208. Barrington Street Style: One-of-a-Kind Fashion Designer, Dyllis Braithwaite

208. Barrington Street Style: One-of-a-Kind Fashion Designer, Dyllis Braithwaite

 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…

203. Barrington Street Style: Jonathan Matta’s Classic Iconic American Look

203. Barrington Street Style: Jonathan Matta’s Classic Iconic American Look

 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…

64. VIDEO: Hope’s in Style Student Fashion Show Raises Record Funds for Guatemala City Families

64. VIDEO: Hope’s in Style Student Fashion Show Raises Record Funds for Guatemala City Families

 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…

327. Table and Dish Celebrates a Heinen’s Thanksgiving

327. Table and Dish Celebrates a Heinen’s Thanksgiving

 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…

311. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: Sally’s Sunday Sauce

311. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: Sally’s Sunday Sauce

 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…

293. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: A Roeckell Family Fall Picnic

293. Heinen’s Sunday Supper: A Roeckell Family Fall Picnic

 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…

275. Growing Cents of Style Sale Gives Back

275. Growing Cents of Style Sale Gives Back

 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…

244. Gentleman Farmer’s Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs

244. Gentleman Farmer’s Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs

 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…

183. A Taste of UnCork Barrington’s 2014 Featured Wines

183. A Taste of UnCork Barrington’s 2014 Featured Wines

 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…

154. CrossFit and ChiroFit Team Up for Student Athletes

154. CrossFit and ChiroFit Team Up for Student Athletes

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.

Teen Session at CrossFit - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Teen Session at CrossFit – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

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…

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145. Caledonian Furniture & Antiques Celebrates Move with Rare Sale This Weekend Only 5/31 & 6/1

145. Caledonian Furniture & Antiques Celebrates Move with Rare Sale This Weekend Only 5/31 & 6/1

 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…

144. The Gentleman Farmer Returns to Barrington Roots

144. The Gentleman Farmer Returns to Barrington Roots

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 Green at the farm with their boys Henry and Oliver - Photograph courtesy of Christina Noel
Dominic and Jessica Green at the farm with their boys Henry (5) and Oliver (3) – Courtesy of Christina Noël Photography

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.

It was during that time that the couple fell hard for the lifestyle and ethics of the River Cottagea self-sustaining farming community founded by British chef and journalist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Jessica began researching the Stateline Farm Beginnings program through Angelic Organics, and the couple decided to apply.

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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.

A summer CSA share contains veggies ranging from staples to exotics - Photograph courtesy of Christina Noel Photography
A summer CSA share contains veggies ranging from staples to exotics – Photograph courtesy of Christina Noël Photography

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.

Dominic and employee Scott Speer discuss the next wave of transplanting - Photographed by Julie Linnekin
Dominic and Scott Speer discuss the next wave of transplanting – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

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…

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125. Hands of Hope’s 14th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

125. Hands of Hope’s 14th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

 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 … Read more…

114. Introducing #HeinensSundaySupper Week 1: Roeckell Family Dinner

114. Introducing #HeinensSundaySupper Week 1: Roeckell Family Dinner

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 Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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!

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Sunday Supper - The Roeckell Family - Photographed by Sally Roeckell
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – The Roeckell Family – Photographed by Sally Roeckell

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.

Heinen's Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois
Heinen’s Grocery Store in Barrington, Illinois

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