Chatting with a Vendor: Brad Newman


Cookies & Carnitas got their start as a vendor at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park. Co-owners Brad Newman and Mikey Toarmina are known at the market for serving up incredible food created with a hands-on, old-school approach. Their style is highlighted in their porchetta sandwiches and huge, decadent cookies. After their success at the market, Cookies & Carnitas opened a brick-and-mortar shop on the North side and are now running school lunch program at Sacred Heart School. Here, owner Brad shares his favorites and tips for shopping the market.

What is your favorite crop/product that you grow/sell?

I love waiting for Melon season, you never find heirloom melons at the store and the season is super short so for me the melons always mark the time of year and are an amazing treat.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?

My favorite thing to do in Chicago would have to be enjoying all the countless little theaters and live music venues.

What is in your fridge right now?

In my fridge wright know you wouldn't find much i own a restaurant with coolers as big as some apartments but I think I have some cheap kimchi and some eggs from Meadow Heaven.

What is one tip you have for shoppers at Green City Market?

The best tip for Chef Shoppers at the farmers market would be to ask any of the flower growers which flowers are edible and you will be suprised about the selection and you will be able to garnish a plate with flowers that are local organic and much cheaper then ordering them.

What is the one food you couldn't live without?

Honestly I couldn't live without good deep dish pizza.

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