Residents and visitors to downtown Glen Ellyn can choose from more than 100 cheeses at a new business in town.
Marché, 496 N. Main St., opened its doors Nov. 5. The corner-side, cheese and wine shop is owned by married couple Jill Foucré and Bob Bye. The duo also owns Marcel’s Culinary Experience, located just three doors down.
“It really came about from me thinking about how to grow my existing business without just replicating the business,” says Foucré, who began expanding Marcel’s Culinary Experience with the addition of a refrigerated case that housed a selection of cheeses. The addition, she says, was very well-received.
Soon enough, the couple acquired a space nearby to open a second business.
“It just seemed sort of the perfect space to have a sister business,” Foucré says, adding that there is nothing similar to Marché nearby.
Daniel Sirko is the shop’s general manager and a member of the American Cheese Society. The cheese connoisseur has previous experience working in similar establishments, such as Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine; Kaufman’s Bakery, Delicatessen and Catering; Birchwood Kitchen; and Fox & Obel Food Market.
Marché offers a curated and evolving collection of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, wine, craft beers, spirits and complementary items. All of the cheeses and charcuterie are cut and weighed-to-order.
“You can buy it to take and use [for] your own cheese board, or for cooking, or [anything],” Foucré says.
The shop also offers a cozy seating area for eight, where guests can enjoy a cheese spread with wine, beer and spirits, or take their cheese spreads to go. The shop offers three different cheese plates from which to choose.
For special occasions, Marché offers party boards, which consist of a selection of four different boards that can feed up to 30 people. Advanced ordering is required. The cheese shop also can accommodate private events for up to 25 people.
The cheese shop periodically hosts pairing classes and educational seminars, and it has two monthly subscription clubs – the Culture Club, which features cheese, and the Vini Culture Club, which features wine and cheese. Foucré says that Marché offers a relaxed, comfortable, warm and inviting environment, which makes it accessible for everyone.
“I would love for people to think of [Marché] as a place they can come and have an experience,” Foucré says.
IF YOU GO
WHERE: 496 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The shop is closed Monday.
*For more class offerings or to reserve a spot, visit www.marche496.com.
Dynamic Duo Series:
Wine & Cheese
7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
From traditional regional pairings to balancing characteristics and flavors, the class will consist of a flight of five wines and six cheeses. The class costs $45.
The Lowdown on Cheese
7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
An introductory class that will offer a tasting tour of principal cheese styles. The class costs $35.
Dynamic Duo Series:
Beer & Cheese
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26
A pairing excursion that will explore the different styles of five beers and six cheeses. The class costs $45.
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Tannins Wine Bar
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