New ‘RFK THX-GIVIN’ Market’ May Ease the Holidaze

With Halloween candies collected and maybe even rationed off for weekday lunches or after school treats, it’s time to start rummaging for favorite family recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, plotting the special holiday menu, and creating those often daunting shopping lists.

But this year, you have a new option.

The new River Forest Kitchen, at 349 Ashland Ave., will play host to what they dub,         Thx-Givin’ Market on Saturday, November 14th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

THX GIVIN floral piece
Pastiche Floral will offer beautiful, fresh centerpieces for those looking for a sophisticated table or gift for the host.
THX Rare Bird jam
River Forest resident Elizabeth Madden is the creator and force behind Rare Bird Preserves. Madden and Adam Friedberg opened River Forest Kitchen this past summer.

What promises to be a cornucopia of local food artisans and culinary cuisine, this first-ever market might just be your one-stop shop for all of your Thanksgiving fixings or perhaps it will prove to whet your palette for one specialty item that will leave your guests gobbling up every last bite.

“The purpose of the event is to provide shoppers with an opportunity to do their Thanksgiving shopping all at once; turkeys, side dishes, soups, pies, and more,” said Adam Friedberg of Brand & Company and co-founder of River Forest Kitchen. “The event is your one-stop shop for all things Thanksgiving!”

THX Blue Max
Local and loved coffee house Blue Max will not only be selling fresh coffee beans to grind for guests at your holiday meal, but while visitors stroll the market, they get to sip this favorite brew. Blue Max will also sell their signature scones.
THX Chicago RAW
Chicago Raw has assorted vegan desserts available as well as paleo-pumpkin pie. Raw, vegan lemon squares are shown here.
raw turkey
Have a raw food guest, vegetarian or vegan joining your table? Honor their food choices with a complete “turkey” dinner and the “trimmings.”








Friedberg said since its inception with co-founder and River Forest resident Elizabeth Madden of Rare Bird Preserves in July 2015, River Forest Kitchen has always envisioned the space serving as a place to host “French market” style events.

And there really couldn’t be a better time of year than Thanksgiving season to set up its first market.

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Blue Sky Bakery will offer an assortment of their amazing tarts and pies. Some of their options include an apple cranberry pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, dark chocolate pecan pie, and pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust.

Smoked turkey, charcuterie and cheese platters, smokey pumpkin bisque soup, handmade toffee, assorted festive pies, seasonal ice creams, gluten-free muesli, unique floral centerpieces and more are just a taste of what shoppers will find at the market.

THX Pumpkin Soup 1.
An apropos autumn-inspired soup. Karl’s Craft Soups will be available and no other soup would grace a Thanksgiving table better than this smokey pumpkin bisque.

Shoppers will be able to meet the artisans, sample their products, buy directly and/or place orders to be picked up at River Forest Kitchen up to two days before Thanksgiving or a time and day deemed fitting for customers.

“No more worrying about going from store to store to find the perfect centerpiece, gift, or turkey for your Thanksgiving,” Friedberg said. “This year, it’s simple, head to River Forest Kitchen. Make it easy on yourself and head to the place with high quality products and delicious food to make this year’s holiday your best one yet.”

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A gift box filled with Bettyplum Handmade Confections toffee and caramels are sure to make the perfect hostess gift.

Participating vendors include River Forest Kitchen tenants, such as Rare Bird Preserves, Bettyplum Handmade Confections, Victory Dance Foods, Oak Park’s own Carnivore, and classic Chicagoland favorites, like Blue Sky Bakery, Karl’s Craft Soups, and Chicago Raw. Each vendor will have its own table to showcase and sell their goods and services, and will work with shoppers to arrange convenient product pick-up times.


The event has been organized by River Forest Kitchen with the help and support of Elizabeth Madden, Annie Bergin Dwyer, Lauren Mandel and Adam Friedberg.

Free street parking and a parking lot in the rear are available.

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  1. How awesome is this!? Congratulations, RF Kitchen! I’m so excited to see the space and check out this market. Thanks for sharing!

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