Feast of the Seven Fishes

Christmas is less than a week away! Last minute shopping and preparation is being done. Every family has different traditions. Whether traditions revolve around games, presents, or food– there are many different rituals that people look forward to every holiday season. An important tradition in our family and many Italian-American families is the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes gained popularity in America; however, is not known as the same thing in Italy. Each region of Italy has different meals that they prepare for La Vigilia, or Christmas Eve, so the traditional meals tend to vary region by region. Although the meals are different, they mainly consume of light, meatless dishes. Angelo Caputo grew up in Mola di Bari and would enjoy frittelle (fried dough) and capitone (eel) on Christmas Eve.  As with many Italian traditions, they are rooted in faith. Many people speculate that the tradition gets its name because seven is a motif in the bible– the sacraments, days of creation,  and more!

    

The Feast of the Seven Fishes was created based upon the traditional meals enjoyed around Italy during Christmas Eve and stick with the meatless theme. The meal includes a variety of fish, each prepared in different ways. Every family has a different amount of fish types to eat– some eat 7 and some eat 10! There is no limit, it’s however many you and your family want!

 

We’re here to help you make your Christmas Eve meal and every meal a success! Stop by for all the food you need for your dishes!  Whether it’s the Feast of the Seven Fishes or another a different tradition, we have what you need!

 

We want to hear your Christmas traditions! Comment down below or email your traditions to events@caputomarkets.com

Check Out Caputo’s And Win

Our 60th year in business is wrapping up, but we’re still celebrating! We have had so much fun with different celebrations during the year and we still have one left! The final Check Out Caputo’s will take place in Addison on December 15th!

Check Out Caputo’s is a fun game we will play with the guests in our checkout lanes! We have had one event at each store and will host our final one from 11am to 3pm on Saturday December 15th. The game is very simple and full of lucky winners!

Here’s how it works:

Every 15 minutes, one lucky check out lane will be drawn at random from a bingo machine. Everyone in the selected lane will win a $5 Caputo’s gift card to use for their next purchase. In addition, they will be given a chance to come up and spin the wheel to win great prizes!

Once up at the wheel, the lucky customers will be asked to pick a number between 1 and 60. If the spin lands on the corresponding even or odd to the number they choose, they win a prize! If the spin lands on the number they pick, they win TWO prizes.

For example, I come up to the wheel after my lane has been drawn at random and pick a number. I choose the number 58. I spin the wheel and it lands on 28. I am still a winner since the wheel landed on an even number and I picked an even number! Because I picked an even number, I get to pick any 1 prize to take home!

The winners will have a variety of prizes to choose from! The prizes include kitchen utensils, panini makers, blenders, storage containers, and much more! Here are some of our lucky winners!

 

We hope to see you on Saturday! Check out some highlights from our past events here:

 

 

From Our Family To Yours!

Hassle Free Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it’s time for gifts, memories, and food! Families and friends come together to share meals and create memories. At Caputo’s, we want you to have a hassle free holiday, so we will do the work for you! Our Winter Holiday Feast is perfect for the holiday season and will allow you to spend quality time with the family! This homemade feast features a main entree, multiple side dishes, condiments, and dessert! In addition, you get to choose form a variety of options to make the holiday meal customized to you and your guests’ preferences!

We offer a full feast that will make your holidays much easier! Our homemade feast feeds 10-12 people and is made with all natural foods, no preservatives, and the and the nostalgia that comes with homemade food. For the main entree, there is a choice between an oven roasted turkey (14-16lbs) or an oven baked ham (5-6lbs). Both items are holiday classics with our very own signature apricot pineapple glaze!

You will get three sides–a half pan of sauteed vegetables, a half pan of homemade potatoes, and bread stuffing. There are multiple sides to choose from in each category. From mashed potatoes to sweet potatoes, from corn to mixed vegetables– we’ve got many options to choose from! You can also upgrade your stuffing to our signature italian sausage stuffing– it is even more delicious than it sounds! You will also receive half a pan of a garden salad with your choice of dressing and a dozen dinner rolls! To go along with your meal are condiments! You will get two cans of either jelly or cranberry sauce! Can’t forget dessert! The feast comes with a fresh 8” La Bella Romana apple or pumpkin pie!

Check out more information on the feast here:

We also have the perfect platters for appetizers or desserts! Our variety of platters include a spinach bowl dip, cheese platters,  fruit trays, cookie trays, and more! The many options are sure to be a crowd please at any party or event!

Our homemade feasts make your holidays easier. Holidays are meant to be spent with family and the homemade feast options make it so you can make the most of your time together with loved ones. You don’t have to worry about the stress of cooking and prepping because we will do it all for you!

Stop into a store to see your options and place an order! You can also come sample the delicious food that will be served on 12/15 and 12/16 in all stores!

 

Shop Online by Shopping Caputo’s

With the weather getting colder and the snow approaching, it is not always easy to run to the grocery store and pick up the necessities. If you don’t feel like braving the weather or are so busy and can’t make it to the store, we’ve got you covered! We offer online ordering and delivery with Shop Caputo’s!

We deliver to a wide variety of locations and even offer in store pickup! Check out the zip codes we deliver to here:

At Caputo’s, we always want to ensure the satisfaction of our customers and we go to great lengths to achieve it. When we started 60 years ago, produce was our focus. Though we’ve expanded, we take pride in offering a large variety of only the freshest produce. Our Shop Caputo’s pickers have been trained to select only the freshest and highest quality produce that fit customer preferences! When you shop for produce online, you are able to add instructions or pick the color or ripeness of certain products! We pick the produce just like you would!

 

 

 

We also ensure freshness. All perishable objects are picked the day your order will be delivered! Your deli and meat items will be sliced on the selected delivery day– no pre-packaged items, always fresh! You can customize the cut of your lunch meat and how you want it packaged. This is especially helpful on those Saturday mornings when there’s a wait at the deli counter!

We offer all your favorite items. You can shop all our aisles and even shop our ad! All your favorite items that you shop for are brought right to your door–no lines, no waiting, with the same care you would use in shopping yourself!

Our online shopping website is easy to use and very convenient. We are open Monday-Saturday and will deliver to you same day if you order before 2pm during the week and before 10am on Saturday. We also offer store pick up at any of our locations! Want free delivery! Use the code “grapevine” on your next order and receive free delivery! This code is only available for a limited time.

Visit https://www.shopcaputos.com/store/Default.aspx or call 630-480-8205 to place your order!

 

A SWEET Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of food– turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and much more! But some might say that the most important part of every meal is at the end– the dessert! We have the perfect desserts that are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinners!

A classic dessert that is a staple in every Thanksgiving meal… PIE! Many people consider pumpkin pie the go-to Thanksgiving dessert. While pumpkin pie is delicious and always compliments a Thanksgiving meal, there are so many options for pies alone! Peach, pecan, cherry, blueberry, and–Angelo Caputo’s favorite and an american classic– apple pie! So many options to satisfy any craving. While you’re picking out the perfect pie, don’t forget the ice cream to go with it!

Our bakery has cooked up some special treats specifically for the holiday! Butter cookies with holiday sprinkles, brownie platters decorated for thanksgiving, cookie cakes decorated for Thanksgiving or for the football game, and turkey cakes! Turkey cakes are individual cakes covered in chocolate and decorated to look like turkeys. They are just as delicious as they are cute!

Along with holiday desserts are the classic desserts. Our bakery has a wide variety of homemade desserts that are perfect for any occasion. Tiramisu, cannoli, pyramid cakes, eclairs and so much more! There are options for everyone to enjoy! In addition to those is our classic twist on cannoli! We offer a cannoli dipper which is a tray with cannoli chips and and cannoli filling in the middle of the tray–perfect for any party!

Let us do the work– stop by to pick up a dessert that will please all of your loved ones! Need some last minute items on Thursday? We’re open and here to help! Our holiday hours are:

Elmwood Park: 6am-6pm

Addison: 7am-5pm

Bloomingdale: 7am-5pm

Hanover Park: 7am-5pm

South Elgin: 7am-5pm

Naperville: 7am-5pm

Carol Stream:7am-5pm

 

Holiday Gift Guide– Caputo’s Edition

As the holidays approach so does gift giving season. Whether you’re part of a gift exchange or you’re just bringing your host a gift, we can help you out! We have the perfect gifts that are simple but show you care!

We have many go-to gifts that are easy and appreciated. One option is a bottle of wine. We have variety of wines that will satisfy any wino’s desire. Red or white, from Italy or from California— we have plenty options to choose from! Another staple for any party is a cookie or pastry tray. All of our cookies and pastries are made from scratch using recipes handed down, many coming from our Matriarch, Romana Caputo. They are easy to bring to a party and something everyone can enjoy.

An antipasto tray is always a crowd pleaser

A classic gift amongst Italians around the holidays is a panettone. Panettone is a sweet bread that Italians enjoy around the holidays. It is a tall, dome-like shaped sweet bread that comes in multiple flavors.  The baking process is long and involves curing the dough, then proofing the cake to give it the fluffy texture. There are then extras added into the dry mix like dried candies, raisins, or chocolate chips!

At Caputo’s we have a variety of gift baskets that are perfect for any occasion or gift! We have pre-made gift baskets. The pre-made baskets include the La Bella Basket, La Preziosa Basket, and more. These are different sized fruit baskets– ranging from 10 pieces to 57 pieces. We also have a La Bella Romana Cucina Basket that contains various La Bella Romana products and is perfect for the cook in your life. If you are looking for something different, we do custom baskets! You can shop the store and customize the gift basket to make it perfect for the person receiving it. Some of the custom ones we have created in the past have been chocolate, candy, and more!

 

 

No matter who you are giving a gift to, we can help you! The littlest thing can go a long way and can demonstrate how much you care. We want to help you show your loved ones you care!

 

Giving Thanks & Giving Back

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the blessings you have and is a  time to give back to the community. At Caputo’s, we take great pride in giving back. We have many programs set up that help us and our customers give back to those in need!

One of the foundations we support is called Coats for Kids. Coats for Kids is a foundation dedicated ensuring “that every child who needs a winter coat receives a new one.” Living in the Midwest, we all know the importance of a good coat come winter time. We are faced with tough winters and extreme weather. Coats for Kids allows for people to donate coats to this charity. The coats will then be distributed to families in need. We partner with the Knight of Columbus of the Roselle district for this impactful collection. We will collect the coats and distribute them to the Knights of Columbus who will give them out to the families in need. A donation to this cause supports the basic needs of people who have scarce resources. We have been able to collect over 3,000 coats this year thanks to the generosity of our loyal customers!

The letter we received after St. Angela School received coats from our collection last year

We also offer donation bags. The donation bags are located  near the cash registers at each store. The bags contain various types of foods. Each bag has a list of the foods in the bag. You can pick a bag and purchase it. The purchased bags will be collected by food banks, such as the Northern Illinois Food Bank,  and handed out to those in need. There are different sized and priced bags available. So far this year, we have been able to provide over 9,000 meals to those in need thanks to your help!

Another initiative we take year round is donating produce to the food banks. Each store partners with a local food bank. These food banks accept our imperfect produce and goods every week. They use these foods to feed the local community members struggling to feed themselves and their families.  

Helping the community and giving back to those in need is a big part of who we are at Caputo’s. We are so thankful for our generous customers who support these local missions with us! From our family to yours, have a blessed holiday season!

Your Thanksgiving Feast– Made Easy

November is here which means Thanksgiving is close! It is a holiday is all about family,  football, and, of course, FOOD! Thanksgiving and food go hand in hand, and at Caputo’s, food is what we know! We can make your Thanksgiving Feast as easy as possible so you can take the time to relax and enjoy this holiday with your loved ones.

Let us do the work this Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is supposed to be a relaxing holiday filled with delicious food, but it can get stressful for the cook and the host. Being stuck in the kitchen and not getting to fully enjoy the time with good company takes away from the essence of Thanksgiving. We want you to enjoy all the aspects of Thanksgiving, so we will do the cooking for you! We offer a full feast that will make your guests full and make your Thanksgiving easier! Our homemade feast feeds 10-12 people. Our feast is made the same way you would at home! We use all natural foods, no preservatives, and the special touch that only comes with homemade food. The feast includes a homemade, 14-16lb, oven roasted turkey.

You will get three sides–a half pan of sauteed vegetables, a half pan of homemade potatoes, a half pan of traditional bread stuffing– and a dozen dinner rolls. The sides are customizable! You can choose what vegetables and potatoes you want from our variety of options. You can also upgrade your stuffing and try out our italian sausage stuffing! You will also get cranberry sauce or jelly and gravy.

No feast is complete without dessert and no Thanksgiving is complete without pie! You will get a fresh baked 8-inch La Bella Romana pie, your choice of apple or pumpkin!

All items come hot, fully cooked, and ready to serve! You can get all of this for only $129.99! We also offer just the turkey without the full meal for only $64.99! We will be featuring all the menu options in-store on November 10th and 11th from 12pm-6pm. You can stop by any location and sample the menu options at our holiday showcase!

 

 

Check out what you can get in the feast here:

 

Addison– 1991 to Now

60 years ago, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh market opened up in Elmwood Park. What started as a little produce stand has since grown to seven locations throughout the suburbs of Chicago. Our second location was in Addison. Our Addison store has undergone many changes– opening in 1991, moving in 2001, and most recently adding a new addition to the store.

In 1991 Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets expanded to its second location in Addison, Illinois. The italian community that populated the city was moving out towards the western suburbs, making Addison the ideal location for our second store. We opened at 240 W Lake St in a 20,000 square foot store, a store that was double the size of our original location in Elmwood Park at the time! 

Antonella Caputo Presta, daughter of Angelo Caputo, on the register
Robertino Presta, son-in-law of Angelo Caputo

Ten years later, our lease in that location was expiring. We were faced with a decision of moving or renewing when an opportunity presented itself.

Three blocks west of our original Addison store was a shopping center with a bigger and better location for sale. In 2001, we moved to the location where we are today, 510 Lake St. At 40,000 square feet, the new location was two times the size of the first Addison location. At that time, we had two other stores, the original in Elmwood Park and the 1996 addition of Hanover Park! Hanover Park introduced new features in the store– a bakery and a hot foods section. The new Addison location allowed for us to add those features! The hot foods area would allow people to sit and enjoy a meal together before and after shopping. The bakery highlighted delicious pastries and cookies all made from scratch! The size of the new store allowed us to add these new features and increase the size of all our other departments!

That same feeling of excitement that came in 2001 has recently resurfaced as we decided to give Addison another makeover. Construction began on a new 10,000 square foot addition!

The Caputo family checking out the blueprints prior to construction

The new addition will bring what our customers love from our newest Carol Stream location to Addison as well as some other unique features! We will have an extensive hot foods department,  a coffee bar, salsa and guacamole station, a tortilla machine, a bar, sushi made in-house, and more! While we have been working hard to add these new features, we have also been working to update the entire store. The apparences may look different, but we are still the same family owned grocery store looking to bring quality, freshness, and friendliness to you and your families!

We thank all of our loyal customers for your continued patience and for sticking with us through this remodel process. We know the new layouts might change up your shopping routine a little. We hope that you are as excited as we are for these new additions!

 

For an inside look at all the new changes coming to Addison, check out this video with the Village of Addison:

 

How About Them CARAMEL Apples

Fall is in full gear with Halloween being only weeks away. People are prepping for parties, picking costumes, and even beginning Thanksgiving meal prep. It is the time for sweet treats to take center stage as they are a staple in all the upcoming festivities. A treat that has a perfect mix of health and deliciousness are caramel apples!

Caramel apples came about in the 1950s when Dan Walker, a sales representative for Kraft Foods, was experimenting with leftover Halloween candies from the company. It was a pretty simple combo as all he did was melt down some of the remaining caramels and then dip apples in them to create a crunch. He did not know it at the time, but he was creating a dessert that would become a fall favorite. Dan Walker’s simple creation has evolved in many ways. Today, there are many different apples, caramels, chocolates, and toppings that go into making more complex caramel apples.

At Caputo’s, we believe in simple, fresh ingredients. We use this to make our own caramel apples! Our process starts with the apple. We want the juiciest apples for this dessert, so we use honeycrisp apples! Our honeycrisp apples come from farms around the US, usually Michigan or Washington. Honeycrisp apples range in size from medium to large and are characterized by their incredibly sweet flavor with subtle tart underlyings. Honeycrisp apples, sometimes called honey crunch apples, have a reputation of being one of the sweetest apples. The sweetness and subtlety of tartness compliment each other to make a juicy apple, perfect for dunking in caramel! The next step of the caramel apple process is the main event– the caramel! We prepare to dunk the apples by putting a stick in the core of the apple. We take caramel and melt it down, then submerge the apple in caramel. After the apple is properly and fully covered, the toppings get added! We use a variety of toppings like sprinkles, nuts, and chocolate candies. No matter what topping, the caramel apples are the perfect treat. The sweet, crunchy apple mixed with the decadent, soft caramel and the fun variety of toppings makes for happy and satisfied taste buds! Stop by and get one to test out for yourself!

Don’t forget that October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day! Be sure to enjoy a caramel apple while getting ready for trick-or-treating!

 

Check out this video for an inside look into how we make our caramel apples: