[Photos by Julie Walker for Shaw Media]
[The house band playing June 12 at The Old Elburn Hall features Kent Nicholson (from left) on percussion, Scott Stevenson on keyboard, Michael Barton on bass, Randy Ream on saxophone, Jonny Gifford on drums and Joel Ream on guitar.]
ELBURN – The Ream family is well known for its award-winning sausages and other meats sold at Ream’s Meat Market in Elburn. What customers may not be aware of is the musical ability of the individual Ream family members.
The Reams have parlayed their talents to transform their former market location at 130 N. Main St. in Elburn into a venue for live jazz and other public musical performances, private events and additional arts-related endeavors.
Randy Ream’s younger son Stewart Ream, 26, in addition to helping manage the meat market, is in charge of the new venue. Stewart Ream, who recently earned his culinary degree and is responsible for added food offerings and selections of wines and specialty beers at the meat market, also brings his culinary talents to The Old Elburn Hall events center.
The menu during live music offerings consists of small plates and what he calls “heavy snacks.” It includes specialties such as a variation on Canadian poutine, made with french fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy and hot dogs, and another dish with sausage and grits and pickled peppers.