Thursday is LIVE Music Night!

Thursday night is LIVE music night at Michael Angelo’s 3rd Street Deli. This is free for everyone and is for all ages.

Yesterday we had our first local musician and his band playing. Andrew did a great job! Here are some photos and video to give you a taste of what is to come. They will be here again next Thursday evening from 4:30 – 7 pm.

Now open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7 pm!

We’re looking for local talent! If you want to be a part of our Thursday night live music, please give us a call at 630-262-9134 or stop by to sign up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkfFCTrXG2A

 

A Fun Night Out!

We’re pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Close To My Heart to host a card making workshop on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 6 pm.  It is a great way to enjoy good food, fun and meet new people.  The work shop with all the instruction,supplies and dinner is only $15 and you’ll leave with 4 completed, really cute cards, a stamp set, and some new friends.  We hope you can join us.  The workshop is limited to 20 people so please sign up early.  If you’re looking for something fun and easy, this is it!  The workshop is scheduled to last a couple of hours and dinner will be ready when  you arrive.  Please bring a friend for a chance to win a prize.  We hope to see you there!

Click on this link to view the flyer for the event.

Catered Crafting Flyer

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Top of the morning to you and a happy St. Patty’s day.  Who would have thought that this year we would be celebrating with nearly perfect high 70 degree weather?  I hope everyone will enjoy the day and not have too much green beer.

Last week I attended a couple of food shows and found some amazing things.  One of which is an outstanding Guinness Beer Brat.  If you love brats (having lived in Wisconsin early in life) I do, this one is so flavorful and has a wonderful beer taste that comes from the  same malt and hops that are included in the brat that they use in making the Guinness beer.  If this is as popular as I think it will be then we will have them available all spring and summer season.  I would recommend you give them a try.

I found some other wonderful things that I’m also looking into as well.  We have some new sweets like a Limonchello Marscapone cake that is so light and refreshing, not too sweet at all, Cannolis, Tiramisu, a giant peanut butter & and peanut butter cup cookie.  Today, we have special St Patty’s Day iced cookies too.  And, coming in about two weeks, ice cream!  So lots of things are coming soon.

Enjoy this weather, I don’t know how long it will last, but what a wonderful introduction to spring.

The Tables Are Out!

Wow, it’s only March 10th and we put the tables out!  WIth the beautiful weather predicted for next week, and all the folks asking when we were going to put them out, we said what the heck . . . we’ll put them out!  I think this is the earliest and we are certainly the first on the street to have them out.  Already there were people sitting and eating alfresco today!  Nice!

 

How To Keep Your Employees Happy

Who knew it was so easy to make your employees happy?  It seems all it takes is to purchase a new mop and mop head.  Many of you know Angelica or “Mouse” who is one of our full-time employees.  We’re so thankful to have her on our crew!

I was watching her struggle with the mop because it kept falling apart.  We tried to crimp it back together and it still didn’t seem to want to stay.  We kept telling her we would get a new mop.  As you know, sometimes things slip through the cracks and you forget.  When we would notice it again we would say again, “we’ll order a new mop”.  She would say “Don’t tease me!” Finally, yesterday, we held to on our promise and the new mop came in!  Angelica was so excited, she named her new mop Charlie and well, gave it a big hug (bet that’s the last time she does that with this mop!).

 

Catching Up

As many of you know, our deli cooler decided to give us grief on Wednesday.  Apparently, one of the starter coils decided to explode sometime around 1 a.m. Thankfully, it did not catch on fire.  The folks at Blue Frost Refrigeration were great and came out and worked hard all day to get it fixed.  Of course, they said that this type of failure isn’t common and they don’t really see the kind of exploded coil we had . . . somehow that seems to be us . . . always the uncommon!  Anyway, 3 parts and many hours later the deli case was up and running like a champ.  All that was left to do was clean the case and morn all the lost product.  All in all it was a gut wrenching, check book sucking mess!

Because of the case being at a high temp for many hours, all of our meat, cheese, deli salads and other foods had internal temps far above the “safe zone” which made it necessary to destroy everything! Right around $3K worth of food. Sobering to say the least.  We’ve had some folks ask why would you throw all that out?  The answer is simply because (as Chef Gordon Ramsey would say) “You’re going to KILL someone!” So, rest assured, we filled the dumpster with hundreds of pounds of meat, cheese, deli salads and other food items.

We were closed last Wednesday and we re-opened on Thursday.  Props to our meat guy Kevin who came early Thursday morning and restocked us so we could open on time!  It’s times like these that you really appreciate all the help your vendors can provide.  We would have really been in a pickle otherwise.

We want to thank all our customers too for their understanding and especially for coming back on Thursday! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you and your support.

Lesson learned? I guess that sometimes things are just not in your control and you have to roll with it. Obviously there are forces at work greater than I and I’m hoping they do know best.  I’m sure there was a reason for all of this.  Still not sure exactly what is it, but I’m sure it will all play out. Most of all I learned that I have great suppliers and customers that do care what happens to us.  It’s great to be a part of such a wonderful community.

This past weekend rocked and we’re catching our breath hoping that spring is starting to come and with it, more customers and opportunities.  Hard to imagine that tomorrow is Ash Wednesday already.  So for today, it’s Fat Tuesday and we eat like kings! Come by indulge, have a sweet or two and enjoy the day.

Sorry we are CLOSED today February 15, 2012

SORRY, WE ARE CLOSED TODAY February 15, 2012.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will be closed today due to a mechanical failure of our deli case. This failure made it necessary to
destroy all the deli meats and salads.

Needless to say this is not an optimal situation and
we appreciate your understanding and support.

We will be open again tomorrow, February 16, 2012! PLEASE come back!

Valentine Cookies!

Could Tuesday be Valentines Day already?  Seems like the time is really going by fast.  We’ve been having a blast making these cute heart shaped decorated cookies.  Some have sayings and others are just well, really pretty.  We are selling out almost everyday which is fantastic.

People are really loving all the cookies.  We’re not only selling them one at a time, but by the dozen and we had our first customer order the other day for Jane Pabon’s Consignment Boutique’s  open house.

It’s been so much fun creating the cookies!  On Wednesday, we came up with just a killer combination that Tom thinks we should call “Death by Peanut Butter” all I can say is when you take a bite . . . the next words or OMG! that’s SO GOOD!  Imagine our already yummy peanut butter cookies, as a sandwich filled with peanut butter cream an drizzled with chocolate . . . Yum-O!  The peanut butter cream has a little salt in it which really sets everything off quite nicely.  All I can say is that you have to try these if you are at all a peanut butter fan. I think they will quickly become a favorite.

We’ve been trying other baked items too, like corn bread, banana walnut cake with cream cheese frosting, rice crispy treats and today, it’s cherry turn overs.  I think folks will like them so we’ll see.  Keep your ideas and suggestions coming we appreciate it.

Well, time to make the turn overs.