Dunn, Nowak, Bayne, FamilyFarmed on Your Local Calendar – UPDATED

January 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

UPDATE: – We reported earlier this week on some events, involving Local Hero’s.  Well, we have more Hero’s on more Calendar below.  Chiefly, one of the most heroic of all Local Hero’s, Cassie Green, is celebrating her second anniversary this week.  Cassie has made no secret that she though long and hard about making it through year one.  Now that she’s celebrating year two, we should all be thankful.

The Local Calendar this week offers changes to mingle with some of the folks doing the most in our local food community.  Tonight, Wednesday January 27, you can run yourself ragged keeping up with exalted foodies.  You’ve got the resource guru, Ken Dunn and the radio voice Mike Nowak at the Wellington Avenue Church.  You’ve got local food systems maven Jim Slama and his band of FamilyFarmed Expo-ers doing a launch party at the UIC Forum, and you have Martha Bayne doing her best for the Greater Chicago Food Depository at Hideout tonight.  And because we cannot get enough of good eggs, we can convene with Ms. Bayne again this Friday at the Chicago Downtown Farmstand.  Details below.


The best news for us locavores, local apples can still be found, at prices ranging from good to unbelievable.  Our market spies found Michigan Fuji apples at Stanleys for 79 cents/lb.  These, of course, stretch your wallet a lot more than the Michigan Jonathan apples at Caputo’s for 10 cents/lb.  Caputo’s had other varieties of Michigan apples including Rome, Red and Golden Delicious for slightly more money (like up to 59 cents/lb).  You can also find Wisconsin potatoes still at very low prices.  Caputo’s again being a prime market. 

Otherwise, your specialists may still have some beets  and squash,  rocket, collards, spinach, lettuces and micro-greens/sprouts.  There are always cultivated mushrooms from River Valley Ranch.   If find yourself in Milwaukee, the Whole Foods there had local rutabagas and sunchokes (although oddly enough no Wisconsin potatoes).

We checked in recently with the Produce Express stand at the Chicago French Market, and we found they still have  has Illinois grown, indoor tomatoes as well as local potatoes and squash.

When there is no fresh fruit around, there is still fruits dried and frozen.  Tomato Mountain and River Valley Ranch offer canned local goods.

Let us know what other local goods you are still seeing for sale.


These stores specialize in local foods:

As noted above, local apples and potatoes can be had for excellent prices.  Look soon for an update on what’s local at  the French Market at Metra Market. Until then here’s our previous report.

C&D Pastured Pork’s sales around town



Wednesday - January 27

5th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award - This is an opportunity to honor someone really making local food happen in Chicago, Ken Dunn of the Chicago Resource Center/City Farm.  He is well deserving of this award. The Elizabeth I. Benson Award was created in honor of Elizabeth (Betty) I. Benson, the inaugural recipient of the award. This award is given to those who work tirelessly and faithfully for social justice in the Chicago area and beyond, while simultaneously shunning personal recognition of their efforts. - Reception with food by locavore favorites North Pond and Frontera Grill.  MC is our radio pal, Mike Nowak.  Go to Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ for more details and ticket information - 615 W. Wellington, Chicago – 6 PM

Soup and Bread – Hideout – Tto benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  1354 West Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

FamilyFarmed EXPO launch party - 5 to 7pm. Get the inside scoop on plans and programming for this year’s EXPO and learn all the fantastic way YOU can get involved! Best of all, it’s free!  FamilyFarmed Expo Launch Pary – Speakers at both the party and the EXPO include Bill Kurtis of Tallgrass Beef, Erika Allen of Growing Power, Lisa Lee of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Hull-House is a major sponsor of the EXPO), and Jim Slama of FamilyFarmed.org. – UIC Forum

Thursday – January 28

Sold out, waiting list started! – Farm Dinner – Vie – Featuring 28 day dry aged beef from Dietzler Farm.  The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (708) 246-2082.

Friday, January 29

Martha Bayne signs her Soup and Bread cookbook at the Downtown Farmstand – 12 – 2P

Sunday – January 31

SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST OPENUPDATE:  Tickets are freeing up, so do not be discouraged Slow Food Chicago Annual Meeting – Kendall College – 900 N North Branch St, Chicago – 130 – 4 PM – Details and registration here.

SOLD OUT -  Continue your Slow Food Sunday with dinner at Sepia honoring Marsha Guerrero, Chez Panisse Foundation Director of Special Projects and The Edible Schoolyard.  And what a dinner it seems.  It’s not enough that favorite local cheese Holland Family Farms Marienke gouda appears on the menu .  After charcuterie, pasta, roasted pears, we get to a course of choucroute garni with cider-braised pork belly, Toulouse-style sausage, ham hock, sauerkraut, and fingerling potatoes.  Wine pairings too!  The cost for attendance is $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Seating is limited and early reservations are recommended. Call Sepia at (312) 441-1920 or email them here. Sepia is located at 123 N. Jefferson St. in Chicago’s West Loop. 

Logan Square Farmers Market – 2135 N. Milwaukee, Chicago – 10 – 2 PM

Winter Market  – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb - 158 N 4th, DeKalb, IL 

Mado Pig Butchering Demo – Dueling testas – Noon – Rob will be demonstrating his methods for making mado’s two different styles of testa.  Our rolled testa is made with braised and shredded pig’s head, while “porchetta di testa” involves boning out the pig’s head, curing, rolling and slowly simmering.  $50/pp

New!Green Grocer’s Second Anniversary Party  – From 10 am – 6 pm, vendors will be sampling such locally made foods as Milk and Honey granola, Red Hen breads, locally roasted coffee, Seedling apple cider, organic wines, Das Caramels, artisan cheeses, Pasta Puttana and Nice Cream. 1402 W. Grand, Chicago


 Saturday – February 6

City of Chicago and Green City Market host a Farmer’s Forum.  This event promotes local food and farms by helping farmers, market managers, and chefs connect. In addition, farmers can learn how to become part of the City of Chicago’s Farmers market program as well as improve their direct sales and learn how to better market their products and services.   Kendall College – 9 AM – 2 PM

Slow Food lunch in Michigan City, IN – Brother and sister farmers and Slow Food members Alex and Patty Panozzo are set to host a sustainable harvest lunch  in recognition of Terra Madre, a biannual celebration of Slow Food chapters across the globe. With 2010 being a Terra Madre year, Patty Panozzo is opening her Michigan City, Indiana home to supporters and heralding the day with a festive luncheon.   The sustainable harvest lunch will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. cst and will feature a lavish spread of homegrown food from the Panozzo’s “Victory Garden.” While guests dine, they’ll be treated to a slide show presentation of that very garden. Attendance is free, though donations to Slow Food are appreciated. RSVP is required by February 1.

Wednesday - February 10

Love Bites at Carnivale – One of our favorite organizations, Slow Food Chicago, stops for the night, at one of our favorite restaurants, Carnivale for a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration.   “Love Bites” promises to be a festive evening of sustainable, Latin-flavored bites from Chef Mark Mendez paired with wines selected by wife and Carnivale Wine Director Elizabeth Mendez.  The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with live music by Son De La Habana set to start pumping at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Slow Food Chicago. Reservations will only be taken by calling the restaurant at (312) 850-5005. Carnivale is located at 702 W. Fulton St, Chicago.

Saturday – February 13

Winter Market, Oak Park – Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church – 405 S. Euclid, Oak Park – 9 AM – 1PM

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

New! – A Tasting of Local Candy – Pastoral – Whimsical Candy: Chris Kadow-Dougherty will sample her artisan La Dee Dahs confection, handmade swirls of white chocolate nougat and sea salt caramel hand-dipped in premium dark chocolate.  1:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m – 2945 N. Broadway, Chicago

Saturday – February 20

Winter Market, United Church of Rogers Park – 1545 W. Morse, Chicago - 9 AM – 1 PM

Tuesday - February 23

City Provisions Supper Club with North Shore Distillery (venue TBD)

Saturday – February 27

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Meat and Potatoes”

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

New!Empty Bottle – 1035 N. Western, Chicago – 11 – 5PM

Sunday – March 7

Winter Market, St. Giles Church – 1025 Colombian, Oak Park – Times not posted

Thursday - March 11

Family Farmed Expo – Financing Farm to Fork Conference - UIC Forum, Chicago

Friday - March 12

Family Farmed Expo – Trade Conference – UIC Forum, Chicago

Localious Party with FamilyFarmed – UIC Forum, Chicag0 – 7 – 10PM

Chicago Food Policy Summit - UIC Forum, Chicago

Saturday – March 13

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is “Greens, Eggs and Ham”

Family Farmed Expo – Consumer Day – UIC Forum, Chicago

Sunday – March 14

Winter Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

Saturday – March 20

Ebenezer Luthern Church – 1650, W. Foster, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – March 20

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin – 39W830 Highland, Elgin – 1 – 3 PM

Saturday – March 27

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is still Greens, Eggs, and Ham (we think).

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM

Saturday - April 10

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese

Saturday – April 24

Chicago Green City Market at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m (Directions) – The theme is Cheese.

Portage Park – Irving Park and Central, Chicago - 10 – 2 PM


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