without us and I pray Sunday suppers will bring them back.
This is the reason I make Sunday Suppers a priority. It’s the ones I feed. At the end of the day, when all the wonderful and dirty aspects of parenting are done, no matter what trials we face my heart is filled with gratitude for the blessing they all are to me daily.
This Sunday, we are all here for dinner. The table is set, everyone’s cooking and here’s what’s on our menu, thanks to the very best ingredients from Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington (You’ll find all of our recipes below):
Grilled Bread with Basil and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fennel Baked Side of Salmon, Tomato & Basil Salad with Anchovy Dressing, Wild Mushroom, Leek & Goat Cheese Tart and Almond Olive Oil Orange Cake with Orange Glaze.
Thank you, Heinen’s, for this opportunity to share how important Sunday Suppers are to our family.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.