Biscotti — Our favorite twice-baked cookie

We are already a month into our second year at the local farmers’ market and we have loved sharing more of “European-inspired” baked goods with the community. One of the main goals of Philo Collective is to create space for people to learn and grow together and it’s been very fun to share our bakingContinue reading “Biscotti — Our favorite twice-baked cookie”

Book Club — Under the Tuscan Sun

Harkening back to the pre-Fixer Upper year of 1996, we chose Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes as our next book club installment. This time, however, we more aptly named the event series “Book & Dinner Club,” given that an entrée and dessert constituted more than just conversation refreshments. Before it was popular (andContinue reading “Book Club — Under the Tuscan Sun”

Book Club – To Shake the Sleeping Self

After the fabulous success of our first book club experience (we read and ate our way through The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City, by David Lebovitz), we were thrilled to kick off our second club in January. For seven weeks we traveled through ToContinue reading “Book Club – To Shake the Sleeping Self”

Becoming A Baker

Scones, pizzelle, macaroon, biscotti… these are all standard items on the Philo Collective bakery menu that you’ve come to know and love. As of just a few years ago, I had never even tasted these delicious European-inspired treats, let alone attempted to bake them. Before opening Philo Collective, I felt like I was in aContinue reading “Becoming A Baker”

Yoga — Try Something New!

How are your resolutions coming along? If you are like probably 90% of humans, you may have already lost a bit of steam on your January goals. That is very normal and very ok. I can’t speak for the entire world, but in American society, we tend to put a lot of pressure on aContinue reading “Yoga — Try Something New!”

Summer/Fall Farmers’ Market

Well, the Kankakee Farmers’ Market summer/fall season has concluded. We commented multiple times this week how quickly the past six months have passed and how wonderful of an experience it has been! To celebrate a half year of great memories, here were some of our favorite moments from the 2021 market: 1. Meeting our community.Continue reading “Summer/Fall Farmers’ Market”

Creating space for community

The heart and soul of Philo Collective is “to create space.” In fact, our full mission statement says that our purpose is “to create space for doers, movers, creators and connectors” — a list that includes everyone! Practically speaking what that boils down to is a goal of engaging and stimulating our community to fosterContinue reading “Creating space for community”

Macaron or Macaroon – What’s the difference?

If you’ve stopped by our vendor booth at the Farmers’ Market this summer, you’ve probably heard our spiel about offering “European-style baked goods.” While we certainly aren’t experts on pastries, we are big fans of baked goods hailing from across the Atlantic and wanted to offer some unique treats to our community. Given that IContinue reading “Macaron or Macaroon – What’s the difference?”

Spring Farmers’ Market

Less than a year into our Philo Collective adventure, we decided to add baking to our collection of things we do. Starting off with French macarons, we had amazing reviews from family, friends and our brave first customers. Based on kind encouragements (and a dash of entrepreneurial gumption), we got excited about sharing these delightfulContinue reading “Spring Farmers’ Market”

Lo’s Favorite Things

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” I would never claim to be a movie buff, mostly because I hardly ever see movies in theatres (or even the year they come out). In fact, I’m not really an early adapter or lover of anything. So, it’s no surprise that I was late to the Secret LifeContinue reading “Lo’s Favorite Things”