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We are getting ready for a busy season with many exciting events and new menu items.

Earth Day Special

We are celebrating Earth Day by introducing another Vegetarian Banh Mi made with Thai eggplants, tomato sauce, miso hummus, pickled daikon, carrots, jalapenos, cucumbers and cilantro. Try it at our 567 W. Lake St. location.

artisanfestival4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival at Chicago French Market: April 12, 11AM-3PM
Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival
T-Racha

Join Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine and The Chicago French Marketfor a one of a kind free event.Saturday, April 12th from 11:00am - 3:00pm at The Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton).
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to meet nearly 100 artisan producers and sample some of the best cheese, wine, spirits, confections, charcuterie, beer and accompaniments being crafted in the artisan tradition.  Alongside an engaging stage show featuring chef demonstrations and discussion panels!

Saigon Sisters will be sampling and selling our Hot Awesome Sauce T-Racha, shimp chips, and our delicious new Miso Hummus dip. Join us for this fun and delicious event. 
    

ipwIPW (International Travel Conference)
Dine like a local Program April 7th & 8th



From its 25 Michelin-starred restaurants to its innovative chefs who constantly push culinary boundaries, Chicago is truly an unparalleled dining destination. As a special thank you to IPW attendees, we are partnering with Choose Chicago in the “Dine Like a Local Program” that provides exciting offers to diners on Monday, April 7 & Tuesday, April 8 during dinner hours. Simply show your IPW badge to receive 15% off food and beverage.  

Click here to learn more.

beerfestWest Loop Craft Beer Festival  |  Baconfest

West Loop Craft Beer Fest May 24, 2014 

SAVE THE DATE. The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the Chicago French Market, and the Fulton River District Association have come together to host our inaugural celebration to close out Chicago Craft Beer Week 2013. On Saturday, May 25th, the city’s largest craft beer outdoor block party will commence with a VIP event beginning at 12:00pm, and General Admission running from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Baconfest April 25-26

Ok Bacon Nation, As you all know by now, Baconfest Chicago is on April 25-26 at the UIC Forum.  We will be there on Saturday, April 26th serving up Nueske bacon laab (our new twist on a lettuce wrap). Experience Baconfest All Month Long and support the Greater Chicago Food Depository as each participating
restaurants will feature their Bacon Special during Bacon Month and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago
Food Depository.    

 

culinaryfightclubCulinary Fight Club



Do you love spring rolls as much as we do? Here’s your chance to see chefs/cooks competing for the best spring rolls in Chicago on April 17 from 7pm to 9pm at Zella’s . Join in the fun and watch our owner Mary Nguyen Aregoni be the judge for this fun competition with food and drinks. Get your tickets at  www.culinaryfightclub.com/challenges.html

givingmattersNorthwestern Giving Matters





Your Support Makes a Difference!
 

Thank you everyone who came out to our Northwestern location to support the Lurie Children’s Cancer day in March where 10% of the proceeds went towards the cause. We are doing another special day on April 2nd to support the employee and family assistance fund of Northwestern Memorial Hospital with 10% of all sales.

Each spring, the employees and physicians of Northwestern Medicine® come together to help our patients, families and colleagues through the Giving Matters campaign. Through giving, volunteering and learning together, we celebrate Northwestern Medicine’s mission and strengthen our culture of philanthropy and have a lot of fun!

 

yelpYelp Check In  |  Loop Lunch Catering

Step 1: Download the Yelp App on your mobile device
Step 2: Visit our Restaurant Location at 567 W. Lake St.
Step 3: open your Yelp app on your mobile device and Check-In with us on Yelp
Step 4: Redeem your Yelp Check-In special offer 

Right now we are featuring:
Dine-in only complimentary traditional or vegetarian spring rolls OR dessert of your choice with a total bill of $25 or more.
Not valid with any other offers, available only at our restaurant location
567 W. Lake St.  


Loop Lunch Catering - Try our new catering order online form. Simple and Fast

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New Menu Items 
Stir Fry Noodles Shrimp Banh mi Pho Banhmi
Try our new delicious items!  If you love our Hen House then you will love the Shrimp Banh Mi with similar flavor profile but with juicy and delicious shrimps.  We love Pho so much that we turn it into a Banh Mi! Our Pho Banh Mi is made with braised brisket in rich Pho broth, charred onions, and tangy slaw.  Since we get asked about stir fry noodles so often, we came up with a stir fry noodles as a side dish or with one of our favorite meats or tofu. Give these new items a try and let us know what you think! 

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Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
21st Annual Conference




Three reasons to join us in Chicago at the Intercontinental Hotel on March 9-11, 2014:

 

1.The Master Classes and Expert Panels are sure to inspire…
2.  There are endless networking opportunities and time to showcase your talent in front of celebrity judges at the Culinary Challenge. Come watch Saigon Sisters compete in this year’s Culinary Challenge hosted by the one and only Elizabeth Falkner
3.  The Women Who Inspire Awards Ceremony and Gala will be held March 10, 2014 at The Art Institute of Chicago


for detailed conference programming, visit 

 http://womenchefs.org/conference  

youngadultAdolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programming



Come out and support the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programming on March 19th at Saigon Sisters Northwestern location.  We will donate 10% of all sales proceeds that day to this program. Also join in the fun at Second City on April 9th as the Lurie Cancer Center celebrates a “Night of Humor and Healing” for a fun night to support the cause.
 
 

spring

Spring Into Action



This year we will be one of the participating restaurants at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network annual event on March 20, 2014. This organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers. Join us for the cause! springintoactionchicago.org

artisan

4th Annual Pastoral Artisan Fair



Save the Date for the 4th Annual Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

This a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs.  Each year we are blown away by the support and enthusiasm of not just the producers that we and the other Chicago French Market vendors are proud to represent, but by the tremendous turn out by you, our loyal and wonderful customers.
 

yelpad 

New Yelp Check-In Deal!



Step 1: Download the Yelp App on your mobile device
Step 2: Visit our Restaurant Location at 567 W. Lake St.
Step 3: open your Yelp app on your mobile device and Check-In with us on Yelp
Step 4: Redeem your Yelp Check-In special offer 


Right now we are featuring:
Dine-in only complimentary traditional or vegetarian spring rolls
OR dessert of your choice
with a total bill of $25 or more.
Not valid with any other offers, available only at our restaurant location
567 W. Lake St.  

catering

Try our new catering order online form.
Simple and Fast
Loop Lunch Catering

new year

Celebrate Chinese New Year of the Horse with us at Saigon Sisters this January 31st 2014. The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.

Make your reservation now for
Restaurant Week!

Restaurant Week

click to full viewrestaurant week menu

 

loop lunch catering

shrimp banh mi

Saigon Sisters In The News

Hospitals elevate foodservice with improved restaurants.
Click here to read more…

catering

Saigon Sisters Grand Opening
at Northwestern Memorial

Mary at Northwestern

Welcome to our Grand Opening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (2nd floor Galter Pavilion) on Monday, Sept. 9th. We will open at 7am starting with our new delicious breakfast menu with La Colombe and Vietnamese coffee (hot or iced).  We will feature Op La Banh Mi and Banh Bao along with Congee to start your day. You will be delighted to find the same lunch menu as our other locations here with specialty drinks and snacks. Click here to view full menu.  

Breakfast and Coffee

251 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL
2nd floor Galter Pavilion
(312) 944-0211
Mon to Fri: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat:10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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New Location Opening!

Northwestern Lcocation
Construction is completed at our third location at Northwestern Memorial Hospital! Unique to this location will be our breakfast offerings which will be breakfast baos and banh mi stuffed with our famous Op La dish that we created for dinner at the restaurant. Op La in Vietnamese means eggs on a plate. Our version will have Chinese sausage, pork, ham, pate and eggs not too different from this video we found in Hoi An.

banh mi opla for breakfast video coffee

Another popular choice for breakfast in Asia is congee made with jasmine rice porridge, savory meats, eggs, scallions, and ginger. There will be vegetarian options as well.

Besides Vietnamese coffee (hot or iced), we will offer drip coffee by La Colombe, a world-renowned roasting company that we know you’ll love. We can’t wait to serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner at Northwestern Memorial Hospital location.
251 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL | 312-944-0211

Street Eats Around the World with Deschutes Beers

Join us and other 3 great chefs serving up delicious street foods paired with Deschutes Brewery on Aug. 29th from 7 to 10pm.  Chef John McLean will host this special event with live bands at the Burger Bar outdoor patio and will serve his special American fare street food. Our Executive Chef Matt Riordan will serve shrimp and chicken on a sugarcane with a tangy and spicy sauce that will take you back to the streets of Vietnam. Chef Monica Sharma of Red Butter will serve her special samosas with delicious chutneys and Chef Cory Morris will take you to the streets of Barcelona with his creations from Mercat a la Planxa. Giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, will be pouring brews like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA and The Abyss (2012). Dessert? Beer floats, of course. This is one you don’t want to miss – tickets are $50 per person. Please call to reserve your seat 312-255-0055 or visit www.burgerbarchicago.com

StreetEats

Chicago Gourmet Dine Around

The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants.
From August 20th through September 20th, dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prix-fixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35.
Click here for full details and complete rules
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summer

artisan's market

Our T-racha Hot Awesome Sauce will be featured at Williams-Sonoma Artisans Market on 7/6 in Lincoln Park 1550 N Fremont St.
(312) 255-0643. Come, taste, and take some home along
with other great products there. Check out some great press on Tasting Table and Chicago Tribune as the “ hot sauce” to take home. 

Picnic Time!

Music in the Park Season is upon us and our favorite two places to go are Millennium Park and Ravinia.

picnic

Don’t forget to pack your favorite banh mi, drinks, and spring rolls. Try our new Chicken Curry Banh Mi!

Chicken curry banh mi

Summer Seasonal Menu

Our Executive Chef Matt Riordan has been going to the weekly Farmer’s market to put fresh produce on new dishes such as Chao Tom (shrimp and pork on sugarcane), 12 spice grilled Amish chicken, and crab cake with yuzu pudding. Try these delicous dishes with our new cocktails concoction made with fresh fruit and herbs.

Fruits and Vegetables

Spark logo
The Star of Ghana restaurant concept in collaboration with Saigon Sisters was the creation of owner Mary Aregoni and 8th grade student Pearl at Discovery Night. Together they shared their cultures through food as they served chicken rice jollof with kimchi and Chocolate Saigon Cinnamon ice cream. To learn more about this program visit http://www.sparkprogram.org.

new spring menu
We are so ready for Spring! We are excited to introduce our “Spring Menu in Harmony with Cocktails”, a  Prix Fixe dinner for $33 starting April 1. Our friends at North Shore Distillery have helped us craft the perfect cocktails to go with each course, or you can choose wine pairings from our exceptional international list - both are optional for $20.

menu

click here to view our full menu on our site


Northwestern memorial hospital
NW mockup
We are very excited for our Grand Opening at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Our sign is up, and you can see our beautiful space from the outside as we prepare it for the opening this Fall. Take a peek as you pass by - you can see our interior take shape over the next few months!

back to school

To celebrate Asian Heritage month, we will be at Northwestern University in Evanston in May to feed students delicious Vietnamese food. Thanks to Sodexo for inviting us to showcase our menu to the students.

Northwestern logo

Spark logo
Also in May, we are excited to host to junior high students through the SPARK mentoring program. Local seventh and eight graders will get to learn about a full day in the life of a restaurant business. We are excited to work with SPARK to show the students what we do best in the culinary and hospitality fields.

on the set
sandwhich king
Sandwich King Jeff Mauro is so funny. We had a blast filming an episode with him at the French Market featuring our Hen House, Chicago Magazine’s 50 Best Sandwiches. Look for our show sometimes in the summer on the Food TV Network.

bacon fest
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We’re back this year and will be sampling Nueske Bacon in our Nem Nuong sandwich (grilled meatball with squid-ink-infused black pearl tapioca, cucumber and Viet herbs -yum!). This sold out event will take place at UIC forum on Saturday April 20th. Visit the Baconfest Chicago official website for more details. 

Artisan Festival
Artisanal Festival
This a FREE tasting and meet-the-maker event featuring producers of artisan cheese, bread, beer, wine, charcuterie, confections, and other food stuffs. Join us at the Chicago French Market from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2012.

cater2.me

Cater2.me has landed in Chicago, and they have signed Saigon Sisters up as one of their first caterers here. The company is hoping to win customers from the city’s growing startup community, as well as the local offices of their existing clients in San Francisco and New York. We are excited to make more office people happy eating delicious and wholesome food!

new products
International Association of Culinary Professionals
2013 Food Writing Finalists

Vietnamese Home Cooking
Vietnamese Home Cooking
By: CHARLES PHAN

In his eagerly awaited first cookbook, award-winning chef Charles Phan from San Francisco’s Slanted Door restaurant introduces traditional Vietnamese cooking to home cooks by focusing on fundamental techniques and ingredients.

Asian Tofu
Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home
By:
ANDREA NGUYEN

From sleek, silken tofu with delicate toppings to piping-hot fried satchels in a robust sauce, tofu provides a versatile canvas for the intricate flavors and textures that Asian and vegetarian cooks have long enjoyed. America has embraced tofu as a healthy, affordable ingredient. And while it has been welcomed into sophisticated mainstream dining, tofu is often hidden in Western guises and in limited applications. In her third intrepid cookbook, celebrated food writer and teacher ANDREA NGUYEN aims to elevate this time-honored staple to a new place of prominence on every table.


*Available at our French Market Location
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Premium Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce

In Vietnamese, nước mắm means literally “salted fish water.” Red Boat “nước mắm nhi” is the secret ingredient in South East Asian cooking. The savory, sweet, and umami-laden sauce gives dishes a unique, rich and satisfying dimension. www.redboatfishsauce.com

*Available at our French Market Location

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MAROU Chocolate
marou
MAROU crafts the finest single origin Vietnam dark chocolate while working directly with local cacao farmers, sourcing 100% local ingredients (sugar, vanilla, etc.) and employing artisanal production methods.

www.marouchocolate.com

*Available at our Restaurant and French Market Location

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Hand crafted hand bags, purses, and wallets made
with recycled rice bags.
Viet products
*Available at our French Market Location

grass fotter

year of the snakerestaurant week

Join us this year for Restaurant Week from Feb. 1 to 10th with a special pricing of $33 for a 4 course tasting menu. A special Champagne and wine pairing will pair perfectly with each course as an optional choice.
http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/

Restaurant Week Menu
February 1 to 10, 2013

First Course
Choice of:
Spring Roll (Traditional, Daily Special or Vegetarian)
Banh Bao (duck confit,pork belly, or bbq eggplant)

Second Course
Choice of:
Oxtail Beef Pho
Vegetarian Noodle Soup

Third Course
Choice of:
Flank Steak with Vietnamese Coffee Pomme puree
Quinoa with mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, curry butternut squash
Sea Scallops with farro, black garlic aioli, Thai basil

Fourth Course
House Dessert

$33 excluding tax and gratuity
$33 Wine Pairings optional

Valentine's day dinner

Special Menu for Valentine’s Day

First Course
Smoked Shigoku Oyster, cured mango, chicharron, chive

Second Course
Foie gras spring roll, Viet herbs, kumquat mostarda

Third Course
Peekytoe crab, curry tapioca, Asian Pear, fennel, smoked coconut powder

Fourth Course
Char Siu porchetta, truffled celeriac, pickled bok choy, quail egg

Fifth Course
Chocolate ganache, almond curry granola, spiced whipped cream, raspberries

$75 per person excluding tax and gratuity
$40 champagne and wine pairing optional

view Valentine’s Day menu

Charity Events

Jan. 26 to 27
If you love travel and food then you need to check out the Travel & Adventure show this year. We will be on the culinary stage from 11:00 am to 11:30 am on Sat 1/26 showcasing the wonder of Vietnamese cuisine. What a great way to start out the New Year with travel and food in mind! www.adventureexpo.com

Feb. 8
We are proud to participate in this year’s Chicago’s Hottest Party to raise money for breast cancer research at the River East Center. It promises to be a fun and delicious time and for a great cause. Get your tickets early! www.tickledpinkchicago.com/event

Feb. 28
At the Divine Dine & Wine Event, we will showcase our delicious classic banh mi sampling to go with the best wine. This event is to raise money for the WCA (West Central Association). It will be held at Venue One from 6pm-9pm on Randolph Street. Come enjoy great samplings and support local businesses in the West Loop areas with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/297479150355462/?ref=22


This November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

Saigon Sisters is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on November 24th and you’ll get a free complimentary dessert per two people.

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com.