Edgeville Buzz

Local Restaurants Offer Something Fresh With Pop-Up Grocery Stores

Community restaurants have been scrambling to find fresh ideas to keep money flowing during the COVID-19 dining ban. With most businesses focusing on take-out and curbside delivery orders, some have also opened pop-up grocery stores and food events where people can shop for specialty foods while also supporting the local economy.

Some large grocery stores have been so busy that social distancing guidelines have caused occupancy restrictions and long lines just to enter. It is a safety precaution that has created stress for many. In response, local food businesses utilized the situation to provide residents with a safer and more convenient shopping experience.

Edgewater’s new Brasserie by Cookies and Carnitas (5940 N Broadway) hopes to open their doors this Summer. As they build out their new restaurant, they have decided to open the space early for one day and team up with artisanal cheese and pantry item gurus Regalis Chicago to host a socially distant shopping and take-out experience.

It happens this Sunday, May 24 from 10 a.m – 1 p.m and will offer top-of-the-line pantry staples, artisan cheese and delicious comfort meals to take home. The event will include pizza and cookies from Brasserie, cheese and accompaniments from Regalis, fresh pasta and eggplant parm from Pasta Peddler’s Ryan Poli, local meats from Avron Farms, produce from Nichols Farm, plus microgreens and knife sharpening from American Farms.

“Although it is time to be apart, it does not mean that we cannot come together to support one another,” said Regalis’Karrie Kimble. “We had a common goal to provide the farm and our restaurants with an opportunity to generate an alternate revenue source. Couple that with a safe shopping experience for attendees to purchase local foods, specialty goods and prepared dishes from accomplished Chicago chefs under one roof, we hope to have found a near perfect match.”

To provide a safe space for shoppers and vendors, registrations will be limited by the hour, up to 8 adult shoppers at a time. You must rsvp for all adults in your party (maximum 2 adults/family). Vendors will accept Venmo only as another safety precaution, no cash. There is a $5 registration fee that will be donated to their restaurant partners’ employee relief fund.

At 1133 W Granville, a small market takes over the space at Farm Bar Edgewater with a convenient local option to pick up cooked menu items from their kitchen and bottles of alcohol from the bar as well as the usual grocery items and cleaning supplies you would find at a supermarket. They also offer a selection of locally grown produce and items such as honey from the owner’s farm in Wisconsin. Farm Bar’s manager Shawn Ash explains that it is a sort of general store that is close by for a quick pick-up of items you may need.

“We researched what was happening at other businesses as well as what the neighborhood was looking for,” said Ash. “I have put everything on our website so you can order dinner as well as things like dried goods, cleaning goods, or anything we may have in stock. We want to make it one less stop for people who just want to get things such as a couple lemons or couple onions.”

Farm Bar Edgewater’s market also carries items from local artisans such as handmade notebooks and candles. Local producer Appel’s Cordials is just one of the participants you will find there. You can stop by the market Tuesday-Sunday from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. to see what is offered or pre-order 24 hours in advance at Farm-Bar.com (click on the Edgewater button) for quick pickup.

In Andersonville, First Slice Cafe at 5357 N Ashland has a fresh idea with their grocery boxes. Each weekly package has great food items including a half gallon of Kalona milk, cage free/veggie fed eggs, La Boulangerie sourdough, an assortment of local farmer produce and a First Slice mini pie of course.

First Slice grocery boxes are $30. Email Nicole at catering@firstslice.org to sign up and include your preferences of milk (2% or whole), mini pie (apple, cherry, strawberry rhubarb), and location pick up (Andersonville or Manor). Thursday is the deadline for weekend pickup. Payment can be done over the phone or upon arrival.

For additional offerings, check out your favorite restaurant’s website, the Andersonville Chamber website and the Edgewater Chamber website.

We invite you to comment as Edgeville Buzz's GUEST. We review all submissions before they go live on our site. We encourage civil dialogue. Posts must adhere to our comment policy and we reserve the right to delete posts/ban users for instances of inappropriate language, bullying speech, character defamation, spam, etc.