The Local Calendar, Weekend Before Thanksgiving

November 21, 2008 at 9:13 am

Rob Gardner

I was making lunch plans with MikeG yesterday.  He asked about today.  Today?  Today!  Friday.  November 21.  2008.  Has he not been paying attention.  Today.  Today, I am really looking forward to the first day of the Family Farmed Expo.   Stay tuned for some “live blogging” later this day and over the course of the weekend.

Tonight my wife and I will be partying at the Localicious gala.  Tickets available at the door!

Plenty of chances on Saturday and Sunday to meet famous chefs at the Expo including Bayless, Kahan and the star of the most recent Sky Full of Bacon production, Jason Hammel.

Don’t just learn, be a good American and shop the Expo.

See me at the 1:30 PM panel on Sunday November 23, on making your Thanksgiving more local. 

Bring your kidz to play at the Expo.  I bet the Sustainable Cook, Melissa Graham, would love your volunteer assistance with the children’s activities.  Contact her at to sign up.

Locavores have a few other places to hang.  There’s another Green City Market at their location outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive.  Nathan Sears at my other favorite restaurant, Vie, is giving a demo.  Saturday November 22.

There’s always the Geneva Superstore plus the Evanston Thanksgiving Market at Immanual Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St.  A last chance to buy from Henry’s Farm.  Both markets, this Saturday.

It’s a busy weekend fer sure.  Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park celebrates their fourth anniversary with a range of events.  It may be a cheese store, but the beers on tap this weekend are especially good.

Meet Illinois’s best producer of goat cheese.  Leslie Cooperbrand, of Prairie Fruit Farms, will be at the Whole Foods in Chicago at 3300 N. Ashland from 2-4 PM on Saturday, November 22.

Have a great weekend and stock up for next week’s big holiday.