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One of a Kind Eats at the One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Eats: One of the largest artisanal craft shows in the country takes place soon and there’s lots to see and eat.


One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Show


One of a Kind Eats:One of the biggest holiday shopping shows in the nation is gearing up for its 16th annual event, when the One of a Kind Show and Sale takes shape at The Merchandise Mart from December 1 through December 4. Housed on the 7th floor of the historic Mart, the holiday show brings together more than 600 juried artists to fill an entire floor of the building with craft goods and original products from artisans all over the continent. Of course, this includes a good amount of unique food and beverage products, which come from all over the U.S. and Canada to satisfy shoppers with snacks and provide tasty gift ideas for the holidays. Here’s a rundown of everything to eat, sip, and savor this year at the One of a Kind Show and Sale:


One of a Kind Show

One of a Kind Show


Gardner’s Wisconsin Cheese & Sausage: More cheese! More sausage! Because you can never have enough comfort food from Wisconsin.

Gourmet Blends: The name may sound modest and common, but the pure balsamic vinegar barrel-aged by producers in Modena, Italy, are anything but.

Grown Up Kid Stuff: All-natural chocolate sauces are the name of the game at Grown Up Kid Stuff.

I Heart Keenwah: As the name suggests, expect a miscellany of quinoa snacks from this Chicago-bred company.

JD’s Salsa in Seconds: The salsa seasoning from this Staten Island-based company is used to make fresh salsa, dips, and guacamole.

Jo Snow Syrups: A regular fixture at local markets and events, and rightfully so, Jo Snow Syrups is all about the hand-crafted syrups in offbeat flavors like cardamom-rose water and fig-vanilla-black pepper. Add a splash to your coffee or cocktail.

Katherine Anne Confections: With a storefront in Logan Square, this chocolate staple specializes in truffles, marshmallows, and caramels.

Mayana Chocolate: Another chocolatier to hit up is this Wisconsin-based purveyor, whose luxury chocolates are award-winning.

Pasta Paponne: Go savory with any of the gourmet flavored pasta varieties from this Chicago shop.

Puffs of Doom: Both sweet and savory cream puffs are ready and available from this whimsical outlet.

Rare Bird Preserves: Any of the seasonally inspired fruit preserves and curds would make a nice addition to your home larder.

River Valley Kitchens: Visit this Burlington, Wisconsin-based vendor for all sorts of handcrafted and artisanal foods.

Senteamental Moods: As the name suggests, it’s all about the high-end teas from these folks.

Sheekar Delights: Go nuts with the gourmet baklava from Sheekar Delights.

Smith & Donovan Confections: The desserts from Chicago-based Smith & Donovan are as beautiful and artistic as they are delicious.

Spice Heist: Lots of unique and bold spice blends, perfect for the experimental home cook.

St. Roger Abbey: Organic French pastries and desserts are the name of the game from this Marengo, Illinois, company. All items are handmade by the nuns at the abbey, including French macarons and chocolate croissants.

Stu’s Kitchen: Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Stu’s Kitchen hones in on Bloody Mary mix, pickles, and other apt gourmet gifts.

Tiddleywink Toffee: Thin slivers of English toffee get coated in chocolate and other toppings courtesy of this Munster, Indiana, institution.

Twisted Eggroll: One of the most wholly unique businesses slinging food this year at the show, Twisted Eggroll is all about eggrolls filled with uncommon ingredients and combos. Think cheesesteak eggrolls, pizza eggrolls, and even cheesecake eggrolls.