Midwest Living Review
Often the simplest things bring the most satisfaction, like good food and wine. You'll find both at Provenance, a small but satisfying shop in Lincoln Square run by local foodie Tracy Kellner. Provenance carries gourmet foodstuffs made by independent, boutique purveyors worldwide, including artisanal cheeses, beers, mustards, dried pastas, sauces, preserves, flavored olive oils, vinegars and soup mixes. Organic wines from sustainable, family-owned vineyards range from $10 to $25 a bottle -- a perfect hostess gift, a BYOB dinner bottle or gift-to-self just because. The glass-domed counter displays fresh cheeses, spreads, Red Hen Bakery breads and prepared sandwiches to go. Looking for something to spice up that basic midweek dinner or special party? Choose from tangy barbecue sauces, seasoned nuts, olives and popcorns. Products change weekly based on seasonal availability.Keller designs gift baskets reflecting the giver's sentiments and the recipient's tastes. Especially popular during the holidays is the Taste of Chicago basket, $95, filled with Windy City-made products including Vosges Chocolates, Nicole's Crackers, Gary Poppins Popcorn, Milk & Honey Granola and Lynfred Winery wines.