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Chef Joho’s Holiday List!

December 6, 2016

Chef Joho’s Holiday List!

This time of the year is one of Chef Joho’s favorites, with plenty to do with visiting family and friends. Below are some of his most recommended holiday moments in Chicago! Enjoy!

Through December 24
Daley Plaza, Chicago
Inspired by the Christkindlsmarket in Nuremberg, Germany, which began in 1545, the Christkindlmarket Chicago brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE!

613 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago’s most unique shopping destination for china, dinnerware, hotel silver, tabletop accessories and one-of-a-kind flea market finds, P.O.S.H. has something for every dining-lover in your life. During the holiday season their inventory overflows with beautiful decorations and perfect stocking stuffers, but really, this boutique is perfect to visit any time of the year.

A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre
Through December 31
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60601
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than experiencing the joy of this timeless tale of hope and redemption. Charles Dickens’ messages of hope, charity and kindness towards others mean more than ever this season. Share this heartwarming tradition—chock full of festive music, glorious costumes and more stage magic than ever—with friends and loved ones. It’s the best show to get at the true meaning of the holidays.

Bûche de Noël from La Fournette Bakery & Café
Orders can be placed starting December 11
1547 N. Wells St., Chicago IL 60610
Bûche de Noël is a classic French holiday dessert. Made of sponge cake rolled to resemble a Yule log, these fanciful creations, garnished with meringue mushrooms and filled with jam, will raise the holiday spirits of any gathering you host or attend. Quite complicated to make by hand, my favorite place to order one from in Chicago is La Fournette Bakery on Wells Street. They begin taking orders around two weeks before Christmas, and typically offer several flavors, including hazelnut, chocolate and vanilla, for under $40 per cake.

Christmas Goose from Paulina Market
3501 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Not sure where to get your Christmas goose? There’s no other place than the always-reputable Paulina Market, a family-run shop that has been serving Chicagoan since 1949. Place your order in advance to get the perfect size, or stop by and wander the aisles stocking up on various sausages, crown pork roasts, stuffed veal breast and more. Special holiday gift packages are available as well.

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