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Food Tasting Festival returns!

The Village's second annual International Food Tasting Festival will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Road.

Approximately 20 restaurants will provide sample-sized world cuisine, with food ranging from French and Italian to Chinese, Mexican, Pakistani and more. For an up-to-date list of restaurants, visit

There will also be a variety of exciting food demonstrations offered throughout the evening from renowned chefs, including Chef Patrick Guat from L'Amandier School in Angoûleme; Gale Gand, a Chicago-based pastry chef, cookbook author, winner of the 2001 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and host of the Food Network show "Sweet Dreams"; and Viktorija Todorovska, Ambassadrice Armagnac à Chicago.

Another highlight will be a cupcake competition between culinary students from Elgin Community College and Harper College. The students will be competing for scholarship money provided by Hoffman Estates-based Tate & Lyle.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Village Hall, or online above. Last year's event sold out in advance, so don't delay in buying your ticket. The event is cosponsored by Tate & Lyle, Silesia, the Sister Cities Commission and the Stonegate.

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Upcoming Events

Sister Cities Commission Meeting
Third Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
Frank Alexa Training Room
Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Past Events

French-Indian Fur Trader Presentation
To celebrate French history and culture, the Village's Celebrations and Sister Cities Commissions, along with the Schaumburg Township District Library, sponsored a program featuring storyteller and naturalist, Andy Talley. Andy hails from Crystal Lake, and is a naturalist and interpreter in museum, forest preserve district and conservation district settings. Andy helps adults and children experience history via his entertaining and educational programs. At the Village Hall on Saturday afternoon, June 1, Andy brought to life the French-Indian fur trader. The entire community was welcome to attend and light refreshments were served.

French Evening
The Sister Cities Commission held its 16th Annual French Evening on Thursday, April 18, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre located at 2401 W. Higgins Road. This special evening, "Soirée Culinaire – Discovering French Delicacies," showcased the flavors of France prepared by our guest chef from Angoulême, France, Chef Patrick Guat, and his students from L'Amandier School. In addition to a fine three-course meal, French wine and Pineau Charentes, a regional liqueur of our sister city, were served.

French Evening 2011

French Evening 2011

French Evening 2011

French Chef Visits Hoffman Estates
The Sister Cities Commission invites you to experience a week of culinary events presented by visitors from Angoulême, France, the Village's sister city. Chef Patrick Guat, chef instructor at L'Amandier School, and two culinary students from Angoulême will arrive in Hoffman Estates in October to offer cooking classes and demonstration dinners. This is an exciting opportunity for residents to experience a wide variety of French food at each of the ticketed events, as each event will be devoted to a different theme. The events scheduled for Chef Patrick are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 -- "Bordeaux: Food and Wine with Chef Patrick" for up to 40 guests at L'Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie at The Arboretum, 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington. The event is co-sponsored by Frank Ferru of L'Eiffel Bistrot, J&L Charlemagne and Lillet, and is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The all-inclusive price includes an aperitif, a classic five-course French dinner, wine with dinner, an after dinner drink, tax and gratuity. Advanced reservations required. Contact L'Eiffel Bistrot at 847-428-4783 to reserve your place for this event. Ticket price: $75 per person.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30 -- "Children's Cooking Class," for up to 20 children, ages 12 to 15, at the Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road. The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The theme will be "Sweet and Savory French Desserts." In addition to preparing and sampling the desserts, each child will receive a chef's apron. Advanced reservations required. Call 847-781-2606 to reserve your child's place for this event. Ticket price: $15 per participant.

Children's Cooking Class 2011

Children's Cooking Class, photo courtesy Ken Campbell

  • Monday, Oct. 31 -- "Four-Course Prix Fixe French Dinner" for up to 125 guests at Elgin Community College (ECC) Spartan Terrace Restaurant, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. This is a new event and a new venue for the Commission, and will begin at 6 p.m. Chef Patrick and his two students will prepare a French dinner with students from ECC in conjunction with the Food Production IV restaurant class. Advanced reservations required. Contact the ECC box office at 847-622-0300 to reserve your place for this event. If you have a preference to be seated with other guests, please advise the box office when making your reservation. Ticket price: $40 per person plus tax.

Sister Cities Commission Members

  • Lillian Mosier, Chair
  • Jill Wood-Naatz, Vice Chair
  • Jean-Marc Bartsch
  • Ken Campbell
  • Kathleen Cochrane-Eckhart
  • Carol Demuth
  • Marcia Frank
  • Jeffrey Howard
  • Annu Khot
  • Marti Lansu
  • Melissa Marscin
  • Dennis Nadon
  • Reine Nguekeng
  • Lily Rudnick
  • Cindy Ruszay
  • Nick Srejma
  • Mary Warburton
  • Debbie Schoop, Staff Liaison

Commission Openings
Are you interested in joining the Sister Cities Commission? Commission members organize and participate in French exchanges, plan cultural events for the community, and help with the annual French Evening event. Speaking French is welcome, but not mandatory. Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The volunteer commissions of the Village of Hoffman Estates serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and Board of Trustees. These commissions are comprised of volunteers who either reside or work in the Village of Hoffman Estates. To download an application to serve on the Commission, click here (PDF).

Lillian Mosier, Chair

About Sister Cities International
The Village of Hoffman Estates participates in the Sister Cities International (SCI) organization. To find out more about Sister Cities International, click here.

The mission statement of SCI is: Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.

The organization's goals include: SCI is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level, to promote cultural understanding and to stimulate economic development. SCI leads the movement for local community development and volunteer action by motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term programs of mutual benefit.

  • Develop municipal partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, and states and similar jurisdictions in other nations.
  • Provide opportunities for city officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
  • Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
  • Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
  • Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals.

About Angoulême, France

Geographical location: Located approximately 200 miles ( 450 km) southwest of Paris in the Charente Department of France. Located some 100 km. from the Atlantic Coast (La Rochelle and Royan) and 120 km. from Bordeaux.

Population: Angoulême's current population is approximately 50,000.

A short history: Before the 14th century, Angoulême was invaded by the Arabs and then by the Normans. It was made into a Duchy in 1515 and was finally returned to the crown in 1714. Protestantism was introduced into the town by Calvin and Angoulême suffered from the problems between Catholics and Huguenots. Angoulême's last Duke was the son of Charles X in the 19th century, Louis-Antoine de Bourbon. A bishopric, it has a remarkable Roman-style cathedral dedicated to Saint-Pierre from the 12th c. There are also the remains of ancient fortifications to be seen in the town.

There are two museums, the archeological museum and the museum of Angoulême. The town is a combination of medieval (old town) 18th and 19th century and modern (National Centre of Cartoon Drawing) architecture.

Economic activity: Traditional activities such as paper (Angoulême velin, Charentais slippers) and newer electronic and high-tech industries (Leroy-Somer, Telemecanique, Maximum Video, Jungle Image) and small and medium-sized companies (wood, metal and cardboard). The area around Angoulême is largely agricultural, producing a variety of fine wines.

Cultural Activities:

  • Home of the National Centre of Cartoon Drawing. Each year there is a festival of International Cartoon Drawing
  • Other events – Jazz Festival, Circuit des Remparts (car race and exhibition), Gastronomades (culinary festival)
  • New university town: Law, Polytechnic, Art School and Music School
  • Sports – three swimming pools (two covered and one open-air), horseback riding, nine-hole golf course, 50 tennis courts, canoeing and kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, soccer stadiums, bowling, squash
  • Theatres, cinemas, campsite, youth hostel, and numerous restaurants

Visit the City of Angoulême's website at

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