Expo-mania on the Local Calendar – UPDATED MUCH!

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March 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

Getting excited about the forthcoming FamilyFarmed Expo?  You should be.  It’s a little over a week away.  The Expo covers local food from three different perspectives.  As Brad captured on the Beet, day one focuses on the intersection of food and financing.  Day one offers growth via various money options.  Day two offers food businesses growth via process improvements.  Day two also offers food businesses the chances to be more green, more local.  Finally, day three offers the users of food, us eaters, a chance to participate and learn.  Among the presenters at the Expo Food Fair are myself and Melissa Graham.  A real treat on day three is the all-star lineup of chef demonstrations including Paul Kahn, Paul Virant and Rick Bayless.

Need more Expo info?  FamilyFarmed President, Jim Slama, talks with the soup today for Hull House’s re-Thinking Soup Series.  We caution you, however, that the soup’s not being served at the Hull House Dining Room today.  Rather, you can find it at UIC’s Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria.  12 noon.

The winter markets in and around Oak Park are always well attended.  Come this Sunday.

UPDATES: Because I wanted to report on Jim Slama’s appearance at re-Thinking Soup on Tuesday, I rushed out the Local Calendar.  There’s quite a few new things added below including our Sustainable Cook, Melissa Graham’s appearance at the Downtown Farmstand, BaconFest, cabbagefest at Mado and the Tiny Mahler Orchestra.  Look for the New! label below to keep your Local Calendar filled.

Your complete Local Calendar is below.

WHAT TO BUY NOW

Local pickings are getting slim.  You will still find some  local apples and local potatoes.   Otherwise you might also find rocket, collards, sprouts, mushrooms and chard grown indoors Root vegetables are less.

You can get 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

Tuesday - March 2

reThinking Soup at UICs Hull House – 12 noon – 800 S. Halsted, Chicago  Update: Today’s event is at UIC’s Gallery 400  – 400 S. Peoria, Chicago.

Wednesday - March 3

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

Thursday - March 4

Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

Friday March 5, 2010

New! – Meet the folks behind Harvest Moon Farms and learn about their CSA – Lush Wine and Spirits (West Town) – 1412 W. Chicago, Chicago – 6 – 8 PM

Saturday – March 6

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

Sunday – March 7

Winter Farmer’s Market, St. Giles Church – 1025 Colombian, Oak Park – 9 Am – 1 PM

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

MARKETS AND EVENTS COMING

Wednesday – March 10

 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

New! Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

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 Farmer’s Market, Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland, Park Ridge – 930 AM - 130 PM

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

Tuesday - March 16

  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

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

New! – Meet the folks behind Harvest Moon Farms and learn about their CSA – Lush Wine and Spirits (Roscoe Village) – 2232 W. , Chicago – 6 – 8 PM

Thursday - March 18

New! Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

Saturday – March 20

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

Purple Asparagus Family Dinner – at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen, from 2:30-5:00 PM

Sunday – March 21

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

Monday - March 22

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

Wednesday - March 24

New! – Culinary Conversations with Food Women – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Judith Dunbar-Hines will lead a lively conversation with five women who own and operate Chicago area food businesses to learn about their journey in establishing, operating and marketing their successful local food businesses. Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand will remain open until 8pm to accommodate post-event shoppers! Scheduled participants include: Nicole Bergere, Nicole’s Crackers; Jessica Volpe, Pasta Puttana; Jenny Yang, Phoenix Tofu; Meg Dhamer, Pigtales Twist; and Elizabeth Madden, Rare Bird. – Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 6 – 8 PM - Call 312.742.TIXS (8497) for reservations or click here to register online.

Thursday - March 25

New! Melissa Graham at the Downtown Farmstand – 66 E. Randolph, Chicago – 12-2 PM

Friday - March 26

New!  Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 73o in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston on the Northwestern University campus.  Expect some neat food.

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

Sunday - March 28

New! – Choucroute Garnie Alscatian stuffing at Mado – 1647 N.  Milwaukee, Chicago – 6 PM

New!  Tiny Mahler Orchestra performs La Bonne Chanson”  at 7:30 pm at the Heaven Gallery, 1550 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd floor.  Expect some neat food.

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

Winter Farmer’s Market, Chicago/Beverly – Beverly Unitarian Church (the Castle) – 10244 S Longwood Ave, Chicago – 9 AM – 1 PM

BaconFest Chicago – Chef’s participating here –  Ticket info here.

Thursday- April 22

New! Go Green Day Management Earth Day – Flair Tower – 720 N. Franklin, Chicago

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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