European Imports, Ltd is one of the largest wholesale distributor of specialty products in the area. Chances are you’ve had some of their Spanish serrano ham or English stilton cheese while dining at the Chicagoland area’s top restaurants. Oh, and the lacy chocolate accents topping a fruit tart? European Imports has those, too.
So, why haven’t you heard of this place before? Chances are, it’s because you’re not in the restaurant industry, and thus, can’t shop there. Sad, isn’t it? Sad, except for five times a year, when European Imports opens its doors to the public!
Just in time for the holidays, you can browse the aisles this weekend from November 19th-21st, and again on December 17th -19th! Stock up on crackers, pasta, cheese, mustards, oils and more. Some products will be marked with a screaming red expiration date sticker, but that’s often a “sell by” date, not a “use by” deadline, meaning those products still have some useable life left in them. You should use your judgement, but of course, don’t risk your health!
Another tip: Bring your epicurean imagination and cash or check – credit cards are not accepted.
European Imports, Ltd is at 2475 N. Elston Ave in Chicago
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About the Author: Jennifer Dunham Luby is a Chicago area native and hostess extraordinaire. When she's not out exploring the social scene, Jen and her husband love to entertain in their Wicker Park home. She writes SecondCitySoiree.com, a blog featuring advice, ideas, and inspiration for home entertaining. Follow her on Twitter @SecndCitySoiree