Have a Heart With This Local Calendar – UPDATED X 3

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February 19, 2010 at 10:05 am

There is no end to good causes that the Local Beet loves, and our area Calendar is filled with benefits for Slow Food Chicago, Land Connection, Growing Home, Seventh Generation Ahead, and a few weeks hence, the Localicious party with FamilyFarmed.  Can you also find space in your Calendar for West Suburban PADs annual dinner, Have-a-Heart.  What say does West Suburban PADs have to do with local food?  Well, the Local Family have for a long time, been involved with addressing the insidious problem of homelessness.  Way back in his college days, Local Dad spent overnights playing spades at a Washington DC shelter.  These days, his volunteerism pales next to the Local Mom.  If Dad pitches in occasionally as a “site captain”, Mom is there every month.  More, Mom sits on the Board of PADs and for several years chaired their Shelter Committee.  Still, we want some local food connection for you, and we have it.  About our two favorite restaurants in the world, Mado and Vie stepped up with generous donations for the silent auction at the benefit.  Come see if you can out bid me for these certificates.  And you know my other favorite restaurant, Freddy’s in Cicero, they stepped up with not one, not two, not three but five certificates for $25′s worth of pizza.  You know we can share those bids.  If you have the opportunity, please come on February 27, 2010 to show your support for West Suburban PADs at the Hyatt Lodge on the McDonald’s Campus is Oak Brook.

UPDATE: Need even one more reason to attend this Saturday’s benefit for West Suburban PADS?  Our friends at Carnivale have also donated a gift certificate for you to bid on during the silent auction. 

UPDATE II: Several winter markets this weekend, so you have no excuses for not eating local.  As in the past, we warn that you need a reservation to attend the Green City Market’s Chef demo’s.  You especially want to reserve this weekend because the Local Beet’s Sustainable Cook, Melissa Graham is one of the presenters.  On the other hand, you do not need to reserve to participate in the letter writing activities organized by Green City and Slow Food Chicago for better school lunches.

UPDATE III: The butchering classes at Mado have been filling up quicker than orders for their cassoulet.  They’ve just announced dates for March.  Sign up now!

Our updated Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Use our new Market Watch to see what will be at the markets.

We see some  local apples still, but mostly of the (less than) Delicious variety–did you know that there is no relationship between Red Delicious and Yellow Delicious apples.  The brand new, very supermarket-y Caputo’s at Grand and Harlem has Michigan apples still.  We also see local potatoes there and at other places.

Think there’s no other local foods?  A good way to gauge what can be out there is to look at Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks site.  Local items include  beets, celery root,  micro-greens/sprouts,  mushrooms, rutabagas, lettuces,  and cabbage.

From indoor growers like Windy City Harvest, you might also find rocket, collards and chard.   We bet you might spy a sunchoke.

The Produce Express stand at the Chicago French Market 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.

 WHERE TO FIND LOCAL FOODS

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.

WHAT TO DO

MARKETS  AND EVENTS THIS WEEK

Wednesday - February 24

Check out the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand market, presented in partnership with Edible Chicago, will present a Culinary Conversation with author, educator and farmer Terra Brockman discussing her new book with Judith Dunbar-Hines of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs on February 24 at 6:00 PM at the Downtown Farmstand. Come join us and plan to attend exciting event! Event is free but reservations are required.

Saturday – February 27

New! – Have-a-Heart benefit dinner for West Suburban PADs – The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, 2815 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL

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

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

Geneva Community Winter Market – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – February 28

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

Tuesday - March 2

reThinking Soup at UICs Hull House – 12 noon – 800 S. Halsted, Chicago

Wednesday - March 3

Check out the Hideout for Soup and Bread – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 530 – 8 PM

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Saturday – March 6

Geneva Community Winter Market – 11 N. 5th Street, Geneva – 9 AM – 1 PM

Sunday – March 7

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

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

Wednesday – March 10

New! – Two friends of the Local Beet, Chef Rick Gresh and rare tea sourcer Rodrick Markus are teaming up for a meal combining their two talents.  David Burke’s Primehouse may be a steakhouse to you, but to us it is also a place very much in line with our eat local ethos.  If you like good food and rare teas, this is a great event to try both. 

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

New!Pig Butchering class at Mado – 1230 PM – 1647 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Tuesday - March 16

New!City Provisions Supper Club with August Hill Winery at Logan Square Kitchen – 2333 N. Milwaukee, Chicago   

Wednesday – March 17

Wisconsin vs. the World – Cheese Contest - Monona Terrace – Madison, Wisconsin 6-8 PM

New!Crawford Farm dinner at Vie – 4471 Lawn Ave, Western Springs, IL

Saturday – March 20

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

Sunday – March 21

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

Monday - March 22

New!Pig Butchering class at Mado – 1230 PM – 1647 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

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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