1015 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Monday-Friday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Store Manager of Tabula Tua
Laura enjoys discovering new places, enjoying friends' company, and listening to folk and bluegrass guitarists. Favorite thing in the store right now? Taverna Decorative Spoon by Arte Italica
At Tabula Tua, the holidays mean pretty much one thing: lots of entertaining, and we know that many of you have your unique style and favorite dinnerware pieces. Do you use your fine china for these special occasions, or do you stick with a more casual setting? Do you have one line of dinnerware that you use, or do you “mix and match?”
After Thanksgiving, one of our loyal customers in Florida sent us the following picture of her table setting. She went the “mix and match” route, using some Juliska dishes and Match Pewter serving pieces. Not only does her table look beautiful, but her spread is making us hungry for our Christmas and Chanukah feasts!
Do you have some pictures of your holiday feasts? We’d love to see them - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do!
All of us at Tabula Tua would like to welcome Butcher and the Burger to our neighborhood and the best block on Armitage Avenue. Don’t let the name fool you - trust me, when I heard a burger shop was coming in next door, I thought, “Seriously? Do we really need more burgers in Chicago?” Well, this shop exceeded my expectations and is, as the write-up in Daily Candy suggests, “a cut above the rest.”
This is not your typical burger stop. Prime and grass-fed beef, salmon, shrimp, turkey, veggie, unusual sauces, fried egg and foie gras toppings are among the myriad of choices offered, plus they have excellent (and non-greasy) French fries. I’ve had three styles (so far…), though my favorite is the shrimp burger! More perks — the prices are reasonable and they offer a kid’s size for just $4 (a light lunch for “big kids”?). Beyond the food, it is also the cutest shop ever - you can’t imagine what they did with that narrow 100+ year-old space. Needless to say, we highly recommend that you make a visit.
And, when you’re done dining, bring in your Butcher & the Burger receipt to Tabula Tua and get $10 off your purchase of over $75 through November 15, 2011. We have the most outrageous steak and butcher knives. Be sure to ask!
Ever since we started carrying Justin Rothshank’s wonderfully original pottery and tableware at Tabula Tua, I have been intrigued by the juxtaposition of the artist’s youthful and unique style with his home in the heart of Midwestern Amish country. After hearing a recent NPR story about The Electric Brew in Goshen, Indiana, I was inspired to take advantage of the incredible October weather, and two Saturdays ago two friends and I made a visit. The drive from Chicago was only 2.5 hours, but we could have been a million miles away.
Some of Justin Rothshank’s unique mugs (available at Tabula Tua).
We rolled into the sleepy town and headed to the Goshen Farmer’s Market, which sells all things local, from free-range meats and dairy to quilts and jewelry. We then checked into the Rose Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast, which is owned by Stephen and Rosetta Schmidt and sits on six acres of gorgeous farm- and wood-land about 15 minutes from downtown Goshen. We had a relaxing picnic of bread, cheese, and tomato salad from the farmer’s market, and then took a stroll around the property, crossing paths with the chickens that would be responsible for Sunday’s breakfast eggs. After eating we went back into Goshen to visit the Old Bag Factory. Once a Midwestern industrial centerpiece, the factory has been transformed into an artist hub, with sculptors and craftsmen using the space as a public workshop, while also having the opportunity to sell their goods. Our final destination on Saturday was The Electric Brew, where we joined a crowd of all ages listening to singer/songwriters Caralie Raymond and Dave Johnson - I particularly enjoyed the latter performer, who sounded a bit like Neil Young.
View from the B&B.
Sunday we awoke to the clip-clop of horses leading carriages of Amish and Mennonite folks to church. We enjoyed a breakfast made with ingredients directly from the farm, and returned to town where we visited one of the only places open on Sunday morning, the Olympia Candy Kitchen. Another “throwback” to a different era, they make hand-dipped chocolates and have a diner in the front where hard-working teens serve eggs and coffee (and a delicious homemade fruit lemonade that I had with apples and oranges). We finished the trip with a visit to Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, where we picked perfectly ripe apples to bring back to Chicago.
DELICIOUS homemade fruit lemonade!
As I arrived back home, I was struck by how I have consciously moved in the direction of eating more locally-produced foods and supporting local artisans, and yet I had no idea that such an idyllic notion of “local” really even existed. But it certainly does, and it’s not very far, at all, from our doorsteps.
A scene from the orchard.
Tabula Tua invites you to join us on Thursday, October 21 for An Evening with Michael Aram, internationally renowned artist and sculptor. Michael will personally inscribe pieces purchased at the event. Chicago’s own Carrie Nahabedian, Chef and co-owner of NAHA restaurant, will provide Mediterranean-inspired food and cocktails for the evening.
Both Michael’s and Carrie’s work have been heavily influenced by their Armenian roots, especially the preparations and traditions involving food and family. Michael and Carrie bring together their shared rich history and vibrant culture for a cause that is very personal to them. Tabula Tua will donate a percentage of the evening’s proceeds to Save the ArQ, a foundation that aims to create awareness of the Armenian community in Jerusalem.
A favorite: Apple Plate by Michael Aram
Please join us as we celebrate food, culture and beautiful tableware!
on Thursday, October 21
from 6:00pm to 9:00pm CT
at Tabula Tua, 1015 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60614
Michael’s newest and best known pieces are available from Tabula Tua. Secure your favorite piece at our pre-sale - starting today! (gift with purchase – quantities limited)
In addition, Michael has generously designed and crafted a one-of-a-kind sculpture, titled Perpetual Perseverance, which will be auctioned on eBay. The bidding will continue the night of the event with the winner announced at 8:30 pm at Tabula Tua.
Please RSVP at email@example.com or 773.525.0816.