This seating area is at the back of the restaurant and it was here
that I placed the vintage (the 30's) cheese cutter shown on the sideboard
beyond the table.
This cheese cutter was originally used in a butcher shop. Fancy food venues
were not available as they are today. An entire round of cheese would be placed
on the round wooden circle and various wedges of cheese would be cut for the customer while he waited. This was made in Indiana, but found in cheese country up in Wisconsin.
It made quite a statement!
I knew I wanted a fruit fragrance at the entrance to the dining
room but needed a vessel to hold those green apples. This old vintage
grain scoop was perfect. (note the handle across the apples) On the
back of the scoop is a pull handle to be gripped while scooping.
The ambiance could not have been any better. I shot this picture
just before people began arriving . . . . .
Everything just sparkled! (so sorry this picture is
a bit blurry) Could it have been that glass of
of Pino Noir I had?
I found these wired votive lights to hang when SOCCA first opened
over 7 years ago. Once hangs off another and just seems to crawl
up the original stone with the exposed lath . . . . we decided to leave
this wall of stone after the dry wall was removed. It provided interest and great texture.
That fabulous painted green trumeau type mirror was from one
of my trips to France. Instead of the original oil that was probably
at the top, there is a piece of old copper that had been put in
its place. It had weathered and added great character to
the 100 year old mirror.
While up at Steeplechase, I had seen these scales on-line and selected
the one with the brass weights and measures. I selected a container
of fresh rosemary which also sent wonderful wafts of fragrance as
you entered the dining room.
SOCCA is located on the corner of Clark and Alberdeen (three blocks from
Wrigley Field.) The windows curve from one side of the restaurant to the front entrance.
This wonderful painting done by a Chicago artist measures 6'x9' and sets
quite a mood. This happens to be his interpretation of the Cub's logo.
Everyone loved this painting last night.
I loved this old zinc and wood Jenny Lind trunk, but left
it behind this time.
A little bit more of what I left behind. . . . . if you like vintage one-of-a-kind
pieces, you just won't find better. Karrin has an eye for the unusual and the GREAT!
If you wish to visit her website go to http://www.steeplechaseantiques.com/